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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

360 Ratings

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Ratings: 360
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 morimech


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a copper color with a large off-white head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Very dark color for an IPA. Extremely hoppy aroma of citrus, namely grapefruit as well as some grass. Bitterness is very high. It distracts from the actual flavor of the beer. Some citrus flavor does sneak past if allowed to swirl around the mouth but it is short lived. Malt is almost not noticed at all but there is some caramel malt characeristics. This one is for extreme hopheads. Not so much for people who like some balance. The carbonation is a little prickly and when combined with the bitterness it seems harsh. A good hop fix for those seeking bountiful bitterness. A surpisingly low ABV lifts the drinkability despite the somewhat harsh charactor of the beer.

08-15-2009 18:26:45 | More by morimech
Photo of ralree


4.58/5  rDev +20.8%

A: Brown, white head, nice lacing.

S: More grapefruit than the Melt Down. Lots of hops.

T: Lots of yeast, lots of Northwest hops, a little grapefruit kick. Not sweet, but good.

M: Very dry, non-astringent, good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Goes down easy.

08-13-2009 00:33:53 | More by ralree
Photo of RJLarse


4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

08-10-2009 00:26:44 | More by RJLarse
Photo of snaotheus


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz mug

Dark reddish-orangeish-amber beer with a nice fluffy head and great lacing. Smells hoppy and (oddly) minty.

Taste doesn't show the minty-ness, instead it's a smooth hoppy bitterness that's fairly well balanced with nondescript sweetness, slight caramel flavor, and strong straw-themed malty-ness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth -- very drinkable, although my evaluation of this trait may be somewhat skewed by the three preceding beers.

08-09-2009 03:00:36 | More by snaotheus
Photo of rye726


3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a rich amber with a nice beige head and some light lacing. Nose has a blend of bitter grapefruit and piney hops up front followed by sweet candy malts. Nice fruity hop presence in the flavor as well. Caramel malts keep a good balance. Medium body is well carbonated.

07-22-2009 20:47:52 | More by rye726
Photo of jwc215


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed dark amber with an off-white head that stays. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is woody/earthy with grapefruit, pine, tea-leaf, tobacco-leaf and caramel.

The taste is herbal, pine/wood with tea-leaf. Caramel mixes with tobacco-leaf, but an aspirin-y bitterness overrides. Bitterness lingers through the finish.

It is medium-bodied with lasting dryness.

It has a bitter, slightly alcoholic bite. The bitterness is a bit too dry and aspirin-y. Still, it's a solid hop-fix.

07-12-2009 03:17:34 | More by jwc215
Photo of treyrab


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

Thanks to randawakes for this incredible Midnight Sun beer. Perfect for this warm summer night.

A: Pours a clear copper with noticeable red hues. Poured cold from the fridge and the glass sweats as a result. Initially pours a one finger head, but that slowly dies to a thin ring.

S: Somewhat subdued notes of pine and grass hops with a touch of citrus and caramel. I wasn't expecting to be blasted in the face with hop scents for the low ABV, so this was right where I expected.

T: Boom. Nice and uber crisp with fresh pine and grassy hops. I'm really digging this fresh pine flavor. Intense grass hops, some nice sweet caramel back, and just a great IPA all around.

M/D: Give me more and I won't complain.

Thanks Kyle. Midnight Sun never ceases to amaze me.

07-10-2009 01:00:23 | More by treyrab
Photo of CoolJosh


4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint. Nice copper red with a little bit of white creamy head that laces quite well. Looks sticky, yet clean.

The smell is refreshing, nice lemongrass notes matched with a lot of fresh pine scents. If your nose digs deep enough (I just picked everything out no less than an hour ago) you can get a tad bit of creamy caramel scents as well.

The taste is good, not outstanding and the bar for this style is set high for me. Incredibly hoppy considering the lower then expected IBU rating. Again with the pine hops, they taste great and allude to some bitter grapefruit tastes. Lemongrass flavors come out rather well pair nicely with the noticeable caramel sweetness. This beer is not balanced by any means, but it is very drinkable and really refreshing. another job well done by Midnight Sun!

07-10-2009 00:56:52 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of shivtim


3.98/5  rDev +5%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

pours a clear copper with a red tint, a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell of grapefruit, a touch of spice, caramel, nuts, and malt in the back.

taste is smooth up front, bitter in the back, sweet caramel, roasted malt, and lots of hops, has a clean finish and bitter.

