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

22 ounce Brown bomber of Hoptimus Prime. Nice depiction of a "Hop Man" on the label, but it is not clear what he would transform into. The beer poured a clear copper hue with an inch of slightly sticky head. The aroma is dominated by flowery pine hops but malt sweetness is also present. A dark fruitiness comes through as well. A sweet berry fruitiness comes through on the palate initially but then is quickly overwhelmed a large wave of hops. Pine, citrus, and bitterness crash over the palate, but the lingering ghost of sweetness is enough to hold it all together. The high alcohol content is noticeable on the way down. A little slick on the palate but leaves the mouth very dry.

A little different than I was expecting, but in a pleasing way. Hard to drink too many due to the alcohol and dryness, but definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of gford217
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottles courtesy of cedromar and hopflop poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear deep amber with a dense one-finger head that shows very good retention and leaves only a hint of delicate lacing. Aroma starts with a big pine hop presence which gives way to a generous biscuity malt backbone and a citrus hop smell with grapefruit and oranges. The taste matches the smell with a bitter pine resin taste up front followed by the bready malt sweetness. The hop bitterness comes back in full force in the finish and lingers between sips. The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and a crisp yet bitter finish. This is a good DIPA, but the drinkability is limited by the bitterness.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of zerofear13
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the most clever names I've ever seen on a beer. It begged to be drank. Poured out golden brown with a full head. Retention wasn't any particular. Smelled of citrus tones and possibly cascade hops. Taste was surprisingly sweet. The sweet malts are shockingly present - and the bitter hops seem to be an after taste, but believe me, it is one bitter experience when it kicks in. Incredibly dry and hoppy at the end. I was shocked to find that it was 9% ABV because it does very well to mask the high alcohol content.

Overall, a good beer. Great for hop-lovers, I imagine, but odd that it was borderline overly sweet in the beginning. If nothing else, try it for the name's sake.

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

I got the chance to try this at a little beer tasting done by local BAs.

Pours a nice amber color with a great head.

Nice sweet malt with some nice hopps in there.

The taste is all hops. The malt gets some time to shine in the finish, but this beer is all about the hops.

Lots of bite and carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

Nicely drinkable, but a bit too much bite for me. Still a good beer.

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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 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 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 smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good lasting off white head; leaves generous lace. Cloudy with a neutral amber color.

Pine smelling hop in the nose. Very little malt. Spot on for the style.

Continually bitter throughout the taste. The malt provides the neutral body and the higher than average carbonation but not flavor. But the story here is highly spiced hop bite. It is particularly dramatic in the aftertaste that is sustained for a very long time.

I wouldn't describe this beer as a "drinkable" one, but it is on the edge of extreme for the hop-heads. I like this because I am one.

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Photo of thekanna
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing, turbulent gold the color of a wheat field, which settles into a light amber with active effervescence and 2 fingers of lacy, off-white head.

S: A very sharp, pungent hop and citrus flavor, with a slight bit of funk and some pear.

T: Powerful, bitter, slightly herbal hop bite, with a light phenolic character, citrus and pear notes.

M: Juicy with less carbonation than I thought judging from the look. The ample hop content causes the mouth to pucker and the tongue to go slightly numb.

D: Wow, this is strong. And bitter. The bitterness is pleasant after a while though and it becomes a more enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Drank from a pint glass.

A: Clear golden/light amber body. Tall white fluffy head settled slowly covering the glass in lacing.

S: Balanced between sweet malts and citrus and floral hops.

T: Plenty of hop bitterness but a bigger malt presence then many double IPA's I've had in the past. Caramel malt and citrus and floral hop notes. Flavors become more varied and pronounced as the beer warmed.

M: Medium bodied. Crisp with plenty of carbonation.

D: Very easy drinking and quite refreshing for 9% abv. Extremely balanced for a Double IPA.

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

A: Pours a bright golden orange color with a huge frothy white head.

S: There is some hoppiness on the nose but not as much as expected.light cascade notes with dry citrus and some grass notes.

