Hoptopia - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
05-18-2012 02:39:49 | More by Sammy
4.01/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
07-29-2013 20:28:43 | More by oberon
4.38/5 rDev +15.6%
A: Poured a golden orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap
S: Lighter citrus notes, some tropical fruit and hint of floral notes
T: A very fruity taste to it; blends of nice tropical fruit, light pine, flowers and a dash of orange peel.
M: A little slick, good amount of booze, not really a full body but it is a hop bomb with great taste
D: Very good.
08-31-2011 22:44:15 | More by barleywinefiend
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
3.05/5 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
3.6/5 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
3.89/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
01-16-2014 04:58:48 | More by LiquidAmber
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
10-18-2011 02:56:58 | More by Duff27
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
4.38/5 rDev +15.6%
Poured a murky orange-amber into a tulip with a finger of off-white head and lots of yeasty floaties. Aroma of juicy grapefruit and tangerine.
Generous carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet caramel, orange, and grapefruit up front followed by biscuit and a long pine bite on the finish.
Really solid and exceptionally balanced with big hop and malt flavors. Higher ABV is pretty well-hidden -- very easy-drinking.
09-29-2011 04:47:48 | More by grittybrews
3.74/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
08-29-2013 01:09:39 | More by artoolemomo
4/5 rDev +5.5%
22oz bottled poured into a 22oz mug
Pours somewhat cloudy amberish color with nice big head, good retention and lots of active carbonation. Smell is spicy hops, overripe oranges, hefty bread.
Taste is a terrific bitterness (lots of the grapefruit rindy-ness), some nice flowery sweetness, lots of delicious malt.
Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Overall, quite nice beer.
09-10-2011 00:20:12 | More by snaotheus
Hoptopia from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.