Mayhem - Belgian-Style Double IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
Bottle purchased at City Beer in San Francisco. Pours a hazy orange colour with huge white head. Great head retention with lacing over most of the glass. Smells boozy, with citrus hops and spicy Belgian yeast. Flavour has the hot alcohol with lots of bitterness and sweetness. Really smooth carbonation level. A very nice beer. It was pretty expensive, so I likely won't get this again unless I see it on tap.
01-09-2011 01:23:21 | More by kwjd
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
22 oz bottle into a goblet. Big thanks go to Bubba83 for recently sending this my way.
Pours a hazy burnt orange, with 2 or more fingers of stiff bright-white foamy head. This retains with a nice looking near finger cap of rich froth that doesn't quit and just completely coats the sides of the glass with thick lacing. The aroma smells floral and bitter in the nose, as well as a little bit piney and herbal to. Grapefruit is sharp in the nostrils, while underlying malts at a sweet twang. The yeast adds some notes of airy fruit, a soft spiciness, and a bit of must. Just a touch of an alcohol presence is barely noticeable.
The taste is deeply bitter on the palate with grapefruit juice and sharp earthy rind. This is decently balanced by a malt backbone of tight bready character and sweet fruit that comes in off the edges and adds some extra evening to the flavors. Dry sharp spice dominates the finish, lingering with bitter rind and dusty yeast and just completely parches the entire backend of the profile. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big creamy sharpness that blows up in the mouth and has this feeling a touch over carbonated. This does start to settle down some the longer it sits in the glass plus more smoothing oiliness from the hops starts to emerge as well. Like the aroma, the alcohol adds some light warmth but seems like just the right amount for this beer, especially when dealing with a flavor profile that is this bitter.
This is one of the better Belgian IPAs that I've had lately. I loved how the yeast character and higher alcohol content were present but not overly so and nicely complimented the full West Coast hop profile on this. This style can be really hit or miss for me sometimes but this one hit the sweet spot. Thanks again for sending this one along Kev!
01-06-2011 16:37:17 | More by Kegatron
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a nice amber gold with white head. Smells of belgian yeast and candy sugar. Very sweet and inviting. Taste is tropical fruits and some hop bitterness. There is an odd metallic undertone which is just a tad off-putting. The carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkability too. Overall it is enjoyable but not as hoppy as Id hoped and a weird metallic twinge is distracting.
01-06-2011 02:19:30 | More by tegelaar
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
A: poured a murky golden pineapple yellow in color with pale yellow highlights that had a thin frothy head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass.
S: I definitely got the piney hop aromas with caramel and sweet malt notes but did have the bubble gum belgian yeast character as well however I did detect some citrus notes after a couple whiffs.
T: the bubble gum belgian yeast character was more apparent on the palate with some citrusy piney hop accents but had caramel and a good sweet malty backing to help on the balancing act.
M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, piney hoppy, and citrusy finish.
D: it drank better than I thought it would be and was way more tastier than anticipated. It was honestly one of the best belgian IPA's I've had faux show.
01-01-2011 10:54:42 | More by Gobzilla
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
A very soft pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a fat, three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that slowly rises above the rim of my glass. The foam leaves some layered lacing on the sides of my glass and slowly subsides in a cratered, billowy manner with lots of lopsided formations. The beer is an amber hue that shows some haze and a pale amber tinged, gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has a mix of light spice and fruity character; this last is a mix from both the fermentation character and the hops. Aromas of juicy fruit bubble-gum, bright tropical fruit, lychee, kumquat zest and ripe tangelo make up the bulk of the fruit notes with notes of clove, a light herbal character that reminds me of a touch of pine, some woody oak notes, perhaps a touch of basil and even some menthol like hop notes adding some complexity to the nose. Interesting woody pepper notes that become fairly musty even and at times you get a bit of warming in the nostrils from the alcohol. I really like the mix of fermentation character (especially the spiciness and mustiness) and the bright, hoppy, fruit character. The fermentation has added a nice complexity to what is more conventionally a hop focus.
