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Sockeye Red IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Sockeye Red IPASockeye Red IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

383 Ratings

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 25
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: purplehops on 02-21-2003

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
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Photo of RJLarse
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Sockeye Red IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a garnet and copper color and is clear. A rich and thick 2-tone beige and off-white head caps the beer and leaves curtains of lace on the glass.

Smell is decidedly malty, with a sweet caramel fragrance. None of the pine scent one comes to expect from the style.

Taste is malty, with some dominant sweet caramel flavors, a litle smokey presence, and a minty after taste which is kind of interesting.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full-bodied and mildly carbonated. A bit cloying, but not in a bad way.

A very drinkable IPA, and at 5.7% ABV would ber very sessionable. A little over priced at $5.49 for the 22 oz bottle, but a very good northwest IPA.

Cheers to Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Photo of yeaprolly
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rowew
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle - notched with freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark red orange color with a thick head. Slightly haze, head sticks around quite a while. Lots of lacing on the glass and surface.

Smell: Strong citrus hops with just a hint of sweetness. Definitely dominated by a grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Very bitter, but not huge amounts of hops. Mouthfeel is slightly oily. Flavor is definitely dominated by bitterness and the actual flavor of the hops doesn't show through much.

Overall impression: Tasty beer - but the hops really don't get the change to shine through. Very bitter - I certainly couldn't drink many of them.

Photo of Spikester
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Piney resinous amber with a huge fluffy off white head. Awesome clumpy lacings. This one is all about the resins. Sweet caramel malts with the piney resinous bitter hops. Very unique, quaffable, and sessionable due to 5.7% abv. Fairly reasonable for an IPA. The wife claimed this reminded her of Irish Spring Soap! Not my opinion though I still say this is about piney resins. If you are a fan of that style of hops buy some now. As for me I enjoyed it but may not rush to buy more due to the overall bitterness.

Photo of mschofield
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish amber, topped with a three finger creamy tan head, clear but very dark. Leaves thick rings of lacing.
Citrus and herbal hoppy aroma over a toffee and toasted biscuit malt taste.
The taste is mainly malt, the hops don't come out and don't provide enough bitterness. A note of citrus but mainly dark toasted malt.
Light bodied, could stand to be a lot fuller.
Looks good and smells alright, but weak in other areas.

Photo of Mikexw
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sockeye red is much better out of the tap than in the bottle. It pours a deep amber color with little to no head. The nose is floral with hoppy and citrusy aromas. The taste starts out really floral with almost a clementine taste. The taste then blows up with hops and has a smooth flavor. the hop taste is nice and flavorful but not very strong. The cohoho is much stronger with near the same smoothness. The cascade hops make their presence known but the floralness is missing for cascades. Good smooth beer to get hammered on.

Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last time I had this brew was on tap at Humpy's Great Alaskan Ale House in Downtown Anchorage. I hadn't the mind then to review it, but I remember the goodness of it and recently came upon a few bombers of the stuff. Popped the bottle adn poured a nice big glass of foam. This is teh second time this week I had a bottle from this brewery do that, but I guess after such a long trip I might be a bit foamy about the head as well. Deep red incolor, it is unlike any other IPA out there. The aroma of the hops is drastically apparent. The first smooth sip sets forth a strong malt presence followed quickly by an eclipsing Cascade spice and strong, but integrated bitterness to finish it off. Very tasty and woth the wait. Can't wait till I can get its big brother the Cohoho down here.

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles into a thin lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Clear copper body.
S) Very aromatic. Piney with grapefruit rind.
T) Sharp hop bite up front. Grassy. Grapefruit rind. Finishes with an astringent hop bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste.
M) Medium body. Tannic and dry in the finish.
O) A bold and bitter IPA in the vein of the hop bombs of the Pac-NW and So Cal. I must share this bottle but if I didn't have to I'd drink the whole thing!

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz. bomber with notches in the side of the label indicating it was brewed in the first week of March (2003, I'm guessing). On opening, I experienced a bit of foaming and got an explosive reaction when it hit the pint glass. Crap! Vanilla-colored foam erupted up the glass and I quickly fought to get things back under control. Minutes passed, and I waited for the head to settle. More time passed. Finally, I slurped down some of that eternal foam and oh so gently poured more into the glass.
Sockeye Red IPA had a lightly hazed orange hue and that lumpy off-white head that never, ever went away and left clumps of sticky lace behind. Also noted was a lot of carbonation trails constantly stoking the head.
The smell was quite sweet and malty with strong citrus and floral hops notes. Real surprising, the amount of malty sweetness in the nose. Also surprising that it could push its way through the barrage of hops so evident in the nose. The taste set things straight as the malt character of this IPA took on a decidedly subordinate role to the array of hops. There was a certain sweetness up front but it was quickly dispatched by the flavors of citrus peels and resinous pine. The finish left a tongue and throat-searing bitterness fueled by hops oils that coated the mouth in hops goodness. The feel was medium-bodied, lively due to the carbonation, and finished quite dry.
Aside from the issues with the out-of-control foaming, this was a pleasing IPA and a nice intro to the brews made by the folks at Midnight Sun Brewing. I like it, I like it.

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of fox227
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a reddish amber ale with a four finger rocky head. It took a while to die down.

Aroma was of grapefruit and hop resins, with slightly sweet malt lurking in the background. Very much like a strong IPA, although a little more malt would not have been out of place.

Taste was sharply bitter, mainly grapefruit and hop resins like the aroma, with a sweet, candy-malt finish. Very interesting... I apparently found it much hoppier than most of the others who have reviewed this beer.

Mouthfeel was OK, not too rich and chewy. Drinkability is all right, too, but it would have gotten better ratings with a bit more balance between hop bitterness and malt character.

Photo of DucksFan16
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all around good brew. Amber with a GIGANTIC HEAD! Score would have been higher if the head would have been smaller. Smell was essentially hops which I love, but malty presence was not there. Taste was bitter, but not overly so...left a decent aftertaste. Mouthfeel was pleasantly dry. Easy enough on the drinking scale...would try again. An above average IPA.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of nygannon
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Bnoise11
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Sockeye Red IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.