Hopothermia - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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587 Ratings
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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 26
Gots: 89 | 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 -10.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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 kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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 GClarkage
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 10/29/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with juicy citrus/tropical hop notes with moderate malt sweetness; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of resinous pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA style. All around good complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Zorro
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.