Hoptopia | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
Washington, United States
scuttlebuttbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 08-29-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
147
Reviews:
47
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
13.09%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
39
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - not much to say about this one beforehand, other than giving it mild props for a so-so hop pun name.

This beer pours a mostly clear, pale copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and kind of chunky off-white head, which leaves some layered island group lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of chalky caramel malt, biscuity toffee, warm citrus pith, further indistinct tropical fruit notes, pine resin, and a certain paint thinner-esque alcohol astringency. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, more gritty toffee, a still prominent white chalkiness, wet pine needles, mixed and matched domestic and tropical citrus fruit, and further leafy, weedy, and well-perfumed floral hops.

The carbonation is certainly active in its plain and genuinely frothy support, the body a sturdy medium weight, and smooth, with a small boozy and hoppy caveat that even the most casual aficionados of the style can't help but turn a blind eye to. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel/toffee malt coming out on top of the heady hops, in the end.

An agreeable enough version of an American DIPA, yet with perhaps just a wee bit too many phenolic underpinnings to deem it anything beyond a simplistic iteration, as such. Not bad, just kind of disjointed, the not so high 16-proof alcohol a little too big for its proverbial britches, which is a put-off, anyway and anyhow.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Scuttlebutt "Hoptopia" Imperial India Pale Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, Lot # is unclear
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Scuttlebutt's Hoptopia pours a semi-hazy orange-gold body beneath a frothy head of slightly off-white foam. The head retention and lacing are good, and it leaves streaks and spots of lace behind as you go.

Both hops and malt come through in the nose, although it's not any more hoppy than a standard IPA. It's doughy and bready/biscuity with some orange-marmalade, soft pine, and gentle resin.

The same is true of the flavor, with both hops and malt in play, but without anything more than bitterness and strength indicating an "Imperial" designation; and thusly it seems a little lacking. The malt that seemed sweetish in the nose can't really compete with the bold bitterness and splash of drying alcohol, and the hops that began fairly dull in the aroma seem to fade even more. What you're left with could be likened to a densely muscular prize fighter that has stance and stamina but no finesse.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange color with off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with earthy and sweet orange notes. There is also some sweet malt and stale grains note. Taste starts somehow sweet and fruity but gets quickly bitter and dusty. Bitterness is quite harsh with lots of grapefruit pith. Body is medium-light with medium carbonation. Overall it's a very classic, old school type DIPA. It has the harsh bitterness and earthy hops you expect from a classic example of the style.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of imbibehour
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed orange-tinted amber with a lasting creamy white head. Plenty of rings of lacing stick down the glass.

The smell is citric - especially grapefruit, with some tangerine (and a hint of mango?). Caramelized grain in the back.

The taste is of a strong grapefruit character. Caramelized grain adds some sweetness in the middle. Finishes with a refreshingly bitter dryness.

Very smooth. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Hops with a strong grapefruit character stand out with enough malt backbone to keep it in balance, and smooth.
Just crosses over the threshold of DIPA. I bought it for just under nine bucks a six-pack which is a great value.

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Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Erik-P
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange pour, 1/4" white head. Aroma hit the citrus notes, as well as the bitter and boozy ones as well.

Taste was lots of grapefruit bitterness and not much else. Too one dimensional. Way too hot, not enough dry hopping. Can't really write more, its the same thing you've had a bunch: a dipa with lots of bitterness, heat, not a ton of flavor.

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Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Hoptopia from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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