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Hoptimus Prime | Legacy Brewing Co.

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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 jamie2dope
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber of this brew for around six bucks at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville. Pours a radiant orange, with a perfect looking white crown. Color is crisp, clear and cool looking like very few examples of this style that I have encountered. Smell reveals a high level of complexity, with some white cake, vanilla frosting, fresh cream, and the hops all over the place. From that description, it doesn't sound too great smell wise, but trust me, it works. Flavor is dominated by piny hops, with an earthy, resinous backbone. Touches of bitter citrus fruit such as grapefruit also come along here and there on the palate. Despite the obvious hop bitterness, the body of this one falls in the medium category. Alcohol is also masked in an effective way. The tastes are so strong that the fact that this beer is 9% sort of gets lost in the experience. One bomber is enough for me, but I would revisit this beer again I am sure. Very grateful to have this beer and brewery in Mass now. Now do a barrel roll!

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Photo of HopDerek
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with 1 inch of foamy eggshell colored head. Good retention and good sticky lacking. Smells of citrus, grass, pine sap, caramelized sugar, and bread dough. Taste is of sweet grapefruit with a very light malty backbone, a grassy finish has a hint of alcohol, but not much. Medium in body with good carbonation. Seems to be lacking a big hop punch and doesn't have that strong malty sweetness I expect in DIPAs, a little thin. Disguises its alcohol content quite well. A very easy double IPA to drink but seems to lean a little more towards a regular IPA. I thought this used to be more solid when I first had it on draft, so maybe it's different when bottled. Hopefully I can try it on draught again soon.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz single bottle purchased from Island City in Long Island, NY for $5.99...
My last beer from this company was Midnight Wit, which was something of a let down for me... This one on the other hand, was an excellent depiction of an Imperial IPA...
A slow, steady pour yielded a light-copper, amber, tawny color with a minimal foamy head that left a minimal amount of lacing... Rising carbonation also visible...
Strong aroma dominated by rich, fresh hops and caramel along with a tinge of vanilla...
Superb, full-flavored, big-body taste, with a strong suggestion of hops, fresh florals, ripe fruit, apples, and a touch of semi-sweet bitterness that made this an all-around, easily drinkable IPA worthy of praise...
Good stuff, with a great, creamy, rich, flavorful mouthfeel along with an equally great level of drinkability make this one a winner...
Good stuff...

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Photo of toddhett
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - Sweet citrus

A - Little head; reddish-orange color. I've had this beer in a bottle and thought that it had a much nicer head and aroma.

T - Bitterness up-front, but mixed with nice amount of sweet citrus. The bitterness lingers, but the flavor does not knock you over (bitterness matched well with the malty sweetness). There was something a bit funky at the back end.

M - Syruppy, but not in a bad way.

I like this beer. It doesn't wow me, but it's a good DIPA.

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Photo of Kudashov
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With Neko Case on the HI-Fi and, the Red Sox on NESN . I thought on this beautiful sunny Wednesday it was time to review this brew. Poured into my Rapscallion snifter there is a hug white , soapy head that leaves plenty of lacing as it sits on the end table . Aromas are weak . I try to inhale something which will get my brain going but , nothing . Sourness but nothing to the faint smell to anything . Brew is crystal clear . When held up to the window and sunlight , I can see the Irish Battleships through it . As for taste is the same , faint . Maybe my palette is not up to par but this is too weak for me . There is no devistation of my mouth . The ABV is well hidden but there is no redness to my cheeks . Is this 9% ABV ? . The lacing on the glass is fantastic but too bad the brew does not have that hoppy kick your ass aroma or flavor . It is good but it is not prime .

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a 12 oz glass.

Pours with a very nice head of off white foam, leaves lots of lacing all the way down the glass. Crystal clarity and medium amber color.

Smells earthy, grassy, floral.

Taste is dominated by grassiness, with some slight caramel note. Maybe a hint of diacetyl, complex and earthy.

Mouthfeel has just the right balance of carbonation and bitterness, long bitter, earthy aftertaste.

Drinkability is good, finishes dry, like a double pilsner, not much in the way of west coast hops. Alcohol is quite well hidden, no hint of the 9% here.

Give it a try.

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Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice lacing, with a bit of frothiness to it, above a copper-colored body, a good amount of bubbles gurgling to the top.

