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

Clear light amber with a nice two finger head that lasts and lasts. It falls slowly in sections leaving foamy mountains and very nice lacing.

Spicy, herbal, earthy in the nose. Multi-dimensional hop aroma that intrigues you and excites the senses.

Dryish flavor up front dominated by wonderful hop flavors. Super bitter, in a good way. Lingering hop flavor, not as sweet as some DIPA's, which is a nice change.

High attenuation leads to massive drinkablity in my book. The hop bitterness does not leave a bad aftertaste which makes it even more enjoyable. Try this beer if you are a hophead like me.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one after seeing it a bunch of times. Definitely a good one for the price. Appearance is a light copper color with a solid white head and a ton of lacing. Looks about as good as a DIPA could. Nose is strong on hops, but well balanced with spicy malt as well. Lots of fruitiness and some candy in there. Brown sugar. Not huge, but well balanced and very appetizing. Flavor is very good. Highly balanced, with strong, chalky fruity hops well balanced with caramel malt. A touch of roastiness. Not a hop bomb in the least, nor even that dominating in terms of the flavor, but a nice, drinkable DIPA. Body is appropriate to the style, carbonation is nice as well. Overall, a highly drinkable, high ABV DIPA. One I'd definitely go back to.

22 oz/$4.99/Wine Specialist

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Photo of Douglas14
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright pale-orange color with an absolutely incredible head that leaves a lot of lace and has great retention. Undoubtably, the best aspect of this beer. The nose is bright and clean. Fresh grass, pine, and citric aromas are mainly present. The taste is similar, but it is way maltier. It is very hard to tell that this is a 9% beer. The alcohol is covered very well. Awesome beer, awesome name.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jwelsh for this awesome beer!

A: A big and frothy white head that spanned about 4 or 5 fingers high! Yellow in appearance, this beverage also displayed an ample amount of carbonation. The lacing was also amazing as well, hugging the wall all the way down to the last sip....it almost looked like a really thick spider web. Probably one of the most impressive looking beers I've ever seen!

S: Robust orange aroma followed by hints and undertones of grapefruit, pines, and other citrus like fruits. Very unique in a good way...WOW!

T: Not the taste I was expecting...the piney and hop bitterness overcame the citrus qualities the smell gave off. It doesn't have the sweet malts I was anticipating either and seemed to be a bit chewy as well. Not sure what to think...a very good beer...but at the same time, it seemed to me that there could have been more malt sweetness and I would have like to see the orange flavors come out a little bit more.

M: Similar to Pliny the Elder...a bit chewy, but a lot more carbonation. Full-body as well.

D: Excellent...couldn't ask too much more out of a Double IPA.

Overall: Other than being a bit picky about the taste...this DIPA blew me away. An excellent beer and must try. Cheers!

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22-oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A = Vigorous pour gives a one finger bone white foamy head with good retention and heavy lacing, liquid is pretty clear with only a very slight chill haze, color is light orange amber with slight yellow tints around the edges.

S = Smells of citrus zest, some lemon and lime and only slightly of grapefruit, also a very light peppery smell of fresh cut hay shows up in the background. Very interesting but maybe not quite as forceful as expected from a DIPA.

T = Great bitterness and strong citrus fruits which like the smell consist mostly of lemon and lime with slight hints of grapefruit, in the background are some sweet flavors of a cinnamon bun but they are very slight as the bitterness really is the primary aspect and the malts take a backseat. That said, this is an East Coast DIPA and does not attempt to be a West Coast hopbomb. There is decent balance, but even the malt flavors are not really sweet but more that of cut grass, hay, fresh and wet grains.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, nice level of carbonation.

D = This one really grew on me as I drank it. I liked the head but was not too excited by the color, the smells were a little underwhelming. However, as I really started drinking it, I found myself wanting another sip almost immediately and wishing it weren't 9% ABV after I had finished the bottle.

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Photo of Overlord
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jwelsh for the extra!

Pours a bright golden orange. Interesting. Maybe three inches of white bubbly foam. I'll step out of my normal "category by category" reviews to say that this was a pretty well carbonated brew. Almost champagne like in its effervescence.

