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Wrath - Belgian-Style Double IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 6.57%
Wants: 29
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

WRATH Belgian-style Double IPA is fiercely bitter with notes of spice and earth. Its fury slowly and purposefully unfurls on the tongue, relentlessly bringing on more and more enraged flavor with each sip.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: beersabound on 10-16-2007)
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 650 mL capped bottle courtesy of grumpy.

A: The ale is a brilliant pale, golden ale, more blonde ale than tripel. A thick foamy head, voluminous on pour, laces in wide patches all around the glass.

S: The nose is stunning. Fresh citrus hops, concentrated to the extreme, create a fruity nose full of apricot and grapefruit with touches of herbal grass. The hops are paired against Belgian spices, further augmenting the depth. The aroma has set the bar for all Belgian IPAs (and it would do a damn fine job against American IPAs).

T: The sip is as rich and deep as the nose. A thick hop profile pulls no punches, delivering an overpowering citrus flavor. Grapefruit and herbal flavors swirl over the tongue. A dirty, earthy bitterness finishes the end of a sip, leaving a long bitterness. Peppery coriander flavors mesh with the hops and up the taste profile significantly. The overall sweetness is restrained by a dry Belgian yeast strain that adds a deeper, dry fruit element. Delicious, no other words do this beer justice.

M: Dry and intensely bitter, the hops won't soon be forgotten. This sets the gold standard for all Belgian IPAs.

D: Even at 8.2%, I'd gladly sit and drink it all day long. I may be hurting tomorrow but right now my tastebuds are pleasantly overwhelmed by this hoppy tripel. Kudos to MSBC, this is a gem.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 19:57:25 | More by akorsak
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the amazing tasting at gford217's place. I can't remember now who provided it, but many, many thanks for sharing this. Pours golden with a thin, swirly head. Smells deeply of Belgian yeast and has huge notes of herbal and piney hops. Very nice. Amazing flavors. After all this time the hops are still explosive with beautiful herbal notes of dill and pine. Very smooth and just a bare touch of sweetness, but almost resiny from the hops in the mouthfeel. Great beer and I'm shocked and amazed at well it has held up.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 01:51:59 | More by Georgiabeer
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ccrida

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber (thx warmstorage!) poured into an Imperial Pint, Wrath is a gorgeous cloudy gold with a huge, tight, long lasting ivory head that leaves very heavy lace and chunks of foam. I loved the pale color the second it splashed out of the bottle, and the head was icing on the cake.

Smell is spicy citrus hops, a little soapy, with (candi?) sugar. Perhaps some bubblegum like Belgian yeast esters, but probably not something I'd say if this wasn't labeled a "Belgian-style" DIPA...that said there's something here that seems out of place for a regular DIPA that I can't quite pinpoint, kind of an earthy mineral tang.

Taste is very nice and hoppy, a classic PNW hop bomb, huge grapefruit hops, spicy, somewhat bready (pilsner) malt that provides a backbone without being to sweet or thick, and a firm bitter, exceptionally dry finish. A touch of buttery diacetyl provides added depth. I kept digging for a more overt 'Belgian' aspect of this beyond the malt base, presumably from the yeast used, which is a bit peppery but otherwise overwhelmed by those fantastic hops. Very smooth, I only caught a hint of the ABV on the last few warm swigs.

Mouthfeel is is bone dry with a lighter body.

Drinkability is crazy good. I drink a lot of DIPAs out here, but something about this one really stood above most for me. This could be my go to DIPA if it was regularly available. Not to mention fresh, which this one isn't AFAIK (Nov release date?). Still, the hops were in full affect and hadn't faded out leaving a sugary mess, as happens with some older DIPAs. Another huge thanks to warmstorage for hooking it up!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 05:38:11 | More by ccrida
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a small dose at the Stone Soup gathering earlier this year so I was very much looking forward to revisiting this one!

A-Golden yellow with a thin white head leaving nice lace.

S-Lovely floral, citrusy aroma that I could sniff all day long! Oh, for a car air freshener with this scent!

T-Same bite as the Envy but with a bit more class! Really solid. A sneaky green apple aftertaste shows itself after multiple sips.

M-Medium body with a super sharp crispness. Very lively carbonation. Delectable.

