Hoptimus Prime | Legacy Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
263 Ratings
Hoptimus PrimeHoptimus Prime
BEER INFO

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
263
Reviews:
229
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
6
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Photo of corby112
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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 stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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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 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 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 jrallen34
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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 glid02
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at an unnamed package store on P St. near Dupont Circle in Washington DC. A guy I talked to at the Brickskeller said it was new, and I'd add it if I knew the address and phone no.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. There are bubbles constantly streaming from the bottom that keep the head from receding to less than a pancake on top. Lacing is phenomenal, I can track my sips.

Smells good. Loads of citrus and floral hop aromas.

Tastes very good. Sweet malts with a hint of citrus flavors up front, followed shortly by a huge wallop of bitterness. The bitterness dries out the finish and sticks around for a while after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. The constant stream of bubbles keeps the carbonation low but smooth, and there's a good thickness.

Drinkability is great. I have a hard time finding the alcohol in this, and I'm a big fan of bitter beers (take that Keystone).

Overall this is a very nice DIPA. I'm glad that I picked this one up, as it's one of those DIPA's where the alcohol isn't so high that I don't really get a hop wallop, but it's high enough to make me feel really good. Definitely give this one a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of ccrida
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a stem glass, Hoptimus Prime is a clear copper gold with a small off-white head leaving scattered foam.

Smell is damp, grassy, herbal hops. Very earthy, tea like, but pretty subdued.

Taste is very spicy hops with a touch of pine, fairly bitter, with a lingering hoppy finish. No real malt character, just a touch of toast.

Mouthfeel is slick, light bodied for the size, with a prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty high. While not the most exciting DIPA out there, it's fairly taste, smooth, easy on the belly, low priced, and gives absolutely no indication of the high ABV. Well made and dangerous, but a little subdued (although of course it would be better fresh).

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

22oz bottle, courtsey of bort

consumed on great taste of the midwest ticket-day.

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip, bright hazy copper body, frothy white lace

smell: hoppy nose, grapefruit and pine...blurry and lacking a punch

taste: this DIPA has a stingingly high bitterness level, grapefruit peel and pine but not much else. this beer is a tongue-smacker

mouthfeel: stick hops, high bitterness

drinkability: ok

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy gold with white head. It smelled like strong grapefruit hops with pineapple sweetness and a bit of caramel malt. It tasted like very bitter grapefruit hops with some sweet pineapple and a bit of basic malt. It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation, and had a lasting very bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean and super bitter beer. It had good flavor, but it would be interesting to age it for a year or two to mellow the hops and bring out more malty sweetness. I think that would help give this beer better balance. But for the hop-lovers, this is a great drink.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This DIPA bomber poured a clear light copper color with a goodly white head and medium lacing. The aroma is grapefruit hops and grass malt, a very tasteful and inviting blend with a slight leaning in the malt direction. The flavor is fresh grapefruit hops with a touch of lake water, plenty of malt background here, and a somewhat resinous feel. Midland carbonation, overall quite drinkable and tastey. You can reach down and detect some banana going on here, some caramel. Very enjoyable effort.

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Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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 Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with an average white head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The smell is of piney grapefruit hops and some honey malt. Nothing crazy for a DIPA. The taste is a grapefruit hop, more on the bitter side. There is a sweet malt but nothing that would hide the hoppiness. There is an odd funk flavor that I can't quite but my finger on; perhaps a slight buttery malt flavor. The feel is light and fizzy, a bit slicky and sticky; finishes with a grapefruit rind bitterness. This is a bit of a strike out for me. Not the best hop profile out there, a bit harsh and that funk taste is throwing me off. Its not a sugar bomb which is nice. Just ok, nothing special.

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

Appearance: It's a little hazy and golden brown in color. Looks slightly orange. It's got an off white one and a half finger head. Retention was very average and lacing was spotty and very light.

Smell: Citrus grapefruit and pineapple hit the nose first and give it a very a sweet smell. Hops are pretty diverse as they possess some piney and floral characteristics. It's more malty than I expected. Pale and caramel malts are both noted. Nice earthy smell rounds it out along with just a hint of alcohol.

Taste: It's definitely sweet and citrusy. Grapefruit and pineapple combo is nicely done. Hops don't waste any time jumping into the mix adding a bitter kick. The hop profile is broad and well done. I don't know the bill here, but there's a nice combo of piney bitterness and floral earthiness. It's a little grainy. Caramel and pale malts are sweet and balance it out a lot. Too much actually. Alcohol is only faintly noted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and pretty smooth. Carbonation is nice and crisp. It's not quite creamy, but it's got a nice feel. Drinkability is good, but far from exceptional. I'm good with a single bomber. It's a little too big and not quite good enough to warrant a session.

This is an interesting, good DIPA. The name isn't quite consistent with the product. Perhaps I'm just perceiving it the wrong way. It's a big, diversified effort in terms of the hop bill. But, it's not an all out, palate bashing bitter DIPA. It's too balanced for that. Not sure what Legacy was going for. In any event, it's a good beer and more than worth checking out.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 tpd975
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one I had wanted to try, glad I came across it on my trip to NYC.

A: A rather clear, light golden yellow hue with a big puffy white head. The head did die down, but lots of nice thick lacing was left behind. Nice Start!

S: Lots of nice strong citrus notes with just a hint of breadiness..

T: Damn, I wanted more hops. First and foremost I taste malt. Nice bready sweet sourdough type malt. Next comes the bitterness of citric hops which does linger on the tongue thru the finish. I realize a DIPA is about balance, but I wish it was a bit more hop forward.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: High marks here because this is one easy drinking brew. There is no hint of the ABV that this one packs.

Overall: Pretty good. If they threw a few more hops into the brew kettle this would be world class. As it is, it's a nice smelling, easy drinking DIPA that needs a few more hops.

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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 JayQue
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orange color with an average size white head. Average head retention for a 9.0 abv beer. Good lacing.
Smell was good but not that strong for a DIPA. Citrus and hops primarily. The taste was pretty good. Strong citrusy hops but not too bitter - probably some balance here but the malt not noticeable.

The flavor seems to cut off after a while - the alcohol? more bitterness than I noticed? I don't know. I have had more lasting flavor with other IPAs/DIPAs.

Mouthfeel was a bit light. Drinkability was good. It went down very easy and the alcohol was not that noticeable. I like Avery Maharajah better, but this was a fine brew as well.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz single bottle purchased from Island City in Long Island, NY for $5.99...
My last beer from this company was Midnight Wit, which was something of a let down for me... This one on the other hand, was an excellent depiction of an Imperial IPA...
A slow, steady pour yielded a light-copper, amber, tawny color with a minimal foamy head that left a minimal amount of lacing... Rising carbonation also visible...
Strong aroma dominated by rich, fresh hops and caramel along with a tinge of vanilla...
Superb, full-flavored, big-body taste, with a strong suggestion of hops, fresh florals, ripe fruit, apples, and a touch of semi-sweet bitterness that made this an all-around, easily drinkable IPA worthy of praise...
Good stuff, with a great, creamy, rich, flavorful mouthfeel along with an equally great level of drinkability make this one a winner...
Good stuff...
Recommended...

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Photo of david18
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%
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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Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
4.01 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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