Smells herbally/medicinally, with a bit of lemon and bright citrus. What hops are these? No the typical DIPA profile. There is a huge grass aroma that I'm not used to.

Taste is also unique. Bright lemony/orangey-citrus, a weird metallic twang/zest, and more than a bit of sweet caramel malt. It's bracingly piney/grassy/bitter, and insanely dry on the tongue.

What a unique DIPA. I don't know if I would revisit, but it's nice to see what someone can do differently with the style.

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Photo of csmiley
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to PatronWizard for sending this my way.

A - Color is a medium gold with hints of orange. Head also has just a slight orange tint to it. It rises to about one inch and shows a decent retention. The lacing left in the glass is fantastic.

S - Starts out like a tobacco-wrapped, dirt-covered, pine cone...dipped in tree sap. Some mint sneaks in behind. Some orange peel is noticed in a distant background. Malt comes through at the end with caramel and a touch of bready goodness.

T - Hop flavor follows the aroma. Pine and tobacco start it off. A little resiny as well. It has a very earthy flavor at first. Citrus is harder to pick out than expected. Some orange and lemon notes tend to come and go in the flavor. Caramel shows itself toward the end with a distinct biscuit that finishes it all off. Alcohol is hidden well in this brew.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is very bitter at first but quickly fades to something a bit more approachable.

D - Drinkability is good. Very light and refreshing given the high abv. The alcohol does show just enough presence to keep this one from going too fast though. The hop profile is interesting and breaks away from the citrus laden Double IPA's that seem to be coming out now. That kind of works for me. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this one out. Plus...gotta love that name.

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Photo of jsp2
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a thick crested head of foam that slowly subsides and clings. Smells of a weak grapefruit citrus with a metallic element. A note of toasted malt is present. Tastes a slightly fruity sweetness with plenty of malt, followed by a delicate and delicious herbal hop flavor that has grapefruit and citrus elements but isn't overpowered by them. A well balanced DIPA in the east coast style with a huge malt backbone. Delicious beer. Carbonation is quite low which makes the hops more enjoyable. Dangerously drinkable for it's %.

A malty, big and balanced IPA. Hopheads may not prefer this version but the hops seem to have more nuances when balanced this well.

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

i gotta say first that this is the best 9% beer at hiding it's abv -
poured a cold pint that showed a mildly hazy golden orange color - i let the bomber sit out so the second glass would be warmed -
and in this case, better - a nice fresh aroma - taste is real nice - good hop action without the 'in your face' kick you get from other double ipa's - feels nice and clean in the mouth - good thing i only have one of these on hand tonite - incredibly drinkable for 9%abv - i'm sorry it's gone ...i'll get a few more soon!

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

Copper body with some white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

A pretty strong caramel smell comes through with all kinds of hops following it. Some spicy notes, some pine, a little bit of bitterness. Overall probably a little sweeter and stronger on the caramel side than I would expect.

This is really hoppy. The strength of caramel that I noticed in the nose doesn't really carry over. Lots of spicy notes with some pine. Just a bit of caramel comes through. Finishes with some bitter grapefruit flavor. Pretty good, probably a hophead type of DIPA.

Thin bodied, slightly oily. Average carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, something I would recommend to hopheads.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear copper/golden color with nice tiny bubbles and a terrific, off white chunky head that hangs on to the sides of the glass for dear life. Great lacing.

S - Pine, malt, and dried leather.

T - Fresh grapefruit, malt, pine & leather. Delicious!

M - Has a wonderful creaminess to it without being overly rich. The carbonation is perfect and does a nice job of making this a classy Pale Ale.

D - Very nice ale for year 'round pleasure and in my opinion is probably spicy food friendly (e.g., Mexican, perhaps Indian). I'd drink this again in a heart beat.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to biggness for this one.

A - Very clear rusty orange color. Thin off-white head slowly fades to an off-white cap. Solid sheets of lace.

S - Rather sweet aroma of caramel malts with a nice dose of citrus and pine hops. A little on the sweet side for my usual likeing, but this combination is excellent.