D-Mmmm...this is one hoppy beer to love! The "Belgian" aspect of this brew certianly takes a back seat to the hops. To me, this is fine...a humulus lupulus bomb to wrap your lips around! well done Midnight Sun....I'll take this Wrath any day!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 06:35:33 | More by Deuane
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gford217

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is #4 on my 7 Deadly Sins list and, of course, big thanks to NoonanDBarbarian for the opportunity. Poured into a tulip.

This one opened with a nice carbonation pop and poured a clear golden amber with tons of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. The head is big and recedes to a solid cap leaving sheets of lacing along the side.

The aroma had a massive floral hop character with citrus compliments - pine, grass with some grapefruit on top. There is an earthy element to the smell as well with some fruity sweetness and Belgian spiciness in the background, which is the only thing that keeps this from smelling like a big America DIPA.

The taste mirrors the aroma with a big citrus and floral hop kick up front. Then comes the hints of Belgian yeast, bananas and spices. There is also a bit of candied sugar underlying the taste throughout before the hops come back strong in the finish with a serious resin hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is super creamy for an IPA but with lots of sticky resin on the palate.

This is one helluva Belgian IPA and I would rate it close to the best I've had. I'm surprised the hop profile has held up so well almost a year out. Thanks again to Brian for sharing the Alaskan wealth!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 01:52:50 | More by gford217
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 gold with a finger of foamy brite-white head that has a fantastic looking retention and leaves sweet looking sticky lacing behind. The aroma is ahhh, a big ole' West Coast nose of piney hops, big grapefruit and apricot, and an element of tingling Belgian style spiciness that works well with the other accents.

The taste is a biting (but not overpowering) sense of resinous bitterness, mixed with big juicy grapefruit notes and balanced out by a earthy feeling malt backbone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly easy feel considering its alcohol content.

Despite there being about 6 months on this bottle, this still seemed very fresh and crisp to me. A West Coast style hop bomb with a Belgian twist, I could have drank this all night. A fine way to cap off our evening of sinning with Midnight Sun.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 16:58:21 | More by Kegatron
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

One I would wrath-er like to have again! Zing. Pours a mostly cloudy light orange color with a slight yellow hue through out. A good pour leaves an ample white head that took some time to die down. Decent retention and great lacing through the tasting.

The nose is more along the lines of an IPA than a Belgian. Hops are noticeable with a grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. Some light earthy hop notes as well. The malt is balanced well if not just slightly under the hops. A nice bready aroma with noticeable biscuit and honey notes. The yeast comes out nicely and really is the only thing that hints at a Belgian characteristic. Some esters and fruity notes come out. Mostly pears, plums and figs. Very nice and complex.

The taste is a bit more in balance with hops, malt and Belgian notes. A great complexity that really is fantastic. The first taste brings a bit of sweetness but then is cut with a light but noticeable bitterness. A very nice biscuit bready flavor. Some light caramel and honey notes come out as well. Very crisp and distinct but still complex. The hops are nicely balance as the bitterness comes out but is quickly replaced by a basket of fruits from the hops and esters. Some rose peddles, lemons, citrus, grapefruit, figs and a touch of pepper in the finish. Very nice.

The body is moderate despite all that is going on. Finishes very clean and really lingers into the finish. A nice beer overall. Carbonation is light but balance. Overall as a beer this is fantastic but its not really a Belgian IPA. More of a IPA Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 21:05:27 | More by Oxymoron
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. 2007 ediiton.

Poured a medium orange / golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of tropical fruits, fruity, citrus, light yeast, and lemony. Tastes of tropical fruitiness, citrus, and lightly earthy. Nice bitter finish with a lighter sweet malt balance.

Notes from 11/29/07

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 02:42:38 | More by hopdog
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle into Midnight Sun goblet. I have been sitting on this one for some time, and it will likely be the last time I taste it.

Extremely clear, yellow/orange. Moderate, fluffy white foamy head with some retention and long lasting lacing. Constant flow of bubbles from the bottom.

Citrusy with prominent grapfruit, but other hop aromas also present. A solid malt backbone is evident in the background, but the sweetness of it is fleeting early on. Later it is more noticeable as I stick my nose deep inside nearly empty glass. Overall, a beautifully balanced blend of aromas. Something close to perfect.

