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Obliteration V - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Obliteration VObliteration V

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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 45
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AKBelgianBeast on 07-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

95 IBU
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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 45
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a bright orange with a nice white head and a good deal of lacing. The nose brings some citrus, pine, and a bit of tropical hops. No much of any malt in the background. Alaska is technically on the West Coast, after all, right? Emphatic yes comes from the flavor, which dominates my palate with strong citrus hops. Some pine in the background. Really nice bitter feel. Strong drinkability. Is there anything MS can't do?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Electric apricot when the glass is held up to the blazing light of the morning sun. The beer has an unfiltered murkiness that looks fantastic... and this is only the first pour. The top third of the glass is filled with khaki colored foam that is milkshake thick and creamy. Extensive sticky lace puts the cherry on top of this outstanding looking DIPA.

The nose could be brighter and more pungent, but it's still a wonderful sniffer. Nugget and Warrior hops contribute orange zest, grapefruit zest and a hint of pine. Malt stays pretty much out of the way, with the exception of a faint contribution from crystal.

Time and hundreds of beers in the interim make comparing these Obliteration ales difficult at best. That said, Midnight Sun doesn't seem to change things too up much from release to release. That's okay, they're all solid brews that deliver where it matters most: flavor and bitterness.

Obliteration V is right in my DIPA wheelhouse. It's primarily pale malted, the American hop flavor is front and center, and the alcohol is essentially absent on the palate. Who knew that Nugget and/or Warrior were this orange peel-like? I would have guessed Amarillo if blinded.

Specifics include sugar cookies, candied orange peel, pink grapefruit peel and a big splash of triple sec. Sure, it's relatively simple, but that doesn't mean it isn't delicious if you like hop-laced big beer. And who in their right mind doesn't?

The mouthfeel is classic for the DIPA style. It has the heft, the silky smooth creaminess and the perfect carbonation that is required for maximum enjoyment. No chinks in the armor here.

Obliteration V is at least as good as Obliteration III, which is my previous favorite. It's too bad that Liquid Solutions went out of business because this might be my last beer in this wonderfully hop-soaked series. If you have it... drink it!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orange amber with a thick frothy head that is slow to sink. Lacing lasted pretty much to the end, very nice looking indeed! Smell was hops, and cirus, very fruity smell and very pleasant. Seems to have gotten better as time went on. Now for the taste....Wow...Very nice, smooth going down and just pops. Citrus and a tiny bit of alcohol in there.End with a fantastic piney taste. Just great great beer

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours up a brilliant, deep orange-hued body with a medium-sized, whitish head.

Smell: Fresh, fruity tangerine hop scents as well as some richly perfumy florals and hints of just-picked herbs above the base of sweetish pale malts.

Taste: Carefully crisped pale malts along with some crystal malt light caramel candy sweetness. Juicy, pith citrus fruit - mostly tangerine - and bold floral, herbal hop flavors with a resounding, moderate amount of bitterness. Slightly warming, definitely bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's good! All the hoppiness and bitterness you would expect of the Obliteration series from Midnight Sun.

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Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from imperialking, cheers Jeff!

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of rocky pearl white head. Sheets of lacing & near off the chain head retention

S: Breadyness, orange peels, & tobacco & minty hops

T: Leafy & piney hops, biscuitty malt, pears, & herbal hop smack up front. Minty & herbal hops along with grapefruit, dryness & a touch of sticky caramel once warm. Finishes with toffee, pineapple, herbal, minty & leafy hops & just a kiss of booze at the end

MF: Fairly chewy, low carbonation, not super balanced but works for what it is...

Drinks pretty easy, the complexity slows me down a bit... Another good'un from Midnight Sun!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to d0b for ordering one of these for sharin'. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - A couple fingers of egg-white foam that dissipates to a cap and ring with some soapy looking lacing. Slightly hazed body with a nice light coppery orange-brown color. Streams of tiny bubbles racing to the top.

S - You can tell by the smell that this is a little older (2 months apparently). There's some dank earthy hoppiness, cheesiness, and spice mixed with a touch of pine, and some well-balanced sweet caramel and brown sugar malts.

