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Meltdown Double IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Meltdown Double IPAMeltdown Double IPA

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71 Reviews
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Reviews: 71
Hads: 149
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 20
Gots: 15 | 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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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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes. I got this bottle as a gift from some pipeline workers while I was in ANCAK during the summer of '08.

My pour netted a finger of bone-white head that quickly dissipated into wisps. Color was a slightly cloudy orangish-amber. Nose was extremely pine-y, very reminiscent of being in a forest. Mouthfeel was medium with a hops twang on the tongue that awoke my taste buds from the torpor into which they had fallen. The label mentioned "Scorchin' Hops" at 80 IBUs and it tasted it! Whew! The finish was dry with a hoppy bite that left me breathless. Holy Hops, Batman! Boy, was this good!

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slight hazed peach color with a thinner soapy-like white head that held well.Aromas are great,leafy,and grassy, with big citrus fruit,there is a light semblence of sweet alcohol wich is more prevelent on the palate.Flavors are big and citric with some herbal notes,a big sweetish alcohol dipped fruit and caramel sweetness really hits hard in the finish.Another sweet DIPA but this is a little better than many,the sweetness becomes a bit much but its pretty good.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beer Revolution

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden amber color with a big finger's worth of white head.

S: The hops in this one are quite different than what I'm used to with West Coast DIPAs. Lots of grassy notes along with a sweet bread malt base and some floral notes, perhaps.

T: The bitterness is fairly subtle, but this isn't a sweet IPA by any means. Lots of grassy, floral, and even some earthy hop notes along with more bready malt.

M: The body is somewhat light for a beer of this gravity, but I don't mind that at all. Nice crisp carbonation and a lingering bitterness on the finish.

D: Definitely not my favorite DIPA or Midnight Sun beer. Decent all around, but nothing that really stands out in a positive way.

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

Sunny tangerine with bumblebee borders and several stately bubble streams ascending within. Their destination is a wonderful looking chunk of foam that is midway between ivory and ecru. The melt down leads to a good bit of rockiness and lace that almost qualifies as eye candy.

The nose will receive a good score as long as it intensifies with warming (note: it doesn't). It smells like mostly pale malt is used, along with citrusy hops that probably start with the letter 'C'. This is simple beer so far, but that isn't necessarily a negative given the style.

Despite being bottled in the second week of April (3+ months ago), Melt Down Double IPA doesn't contain 'scorchin' hops' as claimed on the label. It's more bitter than hop flavorful and the alcohol isn't hidden as well as it could be. Let's see what the rest of the bomber has to say for itself.

As the nose implied, it tastes like nothing (or very little) darker than pale malt is present. Sweetness is on the low end, which is a positive. The hops are still primarily grapefruit-like, though their flavor should be bolder and brighter than it is. Not bad, just not great.

There's nothing wrong the mouthfeel's heft, but it's too sparkly for the style and ABV. Time hasn't taken the edge off the bubbles, which is somewhat surprising. In the end, this attribute is in line with most of the rest.

Melt Down Double IPA is a bit of a disappointment from a brewery that can definitely do better, as they've shown time and time again. Thanks to sprucetip for the bottle. Even though he didn't ask for a comparison, his home-brewed DIPA puts this one to shame.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky golden color with a hint of orange to it. No head or visible carbonation.

s - Smells of fruity and caramel malts, not a lot of hops.

t - Tastes of fruity and caramel malts, grapefruit and citrus hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

d - An ok IPA, but I didn't really feel like it was a DIPA or a hop bomb. Probably wouldn't look to have again.

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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.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with an orange tint. Big thick pillowy white head forms on top.

S: Some grapefruit and pine resin in the nose.

T: A hop bomb for sure. A good does of citrus but it's not overwhelming. Very pungent finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Bitter aftertaste as well.

M: Medium bodied, medium to medium-high carbonation.

