Hoptimus Prime | Legacy Brewing Co.

229 Reviews
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 sophisticated
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) Honey-amber, clear, lots of carbonation. 2 fingers mountainous foam. Lovely looking.

S) Fairly mild. Citrusy pines. Honey. Pineapple. Floral hops.

T) Yum! Strongly present hops, some sweet taste like an apple, but ended on a bitter note.

MF) Nice - medium and soft, well carbonated.

D) Excellent. I downed this 22 oz. with gusto. Refreshing and tasty.

I like this style, and think this is a pretty good example of a double IPA.

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Photo of charliehhelms
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

thanks to Desaparecido for including this in the haul for snf lif week 6. poured from bomber into bell's tulip.

A-pours a mostly clear light amber/orange color with a thick rocky head. leaves distinct foam collar and noticeable tracing. head settles out to a thin strip with rocky chunks clinging to the side of the glass.

S-not a whole lot going on here for me. very, very subtle grapefruit hints. if there's one thing that jumps out (and there's not really), it would be sort of a biscuity maltiness.

T-as with the aroma, a rather bland taste given the category. a bit of alcohol and a decent malty sweetness, but even the up front bang and glowing warmth from the alcohol isn't as pronounced as i would expect to get from a 9% dipa. a very late hop bite in the aftertaste lends some nice lingering effects.

M-just very thin for me. i guess i would call it medium to thin, leaning on the thin side. no real creaminess and just a touch of hop stickiness at the trailing moments. carbonation level is nice though, right in that middle range where it should be.

D-very, very drinkable. not a ton of bitterness, alcohol is very well disguised. isn't overly sweet like what you get from some dipas. i'll bet that where this is readily available it can become a very dangerous session beer at 9%.

overall, this beer is just right down the middle in most categories. nothing that offends me or amazes me anywhere. except for drinkability where this is a homerun for me, it just sort of fades back into the list of good, but mediocre, dipas i've enjoyed.

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Photo of corby112
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery dark amber color with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a .5 finger fizzy white head that immediately fades into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic patches of lacing.

Very fresh dank floral resinous hop aroma. Nice citrus presence, mostly orange peel and grapefruit along with some earthy dry pine. Subtle alcohol presence as well as a nice graham cracker/biscuit malt backbone.

Very bitter dry chewy resinous medium body. Nice dry piny hop blast up front with some awesome sweet citrus hop notes; grapefruit and lemon peel. Slight alcohol warmth mid swallow and graham crackery, biscuit and caramel malt backbone provide a nice sweet balance without taking away from the wonderful dry bitter hop flavor. The alcohol is evident but overall the 9% ABV is well masked. This and the nice balance of sweet malt and bitter earthy hops make Hoptimus Prime very drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks very nice...ultra-creamy cap of foam, which leaves lace all over the place. The body is a sunny golden-orange, just slightly hop-hazed.

Why do I feel like I'm smelling a Belgian tripel, or saison? It's fruity and a little doughy from the malt. Not hoppy. Did they use a Belgian yeast strain? My nose could never have told me this was a double IPA if I hadn't known. Could also resemble a Belgian IPA aroma, but I gather that's not what Legacy was shooting for.

Flavor is also not really what is advertised on the label, but it does match what the aroma gives. It's fruity-sweet, with alcohol giving a warm hug to the taste buds; a kind of cookie dough element to the malt (shortbread, sugar cookie) but faint. Pine and citrus rind show up in the finish, which is about as close as this gets to the character of a great double IPA.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side--again, for the style. It's not bad, per se, but doesn't have that big, bountiful, sticky creaminess that others in this category do. Kinda bubbly, actually, which, again, seems all wrong here.

It's surely drinkable, as there's not much that's truly bad here. I even enjoyed it, but I really wanted a great double IPA tonight. Would be a fairly decent stab if it were trying to be an American version of a Belgian IPA, or could even hang as a decent-but-imperfect "regular" IPA. If I sound undecided, it's because this recipe seems undecided. Needs bigger malt, needs crazier hops, needs to feel thicker. Something. It is definitely no hopalacious hopdiculous hopocalypse of a double IPA.

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Photo of beertooth
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle split between Ben(madorb) from his trip to New York.

Glowing foggy orange liquid with a finger of soapy head.

The nose is very malt dominant. This is another old DIPA. There are some piney hops trying to break through as well.

The first gulp is all sweet old malts. Piney hops, herbs, tea. It's pretty tasty, but not the hop bomb it once was. Still tasty though.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and slick.

A decent East Coast DIPA. Sure wish it was fresh though.

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Photo of david18
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a little bit too intense for what it is. Very heavy on the malt, hops and and alcohol flavor.Very cloudy color and relatively dark. Carbonation is good but aroma is not really there and nothing really stood out about this beer.

