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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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illidurit

California

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy bret27. Pours a cloudy orange color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is very bretty, manifesting as cheese and barnyard. Other notes of oak, wine, phenols. Flavor is tart with caramel and lemon, white wine, dough, pepper. Very nice beer in the vein of Orval.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 23:00:22 | More by illidurit
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randawakes

Alaska

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle on MSB's re-release in Oct. 2009. The deadly sins were only supposed to be release once as LE, but this was one of the best they said, so they brought it back for a short time!

Pours no head (or at least not very much at all, maybe I'm just a great keg pourer?)

Color is light golden amber, opaque.

Smells like tangy fruit, spicy.

Wow, pow taste is yeasty with those brettanomyces, they dominate this beer. Sour grape tastes, reminds me of the Midnight Sun 3767, although not as hoppy. Good carbonation bite. The crabapple denoted by the the user 2 below, yes, I taste it too. The spice is thick, this beer goes down easy as soon as you become accustom to Brett.

Suggestion: If you liked this beer try 3767 next if you haven't yet.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 05:15:54 | More by randawakes
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younger35

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this brew from Mikesgroove not so long ago. I've enjoyed all of these brews so far and this is the first out of the ordinary one. Drank from my The Lost Abbey goblet.

Deadly Sin 5 of 7.

Appearance- Pours a light orange yellowish with a huge three plus finger bright white head that doesn't want to fall below one or two fingers. Obviously a great cap and collar is maintained along with loads and loads of thick sticky lacing. Honestly wish I could give this more than a 5. I even took a picture. Dork.
Smell- Nice and tart as the Brett has had ample to time to do its thing in here. Tart green apples and ripe pears definitely permeate my glass. Plenty of lightly floral grass and subtly dank hay. I'd say somewhat earthy but it's a fruity sort of earthiness.
Taste- Starts with significant Brett character as it's ever so lightly fruity yet fairly musty and earthy. Mushroom and grass as well but the more I drink, the more the floral nature of the brew comes out. The French oak adds a nice bit of smooth vanilla and a slightly tannic caramel bite. It's not that strong, but it's nice and adds another great aspect to the brew.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light body with a fairly sharp bite of carbonation. Spot on.
Drinkability- Off the charts! This reminds me A LOT of New Glarus's R&D. The Brett is a bit more advanced in this brew and I can't decide if I like more or less. I will say though that usually when I try these sorts of brews the Brett is young and hasn't fully worked its magic. It was nice to see some progression in this brew. Either way, it's really tasty and super duper drinkable. Thanks Mike!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 15:09:12 | More by younger35
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 00:34:17 | More by Mebuzzard
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BitterPachyderm

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 22:07:07 | More by BitterPachyderm
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.45/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 06:08:06 | More by JohnGalt1
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The excessive belief in my own ability and achievement. A rocky ice cream cone sits high atop my glass, sheltering a dense, constantly bubbling, cloudy miasma of orange liquid.
"too much lemon, there's something in the aftertaste..." i don't know. give me a minute for this monster to drop to a manageable level over this immense kitchen sink of bubbles. Give me a minute to wipe my nose and upper lip.
A cornucopia of soured oak and lemon greets the nose. "indulge your demons." There's a background of light malt syrup, destroyed by the goodness of sour. A very little cheese, negligible vinegar, a taste of hops, and brett. Brett, oh, sweet brett. (said while watching a samwell video)...
There's sweat, though maybe not blood and tears...
I doubt I'll ever have this again. Medium light mouthfeel with high carbonation, dry finish... I can't describe it well enough. It's not crazy complex, but it's certainly not simple. It's not the most sour beer I've had... not the funkiest... but it's amazing. Amazing. Incredible.

This beer has humbled me.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 04:14:34 | More by khiasmus
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Floydster

California

3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with AKBelgianBeast, thanks to Frank for the opportunity, poured into my St. Feuillien snifter tonight, color is hazy orange with some golden tint, huge two inch frothy white head that stayed for over ten minutes, nice lacing at the top, aroma has a fair amount of brettanomyces, lots of tropical and citrus fruits including pineapple, lemons, lime, and papayas, also grassy accents, oak, and pale malt, flavor does not have as much tart or fruitiness that the smell might make you think, starts off with some sweet malt, citrus in the middle, finish is dry and has a sticky brett feel, wish this was more acidic and not so dominant with malt, still enjoyable nevertheless, mouthfeel is dry, slightly sweet, and mildly tart, medium bodied, high level of carbonation, aftertaste lingers, could drink most of the bottle but it can be a bit heavy, alcohol is not hidden too well for a beer under seven percent, can be refreshing at times though when it is colder, glad I got to try another one of these Deadly Sins beers, recommended

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 05:27:49 | More by Floydster
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HopHead84

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 11:35:58 | More by HopHead84
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 02:37:35 | More by hopdog
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gford217

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pride is #6 on my list of the 7 Deadly Sins brews, courtesy of NoonanDBarbarian. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a massive bubbly white head that shows great retention and sheets of lacing. Streams of carbonation come up from the bottom to feed the head throughout. It certainly looks tasty.

