Alaskan Hopothermia - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 26
Gots: 131 | 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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Ratings: 669 | Reviews: 101
Reviews by lordofstarside:
Photo of lordofstarside
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz to a pint glass, no date

Pours a dark golden orange with a finger of foam that's receded to a half pretty quickly, but not retaining pretty well. Lacing is pretty good, moderate carbonation stemming from the sides of the glass

Smells of strong pine and earthy citrus- grapefruit, and a small bit of lemon and tangerine. Malts are very robust, heavy caramel with biscuit notes finishing with a pretty high dose of alcohol. Pretty balanced between the two

Taste deviates pretty far from the smell. Strong caramel malts compete with the hop profile too well end up washing a lot of the citrus notes out. The alcohol is really present mixing all the flavors up, fails to come together well

Feel is pretty boozy, drinks warm, a bit tough to go down. Moderate body, high bitterness

Overall I'm really not feeling this one, definitely not my forte

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of NilocRellim
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Chief_Mug
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
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)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

Photo of moundbz
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

strong and bold bitter and tasty

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, from the singles cooler at the Liquor Mart on south Colorado Blvd. in Denver.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium apricot amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of weakly foamy, rocky, and moderately bubbly beige head, which leaves some patchy layered cloud lace around the glass as things lazily recede.

It smells of acrid pine needles (no dank, no mas!), orange juice concentrate, middling caramel malt, and further leafy, earthy, floral, and somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is more of the same - peppy forest floor detritus pine notes, almost metallic orange and lemon cleanser fruitiness, grainy, thinly caramelized malt, a touch of produce aisle tropical fruit, and a subtly tingling alcohol essence.

The carbonation is quite underwhelming, in both support and overt palate-tingling, the body medium-light in weight for the style, and actually more or less smooth, nothing particularly egregious in its interference here. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt parrying the various input hops with relative ease.

An agreeable, if not overly interesting DIPA, all the purported and various hops kind of stepping on each others' toes, but, in the end, tasty and drinkable insofar as the big ABV allows. Worthy of checking out, beyond the north of 60 tick.

Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served fresh and cold (but no date on the bottle to confirm the former).

Hop otherwise is a classic copper hue with great clarity and thick white head. It settles slowly leaving a rocky cap and some nice spotty lacing.

Aroma is pleasantly hoppy and fresh with grapefruit-centered citrus with a bit of spice.

Flavor is sweet up front with honey and caramel. The hops kick in the middle but never deliver a huge hit of bitterness. It's more hop flavor including orange zest and kafir lime. It finishes a bit dry but overall balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It has good balance of sweet and bitter for a double IPA.

Overall a really solid example of the style but a little on the safe side for a real hop head

Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz single, odell snifter

Dark orange body - nice fluffy white cap with sticky retention. Hop profile is juicy and sweet without much of a bitterness bite. Lots of tangerine, clementine, sweet tropical fruit notes. A bit oily - lacking much in the way of body and depth, but pretty clean and refreshing.

Photo of morimech
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with two fingers of head that had excellent retention before settling to a thick cap. Surprised by the lack of lacing as there is just a little bit of suds that stick to the glass.

Pine and citrus hops make up the majority of the aroma with some earthy and resiny notes rounded out the smell.

A little sweetness exists before the bitterness takes over. Sticky resin coats the palate with citrus and earth. Some nice subtle melon notes as well. Not the biggest DIPA but still good hop flavor. No sign of alcohol and bitterness does not overwhelm the palate.

Medium body and nicely carbonated. Nice smooth texture really allows the flavors to develop.

A really good DIPA, although not in the elite ranks of the style, is still more than a worthwhile effort.

Photo of nick_asian
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Super clear with just a shade under amber. Fluffy beige head.

S: Earthy pine with orange peel and grapefruit. Some apricot and a bit of mango.

T: The sweetness from the apricots and mango leads the palate and leads into the earthy pine bitterness. Finish stays with you for a while before the next sip. Really solid hops, though it's not as robust as other DIPAs.

M: Really solid carbonation. Exactly where I think it should be. Medium bodied. Bit oily on the mouthfeel during the finish, but it drys up quickly.

O: Really solid DIPA. Keep hearing people comparing this to Pliny the Elder and I can see why because of the body/bitterness/carbonation, but the hops are more aggressive here and you get less of the citrus fruits. Other than that, awesome. Totally worth $8 for a four pack.

