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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

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 18
Gots: 7 | 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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SPRichard

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

10-03-2012 00:53:28 | More by SPRichard
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-19-2012 22:07:07 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

08-12-2012 21:26:09 | More by RoryOMoore
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ek_ek

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-09-2012 02:59:52 | More by ek_ek
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John_M

Oregon

2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Saraveza DIPA event.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The beer certainly looks nice enough, however.... as soon as I took one whiff of this beer, my immedate reaction was "this is a DIPA?" The beer smelled sweet and malty, with almost a buttery overtone. There was a hint of underlying citrus as well, but this really didn't smell anything like your typical DIPA. On the palate, the beer delivers considerable hoppy bitterness, but the beer was still over the top sweet and malty (IMHO). The finish was bitter and hot from alcohol, though neither flavor component was enough to counter the level of sweetness I picked up in this beer. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to full, with a long, hot, bitter, alcoholic finish.

Only got a 4 or 5 ounce pour, but even that was too much for me. After several sips I just gave up and dumped the remains down the drain. Probably the first beer I've ever had from MS that I flat out disliked. After reading over some of the other reviews, I'm wondering if freshness might have been an issue with this particular keg.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 20:31:14 | More by John_M
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-16-2012 18:06:03 | More by dtx00
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MickeyHops

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-15-2012 02:32:08 | More by MickeyHops
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-14-2012 05:06:28 | More by thebouch01
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-26-2012 02:38:28 | More by TXhomebrewer
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chuckgfk

Alaska

4/5  rDev +5%

05-30-2012 05:58:33 | More by chuckgfk
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

05-29-2012 02:04:34 | More by rab53
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint

Shared with Jebus3513

Pours a clear orange with a clingy bone white cap. Cap rises a solid two fingers and then falls to a thin layer with some serious chunks of lace inside the glass.

Loads of white grapefruit, tangerines/oranges, vanilla....Nugget and Amarillo to the gills. A very clean hop aroma. Not much malt to be found at all.

Bitter white grapefruit up front, clean through the middle before some mango and oranges come through in the finish. This is sweeter through the middle, and bitter in the finish.

Medium feel, clean and hoppy. Good, bitter white grapefruit bitterness with sweet vanilla and mango.

This is a pleasant surprise. Amazingly clean, surprisingly bitter. This beast is welcome in my glass any day.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 05:41:10 | More by ColForbinBC
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new addition to the NY state line of Midnight sun brews...$10.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours near clear, lighter almond amber, the lite tan head is nice and frothy, lasting and then leaveing gauzy thicker filmage, stickage and sheetage, nice.

Dense grapefruit nose, gives way to a well hopped, fresh tasting and quite boldly flavored and citric DIPA, with some resiny pine hop flashes as well. I like, hoppy, fresh, citric, bitter, and smooth.

Another quality west coast IPA and more quality brew from welcome new comer (to my neck of the woods anyway) Midnight Sun

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 18:48:13 | More by Billolick
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beergod1

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, with a small Frothy off white head. Spotty traces of lacing mark the glass. The aroma is ultra-hoppy, notes of bold orange and grapefruit rind bitterness dominating the underlying sweet toffee and bready, toasted malt. Flavors are similar, lightly toasted and bready in style when it warms, with an extra hoppy, citrusy bitterness that is heavy on lemon and orange. Medium/full bodied, with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, it’s a solid 2IPA, but it seems to be out of balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 23:33:58 | More by beergod1
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-15-2012 23:59:09 | More by JohnnyP3
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-26-2012 22:26:49 | More by millerbuffoon
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snaotheus

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz beer served in a large snifter

Pours cloudy golden yellow with a small pale head. Smell is surprisingly malty, sort of bready. Citrusy hops.

Taste is dominated with bitter grapefruit rind hops. Where were these in the smell? This is nice.

