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Sockeye Red IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Sockeye Red IPASockeye Red IPA

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very good

354 Ratings

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 25
Gots: 20 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-20-2013 00:23:28 | More by johnnyboy76
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-10-2012 21:39:22 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of cswhitehorse


4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Sockeye Red poured a lovely copper color and had a 2 finger foam head with sudsy lacing that was relentless. It was a great looking beer and was happy to take it down.

The aroma to me was one of the best smelling IPA's I have had. The Cascade hops gave some strong and soothing wafts to the nose. It was smooth and harsh in the same time. The hops were aggressive which I usually like and it had a nice malt backdrop. In the mouth it was highly carbonated with the IBU attacking every pore of the mouth. I found it be another excellent brew from the folks in Anchorage.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 04:23:22 | More by cswhitehorse
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-18-2013 04:27:07 | More by megamass
Photo of HopDerek


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this one with me.

Pours a clear deep rich amber with lots and lots of frothy off-white head. Good retention and great sticky lacing. Smells impressively bitter, lots of pine tree, grapefruit, pineapple, and floral hops with a touch of biscuit and grains. Taste lacks that of the smell though, some grapefruit, caramel, biscuit, and pine notes but not as potent as the smell indicated. Medium to medium light in body, a little thin in places. Good carbonation with some nice oil slickness. A good IPA with amazing nose, too bad the taste doesn't follow as intensely.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 00:07:55 | More by HopDerek
Photo of Patrick999


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's not too often I get to drink beers from Alaska. If I read the bottle correctly, this looks *reasonably* fresh.

Appearance is certainly that of an IPA - reddish gold, big creamy-thick lumpy foam that sticks.

In the aroma, a lot of sweet grapefruit. Smells nicely hopped, reinforcing my belief that it's not too much past its prime.

Yeah, the hops are still there, no doubt. Taken cold, the profile comes off as sweet grapefruit, as it warms more pine-like notes unfold. While a hop bomb, it doesn't entirely cede the notion of balance. There is a substantial malt backing that gives this beer a little more heft than the typical 5.7-6% IPA. In both taste and feel, I think this drinks a bit bigger than it actually is.

Good IPA. Not entirely distinctive, but good. I do like the relatively low ABV, and big hops with some balance. Lot of flavor for its strength. I could easily make this a staple if it didn't have to travel thousands and thousands of miles to get here.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 14:12:10 | More by Patrick999
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-04-2013 05:15:39 | More by nygannon
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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bottled 3rd week of Feb.

A-Nice golden amber color with a white head that sticks around for awhile

S-Nice hoppiness given it was bottled so long ago. And made it's way from Alaska to here.

T-Nice bitter hops that sit on the palate for a second or two and fade. Piney hops

M-Medium Body and very smooth

O-Decent beer. Would like to have more from this brewery

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 21:57:15 | More by brew3crew
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-24-2013 21:48:02 | More by Agentveba
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-21-2013 14:55:33 | More by fox227
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-04-2013 22:56:03 | More by comfortablynirm
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Such a good looking, good feeling, drinkable alcohol leveled American IPA should be the bees knees, right?

Sockeye Red is ... Red. Heady. Clean crisp and filtered. The smell is overwhelming aromatic hops of a serious caliber that strengthens as it warms. Pine, resin, some malts, but mainly just hard and bashing IBUness. The bottle says only 70IBU's. I don't believe it. There's more.

Bitter in the front, middle, and drying in the back, I'm honestly overwhelmed. While impressed, I'm not pleased.

Sockeye, not the bees knees.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 05:28:01 | More by afksports
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-12-2013 06:38:45 | More by BeerBeast
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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA pours to a deep copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is citrusy and malty. Not a whole lot there. The flavor is of grapefruits and malts. It has a juicy hoppiness. It is medium in body with a drying citrus finish. Not too bad of an IPA.

Sampled on 5/30/04

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 00:16:53 | More by BeerBuilder
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8 month-old bottle - oops! Didn't notice that until I got home, but at least it was kept cold the whole time...

Whoa nelly, there's some carbonation flowing here... Well, its a dead clear beer, deep amber with golden edges. Tons of head, like three fingers worth no matter how careful I pour. Most impressive is how slowly and sloppy it settles into thick clumps of lace and trapezoidal slops of foam. Looks pretty cool in my glass.

Smells of sweet, amber malts, rose water, with a little hop tingle. With time it really shines sweet specialty malts met by a little musty, earthy tinge from the hops.

Taste is all out Centennial profile, with layers of lemon notes, earthy bite, chocolate oil, and chewy, oily green flavors. So similar to Celebration in its Centennial and Cascade balance, punching you with rugged layers of hop flavor, though, as said above, this bottle has been calming for quite sometime. Underneath are some grape-like notes from the malt. Moderate, slick mouthfeel.

