Hoptopia - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
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2.75/5 rDev -27.4%
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.
10-04-2012 00:22:38 | More by draiiinage
2.83/5 rDev -25.3%
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.
10-25-2011 00:10:44 | More by Bfarr
3.05/5 rDev -19.5%
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.
11-25-2011 16:20:20 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5 rDev -19.5%
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.
10-03-2011 00:24:03 | More by RJLarse
3.43/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
12-01-2011 02:41:37 | More by kawilliams81
3.45/5 rDev -9%
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.
08-05-2013 01:04:04 | More by smakawhat
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
Purchased at neighborhood grocery store. Label on bottle indicates 8% ABV. Poured from 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Not too much head and a nice copper color. Pretty standard aroma for an imperial IPA. I am a fan of the style and this beer gets the job done at a reasonable price, but within the style there are much better offerings. Thought that the hops lacked a certain refreshing bite/finish that I usually look for in this style. Wasn't a big fan of the mouthfeel either, as it was a bit too thick/oily for my tastes. The 8% ABV is also masked pretty well.
Overall a solid beer but probably will not buy again. Much prefer other competing offerings such as Pliny the Elder and Tricerahops, though Hoptopia is much cheaper.
08-09-2011 04:46:53 | More by captainwerd
3.56/5 rDev -6.1%
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 !!!
05-24-2014 01:44:48 | More by hophugger
3.6/5 rDev -5%
Served in straight pint glass. Poured a nice medium gold color with about a half inch of white head that had low retention and sheets of good lacing.
The aroma was fairly typical for the style, hop forward with citrus and pine scents, and no noticeable malt presence. The taste was good, a bit of malt was in the background providing a foundation for the bold hop flavors.
The body was good, solid without being heavy and the beer finished nicely dry. Drinkability was good, a couple went down surprisingly easy.
Overall, this is a very good example of a bold NW take on the style. Worth a bit of effort to try.
12-15-2010 23:34:30 | More by beertunes
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
02-22-2012 03:09:16 | More by Bookseeb
Hoptopia from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.