I think I picked this beer up on a trip to Vermont but I am not sure. What I am sure of is that I bought it because of the name – Hoptimus Prime and for those that didn’t grow up with Transformers in the 80s it is a play on Optimus Prime which is a toy I had when I was a kid.
The name is great and the beer was not bad either. Pours a deep orange with a thick off white head. Aroma has some fruity hops but also a lot of malts, nothing too exciting in the aroma. Flavor is well balanced for a 9% ABV double IPA. Overall this was certainly not a bad beer but when you compare it to the big name double IPAs it just doesn’t hold up.
I bought it for the name and label but it was certainly good enough to finish the bomber.
Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 92
Brewers Website: Ruckus Brewing
Brewers Description: 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.