Alaskan Hopothermia | Alaskan Brewing Co.

very good
844 Ratings
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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Ratings: 844 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of tulipcitybob
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of somalley26
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of McClinton
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evenyoubrutus
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sitting at my computer with a glass on my desk and I have to take a gander for a moment at the pour. Truly one of the most beautiful looking beers in a glass I have ever seen. Perfect amber color (almost red) with 1.5 finger head, with a lace that lingered throughout the entire glass.

The smell seems fairly standard- faint but still extant, smells very American with malt, caramel, hoppy sourness.

First sip you get hit with hops and strong malty/syrup flavor (shocking). More hints of caramel. I like the taste but some may think the hoppiness/maltiness is imbalanced- second, third sip seems too malty, but it's far from undrinkable.

Undoubtedly a great beer. Will surely drink it again.

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Photo of Kevlee722
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Date on bottle says 12-13-14. I wish this beer was fresher.

Poring this beer out produced a minimal white head and left a beautiful dark golden orange beer behind. Not sure if the hops are still fresh but as I breath in Hopothermia has a sweetness, candied orange, marmalade, caramel, yeast, pine, and dankness. Taste on this comes off as bitter, with a balanced sweetness. It resembles the nose when it passes my lips with: orange, citrus, candied marmalade, grapefruit pith, earthyness, and bitter dry astringency. Carbonation is spot on and it has a dry finish despite the sweet balanced initial impression. Mouth feel is slick and medium bodied which I wish was more substantial. Overall this is a great beer even though it is not as fresh as I would prefer. Still its a must try for any double IPA fan, with a nice balance approach to the style. Hope you like this one too because I sure do, cheers!

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Photo of BlueSpader
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of chillin
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Broden
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled at Khourys Fine Wine in Henderson Nv.
Served in a standard pint glass

A- Dark gold, mabey light amber color with a small amount of off white head that is very sticky, and lingers throughout with great lacing.

S- Very subtle for a DIPA. I pick up a small omaount of hop presence but I primarily pick up the alcohol.

T/M- The alcohol that was so present in the nose is very subtle, and well balanced. Still present, but just the right amount of sweet malt, and bitterness from the hops the hide the heat of the alcohol. Extremely well balanced. Very easy to drink. Easily put away 3/4 of a growler with out noticing it.

O- I am very impressed with this beer. Well balanced, especially for a style that is very often characterized by a lack of balance. I would love to see this as a regular in the Alaskan line up...but with that said it is cool that the do draft only releases like this.

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Photo of Mattmiller21
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of JoeLacy
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of STLine
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Franziskaner
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper color with little penetration to light. There's an inch of thick creamy beige resting on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma of very potent piney hops with a sweet caramel to honey note. The flavor is closely in line with the aroma. I'm getting heavy piney hops held in check with caramel malt and a honey sweetness. The mouth is lightly sticky and there's a lightly mineral quality.

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Photo of CCutch
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Figjammin
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzy
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BenGap
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sprucetip
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Alaskan Hotel in Juneau. From notes.

Very clear, active, modest head/lacing. Guessing medium amber color, but the light was low in the bar.

Gooey green hoppy goodness dominates. A bit of booze pokes through. I don't much notice the ample malt due to the prodigious hopping!

The taste is more balanced than the nose but is still very hop forward, and multiple varieties seem to contribute. Malty sweetness balances well and is noticeable. Some booze is also present, but mostly this is just a really nicely hopped up brew, though with a sturdy spine. Bitterness is medium. This one is mostly about the hop flavor.

Well carbonated, full body, some bitterness and drying in the finish.

I had had this a few weeks before in Anchorage (we don't tend to get the draft only releases in my little drinkin' village) and was at first underwhelmed. Maybe it was a bit green then? Anyhow, I had a couple, or maybe 3, at the Alaskan that night and it hit the spot. Finally Alaskan Brewing has made a legit IPA! The regular one in 6 packs is more of an APA if you ask me. Sierra Pale has a far more robust hop profile than it does. And the Extra Tough, an earlier attempt at a DIPA, just didn't work for me. Many of you would call it a mess. But I think they have finally found a recipe that works. I hope they keep making it. And bottle it too.

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Photo of ed_loves_ipa
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nsilvern
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of hardy008
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a one finger white head. The head has very good retention, and leaves a nice lace. the aroma has grapefruit, oranges, floral hops, and caramel malt.

Has a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness with grapefruit, oranges, floral hops, caramel malt, and pineapple. Very nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Light citrus aftertaste. The alcohol is very well disguised. Finishes somewhat dry. A very well made beer, well worth trying.

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Photo of Eric1Mess
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alaskan Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 844 ratings.
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