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Alaskan Hopothermia - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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87
very good

97 Reviews
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Reviews: 97
Hads: 721
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 28
Gots: 152 | 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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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a two finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is excellent. Citrus aroma with mild caramel and resin. Somewhat on the floral side. Smooth. Smooth easy taste. Citrus, bready mslts, although somewhat on the pale side. Great malt to hop transition. Piney resin on end with some moderate astringency. Hides alcohol content very well. Medium bodied with very little carbonation. (433 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at Chepo's in Eagle River, Alaska. Poured from the tap into a 20 oz glass.

Very pretty dark copper color, clear.

Citrusy hop aroma.

This beer is a monster, more extreme than even most Imperial IPA's., maybe a bit too much for me.

Very heavy-full mouthfeel with nice lingering hop oil. (296 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - Moderately copper with a two finger off white head that leaves some lace speckling towards the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Malt dominant with a touch of pine and grapefruit skins.

Taste - A malt bomb with a good mix of piney resin and grapefruit.

Feel- Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - Pretty standard DIPA. (335 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours red amber in color, crystal clear, with an ample orange-white head. On the darker side for an IPA, and smells maltier than you'd imagine a beer called "Hop° Thermia". Flavor is high-alpha bitterness, like citrus rind, but finishes quite clean. Bonus points for the great finish and crispness on what feels like an IBU bomb. But as a DIPA, this beer is average at best. Maybe as an Imperial Red I would have thought more highly of it. Also to be fair Alaskan Brewing Co. is pretty mediocre most of the time, and this is probably better than most from them. (608 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep yellow brown color. Tan head.

Didn't note the smell.

Taste is good, lots of bitterness, with some distinct sweetness simultaneously.

I'd like a bit more carbonation - I don't say this frequently.

Wears its alcohol very obviously on the finish - seems like it could be closer to 10% rather than the 8.5% listed. (319 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Hoppy, Fruity, Dry, Deceiving

An artfully balanced DIPA that’s dangerously drinkable. That’s all you need to know, but if you’re looking for more: super smooth and creamy. Grassy, piney, leafy, minty, and fruity hops with suggestions of orange and onion. Solid pale malt sweetness and a touch of honey provide backbone and balance. But for the most part, it’s a dry beer, which highlights the hops, while the creamy mouthfeel and dryness hides the 8.5% deceivingly well. Respect this beer.

STYLE: Double IPA | ABV: 8.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round (600 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is a wonderful sharp citrus smell.
The taste has a great and bold lemon drop bitterness throughout. Nicely balanced though.
The texture is crisp.
Really nice. (215 characters)

Photo of evenyoubrutus
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sitting at my computer with a glass on my desk and I have to take a gander for a moment at the pour. Truly one of the most beautiful looking beers in a glass I have ever seen. Perfect amber color (almost red) with 1.5 finger head, with a lace that lingered throughout the entire glass.

The smell seems fairly standard- faint but still extant, smells very American with malt, caramel, hoppy sourness.

First sip you get hit with hops and strong malty/syrup flavor (shocking). More hints of caramel. I like the taste but some may think the hoppiness/maltiness is imbalanced- second, third sip seems too malty, but it's far from undrinkable.

Undoubtedly a great beer. Will surely drink it again. (700 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Yardhouse, Saint Louis Park MN. Served in a pint glass.

A: (Lighting is tricky) Medium to dark orange, single finger of head. Laced the glass nicely. Very apparent carbonation.
S: Tropical fruits, pineapple, mangos, oranges, some grapefruit and a little pine/grass in the background
T: Follows the nose really well. Little bite of hoppy bitterness upfront but finishes nice and sweet.
M: Medium mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Finishes up nice and dry.
O: Solid DIPA. Would definitely get again. (507 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma is a bright, citrus sweetness with a floral grassiness. The beer is lightly hazy and amber colored with a whipped, off-white/eggshell head that has an abundant retention and a good lace. The beer is a medium high bitter with a medium sweet that's slightly more up-front bitter and a sweet finish. The beer is smooth and syrupy with a creamy carbonation and a medium body that hits the palate with toast and marmalade flavors as well as some grass. The finish is zesty and grassy with a slightly burnt note that strentghens as it warms, along with a bitter citrus that blends into the aftertaste that's floral with a sweet tangerine hint. (682 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.92/5  rDev -24.9%
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. (168 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Date on bottle says 12-13-14. I wish this beer was fresher.

Poring this beer out produced a minimal white head and left a beautiful dark golden orange beer behind. Not sure if the hops are still fresh but as I breath in Hopothermia has a sweetness, candied orange, marmalade, caramel, yeast, pine, and dankness. Taste on this comes off as bitter, with a balanced sweetness. It resembles the nose when it passes my lips with: orange, citrus, candied marmalade, grapefruit pith, earthyness, and bitter dry astringency. Carbonation is spot on and it has a dry finish despite the sweet balanced initial impression. Mouth feel is slick and medium bodied which I wish was more substantial. Overall this is a great beer even though it is not as fresh as I would prefer. Still its a must try for any double IPA fan, with a nice balance approach to the style. Hope you like this one too because I sure do, cheers! (913 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, Into a snifter, at the Red Cow

A: burnished copper, 1 finger tight head
S: mainly mild inviting pine and resin, but also a little light earthy wet garden smell, some plum, some faint tangerine and orange but it isn't bright, biscuity and caramel malts
T: follows the nose, nice balance between the light bready maltiness and the earthy piney hops, that balances the bitter and sweet. Some medicinal notes on the end that add something interesting. I'm not sure everything adds up entirely well...but the different parts are nice, and it's close.
M: sticky, medium carbonation, alcohol is well hidden though there is some warmth.

Overall: glad I tried. There are a lot of big and bold double IPAs out there; this one doesn't blow you away; it's got a lot of virtues, but to really sing it needs a bit more integration and harmonizing. Will do it again. (865 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of schad
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 (248 characters)

Photo of PintOh1759
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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. (157 characters)

Photo of Chief_Mug
4.63/5  rDev +19%
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) (178 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,278 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

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. (444 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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. (499 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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. (3,897 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,515 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%

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. (488 characters)

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Alaskan Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.