Gluttony - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Reviews by youradhere:
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
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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
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Hazy, dark peach color with an off-white head sitting atop. Great retention and lacing. Tangerine, grapefruit, orange, pine, a little pineapple, and some biscuit; hops are very resinous. Taste is like biting straight into an orange rind covered grapefruit, some pine comes in afterwards and leaves you with a long, sticky, resinous hop finish. Medium bodied and carbonation is a little less than medium. I think I like this a little more than my scores indicate, but either way it's a very solid beer. Thanks to AKBelgianBeast for the bottle.
07-07-2008 02:10:04 | More by badbeer
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
4.53/5 rDev +10.2%
Whoa! This beer is labeled as a triple IPA, and I can see why. It pours a transparent brown/red. Great head with wonderful lace. Nose is hoppy as hell with some sugar and flower notes. The taste is kind of sweet at first with thick mouthfeel, then as the mouthfeel thins and it goes down you go on a ride of hops. A very long, steady ride. It seems like the hop flavor is weak at first but then it keeps on creeping and creeping up throughout the finish. when you breathe in again, more hops abound. Very good hop flavor, and smooth, caramely mouthfeel. Drinkability I would say could be better, but for the love of god you poured a triple IPA, you should have expected that. fine offering from m sun, the alaskan IPA masters.
12-24-2007 01:51:56 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5 rDev +1%
Sampled 5/2/08. Shared the entire 7 beer series with fellow BAs Deuane & SierraGS. It was quite a night! Special thanks to AKBelgianBeast for trading me the complete set of these to try.
22 oz bomber into a snifter.
Pours a clear golden amber with 2 fingers of off-white foamy head. A thin, creamy retention leaves some great looking lacing behind. The aroma is sticky pine and bready malts mixed with some spice, citrus, and a waft of alcohol heft.
The taste is piney hops up front but a year on this bottle seems to have faded the freshness a bit. But saying that, there is still an obscene amounts of IBUs running rampant through this thing the whole way through the finish. The bitterness is rounded off some by a back bone of beefy bready tasting malts, a splash of citrus, and some spiciness. The mouthfeel has a medium full body with a nice carbonated feel. This is one of those beers that lets it all hang out in the alcohol department, not hiding it's beefy ABV and letting things end with hot and bitter finish.
Wow! This was a beast of a beer to start out with, with rampaging hops and a warm feel. I'm glad this was one that was shared with other, as I'm not sure that I could have taken in a full 22 oz of this palette wrecker.
06-02-2008 16:32:30 | More by Kegatron
3.75/5 rDev -8.8%
Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Bottle thanks to Chris. A near armpit-stink hop aroma. So powerful it edges into sweaty onions and biting metallic rushes. Sometimes it catches you with a pleasant glow of very floral and citric hop characters, but most often a surprisingly pungent blast. A new level of hop aroma, not necessarily good. Pours an an amber gold, with silky lacing white. Flavor is dominated by sticky Cardamon hop cone sugars, leaving with burgeoning floral character. Dries out in tangerine skin.
07-21-2007 20:35:24 | More by CharlesDarwin
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
22 oz received in a trade with AKBelgianBeast ... mega huge thanks. Shared with my trading partner .. mine poured into my New Belgium snifter.
Nice 2 1/2 finger sticky sticky rocky sorta yellowish off white head... brew itself is hop hazed orange.
Aroma is a citrus hoppy bombshell. Coats the inside of my nostrils with grapefruit essence... not much else... sorta smells of sugar cookies.
Flavor is bracing bitter and has more than enough sweetness.. big bold and hoppy and completely unapologetic. Orange peel with a little bit of pine with a thick and very slick/oily pale malt mouthfeel... finish is dry orange peel that lingers for long after your sip. I can only sorta ding it for drinkability ... I am happy I had SAS to try it with.
Easily one of the best DIPA's I've had.. I can only imagine what it was like fresh off the tap... Oh wow would it have had a shit-ton of hop flavors. I don't think anyone is going to accuse this one as being "balanced".. but in this case it's okay because I am definitely a hop Glutton. As it warms, it sorta reminds me of Stone 10th when it was fresh... or even a fresh Hopsickle.
I can't thank AKBelgianBeast enough for this trade... Frank is without a doubt one of the best traders out there... For now .... 1 Sin down ... 6 more on my path.
