Here is yet another brew from the stash that my father bought me. This one really excited me. Any child brought up in the 80s will get the Optimum Prime reference, especially when seeing the label. I watched a few episodes of Transformers in my day and when you mix and 80s reference with hops, I’m definitely down.
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Have you been restlessly searching for a beer that contains a full-frontal assault of hop flavor? Then look no further than the Ruckus Brewing Company. Make sure to look out for when Hoptimus Prime hits the shelves and re-takes the market by force. Don’t let the name fool you- Hoptimus Prime is a Double IPA unlike any other. The use of five different hop varieties, three different types of malts, and a two week dry hopping process results in a beer with a massive amount of hop flavor and aroma. The unique flavor will be sure to impress and delight your taste buds satisfying all of your hoppy needs.”
Random: My favorite 80s show was most definitely “Fraggle Rock.” I had the theme song as my ringtone on my old phone and still listen to it when I go to the gym.
This brew poured with a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark orange color with crazy amounts of carbonation visible throughout. The nose was very muted for the style. I got some grapefruit and grass. But, when you name a beer “hoptimus prime” I should be overwhelmed by the hoppiness. Hopefully the taste impressed me. The taste was oddly sweet for the style. I got a saccharine sweetness with a touch of bitterness at the end. Some citrus was present as well. Do you see a problem with that description? I sure do. What double IPA that you’ve enjoyed has had a touch of bitterness? The one high point was that the booze wasn’t overwhelming on this one. The body was really thick and had very heavy carbonation. The finish was long with light citrus. The best thing about this beer was the label. If you’re buying it for that, then go for it. Other than that, you can find many other beers of the style that are worlds better.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0