D: A decent DIPA, although not one of my favorites.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hopload, from City Beer Store. Dark body, with a lasting white head. Above average mouthfeel, there is caramel malts. You buy into bitterness, not very complex. A bomber is a lot. Still tasty and hop aromas. Appropriate carbonation, but still a little acidicand drying finish.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep yellow color with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is weaker than I expected with grass, malt. Taste is caramel malt, faded hops, grass, booze. Mouthfeel is malty, chewy, flat on hops, no bitterness. Drinkability is average.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy copper orange with a two finger creamy off white head. thin, spotty lacing on the glass

S: smells like bread, malts, yeast, earthy hops are faint on the nose

T: dry breadiness come through first mixed with a slight hop bite and caramel malts. hops seem faded. Bottle is supposed to be fresh.

M: medium carbonation with a slight alcohol warmth on the way down. tangy

D: fairly easy to drink at 8% abv. It says it's fresh but I'm not convinced. I have a feeling this beer is way better when it's truly fresh.

Overall glad I got to try this one but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of capra12
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks for Travisd for this one.

Served out of an east end pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a 2 finger head with lots of lacing, golden brown in color and clear as day.

Smell: Floral hops, some piney and grassy hops as well.

Taste: Opens with a crisp floral hops. Hints of citrus come in and out of the flavor profile. Towards the very end the bittering hops settle in along with a warmth leaving a bitter and floral hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: this one is light bodied with a crisp finish, there is a kick of heat that lingers with every sip and somewhat coarse finish.

Drinkability: I would have this again on a cold winter night. I recommend this to those who want an IPA with a warm finish.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a see-through orange copper with a great 1.5" off-white, creamy head. As it dies down a little, a bumpy crust of resiny foam caps the top, while resiny hoppy goodness marks the glass to show its trail. The lacing is just great as it goes down the glass.

S:Bitter grapefruit and sweet orange citrus. Smells like a bowl filled with orange and grapefruit zest mixed in. Searching through the hoppy goodness, some pale malt, honey, and caramel malt can be detected. Digging deeper a nice biscuity bread note can be detected. Each smell seems to alternate between bitter grapefruity citrus and sweet orange citrus.

T: Starts out with dry-hopped bitterness with a good dose of sweet malt, and just when you're expecting the sweetness to get cloying, the bittering hops kick in. Great grapefruity blast to the face, mellowing out into a sweet citrus finish. As it warms a bit, the sweetness challenges the bitterness, with the bitterness winning out.

M: Medium carbonation with a resiny mouthfeel of hoppy goodness.

D:After losing faith in Imperial IPA's after the last couple I've had (too sugary sweet), Midnight Sun has restored my faith. Great mix of sweet and bitter citrus with sufficient malt backing makes this a great DIPA.

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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.


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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.

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Photo of boogyman
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden orange, a fairly classic double IPA color. The head is a good 2 fingers and sticks around. Lacing promises to be good by the looks of it.

S- Smell is light fruits and malty. Mostly dominated by the strong malts and then the floral hops. Citrus finds its way in there somehow. There is an odd musk that is just bugging me. I can't pinpoint what it is, but it reminds me of a smell you would get from Belgians or even some lighter lagers. This so far is the only downside I am getting from this powerful brew.

T- They definitely don't try to hide the strong bitter hoppyness of this brew and I am very happy they did not. The bitter taste lasts forever and as it starts to fade, the beer calls you to drink more of it. There is also a lot of other hop flavors I am not familiar with but I am not complaining. This is definitely a hop bomb and it's beating me to the floor.

M- Even with all the bubbles sticking everywhere, this brew goes down fairly smooth but with an after bite. The alcohol burn is there, but nothing that I wouldn't expect from a beer of this caliber.

D- This is a pretty powerful brew that could floor you if you let it. It feels heavier then other DIPAs I have had but this doesn't take anything away from it, just means it would be hard to drink more then a bomber or two of it. Definitely in my top 5 DIPAs.

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Photo of mikey711
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fire-ish amber color with a inch of soapy white head that webs on the side of the glass. Head retention is pretty good and lots of carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

S: Very floral and piney. The hops have faded some as the smell of caramel and alcohol are not very well hidden by the hops.

T: Pine notes and caramel dominate. The hops taste like a pine tree smells and the malt is powerfully butterscotchy and caramely. More of a barleywine now than a DIPA

M: The booze overpowers slightly and it is a bit grainy tasting. Creaminess is decent but hard to detect with the alcohol.

D: I had a little bit of trouble with the pint I poured and passed off the rest for someone else to try. A whole bottle would have been way too much

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Meltdown Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.