06-03-2009 01:47:22 | More by froghop
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. This ale appears a hazed golden amber color with about an inch of fluffy off white foam. Nose is full of pine, caramel, citrus. Tastes of tropical fruits such as mango, bitter pine, grapefruit juice, sweet malt. Syrupy body with ample carbonation for the style. IPA fans need to try this one.

05-20-2009 04:45:44 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

Sampled in my prized Double Mountain tulip pint glass from a 22oz bottle purchased at Pike Street Beer & Wine in Seattle. The label said it was bottled in the first week of April so it was nice and fresh.

A - Amber with a red tinge and very good clarity. Moderate tan head.

S - Piney, citrusy and floral hops with a slightly nutty malt presence.

T - A complex mix of piney hops, citrusy bitterness, pineapple, semi-sweet malt and butter. I really enjoyed this one.

M - A moderate to high carbonation (could have used a little less) and a moderate consistency.

D - A very interesting and enjoyable beer. I'm sorry I only brought one back with me.

05-10-2009 15:24:08 | More by GJ40
Photo of erikm25


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

A: Poured into a stemless snifter type glass. Burnt crimson with rusted ruby red highlights. Head is a pillowing pearl white. Great retention with sticky clumps of lacing all down the glass.

S: Citrus hops with caramel and raspberry undertones. Aromas are sharp and sweet. Peppermint candy and eucalyptus leaves. As this warms the aromas become more rounded.

T: Much like the nose there is a good combo of grapefruit bittering hops balanced with a caramel candy sweetness. Little pine and a little menthol coupled against a subtle wheat grain taste. Lemon citrus tang with a spiced finish.

M: Medium mouth feel with good carbonation.

D: Been waiting to try an IPA from this brewery for awhile and I was very pleased. Looking forward to trying their double as well. Recommended.

05-02-2009 22:05:01 | More by erikm25
Photo of akorsak


3.98/5  rDev +5%

A 650 mL bomber purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a dark amber color, more syrupy caramel in hue. A rocky head slowly evaporated like the foamy aftermath of a hurrican at the beach.

S: The nose is hop-laden, brimming with juicy pine and citrus aromas. The aroma smells hot with little balance from the malt side, even though caramel appears in spades.

T: The IPA is a mouthful, bordering on a double IPA. Hop bitterness is forward, jamming things up from the start. The initial bitterness quickly reveals a sweet grapefruit profile. Pepper and pine zest are thrown into the mix too. Near room temperature, the ale has a mango flavor that is to die for. Caramel malts support the hops, strong but never overwhelming. The hops at the finish are a citrus-induced bliss.

M: The hops need a warmer setting to really shine. And shine they do with a citrus palate that is sure to please most hopheads.

D: The ale seems much bigger than it actually is. The hop profile is big, a wallop in a glass. Just make sure that you allow the ale to warm up.

03-30-2009 00:17:26 | More by akorsak
Photo of Spikester


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

03-23-2009 06:22:53 | More by Spikester
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.45/5  rDev -9%

22 oz. bottle tried 21 Mar 2009. Courtesy of jtrockchalk, thanks!

Poured in Abita pint glass. Three finger off white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Clear dark cinnamon color. Caramel, resin, tea leaf and nutty aroma. Caramel sweet and hoppy to start. Lots of nuttiness, pecans, slight resin present throughout. Finish and aftertaste are moderately bitter. Light body, mild ethanol.

Hop presence a bit milder than I like but still decent.

03-22-2009 02:24:16 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of Reagan1984


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

The head was thick and creamy and eggshell in color. Showed amazing retention. The beer was almost a perfect amber in color. Not a bubble of visible carbonation and perfect clarity. The lacing was incredible. As the head dissipated there was a lot of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is awesome.. Fresh and of citrus, specifically grapefruit with some real malt character behind it. Can detect some lightly toasted malts. I think I can also detect a bit of the yeast.

The flavor actually grows on you. At first, I wasn't sure... Now I like it. Definitely a more subdued IPA. Could have almost been a hoppy American Red.... Nice balance. Some initial grains and biscuit like flavors. After this a bit of yeast and fruit. Sense a small amount of the alcohol. Some mild hop bitterness towards the end. This is accompanied by a bit of toasted malt as well.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and you can detect some real structure here.

Very drinkable. Could be hopped up a bit more, but still nice.

