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Sockeye Red IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Sockeye Red IPASockeye Red IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

325 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%


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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TheLiterati

California

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

After completing a full marathon up in Anchorage, AK, home of Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House, just about anything would have tasted good to our little team of runners! Still, we were determined to S-L-O-W-L-Y make the one block walk from the Egan Convention Center where our “official” victory party was being held, to Humpy’s where the real party would begin!

Being a fan of BIG Pacific Northwest IPAs – especially those not readily available in So Cal where I live – I was looking forward to having a sampling of what Humpy’s had to offer.

We all settled on Humpy’s Sockeye Red. As the team beer aficionado, I was asked to describe the potentially hoppy bite of a big Pac Northwest IPA. And as I watched the Sockeye being poured, I warned our little crew: this could be bigger than any beer they’d ever had.

Then again, they’d all just done a full- or half-marathon, so why not go for it?

I’ll say this: if doing a 26.2-mile footrace didn’t knock me on my butt, the Sockeye IPA certainly did. A beautifully red-amber IPA with a nose that comes close to overwhelming – but doesn’t – this ale demands careful consideration and is meant to be fully appreciated.

One team member immediately observed the notes of grapefruit and citrus, both in the taste and the nose. This is what Humpy’s describes as a “med-high hoppy bitterness,” and believe me Sockeye delivers.

The mouthfeel wasn’t as heavy as I’d have expected from ale as heavily hopped as this one, but it wasn’t unpleasant. It started with a nice amount of carbonation that didn’t get in the way of the complexity of flavors – a nice balance of citrus and malt, a tart sweetness without being syrupy or cloying – and ended with smooth and dry.

We paired this beer with the Alaskan Smoked Salmon Spread, served with French bread along with some other tasty appetizers. The spread had a peppery bite, but the Sockeye more than stood up to it and made for a nice pairing.

Drinkable? Absolutely. I’ve read that you can get this Ale in bottles in the Pac Northwest. Though I’m sure it won’t quite stand up to having this ale at the source, you can bet I’ll snag at least a few bottles on my next trip north!

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2006 17:48:27 | More by TheLiterati
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Reidrover

Oregon

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

This is an unusually dark colured IPA, almost brown ..dark garnet hints, small splotchy white head. Nice spicy/citrus hop aromas, piney and candy sugar come to mind. Deep piney, resinous hop flavours, then it smooths out a bit and shows a bit of malt body.Long pleasing biter after taste. Quite good on the palate, smoth yet not boring again enjoyed the after taste. A nice slightly unusual IPA. A good spring day beer

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 03:02:45 | More by Reidrover
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GClarkage

California

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/01/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a bottled on dating strip on the side of the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Amber colored pour with a gigantinormous head. Possibly the largest I have seen to date. I shared this beer and it took about 10 minutes to get 11 oz in each of our Duvel glasses. Huge large bubbles that don't go away unless you physically eat them. The lacing is very nice as well.

Smell- Lots of malt and lots of hops. Terrific smelling brew. Caramel with a grapefruit backing.

Taste- Very mindful of the Lagunitas Imperial Red and the Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale (both outstanding brews as well). Tons of sugared caramel blends nicely with pine resin and grapefruit flavored hops.

Mouthfeel- Suprisingly smooth considering the fairly high carbonation.

Drinkability- Definitely recommended. Great red ale/IPA hybrid.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 22:12:43 | More by GClarkage
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head is a is a light tan color; it is frothy, a slightly creamy consistency, and leaves layers of lace as I work my way through the beer. The aroma has a light citrus character to it with notes orange peel, strawberry and sweet caramel; it really has a sweet candied character to it. The taste is only lightly sweet but it is pretty malty with notes of caramel, toffee, and bits of toasted malt. The beer is pretty light on the palate, and there is a bit of dustiness in the finish of this beer. There is a solid bitterness in the finish, though it is perhaps not as bracing as one would expect. This is a pretty good IPA, but it is missing a dimension, a richness to it that would really make it quite a bit more tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 05:03:30 | More by Gueuzedude
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of only a few Alaskin brews that I have been able to get my hands on,poured a nice rich copper with a reddish tint to it with a slight off white head that settles nicely leaving a sheet of lace behind.Aromas are a little muted but some pine really shows as well as some toasted caramel malt.Very nicely balanced IPA,citusy and quite resiney up front with toasted lightly sweet malt backbone showing thru more as I drank more.Iam not sure what alc% is on this beer but it went down easy with friends,I would love to have again Iam sure this would go well with a bowl of chili or something along those lines.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 13:42:37 | More by oberon
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rowew

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 21:41:03 | More by rowew
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz- Pours out a slight reddish copper, settles with a bit of chill haze to its body and keeps an ivory top of firm creamy froth sustaining a small but thick-set stature. Lacing is very nice with lots of thick sheeting action sticking all over the place.

