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 JMUduke
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leaddog
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a light copper with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - bready malts, piney and citrus hops, pine resin, grapefruit peel, and citrus fruits.

Taste - Piney and citrus hops upfront followed by the pine resin, grapefruit peel. The citrus fruits and bready malts finish off the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Overall - A decent DIPA that has a good flavour profile. The hops aren't quite there for the style, however, it is still quite decent. This is on the cusp of a Double IPA but the hops just need a little more presence to them.

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Photo of f-k
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mr-jj
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Color is copper with a two finger off-white head. Retention and lacing are just okay. Smell is very muted - some generic piney hops and biscuits. Flavor is decent - definitely on the malty side for a DIPA, but with a decent hop bitterness to balance the malts. Finish is mildly bitter and lingers. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice balance DIPA.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hoptopia by Scuttlebutt Brewing Co. is a Double/Imperial IPA. The froth is light on a scale of light/medium/thick. The body is medium to thick on a scale of light/medium/thick. The color is a translucent but not transparent amberish gold. The smell is refreshing, and somewhat florid.

The flavor of Hoptopia is nice and hoppy with a sort of light flavor in the sweet area of the beer's flavor per se. The majority of the flavor seems to be concentrated towards the back of the mouth per se, in a rich spicy hoppy taste that surfaces there. There seems to be a sort of nice bready taste to the beer as well, and overall the aftertaste does have a little bit of hops spice in it that focuses perhaps primarily towards the tip and edges of the tongue.

Overall Hoptopia may be one of those sort of thicker, breadier examples of the hoppy Double/Imperial variety of beer, and is an all around quite tasty and satisfying brew.

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Photo of dansbeerrun
2.54/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Foamed like the last review. Had the glass angled and as soon as I tipped the bottle, it took off for the countertop. Reviews similar to taste. Is this really an unfiltered DIPA? Looks like the thickest UF hefe ever seen. Bottle stamped "01 815 069"!!???

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Photo of casapy
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bikeymoy
1.55/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Bought a sixer at Total Wine. Have had 3 to make sure, but this thing was infected. Foam, foam and more foam! Waited 15 min before I could fill the glass a little at a time till the head dissipated. Butterscotch grain and hops! Not good. Disappointed. Had high hopes. Will be returning the remaining 3.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle(s)

Pours a light copper body with a white head. Decent retention,Thin specks of lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell starts with a little citrus and pine. Moving to malty biscuit. Halfway though my glass the malt really took over...

Taste is a hoppy, boozy, bitter (and it's a good bitter) The malt is there somewhere too...

Medium full feel with a bit of a dry alcohol finish

A decent little DIPA . At $6.99 a six pack it's a nice value.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 MickeyHops
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of italianstallion
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lettsgo3
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Harvest06
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GFM
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a light amber color, trending toward orange. A little sediment visible and very foamy head. Not much body in the feel. I picked up a little fruit in the scent but then was surprised by a prominent roasted coffee feature at the end of the taste, after the hop bitterness. Hard for me to figure this one out. For me, too much dull bitterness in the finish and this coffee-like element is throwing me off. (7.0)

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Photo of Dilbert65
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 drinkin-beeers
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The thick head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave rings of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of tropical fruits of tangerine and mango with some nice grapefruit hop aromas mixed within. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of caramel and brown sugar as well as some hop of a more floral nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and malty flavor with a decent level of caramel mixed with some tropical fruits of tangerine and mango as depicted in the nose. The hops upfront are lighter, with the strongest being more of an earthy nature. As the taste advances however, more hop joins the malty base, with the earth gaining just a hint of intensity all while a grapefruit and grassy hop taste grow quite a bit stronger. In the end, with the increase in hop mixing with the nice sweet and malty base, one is left with a thick and smooth, well balanced hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the mix of hops and sweeter malts the flavors are nicely accentuated by the feel and it makes for a nice drinker overall.

Overall – Not overly hoppy but very well balanced and a quite easy drinking IPA for a double. A nice one to try if you get the chance.

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Photo of double2chin
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KlayWey
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of michaeltholm
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%

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