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Hopothermia - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

486 Ratings
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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 20
Gots: 57 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Herky21, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

hilgart1, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

mychalg9, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

CasanovaCummins, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Braz, Mar 29, 2014
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.

StonedTrippin, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of UncleAddie
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

UncleAddie, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Scotchboy
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stubby 12oz into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Dark, clear gold with nice head and lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit, and some earthy spice. Fairly bold hop presence with notes of bready malt and a suggestion of sweetness. Faint tropical fruit as well.

T: More pine and bitter citrus, tangerine, grapefruit rind, dankness and earthy spice. Again with hints of bready sweetness, maybe faint caramel?

MF: Medium bodied, moderately bitter.

O: Pretty decent, it drinks kind of how it looks, with a little more malt presence than some other DIPA's. Pleasant and bitter still.

Scotchboy, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Nightrain87
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Nightrain87, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served fresh and cold (but no date on the bottle to confirm the former).

Hop otherwise is a classic copper hue with great clarity and thick white head. It settles slowly leaving a rocky cap and some nice spotty lacing.

Aroma is pleasantly hoppy and fresh with grapefruit-centered citrus with a bit of spice.

Flavor is sweet up front with honey and caramel. The hops kick in the middle but never deliver a huge hit of bitterness. It's more hop flavor including orange zest and kafir lime. It finishes a bit dry but overall balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It has good balance of sweet and bitter for a double IPA.

Overall a really solid example of the style but a little on the safe side for a real hop head

GilGarp, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of d5001986
2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Clear amber with a finger of off white head.

S: Pine, floral, a little orange and alcohol.

T: Not diggin' the taste of this. Bitter up front with pine, floral, and some spiciness. Bitterness continues to linger on the tongue.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, there is a slight spicy burn, but the bitterness just makes this a little unpleasant.

O: Not very drinkable. The flavor profile has little going for it, and the bitterness overwhelms everything. Avoid this one.

d5001986, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of billhelm
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

billhelm, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jakecattleco, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of stogirelli
5/5  rDev +27.2%

stogirelli, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of lordofstarside
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz to a pint glass, no date

Pours a dark golden orange with a finger of foam that's receded to a half pretty quickly, but not retaining pretty well. Lacing is pretty good, moderate carbonation stemming from the sides of the glass

Smells of strong pine and earthy citrus- grapefruit, and a small bit of lemon and tangerine. Malts are very robust, heavy caramel with biscuit notes finishing with a pretty high dose of alcohol. Pretty balanced between the two

Taste deviates pretty far from the smell. Strong caramel malts compete with the hop profile too well end up washing a lot of the citrus notes out. The alcohol is really present mixing all the flavors up, fails to come together well

Feel is pretty boozy, drinks warm, a bit tough to go down. Moderate body, high bitterness

Overall I'm really not feeling this one, definitely not my forte

lordofstarside, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Reswald, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

JohnBender, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

twelveinches, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Booner818
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Booner818, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Marco_Gtz, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of zookerman182
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

zookerman182, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear copper with a frothy white head. Smell isn't as strongly hoppy as I would have imagined. Smells of citrus and pine with some booze. Flavor is rather malty, with lots of caramel malt flavor. Hops come in through the finish with a good bit of citrus peel. I pick up tangerine oil. Overall pretty sweet and not enough bitterness to balance. Slight boozey taste. Body is fairly light, all things considered. Quite a bit of prickly carbonation. This is a decent beer, but I'm kind of disappointed. When the name of your beer is a pun based on the word "hop," you should probably make a hop bomb. Tastes more like a really big pale ale rather than an IPA of any ilk, if that makes any sense.

goochpunch, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Damian74Shensky
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Damian74Shensky, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of MarcWP
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper, crystal clear, with a small off white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is very nice. Sweet citrus fruits, spring grass, dragon fruit, fruit loops, sweet breakfast cereal, artificial maple, and cranberry marmalade. Just a unique smelling IPA!

On the palate you get more of the sweet frosted flake/fruit loop cereal character. Lemongrass, sweet grapefruit, spring herbs, mandarin, dried pineapple, and caramel. Certainly a malt forward DIPA but is pretty balanced by the hop profile.

Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium. Finishes bittersweet converging on sweet.

A nice double IPA from Alaskan brewing. Has some unique quantities not found in others. While the maltiness is pleasant, it takes over just a bit and keeps all those interesting hop nuances from shining through. Still very good!

MarcWP, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of martyl1000
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A clear, handsome, rusty amber, with a fluffy head that sticky's up the glass with lacing.

In the nose comes a biscuit-pine softness, with some wine-like fruits, navel orange and pineapple. Not getting the sweet malt aroma I like in other IIPA's.

In the mouth the orange/pineapple turns to tart lemonade. Chewable vitamins. White grapefruit rind bitterness. Still very little sweetness. The 8.5% alcohol seems nonexistent.

Very drinkable, and at $7.99/4-pk, a bargain.

martyl1000, Mar 19, 2014
Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.