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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.

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Photo of KFBR392
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled on 4/5/14

Appearance: A finger worth of head on the pour which stuck to the sides of the glass while drinking. Active carbonation is about right for the style. The color is dark orange, light red.

Smell: Big bitter hops run head long into sweeter bright malts. Hops take on a heavy saturated citrus profile while the malts have a toffee, caramel aroma. Lingering bitterness sticks around with sticky malt.

Taste: Pine and saturated citrus blast on the front. Like the aroma the taste is filled with heavy caramel and toffee with weigh down on the palate. Some herbal fruits and grass pop up toward the back end but quickly get hidden by the bigger tones.

Mouthfeel: Big, heavy malts and hops.

Overall: Freshness may have been an issue here, but I feel like the base of this beer is just another malty and piney DIPA. Mehh.

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Photo of jellikit
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange. Crystal clear. Medium head.

S: Dank. Pine. Tar.

T: hop forward. Light malt taste. Heavy on the hops. A lil citrus. Bitter.

M: medium carbonation. Medium body.

O: decent IPA. Not great. Heavy on the alcohol and bittering hops.

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Photo of EGreen
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Malty citrus pine aroma. Sweet caramels with some nice fruity flavors which lead to a nice hops-pine finish. Decent bitterness that continues to linger well after. Fairly mellow and decently balanced. Overall, a much better IPA than I've come to expect from Alaskan.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Clear amber/copper pour with a very small head that dissipates quickly. Very nice juicy grapefruit aroma. Flavor is big and bitter with lots of grapefruit and citrus backed with a mild spicy flavor. Can also taste just a hint of bread and caramel for a nice malty edge. Light bodied and drinks easy despite a strong bitterness. Finishes with a lingering juicy citrus flavor.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright translucent amber with a dusting of bright white foam: pretty much exactly what you would expect from a high gravity DIPA. Smell is pretty muted, but in the beers defense, it was poured for me in a normal pint glass which didn't help to accentuate the bright florals and citrus like a tulip would. Smells malty and sweet, mellow hops and lemon. First thing I noticed about the taste was that it is a fairly sweet beer. The sweetness is well done and reminds me of fresh clover honey, but I can't help but think that is an easy way to mask some of the more delicate and more difficult flavors to master in an IPA. Good resinous hop flavor but some of the bitterness which I personally enjoy is covered up. Malt, lemon peel, and some faint booze. Feel leaves you feeling a little sticky from the sugar, but it is full bodied on the way down.

Overall, an enjoyable brew and reaches the top of my list of clever hop puns. A little sweet to be a regular easy drinker, but one that I will certainly enjoy again.

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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 arizcards
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single back from Total Wine in early March for $2.79. Best before 042514...not a concern since it has been in the Beer Fridge since the purchase.

Beer poured orange with a decent white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is floral with hints of citrus.

Taste is very well balanced between the malt backbone and the orange and grapefruit hops.

Mouthfeel has decent carbonation to give it a refreshing factor.

Overall this is a very easy drinking double IPA. Would definitely have this again.

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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 Celtics17
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very bland for a double IPA. Very upsetting on this one. Lacking big flavors. very malty, which I dislike. Not bad, but not very good compared to so many good Imperial or double IPA's. The smell is the best part of this beer, overall I'm glad I got one bottle of this brew.

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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 Jackofallbrews
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nugget and Apollo bittering hops as well as Amarillo, Citra, Centennial for Aroma. I had never had this beer before and was happy to find it as a single at The Four Firkins.

Aroma: Starts with a candy-like sweetness, fading to a orange and lemon zip. Some grain character and a hint of alcohol.

Appearance: Clear copper color. A huge off-white head that is very persistent and pillowy.

Flavor: There is a punch of citrus (orange rind and a bit of lemon) at first. I get sweetness and tropical fruit in the middle, not sure if that is citra hop or esters. The last 2/3 of the taste has an almost salty or burtonized flavor I associate with bitters and English IPA. The hop finish on the beer is bordering on astringent and the beer ends pretty dry. I pick up a bit of alcohol on this one as well.

Overall: This was pretty good, with more English character than expected. I wonder if they used an English yeast strain on this. The astringent finish hurt this for me a bit.

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Photo of South2NW
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured to a standard pint.

A: pours a nice, translucent amber color with about a 1 finger off white head. Leaves spotty lacing in the glass.

S: great aromas of pine/spruce, some citrus, sweet caramel, and alcohol.

T: Very well done. I get the citrus first, followed by the pine flavor. The malt is pretty sweet, but works well with the other flavors.

M: medium body, good carbonation, but not overly bubbly.

O: Very impressed with this DIPA from Alaskan. Quite tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear, dark gold color with a dense cap of off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Nose is piney with some alcohol peeking through. malts are fairly deep with caramel and toast.

Taste is much smoother than the aroma would indicate with pine sap and toast leading the way. Alcohol more integrated and goes down smooth. Its not bad, but there are plenty of better DIPAs out there. It feels old school, with a more traditional PacNW hop schedule than many of the newer versions of this style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Handsome amber brew with ample foam in the snifter. Sudsy and a little sharp on the tongue with hoppy acidity. Big fruity aroma of orange blossoms, lime peel, and fermenting pineapple. Some alcohol presence that gives it a mixed drink taste.

