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Pride - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 36
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
PRIDE Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale boasts a glorious deep gold color and an amazing yet arrogant head. Plentiful pale malt creates beautiful, agile body. Assertive hops and Belgian yeast achieve charismatic floral and spice notes in aroma and flavor. But Pride’s predominant and unique character comes from its exposure to Brettanomyces in French oak Chardonnay barrels. At once tart and refreshing yet earthy and musty, Pride is unlike most beers on earth. And it’s bitter, lingering finish demands another sip.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: beersabound on 12-08-2007)
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Reviews by GeezLynn:
Photo of GeezLynn
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: apricot orange shade with a mountainous white head.
S: green apples, lemons, and a musty basement funk.
T: flavor is a soft pale malt with Belgian yeast spice to it, some citrus and a Brettanomyces addition that is very distinctive, yet light enough to compliment the other components. Bitterness is mild and accompanied by a touch of oak. Finish is short and dry.
M: body is light and despite all that foam, the carbonation is moderate and fine.

Surprised at how well this has held up to this point, though it was better on tap. A delicate and easy drinking beer with enough character to keep you interested. Changes withstanding, hopefully they continue making these types of beers well.

GeezLynn, Jan 18, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Corey – much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of ripe pears. Also present are floral and slightly leafy hops and a soft spiciness from the oak.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly dry pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of light and syrupy pears. The flavor profile dries out further midway through the sip with the addition of leafy hops. Near the end of the sip a slight spiciness come into play, fading out into a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is another very good Belgian from Midnight Sun. The mouthfeel was the best part about this beer but the crispness wasn’t far behind. Unfortunately I didn’t get a lot of brett but I’m unsure how well it would have worked with everything else. Worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pride pours a yellow/gold transparent brew with decent head that quickly dissipates to a thin head, but decent lace. The nose is of a bit of saison funk and some sligt tart tones and a hint of spice. At first taste you get some weak sour flavors that are nice and subtle with a good balance of malt and spice. This is lacking a bit in hop flavor but it makes up for in smoothness. The oak this beer is aged in makes its presence known but it is very subtle and takes a few sips to come forward. As it warms the oak gains presence. The mouthfeel is thin for a belgian style, but the carbonation is about right. Drinkability is very high, but abv is weak for a "belgian strong pale". This could get better with some age, due to the brett in it. I put one away but wont get my hopes up to high for it yet. It tastes like an american wild ale on training wheels.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of BeardedRiker
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like mixed-style beers and I really like Midnight Sun, so I chose to pick this up at La Bodega up in Anchorage (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/labodega.store?ref=ts). I thought, "Hoppy and a strong ale? I'm down for that."

Pride poured into my beer glass like a strong ale and had a cloudy amber-orange color. The head was creamy-frothy and left a little bit of lacing when I drank the beer. There was a TON of sediment at the bottom of the glass so I made sure to swirl it around a lot before pouring it all out.

Pride is a complex beer. The flavor is multi-layered, hitting you with different flavors from start to finish, and has a decent body to it; Not too heavy but not too light. Basically, Pride tastes like a bitter-sour hefeweizen. It has a peppery-hoppy bitterness to it like a pale ale, a slight sourness from the French oak aging, and has overall a sediment-filled, yeasty, hefeweizen main body. I don't quite find it to be a Belgian. If it is a Belgian-style then it's a light Belgian and not too malty or fruity. It tastes much more like a hefe to me. In all Pride is a very complex beer. It certainly entices the taste buds and is interesting, however, I don't necessarily like it too much. It didn't really do it for me.

BeardedRiker, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by bret27 at a tasting. Thanks a lot, Bret. I never thought I'd get a chance to try anything from this Deadly Sins series. Damn it, Midnight Sun, start sending your beer to the Bay Area! Or else! Or else...I'll have to keep trying (and usually failing) to trade for them.

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a one-finger white head and great lacing, as Midnight Sun beers tend to have.

Aroma is bretty funk, oak, and sour grapes (like I have for people that have easy access to Midnight Sun beers).

Flavor is bretty and mildly tart with pale malt, oak, sour apple, and dry white wine. I'm told this was aged in chardonnay barrels, but hey, I'm a beer guy and I can't tell chardonnay from the next white wine.

Great medium-light palate with mild tartness that's not too mouth-puckering. Fairly crisp.

Drinkability is very high. Overall a really nice beer, as this brewery tends to put out.

nickd717, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 hazy (but almost clear) gold with a finger of creamy brite-white head. Great retention and just MASSIVE lacing left behind. The aroma is lemongrass, spice, fruit sourness, and a buttload of BIG BRETT FUNKINESS!

