Hoptimus Prime | Legacy Brewing Co.

Hoptimus PrimeHoptimus Prime
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Hoptimus PrimeHoptimus Prime

Brewed by:
Legacy Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ggaughan on 07-29-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a mountainous white head. Serious staying power and loads of sticky lacing.

Smells of hop resin, pine, grapefruit, tea-leaves, sweet candied sugar. This is the kind of nose I like in my iipa's.

Taste is of lip-smacking bitter ruby red grapefruit juice.

Smooth and creamy, medium bodied.

This guy was a breeze.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into shaker pint glass on 8/23/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear amber/orange body with one-finger foamy white head that retained quite well. Sparse carbonation and very nice body clarity.

S - First whiff... wow! Nugget hops? Spicy and peppery with lots of juicy citrus fruit as well as a sweet caramel and bready malt base.

T - Starts off with plenty of hop bitterness with juicy citrus fruit and hints of pepper and spices. Some sweet caramel and burnt sugar emerges, followed by loads of toasted grains and bready malt in the finish.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Heavy bitterness envelopes the tongue and spreads all over the palate. There's also a nice spicy kick to complement the clingy, sticky hops.

D - Very nice... better than I had anticipated. Has a nice lingering bitterness, but it is still well-balanced with plenty of malt goodness and a pleasant grainy/bready character. Very nice DIPA.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into nonic.

Clear honey amber hue with a one finger off white head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Slightly toasty malts with some sweet yet sharp bitter hops in the aroma.

The malts are light in the flavor along with bitter hops, but nothing overpowering. Full bodied with good carbonation. The hops linger for a while after each sip.

A good beer but a little light for a DIPA. I would put this under an American India Pale Ale IMO. Recommended as long as you're not looking for something extremely hoppy.

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Photo of breyton490
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear, golden orange hue. poured from a 22 oz bottle into the new Sam Adams glass. No head after poor. Good bubbles running up to the top of the glass

S: Good piney, grapefruit aroma. Not overpowering for a IIPA, but nice.

T: Slightly sweet, light crystal malt taste, good medium bitterness all the way thru the taste to swallow. Grapefruit, piney taste. 9% alcohol beer very well hidden. No high alcohols. well done fermentation. Sweet, but not cloying.

M: Slick, medium body. nice bitterness left on the tongue

D: Very drinkable for a IIPA. Not as dry as a Pliney, but not overly sweet or thick like other IIPA's. You could easily drink a few of these with no problem.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear light amber color with a snappy head that sticks very nicely and sheets the pint glass

Smell: Although there is a bit of biscuity malt in there, the primary aroma is grapefruit and pine

Taste: Open biscuity, but the hops quickly take charge with a nicely balanced grapefruit and pine presentation; after the swallow, the bitterness really kicks in but is always held in check by the malt backbone; some residual sweetness at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just a tad sweeter than I would like but an otherwise first rate DIPA

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Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big head that quickly goes away. Yellow with golden highlights.

No noticeable alcohol, though it has a lot. Hay smelling, some apricot, citrus.

Biting hops, piney, resiny.

Leaves a resiny aftertaste like a good DIPA should.

Overall not a bad beer. Not megatron, but shockwave.

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Photo of drinksandeats
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle purchased at Derby Street Liquors, Hingham MA.

Appearance: Surprisingly clear. Amber. Lots of light foam that quickly fades. No lacing.

Smell: Mild malty aroma with no hint of hops at first. After a few minutes of air, an air of citrus hops begins to come through. Inviting.

Taste: Refreshing for a DIPA. Slightly malty and sweet and not overwhelmingly hoppy or bitter. Lots of citrus notes, especially orange. Great taste.

Mouthfeel: Good. Not creamy, not watery, not flat, just right.

Drinkability: Not my favorite beer in the style, but still very enjoyable. Could easily open and happily finish a few bottles.

