Hoptimus Prime | Legacy Brewing Co.

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Hoptimus PrimeHoptimus Prime

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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 RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And for our final offering for the evening, we have something that's been a long time coming. After a whole year of visits to Bierkraft (believe me, there have been a lot...who do you think put over 300 of the beers on BeerSpy?) I finally make the move to growlers. And what better a brewery to lose my Bierkraft growler virginity than Legacy?

Pours a nice brown touched gold with a thick off white head. Nose is extremely heavy floral hops with a soapy edge. Very, very perfumed character. Flavor is extremely smooth for a DIPA. I would never know this was 9% at all. Just a nice balanced hop ride that isn't blowing me away, but it carries just enough punch to make it interesting. For a double, it could be bringing more complexity. But it's still nice. Feel has a full carbonation and the liquid is nice. A nice production. Well done. Apologies to Legacy for taking so long to try any of their productions. But I guess this was as good a one as any to start with.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[a] medium-amber body, inviting, white head

[s] piney hops dominate with some sweet accents

[t/m] as far as dipa's go the hops were decent, pine and citrus up front... disappointing finish, rather flat and abrupt ending.. almost metalic emptyness... medium-full bodied, the aftertaste was rather off-putting

[d] rather standard dipa overall, a decent beer when you are craving some hops

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Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Imstillthegman
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at SPTR.

Came to me as a tulip glass filled with clear copper liquid. Thick off-white head that left some nice lacing.

Aroma was of enormous blend of hops. Cirtrus, spicy floral, pine resin...just lots of hop scents. Smelled delicious.

The flavor was a bitter hop bomb worthy of the Hoptimus Prime name. Citrus and herbs come through the strongest with some caramel malts fighting their way through right in the beginning. Sweetness doesn't last long, however, as this one transforms into the hop lovers delight that it is.

Medium body. The hops prick at your tastebuds just like you would expect them to after a couple of sips. It knows what it is and is not afraid to show it. Very enjoyable DIPA, but the 10% abv will keep me from having more than 2 or 4 or 6 (if I'm not driving!).

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Photo of kajerm
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Standard Tap. Pours cloudy and amber with a slight reddish cast. The head is about two fingers and hangs on forever, leaving streams of lingering lace down the side of the glass.

The aroma is hops, hops, hops, hops, and hops. I can't pin down the exact blend, but I taste pine (Centennial?) and light tropical citrus (probably Simcoe). I could stick my nose in this beer and keep it there for a year and a half-- the aroma profile is a hophead's wet dream.

Flavor, like aroma, is wall-to-wall hops. The beer opens up with orange rinds, mangoes, and a little pine; these hop flavors hang around, receding into a neat, tacky bitterness. The flavor-hopping never wholly disappears, which calms down the bitterness a little. This beer would definitely be overbittered if it weren't so aggressively flavor-hopped-- WHY don't more breweries do this in their DIPAs?

Mouthfeel is pretty much the only place malts are evident-- creamy and crisply carbonated; it'd be refreshing if I weren't so damn thirsty and the alpha content weren't so high, but if you're normally hydrated, this is very refreshing.

Great DIPA, it's nice to have it so fresh.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at RFD in Washington, DC today. And damn, who doesn't like the Transformers?!?

Appears a dense orange copper color, with a rich and creamy looking head. Leaves lots of caked-on lace. A very solid looking IPA. It has a very spicy citrus aroma. The hops just jump right out of the glass at you. There is a lot of hop madness going on in this beer, and you can tell just by smelling it. Tastes crisp and hoppy, with a very severe bitter pine finish. If you do not like hops, you will definitely get your ass kicked by this beer. It is hops personified and liquified, if you know what I mean. Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy. I'd personally say this is a great beer, but I'm not sure I'd rate it that high on the drinkability radar. If you're not a hophead, you're not going to like this beer. Plain and simple. If you looove hops, you simply must try this beer. And even then, it might kick your ass.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with an amber tint. Large head with impressive retention. Lots of lacing.

S - Pine hops, faint medicinal aroma, faint grapefruit pith as well. Faint caramel malt underneath.