The aroma has lots of fruity sweetness with apricots and apples on top of a hint of Belgian yeast and some spicy notes. There is a noticeable funk in the nose as well, but certainly nothing overpowering.

The taste starts with just a touch of hop kick before giving way to the Belgian yeast and light fruits. The funk is much more subtle in the taste and is only slightly detectable in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium and very, very smooth for a Belgian pale. Probably a little thin for the style but makes it very easy to drink.

Due to the fairly low ABV, the drinkability is high on this one. It's a good brew, but one that is probably on the lighter side of things as Belgian style ales go.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 01:50:52 | More by gford217
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boralyl

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to AKBelgianBeast for this bottle.

A - Pours 2 inches or so of fluffy white head that has great retention and leaves some very good lacing as it settles. The beer is hazy golden orange color. A few carbonation bubbles can be seen racing towards the top.

S - Lemongrass and a sour-like smell are most notable in the aroma.

M - A lot of carbonation, light-medium bodied. Very crisp and dry.

T - Begins with an acidic citrus flavor followed by tart lemon. Belgian spices round up the end leaving a slightly sour taste in the mouth.

As far as I am aware this is the first beer I've tried with the "Brett" yeast. It actually has a nice flavor and is very drinkable. Definetly a different taste, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 01:42:59 | More by boralyl
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MattCox

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The flavor derived from the French oak barrels gives Pride a very surprising flavor and makes it one of the more unique pale ales out there. It's like a hint of chardonnay or something along those lines. Overall a very nice brew and probably my favorite of the Deadly Sins that I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 21:16:29 | More by MattCox
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 04:53:30 | More by mikesgroove
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 16:34:39 | More by Kegatron
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey, effervescent body with a pillowy, white head.

Smell: Vaguely malty aroma with notes of oak, flowers, lemon, and that unmistakable Brett character.

Taste: Delicate, light maltiness for the oak and chardonnay to ride out on. Fairly floral and with a spritz of tropical fruit juices. Never much sweetness present. One lemon seed. Light spice. Incredibly light, earthy funk. Finishes rather dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Full, lively carbonation, baby!

Drinkability: A tasty beer and that even a sourpuss like me could freely enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 22:15:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 06:19:55 | More by Deuane
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urwatuh8

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to timmcd64 for hooking me up with one of these.

Big white head, probably an inch. Absolutely delicious. Somewhat sour, fruity, slightly yeast-spicy (not spice spicy). Crisp. Dry. The oak isn't that strong in the flavor, but that's probably a good thing, there's enough else going on.

It's got big time flavor, but I could have drank another bomber if I had one to spare.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 06:13:42 | More by urwatuh8
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold, with an inch-plus head of white fluff.
Lacework aplenty as the brew sips down.
Aromatics are all about the brett.
Cloves, dusty boards, dried pineapple, lemon oil, juniper berries, wet hay, and bitter greens.
The mouthfeel is light, super-dry and crisp. Very refreshing.
The pallet has a light malt base, with tropical citrus notes, bitter fruit pith, and a mild funkiness.
Hopping is heavy handed in the bitterness, moderate in the middle, and the grassy overtones hint at some dry-hopping as well.
Finishes bone-dry and firmly bitter, with lingering phenolics.

The French oak aging really doesn't add any oaky tones, but I'm sure it helped dry out the beer along with the Brett.

A terrific ode to Orval, and markedly better than the Matildas I've had in the past.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 00:15:11 | More by brewandbbq
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SargeC

Japan

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Semi-hazy golden-orange brew with a foamy, off white head. Good carbonation presence.

Smell: Yeast, banana and citrus with minor buttery notes.

Taste: Interesting flavor. Light and tangy with a lively flavor that highlights yeast. Subdued malt rides shotgun. The flavor of the oak is very subtle.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very dense and tight mouthfeel with a waxy finish.

Drinkablity: Very consumable, satisfying and challenging flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 07:47:53 | More by SargeC
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warmstorage

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 05:20:30 | More by warmstorage
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 02:47:07 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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beersabound

Alaska

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Advertised as a Belgian Style Strong Pale Ale aged in French oak with bettanomyces. 40 IBUs.

Pours a beautiful deep golden hue with a tight slightly fizzy head. Like a Phoenix the head stands tall whenever I swirl the glass. The marked aroma is some barnyard funk with pear and apples and a slight bready sweetness. Flavors are sour at first with mild fruit notes. Pale malt sweetness gives it balance and adds to the complexity. It finishes smooth with a lingering sour note that connects each sip and makes me want more. The body is light and so is the mouthfeel. It fills the mouth with tiny smooth bubbles making foamy clouds. The sourness pleasantly tingles the sides of my mouth and tongue. Way to go again and again to MSBC. While this is not a beer for everyday, it is very well put together.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 08:17:43 | More by beersabound
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Pride from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.