Nicely dry tasting, though this does have some sweetness to it, which accentuates the herbaceous qualities of the hops. The beer is quite effervescent to start out, a bit excessively carbonated even, as it foams up quite a bit in a fizzy manner as it rolls across the tongue. The finish has a spicy white pepper note to it that is joined by touches of ginger, warming alcohol and some menthol like notes that linger just a bit on the palate. This has a firm bitterness that definitely lingers with quite a biting character in the long finish. Now that I have noticed it, there is quite a bit of clove character in this beer; it lingers on the tongue and adds an underlying spiciness that infuses itself throughout the flavor profile of this beer. The hop-fruit character is much subdued compared to the nose, but still nicely perfumes the flavor profile of this beer. The hops contribute flavors of lychee, kumquat zest, tangelo juice infused with zest, some peach essence that leans towards a very floral note and orange blossom honey notes (though without the sweetness). The texture of this is very light and drinkable, the biting hop character and spiciness does make this a more tempered drinking beer for me, but I definitely like that this has the body and texture of a good "Belgian" beer. The grain character clearly plays only a supporting role here, but it does contribute flavors of grassy grain and cracker-driven malt, both of which accentuate the hop character.
At times this can be a touch too hot in the finish; the combination of alcohol, fermentation derived spiciness and bitter / spicy hop notes can combine to contribute some harshness that luckily isn't prominent all the time. The flavor definitely picks up more balance as it warms up, and it almost seems as if this beer works in smaller, discrete samples (meaning the first sip after being away for some palate rest always seems to be the best and most integrated). Definitely a nice beer, though it seems to be a bit sharp and slightly cacophonous at times, but overall it does work (plus I really like the aroma, even if the flavor doesn't quite live up to its promise).
12-23-2010 15:18:12 | More by Gueuzedude
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
Big thanks to augustgarage for this one. 22oz into large tulip.
A- 3 fingers of snowdrift head fill my glass. Sloppy pour, methinks. Beer looks nice- hazy tangelo body, super sticky lacing.
S- Belgian yeast- medicinal, clove and some fruit. Nice.
T- Nice floral and citric hop notes but the yeast is the star- heavy on the clove spiciness and medicinal notes. Get a lot of tropical fruit. Not much bitterness but still some good hop flavors.
M- High carbonation works well for the beer. Good finish.
D- Fairly high. I love a good belgian IPA. Not nearly enough on the market. Worth trying if you can get it.
12-15-2010 22:45:35 | More by ShogoKawada
4.1/5 rDev +3%
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.
11-12-2010 04:41:51 | More by Xul
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
taste- really clean, acidic with a sour-bitter flavor
color- light amber/honey
smell- earth, powder, citrus
body- soft mouthfeel, medium-light weight, late bite on the outside of the tongue
appearance- frothy, white, clean-looking head with good lace retention...looks like a belgi
overall impression- a big, clean beer...can't say i'm a fan of blending the two styles but for the effort i give ms props
notes and comments- not sure about this hybrid style...interesting but i like my doubles west coast original style
11-12-2010 02:13:50 | More by NorCalYeti
4/5 rDev +0.5%
22oz bottle into my Midnight Sun cervoise
A - dark golden to light amber, minor white head with good lacing
S - Very earthy. Pine, yeast and some kinda funk. very intriguing
T - Distinct Belgian yeast. Some spiciness like peppercorns and coriander, musty hops and some mint
M - medium to fuller body, very very dry
D - I liked this one, another solid offerings from one of my favorite breweries.
10-25-2010 18:38:20 | More by OakedCanuck
3.23/5 rDev -18.8%
I found this to be rather one-dimensionally dominated by grapefruit-medicinal herb hop bitterness with the hints of underlying complexity of yeast and malt hiding underneath but beaten down. There are some other hop elements but they also seem unable to compete.
Visually, this is a beautiful beer, faintly cloudy deep gold with a huge off-white head that shrinks slowly to a smaller, permanent rocky, foamy head with some nice foamy lace.
Aroma is citrus and yeasty grain with hints of grapefruit, peppers, leaves, close, pear, then more grapefruit and a hint of peach. This is pretty good and shows some complexity.
Taste is another matter. It has hints of complexity from yeast at first, with a definite spice-fruitiness, but even from the start the hops dominate. Up front is pine resin and grapefruit, then a vaguely raisiny grain sweetness comes up slightly, but lacking in any real flavour. The yeast mentioned tries at first to join the hops but soon withers, always noticeable but only vaguely and deep in the background. Hops are sharply bitter with strong grapefruit and vague medicinal herb, vague-but-sharp spicey-peppery elements, with the pine bark clear at first but soon fading, leaving the show to the grapefruit and vague-but-sharp medicine and spice. There is no noticeable malt flavour. The sweetness is almost syrupy but lacks flavour and is yet unable to support the bitterness. Aftertaste is long and bitter grapefruit.