Mouthfeel is thick and pleasant. Overall, I'm happy with this beer tonight.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 02:41:14 | More by snaotheus
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

11-30-2011 17:56:22 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5%

11-28-2011 23:15:53 | More by nmann08
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-28-2011 03:59:50 | More by jenray
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

11-27-2011 07:00:32 | More by twelveinches
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flannelman808

California

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pouring from a 2 and 3/4 month old bottle... maybe a fresher bottle would have lived up the hype.

A: This one pours a very bright yellow-golden color and is just about crystal clear. Topped with a bone white head which holds its self together rather well while never growing to more than a half inch or so. Lacing is good and clings all over the glass.

S: Smells rather dull, not booming with aromatics as I had hoped. Golden pine needles sneak out of the glass along with some husky malty notes.

T: Muted muddied flavors follow the aroma's disappointment. Husk and malt notes are definitely present. Brown/golden pine needle like bitterness suggests itself to the palate and perhaps some bitter orange pith along with brown sugar caramel notes. Finishing on the sweet side of the spectrum.

M: Prickly and very sticky.

O: This is a flawed beer as far as I'm concerned and way overpriced. All and all its not a horrible beer Its quite decent actually however I'm holding it up to other successful products by Midnight Sun as well as a general High brow approach to the style. Fail.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 03:25:57 | More by flannelman808
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jeffjeff1

California

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up a couple days ago at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- coppery color, barely any head

Smell- citrus hops

Taste- citrus hops, little bit of hop bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I think it was pretty good. I would buy it again and would recommend it. Pretty good

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 04:02:45 | More by jeffjeff1
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brotherloco

California

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber. Bottle is notched 3rd week of May 2011.

Pours a mostly clear dull gold with an initial inch of beige foam, settles to a small head. A nice bit of delicate lacing.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruits. Strong tangerine and mango notes. Slightly more earthy than typical DIPA's. Malt stays in the background.

Taste reflects the earth-tinged tropical fruits. Some background citrusy orange and grapefruit. Alcohol presence is a lot stronger than I usually get in an 8% beer. It comes on strong in the middle and sticks around for the duration. The finish is a mix of hoppy bitterness and alcohol, and gets a little metallic.

Both the body and carbonation are on the low side of medium. Gets a little cloying over time.

Not a bad tasting beer from Midnight Sun, but not my favorite I've had from them.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 03:47:48 | More by brotherloco
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I give a big shout out to Millerbuffoon for bringin an extra bottle back from your Alaska trip, many, many thanks!

A - Pours a nice copper orange color that's very clear, soapy looking lacing ring around the edge, mild carbonation.

S - Vibrant and semi-pungent grapefruit with some pineapple and orange peel in the background. The citrus aroma has a little touch of spice acidity and some pine resin.

T - My first sip made me jump back a little with a big dose of alcohol duking it out with the other flavors in the beer. With each continuous sip, and as the beers warms up, the alcohol becomes less noticeable, though still present. This is a pretty fresh bottle and the hops strike the tongue up front with a healthy presence of grapefruit and pine first, followed by a spicy resin mixture of pineapple and pine intermingled with orange peel. Underneath the fruity bitterness is a foundation of caramel malt which is barely detectable, but nevertheless, present. This beer absolutely showcases the bitterness of the hops.

M - Medium heavy body that's borderline thick and rich in a resiny kind of way that's good. Leaves the mouth with a big coating of mostly grapefruit and pine, semi-dry. Prickly carbonation on the tongue that's mild enough to still classify this beer as "smooth".

O - The alcohol presence knocked this down just slightly, however, I really liked Melt Down. This is a hop forwared, big IPA, that ranks in my personal top 10-20% big IPA list. If I had access to this beer, it would definitely be one I'd be stocking in my fridge during the late Spring/Early Summer when it's available and fresh. Besides being available in Alaska, of course, it's the West Coast hop heads in OR, WA, and CA that get to enjoy this one...I live on the wrong coast!!! (*sigh*....@#$%!!!)

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 20:03:46 | More by jzeilinger
Meltdown Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.