Aroma is fairly dry and piney and leafy with a light wood soaked citrus.

Taste is whole lot of pine dryness in the hops. Toasty factioned in a tame sense of roundedness. Parchness is thoroughly squeezed right from the first sip. Bitterness is dry and pine-sided with high ended grapefruit pith thats scorched, aged, and dried. Balance is more towards the hops as the dryness of leafy/woody hops take center stage. Its a palate pucker.

Feel is roughly medium with a smooth front leading into a drying bitterness holding all throughout its character and finishing qualities. Perhaps a bit more malt balance and crispness would do this good as its pretty dry. Which I don't mind one bit, although it reminds me of the hoppier ambers and reds I've encountered and not so much an IPA. Definately has the hops to carry the style, but the balance is all dry hops. If you don't mind the drier toned IPA's this will suit ya just fine; as it did me.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 00:28:04 | More by tavernjef
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 02:47:27 | More by connecticutpoet
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

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

Curios looking abstract eye ball painting label bomber explaining "Centennial & Cascade" hops to hook you in.

Pours out a delicious looking spumescent sticky khaki dense craggy uneven head cap over an auburn dark orange offering.

Aromas of bright orange citrous notes, topped of with lemony banana.

First swigs: Sweet Tart candy bite. Grassy and grapefruit taunt tension. Dry finish. This is a sweet quick in 'n out grapefruit mimicking IPA. Bone dry finish. As warmed some bubble gum notes pop through.

Feel is sticky sweet. Firm carbonation.

Last swigs: Desert dry grapefruit IPA. Reminds me of Alesmith IPA or Avery IPA. $3.69 at John's Marketplace. CHEAP!!! The only problem is that this is not available near my home town. This is a must try for any straight shootin' USA IPA kick. Go my hop fix here.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 07:19:15 | More by blitheringidiot
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Kookiekwan

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy orange/amber has a thick two finger head with good retention and thick walls of lacing. The aroma of pine is strong making it hard to smell anything else. The taste was grassy and slightly bitter with some caramel and pale malt in the background.

Reflection: This beer smells better than it tastes, I would pass on this one and grab a local IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 00:49:38 | More by Kookiekwan
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

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

Very rocky, lightly tan head with tremendous strength. Ringed lacing throughout the pint with great durability. Cloudy auburn in color.

Big hoppy-bitter aromatics. Hop oils, lemon, slight grapefruit, and a touch of grain. This one smelled like a Double IPA.

The huge hop bitterness that the aromatics hint at, turn out to be very mild and more citrusy. Great use of cascade hops here, giving a very palatable lemon flavor leading to a light bitterness. There's also a moderate rustic wheat and grain flavor in addition to the citrus quality. Finishes a touch dry with more of the cascade flavors in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; prickly and grainy on the palate, which works well for this offering.

Not as bold as other IPAs in terms of hop bitterness and intensity, but a very pleasurable brew nonetheless. Very easy drinking. I regretfully only picked up one bottle. This is one that I'll definitely pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 21:50:06 | More by NEhophead
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I began to pour Sockeye Red the foam immediately filled my glass. I slowly added more beer until the stiff, thick foam looked like whipped cream on top of a sundae. When it finally subsided it left quite a bit of lace on the sides of the glass and a thin ring on the surface of this hazy amber colored beer.

The aroma is mainly orange citrus. Hints of oak and malt are also detected. Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer has a mild tingle on the tongue. The flavor begins with some citrus hop notes before a stronger oak and sweet malt taste takes over. It finishes sweet with a mild taste of candy sugar left behind.

This beer had an interesting combination of hops, oak and sweet malt. The oak seemed to dominate each sip. An interesting twist to an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 20:47:28 | More by WanderingFool
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours with a huge, chunky off-white head toping a nice, slightly clouded amber coloured brew. The stickiness of the head is very nice and this one just looks great overall.

The smell is just as nice, with juicy, oily hops dominiating. There are some floral notes here as well, but sweetness is the main theme here.

As for the flavour...where'd all the hop goodness from the smell go? This one is surprisingly more bland (though still flavourful) than the smell would indicate. Everything pretty much echoes the smell, but on a much lower level. There's a stange kick in the middle that I can't really describe, but it stands out for sure for a second. The finish is a touch hoppy, but very very dry too. There really is no lingering aftertaste.

