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Pride - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 35
Gots: 4 | 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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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

07-19-2014 08:32:25 | More by zestar
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-12-2013 06:12:24 | More by spycow
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-29-2012 00:39:37 | More by t0rin0
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-13-2012 20:10:32 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Diomede

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

02-15-2012 02:26:11 | More by Diomede
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

01-18-2012 05:20:04 | More by GeezLynn
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Ryan1423

Alaska

5/5  rDev +17.9%

01-02-2012 22:22:20 | More by Ryan1423
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

12-23-2011 23:46:37 | More by jophish17
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buddyvelt

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-07-2011 03:19:10 | More by buddyvelt
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lakersfan16

Alaska

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-19-2011 02:05:03 | More by lakersfan16
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

07-22-2011 07:33:29 | More by HuskyinPDX
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glid02

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

04-15-2011 01:06:58 | More by glid02
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BeardedRiker

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

02-25-2011 18:46:02 | More by BeardedRiker
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Donnie2112

Alaska

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

poured into a wine glass, I don't think this has been "Retired" they have brewed it again.

looks like: Orangish brown, white fulffy head, sporadic lace, thin film of head retention

smells like: sour, lots of sour smells! Aromas of vinegar, soured fruits such as grapes, currants and pomegranates.

tastes like: Malt backbone like a smooth, simple IPA, then HOLY CRAP it's a sour, then some hoppiness as if it were an IPA again. Sweet, sour then bitter, lots of fun to drink.

feels like: got snappy carbonation that delivers the sour deliciousness quite well

drinks like: This beer is really easy to drink on, not a lot of alcohol has an over all profile of a pale ale with some seriously delicious sour yumminess.

01-16-2011 07:53:16 | More by Donnie2112
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

Early 2010 rate.

Pours a clear orange gold with a big fluffy wheat head. Nose is soft brett, light chardonay, oak, some light citrus fruits. A bit sharp on the nose. Soft pear, apricot like sweetness in the mouth balanced very deftly with a really mild sour lemon quality and mild rolling barnyard tones. Very soft and balanced, not much spiciness or heat from the oak, which I was worried about. Not really a huge flavor profile on this but very nicely done.

01-14-2011 03:50:44 | More by JAXSON
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

11-14-2010 05:20:43 | More by Thorpe429
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

10-06-2010 19:06:32 | More by BearsOnAcid
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Thanks to my FL homie, Jw347, for this surprise in the last box he sent me. You the f'n man! Poured into Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a dark yellow/orange, off-white creamy head, nice cap, lots of sticky lacing, and some chucks of goodness from the bottle of the bottle. Very nice looking beer.

S - Wonderful brett aroma, some oak, melon sweetness (honeydew, cantaloupe). Lots of stuff going on here to meld together and create an awesome-smelling brew.

T - Brett, slight funk/tart, melon sweetness, oak. Very saison-like, which is a good thing. Very solid.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, semi-dry finish.

D - A wonderful offering from MS. I would love to have this one again and I think there's room for more development in the bottle. Thanks again, JW, for this one. Highly recommend.

10-02-2010 21:47:56 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Big thanks to Sean for sharing this one on a random Thursday night. Served in a Portsmouth snifter.

A - Pours with a giant meringue foam that eventually settles to a chunky cap that leaves behind tons of lace. Hazy orange-brown body with plenty of chunks of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S - Funk! Oak! Some dill, vanilla, and sharp tangy wood. As it warms there's more traditional Saison flavors that come out - green apple, stone fruits, estery yeast, candi sugar.

T - Taste is less defined, but consists mainly of oaky vanila, stone fruits, and a earthy, musty, Saison backbone.

M - Soft, smooth, lower carbonation, with a dry tannic finish. Medium body that suits the 6.5% ABV.

D - This is quite drinkable. It's like an oak-aged Saison, and a good one at that. Had no problem putting down half a bomber, and I'd have been glad to have had more. Liked this better than Lust, but not as much as Sloth.

09-24-2010 21:35:06 | More by MasterSki
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womencantsail

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

06-15-2010 22:49:23 | More by womencantsail
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John_M

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

05-12-2010 15:34:59 | More by John_M
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tpd975

Florida

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to timcd for this one.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy color of gold. Nice tight white head with some spots of lace.

S: Aromas of light summer fruit, citrus, oak, and mild tartness.

T: Nice light Brett flavors. Fruity both sweet and citric. Light notes of grapes and mild oak as well.

M: Medium in body, nice level of tartness from beginning to end.

D: Good I like this one.

03-21-2010 19:31:07 | More by tpd975
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%

Offering from the 2007 Deadly Sins Series
"Pride is the excessive belief in one's own abilities and achievements."

Courtesy of the cousin of a very generous BA...
A: Bottle cracked and tossed into a snifter. Pours a gorgeous opaque dark orange, with head-a-plenty (a la lemon-meringue pie). Rocky, multi-sized bubbles of tan/cream coloured head with some monstrous stickage power. This beer looks fantastic.

S: Mmm. Funky brett and grapes are the first things to leap out. Nice farmhousy smell of hay and wet grass. Musty basement. A buffet of fresh fruit finds its way in as well. Sweet pineapple, apple, and white grapes. It says on the website it was aged in oak Chardonnay barrels, but the oak isn't evident in the smell. However, the grape character definitely is present.

T: Citrus, pineapple, orange, slightly sour funk. Funky brett (same as smell--hay, wet grass, earthy) hits you up front and morphs into great fruity flavours (similar to the smell as well--pineapple, orange, and white grapes). Finishes with a noticeable hop bitterness that (combined with all the other flavours) leaves the tongue semi-paralyzed. As it warms up and the tongue acclimates, fruity esters can be noticed as well. The earthy note from the brett becomes more intense as well, attempting to tame the yeasty/hoppy fruitiness. It only gets better once it warms up some.

M: High carbonation, with medium mouthfeel. Finishes dry, with a decent amount of hop bitterness. Works very well, and is able to put a leash on the brett (just a bit) and let the fruity flavours really pop out at you.

D: I definitely underestimated this brew when I pulled it out of the cellar. Browsing around, I saw this brew at 6% and figured that would be a good pick for a bit lighter belgian. Looking at the reviews for this now, younger35's comparison to NG's R&D Golden really strikes a cord--Pride seems a bit more intense though at this point (but who knows what the brett in the R&D will do a few years from now). Truly a great brew from Midnight Sun--glad to have indulged in this "sin."

01-24-2010 04:35:45 | More by darklordlager
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nickd717

California

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

01-11-2010 18:03:36 | More by nickd717
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bret27

California

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

01-11-2010 07:43:00 | More by bret27
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Pride from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.