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Mayhem - Belgian-Style Double IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Mayhem - Belgian-Style Double IPAMayhem - Belgian-Style Double IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

82 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.29%


Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Chaotic yet hypnotic, Mayhem is a deliberate Double IPA, brewed and conditioned with a special Belgian yeast that contributes complexity and spice. Abundant American hops offer grapefruit, pine, must and mint, which play off the fullness and sweetness of pale malts then provide a biting yet enticing finish.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: Reswald on 02-19-2010)
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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 58 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Xul:
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Xul

California

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely effervescent and translucent golden, capped by two and a half fingers of foamy, off-white head. Retention is good as it settles slowly, leaving light lacing behind.

S: Citrusy hops with a big burst of lemon zest, along with some earthy character. Grain base in the background along with lots of light fruits - green apples and light grapes, with a light dose of Belgian yeastiness.

T: Citrusy hops up front again with lemon zest, grapefruit and orange, along with some earthy notes and very light pine. The Belgian character is evident near the backend but a bit muted compared to the nose. Long, pleasantly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate but very active carbonation.

D: Alcohol isn't particularly evident, one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 04:41:51 | More by Xul
More User Reviews:
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LSx

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-25-2013 04:40:40 | More by LSx
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unclekeith

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

01-20-2013 23:22:37 | More by unclekeith
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miadw3

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-10-2013 07:53:04 | More by miadw3
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

12-15-2012 20:09:37 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The GF picked up a bottle of this for me some months ago, and I figured it was high time I cracked it open.

The beer pours a fairly dark, solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is just flat out exotic, as I pick up light honey, light pine, dry citrus, a hint of sandlewood, banana and vanilla. This smells pretty terrific, actually... The flavor profile replicates the nose, and reminds me very much of the Chouffe houblon. If anything, it's a bit sweeter, is a bit hoppier and bitter, and has even more spice. Although moderately sweet, the hoppy bitterness really comes on strong on the finish, and completely dries it out. This is a Belgian style DIPA on steroids. Mouthfeel is actually a bit lean, but I think that enhances this beer's drinkability. This beer delivers just a huge mouthfull of flavor, and I'm not sure I could handle it if the beer was full and viscuous. Otherwise, the finish is long, rich and intensely bitter. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile I guess, though given the amount of flavor and hoppy bitterness, it would be pretty hard to pick up any heat from alcohol.

Quite impressive... I'd be hard put to think of a better Belgian style DIPA I've had recently (if at all).

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 05:14:25 | More by johnmichaelsen
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-29-2012 01:07:24 | More by t0rin0
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-09-2012 15:26:17 | More by DSlim71
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Nice translucent orange pour with a thick, white head. Hop and light fruit aroma. Piney hops and light fruit start with hoppy middle and end. Medium creamy body. Lightly sweet and the fruits are more balanced and less citric than other IPAs. Nicely done and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 19:33:52 | More by LiquidAmber
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-14-2012 19:28:54 | More by savagepm
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JayQue

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average Belgian IPA. Looks good. Pours a hazy orange color with a big delicately bubbling white head. Lacing is minimal. Head retention is pretty good.

Smell is minimal. A little fruit Apples and pears, some yeasty type aroma. Very mild.

Taste is somewhat better. Fruit, mild belgian yeast, some grapefruit hoppiness. THe flavors blend fairly well together.

Mouthfeel is rich, hoppy bite and a light alcohol bite as well.

Overall, a fairly good drink but not a top of the line Belgian IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 03:00:16 | More by JayQue
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belguinyeast

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-26-2012 19:57:22 | More by belguinyeast
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hansgruber

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

04-24-2012 23:39:25 | More by hansgruber
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

04-03-2012 18:14:30 | More by djrn2
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baybassboy

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-18-2012 04:46:10 | More by baybassboy
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Diomede

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-15-2012 02:25:50 | More by Diomede
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-08-2012 03:48:25 | More by Wetpaperbag
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-21-2012 13:08:30 | More by SpillyBeers
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light yellowish orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head.

S: Bubblegum, light clove, banana, grapefruit and pineapple

T: Taste is very nice, very light spiciness, sweet, lots of mild citrus, tropical and booze.

M: Medium body

O: Good

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 03:39:54 | More by barleywinefiend
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hawkmage

California

2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

12-31-2011 16:30:35 | More by hawkmage
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Telestic

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-23-2011 06:29:11 | More by Telestic
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-12-2011 02:40:42 | More by Rollzroyce21
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-05-2011 06:43:16 | More by twelveinches
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-29-2011 04:37:23 | More by imperialking
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GIVEMEBACKMYSON

Alaska

3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Tall extravagant head, puffing lingering, lots of effervescence and a gilded golden gold color.

Smells of fragrant wet hops, a touch of red wine cork, a little clean metal fume.

Taste is very metallic, and jaggedly puckeringly burningly bitter. On the inhale that metallic vibe is becoming more and more of a nuisance. This needs some sweetness to balance, and that gol darn metal needs to go.

Mouthfeel is pretty lively for the weight of this, and feels just right.

Overall, the metallic side of this beer killed it for me. I was ready to fall in love with it when I saw it on the shelf, and thought it seemed imminent when i saw it poured and sniffed the bottle. But on the other hand, I can't rule out the possibility that this is just an off bottle. I think it could be worth a second look, as i like MOST of this beer quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 23:54:25 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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Mayhem - Belgian-Style Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.