Review: Hoptopia, Scuttlebutt Brewing

Scuttlebutt Brewing Co. — Everett, WA

  • Style:  Imperial IPA
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  8%
  • Malts: Not specified
  • Hops: Not specified
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:   None.

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? 

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  1. I went to Scuttlebutt's brew pub when I was in Everett a couple of years ago. I can't remember what I drank, but I remember liking the beer and the food. But I guess they have moved and improved the restaurant since then.

  2. Didn't know they have a brewpub. I'll be sure to check it out if I'm in the area.

  3. Have you had Scuttlebutt's "10[Degree] Below Ale", or their Porter? I grabbed both of these from my local Total Wine & More, and was really looking forward to...liking them. I like almost everything beery.

    But both of these tasted like apple juice with beer mixed in. I figured the 10 Below, the one I tried first, was a fluke; small breweries are certainly allowed to make mistakes. Even big ones are (Sam Adams' Cherry Wheat, what the hell?), I guess. And then I tried the Porter. It had all the things you'd expect of a porter: rich dark color, syrupy-but-moderated sweetness, etc...annnnnd constant uppercuts to the palate by rogue bands of pissed off apples.

    I would have REALLY enjoyed a slight apple taste, especially in the Porter; would've made for a very interesting surprise. On the other hand, if I want apple juice in my beer, I'll damn well pour it in myself!

    So, nothing like that from Hoptopia? I was starting to wonder if they treated all their beers that way, which is why I did a quick bit of research and found your blog. If you're feeling adventurous, try either of the two I mentioned and help me verify that I'm not insane.

  4. Ben, no this is the only one I've tasted from Scuttlebutt. I didn't taste any apple in mine. I know Total Wine sells a lot of beer off of unrefrigerated shelves. Did you buy your beer warm? That might have had something to do with it.


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