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Hoptimus Prime – Ruckus Brewing

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…

From the Brewery:

Aggressively formulated with five different hop varieties, Hoptimus Prime is then dry hopped for two weeks, ensuring a MASSIVE hop flavor and aroma. Perfectly balanced with three types of malt, Hoptimus Prime is truly the pinnacle of hop flavor.
This Double IPA pairs fantastically with spicy Thai food, Mexican cuisine, or a big ol’ bowl of chili.

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.

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…

From the Brewery: Aggressively formulated with five different hop varieties, Hoptimus Prime is then dry hopped for two weeks, ensuring a MASSIVE hop flavor and aroma. Perfectly balanced with three types of malt, Hoptimus Prime is truly the pinnacle of hop flavor. This Double IPA pairs fantastically with spicy Thai food, Mexican cuisine, or a big ol’ bowl of chili.

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.

Hoptimus Prime


Appearance – 87%


Smell – 74%


Taste – 83%


Mouthfeel – 76%



80%

Good!

This one was really tasty, but if you’re looking for an ultra hoppy double IPA, this one may not be the one for you. Speaking on appearance and taste alone, I definitely recommend you give it a try!

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