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Hoptopia - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 117
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 24.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 08-29-2010

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 117
Photo of dansbeerrun
2.54/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Foamed like the last review. Had the glass angled and as soon as I tipped the bottle, it took off for the countertop. Reviews similar to taste. Is this really an unfiltered DIPA? Looks like the thickest UF hefe ever seen. Bottle stamped "01 815 069"!!???

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Photo of bikeymoy
1.55/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Bought a sixer at Total Wine. Have had 3 to make sure, but this thing was infected. Foam, foam and more foam! Waited 15 min before I could fill the glass a little at a time till the head dissipated. Butterscotch grain and hops! Not good. Disappointed. Had high hopes. Will be returning the remaining 3.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle(s)

Pours a light copper body with a white head. Decent retention,Thin specks of lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell starts with a little citrus and pine. Moving to malty biscuit. Halfway though my glass the malt really took over...

Taste is a hoppy, boozy, bitter (and it's a good bitter) The malt is there somewhere too...

Medium full feel with a bit of a dry alcohol finish

A decent little DIPA . At $6.99 a six pack it's a nice value.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - not much to say about this one beforehand, other than giving it mild props for a so-so hop pun name.

This beer pours a mostly clear, pale copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and kind of chunky off-white head, which leaves some layered island group lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of chalky caramel malt, biscuity toffee, warm citrus pith, further indistinct tropical fruit notes, pine resin, and a certain paint thinner-esque alcohol astringency. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, more gritty toffee, a still prominent white chalkiness, wet pine needles, mixed and matched domestic and tropical citrus fruit, and further leafy, weedy, and well-perfumed floral hops.

The carbonation is certainly active in its plain and genuinely frothy support, the body a sturdy medium weight, and smooth, with a small boozy and hoppy caveat that even the most casual aficionados of the style can't help but turn a blind eye to. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel/toffee malt coming out on top of the heady hops, in the end.

An agreeable enough version of an American DIPA, yet with perhaps just a wee bit too many phenolic underpinnings to deem it anything beyond a simplistic iteration, as such. Not bad, just kind of disjointed, the not so high 16-proof alcohol a little too big for its proverbial britches, which is a put-off, anyway and anyhow.

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Photo of GFM
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a light amber color, trending toward orange. A little sediment visible and very foamy head. Not much body in the feel. I picked up a little fruit in the scent but then was surprised by a prominent roasted coffee feature at the end of the taste, after the hop bitterness. Hard for me to figure this one out. For me, too much dull bitterness in the finish and this coffee-like element is throwing me off. (7.0)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Scuttlebutt "Hoptopia" Imperial India Pale Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, Lot # is unclear
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Scuttlebutt's Hoptopia pours a semi-hazy orange-gold body beneath a frothy head of slightly off-white foam. The head retention and lacing are good, and it leaves streaks and spots of lace behind as you go.

Both hops and malt come through in the nose, although it's not any more hoppy than a standard IPA. It's doughy and bready/biscuity with some orange-marmalade, soft pine, and gentle resin.

The same is true of the flavor, with both hops and malt in play, but without anything more than bitterness and strength indicating an "Imperial" designation; and thusly it seems a little lacking. The malt that seemed sweetish in the nose can't really compete with the bold bitterness and splash of drying alcohol, and the hops that began fairly dull in the aroma seem to fade even more. What you're left with could be likened to a densely muscular prize fighter that has stance and stamina but no finesse.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The thick head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave rings of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of tropical fruits of tangerine and mango with some nice grapefruit hop aromas mixed within. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of caramel and brown sugar as well as some hop of a more floral nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and malty flavor with a decent level of caramel mixed with some tropical fruits of tangerine and mango as depicted in the nose. The hops upfront are lighter, with the strongest being more of an earthy nature. As the taste advances however, more hop joins the malty base, with the earth gaining just a hint of intensity all while a grapefruit and grassy hop taste grow quite a bit stronger. In the end, with the increase in hop mixing with the nice sweet and malty base, one is left with a thick and smooth, well balanced hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the mix of hops and sweeter malts the flavors are nicely accentuated by the feel and it makes for a nice drinker overall.

