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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

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-10-2013 04:57:58 | More by Derek
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 21:40:33 | More by Hopdaemon39
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TechTriumph

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-06-2013 06:18:09 | More by TechTriumph
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-26-2013 12:37:39 | More by petermethot
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Thebiggestapple

New York

5/5  rDev +30.9%

06-17-2013 22:59:19 | More by Thebiggestapple
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kojevergas

Texas

3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
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+

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:37:42 | More by kojevergas
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ant880

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-14-2013 23:38:47 | More by ant880
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jakecattleco

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-12-2013 04:58:06 | More by jakecattleco
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litheum94

California

3/5  rDev -21.5%

06-10-2013 00:40:47 | More by litheum94
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jriggins6

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-03-2013 12:09:53 | More by jriggins6
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-20-2013 20:17:46 | More by InspectorBob
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-19-2013 00:45:40 | More by BeerForMuscle
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megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-18-2013 04:26:21 | More by megamass
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

05-02-2013 06:35:48 | More by Kelp
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bladdamasta

Australia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-15-2013 23:04:40 | More by bladdamasta
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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.9%

03-02-2013 22:35:46 | More by troegaarden
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 06:08:13 | More by facundoCNB
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Kendo

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:55:32 | More by Kendo
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blackcloud

Alaska

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-31-2012 22:29:56 | More by blackcloud
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 05:01:18 | More by jmdrpi
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Googs

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from bottle into a RR pint glass.

A: Hazy golden body with a frothy two inch head, which is slowly fading.

S: Very hop forward aroma, citrus fruits and pine dominate here.

T: Like the aroma on this, the hops really take over the taste on this one, especially on the finish. It's a very bitter brew. I'm picking up a bit of sweet, biscuit malt at the beginning but it's not coming through enough for me.

M: Medium body, good carbonation. Slight resinous quality to it. Flavors fill the mouth and bitterness from the "scorchin' hops" lingers.

O: Because of the price tag of the brew, I don't think I'll be getting another bottle. If it's on draught that's a different story. But there are much better DIPAs out there and I prefer a beer in this style that has a slightly stronger malt backbone to balance those walloping hops. I'm not unhappy drinking this though.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 21:55:34 | More by Googs
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:13:57 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:10:34 | More by dbrauneis
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Madskill

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

11-30-2012 18:00:10 | More by Madskill
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sneaks2210

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

11-17-2012 16:40:47 | More by sneaks2210
Meltdown Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.