Alaskan Hopothermia | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan HopothermiaAlaskan Hopothermia

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: American Double / 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.

Added by sprucetip on 11-28-2012

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Photo of RockAZ
4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine beer, and for me, a little unexpected from this brewery. 1/2 bbl at my home so I have had a few days with it. Very strong grassy hop nose, a lot of body, and the sweet alcohol comes through the very fruity smell. Apricots? A very earthy taste I enjoyed, highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear light copper/red amber pour, lots of bubbles into a sudsy two inch head. Aroma is standard IPA fair, mostly malt with a slight pine and citrus ping. Flavor is fantastic. It's a standard profile, but perfectly executed and surprisingly layered and complex. It's a little sweet, a little swampy, a little tangy and even has some orange and honey notes. The biggest flavor is the bitterness, but while it's big, it's also fleeting. It doesn't linger at all and neatly wraps up the experience. Mouth feel is chewy and a bit oily, but there is enough ABV that it still finishes dry.

This is a killer brew. I must acquire more, pronto!

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Photo of Chief_Mug
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Perfect head kept all the way down the glass. Taste was Very Good! One of the top 2 Imperial IPA's I have tried. The other leader in my book is Double Jack (Firestone Walker)

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

A: Super clear with just a shade under amber. Fluffy beige head.

S: Earthy pine with orange peel and grapefruit. Some apricot and a bit of mango.

T: The sweetness from the apricots and mango leads the palate and leads into the earthy pine bitterness. Finish stays with you for a while before the next sip. Really solid hops, though it's not as robust as other DIPAs.

M: Really solid carbonation. Exactly where I think it should be. Medium bodied. Bit oily on the mouthfeel during the finish, but it drys up quickly.

O: Really solid DIPA. Keep hearing people comparing this to Pliny the Elder and I can see why because of the body/bitterness/carbonation, but the hops are more aggressive here and you get less of the citrus fruits. Other than that, awesome. Totally worth $8 for a four pack.

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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.

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Photo of PintOh1759
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Great beer, drink it regularly here in AK. Initial taste isn't as bitter as expected but leaves a strong hoppy flavor that lingers in your mouth for a while.

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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....

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Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous amber with a fluffy off-white three finger head. Previous reviewer noted a one finger head. Maybe I need pouring lessons. Lacing retention is a little iffy. Sticks really well around the midsection of this belgian glass, not as much up top.

Aroma is heavy on the citrus, which is a beer characteristic that I've never quite enjoyed as much as I'm enjoying this time around. It's like candy for my nostrils!

The taste isn't overpowering in any particular aspect, but it's very pleasant, and hides the alcohol like a champ.

A very good DIPA. Definitely worth a try, and I plan to buy again!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a two finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is excellent. Citrus aroma with mild caramel and resin. Somewhat on the floral side. Smooth. Smooth easy taste. Citrus, bready mslts, although somewhat on the pale side. Great malt to hop transition. Piney resin on end with some moderate astringency. Hides alcohol content very well. Medium bodied with very little carbonation.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus and earthy hops with some backing caramel malt. Upfront scent of ripe citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, apricot, lemon, and tangerine. Earthy hop presence with hints of dank pine resin and grass. Solid backing presence of malt with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, yeast, and cracker. A very good hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very juicy and earthy hop driven IPA taste with big notes of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Big upfront taste of ripe and juicy citrus hops with notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, apricot, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Earthy and herbal hops with notes of dank and spicy pine resin and grass. Hops are nicely bitter and oily. Backing of sweet malt with notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very juicy, oily, and drying. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A very good Imperial IPA. Has a West Coast style presence of tropical fruits with a solid caramel malt backing.

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Photo of budgood1
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

pours out of the 12 oz. stubby bottle a very deep amber colour accompanied by frothy dirty white head a half inch in girth. tropical fruit heavy and muskmelon mash up with a leafy herbal blonde tobacco accent. the taste profile is certainly hop forward with more juicy fruitiness. pineapple, mango, grapefruit, tangerine, all come to mind. base support is eagerly provided by a strong malt foundation. a bit toasty and roasty, it pairs well with and compliments the hopping quite well. of course there is a spicy note also, and the well hidden ABV intermingles seamlessly. bitterness lingers long on the tongue in the finish. very tasty indeed. full bodied. flawless mouthfeel. outstanding sippability.

overall i'd say Alaskan nailed this. any DIPA lover should make a point to seek this one out. belly warming and mind warping. good stuff!!

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I do not know why, but I am really excited to try this one

Pours a deep amber with a finger of off white head, clear, nice lacing

Smell is sweet malt, pine, citrus, herbal hop, sweet oranges, juicy tropical vibe

Taste is citrus grapefruit, oranges, sweet bready malt, orange juice sweetness, tropical fruit - Pineapple mostly, herbal hop bitterness, finishes with a nice bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium full, oily resin from the hop, finishes pretty dry

Wow, not anywhere as sweet everyone has mentioned.

