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Hopothermia - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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88
very good

478 Ratings
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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 20
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Nugget and Apollo hops added in the brew kettle provide a green, floral aroma and citrus hop base, while the later addition of Amarillo, Citra, and Centennial hops add notes of spicy grapefruit and orange - complimenting the resilient malt profile.

(Beer added by: sprucetip on 11-28-2012)
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Photo of MattyG85
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus and earthy hops with some backing caramel malt. Upfront scent of ripe citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, apricot, lemon, and tangerine. Earthy hop presence with hints of dank pine resin and grass. Solid backing presence of malt with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, yeast, and cracker. A very good hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very juicy and earthy hop driven IPA taste with big notes of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Big upfront taste of ripe and juicy citrus hops with notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, apricot, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Earthy and herbal hops with notes of dank and spicy pine resin and grass. Hops are nicely bitter and oily. Backing of sweet malt with notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very juicy, oily, and drying. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A very good Imperial IPA. Has a West Coast style presence of tropical fruits with a solid caramel malt backing.

MattyG85, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2%

A pretty beer. In a snifter the beer poured a clear amber color with a small white head. There was a bit of lace.

A mostly pine aroma. Some citrus. Sweet malt.

Pine resin taste primarily. A wee bit of grapefruit. Caramel.

Sticky. Sweet and hoppy.

Nice beer.

lordofthewiens, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of NilocRellim
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from the tap.

The beer is a rich, amber colour. Very light nose, hoppy, citrus, and clean. The taste was not as bitter as expected, but had a citrus and hop flavour. Very clean, balanced, and not intense. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

NilocRellim, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

freshflesh, Sunday at 06:57 AM
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4.07/5  rDev +3.8%

PhilMiller, Sunday at 12:26 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

beergorrilla, Saturday at 08:00 PM
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Nose: citrusy hops, rich malt, caramel, hint of cola, herby hops, a hint of sweat (cumin?)
Brilliant dark amber to light brown under a very lightly tan tinted white 2" persistent foam cap, lacy,
Palate starts out with rich malts and a hint of cola, plum, followed by grapefruit rind bitter, tropical fruit, and pepper. The slightly sweet beginning dries out by the finish. Very rich blend of hop flavors and well balanced by the malt and alcohol.
Creamy, smooth. medium to medium full body, warming.

pat61, Thursday at 05:51 PM
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

EricTKole, Sep 09, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

abeeronthebeach, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

bowzer4birdie, Sep 07, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

Theoboley, Sep 07, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

STLine, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Justdoit1234
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Justdoit1234, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

I picked up a bottle of Alaskan Brewing Company's Hopothermia last week for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. I've never had any beers from Alaskan Brewing Company before and I intended to start off with their basic beers, but I was in the the mood for a hoppy beer tonight and this one caught my attention, so lets see how it goes. Best 10/29/14. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, I like the frozen hop cone and the name plus I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy orange amber color that took on more of amber color when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy and slightly creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking DIPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of piney and citrus like hops with them seeming to show up evenly and they make for a nice hoppy aroma. Up next comes a slight bit of fruity yeast followed by the malts which impart a sweet malt and caramel malt like aroma. This beer had a nice aroma, I liked the balance between the citrus and piney hops.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the same exact aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most, but it is a lighter than it was in the aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the caramel malts sticking out the most by a little this time and there's just a slight bit of fruity yeast. On the finish there's a lower amount of high bitterness that lingers just for a little bit with a piney and citrus hop like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but i wish the hop profile was as bright as it was in the aroma and I wish the bitterness was toned down just a little.

M- A little smooth, crisp, a little dry on the finish, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouth and it's pretty close to what I would expect from a DIPA.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a somewhat above average example of the style, it looked good and the appearance was pretty nice, but when i got to the taste it just came out a little lighter than I would want and I didn't feel like the hop flavors matched the intensity of the bitterness and that's something I look for in the style. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was a little smooth, crisp, a little dry on the finish, slightly filling and the taste just did an Ok job at holding my attention and I think one be the limit for me, anymore than that and I think the ratio of hop flavor to bitterness would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both good and true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it wasn't bad, it just was a little rough around the edges. I don't think I would buy this beer again, since there's many more DIPA's that I like more, but I wouldn't turn one down. I would say it's worth a try if you like the style, but I can't say I would recommend it as a good DIPA. All in all I thought this was pretty close to being a solid DIPA, but it just didn't have the refinement it needed to compete with the better beers in the style. This beer made for a decent first impression for Alaskan Brewing Company and I would be interested in trying more of their beer. I would say it falls right in the middle as far as DIPA's go. I appreciate the effort, but I think with just a little work this could be a pretty good DIPA.

StoutHunter, Sep 06, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Greels, Sep 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

sammyg832, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

SDRedDevil, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Gtg642, Sep 02, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +22.4%

ioconnor, Sep 02, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%

batt6343, Sep 01, 2014
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Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.