This is plenty sweet with malt. The hops are a welcome balance to all that malt. It's like orange marmalade with the bitterness finally coming across for the flavor. Mango and really sweet orange with a touch of cocktail bitters makes it even more interesting.

Another tasty Northwest DIPA. This is sweeter and fruitier, and more like a liqueur. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

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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 rawfish
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, very clear with a fluffy two finger head of egg shell white. The head retention is very good and leaves a couple of rings of lacing on the glass.

Tight malt profile of bready malt and some caramel sweetness. Hops are floral with light, bright citrus/pine, green pear juices and a bit of wintergreen.

Caramel malt is full and more than enough balance for the hops. Sweet lemon grass, orange citrus and breezy pine, floral hops but overly lacking for a DIPA. Alcohol is minimal. Finish expresses a layer of sweet cereal grains and sweet citrus.

Medium bodied, very smooth carbonation. Lemony aftertaste is only slightly drying, still rather clean and pretty well hidden alcohol.

While not unpleasant at all this beer is lacking in hop prowess. It's smooth and malty with some nice variance in the aroma.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the much hyped hopothermia! this really is good beer, some of the better alaskan stuff ive had in a while now. nice clear shiny penny color to this, under an inch of white head in my globe. the nose is sweet not bitter, not uncommon in a big ipa, but what is uncommon is the lightness of feel, no sticky resinous gnarliness. its clean and light, only medium bodied, and while sweet in some ways, there is no leftover sugar. cool mix of hop flavor, lack of bitterness, and drinkability in terms of feel. the flavor has a distinct apple fruitiness to it, in among the oils. almost no bitterness at any point of this at all, and i almost wish for some. just enough carbonation, that aspect is spot on. a bit of a different take on the big ipa here, not west coast, not east coast, not midwestern even, insofar as there are stylistic points from each region. its just well made ipa, drinking far lighter than its announced 8.5% abv. not the best thing alaskan has ever made, but i see the appeal.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stubby 12oz into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Dark, clear gold with nice head and lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit, and some earthy spice. Fairly bold hop presence with notes of bready malt and a suggestion of sweetness. Faint tropical fruit as well.

T: More pine and bitter citrus, tangerine, grapefruit rind, dankness and earthy spice. Again with hints of bready sweetness, maybe faint caramel?

MF: Medium bodied, moderately bitter.

O: Pretty decent, it drinks kind of how it looks, with a little more malt presence than some other DIPA's. Pleasant and bitter still.

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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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Photo of d5001986
2.66/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Clear amber with a finger of off white head.

S: Pine, floral, a little orange and alcohol.

T: Not diggin' the taste of this. Bitter up front with pine, floral, and some spiciness. Bitterness continues to linger on the tongue.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, there is a slight spicy burn, but the bitterness just makes this a little unpleasant.

O: Not very drinkable. The flavor profile has little going for it, and the bitterness overwhelms everything. Avoid this one.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz to a pint glass, no date

Pours a dark golden orange with a finger of foam that's receded to a half pretty quickly, but not retaining pretty well. Lacing is pretty good, moderate carbonation stemming from the sides of the glass

Smells of strong pine and earthy citrus- grapefruit, and a small bit of lemon and tangerine. Malts are very robust, heavy caramel with biscuit notes finishing with a pretty high dose of alcohol. Pretty balanced between the two

Taste deviates pretty far from the smell. Strong caramel malts compete with the hop profile too well end up washing a lot of the citrus notes out. The alcohol is really present mixing all the flavors up, fails to come together well

Feel is pretty boozy, drinks warm, a bit tough to go down. Moderate body, high bitterness

Overall I'm really not feeling this one, definitely not my forte

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Photo of goochpunch
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear copper with a frothy white head. Smell isn't as strongly hoppy as I would have imagined. Smells of citrus and pine with some booze. Flavor is rather malty, with lots of caramel malt flavor. Hops come in through the finish with a good bit of citrus peel. I pick up tangerine oil. Overall pretty sweet and not enough bitterness to balance. Slight boozey taste. Body is fairly light, all things considered. Quite a bit of prickly carbonation. This is a decent beer, but I'm kind of disappointed. When the name of your beer is a pun based on the word "hop," you should probably make a hop bomb. Tastes more like a really big pale ale rather than an IPA of any ilk, if that makes any sense.

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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 martyl1000
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, handsome, rusty amber, with a fluffy head that sticky's up the glass with lacing.

In the nose comes a biscuit-pine softness, with some wine-like fruits, navel orange and pineapple. Not getting the sweet malt aroma I like in other IIPA's.

In the mouth the orange/pineapple turns to tart lemonade. Chewable vitamins. White grapefruit rind bitterness. Still very little sweetness. The 8.5% alcohol seems nonexistent.

Very drinkable, and at $7.99/4-pk, a bargain.

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Alaskan Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 813 ratings.
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