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

A: Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear orangey-amber with a 1.5-finger ivory head. Some lace left behind.

S: Some sweet malt, but mainly a nice mix of citrus fruit and pine. I like.

T: Some biscuity malt for foundation, but the primary taste is hop juice -- this lives up to its name. Citrusy, resiny hops at first, but then it finishes with a grassy dry-ness. Lingering aftertaste coats the mouth with a dry bitterness, leaving a taste of pine needles.

M: Lighter in heft than expected -- call it lighter side of medium.

D: Pretty good. Flavorful but not as heavy as others of this style. ABV isn't really noted, so it goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Legacy- Hoptimus Prime

A- Clear golden orange with a thick heavy lacing head.
S- Big bitter pine hops with grains and a touch of grapefruit.
T- Big bitter citrus. Grapefruit rind with pine. Toasty grains and malt come through.
M- Initially big bitterness, but this 1 tones down into a sweeter maltier DIPA.

Overall- Good, tasty, sessionable. A few pints of Hoptimus would be a good evening!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper body with some white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

A pretty strong caramel smell comes through with all kinds of hops following it. Some spicy notes, some pine, a little bit of bitterness. Overall probably a little sweeter and stronger on the caramel side than I would expect.

This is really hoppy. The strength of caramel that I noticed in the nose doesn't really carry over. Lots of spicy notes with some pine. Just a bit of caramel comes through. Finishes with some bitter grapefruit flavor. Pretty good, probably a hophead type of DIPA.

Thin bodied, slightly oily. Average carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, something I would recommend to hopheads.

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Photo of BigMike
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a super thick and creamy two finger head.
Smells a little piney with some citrus notes. Not an overwhelming aroma.
Taste seems a tad light for a DIPA. A little bit of orange flavor at first with some pine and finishes with a strong grapefruit bitterness.
Mouthfeel is decent with average carbonation and a somewhat light mouthfeel. Finishes bitter but smooth. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. Definitely does not seem like 9%.
This isn't a great DIPA but it's good. It goes down pretty easily though and is pretty refreshing.
$7.00 for a bomber at 9% isn't a bad deal either.

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Photo of Overlord
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jwelsh for the extra!

Pours a bright golden orange. Interesting. Maybe three inches of white bubbly foam. I'll step out of my normal "category by category" reviews to say that this was a pretty well carbonated brew. Almost champagne like in its effervescence.

Smells herbally/medicinally, with a bit of lemon and bright citrus. What hops are these? No the typical DIPA profile. There is a huge grass aroma that I'm not used to.

Taste is also unique. Bright lemony/orangey-citrus, a weird metallic twang/zest, and more than a bit of sweet caramel malt. It's bracingly piney/grassy/bitter, and insanely dry on the tongue.

What a unique DIPA. I don't know if I would revisit, but it's nice to see what someone can do differently with the style.

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Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light see-through amber coloed with great showing of carbonation. A white whispy head has good retention and a sticky coating lace cakes the sides of my bell's tulip.

Piney hops with some grapefruit showing through. A caramel malt sneaks through and balances out things with a hint of floral esters with other grassy herbal components.

Very grassy nthe mouth with piney hops on the finish. A bit resiny with a biscuity malt balance. Thick and muted bitterness very drying and chalky but not necassarily in a bad way. Love the style and ease of drinking. A bit of a tart fruity flavor comes out after some time in the glass, almost artificial in flaor like fruity pebbles.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber body, excellent clarity, topped by a hefty column of sticky off-white froth.

Terrific agressive citrus and pine aroma. Is easily smelled and enjoyed at over an arm's lenght.

A thick slab of malt slathers a sweet foundation across the tongue. Its quickly totally engulfed by a tidal wave of citrusy hops - grapefruits, oranges, with a side of pine. Alcohol lurks but doesn't hurt. Big hope bite at swallow lingers on through aftertaste.

Solid mouthfilling body coats everything. Practically chewy.

Neither bigness nor alcohol can deter drinkability.

This beer is seriously underappreciated in the Eastern PA region.

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3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A perfect pour leads to two fingers of bready off white foam that has excellent staying power. It does leave an almost solid wall of lace as it slowly fades. Body is a boney amber in tone. Nose is softer than expected with tones of vanilla malt and mineral based hops. First sip yield a mineral based hop profile that is smooth and very approachable. hops become dryer and more prickly as you continue to drink. The backside gets a sense of dandelion stem that sticks on the tongue. all of these hops are balanced by a noticeable malt backbone which may let down some hard core hop heads, but it is nice. Mouthful is mellow with some bitterness coming through and some citrus fruit feel. this brew is very nicely drinkable.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my nonic pint glass. Appears a oh so slightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a healthy two fingers of fluffy, sticky dense bone white foam. Smells of skunky, grassy, piney hops. Tastes of bitter piney hops, caramel malt, lemon peel, and a touch of orange. A little thin in body with medium carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well making this quite drinkable for a 9%ABV beer. Check it out if you get the chance.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +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 BarrytheBear
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to mday for this hop smack.

Thick and billowy head on a hazy orange pour.

Piney, grassy, lemony nose.

Lots of lime lends a sour bitterness that, despite it's oddness, is not unpleasant. Pungent bite with some grassiness, intense bittering hops prevalent from front to back as evidenced by hop belch follow up.

Mouthfeel is a plus, as this beer doesn't fall into the oft-putting sluggish syrup that some doubles often succumb to. Oily feel is nice.

Alcohol noticeable more on the buzz than the taste, and I can dig that.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear gold with just a hint of amber. Nice frothy white head.

S-Strong smell of citrusy hops with just a hint of maltiness.

T-Very nice. Not very complex to me, just a long solid line of mild bitterness from beginning to end. A little malt at the end.

