Alaskan Hopothermia - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

97 Reviews
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 708
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 26
Gots: 146 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: sprucetip on 11-28-2012

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.
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Reviews: 97 | Hads: 708
Reviews by andrenaline:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Hoppy, Fruity, Dry, Deceiving

An artfully balanced DIPA that’s dangerously drinkable. That’s all you need to know, but if you’re looking for more: super smooth and creamy. Grassy, piney, leafy, minty, and fruity hops with suggestions of orange and onion. Solid pale malt sweetness and a touch of honey provide backbone and balance. But for the most part, it’s a dry beer, which highlights the hops, while the creamy mouthfeel and dryness hides the 8.5% deceivingly well. Respect this beer.

STYLE: Double IPA | ABV: 8.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round (600 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (261 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (266 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,383 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear reddish gold with a huge pillowy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready, biscuity malts with piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready, biscuity malts and some tropical fruit with lots of piney, resiny, minty hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice DIPA. I like the hops but not the malt profile - it's too sweet, bready and biscuity. (441 characters)

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Chief_Mug
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Perfect head kept all the way down the glass. Taste was Very Good! One of the top 2 Imperial IPA's I have tried. The other leader in my book is Double Jack (Firestone Walker) (178 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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. (499 characters)

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

strong and bold bitter and tasty (32 characters)

Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Alaskan Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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