The flavours are rough, sharp, and clashing, trying to compete with each other rather than complementing each other and the result is that the sharp, grapefruity-medicinal character wins out, beating down all else. Although it's an IPA, I suspect that it might be better if I let it age a few months to see if things mellow and blend better. This all keeps down the drinkability.
10-18-2010 01:02:51 | More by Offa
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
Snagged up a bottle at By The Bottle here in Vancouver, WA,,,
- Cloudy yellow and golden glowing Belgian orange... nice light creamy pillow of head quickly down to a hefty ring and thin layer.
- Grainy, zesty citrus, lemon, grassy hops. Biscuity and lightly sweet. Liking that it doesn't smell too sweet. I don't care for sweet IPA's.. I like them dry.. Some banana yeast.. clove..
- Zesty citrus punch to the palate. Orange, lemon zesty. Lots of grassy herbal hops... biscuit malt. Banana yeast and some sweet brown sugar... pine hops... almost a strong iced-tea note.
- Medium bodied, slightly creamy.. dry.. slightly chewy..
- Overall a very good beer. I love the bitterness and citrus punch... a very high ranker for me because it isn't overly sweet.
10-13-2010 05:18:02 | More by Docer
3.78/5 rDev -5%
Pours out a cloudy golden blond with a heavy white blanket of head. Great retention.
A funky Belgian yeast dominates the aroma. Beyond that there's some pithy hops and and that Summit hop onion smell overlying pale malt. Also a little fermented fruit in there.
Two words. Bitter & dry. Sour white grapefruit peel and maybe a little pear are about the exent of what I can discern. The overpowering bitterness makes it difficult to pick up much else. Needs more malt and sweetness. Capped with a long bitter finish.
Smooth body with a full, frothy mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation, but fairly smooth.
Overall, this beer had some nice qualities but the flavor was too one-dimensional. Given my previous experience with Midnight Sun, I have to wonder how well it's held up through shipping. I know this bottling's not that old and it's a Belgian IPA, but am guessing the lack of depth may be a result of some of the hop flavors deteriorating. This might be your thing if you're one who likes straight up, brutally tongue lashing bitterness....
Thanks for the generous hook-up Toby!
10-09-2010 05:55:11 | More by GeezLynn
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours golden with a finely beaded pure white head that sticks around for a long while and leaves some nice lacing. Smells slightly grainy, and with some nice sharp, spicy herbal hops and a touch of Belgian yeast sweetness. Nice balance in the taste. Assertive hops with lots of bitterness and some citrus peel and herbal notes marry very nicely with some yeasty spice notes ans slight sweetness. Very smooth, but with a bitter bite. Drinks very nicely. A`pleasure.
10-09-2010 03:18:04 | More by Georgiabeer
4.3/5 rDev +8%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours goldenrod with a full white head. Rocky, very good retention and lacing.
S: Great Belgian yeasty nose, spicy with cloves and white pepper, minty hops.
T: Dominated by coriander type spicy yeast flavours. Notes of peppermint, grapefruit rind and lemon. Flavours are very well structured and complex.
M: Medium full-bodied, bone dry, frothy, spicy aftertaste.
D: Midnight Sun has impressed me with this one. It is very good. Just wondering why it must be so expensive.
10-06-2010 06:55:08 | More by Halcyondays
3.7/5 rDev -7%
A bit overcarbonated, but an otherwise splendid goldenrod clear beverage. The pour nearly lipped over the glass but my astute eyes alerted my mouth to spring to action. When I bent my head towards the glass I was greeted with a pungent evergreen hoppiness, followed by a distinctively Belgian yeast tone. Now that the foam has settled down a bit, the Belgian yeast dominates with a funky floralness. The hops are there but have been diminished by the yeast. The flavor is very complex, from the sweetness of the malt to the very forward hops presence, and then a tang of the Belgian yeast. A confounding beer indeed. I want this with more age on it.
I like the flavors but I feel its more of a battle amongst them
right now and with the right amount of time, they will harmoniously befuddle me again. The finish is long and dry with sprinkles of the esters riding high on the tongue.
09-28-2010 04:35:25 | More by dragonWhale
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
22oz bottle received in trade with chickencoop. Big thanks for this one! Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.
A - A vigorous pout yields a mostly clear orange body with a huge three fingers (that almost escaped the glass, but retained its shape and left a cylinder of foam over the top of the glass) of dense just off from white foam with excellent holding power and leaves behind tons of gorgeous sticky lacing on the glass. A constant 1/2 finger of foam lingers throughout the glass. A simply beautiful looking beer.
