Alaskan Hopothermia - Alaskan Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Alaskan HopothermiaAlaskan Hopothermia

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

689 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 689
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 27
Gots: 143 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Alaskan Hopothermia Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 689 | Reviews: 104
Photo of d5001986
2.66/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Clear amber with a finger of off white head.

S: Pine, floral, a little orange and alcohol.

T: Not diggin' the taste of this. Bitter up front with pine, floral, and some spiciness. Bitterness continues to linger on the tongue.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, there is a slight spicy burn, but the bitterness just makes this a little unpleasant.

O: Not very drinkable. The flavor profile has little going for it, and the bitterness overwhelms everything. Avoid this one.

Photo of beertunes
2.92/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've never really cared for the other hoppy offerings from Alaskan, and this one didn't really push my buttons either. Nothing "wrong" with it, just bland and soulless.

Photo of KFBR392
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled on 4/5/14

Appearance: A finger worth of head on the pour which stuck to the sides of the glass while drinking. Active carbonation is about right for the style. The color is dark orange, light red.

Smell: Big bitter hops run head long into sweeter bright malts. Hops take on a heavy saturated citrus profile while the malts have a toffee, caramel aroma. Lingering bitterness sticks around with sticky malt.

Taste: Pine and saturated citrus blast on the front. Like the aroma the taste is filled with heavy caramel and toffee with weigh down on the palate. Some herbal fruits and grass pop up toward the back end but quickly get hidden by the bigger tones.

Mouthfeel: Big, heavy malts and hops.

Overall: Freshness may have been an issue here, but I feel like the base of this beer is just another malty and piney DIPA. Mehh.

Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

"Hopothermia Double IPA." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label and branded lime-green pry-off pressure cap acquired a couple hours ago at an H-E-B grocery (Hancock center) and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery - which is in my humble opinion one of the best breweries with widely available beers in this country. 8.5% ABV confirmed per the label. Reviewed as an imperial IPA because the label clearly identifies it as a double IPA. Best before 05/23/14.

Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of nice white/pale khaki colour. Great frothiness. Good creaminess and thickness. It's a full head with even consistency and a decent complexion. Leaves spotty inconsistent lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is great for the high ABV - easily 9-10 minutes, if not more.

Body colour is a translucent transparent copper of above average clarity and average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particles or sediment is visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's standard fare for an imperial IPA and I'm looking forward to trying it. The head is above average and it's a nice looking brew, but it's not unique or special.

Sm: Has a real appealing sticky floral and nectary hop character with kisses of resins abound. I get wafts of grapefruit, pale malt, caramalt, and wet perfumey citrus. Tangerine, maybe? Not quite lemon or orange. Boy, does it come off fresh. The fruity notes are great. In spite of all the diverse hop character, it still seems pretty balanced; there's no naked hop bitterness. In fact, it seems slightly too sweet on the malty end. I dig the sticky resinous approach to an imperial IPA hop profile; I'm just hoping it's full-flavoured and has depth.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

It's a clean pleasant inviting aroma of average strength. It smells like it'll be a good imperial IPA and I dig that it's not overbearing.

T: There's an interesting tropical fruit note which not only opens the beer, but dominates the entire first act - structurally atypical for the style. I think it's tangerine or maybe mango? The second act brings the sweet pale malt and caramalt, along with some surprisingly welcome breadiness normally unseen in the style. Light bubblegum enters in the late second act and remains through the finish. Hopwise, it doesn't quite deliver on the aroma's promise of sticky resins and nectary character, but it does have some subtle grapefruit and some nice touches of floral hop character. It's sweeter and maltier overall than most revered beers in the style, but I think it works. Luckily, it never comes off soapy.

It's a strangely structured flavour profile and doesn't have a great balance, but it's cohesive and likable for what it is. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. There's no subtlety or nuance here, but it has enough complexity methinks. It's by no means an intricate or well-layered beer, but the core of it - the malt/hop balance - is pretty solid.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-flavours come through.