T: Likewise for flavor the beer is evenly hopped but more like moderate ipa then a double ipa from what its name suggests. The flavor is clean, pale malting, a well balanced hoppiness.There is some flowery hops and a dry finish along with some fresh citrus, pine and oranges for flavor.

M: soft carbonation and light mouthful. A 9.0%abv but honestly doesn't drink like one.

D: Overall a moderate ipa at best, would make for a good session ipa if not for the 9.0%abv.

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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 adamb02155
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lighter than expected, but still a nice honey color w/ a decent head on pouring.

S - Not overpowering floral scent.

T - Suprisingly crisp and clean for a double IPA. A little bitterness, but by no means unpleasant.

M - The body is very good on this double IPA. Some I have found to be a little too heavily bodied, but this one is medium and not syrupy at all.

D - Goes down easier than some of the other doubles I have had. Maybe too easy given the ABV! A nice find.

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

It pours a flashy clear and Goldfinger ingot gold. Two fingers of frothy eggshell white head sink to a foamy quilt. Crests of lacing groove the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the malt is meaty and sweet with caramel, berry, and a dab of dark cherry. Citrus and pine belie a hop presence, and veil a hint of beefy alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt plays through first, but barely, as caramel, blueberry, and a touch of candy twist sweetly. Then come the hops, boasting grapefruit, mandarin orange, and a flutter of pine. Alcohol is more of a presence here, marching to some boisterous orders. A blush of residual sweetness and baked dough are dried by a blossom of bitterness that lingers long and just short of perhaps too long. It's fairly mainstream, but tasty enough for its efforts.

Medium bodied, the grain lends a chewy bit to compliment a slick, crisp hop notation.

OK, from a more geeky angle, I love the name. But while the aroma comes up just a bit thin, the final impression is a real positive, even if it doesn't quite live up to its grand name. A gutsy ABV stresses caution, but it's never too wet a blanket over the drinkability. So it's not more than meets the eye, but it delivers well, in its way.

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Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

I've wanted to try this IIPA for a long time now and thanks to Dyan's huge LNBA BIF box, now's the time. Thanks Dyan! Hoptimus Prime pours apricot orange with haziness dense enough to keep me from seeing through the glass. Two fingers worth of clean white head formed on a gentle pour and eventually receded to a skim coat with a thick collar. Thin jagged lacing gets left behind after each drink.

This IIPA has a unique nose that I can't decide if I like or not. The hop profile has solid grapefruit pith and orange peel presence but what make it unique are the big herbal qualities. There is a heavy handed dose of biscuity malts that work to balance the hoppiness but fall short. The herbal earthiness brings some dirty qualities to the nose.

Biscuity and pale malt sweetness starts things off and lays down a solid backbone for the hops to shine. Grapefruit pith pushes back the orange peel the nose suggested while the herbal hoppiness joins in mid-palate and pushes through the finish. The swallow brings an aspirin-like bitterness that lingers until the next drink. The bitterness of this IIPA is in the back of the throat.

The body is on the more moderate side of heavy with a little stick after the swallow. Moderate bitterness coats the tongue while stronger bitterness fills the throat. The carbonation is easy so the body flows through at its own pace.

This is a pretty easy drinker for sporting such a high abv. The bitterness grows over time but who doesn't love that? This bomber is disappearing pretty quickly.

I was unsure about this IIPA when I first started drinking it. The herbal hoppiness threw me off but it faded over time and I really started liking this beer. Thanks again for this IIPA and the LNBA box Dyan!

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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 rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a bright copper crystal clear head with a swirl of tiny bubbles trailing up to a creamy off-white head that has craters a bit like the surface of the moon. The head last for a good bit.

S- The hint of sweetness gives way to a big green hop aroma with some earthy notes and a note of crushed green tree leaves at the finish.

T- This beer has a big pungent green hop taste right off the bat. There are notes of light fruit like peaches in the hops and a pungent hop flavor lingers after each sip almost staining my tongue.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat. The soft carbonation at the finish does boost the hop bitterness.

D- This beer has a monster hop flavor with some interesting notes but no real depth of flavor or supporting malt flavor.

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