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Meltdown Double IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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86
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 19
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SargeC on 04-12-2008

The days are long but the season is short. So what gives? Sleep! After doing more before midnight than most Outsiders do in a week, Alaskans deserve some down time. And these moments of relaxation demand more than that ordinary, non-distinct lawn mower beer. Celebrate a day well done with a beer done well—a seriously delicious IPA with some scorchin’ hops.

80 IBU
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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 69
Photo of Braz
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Very nice. Grapefruit or citrus rind on the back end. Subtle sweetness up front but bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice big fluffy white head. Heavy finish. Damn good IPA. Fresh and clean with a great balance.

Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber with an orange tint in the tall tumbler. Tangy and tart. Citrus aromas and even some orange blossom in the nose. Plenty of foam with a prickly mouthfeel.

This seems more dry than sweet, for all the malt. The alcohol is really hot and fumey. I'd guess it was higher than the 8% actual. The hops are bold and bitter. Flavors start with some mango and orange marmalade and move into the hot citrus peel and then grapefruit pith at the finish. Rather acidic after some sipping.

For my taste, I'd rather have more malty sweetness to go with the bitterness. However, I can see the attraction if you like an IPA that's more intense, rather than a hopped-up malt bomb like the majority of DIPAs. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at QFC in the University shopping center in Seattle.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at City Beer Store, San Francisco.
Tarnished bronze with clingy white film.
Stewy tropical fruit nose.
Peach cobbler with spiky orange rind, orchard fruit, and lemon rind hops.
Orange barley water dinish and oily rind linger.
Medium, chewy, round.

More compote-y than it needs to be. Nothing bright in the aroma. Bits of juice and powdery bitterness, but I’ve seen better.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: light amber colored body with heavy bubbles throughout the beer. Average white head riding close to a finger's length settling steady with even leaving after a few sips.

Smell: lighth floral scent, not much else going on.

Taste: Tastes more bitter than advertised, with a heavy piney feel. I would have best paired this with some ribs or maybe some steak to get the best flavors out. Grapefruit is evident with enough hops to reset your palates.

Mouth: almost chewy when you drink it with a slight dry feel. Smooth to the point that if you drink IPAs this should be breeze.

Overall: Good beer, wouldn't go to the end of the world looking for it. I bought this in lieu of something else Midnight Sun makes and am honestly craving some Arctic Devil right about now. Spend the money and split with a friend, can't hurt. Salud!

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at blind tiger- pours a clear golden orange color with very little head, a ring of retention and a few small spots of lacing.

Smell is somewhat faint for a hop heavy beer; nice though. Grass clippings, a little grapefruit, pretty mild.

Tastes great- surprisingly well balanced for an IPA of this magnitude. Some grassiness up front, followed by citrusy hops, then a little pale malt sweetness, them a resiny bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice- medium light body with moderate carbonation, and a little resin stickiness in the finish. While the smell and appearance are a little lackluster for the style, this is a very tasty beer and one I'd get again.

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Acquird for $12.00 at a nearby Vendome. I dig the colorful label art. 8.00% ABV confirmed. Brewed & Bottled in Anchorage, AK. Self-identifies as a Double IPA on the label; I'm reviewing as such. Not sure what "scorchi' hops" are, but okay. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pry-off branded pressure cap served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery's reputation, but I can't recall being blown away by them in the past.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger light light khaki colour head. I dig the somewhat creamy, slightly soft looking complexion. Good thickness and retention (~5-6+ minutes). Lacing is inconsistent, uneven, and light as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour is a clear pale copper. Not real vibrant, but I wouldn't call it dull. Translucent/transparent. No yeast particles are visible. Clearly filtered.

Overall, it looks like standard fare for the style. The head retention is notable, but otherwise it's run of the mill. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Floral hops, some grapefruit citrus esters, and other assorted juicy hop notes. Pale malts. Clean and intriguing, if clinical and suppressed. A mild strength aroma. Not getting any oily, nectary, or truly fruit hop character. Maybe a biteen of tropical fruit, but I can't place the distinct notes on account of me broken nose (all apologies, lads.) No yeast or alcohol comes through. Timid for the style, but pleasant and appealing. As it warms slightly, I pick up more and more caramalt.