T - This is a very malt-forward DIPA at this point, although there's some nice hop bitterness at the back end with some pine, lemon, and some orange rind and zest.

M - Nice feel, with a slight touch of carbonation tingle, lots of residual hop oils, dry finish. Good stuff in this regard.

D - My glass emptied pretty quick. This has aged gracefully and I suspect it would have been pretty awesome when fresh. I'd drink it again, but not for this price tag.

My first hoppy (albeiit faded) brew from Midnight Sun and it was pretty good. I'd love to to try some fresh brews from these guys, but even after a couple months this was pretty enjoyable. It was very balanced and malt-forward - reminds me a little of the Racer X growler we had a while ago.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden color with a beautiful egg-shell white one finger head.

Smells of tangerine, pineapple with a hint of caramel. A slight pine presence. Damn, this reminds me of Yulesmith (Winter). Much less hoppy than Gluttony.

The taste is bitter with orange zest, papaya and ripe melon. A very faint butterscotch note from the nice malt backing. Despite thee high hop rate, I'm really getting an English bitter malt profile to this. I'm really enjoying it!

Mouthfeel is fantastic. An effervescent pop of carbonation holds up the bitter notes and balancing malt sweetness.

As enjoyable as this is, I can't see myself drinking multiple bottles in succession.

Another great effort from Midnight Sun!

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is bitter, slightly sweet, hoppy, nice little malt note, with some citrus, slight pine note. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of the Obliteration series I was able to obtain... picked up at Belmont Station in Portland last week.

The beer pours an orange amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is just DIPA nectar - I get orange coolaide, citrus and a boatlaod of pine. The beer smells very good, though I get the impression it might be a bit on the sweet side. On the palate, the high malt bill is confirmed. This DIPA is fairly sweet, with exotic flavors of mango, papaya, and sweet melon, before it's finally all over taken by the hoppy bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is barely sufficient to balance out the sweetness in this beer, and frankly I wish MS would have toned down the malt a bit. Still, the melange of flavors is pretty impressive, and ultimately the beer dries out at the very end with a wash of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is full, with a long finish. Coupled with the sweetness, the alcohol is a bit more noticeable then I would like, which detracts just a bit from the beer's drinkability.

This is still a pretty nice beer, but I can't say it's one of my favorites from MS. Also, while pretty good, IMHO there are many more DIPA's out there that are better. This is just not the style of DIPA that I prefer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The DIPA, my first ale in over a week, is a copper color, bright and radiant like a penny. The ale is translucent, illuminating a stream of bubbles in the middle of the glass. A finger and a half of off-white head has left thin fingers of lace.

S: Citrus and pepper stand out, although the hops seem to be degrading a spell.

T: The hops have an oily presence, rapidly coating the mouth with hoppy bitterness. Resiny citrus, grapefruity and intense, takes over immediately. The bitterness, having lost just a touch, is still rather strong, able to overtake the caramel with ease. The nugget hops are quite strong, powdery and sharp, near the end of each sip. Hoppy good.

M: The mouthfeel is oily and thick, loaded down by hops. Even with a bit of age under its belt, the ale doesn't pull any punches.

D: Weighing it just over 8%, this is not an ale to take lightly. Still, I'm enjoying it and would have loved to have tried it a few months back.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

John opened this last night. Much thanks!

Deep orange, thin white head, poor retention and mild lacing. I've definitely had better looking DIPAs

The nose is a BLAST of piney hops, caramel malt and a surprising amount of alcoholic spiciness. Pungent grapefruit, this is pretty awesome.

In many ways, this is East Coast like, . Big fruity caramel? check? Plenty of pine? Yep. Strangely, though, the bitterness is reserved and the hops are almost all flavor - orange, citrus, pine and fruity sweetness. Finishes mildly sweet with a low bitterness. Surprisingly big in body for a DIPA, with medium-low carbonation, this is decent. A little more bitterness would have done this a world of good. While I enjoyed my glass, I doubt I'd go back for this.

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Photo of ccrida
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint, Obliteration V is a chill hazed orange with a tight, creamy off-white head the leaves foamy lace.

Smell is spicy, more malty booze then hops, but there is some strong citrus.

