Alaskan – Hopothermia Double IPA: Brewed in Juneau, Alaska at a strength of 8.5% abv and 70 IBUs (5 hop varieties in here) this was poured from a 12 oz bottle into a beer glass and enjoyed at home.
Aroma and Appearance: This craft beer pours a clear copper with a small finger of foam and a bubbly interior. The aroma is mostly grapefruit citrus with some pine and floral notes.
Flavour: I found this to be hop forward with lots of pine, grapefruit citrus, some hints of caramel and more pine resin on the finish.
Overall Impression: Almost no malt flavour since it was so hop forward.
Rating: Above average at 6/10, a bit too unbalanced to be higher as I like some more malt in my beer and I could barely detect the caramel but at least the hops were good.
Food Pairing: A bit to hop forward to pair with spicy food unless you want to intensify the spice, so I would go with lamb chops here as the pine should emulate flavours you get from rosemary and work with them.
It’s pretty funny to see how many ways to say “lots of hops” brewers are coming up with these days. For example, names like: Lord of the Hops, Hop Stoopid, Tricerahops, Ship Load of Hops, Hoptopia and Hop Czar, make for some funny and entertaining names. Any particular favourites of yours please share in the comments section!