Random thoughts: I bought this beer when I visited 99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA. I've been drinking a lot of malty winter seasonals recently and have been looking forward to tasting something on the hoppy end of the spectrum.
The tasting: Copper in color and hazy. Its white head dissipated fairly quickly and left some lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, and light tropical fruit. Flavor starts with a strong blast of grapefruit and piney hop bitterness, the alcohol (at 8% ABV) makes its presence known in the middle. There's some light caramel malt sweetness, but it's dominated by hop bitterness. Hoptopia is medium bodied and finishes dry with lingering grapefruit hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol.
Rating: 3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me. With a name like "Hoptopia", you'd probably expect a hop forward beer—and Scuttlebutt delivers. If you're looking for a big hoppy IPA with plenty of bright citrus flavors, give this one a try. For me, the alcohol bite was a tad boozy.
Have you tried Hoptopia or any other Scutttlebutt beers?