Alaskan Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,631
Ranked #11,455
3.94 | pDev: 9.9%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Very Good
Notes: Hopothermia features features Nugget and Apollo provide a green, floral aroma and citrus hop base. Dry hopping with Amarillo, Citra and Centennial hops adds notes of spicy grapefruit and orange to compliment the resilient full malt body. This is an intense yet drinkable Double IPA.

70 IBU
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear dark amber with a two-finger head, nice retention, visible carbonation, bubbles rising medium fast, very tiny bubbles. Plenty of visible lacing
Aroma: First thing I pick up is the bready malt aroma some very subtle citrus notes behind that.
Taste: Expected sweetness on the tip of the tongue that slowly morphs into a bold bitterness, different from a lot of other IPA’s at least the ones I’ve been drinking. Those would have a sharper bitterness.
Flavor: Herbal, some grassiness but very herbal. The expected citrus notes are there but subtle. The malt tastes caramelized, intriguing balance.
Feel: Thick chewy mouthfeel, soft carbonation, viscous finish.
Overall: I like this, I greatly regret only buying one bottle. I will have to pick up a sixer in the near future. I like the herbalness of it. It doesn’t try to be like other IPA’s. This one has its own unique niche.

Aug 29, 2020
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hopothermia brewed by Alaskan Brewing Co.,with an ABV of 8.50% This Imperial IPA pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with hop bitterness , mixed with earthy grains and malts. There is also a slight sweetness in the small of this brew as well. So far Hopothermia is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on the bold hop bitterness , them a nice smoothness from the earthy grains and malts. This is a well put together IPA. The body of this IPA, is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this imperial IPA, it has a super nice balance to it. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on this 8.50% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. This is definitely one of the more richer fuller bodied IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich,Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Hopothermia
A 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity too. Alaskan Brewing Co., Did a real nice job with this imperial IPA.

Aug 01, 2020
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark bronze with a thick ivory head, good retention and decent lacing. Aroma is hoppy, both citrus and light pine. Flavor follows the nose with a sweet caramel malt start and a bitter finish. Feel is medium bodied. Overall a legitimate DIPA.

Jun 17, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another of my local, in-person trading partner, @tone77 's drop-offs, brings me to the next one in my day. I had toyed with hieing out to Bistro on Bridge in Phoenixville for their 10th Anniversary Party today, but then it dawned on me that such excursions are how I built up my backlog in the first place. I'm staying put, watching TV, reading books & drinking beer. That's a good day!

From the Bottle: "Double IPA"; "70 IBU Ale".

I Pop!ped the cap & started a slow, gentle C-Line pour since even the gentlest of these produces great foaming. I wound up with two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention that left great lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like fresh, wet hops with a green, earthy quality of peppers, pine sap, grapefruit and a caramel malt backbone. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, a little light for the style. The taste was spectacular, beginning with a peppery spiciness, then opening up with grapefruit and orange/tangerine as pine sap & caramel brought up the rear. Mmm. Fabby! This somehow made me think of an English IPA, but amped up to a high degree. I do not mean that as a negative, either. The malt was less sweet than caramel, more towards toffee & when combined with the hops mélange, it made for a really good beer. The measured bitterness did not necessarily translate into its taste. By rights, it should have been MUCH more bitter, but instead, it was simply dry on the finish with a woody taste that made it seem as though it might have been barrel-aged. 8=O Dang, but this was goooood! YMMV.

Sep 28, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with amber highlights and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, light pine. Taste is bitter, spicy, minty, some citrus. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is decent, but a bit unbalanced, and it seems like different flavor profiles were not cooperating well.

Feb 16, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Original rating 2015-02-01] Pours clear orange/gold with a medium white head. Aroma of citrus, vanilla, straw. Taste is froot loops, citrusy with a bitter finish.

Oct 24, 2018
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northwestdr from Washington

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Fairly clear and amber-colored, with a rusty tinge. Average but lingering head. Moderately carbonated, with tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass for quite a while.