04-11-2008 06:42:36 | More by JohnGalt1
4.47/5 rDev +8.8%
Twenty two ounce bottle that has been cellared for the better part of a year. Served cold out of the fridge, but allowed to warm up throughout the tasting. Poured into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 07/17/2008.
A big thanks again goes out to Frank for this one. This is night three of my seven deadly sins. I am doing them all in a row, on seven consecutive nights. Last night I was tired and was only having one beer, so I thought I would destroy my palate with this monster. The pour was lovely. A deep, rich, amber color, which was highlighted with nice accents of orange. Lots of haze here as well, with an almost opaque cloudiness to it. Nice two finger head which came up quickly but then faded down to only a thin solid quarter inch layer with decent side glass lace.
The aroma was very nicely balanced, owing that to the cellar time no doubt. Rich piney hops were evident almost immediately, but a subtle sweetness had worked its way in now as well. Really nicely put together here, especially for 200 IBU's. As it warmed nice floral citrus like notes started coming through. The flavor was more of the same, nothing mouth shattering like I would have thought; this has mellowed nicely, and really become a very solid big beer. Loads of sticky, resin infused hops that just made your lips stick to your teeth, but once this moved through a nice biscuit like, bready malt base pokes around to sweeten it up a bit, providing a nice touch of depth here. Fantastic medium bodied ale, this was quite thicker then I would have expected, but had just enough carbonation to keep from becoming really syrup like. A good sipper, it took me a bit to finish this one off, but I was happy to do it. Easily finished off the bottle though and would love to get some more as that long drawn out and dry pine laced finish was just a perfect way to finish my night.
Overall this was my favorite so far of the three in the series I have tried, but I would have figured that based on my normal preferences. Still though this is more then a solid offering here and I would love to get some more of it. A quality ale from start to finish.
07-19-2008 01:18:36 | More by mikesgroove
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
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
Much thanks to warmstorage for this one!
This "triple" IPA pours a beautiful reddish amber color with a great 2 finger fluffy white head. This settles to leave some lacing on the glass as I drink more and more of this delicious elixir. The smell upon hitting the nose actually reminds me a bit of Hopsickle with an excellent resiny quality. There is much pine, but a definite touch of grapefruit in the hops. This just smells juicy. Love it.
So, how does the taste measure up? Quite well, I must say. The hops stand nicely in the forefront, greeting you with a resiny pine hoppiness that gives way to some juicy citric hops. The toffee/caramel sweetness gets in just a few words - enough to give the hops some background voice. Actually, the malt is altogether pretty thick - it's just that the hops are strong enough to stay ahead of that. The finish is nicely bitter, and this bitterness lingers for quite a bit. I think this is one of the best tasting DIPAs outside of California actually. Then again, I love them unbalanced toward the hops, so that may be part of the reason.
The body of this beer is everything I want in this style - rich, thick - yet with enough carbonation and hoppiness to keep it far from being syrupy. As for drinkability? Well, I'm having no problem with that.
A highly recommended hoppy and strong DIPA. If you enjoy Hopsickle, Hop 15, Devil Dancer or the like, try to get this beer and give it a try.
01-23-2008 05:57:24 | More by rallison
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
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Fricking Wow! is the response from my friend and I. Actual conversation:
"Its got an orange dense hue to it"
"Like alcoholic Orange Oxyclean"
"Has a honey smell to it"
"Yeah, honey, alcohol, and piney hops, like a pine cone soaked in moonshine bleeding honey"
"It tastes sweet for something so hoppy"
"It loses its sweetness and rapes your taste buds with hops"
"I kinda like it"
Thanks to the AKBeast for the opportunity.
05-25-2008 05:04:51 | More by Murchmac
3.8/5 rDev -7.5%
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this...
Appears a transparent amber toned gold with a small white cap that fades into a mild, foamy film. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of huge grapefruit, sugary orange peel, vanilla cream, and sugar filled malt.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with bitter candy oranges standing out making for a ballsy DIPA.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter as hell, and IMHO, in need of some more balance. It's just too skewed towards the bitterness.
07-19-2007 18:26:27 | More by weeare138
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
4.43/5 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
3.98/5 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
4.55/5 rDev +10.7%
Pours a dark orange color, a bit cloudy, and with a nice head. Good looking beer!
