Scuttlebutt Brewing Company (Everett, WA) finally decided to bottle its popular Imperial IPA Hoptopia this past summer. It's brewed with a significant amount more hops than the brewery's Gale Force IPA but actually designed to be less bitter.
Hoptopia (8% ABV) is a hazy orange and honey golden color with creamy beige head. Aroma is a sweet and floral blend of hops, toasted malt and candied citrus. The taste opens up with bitter, resinous hops and ruby red grapefruit followed by pine, orange citrus and alcohol toward the back end. The malt holds up against the hops onslaught for the most part. The body has a slightly syrupy, creamy body with moderate carbonation. The finish is mostly citrus and vegetal hops bitterness. Along with the Barley Wine, it’s the brewery’s most enjoyable offering that I’ve tried.