Mf*: Smooth and wet. Lightly oily. Sticky. Lightly bready. Overcarbonated. Frankly, it's just too damn filling and heavy on the palate, with too full a body for this depth of flavour. If the texture was lighter and more refreshing, but the flavour was the same, this would be a great pale ale. It's got fair creaminess and it's surprisingly soft, which makes it very approachable, but there's a definite disconnect between the boldness of the flavours and the weight of the texture. I'd like to see the mouthfeel toned down.

Not chewy, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

*Strangely, as it warms it leavens, and almost reaches a cream ale-esque thinness, weakness and body. Very strange and inconsistent.

Dr: It's a pretty drinkable imperial IPA for the ABV, and I'll happily kill the entire 4 pack over the coming days. For its wide availability and price point, it's well worth picking up, but it's not on par with Alaskan's strongest work, and feels more like a trend-following bid for more profit from the imperial IPA bubble than a sincere attempt at the style. The weird mouthfeel holds it back, but I like a lot of what's going on in the aroma and flavour profile. Certainly above average.

Serve cold. It doesn't improve with warmth.

High C+

Photo of Samuel906
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright translucent amber with a dusting of bright white foam: pretty much exactly what you would expect from a high gravity DIPA. Smell is pretty muted, but in the beers defense, it was poured for me in a normal pint glass which didn't help to accentuate the bright florals and citrus like a tulip would. Smells malty and sweet, mellow hops and lemon. First thing I noticed about the taste was that it is a fairly sweet beer. The sweetness is well done and reminds me of fresh clover honey, but I can't help but think that is an easy way to mask some of the more delicate and more difficult flavors to master in an IPA. Good resinous hop flavor but some of the bitterness which I personally enjoy is covered up. Malt, lemon peel, and some faint booze. Feel leaves you feeling a little sticky from the sugar, but it is full bodied on the way down.

Overall, an enjoyable brew and reaches the top of my list of clever hop puns. A little sweet to be a regular easy drinker, but one that I will certainly enjoy again.

Photo of snaotheus
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a Lagunitas mason jar. 299 A2 1834 is the bottle code, so I think this is a couple months old.

Pours a nice coppery color with a biggish, coarsish head. Clear, not much carbonation. Smell is muted, surprisingly malty. Slight flowery/citrus notes.

Taste is bitterness, tea (in the way that Newcastle brown makes me think of tea), harshish pine bitterness, slight citrus/flower flavor. I would classify this more in the hoppy red ale category than in the imperial IPA category.

Mouthfeel is thin, slightly flat. Overall, it's OK.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle $2.79. First off, this is not a bad beer but I was glad I bought a single. Amber orange color, good head,looks nice. Aroma was a bit of pine and alcohol. Flavor was hints of pine, citrus, malts and a lot of alcohol. Mouthfeel was astringent. Overall it wasn't bad but it wasn't great either, hide the alcohol better next time.

Photo of Goliveidaho
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured flat into a 12 Oz glass. Appearance in the middle, OK but nothing amazing. Head fell as fast as a winter sun here in Boise. Lacing lite, shallow , waiting for the head to rise, which it never did. Aroma OK, but again nothing to write about. Taste very mediocre, a try at a good beer but way off the mark. Just in the cross hairs of balance but as complex as a one man band. Pass on this one unless north of 22 parallel, and snow bound. Cheers

Photo of BeerZombies1
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

American/double ipa
8.5% ABV
70 IBU

APPEARANCE: poured a clear copper orange, solid tight two fingers of off white head. Moderate chunky lacing.

AROMA: big blast of citrus and pine, I pulled out a strong aroma of apricots. Rounded out with a earthy hop presence.

TASTE: starts off by following the nose. Slightly sweet before the mellow bitterness kicks in. Went more for the sweet side then the bitter. Got a lot of apricot/mango. Not the biggest dipa I've had but still fair amount of solid hops.

MOUTHFEEL: medium body and carbonation, slightly oily with a dry quick finish.

OVERALL: a very decent DIPA. Not on the ranks of the best I've had but for sure a good beer to get into.

RAITING: 3/5 Zombie Heads!

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nugget and Apollo bittering hops as well as Amarillo, Citra, Centennial for Aroma. I had never had this beer before and was happy to find it as a single at The Four Firkins.

