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Hopothermia - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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88
very good

386 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 15
Gots: 28 | 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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Reviews by ONovoMexicano:
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

I'm not mad at the way this beer looks at all. The pour produces a frothy, 4-finger thick head that persists until forming a plateau, then persists some more into a half-finger thick film above the liquid. The liquid is copper with some wheat hues and a slow, steady carbonation. As the head recedes, lace is left both horizontally and in a long-drape formation along the glass. Good stuff.

This is a piney type of hopped up beer, at least on the nose, which is a nice break from all the citrus I've been finding in my beers lately. I love citrus, but I like a piney IPA too. There's some sweet malt balancing out the hops on the nose, so the beer doesn't come off as predominantly bitter. The hops are pungent and resinous too.

Sweetness is prominent on the taste, which is a bit of a surprise, and I don't get blown away by hops, which is curious for a DIPA. The hops are a bit subdued, and seem less of the highly potent, aromatic kind, and more of the earthy, grassy variety I (correctly or not) relate with English IPAs.

There's plenty of sweet in this beer, as the malts throw their weight around, but the finish is highly bitter and dry, apparently so I won't forget this is a DIPA. There is a bit of hop spice on the tongue too, but I'd say this beer's a bit tame. The body is on the lighter side of medium, which makes for an easy-drinking beer, so that's a plus.

I like this beer, but suspect most hop heads would be disappointed. It's not aggressive enough and isn't very hop forward. But it's damn drinkable and enjoyable so it shouldn't be discounted.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 20:46:53 | More by ONovoMexicano
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artdob

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice head here, robust and looking real good in my glass. Full head settles into a nice foam topping on top of the glass. Color is dark orange golden and the beer has good clarity.

On the nose, the hops are very pronounced along with underlying citrus notes, particularly pink grapefruit. Also getting yeasty challah bread notes in the aroma mix.

On the palate, I am hit first with that pink grapefruit. Just like the peel remnants on a grapefruit weave in bitterness on that fruit, in the glass the hops provide a similar sensation as the fruitiness subsides.

On the finish, the hop bitterness has lots of staying power.

Mouthfeel has probably the right touch of carbonation, though I could do with just a wee bit less. Substantive, approaching chewiness / syrup like texture - ok that is an exaggeration, but just sayin this is not a thin one.

Alcohol level given the Imperial styling goes north a bit, which suits me just fine. An enjoyable brew - and now remembering the great time had at Alaskan Brewery last summer - a definite beer lover's stop if ever in Juneau.

Serving type: bottle

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12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper with tons of carbonation. Frothy, offwhite head with lots of little bubbles poking through. Head drapes off the sides of the glass until the end.

S: Caramel, toffee, biscuits, and some grapefruit and pine as well.

T: Stinging grapefruit citrus and bite of bitter hop resin dominates up front. That bitterness keeps coming back, and is never fully overcome by the sweetness impart by the malt. Some tobacco and pepper in between. Finishing flavor is a bit flat though, not sure if that's because taste buds have been scorched.

M: Bitterness reigns, but never ventures into undrinkable territory. Malt backbone is there just doesn't transition between bitter and sweet when needed. Good warm boozy feel at the end though, and head is fairly creamy.

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Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.