Sockeye Red IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:
Hopped with the 2 C's, Centennial and Cascade, so there is no denying that they're aiming at American IPA. Superb frothing and head retention, this is expected and Midnight Sun delivers. Crystal clear and glowing reddish-orange color. Pungent citric, piney and floral aroma from the hops. Big enough that the malt never really reaches the nose. Full mouthfeel of a round malt foundation, smooth and crisp carbonation and a sturdy medium body. Slight vortex of hop bitterness and flavor claims the taste buds only leaving the faintest fraction of room for the malt flavor to come forth. Waves of citric and light piney flavors hold a steady grip on the palate. A hint of bready malt and vague caramel come through middle to end. The finish: it's bitter, and a long lingering bitter road it is.
Before you crack this bottle ask yourself one question. "Do I like hops?" If the answer is yes, then get ready for a ride. It's American IPAs like this that make our world go round and with a borderline session ABV of 5.7 percent, keep it coming.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2009 19:16:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
22 oz brown bomber with a bottled on date on the side of the label.
Appearance: Hazed over, possible chill haze. Dusty reddish copper hue, lots of active froth to go around and the head retention surpasses what I would have expected.
Smell: Rough around the edges as a raw hop aroma pinches the nose. Suggestions of citrus peel and mint come to mind. Light fruitiness and malt compare to the sharpness of the hops.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Nicely flexed crispness cuts through the medium body. The hoppiness is thick in bitterness and flavour you can barely pick out the malt character. Stray diacetyl and vague fruitiness leave the palate wanting more of something else other than hops. Some dry graininess in the back is the only bite of malt, other than that the hops dominate to the point of being out of control. The hops even clean the palate in the finish to leave little behind.
Notes: A decent IPA, the hop character is too rough IMO and takes away from the drinkablity. Dont get me wrong, I love a good hop fix but the bitterness is just harsh.
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2003 03:37:37 | More by Jason
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3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a orange-red amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready malt, mixed berries, light grapefruit, citrus and lightly piney hops, classic red ale aroma. Flavor is biscuit and mildly caramel malt, grapefruit and orange rind, grassy and citrus hops, finishing with a semi-dry, grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied. This seems to me to be more of a classic red ale than an IPA, but it does have fairly aggressive, but not herbal hopping. Enjoyable, but does not stand out much from the pack. I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up when in the mood for a malty, moderately hopped red ale. Good craftsmanship expected from Midnight Sun.
Serving type: can
04-05-2014 02:57:14 | More by LiquidAmber
3.71/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle brought back from CA. No bottle date so I'm not sure on freshness.
A- Poured from the 22oz bottle into a snifter and a pint glass with a deep red body. Creamy, off-white head forms to about two fingers high and has nice retention. Thick, frothy ring leaves a ring of thick lace where every sip ends.
S- Fair amount of maltiness with a hops offsetting it towards the end of the whiff. Toasted and caramel malts make up the base with some honey hints. Hops are somewhat faint with hints of pine, flowers and citrus. Some yeast bread notes.
T- As the nose sort of suggested, this would go into the more balanced IPA category. A strong base of malts brings caramel, honey, cracked cereal grain, biscuit and sweetness to the table. Hops round it out with citrus zest, floral, herbal and pine notes.
MF- Light-medium bodied with a moderately high carbonation. Agitation brings on some creaminess and bitterness is fairly high, lingering on the palate.
A fairly even balance of malts and hops in this IPA. As a red IPA I would expect a certain maltiness and overall this is a pleasant brew.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2013 05:37:53 | More by cbutova
Sockeye Red IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.