Had it at Amsterdam Ale House. On draft for the time being. Try it if you want but no need to run there for it.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. What a cheesy label.

Appearance: Hazy orange-light brown. Nice head thins out quickly, but remnants are still there. Real nice lacing.

Smell: Some sweet citrus and a little piney hops smell. It smells malty too.

Taste: Up front its a little bland actually. As it goes down, the citrusy hops is there, but its not too juicy. The malt is very biscuity and tasty. Finishes with a bitter bite, then clean. Not as hops dominated as I wanted/ expected, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Feels foamy and creamy. Pretty nice.

Drinkablilty: This is not half bad. Just dont expect the hops bomb that the name leads you to. Plus, it was only $4.50 for the bomber, so pretty good value.

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

Nice soft DIPA to the point of leaning heavily to a US IPA.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Cartoonish-tongue in cheek design of a hop monster (robot made of hops holding a beer jug). It´s Hoptimus Prime after all. Transformers... . No description other than label and brand identity. Lacks date of bottling, neither shows IBUs or °Plato, only Alc. by Vol. (9%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber, copper clear body with a medium bubbly head. Medium to short retention with a touch of lacing and a surface memory of the foam.

S - Hoppy, light and fresh scent with clove, and grapefruit over touches of citrus. Simple range but it remains pleasantly constant throughout.

T - Hoppy forward range, with that citrus, clovey range and not much of a noticeable malt counterbalance. Almost a memory of a wheat ale in the background.

M - Light to medium body, nicely carbonated.

D - Goes down very well, an easy brew to have, share, and revisit.

Notes: Nice and tasty drink. It is a bit too thin for a DIPA, but does have the Alc. of the style masking it rather well, some nice aroma ranges and a very easy going drinkability over the hoppy profile. Not very memorable but a pleasing brew nevertheless.

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Photo of Buebie
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple days ago in manhattan, with an unknown freshness date.
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Revealing a deep copper color and just the slightest bit of haze. A 1'' off white sudzy head forms up, slowly receding to leave a solid cap of froth and sticky thick lace all the way around, coating the glass.

Aroma is not really giveing me much, some small citrus notes and a bit of malt. Grapefruit, pine and toffee.

Taste however is another story. Lip smacking bitterness comes from big floral grapefruit, pine and earthy mildly spice laced hops. Still malty with a mild lingering of caramel sweetness. Toasty buttered bread crust, mild apples, a touch of minerally water and just a bit of aspirin. Somthing in there reminds be of a vienna style rye beer as well, although it is very minimal, just a ghosting of those flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick with carbonation throughout.

Finishing bitter, with a long lingering of dryness filled with pine and grapefruit.

I am so happy I was finally able to try this beer. It has eluded me for a long time. It took me going out to NYC to finally get a bottle.
I should have brought back 2, the shelves were lined with them.

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Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber with a bottling date or code on the bottom that reads 010 A2 13.09. It pours a golden-copper with great clarity and a finger of eggshell-white head. The head eventually recedes and leaves some nice patchy lace behind.

The nose is mostly of malt...chewy, doughy and biscuit like kind of malt with a descent dose of hops backing it up. The hops seem a bit muted here with just light citrus and some earthiness pulling through. I was thinking this was going to be a hopbomb of such, but the nose indicates otherwise.

The taste starts with a semi-sweet doughy malt that just gets consumed with a nice bitter citric and earthy astringent flavor from the hops. It's got some hop punch to it, but not like the double IPA's that I'm used to. It's got great flavor and that's what really counts.

The alcohol is well hidden for a 9 percenter, the mouthfeel is pleasantly full and the carbonation is somewhat mild. This all adds up to a good drinkability and a solid balanced brew. To me this is more of a killer IPA than a IIPA, but who really cares?

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Photo of kurp001
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a rich, reddish copper with one finger of bone white head that sticks around for some time.

Smell consists of a faint piney aroma, complemented by citrus hints.

The taste comprises of rich citrus up front, with a strong malt backbone that effectively complements the hops without overpowering them.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with relatively lively carbonation.

I'd say the drinkability on this one is very nice. A solid double IPA that I have no problem drinking a bomber of by myself.

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Photo of westweasel
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Mostly toast and toffee malt scents with just a faint hint of citrus and pine. I received this bottle as part of a trade - it could have been on the shelf for awhile.

Appearance: Fairly clear orange/amber color with a thin white head.

MF: Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, bitterness in the finish gives the effect of crispness.

Taste: Biscuits and toast initially, followed by a orange and grapefruit bitterness.

Drinkability: A very drinkable double IPA. Very tasty, but not so noteworthy that I would search it out above other examples.

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

Got this in a in-person trade with yourefragile...aka Michael. Thanks for everything once again. Had a good time at Max's.

