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Meltdown Double IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Meltdown Double IPAMeltdown Double IPA

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86
very good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
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: 135 | Reviews: 69
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of ChaseBeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of darklordlager
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a see-through orange copper with a great 1.5" off-white, creamy head. As it dies down a little, a bumpy crust of resiny foam caps the top, while resiny hoppy goodness marks the glass to show its trail. The lacing is just great as it goes down the glass.

S:Bitter grapefruit and sweet orange citrus. Smells like a bowl filled with orange and grapefruit zest mixed in. Searching through the hoppy goodness, some pale malt, honey, and caramel malt can be detected. Digging deeper a nice biscuity bread note can be detected. Each smell seems to alternate between bitter grapefruity citrus and sweet orange citrus.

T: Starts out with dry-hopped bitterness with a good dose of sweet malt, and just when you're expecting the sweetness to get cloying, the bittering hops kick in. Great grapefruity blast to the face, mellowing out into a sweet citrus finish. As it warms a bit, the sweetness challenges the bitterness, with the bitterness winning out.

M: Medium carbonation with a resiny mouthfeel of hoppy goodness.

D:After losing faith in Imperial IPA's after the last couple I've had (too sugary sweet), Midnight Sun has restored my faith. Great mix of sweet and bitter citrus with sufficient malt backing makes this a great DIPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Wando52
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of warmstorage
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, from La Bodega, Anchorage, AK. No dating evident.

Appearance: light bright crisp clear orange, with a medium off-white head. Moderate lacing. Very nice.

Aroma: citrusy orangey piney resiny hop goodness. To hell with malt. Just right.

Taste: again, deep citrusy resiny piney hop delight. Again, to hel with malt. It has just enough to carry the "scorchin' hops." For once, a beer that lives up to its marketing, and at that, in the middle of the hop crisis.

Mouth: medium and moderately full, just enough to bring along the hops. Yeah.

Overall: Seriously wicked shit. Beautiful. Drinkable. Exactly what it should be. Immensely, intensely drinkable, bordering on perfect.

Photo of ralree
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice white head, good lacing.

S: Grapefruit, Northwest hops.

T: Hops like crazy. Great barley malt, a little fruit. Not quite sweet/fruity enough.

M: Smooth, a little dry, a little astringent. Carbonation good.

D: Drinks well. Very hoppy, a little rich.

Photo of everetends
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber was sent to me by the great AKBelgianBeast. For purely advocating the Midnight Sun Brewery, he sent me this bottle. This bottle is fresh as it can be having been bottled the last week of March. Being from Alaska, I'd say thats frickin fresh. Lets do this.

A: Pours a nice and clear orange/amber color. Held to the light, it comes through with a lighter orange or dark yellow in color. The pour yielded a little less than a finger of white head that diminishes to a really thick and foamy ring. The lace is pretty tight and sticking all over this glass. Lots of carbonation bubbling up to the surface. This is a good looking brew.

S: The smell really has a bit more balance than I was expecting. Lots of caramel and toffee malty goodness mixing in here with the massive hops profile. The hops are coming out with some piney, resiny, astringent aromas. Then there are some grapefruit aromas coming out here. There is also just a touch floral goodness coming out as well. Very nice and aromatic.

T: Well, this be very hop forward. Lots of pine friggin hops pimp slapping you in the face. Did I mention this is fresh? Behind that you get some really bitter and sour grapefruit coming out. Puckering even. Touch of floral coming out as well. A bit of carmael and toffee tries to balance this out, but it has not chance whatsoever. I can feel this destroying my teeth, awesome.

M: Medium bodied brew with a nice carbonation that keeps this baby a bit crisp. This beer is pretty sticky and really coats the mouth with those friggin hops. Finishes pretty dry, making you NEED more. ABV does not really play a factor here. After taste is all bitter and astringent hops. Nice.

D: This a pretty damned good DIPA. DIPA's are bringing the hops and this one provides. Yeah, its hoppy bitter but its still drinkable and doesn't make it a friggin chore to finish the bottle. The aromas and flavor are damned good and really make this brew work.

I am much indebted to Frank for this brew. It was a hell of an experience to finally get some MS brew, and to get it this fresh is friggin ridiculous. What a beer. Awesome.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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!

Photo of khiasmus
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently, when attempting to build a road through Alaskan territories, a lumber jack is worth his weight in gold. Clear, pure gold, no clouds in the sky... Be sure to be bundled up though, the snowdrifts are deep, thick, and will hang on the sides of the trees and gullies forever.
So we mush on, days behind them now, the scent of the freshly cut trees still hanging in the air... Sappy, the evergreens smelling of resin and strong citric acid.
"Manna," they call the hardtack we bring, flavored with honey as in the Old Testament days... We have to let the dogs rest every now and then, so here we are to enjoy a meal, the resin and sap still throbbing in our brains as we enjoy the honey-cakes. Someone produces a grapefruit... "All the way from Florida! Had to keep it warm in my satchel the whole trip..." try a little of the shaven peel on your bread, adds a complexity to the flavor, and a decidedly lightly bitter finish.
Another produces a flask... "It's the cheap stuff... not very full-bodied, but damn drinkable... goes down easy, warms the throat." And indeed it does, if only a bit.

Everyone seems to be much happier after the little stop. Ready to face more of the brutal blustering, ready to train for the Iditarod, ready to win, and the resin still throbbing in our minds...

Thanks to AKBelgianBeast. This one's a few months old. I would love to try one fresh.

Photo of boogyman
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light copper and clear, with a two-inch head of dense white. The foam swelled back within several minutes to reveal a rocky surface and lacework aplenty.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of peaches, pears, tangerines, and pine. Quite tropical and floral.

Medium bodied and crisp. Tacky and slickish.

A blast of bitterness starts off the pallet and never gives up. Citrus fruits and light malt struggle to pull forward, but the bitterness is unrelenting. Spruce bark, grapefruit pith, and orange zest take a back seat to the crushing bitterness.
Alcohol is pretty subdued, and the beer is bone-dry and minerally crisp.

Finishes with an excessively long bitterness, and a hints of sweet fruit.

The MS IIPA's seem to be headed into a direction which is more and more bitter, and Meltdown is somewhat reminiscent of the Obliterations.
The nose is more tropical and floral than the Obliteration 3 that I recently had though.

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 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 hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral / earthy hops, come citrus and and caramel. Tastes of pine, carame, citrus, and earthy. Overall the alcohol was well hidden.

Notes from 5/7/08

Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Ale Atlanta.

Pours a light golden amber with a big, fluffy white head that hangs on for quite a while, leaving solid lacing.

The aroma is more balanced than I was expecting. It's got plenty of light citrus fruits and some pine, but there also a comparable amount of caramel malts in the nose as well. Definitely not a one-sided fight in the aroma.

The taste seems to kick up the pine hoppiness a bit which seems to dominate the citrus a little bit more. The big toffee and malt sweetness more than stands up in the background and form a very well balanced taste.

The mouthfeel is sticky with hops and medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

This is a nice, well-balanced DIPA from MS and another in the long line of great offerings from the guys in Alaska.

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

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.

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Meltdown Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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