Meltdown Double IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Meltdown Double IPAMeltdown Double IPA

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very good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
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 everetends
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber was sent to me by the great AKBelgianBeast. For purely advocating the Midnight Sun Brewery, he sent me this bottle. This bottle is fresh as it can be having been bottled the last week of March. Being from Alaska, I'd say thats frickin fresh. Lets do this.

A: Pours a nice and clear orange/amber color. Held to the light, it comes through with a lighter orange or dark yellow in color. The pour yielded a little less than a finger of white head that diminishes to a really thick and foamy ring. The lace is pretty tight and sticking all over this glass. Lots of carbonation bubbling up to the surface. This is a good looking brew.

S: The smell really has a bit more balance than I was expecting. Lots of caramel and toffee malty goodness mixing in here with the massive hops profile. The hops are coming out with some piney, resiny, astringent aromas. Then there are some grapefruit aromas coming out here. There is also just a touch floral goodness coming out as well. Very nice and aromatic.

T: Well, this be very hop forward. Lots of pine friggin hops pimp slapping you in the face. Did I mention this is fresh? Behind that you get some really bitter and sour grapefruit coming out. Puckering even. Touch of floral coming out as well. A bit of carmael and toffee tries to balance this out, but it has not chance whatsoever. I can feel this destroying my teeth, awesome.

M: Medium bodied brew with a nice carbonation that keeps this baby a bit crisp. This beer is pretty sticky and really coats the mouth with those friggin hops. Finishes pretty dry, making you NEED more. ABV does not really play a factor here. After taste is all bitter and astringent hops. Nice.

D: This a pretty damned good DIPA. DIPA's are bringing the hops and this one provides. Yeah, its hoppy bitter but its still drinkable and doesn't make it a friggin chore to finish the bottle. The aromas and flavor are damned good and really make this brew work.

I am much indebted to Frank for this brew. It was a hell of an experience to finally get some MS brew, and to get it this fresh is friggin ridiculous. What a beer. Awesome.

Photo of khiasmus
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently, when attempting to build a road through Alaskan territories, a lumber jack is worth his weight in gold. Clear, pure gold, no clouds in the sky... Be sure to be bundled up though, the snowdrifts are deep, thick, and will hang on the sides of the trees and gullies forever.
So we mush on, days behind them now, the scent of the freshly cut trees still hanging in the air... Sappy, the evergreens smelling of resin and strong citric acid.
"Manna," they call the hardtack we bring, flavored with honey as in the Old Testament days... We have to let the dogs rest every now and then, so here we are to enjoy a meal, the resin and sap still throbbing in our brains as we enjoy the honey-cakes. Someone produces a grapefruit... "All the way from Florida! Had to keep it warm in my satchel the whole trip..." try a little of the shaven peel on your bread, adds a complexity to the flavor, and a decidedly lightly bitter finish.
Another produces a flask... "It's the cheap stuff... not very full-bodied, but damn drinkable... goes down easy, warms the throat." And indeed it does, if only a bit.

Everyone seems to be much happier after the little stop. Ready to face more of the brutal blustering, ready to train for the Iditarod, ready to win, and the resin still throbbing in our minds...

Thanks to AKBelgianBeast. This one's a few months old. I would love to try one fresh.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 hopdog
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 boralyl
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 brewandbbq
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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 weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 AKBelgianBeast
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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 warmstorage
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, from La Bodega, Anchorage, AK. No dating evident.

Appearance: light bright crisp clear orange, with a medium off-white head. Moderate lacing. Very nice.

Aroma: citrusy orangey piney resiny hop goodness. To hell with malt. Just right.

Taste: again, deep citrusy resiny piney hop delight. Again, to hel with malt. It has just enough to carry the "scorchin' hops." For once, a beer that lives up to its marketing, and at that, in the middle of the hop crisis.

Mouth: medium and moderately full, just enough to bring along the hops. Yeah.

Overall: Seriously wicked shit. Beautiful. Drinkable. Exactly what it should be. Immensely, intensely drinkable, bordering on perfect.

Photo of SargeC
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Meltdown Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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