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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

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
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 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 Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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 Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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 Derek
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 twelveinches
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Reviewed on 1/17/2010. Bottle thanks to riversideAK. Bottled April 2009. Pours a hazy orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of caramel malt and oatmeal malt. Flavor still dominated by the malt with some grassy, sweaty hops in the finish. Some light fruitiness too. Decent IIPA even though it is a touch aged.

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 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 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 vermilcj
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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Meltdown Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.