Bitter, grapefruit like citursy hop profile (100 IBU) hits aggressively, then what must be a huge malty base cuts throught it with a prominent sweetness that holds its own, well through the middle. Finally the hoppy flavor and bitterness return to the forefront, and linger, well after the swallow. A faint taste of the Belgian yeast strain add one more layer to the fabric of flavors.

Good carbonation, effervescent, tingles a little, and a vague warming sensation. A slick feeling sweetness coats the inside of my mouth.

The hoppy bite contrasts sharply with the big maltiness. This brew is so flavorful and complex, with lingering flavors and fairly hefty abv, that sipping is the way to go.

I'm definitely liking this one better than I did when it was released over a year ago. Having moved from Anchorage, home of the Midnight Sun Brewery, to a small town hundreds of miles away, I miss having easy access to all of their special treats. A great beer from a great brewery. Cheers to Gabe and Ben and Courtney and the rest of the crew at MNS!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 22:02:32 | More by sprucetip
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beersabound

Alaska

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to Midnight Sun on another unique concept with great follow through. The Wrath might get its name from the fact that it caused a bit of harm to my palate with the bitterness (100 IBUs) and full hop flavor. But, I think I'll pull through. While piny, resiny hops take center stage, there is some nice bubble gum and fruity esters in there to give it a reason to come back for more. The color is straw with a light golden center. It poured a half inch persistent head with moderate CO2. The aroma is hops at first, maybe Centennial with some Simcoe or Amarillo. The second smell revealed its Belgian yeast. The alcohol is masked pretty well by the hops. It's smooth on the tongue with a fair amount of cheek tingle from the bitterness. It's way hop balanced and could use a little more malt sweetness IMO. However, I'll enjoy this one all fall. The hop profile is up my alley and the ester add a good twist and makes the finish more complex.

After having a second bottle last night, I found that the Belgian yeast characteristics started coming out more in the flavor and aroma. My wife and I were fighting over the glass near the end. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 03:15:15 | More by beersabound
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SargeC

Japan

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange brew with a decent frothy white head.

Smell: Good hop presence. Citrus with a touch of pine.

Taste: Buttery, with minor fruit flavors. Then the citrus and pine flavors bring on a mildly bitter finish. This brew was less bitter than expected.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Subdued dry finish.

Drinkability: Tasty brew with a delicate balance between flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 07:09:02 | More by SargeC
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bmanning

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at gford317's place during a tasting, then traded for a bottle thanks to grumpy.

A: Pours hazy gold with thin white head - great lacing

S: Heavy on the pineapple, also orange, pear, candy apple, coriander, wheat bread. The hops still come through strong.

T: Very complex flavors - the hops have held up amazingly well! There are huge tropical and citrus flavors combining with bready, Belgian spices from the yeast. This is by far the most flavorful Belgian IPA I've ever had, and it has a perfect balance between the west coast style hops, malts, and Belgian yeast.

M: Alcohol burn is strong and takes away from the mouthfeel

D: Very delicious and highly drinkable, yet due to the alcohol burn, points are deducted.

Overall, another great beer by Midnight Sun and one of the reasons why I keep seeking more of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 20:57:02 | More by bmanning
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 that I've been sitting on for a long time and been waiting to review for quite a while. Received in trade from indomitable Alaskan trader AKBelgianBeast. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

2 finger meringue looking head... very nice lacing ... brew color is slightly hazy pale gold.

The aroma on this brew could not have diminished that much with the aging.. smells of hops in a big way. Citrus and floral with a noticeable but background of yeasty spiciness. Big across the board including other American IPA's and actually better than some of the other Belgian IPA's I've had.

Flavor has big bitterness out of the gate but with a very nice balanced pale maltiness with a little bit but needed sweetness. Citrus and herbal hoppiness dominate midpalate with a great peppery spiciness .. Fairly dry finish.. nice for sure.. I am really digging this as it moves on and warms up. Body is surprisingly on the light side... but the abundant carbonation helps the drinkablity and makes me want another sip right away... Carbonation may be a little high for my liking but that's personal.

