I’ll go ahead and fess up, it was the marketing reaching out to my inner 80′s child that made me grab this one, but now that I’ve tried it, I’m glad I did… but there are a couple of caveats, read on to find out more…
When I poured this beer, it really embodied what I look for in appearance. It had a wonderful golden copper color, a nice thick head, with some really nice lacing. The retention on the lacing seemed to last forever.
The aroma on Hoptimus Prime was a tad bit underwhelming, not that there was anything wrong with the aroma per se, but it didn’t fit the bill of a double IPA. It was rather sweet, and malty, with notes of pineapple and citrus.
I really enjoyed the taste of Hoptimus Prime, it had a caramel malt sweetness to it, along with hints of citrus, grapefruit, and orange. I was slightly let down by the lacking presence of hops… Don’t get me wrong, it was hoppy, but not nearly enough for a double IPA, the hops were definitely lacking.
Mouthfeel is somewhere between medium and heavy, very sticky, with medium amounts of carbonation. The 9% ABV is a bit too noticeable sometimes, but I think if the hops were cranked up a bit more, the bite would be tamer.
Is this a tasty beer? Yes. Would I drink it again? Definitely. Is this a tasty double IPA, not quite. From the beers I’ve had in the past that qualified as DIPA’s, this one falls short. However, I really did enjoy the beer and the taste, but if you’re looking for a DIPA, look elsewhere.