A- Poured a good semi-hazy copper color. The head on this poured a 2 finger offwhite (more eggshell) color which took forever it seemed to die down. Lacing on this was thick and sticky. Not too shabby of a appearance in my opinion.

S- This one was a little weird for me. I could pick up a sweeter malt backbone on this (sweet bread) but the hops although I smelled greatly I couldn't decided if the piney hops were suppose to be the bigger of the two or the citrusy (grapefruit and slight orange) hops. They blended together pretty well but still enough that I couldn't tell.

T- I think I should had let this one warm up a little before sipping on it...oh well. The citrus hops came through on the taste with a tropical blast from the get go. Right under that though was a strong and settle piney hop bitterness that mingled with the sweet malt undertones. There was a kind of sour funky taste on the tail end of this which came out of left field. It almost reminded me the sourness to a local beer around here (Lake Effect by Mishawaka Brew Co.). It threw me for a loop and while I enjoyed it I don't think it was suppose to be there.

M- Nice light-medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation to this. Beer left a piney resin on the palate but a citrusy kind of aftertaste. This also could have been due to that funk in the tail end. Overall an enjoyable mouthfeel.

D- I split this bottle with a couple of friends who I had over. I now wish I had saved the bottle for just me but...well you can't always have it your way. They enjoyed it as well which I'm glad.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper with a beige head. Good retention, fairly good lacing. Very pretty beer.

Nice toasted malt aromas that fight through hop leaf and citric notes.

Is this a grapefruit or a pine cone? Not really sure. Hops are here for sure, with a nice bitter and flavorful bite. Some nice toasted malt and a touch of caramel sneak through to round out the flavors. Maybe some chewy bread crust in there as well. Alcohol? Here's the nice thing -- it's only there if you are looking for it. You'd never know this is 9%.

A little thinner than expected, but that's ok. Still plenty chewy and enough body where you can fight through the hop resin and drink this easily. Nicely made beer. One of the more drinkable Imperial IPAs I've had. Would love to sip this around a campfire on a cooler Fall night. Nice beer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach

22 oz into a weizen glass

A- beautiful pour and the color is a perfect cloudy light copper color. An A&W cream root beer type of head that stays for a minute. Nice stick to the glass as well.

S- light on the hops but i get pine needles and some grapefruit or other type of southern citrus. A very smooth smell that is simple.

T- This flavor meshes quite well. Pine, grapefruit and hops hops hops.

M- smooth and clean. The hops linger in the mouth long enough to let you know what the taste is. This is very smooth and clean.

D- at 9 ABV drinking this in 10 minutes would be bad but you cant even taste the alcohol. Great beer and easy to throw back.

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to koopa for this one, cheers Dennis!

Pours an effervescent copper with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & excellent head retention

S: Breadyness, herbal & leafy hops, fades fast

T: Herbal hops, some tangerine, grapefruit, a bit of breadyness & flinty dryness up front. Minty & leafy hops are prominent as this warms, plus dryness, a touch of biscuitty malt & pineyness. I also get pine flavored booze once warmer. Finishes with a hint of honey malt, pithy grapefruit, a touch of grassy hops & bit warmer boozeyness, perhaps a bit too much..

MF: Chewy from the get-go, low carbonation, warming; pretty fair balance, just not the right blend of hops to strike a perfect balance

Drank fairly easy for the style & ABV, a solid DIPA, just not in my wheelhouse. Would happily drink again..

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A-Slightly veiled rich golden copper with with a short eggshell head that fades fairly quickly with nice lacing that coats the glass.

S-Citrus hops and mild pine resin with sweet malts and a strange sour funk in the background. I expected a bigger punch, but maybe this is a tad overchilled, but I don't think so.

T-Surprisingly lighter than expected taste, intitially malty, then the bitter hops take over with a long astringent bitter finish. I'm not getting the mouth puckering hops that I was hoping for, and the alcohol is surpisingly well hidden. This is OK, refreshing, but a bit of a letdown.

M-DIPA? I expected a thicker, chewy resinous hop bomb. This is definately on the lighter side of medium, and again, not really what I expected.

D-This is only average to me, and there are much better examples of the style to go for. I think I'll go grab an Avera Maharaja from the fridge and get the DIPA fix I'm craving.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes:

Poured out of bomber into standard-issue pint glass. Nice, standard DIPA look, with a very nice and dense head. Smell of fresh pine growth and floral hops. Citrus-y grapefruit-y notes are there, too. Intense hops are the mainstay of this one, through and through. Good for hop-heads like me. If you don't care for hop bombs, stay away. Otherwise, this beer is a worthy addition to the ever-expanding breadth of DIPAs. Careful, though, this one will scorch your tastebuds and is a bit hotter than I'd prefer.