Smell: Floral and grassy hop aromas backed by some sweeter, maybe caramel malts, along with a bit of mild sweet chocolate, citrus zest, earthiness, slight diacetyl and doughiness.

Taste: A good balance between the chocolate and darker malt flavors and the grassy, herbal and floral hop characteristics. Tea leaves and tobacco come through as it warms, along with bitter grapefruit hops, tree bark, and vinous notes.

Mouthfeel: Somehow seemingly lighter to medium-bodied, considering the ABV, with more than adequate carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid DIPA for around $4 a bottle, with easy drinkability, lots of flavor, and a good amount of complexity. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of tpd975
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one I had wanted to try, glad I came across it on my trip to NYC.

A: A rather clear, light golden yellow hue with a big puffy white head. The head did die down, but lots of nice thick lacing was left behind. Nice Start!

S: Lots of nice strong citrus notes with just a hint of breadiness..

T: Damn, I wanted more hops. First and foremost I taste malt. Nice bready sweet sourdough type malt. Next comes the bitterness of citric hops which does linger on the tongue thru the finish. I realize a DIPA is about balance, but I wish it was a bit more hop forward.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: High marks here because this is one easy drinking brew. There is no hint of the ABV that this one packs.

Overall: Pretty good. If they threw a few more hops into the brew kettle this would be world class. As it is, it's a nice smelling, easy drinking DIPA that needs a few more hops.

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Photo of mfhlucky13
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a Medium amber gold with a thick foamy head that settled to just a thin cap. Some lacing, but nothing over the top.

S: Of course the floral smell of hops hits you right away, but for a DIPA I expected more.

T: Bitter hops with light malt and some citrus.

M: Seemed a bit thin for a DIPA, but smooth and nicely carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink, nothing too special in the world of super-hopped beer.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden orange color. I had to fight the bartender from trying to put green dye in this for St. Patrick's day. Sheesh. The nose is total green weed man. I had a blast from the past on that one, but we all know the family history, so no surprise. Just very green herbal veggie weedy smell and flavor. Also sweeter malts and hints of pine needles/ spruce tips. Medium-full body and a slightly silky finish of more greenergy. The hops used gave this a more astringent, scrubby character that I would love to taste in some hippie mouthwash. Any takers?

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gkatsoris for the trade!

I wish Megan Fox came with this.
Pours a clear ambery orange with good white head. Head dissipates relatively quickly, but not too fast. Smell is on the weak side, but what there is is grapefruit and pine hops with some spice. This is more on the citrus hops side of things than the spicy kind, but there is some spice hop type of flavors lingering in the background. Nice malt balance through the middle and good hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is on the thin side for DIPA, but still good and above average. Drinkability is quite good. Maybe its the west coast in me, but I would take one of these over a hopwallop any day of the week. Drinking this one in celebration of WSUs 7th straight victory over the puppies of UW. Great beer, thanks again to gkatsoris!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, served in a standard pint glass.

A - clear, golden yellow color with a fluffy white head of foamy bubbles that fell to a layer, leaving lots of sticky lacing behind.

S - strong citrus hop aroma.

T - bitter citrus flavor, all hops, sweetness hits quickly before a bitter finish.

M - medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - easy drinking brew, be aware of the abv.

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Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with an average white head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The smell is of piney grapefruit hops and some honey malt. Nothing crazy for a DIPA. The taste is a grapefruit hop, more on the bitter side. There is a sweet malt but nothing that would hide the hoppiness. There is an odd funk flavor that I can't quite but my finger on; perhaps a slight buttery malt flavor. The feel is light and fizzy, a bit slicky and sticky; finishes with a grapefruit rind bitterness. This is a bit of a strike out for me. Not the best hop profile out there, a bit harsh and that funk taste is throwing me off. Its not a sugar bomb which is nice. Just ok, nothing special.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

had this on tap at National Mechanics, served in a tulip.
A: Deep bold amber color with very little head and lacing and little carbonation.
S: Extreme hop, piney and 'fresh', crisp in the nose..a fair share of warming caramel is evident. A one two punch.
T: taste is fronted by kicks of grainy barley, dry and wheaty, especially as this warmed. By the last sips, I was reminded of an English style barleywine, at least "Up front". This was the surprise and was my favorite aspect of the beer. Floral and citrus bitter hop step in to dominate; yes the hops do play the starring role here - citrus rind and oily pine, leaving the telltale mouth watering bitterness that sticks around all corners of my mouth.. BUT alcoholy sweet malts and caramels revisit to balance the finish just a touch. Bold Bold Bold!
MF: low carbonation, heavy and sticky and oily with a little bitter pucker stuck in the throat. good stuff, if a litle punishing.
D: A big bold monster, for me HP was more of a bruiser than most Imperial IPA styles I've tried. A definite sipper that will leave you puckering your lips. Hopheads should leave the house immediately to seek this out on tap.

