Alaskan Hopothermia - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 709
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 26
Gots: 147 | FT: 1
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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 TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Pours a clear amber with a one-finger creamy head. Very light lacing.

S - Heavy aroma of grapefruit and pine.

T - Follows the aroma with lots of grapefruit and resinous hops. There is just enough caramel sweetness to balance the bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbnation. Mouthfeel is sticky with a dry finish.

O - A nice very hop forward DIPA. Very easy drinking. (383 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Features a clover honey colored body and a thick, sticky, white head. Orange and lemon hop aroma with a touch of malt sweetness in the nose. Hop bitterness dominates the taste; some citrus flavors; very mild malt flavor. Medium-heavy body; big carbonation feel; very dry finish.

Hop bitterness rules this DIPA. The intensity is rather overpowering and gives the beer an almost one-dimensional quality. Malt and grain character is greatly lacking in presence. Overall, the beer lacks balance and refinement but still quite drinkable if you're a glutton for bitterness. (568 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner hourglass. No bottling date that I could find.

A- Deep amber, good clarity, small slightly off-white head.

S- Sweet citrus and a light bit of mango, pineapple, some floral.

T- More sweet citrus, some pine, medium bitterness.

M- On the heavier side of medium.

O- Pretty decent, nice combination of citrus and floral with a light tropical touch. (393 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (545 characters)

Photo of artdob
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice head here, robust and looking real good in my glass. Full head settles into a nice foam topping on top of the glass. Color is dark orange golden and the beer has good clarity.

On the nose, the hops are very pronounced along with underlying citrus notes, particularly pink grapefruit. Also getting yeasty challah bread notes in the aroma mix.

On the palate, I am hit first with that pink grapefruit. Just like the peel remnants on a grapefruit weave in bitterness on that fruit, in the glass the hops provide a similar sensation as the fruitiness subsides.

On the finish, the hop bitterness has lots of staying power.

Mouthfeel has probably the right touch of carbonation, though I could do with just a wee bit less. Substantive, approaching chewiness / syrup like texture - ok that is an exaggeration, but just sayin this is not a thin one.

Alcohol level given the Imperial styling goes north a bit, which suits me just fine. An enjoyable brew - and now remembering the great time had at Alaskan Brewery last summer - a definite beer lover's stop if ever in Juneau. (1,076 characters)

Photo of blindtiger24
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper with tons of carbonation. Frothy, offwhite head with lots of little bubbles poking through. Head drapes off the sides of the glass until the end.

S: Caramel, toffee, biscuits, and some grapefruit and pine as well.

T: Stinging grapefruit citrus and bite of bitter hop resin dominates up front. That bitterness keeps coming back, and is never fully overcome by the sweetness impart by the malt. Some tobacco and pepper in between. Finishing flavor is a bit flat though, not sure if that's because taste buds have been scorched.

M: Bitterness reigns, but never ventures into undrinkable territory. Malt backbone is there just doesn't transition between bitter and sweet when needed. Good warm boozy feel at the end though, and head is fairly creamy.

O: An adventurous beer that isn't firing on all cylinders. Still a good beer, with a few tweaks could be a very good beer. (933 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled on 4/5/14

Appearance: A finger worth of head on the pour which stuck to the sides of the glass while drinking. Active carbonation is about right for the style. The color is dark orange, light red.

Smell: Big bitter hops run head long into sweeter bright malts. Hops take on a heavy saturated citrus profile while the malts have a toffee, caramel aroma. Lingering bitterness sticks around with sticky malt.

Taste: Pine and saturated citrus blast on the front. Like the aroma the taste is filled with heavy caramel and toffee with weigh down on the palate. Some herbal fruits and grass pop up toward the back end but quickly get hidden by the bigger tones.

Mouthfeel: Big, heavy malts and hops.

Overall: Freshness may have been an issue here, but I feel like the base of this beer is just another malty and piney DIPA. Mehh. (837 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange. Crystal clear. Medium head.

S: Dank. Pine. Tar.

T: hop forward. Light malt taste. Heavy on the hops. A lil citrus. Bitter.

M: medium carbonation. Medium body.

O: decent IPA. Not great. Heavy on the alcohol and bittering hops. (261 characters)

Photo of EGreen
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Malty citrus pine aroma. Sweet caramels with some nice fruity flavors which lead to a nice hops-pine finish. Decent bitterness that continues to linger well after. Fairly mellow and decently balanced. Overall, a much better IPA than I've come to expect from Alaskan. (266 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Clear amber/copper pour with a very small head that dissipates quickly. Very nice juicy grapefruit aroma. Flavor is big and bitter with lots of grapefruit and citrus backed with a mild spicy flavor. Can also taste just a hint of bread and caramel for a nice malty edge. Light bodied and drinks easy despite a strong bitterness. Finishes with a lingering juicy citrus flavor. (374 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright translucent amber with a dusting of bright white foam: pretty much exactly what you would expect from a high gravity DIPA. Smell is pretty muted, but in the beers defense, it was poured for me in a normal pint glass which didn't help to accentuate the bright florals and citrus like a tulip would. Smells malty and sweet, mellow hops and lemon. First thing I noticed about the taste was that it is a fairly sweet beer. The sweetness is well done and reminds me of fresh clover honey, but I can't help but think that is an easy way to mask some of the more delicate and more difficult flavors to master in an IPA. Good resinous hop flavor but some of the bitterness which I personally enjoy is covered up. Malt, lemon peel, and some faint booze. Feel leaves you feeling a little sticky from the sugar, but it is full bodied on the way down.

