Hoptopia - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
4.01/5 rDev +5.8%
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!
11-02-2013 01:50:56 | More by Arithmeticus
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
10-22-2013 22:51:59 | More by CookstLiquor
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
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
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
Hoptopia from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.