T - Mild pine hops, medicinal. Aftertaste is a mesh between pine and medicinal bitterness. If there was pine flavored medice, this is how I think it would taste.

M - A tad harsh, medium boidied, frothy,. Refreshing-ish, could be a lot better though.

D - Okay, it is strong and not fantastic. I might try again if I find a bottle sometime. Though frankly, I doubt age would cull the medicine.

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Photo of ski271
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Zeno's. This was one I was really excited to try. I don't come across too many Legacy beers even here in central PA, and being a child in the 80's I love the name (Transformers and G.I. Joe after school every day!). Too bad the beer didn't liev up to how much I mentally hyped it up. Itr was good, just nothing all that noteworthy or special. Medium amber-gold with a small, off-white, creamy head that quickly diminishes to a film. Smell is hoppy. Floral and citrus with some decent spice and some mildy bready malt. Taste follows suit, except a bit more piney and fruity. Like I said, not bad, and I enjoyed this beer because I love the style. But compared to others of the same style it was just a little above average at best.

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Photo of Phatz
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transformers, More than meets the eye! ... Oh great nostalgia. I loved the transformer. I may still have some of the action figures. Regardless, I visited Union Jack's on the Manatawny on Tuesday and after a short conversation with Tom I leaned that Hoptimus Prime was the product of a home brew from one of his employee's. What an awesome story. It is now contracted to brew by legacy for all the UJ locations.

Appearance: Served a brilliant copper color with a white head and little lacing.

Smell: A bold hop nose showcases a plethora on hops. I am told nine different varieties of hop are in the monster and I believe it. a true sniffer.

Taste: Wow! now that is one hoppy beer. It is a grapefruity minty hop delight with a decent malt backbone but certainly dominated by all those hops.

Mouthfeel: Prickly hoppy and bitter but consistent and therefore it gives you a smooth sensation.

Drinkability: This is a beer for the Hop Heads. I believe they will be rejoicing. Well done.

Hope this is helpful.

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3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at hop devil grill.

A-Light golden yellow....light fluffy white head, with moderate lacing.
S-Really big hops...citrus orange, lemon, grapefruit.
T- Hops over done....I expected a little complexity but really there was only hops...Really bitter....and some alcohol....not malt balance to make any interesting or exciting flavors.
M/D- Bubbly for a DIPA...light, overall I might have been more impressed if this was marketed as an IPA, but when drinking something this high in alcohol I need it to be a little more complex. I wonder if I caught this one after its prime at the hop devil.

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Photo of plaid75
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong upfront oily hop aroma. Strong citrus and peppery elements.

The taste was comprised of a strong resiny citrus hop and a solid biscuity grain. Good pepperiness detected as well.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a very nice DIPA. Good ABV that is hidden by the strong hop profile.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint of this strong, hoppy brew @ the Legacy event at Hop Devil Grill in NYC a few weeks ago. It poured cloudy, medium amber, with a typical medium tan head, that left some light scatered lacing. The long sniff revealed a grainy hop nose. This is a full throttle hoppy beeer in the "SD" style. Very grainy and piney hop notes as it passes over the tongue. Love the style and was impressed by this ofering. Nice SD/CA style DIPA, hop lovers go get some and enjoy

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Photo of ggaughan
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a special release from Legacy, brewed with a recipe that was created by one of the bartender at Union Jack's on the Manatawny and made available for all Union Jack locations. Although this beer has been available at UJ's for a little while, I had the pleasure of trying it at their official release with folks from Legacy just last night.

The beer was poured from a tap handle with a picture of Optimus Prime (the Transformer and inspiration for the name I think) a cloudy golden/amberish color in a Legacy pint glass and had a medium off white head and some solid lacing. The nose of the beer was a hit of floral, citrus hops but with a malty sweet backbone that seemed to balance the aroma out well. The taste was equally hoppy, a big bit of piney, citrus hops but not overwhelming. There is a malty sweetness character on the back end that rounds this double IPA out really well. They also did a very good job of masking the high abv with a full flavored beer that has a medium body which all makes for a pretty darn drinkable beer. Cheers to the folks at Legacy and Union Jack's for this beer. I hope to see more of it.

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Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
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