Aroma: Starts with a candy-like sweetness, fading to a orange and lemon zip. Some grain character and a hint of alcohol.

Appearance: Clear copper color. A huge off-white head that is very persistent and pillowy.

Flavor: There is a punch of citrus (orange rind and a bit of lemon) at first. I get sweetness and tropical fruit in the middle, not sure if that is citra hop or esters. The last 2/3 of the taste has an almost salty or burtonized flavor I associate with bitters and English IPA. The hop finish on the beer is bordering on astringent and the beer ends pretty dry. I pick up a bit of alcohol on this one as well.

Overall: This was pretty good, with more English character than expected. I wonder if they used an English yeast strain on this. The astringent finish hurt this for me a bit.

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 Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber colored beer with a tall yellowish tan colored head. Distinctly orange and it fits the color IPA Orange.

Smells very strongly of citrus hop. Mostly grapefruit with a sweet malt scent. Scents of strong tea.

Starts out sweet and slightly woody. Mild bitterness for the style. Some caramel taste but otherwise it is fairly neutral flavored.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a tame double IPA. Will have to try from the source someday.

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

Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Photo of JamesFowler
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Definitely a double

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 6/12/14.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, candied citrus zest, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a hop profile that leans more towards the earthy and herbal side of the spectrum.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hopothermia pours a dark golden color with a big lacing fluffy white head. There is a earthy and roasted malty aroma. The taste is more balanced, earthy flavors, some hop flavors, the warmth from the alcohol comes through. Nice body, a little flat. Overall it has some big flavors, but is very malty.

Photo of BadAxeBeer
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice bitter hopped brew! Earthy taste

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 Tone
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong pine, piney hops, sweet malt, hint of floral, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pine, piney hops, slight citrus hops, alcohol, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, decent appearance, average aroma, body, and blend. The body is hop forward obviously, but beside the hops the rest of the body is underwhelming.

Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Features a clover honey colored body and a thick, sticky, white head. Orange and lemon hop aroma with a touch of malt sweetness in the nose. Hop bitterness dominates the taste; some citrus flavors; very mild malt flavor. Medium-heavy body; big carbonation feel; very dry finish.

Hop bitterness rules this DIPA. The intensity is rather overpowering and gives the beer an almost one-dimensional quality. Malt and grain character is greatly lacking in presence. Overall, the beer lacks balance and refinement but still quite drinkable if you're a glutton for bitterness.

Photo of jwc215
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a lasting foamy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The smell is floral with citrus notes, caramel and some black pepper.

The taste is of pine and citrus (mainly orange/grapefruit), with some late peach. A touch of black pepper with an aspirin-like bitterness stays just ahead of caramelized bread in the finish.

The body could be fuller for the style, but the alcohol is covered well. It's also has a bit of fizz initially, but it settles.

Certainly not a "hop-bomb", it still has enough hops to keep it in IPA territory. It's not one of the greatest out there, but still it's good overall.

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 gatornation
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a mostly clear golden copper color with a fluffy 2 finger head
S-light citrus malts and caramel
T-sweet caramel malts first then a wave of fruity hops then more malts and baked bread at the end
M- medium carbonation with a sweet fruity hop hit just a touch of bitterness
O- a malt forward 2IPA thats a bit to sweet and malty for my liking

Photo of ISmith87
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - 4.25 - Nice orange amber clear color with a big cream colored head, which sticks to the glass nicely.
S - 3.75 - Sweet, piney, dank nose. Maybe a little bit of spiciness in there too. Not as complex as some of the other DIPAs. Smells a little like HopSlam.
T - 3.5 - Definitely a step down from the big DIPAs. Right away you get a wierd dry syrupy sweet taste. Pine, overly ripe fruits, and citrus are all in there. Again, a little like this years Hop Slam, which I also didnt' think was that good.
M - 3.5 - Dry. Alc present. Aftertaste is bitterness at the back of the mouth and on the tongue. Light- medium mouthfeel.
O - 3.75 - Don't judge a book by it's cover. This beer looks cool as hell sitting on the shelf, but it's no match for most beers that are similar to it. Spring for the Ruination, Sucks, Sculpin, West Coast, Green Bullet, etc etc etc.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Alaskan Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.