Meltdown Double IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BlurryVisi0n:
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
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!
10-08-2013 06:44:40 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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4/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured a slight hazed peach color with a thinner soapy-like white head that held well.Aromas are great,leafy,and grassy, with big citrus fruit,there is a light semblence of sweet alcohol wich is more prevelent on the palate.Flavors are big and citric with some herbal notes,a big sweetish alcohol dipped fruit and caramel sweetness really hits hard in the finish.Another sweet DIPA but this is a little better than many,the sweetness becomes a bit much but its pretty good.
08-09-2010 23:07:07 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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
04-28-2012 18:48:13 | More by Billolick
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
Beautiful looking beer, one that announces itself in a grand way: sunny orange-rust color, big bountiful head of cream, and a lot of lace as it finally, slowly drops (but never totally disappears).
Nose is gigantic hops, as fragrant and potent as any of the more ultra-hyped double IPAs. Equal measure of citrus rind, orange slice, pine resin and dryer sheet. Not a ton of malt detected in the nose, but none desired--it's totally great as-is. The smell and appearance are so enticing that you just can't wait to dive in...
Melt Down is a fairly dry beer, that's my very first taste impression. The attack of hops comes on bold and strong, explosions of orange and grapefruit rind storm through in a blaze, but they also leave pretty quickly. Not common for the style, from my experience. The buoyant body is medium-heavy and creamy, but not particularly syrupy/sticky, another uncommon character considering the style. But style shmyle, is this good? Yeah, no doubt about it. Hops are fresh, fragrant, ultra-citrusy, prickly and potent. It's what you want in this style, although I prefer almost as much malt character in a double IPA as I do hops. It should be big on both ends, where it almost blurs the lines with a barleywine. But that's just me. Salt lingers in the aftertaste (something I've been getting with double IPAs lately), but the bright hops explode like a sun made of orange, which is interesting since the label shows the sun and what looks like a slice of orange. Poor snowman, though, he's toast.
Really, really good, but other DIPAs that I've tried this year--Southern Tier's Gemini, Avery's Ale To the Chief and the Sam Adams Longshot release--are bigger, better balanced and just overall more delicious. But that's splitting hairs, because this is killer.
06-04-2009 22:16:25 | More by Metalmonk
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
Meltdown. It's a Midnight sun IPA. I wonder if it's gonna be good. I wonder if bears shit in the woods.
Pours a nice clear orangey amber color with white, white, stark white head that is nice and fluffy. Nose is of typical San Diego Style IPAness with savage citrus/pine hops. taste follows with big citrus and pine flavor, and it does indeed have a bit of a lemon note through the middle. Savage hop bite on the finish. Pretty dry finish. Mighty bitter. In the best of ways. Mouthfeel is nice, good viscosity and carbonation is good. Drinkability is great. Overall another fantastic IPA from the masters of the style in AK. M sun makes an IPA for everyone's preference, and this one fits right in on the hoppier side of things. Very similar to many San Diego style DIPAs. The brewery has been shitting out DIPAs lately, and none of them has been less than wonderful. big props to Ben, Gabe, and the crew.
NOTE: 2009 batch of this beer is the same recipe but somehow just seems much better. It is fresh as hell and kicks righteous ass right now. Top notch.
04-19-2008 04:25:52 | More by AKBelgianBeast
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
A hopload, from City Beer Store. Dark body, with a lasting white head. Above average mouthfeel, there is caramel malts. You buy into bitterness, not very complex. A bomber is a lot. Still tasty and hop aromas. Appropriate carbonation, but still a little acidicand drying finish.
05-30-2010 18:46:58 | More by Sammy
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
Pours a fire-ish amber color with a inch of soapy white head that webs on the side of the glass. Head retention is pretty good and lots of carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.
S: Very floral and piney. The hops have faded some as the smell of caramel and alcohol are not very well hidden by the hops.
T: Pine notes and caramel dominate. The hops taste like a pine tree smells and the malt is powerfully butterscotchy and caramely. More of a barleywine now than a DIPA
M: The booze overpowers slightly and it is a bit grainy tasting. Creaminess is decent but hard to detect with the alcohol.
D: I had a little bit of trouble with the pint I poured and passed off the rest for someone else to try. A whole bottle would have been way too much
11-03-2009 23:16:10 | More by mikey711
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Bottle shared by Arbitrator.
Pours clear copperish-amber with a nicely formed white head and good lacing.
Aroma is fairly sweet caramel malt as well as citrusy hops. A little faded from age (>6 months I believe), but I won't fault it for that.
Flavor also exhibits some fading on the hop character but is still very good. Caramel and pale malt, with hops mainly of the citrusy variety. Grapefruit in particular.
Medium-bodied and fairly palate wrecking. Nice mouthfeel.
Pretty good beer overall, especially considering the age.
03-27-2010 21:05:33 | More by nickd717
4.09/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
07-06-2013 21:40:33 | More by Hopdaemon39
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
Beer poured average orange'ish, yellow, filtered goodness. Nice frothy head.
Smell was hoppy with pine and fruit coming through at the end. The way I like it.
Taste was above average for the style, not overwhelmingly hoppy, but pretty balanced with a sharp hot bit. Not much fruit in the taste as there was in the nose.Very balanced. Scorchin' hops? No.
Mouthfell was abrasive yet thin
Drinkability was pretty high, reminds me of 2009 hop hendge batch 2 or 3. I would purchase this regularly if it wasn't so expensive($9) good effort and glad we get midnight sun beers here in seattle.
