Gluttony - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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3.48/5 rDev -15.3%
Growler filled at the illustrious MS loft in Anchorage. Flavor from the growler reflects very similarly to how it tasted on draft.
Excitedly we opened this growler mid-shift of our grand brew day, releasing this hound would prove to be disastrous to our future sobriety. With the twist of the cap, some glorious resiny hop singes. We pour off into our respective glasses, the powerful white head rising over the mound of voluptuous dark oranges. Besides the initial powerful hop whiff, there is little else dominating the profile. Muted citrus and woods, with some malt sweetness.
One sip reveals the bitter beast within. After nearly a year since the brew date, there is no real fading of the alpha acids, though the aromas have clearly lost their edge, rounding out into some sort of vague hop characteristic. The bitterness crushes the malt sweetness, but both ride throughout the drink, tending towards a nice, bitter balance. More hop flavor would've made this a phenomenal beer.
Why is this still on the shelves? Trust us Midnight Sun, we can handle the fresh stuff down here in WA..
10-24-2010 07:25:54 | More by dragonWhale
3.95/5 rDev -3.9%
A - Amber color with 2 fingers of off white Head.
S - Smells of Orange, Lemon, Tangerine, Caramel, and Slight Hops. Rather malty for an IPA but it is over the Hill.
T - Tastes of Lemon, Orange, Malt, Salt, and Pine.
M - Oily mouthfeel, Nice Bitterness and carbonation.
D - Very good even though it is old. Drinkability is very good none the less.
I know this beer is old but I had to review it anyway. I;m glad my brother brought it back from Alaska but he should have told me to drink it immediately. I wish I would have been able to try it fresh because this beer was over whelming and to my liking based on the previous reviews.
10-13-2010 05:40:54 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
2.88/5 rDev -29.9%
A: Poured a orange gold color with good carbonation and a nice white head caps it off
S: All over the place, Pine, citrus mainly
T: Harsh. Syrupy, like some wheat almost. I got the same wheat, syrup like flavor from the Obliteration and Hop Dog. Not a fan. Some pine and citrus mainly but really had no flavor till the end when it came to anything tasty per say.
M: Syrupy, slick, bitter, way bitter on the end. Unappealing
D: Not good
09-21-2010 03:21:06 | More by barleywinefiend
2.9/5 rDev -29.4%
Not sure if this was the old batch or new, from the faded hop aroma and almost one dimensional hop flavor I'm assuming it is the former. From tasting notes: Look is golden amber, slight head; aroma is big malty backbone with alcohol solvency, slight pine resin that is buried by the malt, as the glass warms there is a slight fruity character I'm picking up as well (my friend says it smells like stagnant fire suppression water). Really sweet initially, like a barley wine, mouthfeel is thick and mouth coating. For such a large IPA the bitterness is a bit restrained but does not fade; it is almost a static attack of constant bitterness that does not ebb on the tongue naturally like most IPAs. Solvent characters also behave as if they are stripping away the inside of the mouth, like a mouthwash without the pain
09-20-2010 15:58:53 | More by youradhere
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
22 oz bottle sent from Mike. This is from the batch released in January 2010, so its ~ 9 months old.
Appearance: Pours hazy, dark orange to almost brownish. Nice softly bubbled head with OK retention. Each sip leaves a big sheet of lacing, but it only really sticks in spots.
Smell: Sweet citrus hops, still a decently big burst. Orange, pineapple, and a little peach or apricot. Sticky pine resin. Malty with caramel and brown sugar smells. It really smells nice-- I wish it was 8 or 9 months younger as right now, its nose is dominated with sweetness.
Taste: Yes, as expected, the bright hops flavors have apparently faded quite a bit. You can still taste some nice pine and citrus fruit, but this has become a big malty bomb. Sweet, sticky, chewy malt awesomeness. The hops are clearly there-- there is a big hoppy bitterness that balances things nicely here. The finish is both bitter and sweet. Really good.
Mouthfeel: Obviously full and sticky. Resiny finish.
Drinkability: It still smells somewhat like a DIPA, but tastes like a hoppy bitter beast of a barleywine. I'd love to try it fresh, when I'm sure its a totally different beer, but as is, its pretty damn good.
09-16-2010 00:44:46 | More by rapidsequence
3.98/5 rDev -3.2%
Sampled on Saturday's MS Sins tasting. Both batches were tasted, but this review will be from the remake.
A: The pour is a glowing orange color with a really nice white head and some spots of lacing.
S: A strong hop presence, though certainly on the way out. A nice resinous pine note along with nice citrus aromas. As the hops have begun to die out, there is quite a bit of caramel malt.
