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:
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Added by ggaughan on 07-29-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Amber color with beautiful carbonation. Deep white head with lots of clumpy lacing on side of glass. Smells of distant floral peach/apricot/ citrus scent. Well balanced bitter and aroma hops hit the tongue nicely without assaulting. Cascade, Cents, Amirillo? Whatever it's nice on the aftertaste. Very drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear copper hue of amber comparable to a shiny new penny. Small airy head that dissipates quickly leaving a white wash of lacing.

The smell is a balanced mix of spicy, herbal hops and rich sugary sweet malts. I get the pungent spice of a variety of hops that eludes me right now, fresh cut green grass, pepper and fresh bread with constant underlying alcoholic phenols.

The taste overwhelms the palate with tons of fruity esters, pear, green apple, guava and tamarind come to mind heavily. The malt backbone is crushing, sweet, rich and very pronounced almost overshadowing the hoppy bitterness and spice that finally comes through in the finish. The alcohol is noticed all the way from start to finish, but is never overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is pretty on point, with the pronounced malt character I would expect a much more syrupy brew, which it's not. Carbonation is on the low side which is not a bad thing. I have to say that this brew feels really nice in your mouth.

Overall, this encompasses what I expect out an East Coast DIPA. On the malty side, 9% and extremely drinkable, EXTREMELY drinkable. This is something that I will definitely seek out again.

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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 MrMonkey
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sholland119 for tossing this one my way!

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

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

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

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and smooth.

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

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Photo of JeffV
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great head and retention. Beautiful color. I wish I could stare at this more but I am going to start drinking.

Smells hoppy. Bout it.

Tastes hoppy but much smoother and more nuanced than expected. This is not your average hop bomb even if it claims to be.

It's a little blah on the pallat though.

Surprisingly drinkable.

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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 Proteus93
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Legacy- Hoptimus Prime

A- Clear golden orange with a thick heavy lacing head.
S- Big bitter pine hops with grains and a touch of grapefruit.
T- Big bitter citrus. Grapefruit rind with pine. Toasty grains and malt come through.
M- Initially big bitterness, but this 1 tones down into a sweeter maltier DIPA.

Overall- Good, tasty, sessionable. A few pints of Hoptimus would be a good evening!

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a lovely 2" fluffy head. Some mild lacing developed.

Smell: pine and grapefruit rise from the glass and is easy to detect through the nose.

Taste: nice malt profile with pine, grapefruit, light alcohol tones, and some green grapes. Bitterness is strong but well balanced versus the malt.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light prickliness at the start, smooth and mildly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger a while.

Drinkability: very nice DIPA. More than one bomber would be easy to do, but the alcohol will catch up to you. Worth seeking this out.

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Photo of MikeGill
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 1/20/10

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful orange color, the beer damn near glowed in the glass. Fluffy white head which stayed almost to the end. Assertive nose with citrus, spices and some kind of dark baked bread.

Super complex with just the right amount of carbonation. Orangeade, honey and malt prickled by hop freshness. Think toasted bread with sweet cream butter, orange marmalade and a little bit of fresh chopped rosemary on top.

Hoptimus Prime is everything I want and expect from this style. It has hops through and through and its high alcohol is beautifully blended within the layers of this beers complex structure.

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Photo of pershan
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a clear, light amber with a thin white head into a pilsner glass. There was a subtle aroma of citrusy hops - expected a bit more from the name. However, the flavor more than made up for it, with a sharp, crisp, intense bite of hops in the first sip, followed by intense hop bitterness throughout the swallow and beyond - a clean, intensely hoppy brew. Nice carbonation and lacing as well, with virtually no hint of the high ABV content - a hop head's delight!

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Photo of jdaelhousen
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foamy pour that produces a golden colored body.

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

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

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

Overall, a fantastic imperial IPA from Legacy.

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

22oz bomber poured into a pint.

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

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

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

Smooth and creamy, medium bodied.

This guy was a breeze.

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

Split a bomber.

A:massive 2 fingers of white head that quickly disappeared. Some lacing. Light copper color.

