Meltdown Double IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Meltdown Double IPAMeltdown Double IPA

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86
very good

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

Sunny tangerine with bumblebee borders and several stately bubble streams ascending within. Their destination is a wonderful looking chunk of foam that is midway between ivory and ecru. The melt down leads to a good bit of rockiness and lace that almost qualifies as eye candy.

The nose will receive a good score as long as it intensifies with warming (note: it doesn't). It smells like mostly pale malt is used, along with citrusy hops that probably start with the letter 'C'. This is simple beer so far, but that isn't necessarily a negative given the style.

Despite being bottled in the second week of April (3+ months ago), Melt Down Double IPA doesn't contain 'scorchin' hops' as claimed on the label. It's more bitter than hop flavorful and the alcohol isn't hidden as well as it could be. Let's see what the rest of the bomber has to say for itself.

As the nose implied, it tastes like nothing (or very little) darker than pale malt is present. Sweetness is on the low end, which is a positive. The hops are still primarily grapefruit-like, though their flavor should be bolder and brighter than it is. Not bad, just not great.

There's nothing wrong the mouthfeel's heft, but it's too sparkly for the style and ABV. Time hasn't taken the edge off the bubbles, which is somewhat surprising. In the end, this attribute is in line with most of the rest.

Melt Down Double IPA is a bit of a disappointment from a brewery that can definitely do better, as they've shown time and time again. Thanks to sprucetip for the bottle. Even though he didn't ask for a comparison, his home-brewed DIPA puts this one to shame.

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.

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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beer Revolution

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden amber color with a big finger's worth of white head.

S: The hops in this one are quite different than what I'm used to with West Coast DIPAs. Lots of grassy notes along with a sweet bread malt base and some floral notes, perhaps.

T: The bitterness is fairly subtle, but this isn't a sweet IPA by any means. Lots of grassy, floral, and even some earthy hop notes along with more bready malt.

M: The body is somewhat light for a beer of this gravity, but I don't mind that at all. Nice crisp carbonation and a lingering bitterness on the finish.

D: Definitely not my favorite DIPA or Midnight Sun beer. Decent all around, but nothing that really stands out in a positive way.

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

Appearance: Pours out a brilliant, orange body with a dense 1½ inch layer of white foam on top.

Smell: Nose of pale malts wrapped in a light caramel candy character and hops imparting pungent notes of citrus fruits, yellow pine resin, and a teeny tiny bit of spice.

Taste: Pale malts with a minor degree of toastiness and the support of some crystal malt sweetness. Hop flavors of grapefruit and Eureka lemons in the fore with tangerine and resin tucked in back and even that small, vague pinch of spiciness carried over from the aroma in there as well. Bold bitterness. A rejuvenated maltiness manages to keep things from becoming astringent. Finishes foreseeably dry and longly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit sticky, a bit oily.

Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable. A good, honest, solid example of a Double India Pale Ale.

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 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 mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky golden color with a hint of orange to it. No head or visible carbonation.

s - Smells of fruity and caramel malts, not a lot of hops.

t - Tastes of fruity and caramel malts, grapefruit and citrus hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

d - An ok IPA, but I didn't really feel like it was a DIPA or a hop bomb. Probably wouldn't look to have again.

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 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 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 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 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 barleywinefiend
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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 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 JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

4/4/3.5/3.5/3.5

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.

Photo of ccrida
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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

Bottled less than a month ago. This is a well-made DIPA but not one that I find particularly enjoyable. The aroma is quite nice, mostly floral/pine hop notes with very mild accompanying bready malt. On the other hand, while the flavor has some nice malt sweetness upfront, it quickly gives way to starkly bitter hops and the bone dryness of rubbing alcohol. That sounds bad, but it almost works. I just need a bit more of a residual malt sweetness lifeline to taste those more delicate hop flavors. The hops start to take on some earthy flavors. There's some pepper, as well. It's a bit like taking a bit of hops, pine needles or grapefruit skin: a fun figurative way to describe some DIPAs but not actually a pleasant experience. It's not too bitter; there just isn't enough delicacy, in my opinion. Mouthfeel is fairly raw. Interesting beer but not something that I'll be going back for.

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.

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