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: 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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2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Had a nice, light amber color. A thin head that disappeared quickly.

S- I didn't pick up much smell here, but what I did detect was some herbal hoppiness.

T- Aggressive(at least for an IPA noob) hop bite to start. Decent malt/hop balance. Herbal finish. Pretty bitter

M- The beer foams on the tongue and gives sort of a creamy feel.

O- Definitely better than okay, but not quite outstanding

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Derek
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at blind tiger- pours a clear golden orange color with very little head, a ring of retention and a few small spots of lacing.

Smell is somewhat faint for a hop heavy beer; nice though. Grass clippings, a little grapefruit, pretty mild.

Tastes great- surprisingly well balanced for an IPA of this magnitude. Some grassiness up front, followed by citrusy hops, then a little pale malt sweetness, them a resiny bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice- medium light body with moderate carbonation, and a little resin stickiness in the finish. While the smell and appearance are a little lackluster for the style, this is a very tasty beer and one I'd get again.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  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+

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