Hops and malts seem balanced based on the aroma, but surprisingly restrained for the oft-flamboyant style. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Getting some light bubblegum and tropical fruit notes up front. Cotton candy. This is the type of hop profile I despise in an IPA, but luckily it mellows as it moves into the second act, whereupon pale and caramalts take over, yielding a worthwhile refreshing clean body. Floral hop character throughout. Uncommonly, the little hop bitterness that does come through is localized to the first act. Strange, but welcome.

No lingering bitterness on the finish - just a sweet soft hop and malt combination. Creamy within constraints on the style; I like that.

Fair complexity for the style. Not much subtlety; it's quite in-your-face. Flavour depth is on the lower end. Flavour intensity is above average overall, but quite timid for the style. Flavour duration is average.

No yeast character comes through. Maybe a bit of alcohol does come through, though.

I want far more balance, but it does hide its hop bitterness nicely - which is more than I can say about most beers in the style.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean. Slightly soft. Shy of refreshing, but enjoyable to consume. Suits the flavour profile pretty well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Decent execution. Pretty good - if high - carbonation. Not oily. Somewhat creamy. Decent presence on the palate.

Dr: A drinkable Imperial IPA for the ABV, but it leaves a bit to be desired. Balance isn't ideal, and complexity and subtlety are lacking. If not for the prohibitively high pricetag for the quality, I'd probably get it again - preferably on-draught. I'll enjoy finishing this bomber by meself. Above average overall but in need of work. I doubt I'd want a second one.

C+

Photo of facundoCNB
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a clean orange/copper with 2 fingers of foamy creme colored head. smells of pine, grapefruit, caramel, fresh cut grass. a very oxidized initial taste of metal. hoppy bitterness, and lots of it. grapefruit and alcohol flavors stand out. medium in body, medium amount of carbonation...nothing special, actually a bit watery in texture for a DIPA. nothing out of this world but a decent IPA nonetheless. tastes a bit tinny, but other than that it's a pretty decent one.

Photo of Kendo
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter type glass. Bodys is orangey-amber with a 1-finger ecru-colored head on top. Some splotchy lace.

S: Orange oils, toffee and caramel malt, with a hint of candied oranges. More sweet than hoppy/bitter.

T: Caramel malt sweetness up front, then citrusy bitterness at the back end. Oranges keep coming to mind, though there's also a sharp bite in there that makes me think pine or pine resin. Lingering pine needle bitterness does battle with the caramel malt sweetness for bragging rights over the aftertaste, with bitterness prevailing - for the most part, with it becoming minerally after awhile.

M: A tad bit harsh in feel; medium in heft, carbonation is modest, but there's a definite bite to it.

O: Pretty good.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears in the glass a cloudy rust orange color, white head. some lacing, and decent head retention. nice big hop aroma - citrus/grapefruit dominated - but some malt sweet smell underneath. hops dominate the taste as well, but enough malt backbone. bitter finish. medium body, a little slick on the tongue. medium carbonation.

overall - a nice DIPA, Midnight Sun doesn't disappoint.

Photo of Googs
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from bottle into a RR pint glass.

A: Hazy golden body with a frothy two inch head, which is slowly fading.

S: Very hop forward aroma, citrus fruits and pine dominate here.

T: Like the aroma on this, the hops really take over the taste on this one, especially on the finish. It's a very bitter brew. I'm picking up a bit of sweet, biscuit malt at the beginning but it's not coming through enough for me.

M: Medium body, good carbonation. Slight resinous quality to it. Flavors fill the mouth and bitterness from the "scorchin' hops" lingers.

O: Because of the price tag of the brew, I don't think I'll be getting another bottle. If it's on draught that's a different story. But there are much better DIPAs out there and I prefer a beer in this style that has a slightly stronger malt backbone to balance those walloping hops. I'm not unhappy drinking this though.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy amber yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head head that quickly died down and left delicate patterns of lacing on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of grapefruit hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but seems a little more balanced with flavors of caramel malts and citrusy and floral hops. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and the hops and also hides its alcohol well.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with some lemon yellow and orange highlights when held up to the light and a moderate amount of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a small patch of large bubbles, a mottled very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale and caramel malts with slightly stronger grassy, floral, and citrus hop notes.