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Photo of ccrida
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a stem glass, Hoptimus Prime is a clear copper gold with a small off-white head leaving scattered foam.

Smell is damp, grassy, herbal hops. Very earthy, tea like, but pretty subdued.

Taste is very spicy hops with a touch of pine, fairly bitter, with a lingering hoppy finish. No real malt character, just a touch of toast.

Mouthfeel is slick, light bodied for the size, with a prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty high. While not the most exciting DIPA out there, it's fairly taste, smooth, easy on the belly, low priced, and gives absolutely no indication of the high ABV. Well made and dangerous, but a little subdued (although of course it would be better fresh).

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tanks DrDogbeer, thanks.

22oz bottle with no freshness into into a narrow tulip.

Pours ambery orange with just a faint fogginess. Creamy mounds of head rise up and stick around on top for some time very nicely. Large continental patches of lacing are left all over the glass. One good looking beer.

Spicy pine on the nose with some caramelly roasty malt depth and a nice touch of floral aroma. A little plastic fume smell coming off over hop resin that detracts from the smell initially, but fades with a little sitting out in the glass.

Chewy pine cone and resin flavor roll onto the palate with a dominant hold on the overall taste. Some richer light syrup and caramel malt keeps the hops just grounded enough to be near balanced, but not quite - something I'm finding attractive about this one. Finishes with a good dose of bitterness, some resin coating, alcohol fumes, and a doughy yeasty aftertaste. Not overly fruity.

Feel is pretty smooth, with a little coarse dry resin feel at the finish. Nice clean bitterness, slightly chewy without feeling thick. Medium bodied with a pleasant, slightly understated carbonation. Alcohol evaporates with some warm fumes at the finish, but it lends a little extra dimension to the otherwise straight forward styling.

The 9% abv isn't really detracting at all for me (though it might if I drink more than 22oz). Decent drinkability, overall a pretty good DIPA. Not particularly complex or outstanding, but darn tasty and hop-loaded.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesty of Dyan- thanks a ton! This looks really good.

A- a clear deep golden with a nice creamy white head.

S- It smells like a sweet hop tea. Something that normally turns me off because I don't like to smell those sugars in my DIPA's (ie I like Pliny b/c it's so dry). But earthy hops come through fine.

T- Resiny hop oil and a sweet backbone. It's somewhat slick but not overly, and finishes with a combo of bitter and sweet.

M/D- It's slightly on the syrupy side compared to our west coast DIPA's that are drier, but it's not bad. It tastes good and I like how it has enough bitterness to peak over the sweeter background

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Photo of Proteus93
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A new penny copper, with about a finger high head of white... retention is poor, receding quickly to a little lip of lace ringing around the glass.

S: Hops make up the nose with a very light malt backbone. Rather floral, pine, herbal.

T + M: Quite a piney hop flavour, with a body providing a perfect feel for the taste. The quick bittering builds and opens out over the tongue, becoming quite pungent before calming and finishing with on a nice note. Just the tiniest balance of maltiness comes through, just about right.

D:A bigger one, though the alcohol heat is not noticable on my palate. A nice hop-fix for a quiet evening - or maybe a good choice for being a little more rowdy!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, couldn't find any dating. poured into shaped pint glass.

somewhat light amber, apple juice color. nice head stays around all throughout. decent web of lace, esp. the first two rings.

aroma is fruity like fresh apple juice, from the moment you open and pour. hint of grapefruit, going into grassy hop. hint of caramel. whiff of phenols.

flavor is more citrusy and zesty, more piney, into a slightly resinous and phenolic retro-olfaction. apple fruitiness and toasted malt in the background, with touch of yeast. moderate bitterness. hint of resins and malt in finish.

not too thin, decently smooth, with touch of resinous texture. lively carbonation, especially at first.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sholland119 for tossing this one my way!

Pours a clear golden amber with a two-finger frothy off-white head that recedes slowly. Lots of thick lacing left with each sip.

