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Hoptopia - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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very good

89 Ratings
no score

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 08-29-2010)
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Photo of tgatort
4/5  rDev +5.8%

tgatort, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

johnnyboy76, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +5.8%

lupercmda, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of HKUSPC40
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

HKUSPC40, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

LiquidAmber, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of jspaner
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

jspaner, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of rvajohn
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

rvajohn, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Gmartin75
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Gmartin75, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of illeagle05
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

illeagle05, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of mobrockman
4/5  rDev +5.8%

mobrockman, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -20.6%

richkrull, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

shelby415, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Hoppy_McMalt
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Hoppy_McMalt, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Arithmeticus, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of CookstLiquor
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

CookstLiquor, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

MPSTARR, Oct 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Braz, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

powdersoldier, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of bcsbeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

bcsbeer, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Drknight
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Drknight, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

kylehay2004, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Kevin79
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Kevin79, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of superfriend
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

superfriend, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

artoolemomo, Aug 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

prock180, Aug 25, 2013
Hoptopia from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.