Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ruckus Brewing Company's Hoptimus Prime Double IPA

If you walk past this beer in a store and don't pick this up you are most likely a certified, bar none, bonehead. This stuff essentially sells itself so Ruckus Brewing can pretty much fire their marketing team and double their efforts on brewing/manufacturing.

This beer is named from the American folk hero, Optimus Prime who was bested by Decepticon scumbag Megatron in 2005, though the movie was released in 1986. i for one actually was really disappointed in 2005 when NONE of this stuff happened; though my old roommate Roomba defeated some dust bunnies in San Diego but it's not NEARLY the same thing. Hoptimus Prime is a double IPA with an IBU of 92 and an ABV of 9.0% (Holla!). It uses 5 different types of hops then is dry hopped some more for two weeks in, what I can only assume, is a den of rabbits on pogosticks in a Moon Bounce, which is a hell of a lot of hopping. It also uses three malts and no indication on their site describe any of their ingredients. This is actually a lot maltier than other IPAs I've tasted, so that's good. It surprisingly isn't as hoppy as other IPAs I've had and take essentially like a regular IPA. It obviously is bitter and leaves a bitter aftertaste but "when in Rome".

With the exception of the alcohol content and the "beyond rad" bottle, the other thing that stands out from this beauty is the malty taste. A lot of other IPAs taste almost watered down and overly bitter. Hoptimus Prime is a damn fine IPA, though for $8 for a double-deuce , it's not something you can slam on a regular basis.

If you are the type of person who loves a full bodied IPA and looking the the coolest cat in the henhouse while drinking, you'd have to be a real numbskull to pass Hoptimus up.

Drinkability: 5/10
Taste: 8/10
Value: 4/10
Curb Appeal: 10/10

Overall: 6.75/10

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