Hoptimus Prime | Legacy Brewing Co.

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89
very good
263 Ratings
Hoptimus PrimeHoptimus Prime
BEER INFO

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
263
Reviews:
229
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
6
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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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Photo of Norfawkers
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The alcohol destroys all flavor in its path

Appearance: Deep golden, clear with little head and lacing

Smell: Faintly sweet with hops

Taste: Hops? malty with smokey finish

Mouthfeel: Initial bitter kick with carbonation and lingering bitterness

Drinkability: Sipping in small doses as a stand alone or with a heavier meal to lessen the overall bitterness

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Photo of rodney45
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber. Quickly fleeting head, but thats acceptable.

S: Malty, but not as much hops as i would expect from a DIPA.
Underwhelming aroma

T: Uncharacteristically light on hops, and light on flavor for a DIPA. Its not as bitter as some others, yet the hops have a definitive presence. Sweet at first, and then you notice the hops. The taste of hops is reserved primarily for the aftertaste which is dry, and lingering.

M: Well this beer isnt heavy, in fact, it feels light in its delivery, not in taste. Its nothing at all like a normal heavy handed DIPA, or even a good IPA... it lacks weight, i cant describe it any better.

D: Its drinkable. Light even.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Good crystal clear amber with a huge fluffy head. Lots of lacing.

S - Earthy hops, with a sort of sweet soil like smell. Grassy. That might be the malts, but i'm not sure.

T/M - As with any DIPA, the flavors don't come out until the aftertaste. Earthy, not much citrus flavor at all. Very pure sort of flavor. Alcohol is nonexistent in the flavor. Feels like a good beer, but nothing special. Not sticky or biting.

D - No way would i drink two. high alcohol hits you, and hops kill your taste buds. That said, it's good while it lasts!

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Photo of tifosichris
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review so appologies if its not up to the snuff of some other peoples

22oz bomber poured into a duvel tulip

Appearance was amazing when being poured. Not sure if it was just the way the light hit it but when poured it was a magnificent shade of bronze/copper. Once poured (and out of the direct light) it is a darker shade of copper. Very small head and heavy lacing as it slowly dissapears

Smell out of the bottle was amazing, almost overpowering (in a good way). Very very hoppy.

Taste was quite sharp and bitter at first with a lot of grapefruit and citrus. A lot of carbonation (almost too much but just enough). Some pine but not too much. The grapefruit is the most prominent flavor here

Not quite the hop rush of hopslam (which, for better or for worse is what i compare most double IPAs to). This is a very easy to drink beer, very refreshing and very easy going down. Not much aftertaste (not that thats a bad thing) but leaves you craving more.

A very nice DIPA that i will definately be drinking more of

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Photo of horshack7
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance: Out of a 22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter. Comes fourth a slightly clear orange color with a thick rocky head that stays around a little while. Upon thining out it leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Big hop aroma nice grapefruit notes. Around the edges are hints of sweet fruit. Strangely enough it smells a bit like fruit cocktail it's neat.

Taste: Incredible grapefruit notes minor maltiness way in the background. Nice citrusness to it as well. The mouthfeel is very crisp and bubbly all over the palate.

Notes: This is some hop bomb. It's absolutely remarkable. Cheers.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 6 oz bottle at the Ugly Oyster Drafthaus, Reading, PA

Served up a nice clear orange/amber color with a thick, dense head that was well retained with a thin cap that lasted throughout the beer. Very nice lacing effect as well.

Aroma was of pine and citrus hops. Not overpowering, but consistent and mellow.

Taste was very hoppy. Citrus and bready with just the right hint of the malt to balance it out nicely.

Drinkability was high more so than any other IIPA I have had to date. This beer was very smooth, medium body, good carbonation with a very nice bitter aftertaste. For a double IPA this is one of the finest examples, not over the top, not too hoppy, and not like drinking syrup like some Double IPA's. Very well done.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bittersweet hoppy flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a very good beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one wih complbut decent mouthfeel; Thanks for bringing, Jason. Grapefruit colour and foamy white head. A good high IBU well-integreated, citrus, and good lacing. Really bitter, bit well-malted. Clean taste, good citrus, pine,grapefruit. Above average beer in all situations.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Package date on case is March 23, 2009.

Pours a clear golden amber color with a quickly dissipating frothy off white head that leaves a thick coat of web like lacing. Strong mix of pine hops and caramel malt, slightly earthy. Body is slightly thin for this style, however sharp carbonation helps compensate for that. Starts off caramel sweet, slightly earthy/grainy and finishes with a strong pine hop bite and more earthiness. Very little alcohol presence. A very nice, easy drinking DIPA. This isn't all that close to the elite or even great DIPAs, but it is still above average and very enjoyable (especially at $36/case).