Pretty tasty and fairly easy to drink, as after 8 months this monster has settled considerably from the raw and rough character others have described. If I found it again, I'd let it sit for 4-6 months maybe.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 22:37:25 | More by nomad
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3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fish-themed beer. Grabbed a pint to try.

Mostly clear, amber/red, with a soapy thin white head. Nose is fresh hop juice; simple but very pleasant and well done. Taste is hops and pine, a decent amount of generic malt balance, and a weird but refreshing minty note on the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full. Nice, drinkable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 23:13:32 | More by shivtim
Photo of Bnoise11


4/5  rDev +5.5%

10-19-2013 18:55:42 | More by Bnoise11
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-15-2011 07:13:23 | More by Agold
Photo of Imstillthegman


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for this bomber!

Poured a ruby-amber color with a decent sized off-white head. Lots of fine, delicate lacing. Made my glass look as if it were lined with a doily.

The aroma was right up my alley. I didn't get the citrus smells I see listed in other reviews. Mine was full of pine and grass (both kinds!). I love the piney, grassy, spicy hops and this one had them.

The flavor showed the same characteristics as the smell with some caramel malts thrown in. Nicely bitter...again, just how I like 'em. No real signs of citrus anywhere...makes me wonder if the "hop shortage" made them go with different varieties then they previously used.

Mouthfeel was full bodied and nicely carbonated. I wish I had another bomber of this in the fridge. Very good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 19:37:04 | More by Imstillthegman
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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy red amber with a huge head which I was able to get to stand over an inch above the top of my 25 oz tulip glass with no spillage at all. Hops are right there. Crisp and bitter with little malt balance. I enjoy huge hop moster IPAs, but I would like to at least sense an attempt to keep the hops in check. Hop heads only.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 19:08:38 | More by scottum
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright coppery red with a two finger head that sticks around for a long time. Tons of sticky lace is left behind.

Smell; herbal hops lead things off, pine tree, oranges and grapefruit. There's a little sweet maltinees in the nose, but it's all in the background as this is definitely dominated by the hops.

Taste; pine and dusty hay, orange and grapefruit rinds, a little black tea. A decent little toffee sweetness helps offset the bitterness a touch. It actually starts out more bitter than it does in the finish.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is on the thin side even for a standard IPA, but this may actually help the drinkability. Goes down all to quickly.

This is my second Midnight Sun brew, and both have been really good. Hope I can get my hands on some more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 00:14:18 | More by RedHaze
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-22-2013 12:14:29 | More by Kenai4
Photo of everetends


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber that had a bottle date of early September. Served up in my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a very nice and deep red color. Much more red than I expected it to be. Held to the light, it has more of a light brown and orange hue to it. It is very clear wit a good amount of active carbonation moving around in there. Got about a finger of white, fluffy head. It hangs around a bit, slowly falling to a thick ring on the top cap. Spotty lacing staggers around on the glass. Its a looker.

S: Smell is pretty much fragrant hops. Lot of pine hops aroma fills the glass, its just blatant and wonderful. There is a touch of grapefruit sitting behind that, adding a bit of diversity. I would love to say there is some malt pushing through, but not so much. This isn't a negative though. This is a wonderful IPA aroma, and that pine smell is just amazing. Just smells so cleam and inviting.

T: Yet again its nice. Pine hop flavor shines here as well. Very clean, and up front. Yet again a touch of citric grapefruit mixing things up a bit. Behind that is a touch of a negative medicinal flavor. I don't know if that is how the hops have fallen off or what, but its just a minor set back. Malts are light but add some sweetness to cut through all this hoppiness. Touch of caramel. I like it, but that medicinal flavor keeps it from a 4.

M: Light side of medium in body. Has a touch of creaminess to it at times, and at others it a very crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is a bit high, but this really helps that crisp factor, so thats a plus. ABV is barely noticeable in the feel, just a slight warmth. Aftertaste is all pine hops goodness.

D: I like it. Very clean, refreshiing and crisp. I am always a fan of red IPAs, because I know the malts are going to play a bit more of a role. I really want to get my hands on a fresh bottle so I can see that this nearly 2 months has done to this beer. Still, the hops held up well and didn't make this a weak experience at all. Good stuff for sure

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 04:41:28 | More by everetends
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-18-2011 23:13:24 | More by lakersfan16
Photo of loren01


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber color, nice frothy white head good lacing down the glass
S: Bready malt followed by floral hop scent
T: Much like the smell, bready malt followed by citrusy floral hoppiness
M: Medium bodied, finishes slightly dry
D: This is a great beer, would buy this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 22:02:49 | More by loren01
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