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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

356 Ratings

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 213
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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Photo of scootpolute


2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smooth, malty & great hop kick at the top, followed by more malts and spice (from the alcohol)some citrus, then ending with more pine-like spices...a surprisingly dry finish...The carbonation is good There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully, although the VERY dry aftertaste threw me...I was expecting a fruitier/hoppier finish...This one good, but not as 'GREAT' as so many others claim...Not to 'poo-poo' the Bros, but 'c-mon...OK...I agree this is still a great example of a NW American IPA, but there are far better ones out 'here' than the hype of this one...I just didn't like the over-dry ending notes...perhaps better on tap, eh?!...Chasin' Cheers :~)

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 00:37:40 | More by scootpolute
Photo of rudzud


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade and poured into a dogfish head chalice.

A - Poured a crystal clear amber hue with a one finger white head that faded to a thin thin white blanket and light lacing.

S - Aromas of nice citrus notes and solid tropical notes with light malts. Really really solid.

T - Taste is a bit on the old side with the hops having fadeds a bit to a slight cardboard/older stale hop flavors and malt sweetness on the end.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty decent for the style. Nice light bitter finish.

O - Overall I felt this was at one point a very good beer but is a bit past its prime would like to try it fresh.

Serving type: can

11-08-2012 22:35:16 | More by rudzud
Photo of hoppyhelena


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

10-18-2012 22:14:44 | More by hoppyhelena
Photo of EvanWilliams


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-27-2012 02:50:34 | More by EvanWilliams
Photo of LJWalker


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-25-2012 03:10:11 | More by LJWalker
Photo of JLG193


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-22-2012 14:52:26 | More by JLG193
Photo of tizride


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-22-2012 02:51:05 | More by tizride
Photo of TonyTalon


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-18-2012 06:45:07 | More by TonyTalon
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Midnight Sun beer. Been a long time since I first wanted to try something from this brewery.

This one has a very thick malt body with spicy hop influences that bite at the tongue. There is a citrus tone that seems secondary and not overly drastic. This seems like it is mildly hinting to emulate the northwest IPAs, but doesn't get anywhere near going all the way. A nice drinker. Somewhat abrasive, but not so much to make you hate it. This may be a good beer to try on cask.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 17:15:34 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

08-26-2012 04:14:57 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of butleram4

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-01-2012 04:08:14 | More by butleram4
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

consumed on 6/29, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up at my local fairway grocery store. enjoyed from a midnight sun tulip.

a - brew poured an amber orange with a generous 3 fingers of foamy frothy ipa head. the head slowly dissolved leaving giant foamy chunks on the side of the glass. semi transparent when held to the light with some subtle visible carbonation.

s - malty amber smelling with some hops on the backend, but predominantly like an amber. the bottle doesn't appear to be dated and pretty sure these have been in town for a little while (although they just appeared at the fairway where i got it)...not to mention must take some time to get out here from alaska, but none-the-less there is some hoppiness to the nose, just not much for an "ipa."

t - interesting. no, let me rephrase that INTERESTING!!! like a toasted amber ale. lots of nuts in the flavor with a bit of a bitter finish. semi sweet, but really no balls on this one. after viewing some other reviews, i'm inclined to say that this one has lost its luster and if you see it in NY you might want to pass on it unless you like an IPA with faded hop flavors. that being said, the flavor is pretty good, but a beer, but lacking in the IPA category.

m - fairly watery and thin while still having some prickly carbonation.

o - overall, not all that impressed. perhaps it is the age, perhaps it is the watery body...this would be a lot better of a beer if it didn't say "india pale ale" on the label or if it had a bottle date and i could get an idea on the age of this bad boy. if it were an amber, it would be pretty decent, but as an IPA, i'd pass on it unless i knew it was super fresh. the toastiness on the flavor saves it and gives it some character.


Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:18:06 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of u2carew


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 06:13:26 | More by u2carew
Photo of jrpapajcik


3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-06-2012 06:35:20 | More by jrpapajcik
Photo of codysjb


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle
A: Pours a massive 4 finger head with a nice red amber color. The head looks like the foam from rapids and takes forever to dissipate.
S: hops, pine nice and aromatic. Reminds me of fall and the kind of beer for when the weather starts getting colder.
T: Alcohol and some syrup. Some milder hops along with a little bit of malty syrup taste.
M: Hops and just a nice pleasant all around flavor.
O: Interesting, more like a mix between the flavors of a strong ale and an ipa even at 5.7%. Really good.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 04:23:20 | More by codysjb
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Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-04-2012 03:59:36 | More by jaminjohnson
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-01-2012 06:08:25 | More by mtrain237
Photo of PorterBoy14

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-19-2012 22:10:41 | More by PorterBoy14
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep mahogany color with lots of bright ruby highlights. a dense mousse like head of tan foam forms on top only to dissipate within minutes leaving lots of spotty lacing on the glass.

