Hopothermia - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
Picked this up as a single. Wasn't sure about the sixer thing.
Pours a really nice looking amber color with a cream colored head and lacing all over the glass.
The aroma is mostly orange smelling. Sweet malt. Doughy.
The taste is rather different. Definitely a malt forward type of DIPA with the hops really kicking through on the swallow. Big lemony taste as well. Some pine and earth as well.
Mouthfeel is good and full bodied.
Overall, I think I just expected too much from this beer. A different type of DIPA for sure. The use of the Nugget and Apollo hops takes this DIPA where most don't travel. While the beer was still good, it's not something I'm used to....but I suppose I could. Wink-wink.
03-01-2014 22:57:29 | More by kaseydad
3.84/5 rDev -2%
Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
I'm not mad at the way this beer looks at all. The pour produces a frothy, 4-finger thick head that persists until forming a plateau, then persists some more into a half-finger thick film above the liquid. The liquid is copper with some wheat hues and a slow, steady carbonation. As the head recedes, lace is left both horizontally and in a long-drape formation along the glass. Good stuff.
This is a piney type of hopped up beer, at least on the nose, which is a nice break from all the citrus I've been finding in my beers lately. I love citrus, but I like a piney IPA too. There's some sweet malt balancing out the hops on the nose, so the beer doesn't come off as predominantly bitter. The hops are pungent and resinous too.
Sweetness is prominent on the taste, which is a bit of a surprise, and I don't get blown away by hops, which is curious for a DIPA. The hops are a bit subdued, and seem less of the highly potent, aromatic kind, and more of the earthy, grassy variety I (correctly or not) relate with English IPAs.
There's plenty of sweet in this beer, as the malts throw their weight around, but the finish is highly bitter and dry, apparently so I won't forget this is a DIPA. There is a bit of hop spice on the tongue too, but I'd say this beer's a bit tame. The body is on the lighter side of medium, which makes for an easy-drinking beer, so that's a plus.
I like this beer, but suspect most hop heads would be disappointed. It's not aggressive enough and isn't very hop forward. But it's damn drinkable and enjoyable so it shouldn't be discounted.
02-28-2014 20:46:53 | More by ONovoMexicano
Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.