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RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Much of the history of Hopothermia is lost to the mists of time. We know that the windswept lone brewer dreamt of a Double IPA so bold and packed full of hop flavor that it could keep the wild wolves from the door of his remote cabin. We know he was able to converse with the creatures of the woodsexcept for the bears who slept through the cold winter, and the mink, who were just really super rude. And we know he skillfully crafted a beer that became the stuff of legend.

There are strange brews made where glaciers cascade
By the brewers who know no bounds.
For they stuff in the hops til the temperature drops
And then call for a few more rounds.
In Alaska, it seems, every brewer dreams
of a bold Double IPA.
Hopothermias the beer, in the Last Frontier
That will keep the wild wolves at bay.

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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
RocknSkol (15)
- - MAY 17, 2016
Copper color with a long lasting off-white head. Piney-citrus aroma. Full-bodied and hoppy with a sweet malt background.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (1805) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2016
An interesting g aroma of hops, fruit and citrus. Pours a clear gold color with moderate carbonation and a lasting white well laced head. Tastes of fruit, citrus and hops. Medium body dry mouth, bitter hops finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1417) - Montana, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Copper pour with average sized white head. Nose is big with pine and citrus. Flavor has a great pine hop punch with some notes of citrus. Has a little bitterness, but good malt balance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Obfuscate (541) - Minneapolis, - MAR 13, 2016
For a Imperial IPA I dont get any boozy ness. Malty and sweet. If you want a sweeter smoother double this is an good one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9767) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 20, 2016
Bomber. Malty nose, pine, oranges, caramel. Glowing orange-amber color with a low, fine head. Sweet, slightly boozy flavor of oranges, biscuits, pine, something like orange sorbet. Nice fruitiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4857) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 20, 2016
Hop Thermia 8.5% Bomber shared by KyotoLefty. A deep orange-coper pour with a light beige filmy head of foam. The aroma is very fruity hops with a bit of dankness and caramel. Very sweet pine and fruits while solid it doesnt stand out in any way.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
valpoaj (741) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Medium gold-amber pour with a billowing slightly-off white head - ample lacing left in its wake. Aroma is primarily resinous hops...some citrus notes mixed in there along with some spicy notes and something thats odd, but I cant put my finger on it. Generally good, but not all-in at this point. Flavor is very bitter...resinous, dank hops dominate...doesnt have the malt backbone I was expecting. Some grapefruit hints, but again, not what I was expecting. Medium to heavy body for the style...this drinks like its ABV, if not more. Kind of meh on this one...far from bad, but not quite good either!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdb84 (586) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2015
Draft at Grand Canyon park bar. Hazy orange, light carbo, small head. A: very light ipa and caramel malts aroma, some cola and lime. Ok but maybe too thin. T: medium bodied ipa, nice mellow exotic fruits, strong malt character (almost Speciale Belge), medium bitter development with bitter fruity aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2015
bottle - Pours clear copper with a light tan head. It smells of hops with citrus and resin. The flavor is similar with strong bitterness, citrus, resin, and underlying bready malts. Very good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (6216) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Bomber, best before 1/17/16, drunk 11/6/15.
Clear, modestly carbonated amber liquid has a medium-sized light beige head that shows moderate retention.
Pine, citrus, caramel and sourdough in the nose are bolstered somewhat by some less intense notes of lemon, leafy, dank forest and perhaps some herbal character as well....but it still seems like this is just going to be one big C-hop bomb. Alcohol well concealed in the nose, at least, and there are no flaws noted.
To my great surprise, its not a c-hop bomb. Dont get me wrong, its still very citrusy with lots of orange rind and white grapefruit, but the pine gets only moderately resinous on the end and before that theres plentiful herbal, leafy, almost tea oil-like character. Spicy, dank and pretty well-attenuated, it nonetheless has a good amount of dextrinous body, with moderate warming on the end and lots of bitterness lingering. My only worry with my rating is that they were not intentionally making this a more palateable beer and were actually trying to make it a hop/resin bomb and failed. Which would be very sad, but not something I would put past Alaskan...


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