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Photo of FoolCircle
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a case of this beer at the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA on 2/16/08. It appeared to be the only case.

Poured out of a 22oz. bottle into a regular 16oz. pint glass. This beer is a deep amber color and brilliantly clear. It has and holds a low white head throughout.

The smell is obviously of hops. There is definetely a C-hop presence, but I don't think it is a full on C-hop hopbomb. Nice aroma though.

The taste is good for a DIPA, but not exceptional. It is a good east coast example of this style, but our west coast bretheren do a better job. Quite bitter at first, but this subsides.

The mouthfeel is fine, a little thin in my opinion, but really that only increases the drinkability. The carbonation level is spot on.

The drinkability is surprisingliy high for 9% hoppy beer. I can easily drink two bombers of this back to back without even trying.

If you see this beer out at the bar or where you can buy singles don't hesitate to try it, but for the price I paid, a case is a little more than you need. Enjoy!

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very transparent golden, orange, and honey in color. HUGE pure white wispy head that lasted about 3-4 minutes. Foamy, foamy, foamy...nice.

S: Holy friggen hops. Lots of citrus. Some honey and a little vanilla. Grapefruit, orange and lemon rind. Slight lemon as well. Very complex.

T: Super hoppy! Pretty bitter in a "I'm supposed to be bitter" way. Lots of citrus and some pine. After taste is citrus rinds. Some vanilla too. Really tastey and uniquely bitter.

M: Great carbonation. Very clean and thin. Goes down very well. This would make a great spring evening drink.

D: I can drink this all day. HOP HEAD HEAVEN!!!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And for our final offering for the evening, we have something that's been a long time coming. After a whole year of visits to Bierkraft (believe me, there have been a lot...who do you think put over 300 of the beers on BeerSpy?) I finally make the move to growlers. And what better a brewery to lose my Bierkraft growler virginity than Legacy?

Pours a nice brown touched gold with a thick off white head. Nose is extremely heavy floral hops with a soapy edge. Very, very perfumed character. Flavor is extremely smooth for a DIPA. I would never know this was 9% at all. Just a nice balanced hop ride that isn't blowing me away, but it carries just enough punch to make it interesting. For a double, it could be bringing more complexity. But it's still nice. Feel has a full carbonation and the liquid is nice. A nice production. Well done. Apologies to Legacy for taking so long to try any of their productions. But I guess this was as good a one as any to start with.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[a] medium-amber body, inviting, white head

[s] piney hops dominate with some sweet accents

[t/m] as far as dipa's go the hops were decent, pine and citrus up front... disappointing finish, rather flat and abrupt ending.. almost metalic emptyness... medium-full bodied, the aftertaste was rather off-putting

[d] rather standard dipa overall, a decent beer when you are craving some hops

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Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a pint of these while hanging out at the Ginger Man in NYC.

A: A dark amber body withe a small, white head (about a quarter of an inch). Slowed down to a nice lacing that holds thorughout the remainder of the beer.

S: A solid, hoppy smell with some sweet, malty undertones.

T: A very hoppy taste with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Any chance of the sweet maltiness coming through was destroyed.

M: A solid, full-bodied beer. Nice and smooth; typical of IPAs.

D: Ok drinkability. high hop content may get your stomach churning after a few, but definitely worth at least one of them. Solid double IPA.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at SPTR.

Came to me as a tulip glass filled with clear copper liquid. Thick off-white head that left some nice lacing.

Aroma was of enormous blend of hops. Cirtrus, spicy floral, pine resin...just lots of hop scents. Smelled delicious.

The flavor was a bitter hop bomb worthy of the Hoptimus Prime name. Citrus and herbs come through the strongest with some caramel malts fighting their way through right in the beginning. Sweetness doesn't last long, however, as this one transforms into the hop lovers delight that it is.

