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Trickster - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
OK, what do you get when we toss pale malted barley, pumpkin and spices into a stainless steel cauldron then stir in some magic? Uh, Trickster! The “magic” is actually mischievous Belgian yeast at play with allspice, ginger and black pepper. This spooky cool brew will make your glass glow bright despite the gloominess of the season.

22 IBU

(Beer added by: AKBelgianBeast on 11-21-2009)
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Photo of BigE90
3/5  rDev -15.3%

BigE90, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new fall brew from midnight sun.

Pours a totally clear very light orange with a white head that falls very quickly to a ring and some skim, but does leave ok lacing.

Nose is very faint, limited amounts of spice, and next to nothing else. Some slight, almost corn like notes.

Taste is pretty bland as well. The pumpkin spices do make themselves known, but this tastes like nothing more than a bland golden ale with a short helping of spices tossed in loosely. It's pretty balanced, and easy drinking, but for a pumpkin ale im looking for something alot more rich and spicy. The finish has slight bitterness, but not much. There is a little bit of a metallic twinge in the aftertaste, some spices and that little corn like presence linger.

Mouthfeel is about right, viscosity is where it oughta be and the carbonation is fine.

Drinkability is solid, as this one is far from overspiced, underspiced and lacking in substance if anything.

Overall, im slightly dissappointed with this one. Its probably good for people who don't like alot of spice in their pumpkin ale, and prefer a much lighter fall seasonal. Midnight sun will always be my first love for a pumpkin infused beer (ICPP or "TREAT") but this one falls way short of their high standards. Glacier Brewhouse or Moose's Tooths pumpkin ales are much better options this fall. A tolerable beer, but not one i'll buy again.

AKBelgianBeast, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Gonzoillini, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a wine glass- pours a pretty clear amber color with minimal head, retention and lacing.

Smell is of pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, the usual. Some barley but I don't get any yeast.

The taste is pretty much the usual pumpkin ale- pumpkin, the above-mentioned spices, a little barley malt. There is a bit of an interesting yeast flavor, but not prominent.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium bodied, light carbonation, certainly a nice autumn brew. Lacking that extra special zest that makes a great interesting beer.

Hopdaemon39, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Nage37
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Nage37, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of spokeydonkey
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured dark copper from a 22 oz bomber into a duvel tulip. Very little white head leaving a little lacing in the glass. Aroma of vanilla and sugary syrup. Tastes very smooth and with a huge load of vanilla and some subdued cinnamon and cloves in the background. Finishes with a slight bitterness. A medium bodied beer with a dry enough finish to be moderately easy to drink at 7% abv.

Overall it's got way too much vanilla and sweetness for me without much in the way of spice to back it up. A bit one dimensional. Wouldn't get again with the other pumpkin beers out there.

spokeydonkey, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of itracy63
3/5  rDev -15.3%

itracy63, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

largadeer, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkins and squash are present in the nose along with notes of cardamom spices.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste is rather spicy and has flavors of cardamom and nutmeg along with notes of coriander and pumpkins. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of the spices but the use of cardamom and coriander seem to make this taste more like a spiced beer as opposed to a pumpkin beer. Only the nutmeg spices seem in place for the style.

metter98, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +13%

bespin15, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of KevSal
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

KevSal, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of aranton
3/5  rDev -15.3%

aranton, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of jpaulsen
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

jpaulsen, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ygtbsm94, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of crhea89
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

crhea89, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

drewone, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of flexabull
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer my friend brought back from Alaska to share with me.

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a smaller white head.

Aromas are of Belgian yeast, light spices, most notably cloves also some pumpkin notes. Pretty pleasant.

Taste is just like the nose. Definite "Belgian" flavors going on. Light bubblegum, cloves, and a general spicy yeast flavor. Finish is crisp with hints of pumpkin.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, lighter body.

Overall, I liked this one. I tend to enjoy pumpkin beers, and while this wasn't a great beer, it was tasty enough and pretty unique.

flexabull, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Liana
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Liana, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle at the brewpub. The box said October 2012. It has the newer sticker type label, so I believe it is a new batch.

A - Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a light tan head the moves to the edges and sits in a ring.

S - Cloves, gingerbread, pumpkin, pepper, Belgian yeast.

T - Halloween spices, ginger, clove, peppery, yeasty. A bit muted at this point.

D - Mild carbonation and a light body. Smooth mouthfeel.

O - I thought this one might be a bit old, and it probably was. Still good flavors, but a bit muted.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of lisa_mayfield
5/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say? This is obviously my favorite. The taste and feel of this beer is exquisite. I haven't found the perfect pairing for this beer yet (oh, darn, I have to keep trying...) but so far this goes with rustic type sandwiches....pretty much the fare at the brewery.

lisa_mayfield, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

vermilcj, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

notchucknorris, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of scottfrie
4.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into Gulden Drakk tulip.

A: Pours a clear iced tea color with a very dense, fluffy, and thick light tan head that took forever to fade into a soft film and fuzzy collar.
S: Earthy Belgian yeast and pumpkin spice dominates the nose with notes of clove, lemon zest and bready pale malt.
T: Bready malt and earthy yeast base is easily noticeable beneath notes of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, pepper and faint lemon and pie crust. The finish is doughy and mildy spicy with notes of vanilla as well, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter and sugary.
M: Medium body, medium mouthfeel, smooth and slick. Easy carbonation is fluffy and drinkable.
O: Definitely a spice lovers beer, but they mix well with the pale malt base. Belgian yeast adds a doughy and unique flavor that works well with everything else. Enjoyable all-around.

scottfrie, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Zorora, Nov 05, 2013
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Trickster from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.