T: Moderate flavors of caramel and pale malts upfront with moderate amounts of sweetness. There is a nice combination of grassy, floral/orange blossom, and citrus/orange rind citrus. Moderate to strong amounts of citrus rind bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is an enjoyable beer and not as big as some of the other DIPAs I have had (and even some of the IPAs from this brewery). There is a nice combination of hops which is probably even better when consumed really fresh - like at the brewery.

Photo of John_M
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Saraveza DIPA event.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The beer certainly looks nice enough, however.... as soon as I took one whiff of this beer, my immedate reaction was "this is a DIPA?" The beer smelled sweet and malty, with almost a buttery overtone. There was a hint of underlying citrus as well, but this really didn't smell anything like your typical DIPA. On the palate, the beer delivers considerable hoppy bitterness, but the beer was still over the top sweet and malty (IMHO). The finish was bitter and hot from alcohol, though neither flavor component was enough to counter the level of sweetness I picked up in this beer. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to full, with a long, hot, bitter, alcoholic finish.

Only got a 4 or 5 ounce pour, but even that was too much for me. After several sips I just gave up and dumped the remains down the drain. Probably the first beer I've ever had from MS that I flat out disliked. After reading over some of the other reviews, I'm wondering if freshness might have been an issue with this particular keg.

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

22oz bottle poured into a pint

Shared with Jebus3513

Pours a clear orange with a clingy bone white cap. Cap rises a solid two fingers and then falls to a thin layer with some serious chunks of lace inside the glass.

Loads of white grapefruit, tangerines/oranges, vanilla....Nugget and Amarillo to the gills. A very clean hop aroma. Not much malt to be found at all.

Bitter white grapefruit up front, clean through the middle before some mango and oranges come through in the finish. This is sweeter through the middle, and bitter in the finish.

Medium feel, clean and hoppy. Good, bitter white grapefruit bitterness with sweet vanilla and mango.

This is a pleasant surprise. Amazingly clean, surprisingly bitter. This beast is welcome in my glass any day.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new addition to the NY state line of Midnight sun brews...$10.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours near clear, lighter almond amber, the lite tan head is nice and frothy, lasting and then leaveing gauzy thicker filmage, stickage and sheetage, nice.

Dense grapefruit nose, gives way to a well hopped, fresh tasting and quite boldly flavored and citric DIPA, with some resiny pine hop flashes as well. I like, hoppy, fresh, citric, bitter, and smooth.

Another quality west coast IPA and more quality brew from welcome new comer (to my neck of the woods anyway) Midnight Sun

Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, with a small Frothy off white head. Spotty traces of lacing mark the glass. The aroma is ultra-hoppy, notes of bold orange and grapefruit rind bitterness dominating the underlying sweet toffee and bready, toasted malt. Flavors are similar, lightly toasted and bready in style when it warms, with an extra hoppy, citrusy bitterness that is heavy on lemon and orange. Medium/full bodied, with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, it’s a solid 2IPA, but it seems to be out of balance.

Photo of snaotheus
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz beer served in a large snifter

Pours cloudy golden yellow with a small pale head. Smell is surprisingly malty, sort of bready. Citrusy hops.

Taste is dominated with bitter grapefruit rind hops. Where were these in the smell? This is nice.

Mouthfeel is thick and pleasant. Overall, I'm happy with this beer tonight.

Photo of flannelman808
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pouring from a 2 and 3/4 month old bottle... maybe a fresher bottle would have lived up the hype.

A: This one pours a very bright yellow-golden color and is just about crystal clear. Topped with a bone white head which holds its self together rather well while never growing to more than a half inch or so. Lacing is good and clings all over the glass.

S: Smells rather dull, not booming with aromatics as I had hoped. Golden pine needles sneak out of the glass along with some husky malty notes.

T: Muted muddied flavors follow the aroma's disappointment. Husk and malt notes are definitely present. Brown/golden pine needle like bitterness suggests itself to the palate and perhaps some bitter orange pith along with brown sugar caramel notes. Finishing on the sweet side of the spectrum.

M: Prickly and very sticky.

O: This is a flawed beer as far as I'm concerned and way overpriced. All and all its not a horrible beer Its quite decent actually however I'm holding it up to other successful products by Midnight Sun as well as a general High brow approach to the style. Fail.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up a couple days ago at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- coppery color, barely any head

Smell- citrus hops

Taste- citrus hops, little bit of hop bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I think it was pretty good. I would buy it again and would recommend it. Pretty good

Photo of brotherloco
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber. Bottle is notched 3rd week of May 2011.