Photo of PintOh1759
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Great beer, drink it regularly here in AK. Initial taste isn't as bitter as expected but leaves a strong hoppy flavor that lingers in your mouth for a while.

Photo of goochpunch
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear copper with a frothy white head. Smell isn't as strongly hoppy as I would have imagined. Smells of citrus and pine with some booze. Flavor is rather malty, with lots of caramel malt flavor. Hops come in through the finish with a good bit of citrus peel. I pick up tangerine oil. Overall pretty sweet and not enough bitterness to balance. Slight boozey taste. Body is fairly light, all things considered. Quite a bit of prickly carbonation. This is a decent beer, but I'm kind of disappointed. When the name of your beer is a pun based on the word "hop," you should probably make a hop bomb. Tastes more like a really big pale ale rather than an IPA of any ilk, if that makes any sense.

Photo of jellikit
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange. Crystal clear. Medium head.

S: Dank. Pine. Tar.

T: hop forward. Light malt taste. Heavy on the hops. A lil citrus. Bitter.

M: medium carbonation. Medium body.

O: decent IPA. Not great. Heavy on the alcohol and bittering hops.

Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Stamped: 8042514. Sampled on February 22, 2014.

The pour is a copper color with a huge long lasting cream colored head. Decent carbonation.

The aroma is quite typical of hopped op beers with its pine and floral esters and modest toasted biscuit malt character.

Light to medium body with some acidity.

The taste is much like the nose with a formidable bitter hop character. Floral and pine in the taste too. Very much what one would expect from this kind if IPA.

Photo of n2185
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear, dark orange with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: pineapple, oranges, apricots, and nectarines dominate the nose with a sweetness reminiscent of Belgian candy sugar.

T: grapefruit, citrus rind, and pine hop flavors make up the bulk of the profile with a lightly bitter and citrusy finish.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer has an oily slick feel to it.

O: a solid DIPA overall. Not the best in the world and the body is a bit lacking, but still good.

Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date is 013115 (to left of barcode on label) Clear rich amber with one finger white head. Lacing is good. Smell is floral fruity tropical with light pine and bready malts.
Taste is fruits such as mango orange some peach. The bitterness begins to take over with a pine resin aspect. Interesting how the hop character grows and gives in to the big malt bill. Pretty well balanced for the style.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with less than ideal carbonation.
Overall a fine but not stellar version of the DIPA style. Very easy drinking and the hop bitterness does not peg my bitter meter. I enjoyed this very much. Happy New Year folks.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus hops with some fruit.

Tastes of the juicy hops with plenty of malt sweetness to back it up. Hops lead off with grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and pine. Moderately bitter. Hops fruitiness leads nicely into sweet caramel malts that have a syrupy quality along with some toffee as well. Nicely balanced on the end with a slight lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very good DIPA and I am glad I checked it out.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%

A little malty on the aroma, but a nice juicy, citrus hop burst taste. Body is solid medium and drinks well. Solid IIPA

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

RB

12oz 4-pack picked up at the COOP over the weekend... Glad to FINALLY have this one in Boise. Enjoyed for the first time tonight in my slim tulip... 1" off white head.. goes away fairly fast... the brew is light amber.

Nose doesn't have as much hoppy punch as I expect from a PNW DIPA... still no faults, it is nicely balanced and shows a respectable amount of tropical fruity hops that are carried nicely by a generous pale malt presence.

Flavor has a good bitter backbone... surprisingly dry throughout and has light pale malty notes that die back quickly.. hops are tropical fruits with hints of pithy grapefruit...

Really, this is a shortlived and very drinkable DIPA... I never would have guessed this +8% and I never would have pegged this as a serious contender DIPA, instead it is in the incredibly drinkable realm.. I appreciate it a bunch, but I personally like a little broader flavor spectrum.

All 3.75's.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a big three finger cream colored head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit, particularly pineapple, dark melons, citrus and piney and citrus hops. Flavor is bready malt, thick tropical and orange family citrus juice, citrus and pine hops. Well balanced. Heavy bodied with an excellent creaminess. The body of this IPA emphasizes the malt character, and the hopping, although not tame, is subsumed into the malt body. A pleasant, malty IPA that is not as hop forward as most Northwest IPAs, but leaves a nice lingering piney and citrus hop afterglow. I really like the mouth feel of this beer.

Photo of schad
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Vendor sample from sales rep. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance is a clear orange-amber color. Slight lacing on glass.

Taste is very piney with citrus notes. Finishes slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is sticky and resiny

Overall good beer

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Alaskan Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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