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Hoptopia - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 08-29-2010

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Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 31
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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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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3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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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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Hoptopia from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.