S: Damn that smells like fresh hops. Citrus notes.

T: Hop bitterness up front. Then it goes into a hop sweetness. Basically this is a hop monster. There is only the faintest hints of malt.

M: Nice solid med body with a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right.

D: No hints of the ABV. Super drinkable and bonus points for the name and artwork. Definitely worth tracking down.

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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 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 jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangey amber with a white head that slowly becomes a patch. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of resin, pine syrup, tea-leaf, a bit musty/earthy. Quite the complex hop profile going on.

The taste is resiny, piney, floral, earthy - bitter. This is one hoppy brew. Nice blend, too, as it is very complex. There is just a hint of balancing sweetness in the finish to round it out.

Medium-to-full bodied, a bit syrupy with a late sweetness, despite bitterness in taste.

This is a hoppy one for sure. Alcohol pretty well-covered, though it does reveal itself slowly as it progresses. Very interesting.

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

22 oz Bottle poured in to my pint glass produced a large of white head that went to good layer of lace. The body was a amberish red in color

Tons of pine and citrus aromas from the hops a real good nose on this one

The flavor on this one is hop forward. Big citrus fruit and pine flavors. A nice sweet malt presence to keeps this brew drinkable. With a nice crisp carbonation and a medium body

A good brew had it with a bunch of hot wing and it made the meal. I would drink it again if the opportunity arises

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

Poured out of a 22 ouncer purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits.

A-This has a gorgeous amber color with a slight head that does not stay very long. Not crystal clear, but very little cloudiness to speak of.

S- When you go in for a whiff you are blasted with the piney hop aroma! Also a slight burnt woodiness to it, that may be indicative of the malt, as well as a slight fruit scent as it warms.

T- Not surprisingly,considering the name, the primary taste here is of sticky pine hops. As it warms and you get further into it, you can pick up the slightest hint of fruit and the malt,which are balanced nicely.

M- Gives the tongue a dry, sticky coating, which is to be expected. the bitterness and dryness are balanced well.

Definitely a smooth, drinkable DIPA, not more than meets the eye here though, this is for the hophead, plain and simple.

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

Into a nonic, pours a clear amber with a slight copper hue, a very generous fluffy head and a whole lotta lacing. The aroma is by far a hoppy beast, lots of pine, lots of resin, lots of oils and an earthy feel. The taste follows suit, a bitter hoppy sucker with plenty of the same hop notes, plus grapefruit, a bit of caramel sweetness, but not much, and as hoppy a bastard as it is, its actually quite smooth and easy to drink, which is quite a feat. The mouth obviously holds a lot of bitterness, but its also pretty smooth, with good body. In all, its really quite a beer, a hop heads feast for sure, excellent.

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

I picked up this 22 oz bomber solely on it having a cool and amusing label (a man made of hop cones drinking a beer!). The fact that I'm a hophead and it's a double IPA was just a bonus! ;) Also noteworthy is that it is a 9.0% by volume, so it's a "heavy" beer.

Pouring into a glass, I notice it is very clear and has a nice white head on top of the golden orange color of the beer. The hop aroma is noticeable immediately after opening the bottle. The aroma is a piny-citrus smell that is very pleasant to my hophead nose.

Flavor is hoppy. Not a surprise, and glad it's not a disappointment (with a name like it has)! The hops are citrusy and definitely the major part of the overall flavor, which is primarily dry and bitter with very little malty character.

If you don't like American style Double IPAs then this beer is not for you. Don't get sucked into the cute label, just save your money and get something you will enjoy. If you enjoy heavily dry hoppy beer then this is a very tastey brew. Even water tastes sweet after this brew! I would have this again if given the opportunity.

Way to go Legacy Brewing!

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Photo of jorg2619
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prime pours a nice clear not quite pale orange color. The head is generous and almost white. I find the smell to be slightly underwhelming for an imperial IPA but the taste is not. The flavors that I caught where cat piss, citrus, piny tingling on the sides of my tongue. The fuller body is just right for an imperial. Though this beer is not the best I have had it is a good example of an double IPA that smacks me with hops and keeps me wanting to drink more.

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