T - Sweet caramel initially, stronger than I look for in most DIPA's. Hoppiness comes in quickly though with very strong earthy notes. Hints of pine as well with the faintest hint of grapefruit. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

M/D - Medium to full boided and somewhat chewy feel. Bitterness lingers and alcohol is very well masked.

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

A - Murky honey, nice head, leaves ring, great sticky lacing.

S - Deep sweet malt, pine and grapefruit.

T - Taste follows smell, only more intense.

M - GREAT carb, coat and balance.

D - On and on, baby. I was wonderfully impressed by this one. I have had it in the cellar for some time, but it did not disappoint in any way.

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Photo of akorsak
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a firkin.

Appearance: The ale is a very hazy pour (coming from a firkin, that is not surprising or unexpected) and ends up as a dark amber ale.

Smell: The hoppy spiciness grabs you first in the nose. Even with the firkining (which I find can mellow the aromas), the US Northwest varietals are strong and citrusy.

Taste: The hops may be a bit overdone here. The bitterness grabs you from the get go and does not let go. The hops give the beer a grapefruity flavor (when flavor is allowed to get through the hop blast).

Mouthfeel: See my comments above in taste, the hops could strip your tongue clean.

Drinkability: The strong hop character limits the drinkability.

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

Reviewed on 6/19/08. Growler. Pours orange, clear, with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, citrus and piney hops. Flavor is of sweet malt with a bitter hops finish. Palate is medium-heavy, but for 9.1%, it's pretty light. Mellows a bit as you drink. Quite tasty!
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i finally get to crack one of the best named beers...ever.

bottle opened with no sound. silence scares me. pours more like a pale ale. a crystal clear golden yellow. very little head. maybe half a finger, moderate amounts of white lacing stay on the glass.

smell. grassy. seriously feels like i just put my face in a bag of grass clippings. maybe a hint of citrus. but mostly just earthy goodness.

my taste score has changed three times now. cold im not a big fan of this. but as it warms this beer really comes into its own. this beer is very subtle. small hop bitterness.

mouth is creamy. smooth. silky. not very carbonated. a great bittersweet aftertaste.

very drinkable beer. nice. the name might make it that much cooler. but i would suggest this beer to anyone. it is definitely a good time

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Photo of tadowdaddy
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very clear pale amber with about an inch of head and very big lacing.

S- Very much a hop bomb. Citrus and floral hops fill the nostrils.

T- Hops initially, hops in the middle, and hops after you swallow it. Pretty bitter beer, which I really love. Citrus and pine are the hops that I get from this beer. No malt, anywhere. Not in the background, not in the foreground period. Could be a bit more balanced, but with that being said, I do love hops, and love the way this beer tastes.

M- Easy on the mouth. Oily and a bit lighter than I originally expected, and the bitter aftertaste lingers for quite some time.

D- Due to how thin this beer is, it's easily drinkable. No notice of the 9% abv makes this something that I feel like I could session.

Thanks Miamifan1354 for trading me this beer!

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Photo of abecall98
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thank you Mr. Reagan1984 for this trade.

A - very pale, a little more cloudy than your average IPA, but the head retained very very well, and stuck to the glass in a great manner

S - Very Very bitter. Almost overpowering. But, the smell of the hops was delicious none the less.

T - Great. For a 9.0% alc. beer, it was undetectable. The taste of was fresh hops and almost followed with a grassy sweet flavor. Bitterness was perfect, and not overpowering like the smell, hence why the taste got a better score.

M - Perfect. Carbonation levels were great, left my mouth with that dry hoppy taste that has you craving more.

D - Aftertaste is rather bitter, and this will buzz you quick. Not necessarily filling, but doesn't make you want to session. If it wasn't for the aftertaste as it warms up, I would rate this higher. However, for a 9.0 % alc beer, this definitely overshadows plenty of lower alc. beers.

Overall, this beer is one I would buy again and again, if only it was distributed nearby. Hope to trade again in the future for this bad boy.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Bright gold; touch of bronze. Crystal clear and 1.5" of fluffy, sticky head.

