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Pleasure Town IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Pleasure Town IPAPleasure Town IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

20 Reviews
THE BROS
83
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Reviews: 20
Hads: 104
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 02-15-2014

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Reviews: 20 | Hads: 104
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dry, Orange, Hoppy, Astringent

From the can it pours a hazy orange-amber topped with a creamy, sticky white lace. Sweet floral, piney hop aroma. Dry, bready malt edge with a juicy orange note followed by an ashy, leafy, resiny, rindy, piney, and grapefruity hop profile. Finish is dry and astringent. A bit too rough around the edges, but a good IPA that’ll should appease most hop heads. Gotta love the Anchorman references too.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 6.3% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #96 (JAN 2015) (548 characters)

Photo of Antg8989
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber with a foamy/airy head. Aroma is caramel. Taste is not very well balanced. The malt is forefront and seems to block out most of the hoppiness associated with IPAs. The only significant hop attribute is a bitterness in the aftertaste.(also a spiciness that I am pretty fond of) The mouthfeel is pretty good overall - smooth with a moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is okay, but if you're looking for a brew from Alaska, I'm sure you can do much worse. (Not knocking Alaska on their beers!) (510 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive copper-tinged amber with plenty of foam in the Gulpener tulip. Sudsy and lively in the mouth. Light body. Faint flowery aroma with some fruit cocktail in the nose. Some warm malt, even a little gummy. Hoppy resin flavor and some bitterness to finish. It's all quite friendly and unobtrusive. And the foam lasts well.

I've had most of the six-pack over a few weeks, so I"ve given this more of a fair trial than usual one-glass tastings. It's quite drinkable, inoffensive, and of no special interest. Lovely colorful can, though, it would get 4.5 for packaging. From the 12 oz can purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Washington. (648 characters)

Photo of Moose90
2.62/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz can with no date whatsoever

A – Pours a really deep amber hue, very very dark for the style, head is bone white and thin, but does leave behind pretty nice lacing.

S – Smells incredibly malty, sweet caramel malt, there is a dry bitter hop note that tries to help here, but fails for the most part.

T – Bitter and earthy, herbal, piney, followed by a big bit of malt sweetness, tries to be hoppy but it's definitely almost all bitter hops and nothing floral, no juiciness or sweetness here from the hops, it is dominated by sweet malts.

M – Medium bodied, long lasting finish of sweet malts and light bitter hop.

O – Very underwhelming, almost no hop notes, very rich and malty for an IPA. (708 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge, a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of biscuit and caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of citrusy and piney hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the hints of piney hops are slightly stronger and most noticeable towards the finish. The hops also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't very hoppy so I would classify this to me more of an East Coast IPA or an English IPA. It is easy to drink and has nice malty flavors without being heavy on the palate.

Serving type: can (904 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$15.99 for the sixer! Sheesh...

12 oz can, w/o freshness/canning date info.

Pours hazed medium amber. Fluffy off white head and leaves nice looking low sheeting and strands of lace.

Citric hop nose, flows into a fresh hop taste sensation on the palate.

Lite grapefruit as well some herbal hop notes. Fresh and flavorful.

Better then decent, but expensive IPA (364 characters)

Photo of Mickeyp2814
4.59/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While not overly hoppy Pleasure Town is the type of IPA that you can always go to. Most hop heads want that floral, hoppy IPA that is over the top. This is a little less of that but you can definitely taste the hops. Really good IPA! (233 characters)

Photo of T-34-85
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Noticeably bitter with a clear citrus hop presence. The bitterness is a bit overpowering, and does not seem well balanced with the malt base present.

Otherwise, a relatively standard IPA (188 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy darker amber color with a thick head with medium retention.
Nice sweet aroma with notes of biscuit malt, sweetened grapefruit juice, caramels, mild pine and peaches.
Sweetness from the aroma did not show up in the mouth (which is good). Bitter flavor with notes of pine, grapefruit, spices, slightly toasted malts, earthy and citrus hops, resin and tea bags. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Nice citrusy, tangy and balanced IPA, quite hoppy, but sure it does not neglect malt. So it depends how you like your IPA. (564 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014-10-27
12oz can poured into a tulip. No dates or codes, just a red dot on the bottom which is probably meaningless.

Pours fairly hazy with a medium-small white head, lots of carbonation. Smell is flowers, citrus. MIld.

