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Alaskan Hopothermia | Alaskan Brewing Co.

very good
109 Reviews
Alaskan HopothermiaAlaskan Hopothermia

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

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 Franziskaner
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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 GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazy, copper-caramel coloring, with a filmy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of rich caramel, piney hops, and subtle citrus notes. Very malty nose. Flavors are roasted caramel forward, with a solid dose of piney hops, wet and dank, and highlights of grapefruit, melon, and lemon zest. Full bodied, big and oily slick, with a mossy and piney, resinous sticky aftertaste. Big, chewy, slick finish, with a solid bitter and dank linger. Big beer, and pretty tasty.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 whatthehull
4.34/5  rDev +11%
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 Libeertarian
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with pink hues, mostly clear but extremely fine-hazed. Massive lemon-white head in snifter, fine, foamy, sticky. Excellent retention with abundant but blotchy lacing. Dried berries, syrup, alcohol, perfume, even grains on the nose. Perfumey throughout, no distinct fruit flavors beyond mix of dried fruit, maybe slightly favoring stone fruit. Peppery, leathery, perfumey finish. Definitely prefer more overt tropical fruitiness, especially citrus, in my Imperial IPAs, but this is still good. Medium- to full-bodied, very wet and refreshing, softer, creamy suds, warmth from alcohol doesn’t seem to linger.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22 Oz bottle. 05 19 16 stamped on the label. A best before date I imagine

Pours a mostly clear golden orange body with a white head. There was a little retention, but what there was, lasted till the end. Lot's of lacing

Smell is prominent ! Stone and tropical fruits out front leads to an orange citrus with a little bit of malt at the end

While the smell was great, It didn't really correlate to the taste. Its a little on the boozy side. With a little bitterness that is there throughout .

I did enjoy the feel ! , Crisp, light and slightly prickly on the tongue. Refreshing and it picked up the whole experience

If this revue seems uneven... It is ! But it's accurate. It smelled great, taste was lacking, yet had a refreshing feel. Huh ? I gotta call em as I see em.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out clear and amber, with a nice bubble show to boot; both the lacing and the retention impress

Smell: Tropical fruit, mint and tangerine, with a whiff of caramel

Taste: A modest amount of caramel forward, with the tropical fruit flavors building; in the middle, the mint and tangerine beckons but the bitterness gives way, a bit to the sweeter malt flavors, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation; a bit sticky

Overall: An above average DIPA of the old school and, despite some issues with the malt and stickiness, I rather enjoyed it

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
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 SomethingClever
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into snifter best by date of 2/6/16

A: soapy creamy looking head amber almost leaning to caramel body with some haze not crazy but no clarity

S: resiny and lots of malts very resiny though

T: resiny earthy little bit of a rust quality and a lot of old hop taste not a ton of malts but just like burnt hops and they are lighter than the nose

M: medium to a little bit lighter has a little bit of a cling to the tongue

O: meh It smells a little like Sixpoint's Resin the taste has a lot more of that old burnt hop taste I think this beer might be past its prime so take my review with a grain unless you are seeing a lot of the same

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Photo of Absolut
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle pour, best by 12-26.

pours a dark brown, more brown than expected.

smells of citrusy hops and malt.

taste is balanced malt and citrusy hops. not as hop forward as expected.

smooth mouth feel

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Photo of RVerduin
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Except for the bright green accents, the appearance of the bottle is not too special. The beer itself is clear, has a dark amber color, and a decently firm off-white head.

The smell is floral and citrusy.

The taste is more bitter than I care for, but fruity and there's a sweetness to it that makes it smooth and easily drinkable.

Overall a reasonably well done double IPA.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
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 jmbranum
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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 SometimesIfart
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - Moderately copper with a two finger off white head that leaves some lace speckling towards the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Malt dominant with a touch of pine and grapefruit skins.

Taste - A malt bomb with a good mix of piney resin and grapefruit.

Feel- Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - Pretty standard DIPA.

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Photo of hreb
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours red amber in color, crystal clear, with an ample orange-white head. On the darker side for an IPA, and smells maltier than you'd imagine a beer called "Hop° Thermia". Flavor is high-alpha bitterness, like citrus rind, but finishes quite clean. Bonus points for the great finish and crispness on what feels like an IBU bomb. But as a DIPA, this beer is average at best. Maybe as an Imperial Red I would have thought more highly of it. Also to be fair Alaskan Brewing Co. is pretty mediocre most of the time, and this is probably better than most from them.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep yellow brown color. Tan head.

Didn't note the smell.

Taste is good, lots of bitterness, with some distinct sweetness simultaneously.

I'd like a bit more carbonation - I don't say this frequently.

Wears its alcohol very obviously on the finish - seems like it could be closer to 10% rather than the 8.5% listed.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is a wonderful sharp citrus smell.
The taste has a great and bold lemon drop bitterness throughout. Nicely balanced though.
The texture is crisp.
Really nice.

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Photo of evenyoubrutus
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 chrisjws
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Yardhouse, Saint Louis Park MN. Served in a pint glass.

A: (Lighting is tricky) Medium to dark orange, single finger of head. Laced the glass nicely. Very apparent carbonation.
S: Tropical fruits, pineapple, mangos, oranges, some grapefruit and a little pine/grass in the background
T: Follows the nose really well. Little bite of hoppy bitterness upfront but finishes nice and sweet.
M: Medium mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Finishes up nice and dry.
O: Solid DIPA. Would definitely get again.

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Photo of ARoman
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma is a bright, citrus sweetness with a floral grassiness. The beer is lightly hazy and amber colored with a whipped, off-white/eggshell head that has an abundant retention and a good lace. The beer is a medium high bitter with a medium sweet that's slightly more up-front bitter and a sweet finish. The beer is smooth and syrupy with a creamy carbonation and a medium body that hits the palate with toast and marmalade flavors as well as some grass. The finish is zesty and grassy with a slightly burnt note that strentghens as it warms, along with a bitter citrus that blends into the aftertaste that's floral with a sweet tangerine hint.

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Photo of beertunes
2.92/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've never really cared for the other hoppy offerings from Alaskan, and this one didn't really push my buttons either. Nothing "wrong" with it, just bland and soulless.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Taybeh
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, Into a snifter, at the Red Cow

A: burnished copper, 1 finger tight head
S: mainly mild inviting pine and resin, but also a little light earthy wet garden smell, some plum, some faint tangerine and orange but it isn't bright, biscuity and caramel malts
T: follows the nose, nice balance between the light bready maltiness and the earthy piney hops, that balances the bitter and sweet. Some medicinal notes on the end that add something interesting. I'm not sure everything adds up entirely well...but the different parts are nice, and it's close.
M: sticky, medium carbonation, alcohol is well hidden though there is some warmth.

Overall: glad I tried. There are a lot of big and bold double IPAs out there; this one doesn't blow you away; it's got a lot of virtues, but to really sing it needs a bit more integration and harmonizing. Will do it again.

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Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date is 013115 (to left of barcode on label) Clear rich amber with one finger white head. Lacing is good. Smell is floral fruity tropical with light pine and bready malts.
Taste is fruits such as mango orange some peach. The bitterness begins to take over with a pine resin aspect. Interesting how the hop character grows and gives in to the big malt bill. Pretty well balanced for the style.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with less than ideal carbonation.
Overall a fine but not stellar version of the DIPA style. Very easy drinking and the hop bitterness does not peg my bitter meter. I enjoyed this very much. Happy New Year folks.

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Alaskan Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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