12-29-2008 22:03:26 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of ffejherb


4/5  rDev +5.5%

22oz. bomber into goblet on 12/19/08, courtesy of Deuane.

A - Medium amber/light copper-colored body with half a finger of off-white head and modest carbonation. Head flared up to a fluffy cap with each swirl of the glass.

S - Huge West Coast nose with piney and grapefruit hops supported by caramel malt. Big pungent hop nose.

T - Extremely aggressive hoppy character for a plain old IPA with plenty of pine, resin and citrus hop bitterness. There's also a bit of sweet caramel malt present, but the hops definitely reign supreme here.

M - Medium body with oily texture and a dry, bitter finish that lingers on the palate for quite a while.

D - Man, this was hoppier than some IPAs I've had in the past. This one's bitter, so pucker up!

12-23-2008 23:35:08 | More by ffejherb
Photo of Deuane


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Thanks to SGB Jeff for popping open a bottle of this one. Brought home in a salmon shipper box from AK!

A-Deep copper with a medium off-white head that holds strong and leaves nice lacing.

S-Pine forest hops dominate with a bit of malty sweetness in the background. This one is all about the pine...lovely!

T-Prickly, tongue-tingling pine hop bitterness up front with a quick support from sweet caramel malt which cancels out the hop punch a bit too quickly. I wish the taste was as assertive as the aroma. Still good but could be a pine hop masterpiece.

M-Medium body with sticky pine hop resin clinging to each and every nook and carnny in your mouth.

D-A solid, pine hop ass-kickin' IPA. Good but borders on great if they could just punch through the hops on the tatsebuds.

12-06-2008 07:23:42 | More by Deuane
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a thick off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of perfumy floral hops and light tropical fruits (especially tangerine). Flavor of bitter grassy hops, bitter floral hops and lots of mango, tangerine, and orange fruits. Sweeter in the nose than in the taste. Quite enjoyable and tasty. A nice, fruity IPA.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

11-22-2008 02:46:20 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of hopdog


4/5  rDev +5.5%

Drank from a 22oz bottle.

Poured a medium to dark, hazy mahagony with a larger off white head. Nice hoppy aromas - piney with citrus. Tasted just like it smelled - piney and citric. Not too bitter of a finish with a slight sweetness to it.

Notes from 7/8/04

11-09-2008 03:04:48 | More by hopdog


4/5  rDev +5.5%

So this Sockeye Red has a mildly ruby color, plenty clear, with a mild and lacing froth.
The nose speaks solely of a sugared spruce, with more sugar than spruce.
The taste has a lot of the foreshadowed pine resin notions, with an unexpected, wild, and fleeting sweetness that for a brief glimpse makes me think about a cotton candy machine I always wanted.
Overall a good American IPA, which I must say bears a VERY strong
resemblance to 3Floyds Alpha King. Very muvugin strong indeed.

And that's a good thing.

10-23-2008 03:46:06 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
Photo of gford217


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

Bottle thrown in as an extra by NoonanDBarbarian poured into a snifter. Thanks Brian!

A: Pours a dark, clear brownish amber with a rocky off-white head that shows very good retention and lacing. It's one of the darkest IPAs I've ever seen - very nice looking.

S: Aroma is like walking into a pine forest - a massive floral hop smell that you can smell straight out of the bottle. There's probably a touch of malts in the there but it's all about the piny hops.

T: Pine hops dominate the taste as well with a tongue-tingling bitterness up front. The taste features a much more prevalent caramel malt backbone than the aroma which balances everything out very well. The hops come back in the finish to provide a pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is sticky with the pine hop resin and has strong carbonation that accentuates the bitterness.

D: This is a good IPA, especially if pine hops are your thing. Another nice offering from Midnight Sun

10-12-2008 01:27:39 | More by gford217
Photo of HopDerek


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Got this in Anchorage, Alaska in the same store where I found my Smoked Porter. A good IPA. Looks nice...cloudy amber with a huge cream color head with good retention and heavy lacing. Smell is strong and pleasant...floral hops.

Tastes good...This is a hoppy beer....good bitterness up front and slightly sweeter floral hops and some malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a hair thin. I was expecting it to self-correct as the flavors broke across the taste buds, but it remained a bit thin.

Drinkability is very good. This is a sipping beer with strong flavor, but it is not that filling and not that high octane. Very nice!!!

10-04-2008 03:19:44 | More by JayQue
Sockeye Red IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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