I have a feeling Wrath would be my favorite in a triple blind with Chouffe Dobbelen and Urthel .. I love all three .. but this must have been a huge hop-bomb fresh... now it is drinking fantastic.. I wish I would not have waited.. but oh well. Mega-props to Frank. 4 down 3 to go.... I am a sinner for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 07:09:37 | More by JohnGalt1
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again big thanks to Frank for my last of the seven deadly sins. This one had been cellared for the better part of a year and I opened it up last night to finish off the series. Served right out of the fridge and poured into an Oversized wine glass. Consumed on 07/21/2008.

Wonderful to reach the conclusion of this big ass series of beers. I saved Wrath for last as it was my favorite style and I wanted to save it. The pour was very nice with a very hazy, bright golden amber color coming forward immediately. Rich looking with a nice amount of carbonation coming up from the surface. A big billowing white head of about three inches in height came up and only settled down gradually, leaving behind copious amounts of side glass lace and a nice puff of white on top.

The aroma started out as your classic west coast hop bomb. Rich citric hops dominating the nose on this one. Not as heavy and resin soaked as others, and not really too much on the sweet side of things, this one was more of a lighter double IPA, but still very good. Lots of notes of light Belgian yeast as it warms. Hints of some fruit notes, light peach and apple maybe. Nice touches of grain mixed in, providing me with some depth. Really solid flavor here. Light with a decidly pungent hop kick throughout. Really nice balance to it. Started off quite light and hoppy with a nice bit of lemon and orange flavor. This rolled n through the tongue and then reach a nice light grain flavor in the middle which helped to balance it nicely. Really tight finish here, quick, with a champagne like dryness and a long lingering flavor of orange peel on the tongue. Wonderful feel here, with a light body and ample carbonation throughout. Really very easy to session this one, even though it was over 8% as it was hardly noticeable at all.

Overall I thought this was excellent. One of the lighter of the series, but by no means a lightweight of a beer. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day, in fact I would look forward to it. This was a damn fine beer that is not to be overlooked!

Thanks again for the series Frank, it has been a fun week trying these. Would love to have some more of them as most will do quite well for a while still.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 10:21:16 | More by mikesgroove
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared by my buddy Matt. Pours a hazy orange with hop particulate floating throughout. A big creamy, rocky two finger meringue head sits atop the brew. Aromas smack of deep citric and grapefruit hops along with pine and herbal weedy notes as well. Crisp pilsner malt backbone with a touch of caramel and a spicy tone as well.

First sip brings a pilsner malt upfront with a touch of caramel sweetness that quickly flows into big, banging hop flavors of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Lots of resin in here with a bold bitterness. As it flows down I get a nice earthy spiciness from the Belgian yeast. This one begins sweet and then the bitterness comes in and batters everything down. Damn tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a steady carbonation. A good drinking Imperial IPA. I like the twist on this with the Belgian yeast used as well. I can't believe this was brewed back in October last year and the hops are still kicking so much ass. Good stuff and lucky to have sampled it.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 20:39:58 | More by orbitalr0x
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warmstorage

California

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, $6.99 at Gold Rush Liquor, Anchorage, AK. Bottle states 8.2% ABV, 100 IBU. No dating noticed.

Appearance: slight hazy, bright but deep orange. limited white head, leaves significant lacing. A solid appearance for a DIPA.

Aroma: sweet fruity piney resin hoppy. Belgian yeast characteristics not really noticeable, even when I'm looking for them. Well, perhaps they are there, hiding as more standard fruity esters.

Taste: distinct hops, with a deep earthy sweetness. Hints of sweet citrus, maybe like good ripe (and sweet, rather than tart) ruby grapefruit, and a little the white pith in the peel of citrus. Taste lingers for a good long time. The hop bite is noticeable, and I might guess Columbus, or Warrior, or Galena.

Mouth: medium bodied to a little crisp, distinct alcohol warmth, slightly slick feeling in the mouth after swallowing.

