Review: Alaskan Brewing Company Hopothermia and ESB

Review: Alaskan Brewing Company Hopothermia and ESB

alaska HopothermiaAlaskan Brewing Co., arguably Alaska’s most noteworthy brewery, is releasing these two beers this spring — with Hopothermia now joining the ranks as a year-round release. Bold, bitter, and hoppy, they’re both worthy sippers no matter what the weather is like.

Alaskan Brewing Co. Hopothermia Double IPA – A stellar IPA, a little citrus, a little piney — particularly on the finish, when the evergreen notes really start to show. Big and bright and loaded with hops, this one’s a rich and delicious dazzler. 8.5% abv. A / $NA per 12 oz. bottle

Alaskan Brewing Co. ESB Extra Special Bitter Ale – This amber ale offers bracing bitterness without being overly hoppy. Dark chocolate and mild coffee notes dominate the body, while the bitter finish cleans up any lingering savory components, leaving a chewy and almost woody character behind. 5.3% abv. A- / $NA per 22 oz. bottle

Alaskan Brewing Co. Hopothermia Double IPA




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

1 Comment

  1. Christopher Cupp on June 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    good review, i enjoy hopothermia often. I love alaska beer just not alaskan beer.
    i’ve been living in alaska for over 30 years and i gotta say that people in alaska (at least anywhere north of juneau) prefer other breweries. Alaskan doesn’t even ranked in my top 10 for alaska breweries because of their weak regular rotation. their pilot series is pretty good with the likes of the Perseverance Ale (which they won’t release again until the 50th anniversary). i’m thrilled that hopothermia is now available year round.
    most of the people who drink alaskan brewing beer is from out of state.
    check out midnight sun, anchorage brewing, broken tooth brewing, glacier brewhouse, st elias brewing, kassicks, kenai brewing, homer brewing, seward brewing, silver gulch or denali brewing…just to name a few.

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