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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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 72
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 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 jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I give a big shout out to Millerbuffoon for bringin an extra bottle back from your Alaska trip, many, many thanks!

A - Pours a nice copper orange color that's very clear, soapy looking lacing ring around the edge, mild carbonation.

S - Vibrant and semi-pungent grapefruit with some pineapple and orange peel in the background. The citrus aroma has a little touch of spice acidity and some pine resin.

T - My first sip made me jump back a little with a big dose of alcohol duking it out with the other flavors in the beer. With each continuous sip, and as the beers warms up, the alcohol becomes less noticeable, though still present. This is a pretty fresh bottle and the hops strike the tongue up front with a healthy presence of grapefruit and pine first, followed by a spicy resin mixture of pineapple and pine intermingled with orange peel. Underneath the fruity bitterness is a foundation of caramel malt which is barely detectable, but nevertheless, present. This beer absolutely showcases the bitterness of the hops.

M - Medium heavy body that's borderline thick and rich in a resiny kind of way that's good. Leaves the mouth with a big coating of mostly grapefruit and pine, semi-dry. Prickly carbonation on the tongue that's mild enough to still classify this beer as "smooth".

O - The alcohol presence knocked this down just slightly, however, I really liked Melt Down. This is a hop forwared, big IPA, that ranks in my personal top 10-20% big IPA list. If I had access to this beer, it would definitely be one I'd be stocking in my fridge during the late Spring/Early Summer when it's available and fresh. Besides being available in Alaska, of course, it's the West Coast hop heads in OR, WA, and CA that get to enjoy this one...I live on the wrong coast!!! (*sigh*....@#$%!!!)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours fairly clear gold under a 2” thick tan root beer float type foam collar that produces thick lace.
S: Grassy, citrusy hops, alcohol notes, light biscuit.
T: Rich malt flavors seasoned with light caramel and fruit gives way to hop citrus flavors that persist through the finish with citrus rind bitterness. Dries out on the finish.
F: Medium body and medium light carbonation, creamy
O: A big bold DIPA packed with flavor.

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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 froghop
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear light orange with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell of grapefruit, caramel, some citrus, and a bit of floral.

taste is of grapefruit, pine, some caramel, and some earthiness, ends very bitter.

overall a pretty good double IPA.

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 sprucetip
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Very attractive, clearn light golden/amber, frothy white head, good retention, patchy lacing.

SMELL Fruity esters and floral hop notes hit quick and fade and are then hard to find for a while. A little bit grainy and faintly malty. Gros stronger late in the sample.

TASTE dry, grainy, more hop bitterness than flavor. Malty backing mostly buried underneath. Finishes dry and bitterness lingers. Like the nose, improves as it warms.

FEEL med/full body, pleasant viscous texture, dry character and lingering bitterness.

OVERALL I'm a big MSBC fan, but this one really doesn't do it for me. I've tried it several times and have come to this conclusion each time. It is the spring seasonal DIPA, dryer and lighter, intended to counter the more malty winter DIPA Cohoho. What I'm not liking about this is maybe intentional on the part of the brewery? But, it is still a well made Midnight Sun IPA, just not my favorite.

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 BlurryVisi0n
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: light amber colored body with heavy bubbles throughout the beer. Average white head riding close to a finger's length settling steady with even leaving after a few sips.

Smell: lighth floral scent, not much else going on.

Taste: Tastes more bitter than advertised, with a heavy piney feel. I would have best paired this with some ribs or maybe some steak to get the best flavors out. Grapefruit is evident with enough hops to reset your palates.

Mouth: almost chewy when you drink it with a slight dry feel. Smooth to the point that if you drink IPAs this should be breeze.

Overall: Good beer, wouldn't go to the end of the world looking for it. I bought this in lieu of something else Midnight Sun makes and am honestly craving some Arctic Devil right about now. Spend the money and split with a friend, can't hurt. Salud!

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 billshmeinke
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Picked up from K&L Wines.

A steady pour yields a two finger white rocky head. Golden in color, quite clear with bubbles rushing to the top. A nice layer of foam remains throughout. Excellent looking.

Smells strongly of malts. Honey and toffee. Some leafy/citrus hops in there as well.

Taste is similar, but more hoppy than expected based on the smell. Bitter resin, floral, earthy, and slightly citrusy hops. A bit leafy hop characteristic as well. A subtle honey malt background, and a hint of alcohol. Kind of comes up short compared to some of the better DIPAs out there.

On the high end of medium bodied with pretty high carbonation. Quite dry and a nice hop bite accompanied by prickly bubbles. Somewhat creamy as well.

This is basically an East Coast DIPA from Alaska. Barleywine like nose with a very bitter hop profile, but not much tropical fruit/citrus hop presence. Pretty good, but I must confess I'm partial to my West Coast DIPAs.

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

Pours clear gold with an ample white head leaving foamy lacing on the glass.

Aromas of malt and dried hops.

Tastes malty, and of white bread toast, with strong taste of grapefruit--if not grapefruit rind--and a very bitter finish.

Body is medium with creamy carbonation.

This is drinking nicely. It is put together well and ranks with the best of the double IPAs.

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.

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