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Gluttony - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

52 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 79
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

GLUTTONY Triple IPA overindulges the palate with profound malt, powerful hops and abundant body. Its deep decadent golden orange color presents an appetizing invitation for extravagant enjoyment. Its aroma entices with citrus, pine and alcohol while the flavor provides a smorgasbord of sweet malt, fresh tangerine/grapefruit and a resinous hop character that lingers well beyond the finish.

200 IBU

(Beer added by: beersabound on 02-24-2007)
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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

barleywinefiend, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of youradhere
2.9/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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

youradhere, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of kkipple
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fresh from a trade in Alaska. Thanks to Khiasmus for sharin'.

Gluttony calls itself a "triple IPA" which strikes me as both pretentious and a lot to live up to. Let's see...

Pours a rich syrupy maple-red. Billowy white head, great lacing. Ok, so far so good.

Smells like a hop bomb. Acidic, metallic, grapefruit hops dominate. Very sugary. Lots of pine resin in there too, but reeks of overhopping and the alcohol is quite prominent.

Ya, this is a swig of hop juice... lots of varied hops here, I'm sure I'm tasting Simco. Very bitter and citrus-y. Acidic. Hops are all over the mouth. The malty sweetness is hidden far far behind the hop forest, and in my opinion should be more at the forefront.

Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy. Exceedingly bitter hop aftertaste.

You know, the more of these overhopped DIPAs I have the more I dislike them. Gluttony is incredibly hoppy, yes, but that's about where the goodness ends. It simply doesn't have any balance, and is a lot less drinkable than both DFH's 90 Minute (a textbook example of balance for the style, in my mind) and Southern Tier's Unearthly, which while excessive, is MUCH more balanced and dare I say, restrained.

I couldn't and didn't want more than 6 ounces of Gluttony, hence the relatively low score. I'm just not impressed by the brewers who mix up a huge grain bill and hop the $&!% out of a beer and proclaim it "monstrous" "huge" or "Imperial." Let's get back to the basics, folks.

kkipple, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of dragonWhale
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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..

dragonWhale, Oct 24, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ccrida, Feb 04, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

younger35, Nov 21, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CharlesDarwin, Jul 21, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

jophish17, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

weeare138, Jul 19, 2007
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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Floydster, Nov 05, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

woodychandler, Feb 28, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

SanDiegoBeerLove, Oct 13, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

womencantsail, Jun 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

badbeer, Jul 07, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

xpimptastikx, Dec 09, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mcallister, Jan 04, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy, deep gold colored brew with a sticky golden-white head.

Smell: Intense hop aroma. Butter, citrus and pine.

Taste: Intense hop flavor evolves from citrus to pine profile during the taste. Mellow finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slightly oily.

Drinkablity: This was my last 7 deadly sin brew. Very good "triple IPA" that did not seem as bitter as advertised.

SargeC, Sep 01, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper to rusty orange in color, fairly cloudy, a good sized off white head recedes very slowly, lacing as it does. Aroma is big on tropical fruits, papaya, mango, and pineapple as well as a strong citrusy sweet tangerine. A soft candy sugariness from the malts works to accentuate these aromas. Taste is in the same vein up front with malty sweetness and tropical fruits and tangerines mingling together. A pepperiness begins to develop mid taste and grows stronger into a good sized bitter bite that is slightly piney and shows some of the alcohol strength. Decent soft malty body balances nicely the hop aromas and bitterness in the medium body. Reminds me quite a bit of a slightly maltier hopslam. Very tasty beer with a very nice bitterness, not palate wrecking, just a deep strong bitter flavor and feel. Only downside for me is no fault of the beer, just personally I am not big on whatever hop variety(s) leads to the tropical fruit notes. Thanks Tim for the opportunity.

hoppymeal, May 28, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of NoonanDBarbarian poured into a tulip. This is my first of the sins series and I've been looking forward to them.

A: Pours a deep, slightly hazy amber with a big fluffy white head that shows great retention and sheets of lacing down the glass.

S: The aroma is a massive juicy sweet hop explosion. Grapefruit and pine play major roles with some sweet caramel maltiness in the background.

T: The pine hops are prevalent up front in the taste and give way to a sizable caramel malt base. The citrus hops kick in after the malts and leave a nice sticky finish with a pleasant bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth but sticky with hop resin with just the right amount of bitterness.

D: A good IIPA with a solid balance of big hops and malts. A nice start to my seven deadly sins experience and I'm eagerly anticipating the rest.

gford217, Oct 12, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

NittanyBeerFan, Apr 04, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bierguy5, Jan 11, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

rapidsequence, Sep 16, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Kegatron, Jun 02, 2008
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Gluttony from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.