A welcome DIPA to the WI market, I here this is gonna be year round! At 7.79 a 4 pack I will always have it on hand, there are better out there and there are certainly way worse!

Give it a shot, just got released so you know it is fresh!

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Photo of whatthehull
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 12 oz bottle

A - A very pretty deep copper with a hint of blood orange, one finger off-white head and some sugar legs/lacing

S - Huge malts up front, doesn't have much of a grainy scent, lots of pine, some dankness, crisp water, fresh soil, citrus fruits and their rinds, hop oils abound, bread yeast, mountain air in early spring and a nice island fruit/floral note.

T - Fresh water, citrus, pine, roasted malts, sweet grains, crisp hop bite, sweet yet toasty malt backbone, nice sugar, simple booze note, essence of hop, California/West Coast style yeast and has a nice malt/hop finish that includes flowers and pineapple

M - Medium carbonation, Medium plus acidity, nice balance, nice complexity and the always lovely hop bomb with a malt backbone finish

D/O - Right off the bat this DIPA is very smooth, easy to drink and refreshing to say the least. Being that it is brewed by Alaskan (whom I think makes some decent beers) I was suspect about it at first. Then I remembered a few seasonals they brew that are phenomenal and this one is no exception. has everything I look for in a DIPA. I'm a huge fan of when a IPA is above seven percent that the booze note is a bit less aloof. Doesn't change the fact that I really enjoyed this one and it wasn't even on tap. Need to find a way to try this one kegged ASAP.

Final thoughts - Not sure on the price. Got this one in a 'ipa sample' pack that was $11. The 8.5% ABV is right in my wheelhouse and would recommend this for any hop fan.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Hoppy, Fruity, Dry, Deceiving

An artfully balanced DIPA that’s dangerously drinkable. That’s all you need to know, but if you’re looking for more: super smooth and creamy. Grassy, piney, leafy, minty, and fruity hops with suggestions of orange and onion. Solid pale malt sweetness and a touch of honey provide backbone and balance. But for the most part, it’s a dry beer, which highlights the hops, while the creamy mouthfeel and dryness hides the 8.5% deceivingly well. Respect this beer.

STYLE: Double IPA | ABV: 8.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of MarcWP
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of jmbranum
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at Chepo's in Eagle River, Alaska. Poured from the tap into a 20 oz glass.

Very pretty dark copper color, clear.

Citrusy hop aroma.

This beer is a monster, more extreme than even most Imperial IPA's., maybe a bit too much for me.

Very heavy-full mouthfeel with nice lingering hop oil.

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Photo of harrymel
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Manito tap house.
IBU: 70
Poured a golden raisin color with a etched surface of some light tans
Smells like apricot and tangerines with some sweet malts, a good tangy nose. Taste follows suit with lots of fruit, lots of apricot, peach, tangerines and some crystal malts. There's a touch of dank hops in the finish. Medium bodied with liberal carb and a nice semi dry finish that stimulates the salivary glands. Nice beer. Reminds me of duet from alpine

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Nose: citrusy hops, rich malt, caramel, hint of cola, herby hops, a hint of sweat (cumin?)
Brilliant dark amber to light brown under a very lightly tan tinted white 2" persistent foam cap, lacy,
Palate starts out with rich malts and a hint of cola, plum, followed by grapefruit rind bitter, tropical fruit, and pepper. The slightly sweet beginning dries out by the finish. Very rich blend of hop flavors and well balanced by the malt and alcohol.
Creamy, smooth. medium to medium full body, warming.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer. BA is being a bit critical and clearly has their favored brewers I guess. Alaskan makes very qua fable products that are under rated many times and overlooked IPO. This competes well head to head with Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada (IPA and D IPA tasting at my place with BBQ and 'my guys' from my business). Those not familiar were impressed.

A = deep golden, tinge of orange, decent head that fades leaving stickiness
S = hoppy, conifer is mild with big citrus
T = balanced, nice, not too much carbonation, a little booze.
M = not as big as the beer, but that's a good thing, medium, not heavy, leaves you thirsty for a second, try to limit to 2, they are 8.5%.
O = 4.25, a very solid beer, take to your friends for the game or bbq, likely they haven't had it but they will be happy when they do.

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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.

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Photo of gandres
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: Dark amber, clear, lacing
Aroma: hoppy, grains
Taste: heavy bitterness, medium sweetness
M/F: long bitter finish
OA: very good IPA, ok to repeat and look for
Drank: 9/15/2016 8:30 PM

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's a bright gold colour, small but persistent head of foam, leaving some good lacing behind.

The nose is hoppy as hell...big notes of grapefruit, some caramel malt in the background, a hint or 2 of tropical fruit.

The taste is basically...bitter. Very bitter. Grapefruit bitterness kicks arse on everything else. Everything else is some mild malt sweetness and some hints of tropical fruit.

The mouthfeel is superb.

This is a very enjoyable DIPA that hides the 8.5% abv very well. Not earth shattering but does it need to be to please my palate? Hell no.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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