The taste is pale malts, tart citrus tones, earthy hop bitterness, and a more subdued funky sourness from the Brett. More of an oak presence comes out in the finish as it warms. The mouthfeel is light medium with more of an effervescent, easy feel.

Not bad. I liked how the pale malts balanced out some of the funk and sour notes to make this a pretty crisp and drinkable beer. I think that this may have actually benefitted from a little more beef in the ABV department but for the most part, this was very well done.

Kegatron, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

GRG1313, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Diomede, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 received from AKBelgianBeast a long long time ago... I was gonna save this one to share with the bro, but decided WTF. Poured into my New Belgium snifter....

Fizzed over almost immediately upon opening.. not too badly .. not a gusher, but certainly a fizzer... Huge 4 finger head took probaby 5-6 minutes to die back.. leaving tons of crusty lace... the brew is an only slightly hazed orange..

Out of the gate reminds me alot of the Port/DeProef Signature ale batch 1 that I had the other night... tons of tropical fruits.. mango and melon.. spiked with a nice touch of lemon.. sorta grassy and earthy... honey essence..

Flavor is really interesting mix of fruity esters sprinkled with white pepper... just enough funk to really make it interesting without going overboard... dry from front to back.. the wood adds a tannic quality to the finish.. lite/medium body with an obvious and abundant carbonation.. really a surprising amount of brett characteristic as it warms to room temperature.. and more lemon shows up too... The drinkability is great.. I could sit with a never ending bottle and constantly find new flavors and aromas.

Pretty damn good ... I wish I would have gotten 2... one to try fresh and another to cellar... with quite a bit of time in the cellar, the Pride is a stellar brew.

Thanks a ton Frank... One of the most unique beers I've had in a long time.

JohnGalt1, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks goes out to Frank for this one again. The fourth night in a row for me of the seven deadly sins. This twenty two ounce bottle was cellared for almost a year and served in an over sized wine glass. Consumed on 07/18/2008.

So here we are at the fourth installment in the series. I had been looking forward to this one to be honest, as I am a big fan of the sour ales in genereal. Very nice pour with a light amber, hazy color coming through immediatly. Lots of foam on this one with a four inch high head of white coming up immediatly and hanging on for what seemed liked forever. Very good retention and a nice amount of carbonation coming through now as well. Loads of side glass lace left me really liking where this one was going.

The aroma was huge notes of sour right off the bat. This one was defintly loaded down with brett. Super sour straight away as I was greeted with the funky yeast aroma. As it warmed some light grain notes, maybe some other light fruit, but this was pretty down sour. The flavor was more of the same. Started out with a light citric like flavor which morphed seemlessly into the funky sour flavor we all love. Rich and long lasting nish just served to pucker the lips even more and bring out the lovely notes for one last encore. Absolutly perfect feel, as swishing this one around just caused it to foam up and the light bodied ale just showed itself off from this point on. A nice one you could ether sip or well you had to sip as it would be a waste to do otherwise, but stll I could not have asked for this one to be any more drinkable.

Overall this was fantastic. Easily my favorite of the series so far, this was truly a tremdously good beer that really showed off wat Misnight Sun can do. I would go for this again in a heartbeat. One of the best for sure!

mikesgroove, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small white head with tightly packed bubbles. Pure honey golden color. Brett comes through quick in the nose. Something like pretzels and musty basement. The oak is present too and blends in nicely. Majority of the taste is brett and musty toasted oak. Just think of a damp New England basement. Dry cobweb finish. Almost tastes like bubblegum too. Cannot not emphasize this beer's mustiness enough! This is a brett lover's dream.

BearsOnAcid, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning.

Poured into my tulip glass. Color is a bright golden with a nice white head and some good ringy lacing. The nose brings wood, grass, citrus, lemon, hay, funk, and some light grain. The taste is quite nice as well. I really enjoy this. A slight fruit presence comes along with citrus and the nice grassy character. A bit of barnyard funk. Really nicely done with a good feel. A bit much in the end and I've liked some of their other Belgians better, but this is quite good.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of hopdog
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Aromas of citrus, brett, leather, and wood (oaky). Tastes of brett, ligher citrus, wood, vanilla, and some spiciness. Lively body.

Notes from 2/29/08

hopdog, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev -5.2%

WynnO, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Saturday's MS Sins tasting.

A: A gush of beer and foam as the cap is popped, but a quick pour into the glass shows a cloudy golden orange/amber with a huge white head.

S: Tons of brett in the form of an earthy funkiness which is quite pleasing along with the bright, lemony acidity. A bit of oak and grass to keep things nice and "green".

