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Hopothermia - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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88
very good

386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 16
Gots: 28 | 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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TooGood

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

03-16-2014 12:40:50 | More by TooGood
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kojevergas

Texas

3.23/5  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+

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 04:50:34 | More by kojevergas
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 04:41:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BMos

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-15-2014 23:20:37 | More by BMos
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Lukebell15

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-15-2014 20:50:02 | More by Lukebell15
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NorCalBrewBuff

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 05:38:56 | More by NorCalBrewBuff
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

03-12-2014 23:03:04 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 06:30:23 | More by JohnGalt1
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phooky

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

03-12-2014 00:58:52 | More by phooky
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dsigmon

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

03-11-2014 02:22:36 | More by dsigmon
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valkyre65

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-11-2014 02:19:58 | More by valkyre65
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Modernrickk

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-10-2014 23:26:36 | More by Modernrickk
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gbohl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-09-2014 22:17:12 | More by gbohl
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humpty1602

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-09-2014 22:14:53 | More by humpty1602
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prock180

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-09-2014 20:38:16 | More by prock180
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serebeerdrinker

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-08-2014 04:57:34 | More by serebeerdrinker
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-08-2014 00:31:32 | More by kbuzz
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-07-2014 22:39:47 | More by 2dogbrew
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-06-2014 21:50:01 | More by Kmlund
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Zach122

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

03-06-2014 18:38:53 | More by Zach122
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toolbrew

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-05-2014 02:29:39 | More by toolbrew
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-05-2014 01:53:18 | More by Haybeerman
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-04-2014 16:43:01 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-04-2014 04:16:22 | More by Davepoolesque
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 4/25/14; into an Avery tulip.
Appearance - a clear orange, with some dancing carbonation bubbles. Very thin, white head. Lacing is weak.
Smell - the nose is a balanced citrus, pine, floral and grassy hops with a touch of caramel malts.
Taste - more hop forward flavors up front, but well balanced as you continue to sip.
Feel - Surprisingly carbonated feel; nice balance between the bitter hops and the malt backbone!
Overall - worth a look for DIPA fans. I've liked both IPA offerings I've had from ABC.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:04:30 | More by DenverHopHead
Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.