05-09-2009 19:45:01 | More by cannabanaceae
3.88/5 rDev +1%
Thanks to Liquid Solutions for this bottle. There was some residual liquid in the box, so I decided to jump right into Melt Down.
A: The ale is a clear golden copper color, very bright, almost shimmering. The clearness magnifies the strand of bubbles in the center of the glass. A finger of head on both pours left a wide patch of lace behind.
S: The nose is hoppy with a hot booziness behind the scenes. Pine and citrus, fresh cut needles in particular, are nice and sharp. A surprising amount of caramel malt lingers as well, balancing out the hops.
T: The DIPA is plenty peppery, zesty and hot. The hops leap off the ale immediately, orange and grapefruit provide a citrusy rind flavor with piney resins add oiliness. The ale has a very vegetal, leafy taste, amplifying the strength of the hops. Caramel malts aren't as strong as in the nose, but you can tell that they are here providing balance. For being a DIPA, the balance is key, preventing the ale from becoming a boozy mess.
M: The mouthfeel careens between hop profiles, with leafy hops, piney oils and citrus rinds all taking turns at the forefront. Caramel flavors aren't as strong but they come through nicely in the nose.
D: A very enjoyable bomber indeed. I'm happy to report that any residual leakage didn't impact the drinkability of this beer.
01-14-2010 15:22:47 | More by akorsak
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
Just heard of this brewery... and am now trying the one and only bottle I have found so far of theirs.
- Nice light caramel color, and ever so slightly cloudy... bottle bursted with creamy white head... constant layer in the glass.
- Great grainy bitter hop scent.... with a nice smooth malt scent as a backing. Smells like a good fresh brew.
- Somewhat of a sweet creamy and bready malt that isn't overpowering like a barley wine... that I like better. Great citrus and more pine-like hops with a fantastic bitter finish that is quite large, and nice.
- Littler stick and chewy... overall great.
- Certainly a competitor in the IIPA market... and certainly beats a few. Worth the purchase. May buy again.
10-23-2009 22:50:33 | More by Docer
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
A- Pours a clear golden orange, a fairly classic double IPA color. The head is a good 2 fingers and sticks around. Lacing promises to be good by the looks of it.
S- Smell is light fruits and malty. Mostly dominated by the strong malts and then the floral hops. Citrus finds its way in there somehow. There is an odd musk that is just bugging me. I can't pinpoint what it is, but it reminds me of a smell you would get from Belgians or even some lighter lagers. This so far is the only downside I am getting from this powerful brew.
T- They definitely don't try to hide the strong bitter hoppyness of this brew and I am very happy they did not. The bitter taste lasts forever and as it starts to fade, the beer calls you to drink more of it. There is also a lot of other hop flavors I am not familiar with but I am not complaining. This is definitely a hop bomb and it's beating me to the floor.
M- Even with all the bubbles sticking everywhere, this brew goes down fairly smooth but with an after bite. The alcohol burn is there, but nothing that I wouldn't expect from a beer of this caliber.
D- This is a pretty powerful brew that could floor you if you let it. It feels heavier then other DIPAs I have had but this doesn't take anything away from it, just means it would be hard to drink more then a bomber or two of it. Definitely in my top 5 DIPAs.
11-26-2009 03:20:45 | More by boogyman
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
22 picked up at Brewforia... Paid about $11... shared with Brenda.. mine poured into my Delirium goblet.
2 finger foamy white head.. nice lacing.. the brew is hazy glowing orange.
Tons of citrus... pithy grapefruit.. a fair amount of pale maltiness..
Flavor mirrors the nose with a really bracing bitterness out of the gate.. same citric hoppiness... nice maltiness but doesn't really balance too well with the bitterness and the grapefruit zest.. medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation...
Really pretty interesting... was probably teeth stripping when fresh.. but this is certainly huge in the SoCal style of things..
My first Midnight Sun beer where I didn't have to thank AkBelgianBeast... I should say it anyway... I love trading with Frank, but I am not going to complain about finally getting access to some Midnight Sun in my neck of the woods.
12-12-2009 23:11:15 | More by JohnGalt1
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
A big thanks goes out to Frank who sent me this one down as an extra on our last trade. I had this one sitting in the fridge for the longest time. I finally decided to crack it open with dinner last night. Served this one chilled, and decanted into an over sized wine glass. This one was consumed on 11/17/2008.
The pour was very nice. A rich dark amber color coming forward, darker then the usual for the style for sure. A nice head of white foam came up the sides of the glass, reaching a height of around two inches before mellowing down into a thin film that graced the sides and the top. Nice and thick looking IPA.
The aroma was deep, resinous, and menacing. Big notes here of pine nuggets, buttery like notes, and a huge, just thick presence of big citrus hop. As it warmed it seemed to get bigger, with a touch of light alcohol hitting the nose after a bit. Up next was the taste, wow. This was a thick, mean IPA. It had the most deep resin like hop notes I have seen in a while. Lots of pine, and sweet orange notes on here, not the real sharp, cutting, grapefruit that I normally see. As it warmed up near room temperature though it became incredibly balanced. Nice biscuit like malt notes in the middle that played and blended well with the overall profile. Huge feel on this one as it came across with an almost chewy consistency. Definitely easy to drink as the ABV was not out of control, and the balance lended itself well to not be totally shredding on the senses.
Overall a very solid offering here from Midnight sun. I would have to say I have really been impressed with everything that has come through from them. This was just another example.
11-19-2008 01:55:30 | More by mikesgroove
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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
08-16-2011 04:02:45 | More by jeffjeff1
Meltdown Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.