T: While the hop aromas are certainly dying down, the flavors are still nice. And although I'm not the biggest fan of sweeter/maltier IPAs, this one still has quite a bit of pine and bitterness to it.
M: The body is medium, but almost chewy. A moderate carbonation to go along with it.
D: I wish I could have tried this beer super-fresh, but alas that is not exactly possible. Still quite good, all things considered, and perhaps another batch is in the future.
06-15-2010 22:45:08 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.
The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy with some citrus hops and some resiny hops. The flavor is resiny, dank hops with some orange citrus notes as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-19-2010 05:16:31 | More by Mora2000
4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
Thanks to Kyle who sent down two bottles of this. I think that they are both from the second brewing of this beer. Cracked one of them at cellar temp for beer number 20 of our tasting. It was number 11 on day 2.
Pours a caramel brownish orange with a fluffy but coarse head. The lacing is sparse, but where it does stick, I get the signature thick gobbed rings of an imperial IPA.
Citrus and caramel are the dominant aromas. The citrusy hops really take on a heavy role here. I think that this has to be a newer bottle, as the hop bitterness is also very evident. Wouldn't have that after 3 years at cellar temp, I am fairly sure. The palate brings on a huge ruinating bitterness. Holy crap. Centennial and Cascade hops pour on grapefruit and lemony notes amid a light floral character.
Now that my palate is thoroughly torn apart, let me evaluate the mouthfeel...Yeah. It trashes your palate. This one is a lot to handle, but the intensity of the flavors, bitterness, and strength make it one that you need to try.
04-04-2010 04:56:07 | More by NittanyBeerFan
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
Many thanks to Kyle for sharing this the other day. I believe this was brewed again recently, so it *should* be fresh. It sure as hell tasted fresh.
Clear orange amber with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. This is perfect for the style.
The nose is a bit of a juggernaut with a MASSIVE pungent citrus hop character, just brutally so, big and bitter with a rather pronounced caramel and honey character with some sugar. Despite the noticeable sweetness, this is all hops, just huge citrus, grapefruit and pungent hop goodness.
The palate opens bruisingly bitter with big grapefruit and orange rind bitterness, just big and resiny, countered by a moderate body and sweetness with caramel. While I usually dislike sweetness in a DIPA, in this case, it's rather welcome. Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation, the finish is extremely long with grapefruit and hop resins just coating the palate. The mouthfeel is nuts! However, such an intense beer can be enjoyed only in small amounts, and my 4oz pour was sufficient. However, if I see this again, I will not pass on it, it's one of the more absurdly hoppy beers I've had, I'd compare it to (favorably) with White Knuckle.
03-30-2010 16:57:44 | More by DefenCorps
3.5/5 rDev -14.8%
Bomber poured into a tumbler,Gluttony is chill hazed dull, brownish gold with a small light sand head leaving scattered, foamy lace.
Smell is intense, sweet carmalized sugar and resinous hops, a little bit of gran mariner with the booze and orange notes.
Taste is also very intense, a big alcohol character, pugent hoppiness and caramel malt. Blistering really, with a spicy, bone dry finish.
Mouthfeel is chewy and oily, leaving a prickliness on the tongue.
Drinkability is not terribly high, this is a super intense, very strong ale - a tripel IPA for sure. One every once in a while is plenty, and although this will definitely satisfy any hop-head's fix, the alcohol punch would equally satisfy someone looking to get drunk fast.
02-04-2010 07:19:22 | More by ccrida
3.63/5 rDev -11.7%
Just received this brew from Mikesgroove. The Midnight Sun brews I've had thus far have been really solid. Look forward to this one and hope the hops haven't faded too much. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.
Deadly Sin 1 of 7.
Appearance- Pours a super hazy orange yellowish with a decent one finger off-white head with some serious staying power. A huge cap and collar is maintained the entire beer along with a ASSLOAD of lacing. One of the best looking beers I've tried.
Smell- The nose is still really pungent but obviously has lost that big sharp hoppiness. There is a bit of a muddled citric kick in here but it's somewhere nearer to a Barleywine like nose. Something like grapefruit pith and maybe a bit of orange but that's about it. Lightly caramelly with a fairly strong malty side and a bit of alcohol.
Taste- Definitely not as crazy hoppy as I bet it once was but it's still fairly intense. A slap of fruitiness right from the start with a zip of bitter grapefruit, orange and peach. The bitterness seems to build a bit as I get halfway through the bottle but at no point do I feel it's too much. Hell, I even get a tinge of malt sweetness underneath all that hop intensity. Slightly candy-ish at times with hints of red licorice and toffee. The finish lasts quite some time with a tinge of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thick with a big oily slickness that borders on creamy with a light fleck of carbonation.
