|Brewery:||Alaskan Brewery Company|
|Style:||American Double IPA|
|Appearance:||Fresh, Shiny Copper with Fluffy Off-White Foam|
|Aroma:||Citrusy, Fruity Mix; Notes of Apricot & Pineapple|
|Flavor:||Balanced, Surprisingly Smooth & Mellow|
|Pairs With:||Spicy Food, Bitter Salads, Pizza, Wild Game (you caught yourself)|
Most everyone knows the on-going love affair between the American craft brew industry and their IPA’s, Imperial IPA’s, and Double IPA’s. So, it will be no real surprise that here I sit reviewing another offering to this already crowded arena. Don’t get me wrong I’m right there with most hopheads in the feeling that “the more the merrier.” This latest addition comes to us from the far, cold north. Alaska. That’s right far to the north they labor to bring us their love affairs, their versions of the common styles.
Alaskan Brewing Company opened in 1986, but remained unknown to a large portion of the lower 48, until recently, when they widened their distribution. I didn’t know a thing about them until they expanded into New Mexico in 2013. This brewery is one of the most decorated Great American Beer Festival entrants and continually turns out high quality beers without taking themselves too seriously.
Hopothermia comes in a nice four-pack. The artwork is understated and nice. The cartoon is green with a frozen hop cone making up the degree sign between hop and thermia. There are funny things to read all over the cartoon (like I said, seems they don’t take themselves too seriously). They even wrote a poem to go with this beer. These guys are men after my own heart.