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

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Added by ggaughan on 07-29-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of FishGetter
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin head thet reduces mostly. Rich copper color with orange tinge to it.
Very fregrant citrus hops with a hint of peachy boquet. Hints of sweetend malted barley and a touch of dry biscut nose.
Respectfull amount of hops bite sweetend by rich malts. Alchol creeps in at the end along with hoppy resins.
Mouthfeel builds to a medium body with modest agitation. Little dryness at the end.
I salute you hoptimus prime! Very much a west coast feel. Great offering here from an east coast brewery.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to joepais for this bottle.

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear amber-gold with a whisper-thin white head.

The aroma is sweet and malty with caramel, vanilla, grassy hops, biscuit, honey, and a bit of booze.

The taste is similar to the aroma with honey-sweet caramel malts along with a ripe fruitiness and light grassy hops. The finish is a tad soapy and has an added brightness from the 9% alcohol.

Medium bodied, sticky, and lightly carbonated.

For malt lovers this is a tasty IIPA from the folks at Legacy. I wish the hop presence had been more pronounced.

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Photo of brauseboof
3.24/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer poured a hazy copper with a fine 1" head
S - It Smelled a wee biscuity but quite faint at best
T - Taste was tad piney with the citrus bitterness, malt trying to come through
M - it was nicely carbonated, although a a bit watery
D - Twist my arm, and I think I could have another one

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Photo of Casey10
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad not great this one was okay maybe I was looking for a little bit more.

A - golden brown color. little head not much lacing.

S - light citrus, some hops good for the style.

T - didn't blow me away was okay with it some pine and some citrus.

M - Again above average, but not a lot going on here.

D - Maybe this was a bad bottle not sure I love Double IPA's but just wasn't getting that from this beer. So I would be willing to drink again but not searching it out.

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Photo of adamb02155
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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 billab914
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. Poured a nice copper color with a nice thick foamy white head. Laced nicely down the glass as well. Very light aroma, not nearly the hop presence of most of the DIPA's I have had. The malt was more predominant in the smell. Not a real strong hop presence in the taste either. I'm getting more of the maltiness then the hops. It does have a nice bitter finish but lacking the in your face hops I anticipate from DIPA. This isn't a bad beer, just not a great DIPA for me. My store just got these in so I can only assume it is a fresh batch and not one where the hops have faded over time. I enjoyed it but would probably choose a different DIPA when I'm in the mood for hops. Very drinkable for a 9% beer though.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Interesting name, we were waiting for this bottle to transform into a hopback or a whirlpool, but nothing happened. Crystal clear, weathered golden color. A head retention that is hard to beat, ample frothing and solid clinging action going on here. Clean floral aroma, thick hopping of wild flowers, pine, faint tobacco, evergreen and a mildly fruity nose. Creamy medium body with a modest yet deep smooth carbonation. Insane amounts of hop flavor, bitterness is deep but not overly sharp or harsh at all. Bitter herbal, woody and with an almost kale-like and even turnip green flavor rides under the pungency of the bitterness. Small but pronounced nugget of maltiness in the middle, a little sweet and toasty but the hops smack it back down. The continued onslaught of hops does not let up at all from sip to sip.

For what the style is (DIPA) it certainly hits the mark. Big, bold, hoppy, with a clean palate to let the hops rule. Malt is big enough to be the base but does not intrude too much. Alcohol is hidden from the massive hopping as well. A killer beer for the hophead in you.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I drank this beer from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a clear dark orange that has hint of brown in it. There is no head. The pour is watery and results in a couple white bubbles. The lacing is watery as well.

The aroma is very light, almost none at all. There are very light notes of hops of orange.

The taste is also very light but that's a good thing but its not like a light american macro. The beginning is light sweet orange then a light hoppy finish. I can't believe this is 9%, so light that I could crush a ton of this and then totally gone. Despite the drinkability, the mouthfeel is still heavier that you would think.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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 sophisticated
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -16.5%
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 +11%
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 -19.8%
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%
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 -37.5%
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%
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%
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 +2.8%
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 +5%
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 +6.3%
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%
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 -4.3%
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 +3.3%
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 -0.5%
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 -5.3%
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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Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 263 ratings