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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

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 18
Gots: 9 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: SargeC on 04-12-2008)
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Photo of John_M
2.65/5  rDev -31%
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.

John_M, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Noelito76, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of arvidkoval
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Had a nice, light amber color. A thin head that disappeared quickly.

S- I didn't pick up much smell here, but what I did detect was some herbal hoppiness.

T- Aggressive(at least for an IPA noob) hop bite to start. Decent malt/hop balance. Herbal finish. Pretty bitter

M- The beer foams on the tongue and gives sort of a creamy feel.

O- Definitely better than okay, but not quite outstanding

arvidkoval, May 12, 2014
Photo of litheum94
3/5  rDev -21.9%

litheum94, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.9%

jenray, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle was purchased on 3/31/10 and had the date code punched for the first week of April. I don't know if the code machine is off or if this bottle is a year old. Poured a pretty orangeish yellow with a tall white head (this is a very happy beer, lots of carbonation) that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma was solidly pine and citrus hops, no noticeable malt in the nose. The flavor was also dominated by the hops, again citrus and pine, with a strong metallic taste and aftertaste.

The body and drinkability were both typical for the style. I've heard so many good things about this brewery and I found this beer to a little disappointing. I'll try to find a bottle I know is fresher and revisit this beer and see if my opinion changes. As it is, I found this to be an average example of this style, worth a shot if you see it, but not worth going out of you way for.

beertunes, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
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+

kojevergas, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep yellow color with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is weaker than I expected with grass, malt. Taste is caramel malt, faded hops, grass, booze. Mouthfeel is malty, chewy, flat on hops, no bitterness. Drinkability is average.

barleywinefiend, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of HoppySeb
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of dtx00
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

dtx00, Jul 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of DRTBrewster
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

DRTBrewster, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of flannelman808
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

flannelman808, Aug 17, 2011
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.

brotherloco, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper, with an inch of brilliant white
head that leaves moderate lacing. The nose is rich
and piney, with big zested citrus notes, fresh
crushed black pepper, hot, sweet booziness and
caramel malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with
pleasant, moderate carbonation. The first sip is
dominated by bracing bitterness and grapefruit. This
soon yields to thick, sweet malts, which fade out just
in time, revealing another layer of bitter, orangey
hops underneath. The finish is uncompromisingly
bitter, with a touch of dry graininess. Good, but overrated.

DaveHS, May 23, 2010
Photo of Madskill
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Madskill, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

mactrail, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of thebouch01
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

thebouch01, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of loverofthecraft
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

loverofthecraft, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Kelp, May 02, 2013
Photo of jriggins6
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jriggins6, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of mikey711
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

mikey711, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with an orange tint. Big thick pillowy white head forms on top.

S: Some grapefruit and pine resin in the nose.

T: A hop bomb for sure. A good does of citrus but it's not overwhelming. Very pungent finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Bitter aftertaste as well.

M: Medium bodied, medium to medium-high carbonation.

D: A decent DIPA, although not one of my favorites.

willjschmidt, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my tall MSBC glass, Melt Down is a clear burnt gold with a big, frothy off-white head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is pungent hops, pine and stems.

Taste is similar, this is an earthy, bitter hop bomb. Not as much hop flavor as you get from the nose, but resin is countered by the sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is dry, tannic hop oils, medium bodied.

Drinkability is OK, I'm a hop head and always love an Portland style IPA...but this isn't really my style, to bitter, malty and earthy. Almost like the de-budded the hops and brewed with stems. Certainly not something I'd drink alot of during the summer, unless I was just looking to get drunk.

ccrida, Jun 21, 2009
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Meltdown Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.