Drinkability- Definitely a good sippin brew. It's somewhere in that area though of not fresh enough to be super fruity hoppy and not old enough to have infringed upon pure Barleywine territory. A decent start to the Deadly Sins but I have a feeling even better stuff is to come. Thanks Mike!
11-21-2009 15:13:43 | More by younger35
3.65/5 rDev -11.2%
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:
Cool name and cool branding, part of the Seven Deadly Sins beers. One of two things we won't buy into is the Triple IPA style: There is too much gray area, and it seems that Double/Imperial IPA covers it all. The other is the claim of 200 IBUs, even if this was correct your taste buds can only handle 80-100 real IBUs before going totally numb. Whatever, now to the beer. Good froth and head retention, more than ample with sticky lace and all. Mildly hazed copper color. The aroma is soaked in hops, no chance for the malt to come through at all, though the alcohol does with a very faint and clean solvent fume. Moderate carbonation, slick, full body. Sharp biting puckering bitterness kills the taste buds, then it keeps on kicking the dead taste buds over and over again. Malt is there as it is the foundation (body) that is holding this beer together, but with this approach the malt walks away crying. The alcohol is warming but not so noticeable because the hops just don't stop.
That is it, our palates are destroyed for the night. Thanks guys. Seriously, we are not sure if any brewer could pack more hop bitterness and flavor into a bottle. Absolutely absurd and insane but extreme, and we like extreme, so we'll give this one a hall pass for keeping us on our toes. You are not a true hophead unless you have climbed this hop mountain.
11-13-2009 19:01:59 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.18/5 rDev +1.7%
Thanks grumpy for this 22oz bottle.
Pours a hazy golden/light brown with thin head - many yeasties poured in too - why not.
Aromas of peaches, apricot, and apple - not typical of a DIPA, but very good.
Initial flavors of orange and lemon with huge rye spices on the back of the tongue (where the hell did that come from?). Although the hop flavors have really died down after 2+ years, this has turned into an excellent super hoped barleywine. Very sweet citrus and belgian yeast flavors come through as it warms up.
It's still very hot after all this time in the bottle, so could use a bit more time in the bottle to make it even better. There's a high alcohol burn as it goes down.
Another hit in the 7-deadly sins series - I hope to try them all one day.
11-01-2009 17:58:29 | More by bmanning
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
Alas, another mystery box item! 22 oz. bomber (no freshness) poured into the SN pint glass...
four fingers of sticky tan head with great legs and amazing lacing...the head is gorgeous with great retention that lasts throughout the whole sitting. Hazy amber body...
Loads of sweet pine up front with a slight citrus kick in the back. Some burnt caramel...very barleywine-esque with notes of molasses and leather.
A very sweet mellowed out pine bomb. Lots of pine and sweet caramels. Very balanced on the malt side that leads to a sweet yet bitter finish. Some dark fruits and smoked wood...
Smooth and creamy...but a bit low on carbonation, but it still feels good.
Definitely a sipper if there was one. Be weary though, you might forget to sip...it's that good.
I've heard that this beer is at least a year old, and I think I might like it better this way. It was more like a barleywine, and a damn fine one at that. 22 oz. might be a bit much, however...but an amazing beer to seek out.
06-24-2009 02:07:28 | More by BitterPachyderm
3.95/5 rDev -3.9%
I purchased this at the brewery while visiting ANCAK last summer and last night (F, 27 Feb 2009) was an occasion to open it while I had BeerGestapo, who is a high school classmate of mine, as well as my Iron Hill (LNC) neighbor and my cher oncle over following Cask Night.
I got a finger of tan head with good retention. Leaning in, it was cloyingly sweet - lots of malt! The color was a slightly hazy deep-amber. The taste was really sweet for my taste, it was almost candy-like in its intensity. I felt gluttonous while drinking it. Hey!The finish was duly sweet with a distinct alcohol burn lingering in the mouth. Whew! Of the two (Wrath was also consumed), I had a prefernece to Wrath. This might have even aged a little longer to reduce the alcohol aspect.
02-28-2009 12:52:14 | More by woodychandler
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
22 oz. bottle, 10.5% ABV. Cloudy peach/copper color. Lots of sediment floating about. Huge fluffy off-white head. Excellent retention, and lace.
Faded pine resin in the nose, with lots of citrusy hops. Big caramel malt presence in the nose as well.
Nice caramel malt backbone. Good combonation of citrusy and piney hop flavor. Big on both the malt side, and the hop side. A bit warming. Medium body, good carbonation. Very enjoyable.