T: The flavor is just as good as I had hoped: a really clean and bright acidity with some lemon and green apple. The funk provides a nice earthy and light bitter note, and some mild oak.

M: The body is toward the light side with a bounty of carbonation that pricks the tongue.

D: One of the best of the Sins beers and even of the Midnight Sun offerings I've had. Just delicious.

womencantsail, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was delighted to see this beer at the recent PDX tasting at Hannont's.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is just wild, but at the same time, so Midnight Sun. The beer shows plenty of honey, vanialla and cantaloupe, all wound around some interesting light sour funk. Flavors replicate the nose in this moderately sweet beer, though the funk and light hoppy finish balance it quite well. The mouthfeel is at most medium bodied in this beer, and drinkability is quite good. The beer tastes as if the alcohol could be anywhere from 5% to 9%, and is barely noticeable.

Another very nice beer from the folks at MS.

John_M, May 12, 2010
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first beer at the Midnight Sun Brewhouse.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small off white head. The head fades to the edges with lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Slight funkiness, wheat, malts.

T - Not as sour as expected. More like a lightly hopped pale with a touch of funk.

D - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Glad to be able to try this.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Smileitsfreetobehappy, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of warmstorage
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle states 40 IBU, 6.5%. $9.99 from Brown Jug Warehouse, Anchorage, AK.

Appearance: medium orange/gold, slightly hazy, with huge rocky/creamy off-white head, and huge lacing. Beautiful.

Aroma: Spicy lactic sour. A mild and pleasant drinking beer.

Taste: sour lactic tart delicious, well done semi-strong Belgian pale.

Mouth: Tart and tingly from the Brett, finishes tart and slightly slick.

Overall: Tasty and fun, the Brett is well done. It'll probably be better in a couple of years, but it's very drinkable and very pleasant now. There is something really nice about a mild, and mildly assertive, Brett beer. If only it wasn't $10 a bomber, I'd go buy a case.

warmstorage, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of Deuane
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden yellow with a medium white head leaving heavy lacing.

S-That tell tale sour twang from Brett-a nice sour nose.

T-Initial tartness from the Brett followed by and ending with a nice sharp, peppery hop bite. A very nice transition of flavours.

M-Medium body with a sharp crispness. Good effervesance.

D-Very pleasant. Tart, crsip sharp and bitey. Totally drinkable...well done Belgian PA!

Deuane, May 07, 2008
Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, courtesy of the mystery box (Solomon420)...no freshness, poured into an oversized wine glass and served cellar temperature.

Wow, what a gusher...even without a cork! Massive five fingers of mountainous off white foam, sticky and rocky with incredible retention. Hazy burnt orange body with a bubbly snowcap of greatness sitting on top...

BRETT WARNING! Tart sour green apples and tart cherries overpower the senses...hints of leather and oak abound. So much funky goodness, which seems a bit abnormal for the style, but pretty damn good. I like what's going on in my glass...

Huge letdown...hay and grass with only a hint of brett. Very muted on all fronts...slight apple and cherry notes dominated by musty wood that leads into a deep bitter finish. I was definitely expecting something else entirely...

A good bit of carbonation, but also somewhat thin and watery, which hurts it's all around drinkability. No alcohol really noticed, and I think it could have used some to make it more interesting.

Overall, I don't think I have had a beer show that much promise and fall that flat on it's back with mediocrity. What we have here, is an amazing idea that wasn't finished...I'd like to say age it, but I don't even see that being able to help it.

BitterPachyderm, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A BSPA with a touch of sourness that sort of ruins the beer, imho. A light orange, hazey pour with a whalloping head. Foamed about 100 feet...well, maybe not that much. But big.
Good lacing on it. Sticky.
Sour crabapple, lemon, slight pepper and bready aroma. The sour throws me off.
And so does the taste. Highly unripe citrus, sour, some apple and coriander. Some good flavors are there. I like the bready-pear, but it's puckering. Over-ripe lemon aftertaste. A bit of a let down, but not a bad beer.

Mebuzzard, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden with a huge, 3 finger, frothy head. The head takes 5 minutes to dissipate. Lacing is insane. It is very thick and is all over the glass. Aroma is of ripe golden apple and pear with some earthy hops. Some brett is noticeable. Taste is of ripe apple and spices; Pride is low on bitterness up front, with just a faint sourness, almost undetectable. Carbonation is very good. Light - medium bodied.

HopHead84, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of bret27
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of timmcd64 up north!

S: mostly brett

A: yellow, white head w/good rentention

T: Brett, but much lighter and less dominant than smell. Slight oakiness and sweetness.

M: med/light and fairly dry

D: light brett+dry=could drink all day

Overall: Very refreshing and drinkable.

bret27, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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Pride from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.