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Gluttony - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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58 Reviews

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 81
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 81
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: beersabound on 02-24-2007

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
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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 81
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -8%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (995 characters)

Photo of grumpy
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale orange with substantial carbonation and slight cloudiness. Aroma is piney, citrusy hops, and nothing but hops. Flavor is pine and citrus masked by huge bitterness. A long bitter aftertaste makes identifying specific hops difficult, as least for me. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, astringent, and prickly.

I think this beer needs a few months in the cellar. The actual hop flavors and the malt sweetness and balance need to wait for a bit of the initial hop bitterness to mellow. Don't worry, hopheads, it claims 200 IBUs on the label. A few months won't hurt!

I expect to be able to update this review down the road with a much higher score.

11/16/07 update: OK, as threatened, I'm back. It's been several months, and Gluttony has transformed itself from a caustic mass of indistinguishable hop flavors into a rich, thick, balanced, luxury-edition DIPA. Lots of pine and floral flavors, nice pale malt sweetness, and oily mouthfeel. I have raised my scores accordingly. (981 characters)

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy hops! A Triple IPA that lives up to the billing and then some. In fact this makes Devil Dancer seem balanced. It reminds me of a just bottled Old Crusty. Totally untamed and over the top.

Appearance is copper but cloudy. What the hell? Held up to the light I swear I see partially disolved hops, though I know it's just yeast in suspension from this beer's long journey to me. Light whispy egg-shell white Brussel's lace is deposited around the glass with each sip.

Smell is all hops -- 200 ibus of hops in all their glory. Grapefruit and pine dominate. Maybe it's disolved pine car fresheners I see in this beer. Is that a flat green tree floating by? A whiff of tangerine can be caught as well.

And guess what? Yep, this beer's taste is all about the hops. Significantly bitter with just a touch of hot alcohol and malt sweetness. You know there's a ton of malt used in this brew by its 10.5 percent alcohol but you have to search to find it.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with a slight stickiness on the lips which could be from the hops just as much as from the malt.

To me, this is as far as you can take an American IPA. This beer has pushed the hop threshold to the limit and it certainly lives up to its name. This is certainly more than one requires (as is the very definition of gluttony), but when you want to indulge your hop fix, you'd be hard pressed to find another beer that could do it better. That said, one and done at a sitting is certainly the case with this one

Thanks Tim (Beersabound) for the chance to experience another winner from Midnight Sun. (1,573 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (797 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper with a slight chill haze. A dense, white head built to a full two inches and remained for several minutes. The high krauesen of foam slowly receded to a partial skim coat on the surface, revealing exaggerated strings of lacy froth.
Aromatics are floral and pungent. Tangerines and peaches make thier presense known, as well as spruce oil-laced grapefruit. A promise of alcohol comes forward under the tropical resins, and a light maltiness follows through.
The mouthfeel is crisp, drying, and resinous. Sticky and sappy.
The pallet is dominated by aggresive hopping. The bitterness is as subtle as a buzzsaw on the tongue, but does not cross into harsh territory. Loads of hopping in the flavor of the brew also. Heavy on the grapefruit, with the peach/ pear/ orange character in the background. Maltiness is at a minimum, but still adding a decent backbone to the weight of the hops.
Finishes with an extremely lingering crisp dryness, grapefruit pith, warming alcohols and a tongue-scraping bitterness.
A huge IIPA from Midnight Sun, and damn fresh.
Big thanks to Timmcd64 for hooking me up, once again! (1,130 characters)

Photo of beersabound
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first of the Seven Deadly Sins series. It's labeled as a Triple IPA and that is appropriate. It's got a gold color with an amber center and a tight stark white head that leaves a thick lace as it recedes. The aroma is strong with a pine, grapefruit, citrus, and some alcohol. The brewery write up said the bittering and flavoring hops were the same and it was simcoe, amarillo and another one I don't remember. The flavor lasts forever with enough malt sweetness to get some pineapple type goodness from it. When I lick my lips a while after drinking it its still very sweet and hoppy. The bitterness is strong (200 IBUs), resinous, delightful, and inudates your mouth. Share a bottle with a friend and have it when you are done tasting other beers. (761 characters)

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Gluttony from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.