01-11-2009 14:48:09 | More by Bierguy5
4.4/5 rDev +7.1%
So this bottle I'm drinking is a year old. I apologize to the beer gods for accidental cellaring and DIPA for a year. (This bottle was from the second batch.) Amazingly, this beer has held up very well. It's almost as good as it was much fresher
Poured into a Troegs pint glass quite cold. Opaque and a dark golden color. Modest head. The hops are huge. Both in the smell and taste. (As you'd expect for 200 IBUs.) But the malts fight really do fight back. There's a big carmel maltiness that is just enough to balance the hops. It's resiny and pretty thick (with just enough carbonation). And it's got a finish that goes a long way, leaving you to savor the tasty hop long after the beer has moved on.
This is of course a huge beer at 10.5% abv and enough hops to kill a small mammal. You want to savor it for a while and not rush through it. One bomber is surely enough. But the alcohol is well hidden, and the taste keeps welcoming you back.
Thanks to warmstorage and timmcd64 for trading me this Alaskan ambrosia.
01-08-2009 03:33:58 | More by urwatuh8
4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
Very nice looking with a monster chunky off white head that lsts and lasts leaving thick sticky lace bubbles down the glass. Stagnant sediment mysteriously stares back out of this amber nectar.
Big on caramel and toffee malts with an aged floral hop presence with hints of pine and tart fruits. Some grapefruit as well.
Nice with a hop bitterness that lasts through the finish and neutralizes the sweet toffee and caramel malts. Floral with some earthy character. Light citrus and stone fruit. Good balance of malt to hop and very drinkable considering ABV. Mouth is nice if not a little acrid on the finish with moderate carbonation.
01-04-2009 18:48:25 | More by mcallister
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Bottle graciously shared at tasting. I was told it was at least a year old.
Poured a golden stream with a khaki head. Smell is still strong of pine and citrus considering the age. Taste is malty with a nice hoppy aftertaste that lingers, hints of grapefruit. This was pretty drinkable considering the abv. I would love a fresh bottle of this to compare with, but the year old stood up amazing for a DIPA
12-09-2008 15:48:57 | More by xpimptastikx
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a two-finger head; lacing sticks nicely to the sides of the pint glass
Smell: Grapefruit and pine to the nth degree
Taste: A burgeoning caramel backbone serves as the platter on which to present the grapefruit and pine aromas from this beer as they appear up front; after the swallow, the bitter fruity flavors predominate, while the sweet underlying malt never quite fades away
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: With 200 IBUs, this is a major assault on the tongue; nevertheless, it is quite drinkable and will appeal to the hopheads - it sure hasn't yet turned into a barleywine
Thanks,___ (from the other site - I will acknowledge you once the site returns, I hope)
11-17-2008 01:48:40 | More by brentk56
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
22oz bottle acquired in trade with puzzl (thanks!).
Poured a medium orange/amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Initial pour was crystal clear with the subsequent pours clouding and included floaters. Aromas of melons, citrus, pine, and caramel. Tastes of citrus, lots of grapefruit, pine, and just a trace of caramel. This one was one hop bomb (which is not a bad thing for me). Nicely bitter with a very light malt balance. Light alcohol in the finish but not giving way that it was 10+%.
Notes from 7/18/07
11-09-2008 02:29:03 | More by hopdog
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with AKBelgianBeast, thanks for the opportunity Frank, poured into a pint glass last night
A-Golden orange mixed with amber, 1/2 inch creamy white head that only lasts a few minutes, some retention, more lacing at the beginning
S-Not as many hops as I had hoped for in the aroma, sweet malt, lemon juice, some orange peel, pine, butter, grassy accents, herbal scents, and grapefruit
T-Starts off a lot more hoppy than it finishes, some chewier malt in the middle, sweet malt in the finish with some piney hoppiness, gets a lot sweeter as it warms and the citrus also comes out, hops were so strong they were almost sweet, I guess that is what 200 IBUs will do, liked the balance but a little too sweet for an imperial IPA, but still enjoyable
M-Dry, slightly sweet, and sticky mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, carbonation might have been low at first but later I liked how it allowed for thickness, taste lingered for a couple minutes
D-Could have drank the bomber but only had what fit in my glass, gets heavier on the stomach as it warms, alcohol is hidden for the most part, strong brew though, not the smoothest
First beer I have tried from the seven deadly sins series, have not had a triple IPA for a while now, not nearly as good as the Obliteration that I had tried a few months back but still good, would drink again, surprisingly the hops have held up well, recommended
11-05-2008 00:30:51 | More by Floydster
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