Smell is grapefruit rind, pineapple, resinous hop oils, pine, caramel and a hint of alcohol.

Taste starts off with some sweet caramel and pale malts which are quickly followed by some bitter grapefruit, pineapple and piny hop flavors. Lightly toasted biscuit flavors are balanced nicely with the bitter hops. Alcohol adds some warmth and a peppery bite to the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and smooth.

Very tasty and very enjoyable, but at times the alcohol came across as a bit too hot. Still, a great DIPA!

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Photo of prototypic
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a little hazy and golden brown in color. Looks slightly orange. It's got an off white one and a half finger head. Retention was very average and lacing was spotty and very light.

Smell: Citrus grapefruit and pineapple hit the nose first and give it a very a sweet smell. Hops are pretty diverse as they possess some piney and floral characteristics. It's more malty than I expected. Pale and caramel malts are both noted. Nice earthy smell rounds it out along with just a hint of alcohol.

Taste: It's definitely sweet and citrusy. Grapefruit and pineapple combo is nicely done. Hops don't waste any time jumping into the mix adding a bitter kick. The hop profile is broad and well done. I don't know the bill here, but there's a nice combo of piney bitterness and floral earthiness. It's a little grainy. Caramel and pale malts are sweet and balance it out a lot. Too much actually. Alcohol is only faintly noted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and pretty smooth. Carbonation is nice and crisp. It's not quite creamy, but it's got a nice feel. Drinkability is good, but far from exceptional. I'm good with a single bomber. It's a little too big and not quite good enough to warrant a session.

This is an interesting, good DIPA. The name isn't quite consistent with the product. Perhaps I'm just perceiving it the wrong way. It's a big, diversified effort in terms of the hop bill. But, it's not an all out, palate bashing bitter DIPA. It's too balanced for that. Not sure what Legacy was going for. In any event, it's a good beer and more than worth checking out.

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Photo of andylipp
2.86/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Poured a fairly clear gold with 1½ inches of white head that hung around amicably for several minutes in my tulip (standard taster). Five minutes later, only a quarter inch remained. Quite a bit of lacing as it died down and even more each time I swirled the glass.

Smell - Green, very green. Floral hop aroma dominates, with some pine and citrus notes. Slightly funky odor, not unlike vegetative compost.

Taste - Like sucking the juice from a grass catcher on a mower that just plowed through a field of hops. Looong bitter /citrussy, piney hop finish. I have a hard time discerning much maltiness-overpowered by the hops.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, medium body.

Drinkability- The 9 % abv is hidden by the hop flavor, as is almost everything else. Still, the hops are so overpowering that I will only reluctantly finish the bottle. This beer will blow out your palate, so save it for the last beer of the night.

Comments- I tried Hopsikle once and though that was over the top, but this beer is nuts. Although I'm a big fan of most hop bombs, this is perhaps the most unbalanced DIPA I have ever had. I suppose that was the idea, so mission accomplished Legacy. But one has to ask if hops for hops sake is necessary to this degree. I would have preferred a bit more malty sweetness.

NOTE: Had this on tap in January '09 and it was a much more pleasnat experience. Still, not a fave, though...

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Photo of jdaelhousen
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foamy pour that produces a golden colored body.

Aroma of citris hop and a trailing pine scent. Pine scent is dominant and fizzles out the citris notes.

Taste contains a smooth bitterness flavor, and the piney hop flavor is the primary makeup of the hop blend. Very little citric hop notes, as the finish of this beer is extremely dry.

Aftertase is pleasant with notes of pine, hay, and grass. Mouthfeel is fairly fluid, and ABV is hidden for a 9% beer. This beer tastes better as it warms up and other earthy flavors can be tasted.

Overall, a fantastic imperial IPA from Legacy.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a textured crystal wine glass. Many thanks to Durge and ohoove for sharing libations!