Taste is pretty hoppy, but it tastes a little stale, the maltines is pretty strong, there is a sharp tanginess from the wheat, accentuated by the strong citrus of the hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy, per ususual from MSBC, but it's a little chewy.

Drinkability is ok, rather smooth, but really, it tastes stale. Which I wouldn't normally knock the brewery for, but I think this just hit town, and has been in my in my fridge since I got it. And I've not experienced this flavor profile with the previous Obliterations, so I have to attribute at least some of it to them...

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Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another MSBC beer courtesy of savnac, poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear amber with a small creamy white head that has no intention of receding at all and leaves some delicate lacing on the way down.

The aroma is just chock full of pungent citrus hops with grapefruit coming to the forefront. I get some pine as well, but it doesn't penetrate the grapefruit much. Neither does the malts, though they're clearly there.

The taste is very bitter up front and I'm not sure if I can attribute it to citrus or pine...it's just bitter. The bitterness takes on more of a resinous character in the finish and sticks around stubbornly in the aftertaste. The malts, again, are present but serve to just barely balance the hops. Great hop-forward taste on this one.

The mouthfeel is definitely bitter and sticky with hop juice, supported by a solid, soft carbonation.

This is the first Obliteration I've had fresh and, as such, the hoppiest version I've had. The hops are dominant from start to finish with a big West Coast bitterness lingering after each sip. In short, tasty as hell.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought this home from my recent trip to the Northwest. Bottle indicates it was bottled in October. Pours with a finger + of creamy white head. Shows excellent structure for a couple minutes, then immediately fades away. Plenty of lacing left behind in concentric rings in the glass. Bright orange amber color with no visible carbonation and excellent clarity.

Aroma is mostly sweet, some ripe pineapple, Sweet resinous pine

A pretty sweet DPA. Initial fruit esters and ripe pineapple. A sense of the alcohol. An even amount of lingering sweetness and bitter hop tones. Some honey like flavors.

Somewhat oily and syrup like. Seems like an older DPA than the bottle leads on.

I am not the biggest fan here as it drinks like a dated DPA and it just too sweet.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/29/2010. Bottle thanks to scrizzz. Pours a slightly hazy orange brown with a small white head. Aroma of acetone, citrus, lots of fruit. Flavor is a bit strange - sweet at first with an oddly bitter, pumpernickel and garlic flavor, toffee, and caramel malt. An odd IIPA but it was drinkable and decent.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 22oz. bomber on 12/14/09.

A - Poured a hazy burnt orange body with half an inch of bubbly beige head that retained nicely and left a bit of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Initial aroma combines leafy and spicy hop notes with a hint of perfume, sweet caramel malt and a burnt sugar character.

T - Sticky and clingy hops are balanced by a hefty caramel malt backbone and burnt sugar sweetness, then segues into a more perfumy character. Lots of exotic spices mingle with the hops and malt, and, combined with the beefy alcohol, create a bit of heat on the palate.

M - Medium bodied with a thick, syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Decent amount of alcohol warmth on the palate, but not too heavy. Finishes with a bitterness that lingers for a while on the tongue.

D - Good DIPA but not outstanding, as I was anticipating, especially given the reputation of some of Midnight Sun's other beers. While this was quite hoppy, I found it to lack a discernable hop character, which hindered my enjoyment just a little bit.

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Photo of Deuane
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Bright and brilliant, golden kissed copper with a thin off-white head that held on and left spotty lace.

S-Spicy tangerine and fresh picked herbs overriding a rather hefty wave of caramel malt sweetness.

T-Quite spicy up front with underlying noted of tangerine and Clementine. After this a wave of malty sweetness kicks in to finish things off. Certainly tasty and flavourful but it doesn't quite work for me.

M-Medium bodied and VERY sharp! Long lingering spicy bitterness that even produced hop burps!

D-Decent for sure and it seems to get better and better but then too much spice kicks in. This is certainly not my favorite of the Midnight Sun beers I have had,

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Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at a BA tasting. Review re-copied from notes after earlier deletion.

A - Nice hazy copper color with a small white head and good lacing.