Overall – Not overly hoppy but very well balanced and a quite easy drinking IPA for a double. A nice one to try if you get the chance.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scuttlebutt Brewing 'Hoptopia' @ 8.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a good size off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-spicey hops , pine

T-pleasant tasting Imp IPA , has a decent booze bite , pine more than citrus

MF-lots of carbonation , nice big body

Ov-wow , I've seen this beer on so many shelves here in BC , glad I finally bought one , good possible great beer

prost LampertLand

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Photo of hophugger
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like this beer but am having trouble expressing how I actually feel. I do not know why. Almost mysterious. Big head, awesome color. Hop flavor is ample but cant quite pick up or specify the other flavors where I could be accurate. Overall, a nice hoppy beer, as it should be with the name. Love the label. Keep up the great work. Brew on !!!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium bronze amber with unexpected small black particles from a not overly aggressive pour, fine three finger ivory head that keeps building long after the pour. Looks nice (except what's up with the particles?). Pleasant aroma of caramel malt, light citrus and piney hops. Flavor follows with a nice caramel malt body with mixed tropical and stone fruit, piney and citrus hops, nicely balanced. Good medium, moderately creamy body with good mouth feel. A nicely integrated, hoppy but well malt-supposted IPA. Flavorful and great drinking. There isn't as much bright herbal element as I'd expect from the hop bill present here. This and the particulates mentioned earlier may suggest that this could be a slightly old bottle. Scuttlebutt does themselves and their customers a disservice by stamping a mysterious code (with no "12" or "13" visible for a hint) for estimating age. Since they are already going for the effort to mark them, why not make it a clear date? All that being said, if this is an old bottle, it's still a very nice drinking IPA and fully worthy. Good enough I'll seek it out fresh and try again.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in straight ale glass.

A: cloudy amber color; very little head; good carb; not much lacing
S: not much but yeast and dark-roast malt (light)
T: the flavor is amazing; yummy mixture of malt, hops, yeast; quite sweet, matching the booziness well; bubblegum, hops; medium complexity

This is an excellent IPA in what matters most, flavor; cheers!

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle. Pours a rich orangey/amber colour. Big tropical fruit and spice notes on the nose. Taste offers a big fruity burst up front followed by an earthy middle and crushingly biter finish. This is everything an imperial IPA should be. Hits all the right notes in the right proportions.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up about two fingers worth of head that seems to have a little retention. The head is slightly off-white with hints of yellow while the body is a medium amber that glows light amber when held up to the light. Minimal lacing.

Nose- Pretty typical DIPA nose. Starts of with some citrus (orange and lemon), then moves into stronger notes of grapefruit, some spicy green fruit, and a little bit of matchstick. Light tropical and mango notes. Some caramel from the bottle but not from the glass. Spicy and tropical notes fade away, leaving mostly orange and lemon. Faint hint of mustiness results from swirling.

Taste- Reflective of the nose- especially of the spicy and tropical notes. Pine, resin, and matchstick seem to pervade the entire flavor profile while a nice caramel note runs underneath. Lots of wood, resin, and matchstick on the finish. The hops still seem pretty fresh for a beer that's almost 2 months (not that I'm one who believes that an IPA or a DIPA isn't worth drinking it more than a week old). Perhaps a little deficient as far as complexity but still nice as the caramel seems fresh and bright. This is a nice counterpoint to the dominance of pine and resin. The bitter finish doesn't really linger and that makes this a fairly mellow beer. Nothing spectacular but fairly solid.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing and good for the price of around 9 bucks for a six pack. But when Sucks comes back around, forget about it. No heat present.

Overall- Solid beer but average when you consider all the amazing DIPAs out there. Definitely worth a try and is a pretty economic sixer. A possible repurchase for me.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

Opaque, and a bit dull. Body color is a slightly murky brown with some hints of dark orange towards the edges. Head makes about three fingers, slightly less, with a good one finger puck while settling down.

Biscuity malt dominates, with a mild sense of orange hop character. Hop forward this is not, it seems quite lifeless with a large amount of malt caramel sweetness and simple brown sugars. Decent bouquet sure, but hardly hinting IPA realm let alone a DIPA.

Palate comes with a good mouthfeel. Coating and slightly resinous, and fills the corners of your mouth nicely, even with some good sensing hop action not even hinted at the nose. However, the palate and flavors only hint on the swallow. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit quality that is very lasting and feels quite fresh. Malt profile dominant on the nose doesn't translate even on the taste. Even the first taste is quite neutral. Hop angle for the size only seems to hit on the swallow with a very nice aromatic rush that I must admit is quite nice.

Overall though this is an alright beer but in the crowded IPA and big IPA realm this is not something that is very memorable.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had mixed results with Scuttlebutt so far,this is easily the best offering I have had from them.Ppours into a nonic a clear rich copper color with a nicely formed one finger off white head that left two broken rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Aromas are deeply fruity with nutty maltiness and a good amount of sweet alcohol,the nuttiness really makes the aromas interesting.Flavors of drunken citrus fruits and big caramel malts,I detect a little leather in there and more leafy hops in the finish.This is a pretty complex and somewhat boozy DIPA,again easily the best offering I have had from Scuttlebutt.

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Photo of draiiinage
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Undated bomber ($10 via microbeerclub.com) poured into Sam Adams glass.

A: Light amber with a slight rose hue, most noticeable in the wide portion of the glass. Strong head retention with a creamy, thick foam of a bit over 2 fingers width. After a few sips the head gives way to a stiff, trabecular foam.

