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Hoptopia - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
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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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

kylehay2004, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Kevin79
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Kevin79, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of superfriend
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

superfriend, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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
Photo of prock180
2.5/5  rDev -34%

prock180, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Metaltildeath
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Metaltildeath, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

smakawhat, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

buzzy, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of TwoTrees
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

TwoTrees, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of bcuz7
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bcuz7, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of silverking
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

silverking, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of zismasterflex
3/5  rDev -20.8%

zismasterflex, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Bromine
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Bromine, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of snohojimbo
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

snohojimbo, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of draiiinage
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

draiiinage, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of frontalot
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

frontalot, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jakea, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, May 18, 2012
Photo of BCross
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

BCross, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Bookseeb
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Bookseeb, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -20.8%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely into nonic. Abundant head. Nice citrus notes on the nose. Pine and citrus overflow and dominate the palate. A very aggressive West Coast IIPA that is a worty representative of the style.
Not readily available at the stores for whatever reason. Purchased at the brewery. Will definitely snag again when I see it.

NWer, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of bstave
5/5  rDev +31.9%

bstave, Dec 05, 2011
Hoptopia from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.