For an ABV of 8.5%, this is a fairly smooth brew. Plenty of hoppiness, but not overly bitter. Pleasant hop aftertaste. Somewhat piney and reminiscent of grapefruit. The flavor is dominated more by hops than malt, but there is moderate caramel presence.

Bottom line: for an imperial IPA, this has a clean taste, which could easily pass for a conventional IPA. Moderately hoppy but not overly bitter. Solidly better than average for the category.

Jul 15, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding double IPA that drinks like an IPA - the ABV is well-hidden and the beer tastes fantastic. Nice golden amber color with some head and a little spotty lingering lacing. Smells of fruit citrus hops and floral hops. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, caramel, vanilla and has a great malt backbone. Nice and smooth with mild mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Decent amount of carbonation and nice smooth aftertaste with only a trace amount of bitterness. Will check out more from this brewery.

Jul 12, 2018
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Stoutmaster9 from California

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A vast bubble armada upon a golden-orange sea. Thin head, soon finite. Some lacing.

Malty sour scent. Bit O' Sweet citrus bliss.

Following the nose, with creamy caramel; grand bubbly hops, minty-crisp & sharp, crushed by the caramel-malt.
pine/ Grapefruit orange- tart aftertaste.

The toffee caramel is too dominant, otherwise mouthwatering.

Jul 07, 2018
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Ocalafox from Florida

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Share from a friend that went to Chicago for Christmas. It's about 2 weeks past the best by date but still very flavorful. We'll be up in WI in May and I'll try to score some fresh ones. Very solid DIPA, I think fresh it may be a bit closer in taste to Hopslam.

Mar 04, 2018
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Gavage from Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark orange in color with a fluffy head.

Smell: citrus and some pine and floral notes.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, orange, pine, and some floral notes. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: a very tasty DIPA that is comforting and enjoyable for the tastebuds.

Feb 03, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: very complex variety of many hops that give floral, piney, citrus bitter notes. Same with the nose. Amber/Copper hue, clear, reg head with nice lattice of lace. Medium/full body. Dry finish with slight hop lingering on tongue. 70 IBU's

Jan 13, 2018
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SJAddis from Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

SUCH a nice beer. Pleasant and smooth with a rather deep, fruity singularness. If, perhaps a bit thick on the uptake, it has a lovely nose and an outstanding finish- not bitter. The taste lingers like a good conversation. This beer leaves you knowing you're NOT on someones learning curve. It's becoming a favorite.

Jan 12, 2018
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RyanK252 from California

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rocket Dog Brats & Brew

A: Pours copper amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a light layer and laces quite nicely.

S: Piney, earthy, herbal, bitter citrus, orchard fruit, toasty almost roasty malt, and caramel toffee sweetness.

T: Big hit of spicy green resinous earthy herbal pine, some citrus, grapefruit and orange, floral, some fruity notes buried in there, dare I say almost cherry like, a touch of peach and apricot, backed with a pretty healthy amount of toasted malt, a touch roasty as well, and some toffee sweetness.

M: A bit towards the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Feels like taking a big bite out of a pine tree at the start. Definitely more old school approach to a DIPA with a fairly substantial malt presence. Not my usual style of brew but actually quite nice on a chilly night. Probably even better at the properly cold source.

Nov 07, 2017
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GarrettB from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February 11th, 2015 - I'd like to begin my review of Hop Thermia by suggesting this is the smell of Iceland in a bottle. Mild mannered and amber in appearance, a quick sampling with the nose opens to a sudden and brilliantly lit field, dense with grass and flowing free with a breeze. Then I imagine (inexplicably) imagine fjords, which might stem from the general freshness of the scent. The flavor is also deeply herbaceous and hoppy. Herbal and spicy flavors of parsley and thyme permeate the taste, overlaid on a rich layer of caramel and toasty tastiness. Served warmer it's even better, where the hop profile darkness a bit, and the heavier body feels more appropriate. Another winner from my favorite brewery in the far north.

