Sockeye Red IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Sockeye Red IPASockeye Red IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

379 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 25
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in the bold spirit of Alaska, Sockeye Red IPA is a finely crafted Pacific Northwest-style India Pale Ale with a real bite. Ample pale two-row malt creates a fresh, firm body while specialty malts impart a spawning red hue. The predominant character of this fiesty catch comes from outlandish portions of Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe hops, giving this beer tremendous citrus and floral aroma and flavor.

Determined and bitter but amazingly balanced, Sockeye Red IPA is gnarly enough to take you hook, line and sinker. Forget about a bigger rig; grab a bigger glass.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: purplehops on 02-21-2003)
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, $6.99 from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. "Month and week bottled" info notched onto the side of the label.

Pours darker amber, clear, dark tan head, leaves some fine lace, but not much

Nose is bready, yeah dark and bready.

Red IPA, hmmm whats that all about? This one is about a more then moderatly hopped brew, with gooey grapefruit notes, plus resiny hops abounding. Easy to enjoy this quality IPA, another impressive brew from Midnight Sun

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3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just came to NYC! Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Southampton oversize snifter.

Pours a heavy, dark, clear mahogany. Minimal head but robust lacing. Nice color.

Tree sap, cane sugar, and tea. Hoppy.

Dried tea leaves. Hoppy. Cane sugar. Big sappiness. Hoppy finish and sticky, clinging aftertaste. Decent.

Light bodied. Well carbonated. Quenching. Dry finish, lingering aftertaste. Nice.

Overall a nice offering in the style but this one doesn't do much to set itself apart from the rest. Again, good, but its in a style where the bar is set quite high.

Photo of Gmann
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color, not quite amber. The cream head is short and dense and leave some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a tart grapefruit hop with some pine. A bit metallic and peppery as well. Some light bready and caramel notes from the malt.

The taste has a strong metallic note. The hop profile is quite bitter. A lot of pine and resin come through. The flavor is grassy and earthy. The malt is lightly bready with some honey like sweetness and very much takes a back seat to the hops.

The beer has a light feel with prickly carbonation. Very bitter on the palate, a bit harsh.

Kind of a rough IPA. Definitely not my prefered hop profile in this one.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JupiterJesus
1.25/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

22oz purchased at OL beercafe in Walnut Creek.

I can't tell if something is wrong with it or if it's supposed to taste like this. Filled with harsh, phenolic, medicinal flavors. It tastes like my Union Jack clone (british yeast, combination of british and us malt, cascade & centennial hops), and I considered that batch a failure.

The hops are so harsh and raw that they leave my mouth feeling like I sucked on a combination of kitchen cleaner and mouthwash. Dry, hard to taste the malt behind the hops and the harsh phenolics. It is possible I got a bad batch - I can't believe it would taste like this all the time.

Next time I go to Alaska, I'll have a fresh pint at the brewery. If it's better, I'll amend my review. For now, I can hardly finish my half of the bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into SA glass. No dating.
Amber-red elixir, initial frothy head settles to tan, 2mm thin head with copious, tight bubbles. Plenty of lacing as the taste progresses.
Wonderful pine, resin aroma, with mango and grapefruit accents; subtle earthy/biscuit notes in the background.
Nicely assertive hops predominate, noted immediately on the front and wash over the buds, smoothed by the malt and leaving a nice resinous aftertaste.
Well done IPA, and at 5.7%, and canned, should be a "go to" brew.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Sockeye Red IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.