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Sockeye Red IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Sockeye Red IPASockeye Red IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

367 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 25
Gots: 22 | 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 chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can served in a wine goblet.
Pours a very reddish and dark color for an IPA, but then this seems to be a Red IPA.

Aroma: herbal and slightly earthy hops.

Flavor: strong and pungent hops. Reported IBU=70 seems about right.

Feel: medium+ body; good medium carbonation.

O: A well crafted Red IPA.

chinchill, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of HamdenHector
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: a little hazy; burnt orange; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 3 finger egg shell head; good retention; moderate lacing;

S: mostly pine with a little caramel malt;

T: caramel malt is front and center; the finish adds grapefruit rind and bitterness that builds;

M; medium bodied; prickly carbonation;

O: I wish the hops were more predominant;

HamdenHector, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of tjdrewry
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

tjdrewry, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of FFreak
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My wife picked up a bomber of this for me to share with our friends. Poured into various glasses, it's a slightly hazy, reddish-copper color with a half-inch white head. Aroma is malty with a floral and citrus hop character. This is a fairly viscous full-bodied malty beer with adequate bitterness and some floral and citrus notes. Overall, a slight bit heavy for the style, but still a very enjoyable malty beverage.

FFreak, Jun 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Fettpopps, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

mrcraft, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of T-34-85
4/5  rDev +5.8%

T-34-85, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Mickeyp2814
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Mickeyp2814, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a large tulip.
Appearance is as red as they claim, interesting for an IPA. One finger of head.
Smell is very very malty, some hop character in the background.
Taste is very malty as well. Not balanced like a west coast IPA, this is a malt forward IPA.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall, after having read their own description of the beer, I feel Sockeye missed on this. They talk of hop aromas and hop flavors bursting out of this beer. I got none of that.

BoldRulerVT, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

halibut_taco, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Sarnford
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Sarnford, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Keith_R, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of pathead
4/5  rDev +5.8%

pathead, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of starshockey9
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

starshockey9, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of terence
3.25/5  rDev -14%

terence, Jun 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Hopmodium, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Latarnik, May 23, 2014
Photo of yeaprolly
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

yeaprolly, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Mikexw
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Mikexw, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a orange-red amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready malt, mixed berries, light grapefruit, citrus and lightly piney hops, classic red ale aroma. Flavor is biscuit and mildly caramel malt, grapefruit and orange rind, grassy and citrus hops, finishing with a semi-dry, grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied. This seems to me to be more of a classic red ale than an IPA, but it does have fairly aggressive, but not herbal hopping. Enjoyable, but does not stand out much from the pack. I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up when in the mood for a malty, moderately hopped red ale. Good craftsmanship expected from Midnight Sun.

LiquidAmber, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

MrMcGibblets, Mar 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Damian74Shensky, Mar 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Iowacraft, Jan 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

22Blue, Jan 24, 2014
Sockeye Red IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.