Meltdown Double IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Meltdown Double IPAMeltdown Double IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 20
Gots: 14 | 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: 143 | Reviews: 72
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 capra12
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks for Travisd for this one.

Served out of an east end pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a 2 finger head with lots of lacing, golden brown in color and clear as day.

Smell: Floral hops, some piney and grassy hops as well.

Taste: Opens with a crisp floral hops. Hints of citrus come in and out of the flavor profile. Towards the very end the bittering hops settle in along with a warmth leaving a bitter and floral hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: this one is light bodied with a crisp finish, there is a kick of heat that lingers with every sip and somewhat coarse finish.

Drinkability: I would have this again on a cold winter night. I recommend this to those who want an IPA with a warm finish.

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 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 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 billab914
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in a shipment from Liquid Solutions. Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a clear golden amber color with a thin white covering on top that laced pretty good on the glass as I drank it.

Aroma is hoppy with citrus and pine and the sweet malt comes through a little as well. Taste also has a strong pine and citrus presence with a strong bitter finish. The malt is slightly detectable as well but the bitterness is dominant in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability good but not great. It's one of the more bitter DIPA's I have had in my opinion, but it doesn't have the as much of the floral citrus flavors that make some of the best DIPA's so drinkable.

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

A: pours a hazy copper orange with a two finger creamy off white head. thin, spotty lacing on the glass

S: smells like bread, malts, yeast, earthy hops are faint on the nose

T: dry breadiness come through first mixed with a slight hop bite and caramel malts. hops seem faded. Bottle is supposed to be fresh.

M: medium carbonation with a slight alcohol warmth on the way down. tangy

D: fairly easy to drink at 8% abv. It says it's fresh but I'm not convinced. I have a feeling this beer is way better when it's truly fresh.

Overall glad I got to try this one but not something I'd seek out again.

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 boralyl
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours 2 fingers of white head that sticks around for awhile and leaves lots of lacing. It is clear and golden-amber in color with some carbonation bubbles visible.

S - Caramel is the first thing picked up, but then is quickly overpowered by the piny hops which dominate the aroma.

M - A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It has a fairly slick feel to it.

T - The label describes it best, "India Pale Ale with Scorchin' Hops". As noted in the aroma there is a small amount of caramel malt before the hops hit. It really does feel like it's scorching your mouth/throat as the piny hops hit. A true hop bomb. As it warms, the caramel malt becomes more apparent in the flavor, but the hops never let up.

The hops tip the scale on this brew, leaving the malts in the dust. It's a great tasting DIPA for all of the hops heads out there(myself included).

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

Another great Midnight Sun IPA. Not my favorite of theirs, but good none-the-less. Sampled at the brewery.

Slightly hazy, deep golden amber. Small bright white ring of foam.

Nose is old wet hops. Gentle and simple.

Strong, lingering resinous hops dominate the taste. Fresh hop juice, green and leafy. Maybe heavy handed and one-noted, but it pulls it off. The taste comes out much better than the nose.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

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 akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MaggieReed
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this crisp, floral IPA...poured with about a quarter inch of quick dissapating head, with a very light ring of lacing that was retained. Smelled floral, almost rose-like...
Had a much less bitter character than I was originally expecting- overall more mild in character than the original smell suggested. For a double, this is an IPA I might suggest for someone wanting to try one. Not an earthshatteringly interesting brew but a very good IPA with universal appeal for those who enjoy the style.

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

Appearance: Deep gold colored brew with a dense, white head.

Smell: Serious hop aroma. Citrus and pine elements rolled up well together.

Taste: Excellent showcase of hop flavor. Powerful without going overboard. Nice subdued malt flavor brings it home and provides balance.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Light for a double IPA, yet still satisfying.

Drinkablity: Another good IPA from Midnight Sun. This seems a bit refined, but it is put together well. The freshness of this brew really enhanced the flavor.

Photo of jdense
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from ,Yoke's Pasco WA, poured into St. Bernardus snifter, 1.11/10.

Orangish amber clear body, a lot of visible carbonation rising from bottom of glass immediately after pouring. One finger pure white head, quick dissipation, with a lingering ring of foam.Dryish bready malts in the nose, a bit of fruitiness and grass, not a big hop hit aroma wise, which concerns me a bit. Close look revealed August 2009 bottling, so aromatics may have lost a bit of their luster from what I have come to expect from this superlative brewery. Patience reinforced during taste, huge citrus hops, sweetish malts nice balance with breadiness, with a fruity, spicy finish. Really tasty, Mouthfeel is smooth, just a wee bit sticky. Very drinkable, ABV well hidden. Very surprised how this beer has stood up over 6 months, but given my past experience with this brewery, especially the superlative Venus, i.e., I'd be surprised if it wasnt' up to this high standard. My best comparison would be Union Jack, and if aromatics were right, though it may be sacrilegious, PtE. Most definitely worth seeking out-or traveling to Anchorage for. Other than the nose, Very highly recommended for hopheads.

Photo of Docer
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rye726
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a creamy biege head. Nice lacing. Nose has piney hops, candy malts and a touch of alcohol. Taste has big, bitter hops up front and through the finish. Well balanced by sweet malts and peppery alcohol. Body seemed just a bit thin. Good IPA from Mignight Sun.

Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for the opportunity...
Appears a light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of spicy herbs, saw dust, yeasty dough, with light grain.
Taste is of grapefruit, toasted grains, herbs, and sugary malt.
Mouthfeel is crisp, zesty, citrusy, effervescent, doughy, pilsner malt, orange peel, and lingering.

Photo of THoff94
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very sweet for an IPA. Barely tasted the hops but it's gets better the more you drink.

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 oberon
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Meltdown Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.