S - Spicy Belgian yeast character with cloves and cinnamon and some nice citrusy fruit - oranges and especially lemons. Tough to tell exactly where the citrus is derived from...yeast or hops. I'm guessing its a bit of both. Small touch of alcohol wafts through and finishes things off nicely.
T - Very hoppy up front. Tons of spicy flavor with these hops and mixed in very well with citrus and pine contributions as well. Good, full malty base to this beer - a bit of toffee, a bit of bread, a little sugar, tons of body. Great combination of flavors. Really loving these Americanized Belgian (D)IPA's. Bastardized style maybe, but I applaud whoever came up with this idea. Quite similar overall to the Stone Cali-Belgique...another great one.
M - Quite nice...fairly full bodied and silky smooth. Has a creaminess to it that I'm really liking. A bit of alcohol warmth creeps in to give an added aspect to the feel. This beer just seems to glide over the tongue and into the swallow.
D - Another winner from Midnight Sun for me. Haven't had a bad one yet! Really flavorful, hoppy (American style) Belgian IPA. Really think this is becoming one of my favorite styles. Love the way the hops play off of the spicy character from the Belgian yeast. Really great stuff. Wish I could get more of this one.
09-04-2010 00:09:42 | More by portia99
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
22 oz. bottle shared with a buddy as a nightcap, poured into Delirium Tremens and Piraat tulips.
Orange amber clear body, mulitiple streams of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Huge, billowing three finger Duvel-like head, a real gusher, ultra-slow dissipation with significant lacing. Fairly clean nose, some spicy hops balanced by sweet malts. Taste is pretty hop forward, complex, some grapefruit, pine, sweet in the middle, leading to a dry, piney finish. Mouthfeel is the key here, not sticky with a really dry attentuated finish from the yeast. Not the most drinkable of Belgian IPAs, but IMHO, one of the most tasty. Worth a try.
08-30-2010 13:47:07 | More by jdense
3.63/5 rDev -8.8%
Slightly more orange than gold, with multiple streams of fine bubbles racing up to a four finger lid of aged ivory foam. There goes my theory that nothing but pale malt (100% pilsner in this case) would lead to nothing darker than amber colored beer. The rocky crown spatters the glass with small chunklets of sudsy lace.
Summit hops should be outlawed once and for all. The aroma would an American hoppy Belgian-style DIPA treat if it wasn't for the pungent, onion-like odor emanating from the glass. The rest of the lineup is outstanding and includes Simcoe, Columbus and Amarillo. Thankfully, the interloper isn't prominent enough to ruin things.
Same thing on the taste buds. If I wanted to drink fresh garlic and green onion beer, I'd stock up on Oskar Blues GUBNA. Again, though, Mayhem has enough else going for it to avoid being a total loss. In fact, I'm rather enjoying the still aggressive hoppiness in combination with the peppery esteriness of the yeast.
Other than those flavors already mentioned, we have white grapefruit, bitter orange and pine. Malt provides a modest (and somewhat balancing) sweetness, without much flavor transfer. A hint of unmasked alcohol is no worse than in most pale-malted ale of this ABV.
The mouthfeel is a study in glassy smoothness and heavily creamy lusciousness. That is all. To fill out the paragraph, this new MS seasonal has its origins in the 2007 Deadly Sin Series offering known as Wrath.
With one simple deletion (Summit hops), Midnight Sun Brewing could turn decent beer into potentially great beer. It's a tribute to my love for lupulins and for Belgian IPAs that the scores are as high as they are. Thanks to sprucetip for the bomber.
08-22-2010 12:43:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
Bomber poured into my old Rochefort chalice, Mayhem is hazy, dull dark gold with an off-white head leaving light lace. Murkier as I pour through the bottle, kind of dirty dish water. Bottle conditioned?
Smell is very hoppy, super resinous, lots of piny hops. Maybe some tangerine notes I can attribute to the Belgian yeast - maybe!
Taste is very hoppy as well, again, lots of resins, very spicy. Perhaps some of that spice is peppery esters, but again, I'm not sure I'd get a Belgian pedigree if they didn't characterize it as such. Which is no problem, because it's still a nice DIPA! It is heavily phenolic, which is probably the most Belgian attribute. As it warms, actually, the sweet, fruit esters open up more (was about 30 mins above fridge temp when opened), and it becomes more clearly BIPA, which I really dig.
Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, typically nice MSBC mouthfeel, but bone dry, dusty slick hop oils.