Aromas are strong... resin, pine, and a hint of alcohol are noted. This is a great smelling beer.
Flavor is crisp and dry up front, then the taste is thick and full bodied. Upon the first sip you notice the dry quality, then the malts kick in with a firm and sturdy slightly sweet and creamy backbone. The beer finishes with a resin and pine like hop kick. Excellent tasting beer!
Mouthfeel is top notch. The thick and roundness of this beer is well done.
Drinkability is way up there. This is easily one of the best DIPAs I have ever tasted. Well done Midnight Sun! I am impressed! Too bad this beer wasn't more widely distributed, it is a winner.
Many thanks to beersabound for sending me this one.
04-01-2007 05:47:24 | More by flexabull
4.8/5 rDev +16.8%
22 ounce bottle, $9.99 at Brown Jug Warehouse, Anchorage, AK on 1-11-2008. (Notably, they currently have ALL SEVEN of the Seven Deadly Sins Series for sale in the MSBC stand-alone cold case!)
Appearance: deep bright orange, off-white to very light tan head, dense, light to moderate lacing.
Aroma: hops! pine, citrus, tangerine, orange.
Taste: full thick sweet HOPS! again, lots of citrus and sweet tangy fruit: tangerine, orange, tangerine and little bits of grapefruit and possibly pine. Damn delicious. Just what I want a beer to be. The malt backbone and alcohol level back up the hop punch in a perfectly balanced way. A slightly perfumey-sweet hop spice presence.
Mouth: slightly thick and warm with alcohol (though not nearly what one might expect with 10.5% ABV) and lingers long with hops.
Overall: the best of the Seven Deadly Sins Series by far, IMO. I missed this initial release of Gluttony, and haven't been really amazed with any of the others (though I liked Sloth quite a bit, and Lust a whole lot.)
I'm okay with saying it: I LOVE this stuff. Delicious. Out of balance for any reasonable beer, but c'mon people: this is being advertised as a "Triple IPA", a style that doesn't even really exist, to warn you that unless you really, really, really love HUGE hops, and not just in a "but I really like Victory Hop Devil" sort of way, you really shouldn't lay out the $10 bucks for this one. If you really do love hops, though, go ahead and lay it out: unless the bottle has been badly treated (and FWIW, I have no great faith in Brown Jug Warehouse) I guarantee you'll be happy. My guarantee? (and no, I don't work for MSBC in any way: see my reviews of their other beers) If you're not delighted, tell me why, send me the link to your BA profile, then come to my house in Anchorage, and I'll break something special out of the cellar. Bring a designated driver or a taxi phone number, 'cause I ain't driving you home.
01-12-2008 04:16:00 | More by warmstorage
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
Thanks to Kegatron via AKBelgianBeast for the opportunity to do a vertical tasting of the entire 7 DS collection....it was quite a night!
A-Golen amber with a medium light tan head that left nice lacing.
S-Loads of sweet bready malt with a giant wave of piney hops. It is like an all out war between the malt and hops.
T-Smooth malty sweetness initially followed by a brutal smack of piney bitterness. 200 IBU huh...the human tounge cant detect 200 IBU...overkill for sure, but I like it!
M-Medium-heavy body with a very good balance. The year of aging on this mighr have something to do with that. I wonder how hop forward this was a year ago?
D-A BIG beer all around! Lots of malt and hops. Totally balanced and very nice for a brew this large.
05-06-2008 13:15:30 | More by Deuane
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
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
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
4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
22oz. bottle thanks to Grumpy!
Poured a hazy, orange/gold color. Covered by a modest, sand colored head, creamy in consistency. Some lacing, legs don't show very well (surprisingly).
Scent included caramel, wheat bread and peaches. Pine resin. Spicy/peppery.
Taste was much more bitter than sweet. Bitterness hung around well into the aftertaste - grass and pine. Touch of sweet in the middle, peaches and toffee. Not much, if any, citrus. Very well balanced for what it is.
Medium to full body. Low to medium carbonation. Not as dry as I expected, this wasn't a problem.
Very tasty. No issue with barleywine vs. DIPA confusion. Great bittering, but not overdone. Not sure it's a triple IPA (whatever that is anyway) but damn fine!
04-24-2008 14:25:07 | More by
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