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Sockeye Red IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Sockeye Red IPASockeye Red IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

375 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 375
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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

SpeedwayJim, Feb 22, 2012
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.

Gmann, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Ryan1423
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Ryan1423, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

SPRichard, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of groetman
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

groetman, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of brendaniel
4/5  rDev +5.8%

brendaniel, Jan 29, 2012
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.

JupiterJesus, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of chuckgfk
4.5/5  rDev +19%

chuckgfk, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of ineva
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

ineva, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Telestic, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +19%

whartontallboy, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +5.8%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of buddyvelt
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

buddyvelt, Dec 07, 2011
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.

CaptCleveland, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +5.8%

twelveinches, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.8%

djrn2, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Reswald
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Reswald, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -20.6%

jenray, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Another6Pack, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of lakersfan16
5/5  rDev +32.3%

lakersfan16, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ElGallo
3/5  rDev -20.6%

ElGallo, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Agold
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Agold, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TCHopCraver
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sockeye pours a a vibrant orange-amber with a very light khaki head. Carbonation looks somewhat small and sparse. Lacing left behind on the pint glass is sticky and intricate.

The aroma has a very resiny, piney, and melon-like hopiness to it, along with a caramel and nutty malt presence. I smell a little metal in the smell, too. Is this from the can, perhaps?

The overriding flavor in Sockeye Red is that of a big, juicy grapefruit blended with pine cone and dank cannabis. I really like how the big fruity flavor meshes with the dry, earthy hop character. A little awkward nuttiness creeps into the profile in the middle. Also, there is a bit of a metallic flavor that really comes out at the end of each sip. I do not think that it detracts from the beer at all, though.

The mouthfeel is sort of an exercise in extremes. At first, it's pretty juicy, but not quite medium bodied, then the hops jump in and slam the juiciness into the ground with their dry dankness. Just a little unbalanced and not smooth enough to be characterized as good.

Overall, I thought the flavors in this beer were good, but it was just a little rough around the edges. Very hoppy and dank and fruity, but that nutty smell and flavor were a little strange. I also thought that the flavors and mouthfeel just did not synthesize perfectly. Good beer.

TCHopCraver, Nov 15, 2011
Sockeye Red IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.