S - the initial aroma is deep and earthy. the hop character is grassy with hints of tobacco and and hay. the malt profile adds notes of milk chocolate and caramel which become more apparent as the beer warms.

T - toasty and nutty flavors up front with more sweet caramel notes coming forward mid palate which lends balance to the bright citric bitterness and peppery spice of the hop profile. notes of cocoa powder on the back end. finish is very citric and long lasting.

M - medium nearing on full bodied. creamy texture. high carbonation with large bubbles.

O - Nice beer. well balanced yet complex enough to keep ones interest. I would purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 02:21:08 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of Gww1864

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-01-2012 16:56:12 | More by Gww1864
Photo of rab53


3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

05-29-2012 01:11:02 | More by rab53
Photo of TheBrewo


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip. The beer glowed a rich, surprisingly dark reddish amber color, sporting a robust, one finger tall white head. This showed decent retention, leaving impenetrable sheets of lacing around the glass, and big clumps across the surface. No sediment or haze was noted, and carbonation appeared medium. The nose exploded with insane citrus and soap, thanks to the generous hop inclusions. The malts were paler, with hints of wheat and biting citric rind. Sweet vanilla, and softer, darker grain came on the back with warmth. Our first impression was that the beer was a tad thin, and watered down, but with otherwise nice flavoring. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with mustard seed, spice of black pepper, booze, and a bright herbal hop bitterness. The hops continued to the peak, with an earthy pop. This opened up for a sweeter wash of more citric hops, and a strawberry fruitiness. The flavor drops off at the finish, thinning out with mineral and stone, and more of that earthy hop bite. The aftertaste breathed of sourness and sweat, lemon freshness, piney hop cones, earthiness, and great citric bitterness. The feel was thin and watery at times, but otherwise lighter to medium in thickness. The bitterness gave a soapy, puckering bite to the mouth, and the beer is more drying than coating. There is nice slurp and froth, the abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the beautiful deep coloring, amazing depth of hops in the aroma, and the fruit in the taste. Actually, and surprisingly so, this beer is much better warmer. This is certainly not the norm for the style, but the flavors really meld together by the end, and you get to see the entire hop profile from start to finish. Unfortunately, the feel became a little undesirable towards the finish, in that it was too thin, with the flavor being affected and thinned correspondingly. Ultimately, this is an average IPA but with some really outstanding components. Exciting for our first Alaskan beer, and only makes us want to try more from the state.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2012 02:56:32 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Durge


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark golden mahogany color with a healthy oatmeal colored head and nice lacing. The aroma is a nice hoppy grapefruit and caramel malt. I get some tangy seaweed and sweet pine. The flavor is more grassy with some herbal pine hops and a notable soapiness that pulls it down a bit. Very malty with the grass intimating some rye but unfortunately the soapy quality lingers as a major part of this brew. Still, I can pick up the positive qualities as well. The grass melds nicely with the pine and the malt tempers it with good results. It’s medium-light bodied with solid carbonation with a midland feel. The soapiness seems to lessen as you get through it, so I’ll hope other batches will show little or no soap, and provide a solid red IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 03:34:37 | More by Durge
Photo of DelMontiac


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

It's nice to have friends in Alaska when you live in Oklahoma.

Nicely decorated label on the 22oz bottle. Color was a cool shade of red/orange and produced a decent two fingers of white foam that never completely went away leaving nice patterns resembling snow-capped Alaskan mountains. Pretty beer.

I expected a more extreme hop aroma based on what I read before receiving this bottle. I found the hop nose to be strong, but not overpowering. The firm citrus/pine combination still allows for the sweet caramel malt to make a show.

Yes, the hops are going to grab you, but they are accentuated by a nice grapefruit/lemon peel presence. Nice sticky caramel malt foundation. Balanced nicely.

Moderate body. Good carb even with the long flight. Moderate drinkability.

So glad I got my hands on this. Would recommend this Alaskan brew to anyone curious about the brew in the land of the Midnight Sun.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 05:13:11 | More by DelMontiac
Photo of DavoleBomb


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

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear, deep amber color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good and lots of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Pleasant mix of piney, flowery and citrusy hops. Touch of herbal as well. Orange and sugariness stick out. Caramel underneath with an otherwise clean neutral maltiness.

3.5 T: Pine, grapefruit, orange, flower, and a light herbalness. Moderate caramel. Mild to moderate bitterness. Good enough.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild creaminess and smooth.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but doesn't stand out among the vast array of IPAs available.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 03:27:09 | More by DavoleBomb
Sockeye Red IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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