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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

133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
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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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

millerbuffoon, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

snaotheus, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +4.4%

djrn2, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.7%

jenray, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +4.4%

twelveinches, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of flannelman808
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

flannelman808, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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

jeffjeff1, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

brotherloco, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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*....@#$%!!!)

jzeilinger, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Bierlerner
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured an amberish straw color. Great fluffy white head. Sticky layers of lacing.

S- really light. resiny hops and citrus. Not much complexity in the nose.

T&M- Not all a hop bomb I was expecting. Nice toasted caramel notes. Nice fresh piney hops. Very balanced brew. Creamy mouth feel. Almost full bodied with great carbonation. Nice bittering dry finish.

O- A great DIPA. Great balance as welll. I just wish the hops were "scorchin"

Bierlerner, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet Another bottle picked up on my west coast swing to Portland/Seattle

This beer had some epic lacing. Slightly hazy amber/orange color with some brown tones. THick/Creamy head that showed excellent retention.

Light citrus aroma but heavy on sticky pine scents. Malt is clearly present as well.

Pretty well balanced DPA. Pine and caramel malt flavors dominate with some grassy notes and some resinous hops. More of a toasted caramel malt profile vs. fruity esters.

Mouth feel was really nice and velvety. Not quite creamy, but almost.

Decent little DPA. Showed some nice balance.

Reagan1984, May 30, 2011
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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!

woodychandler, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

oberon, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

mdfb79, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

billshmeinke, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of willjschmidt
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

willjschmidt, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Sammy, May 30, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

DaveHS, May 23, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Beerenauslese, May 12, 2010
Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

popery, May 09, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

barleywinefiend, Apr 30, 2010
Meltdown Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.