M-A bit oily with a little lingering bitterness.

D-Very drinkable DIPA with no apparent alcohol.

A very nice simple DIPA.


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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 GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's a glowing golden color, good carbonation supporting a 1" deep fluffy cloud white head.

Big juicy fruit's aroma, red juice, sweet honey malt and some serious heat tingle.

The malt is very nice foundation with a honey-sweet efect that doesn't really balance out the overwheling fruity hop flavor. Bold and complex, not exactley well-rounded. Deep juice with a dry, earthy bitterness but it's not too serious. I wish it was. The heat is well, hot.

It's bold and crazy.

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Photo of Jayli
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear relatively dark copper hue with a 1-2 inch of slightly sticky head. The head dissapates over time - not too quickly though....some lacing left on the glass. I was slightly disappointed by the smell. I expected a more dominant scent, but there the smell was rather muted. At first sip it is quite sweet but that is quickly overwhelmed with a large wave of hops. There is a slight bitter aftertaste. This beer is a little on the dry side, but doesn't necessarily detract from the beer.
This is a decent beer - definitely worth picking up. With the high alcohol content, I wouldn't necessarily say it's a good session beer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 9% ABV. Pretty clear old gold color. White, substantial rocky head. Good retention and lace.

Hop aroma of grapefruit and pine. Good amount of malt in the nose as well.

Fair amount of malt, with some grassy and piney hops. Very well balanced. Just a hint of fruit showing through. Dries out a bit at the finish.

Good body and carbonation. Very simple, easy to drink. Alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber.

A:massive 2 fingers of white head that quickly disappeared. Some lacing. Light copper color.

S: Damn that smells like fresh hops. Citrus notes.

T: Hop bitterness up front. Then it goes into a hop sweetness. Basically this is a hop monster. There is only the faintest hints of malt.

M: Nice solid med body with a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right.

D: No hints of the ABV. Super drinkable and bonus points for the name and artwork. Definitely worth tracking down.

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Photo of spointon
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a mildly hazy orange color with a 2" yellowish tan head. The head retained quite a long time and eventually dropped to a 1/8" creamy cap. There were huge sheets of lacing down my glass.

S= This one was about 25% malt base sweetness and 75% citrus and floral hop aromas. There was also a big boozy alcohol presence in the nose as well.

T= Again, the malt base struggled to keep up with the hops, but that is the whole point here. Mild biscuity sweetness followed by dominant citrus and sharp floral notes. Bitterness was intense and joined a big alcohol presence to lead into a long dry, bitter finish.

MF= Thicker feel, appropriate for a DIPA, that was lifted slightly by the solid carbonation.

D= This was a very enjoyable ale, and one I would gladly have again. Though it is a bit boozy in the nose, this was not overly hot and I could see myself having several in an evening out.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, caramel-colored body with a tan color head - two-finger - that fades slowly. Retention is nice, lacing is fairly nice as well.

Aroma: Grapefruit and pine are the two predominant notes here, surprisingly enough. But seriously, there're a few other pleasant hop notes here, a nice roasted malty sheen, and the faintest whiff of solvent-y alcohol which doesn't detract too much.

Taste: Fairly well balanced, actually. There's definitely a heavy, herbal bitter presence - 100+ IBUs will do that every time - but there's a fairly robust roasted caramel presence. There's also a lot of herbal, leafy hoppyness that melds well with the astringent bitterness, a healthy dose of ruby red grapefruit, and a few other spicy hop notes that round things out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy and creamy, as even as can be expected. Carbonation is minimal, resinous hop oils are all over the palette without leaving an aftersheen, and everything is medium-to-heavy bodied, thick without being syrupy or cloying.

Drinkability: A respectable DIPA, if not my favorite. Hop notes are pleasant if not complex, alcohol is well-hidden if not completely imperceptible, and nothing's off or funny. Not to mention the price (at least for what I got it for - $4.69/bomber) is definitely right. Give it a shot if you can find it.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a textured crystal wine glass. Many thanks to Durge and ohoove for sharing libations!

A: Poured a light amber color with a bit of haziness and a thin coating of slick, resinous carbonation.

S: Smell is a smack of fresh, green hop leaves mixed with some peppery, citrus fruits.

T: The hops smack you in the tongue as well. Very fresh, vernal hop flavor going on here. There's a grapefruit sweetness which cuts through the oily hop resins fairly well. This DIPA finishes with a touch of caramel sweetness. Fairly good balance.

M: Mouthfeel is slick and chewy, but not a strain to drink at all.

D: For the ABV, this is a really nice drinking DIPA. Hop heads will appreciate the nuances of fresh hop flavors implemented here. Others may find it shoots the palate too quickly, but the flavors build as the brew warmed more.

A pretty nice effort from this PA brewery. The concept and label artwork are killer! If you're looking for a fresh hop whallop, give Hoptimus Prime a shot.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CrellMoset for including this extra from my wants list, I'm a beer geek and a sci-fi nerd!

Pours a golden color with a huge head, fades very slowly and leaves tons of lacing in its path.

Smell has a good amount of citrusy hops, slight pine aroma, not overly assertive but it does have a good hop presence.

Taste isn't a kick to the balls but has a very nice balance, strong hop profile with a good bitterness and melds nicely with a malt background.

This geek is satisfied with this nerdy homage.

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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 BeerSox
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into nonic.

Clear honey amber hue with a one finger off white head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Slightly toasty malts with some sweet yet sharp bitter hops in the aroma.

The malts are light in the flavor along with bitter hops, but nothing overpowering. Full bodied with good carbonation. The hops linger for a while after each sip.

A good beer but a little light for a DIPA. I would put this under an American India Pale Ale IMO. Recommended as long as you're not looking for something extremely hoppy.

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Photo of Phatz
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
4.01 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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