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Hopothermia - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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449 Ratings
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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 20
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

03-16-2014 04:41:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2%

10-14-2013 16:43:06 | More by nmann08
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-06-2014 06:05:46 | More by zestar
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-18-2014 00:32:16 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev +2%

02-21-2014 03:27:42 | More by Texasfan549
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-07-2014 00:57:44 | More by kylehay2004
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-25-2014 03:23:19 | More by jaydoc
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4/5  rDev +2%

02-22-2014 22:17:05 | More by Knapp85
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

07-24-2014 21:08:23 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-01-2014 03:03:06 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.09/5  rDev +4.3%

Clear, bright amber coloring, lustrous snowy white head, looking great.

Aroma: brilliant blast of citrus and pine, with fresh tropical fruit flavors, as well. Just lovely. Right on.

Taste: In the mouth, starts slightly sweet, then the bitter takes over, though it plays it mellow throughout. Continues fruity, but leans more on the sweet side than the bitter. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, persistent mango flavors, with bitter hop buzz playing it light on the palate.

Alaskan Hopothermia is no monster double IPA, not the king in terms of bitterness or booze, but I don't think it intends to be, either. It is plenty delicious, though. If you're not involved in a fight, or a contest, if you don't insist on finding the most damaging IPA to your palate or sobriety, this may please you very much.

04-27-2013 08:13:42 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

the much hyped hopothermia! this really is good beer, some of the better alaskan stuff ive had in a while now. nice clear shiny penny color to this, under an inch of white head in my globe. the nose is sweet not bitter, not uncommon in a big ipa, but what is uncommon is the lightness of feel, no sticky resinous gnarliness. its clean and light, only medium bodied, and while sweet in some ways, there is no leftover sugar. cool mix of hop flavor, lack of bitterness, and drinkability in terms of feel. the flavor has a distinct apple fruitiness to it, in among the oils. almost no bitterness at any point of this at all, and i almost wish for some. just enough carbonation, that aspect is spot on. a bit of a different take on the big ipa here, not west coast, not east coast, not midwestern even, insofar as there are stylistic points from each region. its just well made ipa, drinking far lighter than its announced 8.5% abv. not the best thing alaskan has ever made, but i see the appeal.

03-29-2014 05:51:09 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.89/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

05-05-2014 06:39:23 | More by mactrail
Photo of jwc215


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

08-03-2014 17:42:28 | More by jwc215
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

05-08-2014 01:03:18 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.23/5  rDev -17.6%

"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+

03-16-2014 04:50:34 | More by kojevergas
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4/5  rDev +2%

04-06-2014 00:43:34 | More by afsdan
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4/5  rDev +2%

07-07-2014 00:30:12 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

03-12-2014 06:30:23 | More by JohnGalt1
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

08-16-2014 04:13:01 | More by Zaphog
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3.61/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

07-31-2014 14:44:58 | More by Tone
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-04-2014 16:43:01 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

01-30-2014 22:46:49 | More by dirtylou
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

01-08-2014 04:08:04 | More by LiquidAmber
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4.23/5  rDev +7.9%

It's a bright gold colour, small but persistent head of foam, leaving some good lacing behind.

The nose is hoppy as hell...big notes of grapefruit, some caramel malt in the background, a hint or 2 of tropical fruit.

The taste is basically...bitter. Very bitter. Grapefruit bitterness kicks arse on everything else. Everything else is some mild malt sweetness and some hints of tropical fruit.

The mouthfeel is superb.

This is a very enjoyable DIPA that hides the 8.5% abv very well. Not earth shattering but does it need to be to please my palate? Hell no.

01-20-2013 15:03:27 | More by Bitterbill
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Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.