Hoptimus Prime | Legacy Brewing Co.

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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.

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229
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263
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, served in a standard pint glass.

A - clear, golden yellow color with a fluffy white head of foamy bubbles that fell to a layer, leaving lots of sticky lacing behind.

S - strong citrus hop aroma.

T - bitter citrus flavor, all hops, sweetness hits quickly before a bitter finish.

M - medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - easy drinking brew, be aware of the abv.

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

22oz. bomber into shaker pint glass on 8/23/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear amber/orange body with one-finger foamy white head that retained quite well. Sparse carbonation and very nice body clarity.

S - First whiff... wow! Nugget hops? Spicy and peppery with lots of juicy citrus fruit as well as a sweet caramel and bready malt base.

T - Starts off with plenty of hop bitterness with juicy citrus fruit and hints of pepper and spices. Some sweet caramel and burnt sugar emerges, followed by loads of toasted grains and bready malt in the finish.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Heavy bitterness envelopes the tongue and spreads all over the palate. There's also a nice spicy kick to complement the clingy, sticky hops.

D - Very nice... better than I had anticipated. Has a nice lingering bitterness, but it is still well-balanced with plenty of malt goodness and a pleasant grainy/bready character. Very nice DIPA.

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Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, courtesy of jctribe25, pours a hazy orange amber body with a small offwhite head that sheds some average lacing.

Aroma is raw and earthy hops, floral and a bit grassy. Just a hint of caramel underneath.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and some hop oils on the tongue.

Taste is dominated by hop bitterness. Earthy, pithy, leafy and floral. Backnotes of pear and apple add some interest. Malt presence is somewhat grainy and struggles to balance. Finishes clean with a sustained hop bitterness. Alcohol is well concealed.

I prefer citrusy hops which are lacking here. Still, a nicely done DIPA that is almost closer to an IPA in character.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 22 oz. bottle of this ultra cool-named DIPA by AdamB84 late last fall; it's been lurking in a dark corner of the cellar ever since. Chilled to about 45F, poured to pint glass. Since it's been about 4 months since I received this, I'm willing to guess hops have mellowed a little/are past their 'prime', but we'll see...

A: Honeyed-amber pour, mostly clear (much hazier in the last few ounces where the fallout sits) with fairly strong carbonation. First effort gets a pillowy 2+ fingers of dusted tan-white cream, latter pours are less consistent. Good lacing, sheets sticking in wide bands.

S: Hops may have mellowed a bit, but they still pack some punch: a juicy orange citrus, a flowery herbalness, light pine, a doughy and honey-spiced sweet roll.

T: Tangy citrus, spiced orange slices, hints of grass and a subdued evergreen. Caramel oozes from the crevasses, balancing that tasty spicy/piney hopping. Well done - not the most complex DIPA ever, but plenty tasty.

M: Quite smooth, creamy. Carbonation drifts away, feel is coating but in no way sticky. Slightly light body for a big DIPA (9%) but alcohol hides very well.

D: Very enjoyable, beautiful balance, the kind of DIPA I find generally much more satisfying than the beat-you-over-the-head hop bombs. A very good accompaniment with a pasta puttanesca (believe it or not) dinner.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky honey, nice head, leaves ring, great sticky lacing.

S - Deep sweet malt, pine and grapefruit.

T - Taste follows smell, only more intense.

M - GREAT carb, coat and balance.

D - On and on, baby. I was wonderfully impressed by this one. I have had it in the cellar for some time, but it did not disappoint in any way.

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Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased the last 3 x 22oz bombers from my local shop today. One is being offered in a trade, the other one was intended for sample tonight, and the third to be kept or traded depending on if I liked the initial sampling. This one is a winner and I will be keeping the third bottle after trading the second.

Appearance -orange to amber brew with single finger head of white foam. it shows a fair amount of head retention and lacing.

Smell - Lots of pineapple like citrus coupled with a back bone of subdued bitterness. Some bready and sweet notes as well. I'm not getting any spicyness or pepperyness from this DIPA which is a bonus for me.

Taste - The initial taste experience is all hoppy bitter goodness that then blends with the pineapple and grapefruit qualities. A dash of pepper comes through for a second and then yields to a bread like malt finish. Grapefruit dominates the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy mouthfeel from a moderate amount of carbonation coupled with a medium body.

Drinkability - Wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed this DIPA.... A new found gem.

Side Note: This beers taste declines sharply as it gets older. If your sample isn't fresh you aren't getting this one in its best light. I've been sadly disappointed with older samples and thoroughly impressed by fresh ones.

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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 Metalmonk
3.21/5  rDev -20%
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 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 GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a crystal clear, tawny gold color. Capping this is a bright white head that left some pretty curtains of lace behind.

S: Strong aromas of toasty malt and citrus slathered in rich pine tar. Fresh roadside stand caramel.

T: Sweet caramel and pine with a dose of spicy citrus and alcohol. Hints of aspirin.

M: Thick and creamy. Surprisingly smooth with a touch of alcohol burn.

D: Drinks like an IPA @ around 6-7%. It fooled us into drinking it a little too fast and we were rewarded with some pretty pink cheeks by the end of the glass!

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Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.
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