Taste is kind of confused. Some kind of soapy flavor, some mild citrus, some vague spicy bitterness. Slight syrupy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly still. Overall, it's not bad, but it's not that great. (446 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

Color is a light amber with a two finger creamy white head that dissipates gradually. Decent lacing.
Smells is very fruity with orange rind as the main aroma that distinguishes itself.
Flavor is more subdued than the smell. There are some citrusy hops with a crisp bitter finish.
Feel is medium with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA that I would be happy to drink again. (428 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz single purchased from Capital Market in Salem. $1.70 Pours a slightly murky dull orange colour with a nice sized thick and frothy off white head. Fruity, citrus aromas mainly with some light caramel malt backing,citrus hops resemble orange peel and some lemon zest. Actually OK. Taste the hops are more aggressive away from the citra and to the cascade and Chinook..malts still strong but barely contain the exuberance of the hopping. Nice mouth feel the raucous carbonation leads to great drinkability.Very nice can of beer here! (536 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

From a 12 ounce can.
Hazy gold with two fingers of off white head and good lacing.
Smell is mildly bitter resins.
Taste is medium resin bitterness with just a touch of malts.
Mouthfeel is light to medium.
Overall a medium level IPA. Nothing bad to report but mostly average. Hops are flat line pine bitterness with nothing all that interesting. (346 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3/5  rDev -15.3%

can picked up locally...not dated, but these hit town not too long ago. although age is always suspect on an alaskan can in NY.

a - murky orange with frothy oily head that left big chunky lace on the glass. thin soft bubbly head hangs.

n - overripe citric punch...fairly resinous. big malt match giving it almost a barleywine beefiness.

t/m - opens with a pine cone bitter wash, soft and even...followed by the resinous citric hop. the bitterness is even and throughout the palate. leaves a coat of tangy piney bitterness in my mouth. the toffee malt is also equally big and the body is full making it feel bigger than it actually is. not a bad brew, wish i knew how fresh this was...but more of a one off than a regular 6'er type of beer for me. (755 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a can into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates to light patches. Aroma of light caramel and bready malt, citrus hops and orange family citrus. Flavor follows with a caramel malt body with some biscuit, supporting citrusy, slightly piney hops. Finshes with a somewhat resiny, pine influenced hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A good, but not stand-out IPA, pleasant, but somewhat subdued, hop flavors. (477 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev 0%

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, biscuit, earth, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly earthy in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle. (534 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into my Diamond Knot pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of creamy ivory foam. Nothing special, but not bad.

Smell: malty, with lots of bread and biscuit right up front. Hops are citrusy and a bit earthy. Not completely to my taste, but it's clean. The overall effect is quite autumnal.

Taste: quite a bit sweeter than the aroma would suggest; it's quite earthy with a big, toasty, biscuity malt and earthy hops with a bit of citrus thrown in. Again, it seems like a well-crafted beer, but all this biscuit malt is not really to my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: could be worth a shot if you like toastier, maltier IPAs. (773 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz : SN IPA Glass

Lightly hazy, coppery orange, with a foamy off white head.

Lightly citrusy, piney notes. Fairly strong caramel malt backbone, a bit more than I like in an IPA.

Medium+, foamy body.

A decent beer, a bit more malt forward than I prefer in an IPA. (268 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at MSBC, appearance is clear brownish orange with a faint white skim. A little sticky lace.

Smell is citrusy, orange, some sugars.

Taste is orange citrus hops, a little sugary, and grainy. Not the best execution, but good bright West coast style.

Mouthfeel is solid, leaning towards the classic softly carbonated MSBC fullness. Dry, medium to med-light bodied.

Drinkability is fine, pretty tasty, in spite of the graininess, although I find the orange marmelade to be too one-note to keep my attention. (518 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Since I live in AK, I feel the need to say something on this.
I've always had this in a pint glass.
The appearance was a glossed over/somewhat hazy orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within a fair minute.
The smell was mostly a bitter congressional smell. I say that because I can't quite right tell exactly if what kind of hops are there. Its bitter nonetheless, but don't ask me what hops are there.
The taste is mainly bitter but it does have a slight bitter maybe slightly citrus to pine sort of weird sort of glossed over sweet sort of way.
The mouthfeel was basically weird with a pretty dank bitter bland citrusy sort of aspect to it.
Overall, just a decent AIPA I might have again only if offered, but I wouldn't seek this out. (773 characters)

Pleasure Town IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.