Overall: A very tasty beer. Belgian notes are limited; I'll let it warm to fully room temp and see if more come out (poured and sampled at cellar temp, ~53-54*F.) A nice beer. I'm not always overwhelmed with MSBC's one-offs, but I'd buy this one again. I'd particularly like to try it on tap: I'll have to hope and keep an eye out at Cafe Amsterdam and Humpy's, since I know we're well past the SubZero October debut.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 03:41:57 | More by warmstorage
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a finger of ecru head with decent retention from my pour. The nose had a musty, citrus scent. The color was a cloudy lemon-yellow. Mouthfeel was full with an interesting citrus bite accompanied by a yeasty mustiness. The finish was more dry than bitter with a definite desiccating quality. Extreme finish had a definite Brett. component. I was SO fortunate to score this on WHF3 during Summer 2008 and to be able to a) share it with friends, b) review it was a double-plus bonus. A huge shout-out to my CouchSurfing host, Jessie, who put me onto Midnight Sun.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 01:58:24 | More by woodychandler
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, pale gold, with a massive three-inch mattress of white froth.
The lively brew settled reluctantly only after a few sips to a solid surface coat of foam. Lacework aplenty.
Aromatics are grassy, peachy, and earthy.
Quite peppery and zesty. A blend of noble hop pizzaz and northwest goodness. A hint of cloves and bubblegum wink at the yeast pedigree.
The mouthfeel is light, crisp and plenty effervescent. Refreshing and zippy.
The pallet is very dry and crisp, with a unabashed, firm bitterness.
Somewhat tropically hoppy and quite spicy.
Tangerines lead off, then grapefruit zest, fresh-cut hay, and pepper studded peaches follow through.
Alcohol follows through and as the fruit fades, some light malt comes out of the shadows.
Extremely dry, crisp, and firmly bitter, with plenty of warming kick.
The phenols typically found in Belgians is nill here, as other components have taken center.
A nice balance of an American IIPA, and what we've come to expect from a Belgian IIPA.
Big props to Tim for another great brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 22:58:32 | More by brewandbbq
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joe1510

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

My neighbor Dave brought me this bottle from the brewery on a recent trip of his throughout Alaska, thanks again Dave! Wrath Belgian-Style Double IPA fills my glass a tangerine orange with good clarity. When backlit, the body glows pale orange with streams of carbonation, from points all over the glass, rush to the surface. The silky white head grew to three fingers without a problem and quickly became craggy and rocky. The head ended up settling to one finger and left incredibly dense Belgian-esque mountainous sheets down the glass. This beer really has a great look to it and I can't wait to dive in.

With the bottle mentioning this beers sport 100 IBUs I wasn't sure if I would be able to pull any of the Belgian qualities out. To my surprise the nose is loaded with Belgian yeastiness and more then enough spicy Noble hops. Bubblegum, white pepper, and a mild touch of clove are thrown off thanks to the yeast used and pale cake like malts lay down the spicy Belgian base but there's no doubt that hops steal the show. Tangerine and lightly sugared grapefruit bring along some citric qualities that fade rather quickly and let the spicy, grassy and very herbal noble hoppiness play the major role. Mild alcohol wafts through the air. The smell on this beer makes my mouth water.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma. Bubblegum, clove, and mild banana sweetness are the first things that jump out. The American hops show up first with the tangerine and grapefruit, both of which are mild but the main hop component is spicy and herbal. The cake like malt qualities come across mid palate and fade until the finish. Grassy, peppery, and highly herbal hops combine with the yeast spiciness on the finish and linger afterwards. This is a delicious beer.

For a beer with such a high abv the body is nicely light and airy like you find in a lot of Belgian beers. Wrath is light on the tongue with a lightly prickly carbonation that keeps things moving. The spiciness combined with the heavy handed use of hops leaves behind a lingering bitterness that grows as the bottle empties. The spiciness really sticks around on the cheeks while the bitterness punishes the tongue.

This bottle disappeared pretty quickly but the hop profile and spiciness will put a hurting on your taste buds over time. I could easily drink more then a bomber in a sitting but I'd be afraid of losing too much of the Belgian character after all the abuse from the hops.

I pick up all the Belgian IPAs I can find, which isn't too many, and didn't really expect to see a lot of Belgian character in this beer with 100 IBUs but it delivered. Midnight Sun makes some great beer and this is another one to add to that list. Somehow the huge hop presence doesn't overtake all the Belgian yeast characters. Thanks again for the bomber Dave!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 01:44:03 | More by joe1510
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TheBlackMallard

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first of the 7 Deakly Sins that I was lucky enough to get. Thanks AKBelgianBeast!

Pours golden yellow with a giant rocky head which leaves lacing all over the place.

Smell: Grass, lemons, herbal and floral hops. Smells similar to Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel.

