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Hopothermia - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 23
Gots: 68 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Chucker17, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of SJbigtuna
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

SJbigtuna, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of mpayne5
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

mpayne5, Jun 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

SDRedDevil, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Cletts206
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%

Cletts206, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Scotchboy
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stubby 12oz into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Dark, clear gold with nice head and lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit, and some earthy spice. Fairly bold hop presence with notes of bready malt and a suggestion of sweetness. Faint tropical fruit as well.

T: More pine and bitter citrus, tangerine, grapefruit rind, dankness and earthy spice. Again with hints of bready sweetness, maybe faint caramel?

MF: Medium bodied, moderately bitter.

O: Pretty decent, it drinks kind of how it looks, with a little more malt presence than some other DIPA's. Pleasant and bitter still.

Scotchboy, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of NorCalBrewBuff
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good clear amber/orange color. Nose is really refreshing and crisp with a mouthfeel to match. A very drinkable DIPA that hides the abv well behind the spicy/citrus flavors. Not in any rarefied category but definitely a nice one that you could enjoy anytime.

NorCalBrewBuff, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of garymuchow
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Tap Room in Rochester.
Blended way to well with my food to be a tongue ripping DIPA. Seem closer to a slightly larger IPA than a classic DIPA. That being said is was a nice drinker. Fullness in hop flavors with a balanced enough bitterness to blend with the food (cheese and flatbread pizza) and having a clean ale finish. Attractive and appropriate for style with a slightly cloudy yellow hue. Fresh and full hops but not big or robust. Enjoyable hop fruit flavors. Fullness to the malt which rounded out the hop flavors. Slightly bigger than moderate feel and good softness.

garymuchow, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

puboflyons, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Celtics17
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very bland for a double IPA. Very upsetting on this one. Lacking big flavors. very malty, which I dislike. Not bad, but not very good compared to so many good Imperial or double IPA's. The smell is the best part of this beer, overall I'm glad I got one bottle of this brew.

Celtics17, May 25, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

pcszone, Sep 26, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Adam_From_Boston, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single back from Total Wine in early March for $2.79. Best before 042514...not a concern since it has been in the Beer Fridge since the purchase.

Beer poured orange with a decent white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is floral with hints of citrus.

Taste is very well balanced between the malt backbone and the orange and grapefruit hops.

Mouthfeel has decent carbonation to give it a refreshing factor.

Overall this is a very easy drinking double IPA. Would definitely have this again.

arizcards, Jun 08, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

abeeronthebeach, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Bottle > Tulip Pint
A - Cloudy orange amber with a finger of foamy white head, little lacing.
S - Aroma is kinda nice, orange, citrus zest, bready malt, pine.
T - Bread malt forms the base, not as much hop potency as I'd like in a double IPA, though the alcohol sneaks up on you thats for sure, its got all your basic citrus hop profiles, and a sweet finish.
M - Chewy but goes down smooth.
O - Decent but nothing great, glad to have tried it.

Omnium, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of allengarvin
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%

A: 3.75 Dark orange-amber with a small head.
S: 4.25 Big aroma, evident clearly when it's just sitting in front of me. Ripe fruity citrus hop scent.
T: 4 This is certainly a strong IPA, though the body is surprisingly light. Very high bitterness and a lot of grapefruit-citrus hop flavor. Malt doesn't really stand up to the hops, despite the strength. This is for hop lovers.
M: 4.25 as I mentioned, rather light for strength
O: 4 Pretty good double IPA.

Weighted 20%,20,40,5,15: 3.81.

allengarvin, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of jera1350
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored, nice lacing. Has a bit of a wet, pine resin and earthy hop scent. The taste is a nice mix of bitterness and pine resin with some citrus. The taste is very long and the pine resin is left in the aftertaste. Solid backing of malt present. Medium bodied and drinks well for the style. Not a top of the heap DIPA, but a very well made beer.

jera1350, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

ONovoMexicano, Feb 28, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -2%

cbcrunch, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Alaskan Hopothermia Double IPA

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Served chilled.

A) Golden amber with nice clarity. Good finger of head with excellent retention. Several rings of lace clinging to the pint.

S) Light pine and tangelo. Heavy citrus peel. Slightly floral...

T) Quite a bit of citrus rind, piney, very earthy hops, decent malt backing, which is primarily a mild caramel sweetness. The 8.5% ABV is well hidden.

M) Medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation, which creates a crisp lively feel. Bitter citrus rind finish.

O) An enjoyable beer for sure... I'd go for this again... Cheers!

RoamingGnome, Feb 08, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Brewcycler, Aug 16, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

redresonatedragon, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of vkv822
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : SN IPA Glass

Clear, dark copper with a thick, craggy foamy off white head. Great retention.

Resiny, spicy, grapefruit, orange. Very inviting nose.

Again more resiny, grapefruit, slightly sweet orange, with just enough malty, bready backbone to keep it in check.

Medium body, foamy, mild carbonation. Lightly boozy.

A very well done DIPA. I appreciated the distinct orange notes in addition to the general grapefruit, citric profile. Though the alcohol wasn't overwhelming, I've had other DIPA's of the same ABV that hide it better.

vkv822, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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.

morimech, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Handsome amber brew with ample foam in the snifter. Sudsy and a little sharp on the tongue with hoppy acidity. Big fruity aroma of orange blossoms, lime peel, and fermenting pineapple. Some alcohol presence that gives it a mixed drink taste.

This is plenty sweet with malt. The hops are a welcome balance to all that malt. It's like orange marmalade with the bitterness finally coming across for the flavor. Mango and really sweet orange with a touch of cocktail bitters makes it even more interesting.

Another tasty Northwest DIPA. This is sweeter and fruitier, and more like a liqueur. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

mactrail, May 05, 2014
Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.