Overall, an enjoyable brew and reaches the top of my list of clever hop puns. A little sweet to be a regular easy drinker, but one that I will certainly enjoy again. (1,021 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bernie’s in Waukesha, WI. This pours a hazy, amber color with a foamy cream colored head. The taste smooth and refreshing. Not as bitter as I would expect. Pretty good stuff. Not everything that Alaskan Brewing Co. is a hit but this stuff is good! (259 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.25/5  rDev +9%

I had this several times, and have had it in a tulip and a snifter. Nothing changes in either glass.
The appearance was a hazy copper / caramel color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing sliding into the beer.
The smell had a good blend of sweet citrus and a nice underscore of bitter slightly sprucy pine. Light caramel malts adequately come in to present themselves at just the right time - eloquently.
The taste was bittersweet with a semi - strong caramel presence in the aftertaste. It leaves a dry finish.
The mouthfeel was somewhat sharp and invasive as it tries to pummel my taste buds.
Overall, this was a pretty good DIPA I know I always come back to. (730 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is nice! nice copperish color, sticky white resin-y on the sides...
smell of citrus and punch.
taste is bitter on the tongue first off, lots of fruit juiciness right after.
light mouthfeel, light on the tongue. a very nice brew with a decent abv on top.... (263 characters)

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nugget and Apollo bittering hops as well as Amarillo, Citra, Centennial for Aroma. I had never had this beer before and was happy to find it as a single at The Four Firkins.

Aroma: Starts with a candy-like sweetness, fading to a orange and lemon zip. Some grain character and a hint of alcohol.

Appearance: Clear copper color. A huge off-white head that is very persistent and pillowy.

Flavor: There is a punch of citrus (orange rind and a bit of lemon) at first. I get sweetness and tropical fruit in the middle, not sure if that is citra hop or esters. The last 2/3 of the taste has an almost salty or burtonized flavor I associate with bitters and English IPA. The hop finish on the beer is bordering on astringent and the beer ends pretty dry. I pick up a bit of alcohol on this one as well.

Overall: This was pretty good, with more English character than expected. I wonder if they used an English yeast strain on this. The astringent finish hurt this for me a bit. (975 characters)

Photo of South2NW
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured to a standard pint.

A: pours a nice, translucent amber color with about a 1 finger off white head. Leaves spotty lacing in the glass.

S: great aromas of pine/spruce, some citrus, sweet caramel, and alcohol.

T: Very well done. I get the citrus first, followed by the pine flavor. The malt is pretty sweet, but works well with the other flavors.

M: medium body, good carbonation, but not overly bubbly.

O: Very impressed with this DIPA from Alaskan. Quite tasty and drinkable. (498 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear, dark gold color with a dense cap of off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Nose is piney with some alcohol peeking through. malts are fairly deep with caramel and toast.

Taste is much smoother than the aroma would indicate with pine sap and toast leading the way. Alcohol more integrated and goes down smooth. Its not bad, but there are plenty of better DIPAs out there. It feels old school, with a more traditional PacNW hop schedule than many of the newer versions of this style. (527 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellar temperature in a tulip.

It has a pretty, transluscent golden-amber body and a soft, two-finger white head.

An inviting aroma of bready malt, spruce trees, and orange peel here. A nicely dank hop smell.

The flavor has a great initial burst of zesty citrus which gradually dries into resinous pine needles and biscuity, bready maltiness. An excellent harmony of IPA flavors presented in sufficient imperial intensity.

For feel, it has a bright carbonation which brings the hoppiness to life, and a medium to full body. Feels right.

A delightfully well-done DIPA. (572 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, very clear with a fluffy two finger head of egg shell white. The head retention is very good and leaves a couple of rings of lacing on the glass.

Tight malt profile of bready malt and some caramel sweetness. Hops are floral with light, bright citrus/pine, green pear juices and a bit of wintergreen.

Caramel malt is full and more than enough balance for the hops. Sweet lemon grass, orange citrus and breezy pine, floral hops but overly lacking for a DIPA. Alcohol is minimal. Finish expresses a layer of sweet cereal grains and sweet citrus.

Medium bodied, very smooth carbonation. Lemony aftertaste is only slightly drying, still rather clean and pretty well hidden alcohol.

While not unpleasant at all this beer is lacking in hop prowess. It's smooth and malty with some nice variance in the aroma. (818 characters)

Photo of rickrem
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Nice slightly off white head and good lacing.

Nice deep amber coloring. Spec sheet says 20 SRM but I thought it was a bit darker which fits the style.

Nice bright aroma picking up more of the citrusy and some tropical fruit aromas.

Mouthfeel is bright with the carbonation coming through. Get lots of the orange, grapefruit tastes. A bit floraly with some tropical fruit. (Note: I'm no expert in tropical fruit so mango, papaya, guava? ?) Some of the green, grassiness of the hops come through and a decent bready malt to balance things out.
Don't really get any of the alcohol coming through as it's not a real high ABV nor is it over the top hoppy.

Overall I really like the balance and flavors of this beer. Some DIPA can get heavy and thick but maybe this feels ore like a 1-1/2 IPA (if there is such a thing) as opposed to a double IPA? but good in my book. (895 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (992 characters)

Alaskan Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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