Hopothermia Double IPA Review
During the Polar Vortex, the Alaskan Brewing Company is stirring up some 8.5 percent ABV trouble
It’s cold, y’all. It’s seriously cold outside, and while Accuweather claims that the freezing temperatures are abating, personally, I’ll believe it when I feel it. So a bottle of Hopothermia, the newest year-round release from the Alaskan Brewing Company, feels pretty on the nose.
The beer debuts enshrouded in the mystery of The Lone Brewer, who — Hopothermia legend has it — lived alone in the woods, obsessed with the concept of making the perfect, hoppy Double IPA, his only companions a noble wolf and a lone moose, as he engaged in a battle of wits with some terribly rude mink.
But as much as the cute backstory charms, it's not what makes this beer stand out in the end. This is a big, intense Double IPA — Hopothermia does not disappoint regarding its namesake’s punch. This brew is much more robust than most hoppy beers, balancing its bitterness with a big, rich malt body. The hops are layered, packing a giant wallop of warm citrus with a delicate, floral aroma.
Hopothermia is not a beer for those who are on the fence about IPAs. A "double IPA" is generally one in which — not shockingly — the hops have been doubled, and this one is powerful. So tread lightly if you’re unused to the intensity — and at 8.5 percent ABV, it’s a good idea to take it easy with these anyway — fortunately, this tongue-numbing brew is sold in a four-pack, not a six. But this beer gets my double thumbs up: it’s what you’ll need to stave off the damp, frozen chill that’s seeped into your bones this winter.
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