Alaskan Hopothermia | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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.

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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 904
Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of northwestdr
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Ocalafox
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
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

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Photo of SJAddis
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of GarrettB
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of laketang
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of dcotom
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of joedvegas
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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!

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of GrizzlyHeart
2.91/5  rDev -26%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color of clear copper with a moderate off-white head.

Smell is grapefruit and passionfruit, yet catty.

Taste is catty pine and biscuit, pretty bitter.

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Photo of Bisco42
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very middle of the road for me. Surprised to see such high ratings for this.

Positives: Relatively inexpensive for the ABV and a 6 pack. Hides the alcohol well. Balanced.

Negatives: Nothing stands out. Very mellow in all of the flavors. This beer is fresh (within a month of brewing) and still does nothing fantastic for me. Probably would not buy again, I assume after I finish this one if someone asked me what was special about it I would not be able to recall anything about the flavor. It's carbonated?

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Unknown vintage; drank 11/9/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque red/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big khaki head; a curtain of lace.

Caramel, pine & soap notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Soap & pine flavors up front; faint caramel notes on the finish. Mild flavors which were NOT in my DIPA wheelhouse. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of BB1313
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 1/19/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours copper with nice clarity; big fluffy off-white head that slowly falls leaving great thick bubbly retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward with some hints of citrus. Lots of caramel and toffee. Some cherry and dark fruits in the mix. Subtle alcohol aromas. The flavors seem to follow the nose. There's a strong malt backbone. It's bittersweet with a subtle spiciness. More caramel and toffee with some dark fruit notes. Grapefruit is in the mix with some hints of pine. There's a warm syrupy vibe in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slick and oily. Smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid DIPA, although it could possibly pass for a light hoppy barleywine or a hoppy imperial red ale. It's definitely on the maltier side though, which is fine with me. It's nothing crazy, but it's enjoyable and fun to drink.

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Alaskan Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 904 ratings