S - Aroma is resin, citrusy hops, and caramel. Hops aren't incredibly prominent as I feel this may be a little past peak, but it still smells very nice.

T - Flavor is mildly sweet pale and caramel malt, honey, mild resin, orange and grapefruit hops. Well-balanced.

M - Palate is smooth with medium body and a dry, bitter finish with some hop oils.

D - Pretty high for an IIPA.

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Photo of portia99
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. The date on the bottle is indecipherable, so don't know how old this is.

A - Pours a hzay pale orangey yellow color with a thin off-white head. Some nice loose lacing down the glass.

S - Very malty, lots of bread, caramel, toffee, candy sugar. I don't detect any hops in the aroma. Surprising.

T - Very malt forward. Sweet, caramelly. Not nearly as much hop character as I expected from the name. There is some decent hop bitterness but it seems to stay in the background. Definitely malt forward. Not getting the 95 IBU's in this one.

M - Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Carbonation is adequate. Hops kinda give a tingle around the mouth.

D - 8.2% alcohol...can feel it, but not overpowering. Expecting this to be way more hop forward. Maybe the bottle is a little on the old side, but can't tell. Overall, not bad, but not what I was expecting. Wanted more hops.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours hazy dark copper with a one inch head of bone. Streaks and dots of lacework throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of pungent grapefruit and pine. A tropical forest meets a coniferous stand. Citrus resins and sappy juice.

Medium bodied with a sticky, almost chewy mouthfeel.

Ripe grapefruit, tangerine pith, spruce resin, and candied hops start the palate. A blast of solid bitterness adds a nice depth-charge. Hints of grape, apricots, and peaches follow though. Light malt balances.

Finishes with lingering smashed grapefruit and pine, gripping bitterness, and a hint of warmth.

Another kickass Oblit brew. This one could be my favorite of the series so far, or it could be just tasting exeptional because it's been too long! A vertical tasting would be recommended at this point.

Mad mega-props out to big Tim in Ak for hoookin' a brutha up again and again!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (bought at Malt & Vine in Redmond) poured into a 22oz mug

Appears bright orange-golden, slightly cloudy from the sediment at the bottom of the bottle, thin filmy head and some lacing. Smells very nice, like honey and oranges with a heavy hop background.

Taste is a pleasing mixture of bitter and sweet -- the hops come out right up front and it has a little malty flowery finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is very slightly gritty, but thick and bready and good.

Quite drinkable. Nice beer. I heartily approve.

I'll provide a picture if you want.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy copper color with a large frothy light brown head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus hop and sweet malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Complex standout brew that met my expectations.

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Photo of jdense
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle purchased by a buddy at local bottle shop, poured into Chimay chalice 4.17.10.

One finger rocky white head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Orangish amber clear body with some visible carbonation. Nose is citrusy hops balanced with a good dose of crystal malts, throwing some cherry-like esters. Same flavor profile as the nose, not an overly bitter DIPA, pretty well balanced. Minimal effervescence and medium bodied mouthfeel, not sticky. The ABV is fairly noticeable which inhibits drinkability. Not my favorite Midnight Sun offering, but quite tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of froghop
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a semi-hazy amber-orange with a large white head, and great lacing.

smell of grapefruit, citrus, and an earthy back.

taste is of toasted nuts, grain, malt, citrus, some caramel, and a little lavender, ends dry and bitter.

a very nice double IPA.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken while sampling a bomber, but also had this on tap at the new tasting room at the brewery during the same time period.

Pours bronze with slight haze, extremely active with enormous fluffy white head that lasts a long time and leaves thick lacing.

SMELL Huge citrus hop notes accentuated by underlying malty base. Boozy and has legs.

TASTE Rich malty sweetness and light graininess join robust hoppy flavors that are mostly floral but also a bit piny and citric. Alcohol is evident and bitterness is surprisingly mild, but lingers a bit. Very smooth, balanced, complex and just plain tasty.

FEEL Thick, rich, full bodied, viscous with some alc warming and some mild lingering bitterness after the finish.

OVERALL Very tasty, rich, full bodied and complex. A Midnight Sun IIPA if ever there was one. Obviously not for quaffing, due to the size.

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Obliteration V from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.