Medium body. The hops prick at your tastebuds just like you would expect them to after a couple of sips. It knows what it is and is not afraid to show it. Very enjoyable DIPA, but the 10% abv will keep me from having more than 2 or 4 or 6 (if I'm not driving!).

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Photo of kajerm
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Standard Tap. Pours cloudy and amber with a slight reddish cast. The head is about two fingers and hangs on forever, leaving streams of lingering lace down the side of the glass.

The aroma is hops, hops, hops, hops, and hops. I can't pin down the exact blend, but I taste pine (Centennial?) and light tropical citrus (probably Simcoe). I could stick my nose in this beer and keep it there for a year and a half-- the aroma profile is a hophead's wet dream.

Flavor, like aroma, is wall-to-wall hops. The beer opens up with orange rinds, mangoes, and a little pine; these hop flavors hang around, receding into a neat, tacky bitterness. The flavor-hopping never wholly disappears, which calms down the bitterness a little. This beer would definitely be overbittered if it weren't so aggressively flavor-hopped-- WHY don't more breweries do this in their DIPAs?

Mouthfeel is pretty much the only place malts are evident-- creamy and crisply carbonated; it'd be refreshing if I weren't so damn thirsty and the alpha content weren't so high, but if you're normally hydrated, this is very refreshing.

Great DIPA, it's nice to have it so fresh.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at RFD in Washington, DC today. And damn, who doesn't like the Transformers?!?

Appears a dense orange copper color, with a rich and creamy looking head. Leaves lots of caked-on lace. A very solid looking IPA. It has a very spicy citrus aroma. The hops just jump right out of the glass at you. There is a lot of hop madness going on in this beer, and you can tell just by smelling it. Tastes crisp and hoppy, with a very severe bitter pine finish. If you do not like hops, you will definitely get your ass kicked by this beer. It is hops personified and liquified, if you know what I mean. Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy. I'd personally say this is a great beer, but I'm not sure I'd rate it that high on the drinkability radar. If you're not a hophead, you're not going to like this beer. Plain and simple. If you looove hops, you simply must try this beer. And even then, it might kick your ass.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with an amber tint. Large head with impressive retention. Lots of lacing.

S - Pine hops, faint medicinal aroma, faint grapefruit pith as well. Faint caramel malt underneath.

T - Mild pine hops, medicinal. Aftertaste is a mesh between pine and medicinal bitterness. If there was pine flavored medice, this is how I think it would taste.

M - A tad harsh, medium boidied, frothy,. Refreshing-ish, could be a lot better though.

D - Okay, it is strong and not fantastic. I might try again if I find a bottle sometime. Though frankly, I doubt age would cull the medicine.

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Photo of ski271
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Zeno's. This was one I was really excited to try. I don't come across too many Legacy beers even here in central PA, and being a child in the 80's I love the name (Transformers and G.I. Joe after school every day!). Too bad the beer didn't liev up to how much I mentally hyped it up. Itr was good, just nothing all that noteworthy or special. Medium amber-gold with a small, off-white, creamy head that quickly diminishes to a film. Smell is hoppy. Floral and citrus with some decent spice and some mildy bready malt. Taste follows suit, except a bit more piney and fruity. Like I said, not bad, and I enjoyed this beer because I love the style. But compared to others of the same style it was just a little above average at best.

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Photo of Phatz
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transformers, More than meets the eye! ... Oh great nostalgia. I loved the transformer. I may still have some of the action figures. Regardless, I visited Union Jack's on the Manatawny on Tuesday and after a short conversation with Tom I leaned that Hoptimus Prime was the product of a home brew from one of his employee's. What an awesome story. It is now contracted to brew by legacy for all the UJ locations.

Appearance: Served a brilliant copper color with a white head and little lacing.

Smell: A bold hop nose showcases a plethora on hops. I am told nine different varieties of hop are in the monster and I believe it. a true sniffer.

Taste: Wow! now that is one hoppy beer. It is a grapefruity minty hop delight with a decent malt backbone but certainly dominated by all those hops.

Mouthfeel: Prickly hoppy and bitter but consistent and therefore it gives you a smooth sensation.

Drinkability: This is a beer for the Hop Heads. I believe they will be rejoicing. Well done.

Hope this is helpful.

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Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
4.01 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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