Also known as Smokehouse Hoptopus
This is a pale wheat that’s hopped up. No, not paler that a wheat -- it’s a wheat that also includes pale malt, for a slightly maltier wheat that includes a ton of hops. Consider it a spring / summer ale for all you hopheads!
The first name for this one was Hoptopus’ Garden 65, a nod to the Abbey Road tune sung by Ringo. 65 speaks to the IBU’s.
We were going to go with an umbrella theme, like the Beatles 65 cover album, and then we didn’t.
When we were discussing name options, everyone liked Hoptopus’s Garden, and all, but we’re all about options. We figured that everyone will order the beer as "Hoptopus" anyhow, so should we shorten it? (The name, not the beer, of course.)
Scott suggested an image of a cat cloaked in hops. You’re looking at him above. You’ve got to admit, that’s one cool cat. Cats are cool; sunglasses are cool as well; hops are way cool.
Proceed to the aliased beer...Smokehouse HoptopusThe brewer markets this same or near-same product by more than one names. This can be the result of a brewer distributing this beer under different names in different countries, or the brewer simply changing the name, but not the recipe at different points in time.