Pours a mostly clear dull gold with an initial inch of beige foam, settles to a small head. A nice bit of delicate lacing.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruits. Strong tangerine and mango notes. Slightly more earthy than typical DIPA's. Malt stays in the background.

Taste reflects the earth-tinged tropical fruits. Some background citrusy orange and grapefruit. Alcohol presence is a lot stronger than I usually get in an 8% beer. It comes on strong in the middle and sticks around for the duration. The finish is a mix of hoppy bitterness and alcohol, and gets a little metallic.

Both the body and carbonation are on the low side of medium. Gets a little cloying over time.

Not a bad tasting beer from Midnight Sun, but not my favorite I've had from them.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I give a big shout out to Millerbuffoon for bringin an extra bottle back from your Alaska trip, many, many thanks!

A - Pours a nice copper orange color that's very clear, soapy looking lacing ring around the edge, mild carbonation.

S - Vibrant and semi-pungent grapefruit with some pineapple and orange peel in the background. The citrus aroma has a little touch of spice acidity and some pine resin.

T - My first sip made me jump back a little with a big dose of alcohol duking it out with the other flavors in the beer. With each continuous sip, and as the beers warms up, the alcohol becomes less noticeable, though still present. This is a pretty fresh bottle and the hops strike the tongue up front with a healthy presence of grapefruit and pine first, followed by a spicy resin mixture of pineapple and pine intermingled with orange peel. Underneath the fruity bitterness is a foundation of caramel malt which is barely detectable, but nevertheless, present. This beer absolutely showcases the bitterness of the hops.

M - Medium heavy body that's borderline thick and rich in a resiny kind of way that's good. Leaves the mouth with a big coating of mostly grapefruit and pine, semi-dry. Prickly carbonation on the tongue that's mild enough to still classify this beer as "smooth".

O - The alcohol presence knocked this down just slightly, however, I really liked Melt Down. This is a hop forwared, big IPA, that ranks in my personal top 10-20% big IPA list. If I had access to this beer, it would definitely be one I'd be stocking in my fridge during the late Spring/Early Summer when it's available and fresh. Besides being available in Alaska, of course, it's the West Coast hop heads in OR, WA, and CA that get to enjoy this one...I live on the wrong coast!!! (*sigh*....@#$%!!!)

Photo of Bierlerner
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured an amberish straw color. Great fluffy white head. Sticky layers of lacing.

S- really light. resiny hops and citrus. Not much complexity in the nose.

T&M- Not all a hop bomb I was expecting. Nice toasted caramel notes. Nice fresh piney hops. Very balanced brew. Creamy mouth feel. Almost full bodied with great carbonation. Nice bittering dry finish.

O- A great DIPA. Great balance as welll. I just wish the hops were "scorchin"

Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet Another bottle picked up on my west coast swing to Portland/Seattle

This beer had some epic lacing. Slightly hazy amber/orange color with some brown tones. THick/Creamy head that showed excellent retention.

Light citrus aroma but heavy on sticky pine scents. Malt is clearly present as well.

Pretty well balanced DPA. Pine and caramel malt flavors dominate with some grassy notes and some resinous hops. More of a toasted caramel malt profile vs. fruity esters.

Mouth feel was really nice and velvety. Not quite creamy, but almost.

Decent little DPA. Showed some nice balance.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/17/2010. Bottle thanks to riversideAK. Bottled April 2009. Pours a hazy orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of caramel malt and oatmeal malt. Flavor still dominated by the malt with some grassy, sweaty hops in the finish. Some light fruitiness too. Decent IIPA even though it is a touch aged.

Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes. I got this bottle as a gift from some pipeline workers while I was in ANCAK during the summer of '08.

My pour netted a finger of bone-white head that quickly dissipated into wisps. Color was a slightly cloudy orangish-amber. Nose was extremely pine-y, very reminiscent of being in a forest. Mouthfeel was medium with a hops twang on the tongue that awoke my taste buds from the torpor into which they had fallen. The label mentioned "Scorchin' Hops" at 80 IBUs and it tasted it! Whew! The finish was dry with a hoppy bite that left me breathless. Holy Hops, Batman! Boy, was this good!

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Meltdown Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.