Barley's Hoptopus | Smokehouse Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Smokehouse Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Spring

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Added by mcallister on 04-13-2007

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Photo of Geno78
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly fogged bright tawny with butterscotch edges. The multi-hued beer was topped by a slim cap of cream colored froth that left no more than a smattering of lace. The appearance was my first clue that Hoptopus is anything but a run-of-the-mill APWA.

Since this Barley's Smokehouse seasonal is 100% Amarillo ("in the boil, in the finish and dry hopped to boot") I knew that I'd like the nose. It was full of tangy tangerine, pink grapefruit and... pink gumballs.

If the truth were known, the connection between tastes buds and brain didn't happen until I'd had a few ounces, but Hoptopus tasted quite a bit like Three Floyds Gumballhead (a beer that I think is the best pale wheat ale in existence). In fact, I think this beer is at least as malty and is even more hoppy. That doesn't mean, of course, that it's necessarily better.

It tasted like there was plenty of palt malt (no caramel, thank goodness) to go along with the wheat malt. That might be overstating the case, but at least there was enough to keep the hops from completely outrunning their support. It goes without saying that how one feels about Amarillo hops will most likely determine how one feels about Hoptopus.

I loved it! I can't decide if the oranginess of this particular hop is more mandarin oranges or tangerines. The only other member of the flavor profile (just as in the nasal profile) was pink grapefruit. My notes say 'a ton of hops' and 'impressively bitter', so I'll let those impressions speak for themselves.

The finish was clean and crisp with a wonderful flavor linger. Like the rest of the beer, the mouthfeel was more pale ale-like than APWA-like. It was light, yet still lightly creamy, and had a generous amount of fine carbonation that wasn't bothersome in the least.

Even though it doesn't supplant Gumballhead as my favorite Amarillo-soaked pale wheat ale of all-time, Hoptopus is great beer. I now regret that I didn't get a growler; a mistake that I won't make a second time.

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Photo of fluidmotion
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's moderately hazed and amber in color. Head is a little over a finger deep and white. It dissipated rapidly and left a light lacing on the glass.

Smell: A grainy aroma strikes the nose first. Very earthy. It's followed by a distinct gumball flavor which is oddly reminiscent of a certain Three Floyds release. Nonetheless, extra points for that characteristic. It's a very fine feature of this beer. Plenty of citrus mixed in (mostly orange and lemon). There's some light, pale malts that sweeten the smell. Hops are apparent and stronger than I would've expected.

Taste: Citrus orange flavors are sweet and flavorful. Orange is the primary citrus flavor, but lemon and light pineapple are there. It does have a gumball flavor that's distinct. I really like that aspect of this beer. Pale malts and hops work well together though hops are stronger. More bitter than I anticipated and that's a big plus. It's grainy and earthy. It's got a sweet and slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, which fits the bill nicely. Carbonation is light, but it works extremely well. Mouthfeel is one of the better aspects of this one. It's extremely smooth and refined. Drinkability is very high. It's light, a little crisp, and goes down so smooth. I'm unsure of the abv, but it seems just right for a session beer.

Hoptopus is impressive. Barley's does a fine job with their beer and this one is no exception. It does remind me of Gumballhead a little, but it's not a carbon copy. Gumballhead is better, but this no slouch. Far from it. Hats off to Barley's for another fine brew.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, copper looking brew. Thick white frothy head holds together for a few minutes, but then disappears. The head does leave some great lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is pure amarillo hops, citrusy and a bit piney. Great hop aroma, and not much else to get in the way.

A hint of tartness from the wheat in the beginning, followed by a clean burst of apricot, grapefruit, and pine. Again, if you are a fan of amarillo, you should like this.

Medium body, appropriate carbonation. Bitterness is not overwhelming. Very nice.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a Barley's growler pours a hazy dark orange at the top, then gradually becomes a pale gold toward the bottom of the pint. Two-finger white head, not all that voluminous or stiff, but shows decent retention.

The aroma offers pine, orange, and grapefruit accompanied by strong floral notes. The flavor follows, along with some mellow spice and toasty malts to balance out the bitterness of the hops.

It's medium bodied with good carbonation. Well balanced with a surprisingly mellow finish. Very drinkable. A great summertime beer that demonstrates much character. Another winner from Brewmaster Scott at Barley's.

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Photo of zimm421
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierBand
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first beer I had at Barley's. It arrived with a sparing 1/2" off white head over a cloudy amber liquid.

The aroma was primarily a floral hops.

The taste was very good.... good hop bite but not over done. The malt balanced the bitterness and left me with a sweet grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel.... not overly carbonated.... right about right. Nice robust texture to this ale.... full bodied.

Drinkability: I could drink this all-day. I recommend it.

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Photo of Seejae
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Excellent seasonal offering fro the most underrated brewery in C-bus

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Photo of Jenebauer
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of mcallister
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good looking non filtered beer. Obviously cloudy with a apple cider look alike winner. Poured to full so head was minimal.

Nice floral hops with a bready fruity quality. Nothing shouts our "smell me" but nice nonetheless.

Balance is dead on. Hops are very aromatic. Floral with an earthy note. Malt balances very nicely. Not overly complex but it shouldn't be. Easy drinking.

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Photo of genog
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler on the way home from work hoping this would be like gumballhead. I found it to be not as good, however I did find it better than Hop Sun, and Oberon. If you are looking for a good Pale Wheat Ale this is what you want.

Poured a burnt orange color tapering from the top of the glass to the bottom. Plenty of white foamy head on first pour. Aroma is hoppy, with some citrus notes. Taste is a little like some of your stronger IPAs, but the mouth feel seemed somewhat flat. I had no trouble polishing off this growler, but it seemed to really be lacking some kick.

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Photo of gregcordle
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tgbljb
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served as a cloudy medium amber colored beer with moderate white puffy head.

The wheat is evident in the nose, with a mild background hop presence.

Taste has a bit too much hop for my liking. The tart wheat is there, but is overshadowed by the hops.

Ending is again a bit too hoppy for my liking.

This was a nice beer to try, but not something I would like to revisit.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Firkin version at Barley's 6th Annual Mini RAF (04/26/08): The beer pours a cloudy dark orange color with a thin off-white head that fizzes away quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of grassy hops and pine. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with flavors of hops, pine and malt. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness. Decent overall.

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Photo of dlin0sbb
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaltofOH
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Draft at the brewhouse. Shaker pint.

A: pours a hazy gold with no head to speak of. Not much visible carb. No lacing, minor retention.

S: not really getting much smell. Side by side with the New England style IPA, this smelled pretty tame.

T: arrives malty, not really sweet, slightly tangy. Transitions to a dank hoppy. There is a citric zing here on the arrival, but there is nothing fruity about this one; malty then dank.

M: lighter end of midweight, slick, low carbonation.

O: really underwhelmed. I came here looking for the English pale ale, which they didn't have, so got this instead. Not as clean as I'd like a wheat ale, not as fruity as I'd like an IPA. It's not really even that good. I'll pass, thanks.

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Photo of Mdodge8837
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Barley's Hoptopus from Smokehouse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 20 ratings