This one is easy to drink and flavourful enough, but is very weird overall. It starts off kick-ass in terms of look and smell, but falls moreso into mediocrity once you take a sip. Some tweaking is in order here. This one could be a fine brew if the flavour was kicked up a few notches.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 03:53:32 | More by guinness33
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Colossal beige head, fists of foam and only ounces of beer. Irritating to say the least. I had to use a Weizen glass and that couldn’t contain the head. This out of control foamy mass didn’t budge either. Oh well, it is snowing outside; I’ve got time on my hands. Slightly hazy liquid, amber-gold in hue. It is very attractive; I also like how the bubbles race upward in the liquid. Active. It looks great… only if the head wasn’t such a problem. Oh well, there was tons of subsequent lacing and it was sticky and organized. The nose offers plenty of raw hoppiness, dry citrus flesh, grapefruit rinds, pine needles, and spruce bark. Malt is very weak, even for a Pac/NW IPA. I can’t find it actually. I’m sure its there though. Oddly (sadly) the hop potency really isn’t that loud, so the malt is very quite. There is some soft fruitiness, typical of an ale, nothing noteworthy here. I like the dry, hoppiness of the nose but it is not groundbreaking. Besides the potency is too low for me. It smells nice. IPAs should smell mean. Inviting nevertheless. The palate is raw. Old Dirty Bastard {RIP} would have loved this beer. Raw. Hot. Dry. There isn’t much malt here, sweetness is limited; more malt is needed. This beer lacks balance and any sort of second level flavor. Light fruitiness but even this is hard to pinpoint. Why? Because the hops are so raw, I love IPAs as much as the next hophead but come on! Dry, leafy, light on complexity. Dried citrus flesh with grapefruit rinds. There are some influences of pine and spruce. Orange peel. Hints of candy, like peppermint. The hop profile brings some flavor but not enough. Alcohol heat is obvious. Overall this is a boring IPA. The aftertaste is the highlight of the palate as it is pleasantly juicy. This beer might work well with a garlicy tomato sauce. Medium in body. The mouthfeel is too fizzy as there is far too much carbonation. This aspect is in need of improvement, more bulk and less bubbles. After about ten minutes the mouthfeel improves, it becomes smoother but this shows the thinness. I guess this beer can’t win. I could drink this beer again. But it wouldn’t be a priority. There are far too many better IPAs on the market. It is too simple to be great. Is this beer for the nerdiest hopheads only? Purchased on-line from Liquid Solutions.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 20:59:50 | More by bditty187
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

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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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought I was being careful when I took the bottle out of the fridge, but when I got the top off it start to foam immediately and I got about half a glass of really, really thick head that would not go away. Did not affect the flavor though. The beers color is of stained oak, but does not taste like that. The hops aren't as bitter as most IPAs, and actually have a slight sweet tang to them. There are also notes of oranges permeating inbetween the hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 22:55:56 | More by MuddyFeet
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adrock

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-brown color, very hazy but this could be due to the fact I'm drinking this on the East Coast.
Great foamy head taller than normal
Fair aroma of citrus and spice
Thin on malt due to the great amount of bitterness this beer puts forward. Biting hops at the end are nice but more malt would of been appropriate for the flavor and body of this brew.
Clean bitterness in the aftertaste allows good drinkability
A good IPA that I would like to try again closer to its origins.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2004 23:32:40 | More by adrock
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant bronze (equal parts red, orange and amber) that is as clear as the proverbial bell. The intensely pitting, creamystiff, sand-colored head is a tacky lace maker with speckled lace near the top of the glass becoming thick, spackle-like rings farther down. The melted mesa of cream occupying the center of the glass awaits disruption by my eager lips. But first, the nose...

... which is an intensely hoppy explosion of candied orange and grapefruit zest. It's hard to go wrong with Cascade and Centennial. There isn't a whole lot in the aroma except hops, but then what else does a hophead need? That mesa is beginning to flag so I might as well hasten its destruction.

As expected, Humpy's is firmly hoppy and firmly bitter, but isn't anything that I can't handle. It's definitely in the upper reaches of the IPA spectrum and even knocks on the DIPA door. Still though, there's plenty of sweet, almost smoky caramel malt that is attempting to hold the line against the bitter grapefruit, bitter orange and Northwoods spruce.