Taste: Herbal, Spicy, Pine, with a slight sweetness that gives way to a kick in the pants bitterness. Crisp, dry, and refreshing.

Very well done. I'd trade in quite a few Michigan Breweries for Midnight Sun. I hope I can get my hands on the Planet Series.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 05:38:23 | More by TheBlackMallard
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Murchmac

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Beast for being able to try the wrath of khan.

Lots of carbonation to this caramel highlighted with golden honey outsides. If this beer were a rock stars hair, it would be Peter Cetera, circa 1988.

Fresh smell of hops hits you when the cap pops off. The subdued sweet malts take over with the lingering crisp piney hops.

This beer has a fricking kick to it. Is this a belgian influenced style? My lord it tastes like a straight up DIPA. Oh yeah, the light body gives it away. This is very similar to a lot of Socal DIPA's like Hop juice and Hop 15.

Lingering sweet resiny aftertaste. Love this beer.

This beer is much better than any Star Trek movie.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 22:31:15 | More by Murchmac
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younger35

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew not so long ago from Mikesgroove. This is the last of the big IPA's in the Sins series. Look forward to this one and hope the hops haven't faded too much. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Deadly Sin 3 of 7.

Appearance- Pours a fairly bright yellow with a beautiful one finger bright white head. A perfect cap and collar remain along with a ton of thick ring like lacing. The 3 Sins I've had so far have all been amazing looking brews.
Smell- After my first whiff this thing immediately reminded me of New Glarus's Imperial Hefweizen. A nice fruity start that leans more towards citric with a soft pineapple and peach profile. A bit of banana and pear creep in as well. I'm surprised that the hops have held up this well. A touch of yeast sneaks in as does of touch of earthy grain. Light spices (cardamom and coriander maybe?) also show up as does a kiss of alcohol.
Taste- Starts with a lightly fruity kick of citric goodness. Maybe a bit of plantain, peach and pear before a lightly fruity bubblegum flavor kicks in. Slightly spicy with some coriander and sweet orange peel dabbling with the bite of yeast. The flavors all seem a bit light for the 8+% alcohol as it does cut in a bit more than I would want.
Mouthfeel- A medium to heavy feel with a nice crisp bite of carbonation and a slightly warming feel from the alcohol.
Drinkability- I will admit that my experience with Belgium IPA's is fairly limited but regardless, this beer is really freaking good. It's nicely fruity and I'm surprised to how well the hops have held up. My only small complaint is that the alcohol is a bit much for the sort of delicate nature of the beer. Thanks much for the opportunity Mike!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 15:04:43 | More by younger35
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I brought this deuce deuce home in the trunk of my car.

Pours a transparent orange yellow. Good head with great lace. The fluffy head gave me some high hopes for this brew. However the color is a little off. Belgian IPAs are usually more yellow and hazy. The nose is of northwest hops. they take a front seat here and the belgian yeasts ride bitch, but are still quite noticeable if you are pay attention to the strong subtleties. I would like to see it the other way around, but hey, were a long way from belgium. I am impressed at the hint of belgian flavor in the taste though. the 100 IBUs are a little intense for a belgian style, and the american hop flavors still dominate here, with very grapefruity notes. The mouthfeel is about right, the tiniest bit thin, but goes down like a belgian IPA would. Drinkability is high for a beer with 100 IBUs. A good stab at a belgian IPA, which is hard to recreate (especially a double) as any belgian is. Great offering, dont let my rating of the style trick you, this is a great IPA. Another classic in the seven deadlies.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 08:23:05 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

07-19-2014 08:30:41 | More by zestar
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womencantsail

California

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Saturday's MS Sins tasting.

A: The pour is a hazy golden orange color with a nice white head and nice lacing.

S: The hops are quite grapefruity with only a mild pine. The Belgian yeast does contribute some of the usual fruity esters and aromas that you would expect.

T: The hops are up-front and fruity with just a bit of citrus. The pine comes through a fair amount, which might be a bit surprising. There is also a faint alcohol flavor at times.

M: Medium in body with a low to moderate carbonation. And some alcohol warmth at times.

D: A pretty nice beer, especially for a Belgian IPA which isn't really my favorite style. I wish the booze was not quite as noticeable, but such is life.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 19:02:03 | More by womencantsail
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