S: Citrus up front with a sweet floral aroma shortly following. Hints of spice and nuts.

T: Like with the aroma, there's a lot of citrusy hoppiness - very much a grapefruit presence with a spicy bite from the hops, and malty sweetness in the background. The alcohol presence is low despite 8% ABV. Aftertaste is sweet, with a dry hoppy bitterness.

M: A bit heavier than I was expecting, but not completely out of style for a double IPA. A little low on the mouth feel of carbonation, despite the great head retention.

O: Decent double IPA, but too heavy / sweet for my taste. I have a second bottle in my cellar, but I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours grapefruit coloured body with enormous foam pouring from my large Sam Adams glass. Mildly grapefruit hoppy aroma. Big IBU, biased toward bitter than malt. Somewhat palate erasing.Good drinking, with a little booziness in the aftertaste.Thanks for hooking me up, Steve.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a light copper amber color with a head that's not heavy leaving spotty lace. Smell having a caramel malt backbone with a citrus, piney hop aroma. Taste of the sweet caramel malt, citrus grapefruit, piney that follows through to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. I can understand having a big hop profile in an Imperial, but maybe more of an aromatic hop rather than a bittering to bring more of a balance with the malt.

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely into nonic. Abundant head. Nice citrus notes on the nose. Pine and citrus overflow and dominate the palate. A very aggressive West Coast IIPA that is a worty representative of the style.
Not readily available at the stores for whatever reason. Purchased at the brewery. Will definitely snag again when I see it.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter. Thanks Duff27.

A- Dark golden, orange. 2" thick off-white head with good amount of lacing that remains on the glass. Some sediment dispersed throughout the beer.

S- Sweet malts, orange, grapefruit

T- Has nice sweet malt taste, lots of citrus fruits (mainly orange and grapefruit like aroma) and big orange peel bitterness.

M- Medium body. Slightly dry and bitter aftertaste.

O- Decent DIPA. Would have this again. A little bit more of a harsh bitter bite that is balanced enough with the malts or sweet citrus flavors.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright orange. Thin white head. Aroma was citrus, grapefruit, alcohol and bitterness.

Taste was just average, high bitterness, not a lot of hop mouthfeel. Substantial alcohol heat on it. This style of dipa is fairly a dime a dozen. Long hop boil, high alpha acid, but almost no dry hopping. Decent pricing on it.

A little bit of citrus lingers around the tongue, but its primarily just bitterness and alcohol heat that gets delivered here. Could use more caramel to soak up the alcohol.

Not recommended unless you're looking for a tick or a relatively cheap buzz.

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Photo of Bfarr
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange amber, thin tan head with okay retention. Boozy sweet citrus aroma. Strong citrus hop up front mellows quickly to barley caramel sweetness. Moderate warming and moderately-low hop linger. Smooth, thin feel.

Very balanced DIPA, not too complex, just hops barley and alcohol. Ultimately a fairly boring high alcohol beer that’s enjoyable because nothing’s objectionable.

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Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice inch-tall fluffy white head on a hazy reddish orange beer. Above average head retention and great clumptastic lacing.

S- A sweet bouquet of citrus fruits right from the pop of the cap. Very nice.

T- Holy smokes! Follows the nose, which is a good thing. Huge grapefruit component. The perfect amount of malt sweetness balanced with a bitterness that looms in the mouth well after each sip. Well hidden alcohol to boot.

M- Medium mouthfeel, good prickly carbonation.

D/O- To say I am pleasantly surprised with this Scuttlebutt offering would be an understatement. Let's face it, an "A-" rating in the DIPA style on BeerAdvocate doesn't translate into "top of class" but in this case it is fully warranted. Definitely worth the pick-up if it crosses your path.

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Photo of scootpolute
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy dark-golden, carmel color, with a kind of weak white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones with some pressence of pine-spice...

T - Booming with hops and pine flavor! Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some citrus, then ending with more pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Great carbonation! There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully!

O - This one is great!! How can this beer come from the same brewery that brewed Gail Force IPA…Gail Force Yuk, Hoptopia, YUM!!! I was surprised by the cloudy-dark 'unfiltered' look. Much darker than the typical IPA... I think what make this beer so good is the fine line of not over-doing 'it' in any particular area (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level). VERY refreshing and will get again and...…Goin’ to look for a tap ASAP!!!

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Photo of RJLarse
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Hoptopia in a grocery store. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold color, with chunks of solid stuff (yeast probably) suspended in the glass. Creamy one-finger head has little retention, but leaves a few rings of lace on the glass.

Smell is a faint fruit aroma, citrus and a hint of a dairy scent like sweet ice cream.

Taste is OK, a malt flavor up front with a dry bitter gain flavor and a hint of citrus (grapefruit) on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light for the style, with a slightly cloying character.

Overall a poor representation of the IIPA, and an average beer.

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Hoptopia from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.