S. Oily and resinous hops jumping out with floral and citrus. Also, I get some perfumy aromas from the hops. Mix that with sweet honey and light caramel malts to balance.

T. Pleasantly bitter with dirt-y and earthy hops. Malt adds a clean touch of balance alcohol is well hidden and the finish is dry. I really like this brew.

M. A little thin for an IIPA but carbonation is spot on.

D. Oh-so-drinkable. I could easily drink this 22 myself.

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

22oz bottle received from gregc as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks, Greg! Into my Sam Smith nonic

A: Mildly hazy coppery-orange with an off-white head comprised of a ton of large-ish bubbles. Decent head that recedes to a disk, leaving a good bit of lace. Solid.

S: On the nose, this has a good bit of citrus and earthy hops with some wet grass and some spiciness. Malt sweetness is mild and caramel in nature

T: On the palate, this is more along the lines of an English IPA with some earthy and spicy hops dominating. Spices are in the form of some mild cumin and coriander seeds. Mild citrus as well with some alcohol throwing on some mild heat. While there isn't much malt to speak of, there's a hint of sweetness. The hops are a bit crazy, though, in a way, it reminds me of the Kalamazoo Hopsolution with the hint of mint that's present. Definitely herbal. Solid. Dry on the finish with some herbal hop character present

M: Light-to-medium in body with ample carbonation and a solid, dry,spicy finish

D: I've probably drunk IIPAs faster than this but this has been an interesting albeit not fantastic beer.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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. A lot of pine in between. The mouthfeel was moderate and was not sticky or harsh. The beer is drinkable if you can get past the high ABV.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
August 22, 2008

Great hoppy scent, pours nice and golden with a large head that is especially doughy after settling. Strong hop flavor that's hampered by a bit of a watery texture. Really hoppy, but only hoppy. A lot of piney, grassy feeling. A little bit plain compared to other imperial IPAs such as Dogfish Head. This beer seems to rely on hops, whereas the DFH brew has plenty of complex, light fruits to balance out the hops. A bit of a letdown but still a must try for hopheads.

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Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, courtesy of jctribe25, pours a hazy orange amber body with a small offwhite head that sheds some average lacing.

Aroma is raw and earthy hops, floral and a bit grassy. Just a hint of caramel underneath.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and some hop oils on the tongue.

Taste is dominated by hop bitterness. Earthy, pithy, leafy and floral. Backnotes of pear and apple add some interest. Malt presence is somewhat grainy and struggles to balance. Finishes clean with a sustained hop bitterness. Alcohol is well concealed.

I prefer citrusy hops which are lacking here. Still, a nicely done DIPA that is almost closer to an IPA in character.

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Photo of dgherm
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a nonic pint glass.
Had a nice frohty white head. The liquid was a clear golden color.
Faint smell of floral hops. The taste had nice hop kick, not overpowering but very prevalent. No malty backbone to speak of.
The brew was nicely carbonated, however no lacing was evident on the glass.
Very drinkable for a 9% beer.
Overall I really enjoyed this double IPA, lots of hoppy flavor, but no hint of alchol taste was present.

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Photo of argock
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Translucent orange-rust hue with an impressive 2-finger light beige head with clumps of head and lace sticking to the glass.

S: A little light in the nose with mainly floral and honeysuckle hops aromas and sweet pale malt.

T: The taste, however, is much more complex than the aromas suggest. The hops profile is extremely robust and earthy overall with a light floral note up front followed by multiple herbal, woody, and spicy hops flavors. There are no real citrus or pine notes, but they aren't really missed. The malt flavors are predominantly pale malts which let the complex hops flavors shine through.

M: The mouthfeel is okay but feels a little thin, especially for a DIPA. The thick coating sensation is not really there. The carbonation is low and the aftertaste is pleasant spicy, herbal hops.

D: This an eminently drinkable brew as the 9% ABV is not at all apparent. I think of this beer as more fitting the IPA category by feel and flavor, but it is still a really enjoyable beer, especially if you enjoy spicy, herbal hopped ales. This beer was a great value as well at $4.49 for a 22oz bomber.

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