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

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

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89
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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Bubba83

California

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip at about 45 degrees.

Peach colored body with quick rising tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Poured carefully and still ended up with a four finger width bright white rocky head. It seems impossible for the head not to stick onto the sides of the glass, which makes the lacing and retention quite incredible.

The aroma is a little mellow for me overall. It's all a bit, well, indescript... I get some black pepper, hay, funk, and maybe a little citrus, but it's all kind of jumbled up. Still, it's pleasant enough.

The flavor is quite good despite the average aroma. Tastes a lot like apple juice at first, with a nice hit of sweetness. This fades into tropical fruits, nice notes of pineapple and mango. Finishes up with spice and funk from the malt and yeast. The interplay of tropical fruit, funk, spice, and citrus are my favorite part about Belgian IPAs, and this one has it.

The consistency seems dead on, nice medium body with lots of oilyness, yet good carbonation. The head is nice and inviting, a very creamy foam.

Drinks pretty well. I've had the whole bomber now and it was mildly refreshing even. I find Belgian IPAs to be more refreshing than others because of the balance of sweet tropical fruits. This beer reminded me a lot of the 3767 collaboration beer they made with Ballast Point. The thing is though, the hop profile was better in that one and it also achieved more complexity from the oak wine barrels as well. If I hadn't already had 3767, this beer may have been pretty eyeopening, but unfortunately, it's just a reminder of 3767, which in my eyes is a better beer. Definitely one to seek out and try if you can't get your hands on a 3767.

06-07-2010 05:58:00 | More by Bubba83
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

Thanks to travita for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is piney and resiny hops with some citrus notes as well as some Belgian yeast character. The flavor is orange and resiny hops with Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very hoppy and very good Belgian IPA. Another great beer from Midnight Sun.

06-07-2010 03:41:15 | More by Mora2000
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froghop

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

pours a hazy orange-amber with a large egg-shell head, and great lacing.

smell is of fruits (apricot and pear), malt, a touch of floral, and citrus.

taste is of hops, grass, dandelion, grapefruit, malt, and a touch of malt, ends nicely bitter.

overall a very nice belgian IPA.

06-01-2010 02:14:00 | More by froghop
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2%

Bottle from City Beer Store. Medium orange colour, with big off-white head. Lots of lace. Taste is c-hop (resiney citrus), some spiciness, and funk. Decent mouthfeel. Wafts funk. Carbonation above-average. Better as it warms to room temperature. Tasty stuff, but a bottle requires a meal to accompany it.

05-30-2010 18:37:18 | More by Sammy
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popery

California

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

Delicious BIPA. This beer packs a lot of excellent flavors with big American hops and Belgian yeast both chiming in. Mayhem pours a glowy burnt orange color with a big head full of fine bubbles. The head is nice and sticky with lots of lacing. The aroma starts off with big pine/citric hops, leading into Belgian fruit/mint/earth. It's got a bit of that turpentine hops/booze, but it works on this beer. Apricots and peaches lurk in the yeast notes, along with mushrooms, funk(?) and further complexity. The flavor is dry, though not as brutally dry as the other Midnight Sun DIPAs that I've tried. Hops dominate a bit in the flavor, but there's some malt presence in there, somewhere. It's an excellent beer, expertly brewed and among the best in this wonderful new-ish style.

05-20-2010 07:10:34 | More by popery
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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a deep golden with a nice and creamy white head atop. Steady carbonation. Smell is nice. Tropical fruits and a light sweetness. Hint of peppery spice. Taste expands on that. Great hop character. Mostly tropical fruits again, hints of mint. American hops are noticeable but not overwhelmingly bitter thanks to the Belgian yeast strain that adds a level of complexity and approachability. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a good touch of bitterness, though not drying or harsh. Sipped on this one for a good while, had the bomber to myself. And wouldn't have minded a little more. Will have to grab another bottle for sure. Reminded me of Golem from Wedge in many ways and I consider that a positive.

05-12-2010 02:12:12 | More by ncvbc
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cannabanaceae

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

Nice frothy head, Golden in color. Awesome Label!

When I first opened this bottle, it was very fruity and hoppy smelling. As I poured it into the glass, the belgium yeast smell came through loud and clear dominating the smell.

Taste was very bitter with a nice amount of malt sweetness. The hop fruitiness seems to clash with the belgium yeast strain. Bitterness lingers in your mouth. Some alcohol present. Mouthfeel was tart.

The drinkability is pretty good/OK on this one, taste change (in a good way) as it warms. Worth a try, a little pricey. One and done for me.

05-03-2010 23:15:58 | More by cannabanaceae
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

This beer is pretty much a spot on wrath clone. Very similar. Very american in the hop department, but definitely some belgian character lurking. If you want more reviews of this beer, look at the wrath reviews. There is not much i can elaborate one, its the same beer.

03-30-2010 20:58:02 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Reswald

Alaska

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Sampled on tap at the brewery.

In the glass the beer was lovely; where most of Midnight Sun's previous IPAs (Sockeye Red, CoHoHo, Gluttony) have been deep copper or darker in color, Mayhem is a beautiful deep gold. It had a nice white head, and a great hop aroma. Tasting it, you are immediately smacked by the 100 IBUs of bitterness from loads of American hops. Once your palate gets over the shock, the peppery, spicy elements from the Belgian yeast start to make themselves felt. At 8.2% ABV this beer is much too strong to be a session beer, not to mention there no way your palate could survive a sustained assault from all those IBUs. But if you're a hop head like me, you will absolutely love this beer.

02-19-2010 19:36:47 | More by Reswald
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Mayhem - Belgian-Style Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.