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Photo of deanhead
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Samuel Smith's Imperial pint glass. Three fingered head that reduced to one finger, with a really nice lace around the glass. Brilliantly clear, tawny colored beer.

Aroma is Guava and Grains

Citrus, Pineapples, Grainy, and malty with Bready carmel notes.

Dank mouthfeel. Nice clingy bitterness, not overpowering or overwhelming. Well balance malt profile with this beer. Warming on the palate.

Overall one of the most drinkable Imperial India Pale Ale's I have ever had. It's not over the top, seems just right as far as a highly drinkable IIPA.

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

Poured from a bomber into a British pint glass.

Appearance - somewhat cloudy, foamy head with thick/chunky lacing.

Smell - more pine than citrus. A little sweetness (raisins?).

Taste - Huge hops with a lot of warming from the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel - oily

Drinkability - one bomber ought to do it. Don't plan on drinking anything after this one...you won't be able to taste it. Not as sweet as other DIPAs but still enjoyable.

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

22oz bottle, courtsey of bort

consumed on great taste of the midwest ticket-day.

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip, bright hazy copper body, frothy white lace

smell: hoppy nose, grapefruit and pine...blurry and lacking a punch

taste: this DIPA has a stingingly high bitterness level, grapefruit peel and pine but not much else. this beer is a tongue-smacker

mouthfeel: stick hops, high bitterness

drinkability: ok

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to mday for this hop smack.

Thick and billowy head on a hazy orange pour.

Piney, grassy, lemony nose.

Lots of lime lends a sour bitterness that, despite it's oddness, is not unpleasant. Pungent bite with some grassiness, intense bittering hops prevalent from front to back as evidenced by hop belch follow up.

Mouthfeel is a plus, as this beer doesn't fall into the oft-putting sluggish syrup that some doubles often succumb to. Oily feel is nice.

Alcohol noticeable more on the buzz than the taste, and I can dig that.

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

Pours a clear orange/amber into a snifter with a small off-white head which quickly dissipates into a ring of larger bubbles around the edge. Only a tad bit of lacing around the glass as it drains.

Nose is piney and grassy hops with a little bit of citrus/orange peel and bubble gum.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Smooth and slick with hop oil and slightly dry in the finish.

Taste is bitter and hoppy, pine, some citrus and a bit of astringency in the back. A bit of sugar sweetness in the front keeps the hops in check.

Highly drinkable for 9% ABV. Nicely balanced and alcohol well hidden.

Overall this is a fairly mellow and nice example of the style. Not too bitter and a nice ratio of pine and citrus in the hops. Good carbonation keeps this plenty refreshing and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased for about 5.99- not bad. Poured this bad boy into a tulip glass.

A- Hazy golden color with a cloudy hue. Creamy off white head. Wheres the lacing? Boo to no lacing on a DIPA!

S- Straight up citrus here. Lots of hop going on. Very fresh and incredibly earthy smelling.

T- Limes, lemmons, peppery pineapple. Not too funky but very creamy and smooth. Hops are abound, numerous types. No alcohol detected.

M- Creamy, smooth, fresh. This one felt slick on my tongue.

D- Incredibly drinkable for a beer of this strength. This one did not put me to sleep and was not too filling. Awesome beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 22 oz. bottle of this ultra cool-named DIPA by AdamB84 late last fall; it's been lurking in a dark corner of the cellar ever since. Chilled to about 45F, poured to pint glass. Since it's been about 4 months since I received this, I'm willing to guess hops have mellowed a little/are past their 'prime', but we'll see...

A: Honeyed-amber pour, mostly clear (much hazier in the last few ounces where the fallout sits) with fairly strong carbonation. First effort gets a pillowy 2+ fingers of dusted tan-white cream, latter pours are less consistent. Good lacing, sheets sticking in wide bands.

S: Hops may have mellowed a bit, but they still pack some punch: a juicy orange citrus, a flowery herbalness, light pine, a doughy and honey-spiced sweet roll.

T: Tangy citrus, spiced orange slices, hints of grass and a subdued evergreen. Caramel oozes from the crevasses, balancing that tasty spicy/piney hopping. Well done - not the most complex DIPA ever, but plenty tasty.

M: Quite smooth, creamy. Carbonation drifts away, feel is coating but in no way sticky. Slightly light body for a big DIPA (9%) but alcohol hides very well.

D: Very enjoyable, beautiful balance, the kind of DIPA I find generally much more satisfying than the beat-you-over-the-head hop bombs. A very good accompaniment with a pasta puttanesca (believe it or not) dinner.

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