A: Poured a light amber color with a bit of haziness and a thin coating of slick, resinous carbonation.

S: Smell is a smack of fresh, green hop leaves mixed with some peppery, citrus fruits.

T: The hops smack you in the tongue as well. Very fresh, vernal hop flavor going on here. There's a grapefruit sweetness which cuts through the oily hop resins fairly well. This DIPA finishes with a touch of caramel sweetness. Fairly good balance.

M: Mouthfeel is slick and chewy, but not a strain to drink at all.

D: For the ABV, this is a really nice drinking DIPA. Hop heads will appreciate the nuances of fresh hop flavors implemented here. Others may find it shoots the palate too quickly, but the flavors build as the brew warmed more.

A pretty nice effort from this PA brewery. The concept and label artwork are killer! If you're looking for a fresh hop whallop, give Hoptimus Prime a shot.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hoptimus poured a nice amber color with a white head. The head was about one finger and thinned as the glass was emptied. The smell was a hop bomb and had wonderful citrus and floral notes. The taste lived up to the smell as the beer had hops on the front of the tongue, a bitter taste on the palate, and finished with a crisp hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel was moderate and was not sticky or harsh. The beer is drinkable if you can get past the high ABV! Cheers!

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This DIPA bomber poured a clear light copper color with a goodly white head and medium lacing. The aroma is grapefruit hops and grass malt, a very tasteful and inviting blend with a slight leaning in the malt direction. The flavor is fresh grapefruit hops with a touch of lake water, plenty of malt background here, and a somewhat resinous feel. Midland carbonation, overall quite drinkable and tastey. You can reach down and detect some banana going on here, some caramel. Very enjoyable effort.

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Photo of TeddyBG
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber in a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A: Copper, slightly cloudy with a 1/2 inch head that fades to 1/8 inch with good lacing.

S: Good malt smell, but cannot pick up any hop scent.

T: Not as much hop up front but good malt flavors. A good, not overpowering hop bitterness at the end. Love the malt!

M: Full alittle sticky. Good carbonation.

D: Cannot feel the ABV on this one as much and the hop bitterness at the end does not preclude me from having another, if I so choose.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink settled with a dark amber appearance with some lacing on the sides. Incredibly strong hop aromas were definitely noticeably. An awesome wave of bitter hops were the dominant flavors in the taste department. Mouthfeel lacked a crispness I thought the drink deserved, but it still helped make it slightly crisp. Overall, an awesome drink.

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Photo of Biggness
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very clear amber with a white head. I could not for the life of me get any smell from this beer. The flavor was nice, the majority of the flavor came from citrus and it had a dry aftertaste. This is a nicely crafted DIPA. The mouthfeel was and pleasant, not over carbonated or overly drying. This definately is a easy drinking beer.

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Photo of paigertx
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing balance to the palate. Perfect hops balance with slight maltieness and minimal sweetness. Ranks in my top 5 IPA bombers and will take #1 in my label/name category. Could make a trip to Reading, PA for this brewery. Amazing flavors develop as temperature warms on the traditional pint glass.

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Photo of chuckd123
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular pint glass, a coppery dark golden color. Head is good but lacing is not the stickiest. Smell is really nice, nothing overpowers but a good mix of hops and malty smell - alcohol is there but doesn't destroy the other aromas. Taste is very good, typical of the style and above average. Easily drinkable, more like an IPA than a double - somewhat deceptive, but not one I'd drink more than 3 of at a sitting. Very good example of the double IPA style.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear gold with just a hint of amber. Nice frothy white head.

S-Strong smell of citrusy hops with just a hint of maltiness.

T-Very nice. Not very complex to me, just a long solid line of mild bitterness from beginning to end. A little malt at the end.

M-A bit oily with a little lingering bitterness.

D-Very drinkable DIPA with no apparent alcohol.

A very nice simple DIPA.


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Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81% out of 100 with 263 ratings
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