Drinkability is good, tasty, but this is a super robust beer that you're just not gonna suck down that fast with ease. That said, it's a well made and enjoyable example of a DIPA, with the Belgian twist a noble cause, if a bit lost behind the pungency of the hops.
08-20-2010 06:31:39 | More by ccrida
3.78/5 rDev -5%
What is "mayhem" supposed to be, the sound of someone clearing their throat? I kid. Bomber from City Beer in SF.
Pours hazy golden-straw in color (in low lighting) with a frothy and lacey white head that sticks around for quite some time.
The aroma is very Belgium. Oh look, this is a Belgium IPA isn't it? I love Belgiums and would love to visit Belgian again. Spicy Belgium yeast is a big player in this one. You also get some light fruits, pineapple, and citrusy/herbal hops. This does not smell all that hoppy given the 100 IBUs.
The flavor has pale malt and an almost wheaty quality, along with a decent hop bite, citrusy, tropical (pineapple), herbal, and resinous. Belgian yeast is big once again. This does not taste all that hoppy given the 100 IBUs.
Fairly lively carbonation and medium body for the style.
Very good overall, but definitely not one of Midnight Sun's best.
08-19-2010 18:08:39 | More by nickd717
4.3/5 rDev +8%
A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a bubbly, white head of foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.
S - Very good aroma with phenolic/barnyard funkiness. Quite a bit of sweet fruit smells like grapefruit, melons and orange. Slight bubblegum aroma, too.
T - It tasted spicy with that Belgian funkiness and yeastiness. Good fruity flavors with some sweet caramel in the background.
M - This beer has a sharp, crackling bite on the tongue. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.
D - This is a really tasty Belgian IPA. Love the spicy, the phenolic and the fruitiness.
07-26-2010 14:38:06 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +0.5%
From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.
a - Pours a pale golden color with 1 inch of white head and light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of citrus fruits, apples, yeast, and some citrus hops.
t - Tastes a little bit bitter, and of citrus hops, grapefruit, spices, apples, and yeast.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
d - A pretty good Belgian IPA. Some nice citrus and fruit in the smell and taste. Would like to try again.
07-13-2010 02:30:34 | More by mdfb79
4.22/5 rDev +6%
Pours hazy gold with orange hues and a massive, three inch head of froth. The dense foam sank slowly revealing pasty sheets of lacework and a solid skim coat on the surface.
Aromatics are loaded with Belgian phenolics blended with citrusy hops. Apples, bubblegum, cut grass, peaches, melons, pine, and grapefruit. Dank and fruity with some light sulphur notes.
Medium bodied with a crisp, velvety mouthfeel. Very smooth.
Tropical fruit, spicey yeast, and light malt start the palate. Bitterness is firm but not too pressing. Mangos, melons, tangerine, peaches, and pine. Cloves, red apples, and bubblegum.
Finishes with lingering fruit, pepper dust, and warming alcohol.
Great beer. Probably the best Belgian IIPA I've had.
06-30-2010 01:45:57 | More by brewandbbq
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
Thanks Joe! From notes.
Orangey Amber with a huge white foam, well carbonated, perhaps slightly too carbonated. Great lace.
Nice hoppy aroma with citrus and some pineapple. Well balanced with general fruitiness and esters from the yeast character. Not especially vibrant in the aroma, but well done. A little bit of dirtiness and woodiness to it as well. The taste is much of the same, a firm, 'bright' bitterness and some more herbal-ish hop notes combining with the yeast presence. Well executed. A nice beer and one of the better Belgian IPAs I've encountered. Thanks for the chance!
06-16-2010 16:04:59 | More by Ineedabeerhere
3.38/5 rDev -15.1%
Thanks to Bobby for this one. This is essentially a remake of Wrath, so it was interesting to try both side-by-side.
A: The pour is a standard orangish-amber color with a finger's worth of white head.
S: A very herbaceous and almost woody nose. Certainly quite pungent but seems to be lacking the typical hop aromas and a strong note of rosemary overwhelms everything else.
T: The strong herbal note that was present in the nose does not translate to the flavor (perhaps thankfully). The hops provide a very sharp and nearly harsh bitterness. Some oranges and a bit of fruity esters to try to balance things out.
M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a bitterness that really sticks around.
D: Overall, I much preferred Wrath to this, although it was a bit past its prime. The bitterness was a bit too sharp for me and the nose I did not find all that appealing.
06-16-2010 00:39:43 | More by womencantsail
Mayhem - Belgian-Style Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.