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Photo of McGIPA
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

at first glance and smell this beer seems like it just might be as good as Hop Stoopid, but unfortunately starts to go down hill as you begin to drink it and as the beer warms a little.

the beer looks great...dark amber with a nice thick head...at first sip the citrus flavors hit you all at once, but the taste of alcohol is too overpowering to keep them roaming on your taste buds for a bit...

I did enjoy this one but don't know if I'd pick this over something else like Hop Stoopid or Ruination.

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Photo of kels
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at The Vintage Cellar. Didn't see the movie, but definitely interested in trying the beer. Review is on a pour into an imperial pint.

Appearance: This beer looks like it will taste delicious. The liquid is a really warm coppery orange, somewhat hazy, with an enormous 3 finger rocky white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a bubbly skim, but leaves behind a ridiculously huge amount of sticky, foamy lace all along the walls of the glass.

Smell: Smell is surprisingly light. I expected something more prominent from the huge amount of sticky lace in the glass. Some light toasty malts with a hint of syrup come through, along with a touch of hops. That's about it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The different competing flavors seem to take control of each successive sip. At first, I mostly tasted the toasty, slightly sweet malts. As the beer warmed, the very bitter, grapefruit-rind and pine sap hops started to dominate. Even warmer, the vaporous presence of the alcohol takes control. It's even hard to taste the hops and malts beyond the alcohol once the beer has warmed some. The alcohol is very present in the aftertaste. Feel is moderately full, somewhat oily, and seriously sticky.

Drinkability: Moderate. The beer isn't particularly refreshing, and the stickiness and hot alcohol slow the drinking down.

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Photo of pwoods
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Brown bomber, purchased at
The Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a mostly clear orangish amber. Two fingers of creamy head that holds pretty well. Good lacing.

S: Plenty of citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, maybe pineapple. Some pine and mint in the back. Healthy dose of thick sticky malts.

T/M: Moderate bitterness level due to a overbalancing from the thick, sweet malts. Malts are big and bready some some toasty notes. Hop citrus and pine is a bit subdues but still a major role. Body us full, thick, rich, and chewy.

D: I know this bottle is at least relatively fresh but the malts still overbalance too much. Couple that with a huge mouthfeel and that'll bring down the drinkabilitu a bit as well. Still a decent beer but not as good as the first time I had it.

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Photo of BigMike
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a super thick and creamy two finger head.
Smells a little piney with some citrus notes. Not an overwhelming aroma.
Taste seems a tad light for a DIPA. A little bit of orange flavor at first with some pine and finishes with a strong grapefruit bitterness.
Mouthfeel is decent with average carbonation and a somewhat light mouthfeel. Finishes bitter but smooth. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. Definitely does not seem like 9%.
This isn't a great DIPA but it's good. It goes down pretty easily though and is pretty refreshing.
$7.00 for a bomber at 9% isn't a bad deal either.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review on a crazy day.

Appearance - Light copper. Very clear. A good inch of head. Lots of bubbles clinging to the side. Looks nice.

Smell - Almost a little funky. Definitely some sweet malt. Hops, but not overpowering. Some definite pine cone. Not a ton of citrus. Surprisingly mellow.

Taste - Follows the smell. More malt than expected, but not too sweet or toasted. Still, the hops are very mellow. A little too sticky sweet for my taste. More mellow than many DIPAs. Would be better as an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Pretty nice. A little creamy, coats well.

Drinkability - Pretty good, especially considering the abv. But the sweetness may make this a one shot deal. Not a palate destroyer by any stretch.

A good but not great beer. It's solid, but nothing special. I'd have it again, but wouldn't seek it out or bother recommending.

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Photo of hdofu
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beast of a beer I tried this weekend, quite a hopp monster. Though next to the other giants that weekend it wasn't the biggest giant we took on but it was no less an impressive brew. The smell was hoppy with a hint of sweet bread. The taste was also hoppy, malty and a little sweet. The beer was pretty smooth. The color was was reddish with a white head. Overall I was glad to have tried for the name alone, the fact that it was pretty drinkable helped though

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Legacy Brewing beer and I made the purchase solely due to the labeling and the name of this beer.

The beer pours an unfiltered deep shade of amber with peach hues and an eggshell colored three finger head that leaves solid rings of lacing.

Aromas are piney and citrusy above plenty of sweet malt.

The flavors match well and I am surprised at how non-bitter this beer is. The hops are there in full force with flavor, but the malt goes to great length to do its job well. I certainly would not call it balance, but they work well together. THe finish is quite dry and resinous. The mouthfeel is medium full.

In a 22 oz. bomber, this is a great beer to share with a friend or have a bit of it, place a wine saver on it while it waits around in the fridge for you to be ready for the rest of it--the latter was my choice.

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