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Meltdown Double IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Meltdown Double IPAMeltdown Double IPA

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 147
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
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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Reviews: 71 | Hads: 147
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.

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

Appearance: Pours out a brilliant, orange body with a dense 1½ inch layer of white foam on top.

Smell: Nose of pale malts wrapped in a light caramel candy character and hops imparting pungent notes of citrus fruits, yellow pine resin, and a teeny tiny bit of spice.

Taste: Pale malts with a minor degree of toastiness and the support of some crystal malt sweetness. Hop flavors of grapefruit and Eureka lemons in the fore with tangerine and resin tucked in back and even that small, vague pinch of spiciness carried over from the aroma in there as well. Bold bitterness. A rejuvenated maltiness manages to keep things from becoming astringent. Finishes foreseeably dry and longly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit sticky, a bit oily.

Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable. A good, honest, solid example of a Double India Pale Ale.

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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.

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Photo of ralree
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice white head, good lacing.

S: Grapefruit, Northwest hops.

T: Hops like crazy. Great barley malt, a little fruit. Not quite sweet/fruity enough.

M: Smooth, a little dry, a little astringent. Carbonation good.

D: Drinks well. Very hoppy, a little rich.

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Photo of MaggieReed
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this crisp, floral IPA...poured with about a quarter inch of quick dissapating head, with a very light ring of lacing that was retained. Smelled floral, almost rose-like...
Had a much less bitter character than I was originally expecting- overall more mild in character than the original smell suggested. For a double, this is an IPA I might suggest for someone wanting to try one. Not an earthshatteringly interesting brew but a very good IPA with universal appeal for those who enjoy the style.

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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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my tall MSBC glass, Melt Down is a clear burnt gold with a big, frothy off-white head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is pungent hops, pine and stems.

Taste is similar, this is an earthy, bitter hop bomb. Not as much hop flavor as you get from the nose, but resin is countered by the sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is dry, tannic hop oils, medium bodied.

Drinkability is OK, I'm a hop head and always love an Portland style IPA...but this isn't really my style, to bitter, malty and earthy. Almost like the de-budded the hops and brewed with stems. Certainly not something I'd drink alot of during the summer, unless I was just looking to get drunk.

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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.

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Photo of cannabanaceae
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured average orange'ish, yellow, filtered goodness. Nice frothy head.

Smell was hoppy with pine and fruit coming through at the end. The way I like it.

Taste was above average for the style, not overwhelmingly hoppy, but pretty balanced with a sharp hot bit. Not much fruit in the taste as there was in the nose.Very balanced. Scorchin' hops? No.

Mouthfell was abrasive yet thin
Drinkability was pretty high, reminds me of 2009 hop hendge batch 2 or 3. I would purchase this regularly if it wasn't so expensive($9) good effort and glad we get midnight sun beers here in seattle.

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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.

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Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Ale Atlanta.

Pours a light golden amber with a big, fluffy white head that hangs on for quite a while, leaving solid lacing.

The aroma is more balanced than I was expecting. It's got plenty of light citrus fruits and some pine, but there also a comparable amount of caramel malts in the nose as well. Definitely not a one-sided fight in the aroma.

The taste seems to kick up the pine hoppiness a bit which seems to dominate the citrus a little bit more. The big toffee and malt sweetness more than stands up in the background and form a very well balanced taste.

The mouthfeel is sticky with hops and medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

This is a nice, well-balanced DIPA from MS and another in the long line of great offerings from the guys in Alaska.

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Photo of everetends
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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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

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Photo of boralyl
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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).

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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.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of SargeC
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.
86 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.