Oct 28, 2017
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laketang from Arizona

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured out from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass
nice amber color with a pillowy whit head
average head retention, nice lacing
the maltiness was there , just not full charge
hop bitterness was okay.a beautiful looking beer tho.
creamy smooth.good enough to buy again but
I don't rate this up there with say enjoy by.

Oct 15, 2017
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, Best by 12 14 17
Frothy beige head caps a deep copper colored DIPA. Piney citric aroma with sweet caramel malt. Rich and sweet yet pungent and bitter with notes of caramel malt, toasted grain, bread crust, grapefruit, mango, orange, and pine. Medium-full body, modest carbonation, finishes both bitter and sweet. Overall, really solid DIPA. I'd drink it again.

Oct 01, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Copper-colored pour, with a thick off-white head that leaves some spotty lacing.

S/T - Well balanced, with notes of light caramel malts providing a nice backbone for the citrusy hop character.

F - Substantial mouthfeel, with a dry finish and lingering citrus-zest bitterness.

O - Excellent beer, drinkable, delicious.

Sep 29, 2017
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joedvegas from Nevada

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Inviting gold/deep orange color; hoppy with orange and spice on the nose; mild hops and smooth balance on the palate, complex taste that is more earthy than fruity or hoppy, tiny bit of bite on the finish; warmer this beer got, the better I liked it. Solid beer!

Sep 05, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with minimal head. Taste is earl grey tea, hay, and herbal hops. Medium heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter and dry. Makes for a super tasty ipa that I would get several glasses of, even though I prefer the barrel aged version more.

Aug 06, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden somewhat yellow color and leaves the same color body; the head is about a finger’s worth that bubbles up slightly over the glass, but doesn’t slide over (nice show!); carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace; aroma has strong piney/citrusy scents up front; taste is mainly bitter through the citrusy/piney hops, but still manages to stick a nice light sweetness in there that carries into the aftertaste and then gives a nice dry bitter finish; it comes across fairly harsh on the palate like a good DIPA should and yet still manages to give the sweet stickiness of a good DIPA; overall, hey this is great stuff that I almost always have again. Well done Alaskan Brewing Company.

Jun 05, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very smooth run of the mill DIPA. Color as expected dark brown orange with a nice ring of lace after settling. Smell is more potent than their other IPA's very piney and citrus like. Taste is good bitter with some lingering bitterness but nothing exciting still it's rather good mend of hop to malt ratio with the gravity should give it some merit. Drinks like the regular IPA light to medium making this somewhat dangerous.

Overall nothing I can get again but a decent DIPA and very affordable at around 2 a single probably less for the sixer.

Apr 26, 2017
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GrizzlyHeart from Washington

2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

im new to rating beers thought id give it a go,im 26 starting drinking beer more ands cant really stand the light stuff anymore. anyway ill start with this Alaskan brewing co. hopothermia. i drink mostly pale ales. and from what i get out of it i think my taste buds like the hops taste of beers got this hopothermia from a gas station down the street. its 8.5 alc its a double ipa which from what i know is double or triple the hops yet from what i can remember from my teenage years this beer has more of a malt taste. i taste to much of malt and not enough hops which is what i like i like the taste of hops and if i like malt id buy the cheaper malt liquor so imo it taste like a cheaper malt. it doesn't have that thick hops taste i like its smell is light. and the body is light. it doesn't taste bad but its not that great.

Mar 09, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe I'm feeling generous. This is a nice double, but I recently had a few that were far superior.

It is deep yellow with thin head. The aroma is rich and dark. The taste is hoppy and malty, but more balanced than many of the style. That is not a good thing, but it makes it pretty drinkable.

Recommended for a taste of midnight sun.

Feb 04, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small head of foam. It smelled of grapefruit and tropical fruit. There was a burnt toast maltiness. It tasted of tropical fruits and some caramel sweetness. Nice bitter bite, too.

Jan 07, 2017
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 913 ratings