Rukus Hoptimus Prime Double IPA: $5.49
Considering Hoptimus Prime’s aggressive balance of malts and hops and its slightly boozy finish, I’d call it above average. Considering its low price point, I’d call it a small miracle. It’s clear that some love went into making this 9.0% ABV Double IPA.
“You have to put quality ingredients into the beer — five hops and three malts — to make it a value,” said Ruckus Brewing Company’s vice president of operations Brad Mines. “We could cheapen it by using shortcuts, but we have not and we believe we have a great quality product for the price.” That value shines through when you taste the resinous grapefruit flavor of those five hop varieties ballasted by the hearty three-malt foundation of this brew.
About that price, Mines warns that it fluctuates state-to-state along the eastern seaboard where Hoptimus Prime is distributed, so it might be a little more expensive where you live. Regardless if it’s $5.49 or $6.49 a bottle, I’d still consider this one a steal.