The malt just does manage to take the bright edge off the hops, which is another reason why The Humpster is almost as much the bigger style as the stated one. 'DIPA light' might fit, but I'm reluctant to use the word light in a beer that's this full of itself, this big, this unrelentingly bitter. Drinkability is directly proportional to the drinker's hop tolerance. Although it's a steady sipper, occasional glugs are rewarding as well. The medium-full body has a semi-viscous quality that pleases the mouth.

What is there left to say? Humpy's Sockeye Red is a DIPA-lovers IPA. It's a big, full-throttle beer from an expansive, wide open, wild state. Check your manners at the door, crack the cap and prepare for a rough-and-tumble hop party.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 19:58:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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MrNuggets

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep colour, dark for an ipa. Massive head, towering, huge, fluffy full boardering on tan. Smells of hops, strong citrus charactor. Sweetness is crushed by the power of the hops. Hint of carmel starts me off. Hops steal the show for sure. Grassy, bitter finish. I'm happy to have finally tried a midnight sun brew and hope to get more soon.

Got a fresher bottle. Had to update the scores.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 07:15:19 | More by MrNuggets
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rkhaze

California

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber. Medium sized creamy and foamy, off white head. Left decent lace.
Smells of clean citrusy hops, sweet malt, caramel and a bit of fruit.
Tastes bittersweet with rich caramelly malt, grassy/citrusy hops and tea. Finished with a sharp bitterness. This just didn't seem to come together. The flavors seemed to work against each other.
Medium bodied with a full rich mouthfeel and great amount of carbonation.
The sharp almost skunky bitterness in the finish and lack of balance killed the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 01:12:16 | More by rkhaze
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice looking deep orange/amber tone. Big ol fucking ivory white head that forms valleys as it slowly dissipates. Many streams of CO2 ascend to the surface rapidly. On the nose I get grapefruit pulp, lemon rind, slight cannabis and orange. As I taste it I realize that there is TOO much carbonation. Gaseous in the mouth. A little hard to swallow. The taste is not much better. Astingent, husky, tannin-like. Only slight reminders here and there that this is actually an IPA. It doesn't taste that good.

This is the second "bad" bottle in as many tries of this specific beer. Upon closer inspection of the bottle, it looks like the M is marked (for March) and the 1 is marked (for 2001 I assume). That could be a problem.

Thanks for the effort Bum.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 04:33:48 | More by Bighuge
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Note: this bottle was brewed by Uinta Brewing Co. in Salt Lake City, Utah for Midnight Sun Brewing, Anchorage, AK.

Dark Amber, perhaps a tinge of brown in the color. Tan head is generous and retains nicely.

Aroma is surprisingly faint for an IPA. Has a fresh "clean" aroma with some light citrusy notes and a whiff of pine.

On the palate the hops give a steel-like metallic character that dominates, followed by a prominent dry character that holds through to the finish. This is a dry, dry hoppy beer.

Mouthfeel is thicker than I'd expect for an IPA even though the alcohol strength is a touch low for an IPA. Average drinkability - even if I craved this beer above all others in the fridge I'd never drink more than one in a given sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 04:06:12 | More by yemenmocha
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bigbeerdrinka

Germany

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golder copper color with a very strong off-white head which seems to never recede. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Initial tones are of strong hop nature, with a hint of caramel and barely any malt tones from what I can pick up.


Taste: Initially hops are all I can taste from this brew, and the hop flavor lasts throughout the brew. Slight malt tones are present but not many. Strong bitterness, but not much else going on here.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation which splashes the mouth. This beer is of medium to light body.

Drinkability: Very bitter and hop like but I was hoping for something a little more besides that. Goes down easy enough but the flavor is not too complex and more single minded (just very hoppy).

Overally a decent IPA but needs more malt to fill up the flavor. If your a hop head, you may like this beer but there are definetly better offerings out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2004 18:45:09 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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Darkale

Virginia

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

Very nice and full tan head, body is dark and reddish, quite a bit darker than the usual IPA. Crisp and raspy in the mouth with just a hint of fruity sweetness in the background. Quite a bit of hops, but it's balanced -- just! -- by the malt.

Difficult to judge this beer. I'm quite fond of it, but to me it tastes more like a very hoppy amber ale than an IPA. So, if I were to make judgments about its position relative to the typical IPA, I would rate this beer lower than I did. But, I don't have it in me to downgrade a beer that I enjoyed drinking. I have perhaps gone too far down the hophead road. Drink it as an interesting and hoppy departure; if you are looking for an exemplar of the IPA style, go someplace else.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 13:29:46 | More by Darkale
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mschofield

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2004 18:02:07 | More by mschofield
Sockeye Red IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.