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Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Hop Dog Double Wheat IPAHop Dog Double Wheat IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 07-23-2010

If you’re looking for an ordinary wheat beer, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Designed to take the edge off the hot dog days of summer, Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA offers both quenching wheat character and a big hop bite.

100 IBU
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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 54
Photo of beerthulhu
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Princeton orange coloring with a very good clarity factor reveals a strong, steady nature of macro-effervesce. Atop sits a one inch, light beige, frumpy heading that is steady on the hold. Good 1/2 inch sediment rests on the bottom of the bottle awaiting a second pour. Near full sheet coverage of lace coats the vessel. Second pour releases all the murky goodness of the yeast sediment with a pea soup turbid nature in the vessel. Mmmm.

S: Fresh tangerine on the nose, fresh lemon with some grapefruit-orange juice. Moderate awareness, nice freshness.

T: Dry orange peel and dry wheat flavor. Grassy-orange hopping, lightly dry, nicely bitter, with some semi-dry tropical fruit background notes. Lingering leafy bitterness occurs when held, along with some solvent alcohol detection on longer holds. Dry grapefruit pulp and pine. Second pour the yeasty layering wallops my chalice with a turbid nature and flair of wet bread, musky oranges and pine-alcohol hops.

M: Crisp bite on the mouthful, lively, ligtht-medium body, sticky, milky textured body with alcohol overtures on the tongue.

O: Good drinkability, some solvent alcohol detection when held, better when consumed at a normal rate of consumption. Bittering, solid B offering.

Photo of mr-jj
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an IPA glass from a bomber. No date on bottle.

Color was gold with a slight haze and a thin white foam. Lacing was not bad for a wheat beer. Aroma had some tropical fruit and sweet grainy malt. Flavor was sweet grainy wheat on the palate followed by intense bitterness. Some citric hop flavors fight with the sweetness before giving way to a bitter, dry finish. Body is light to medium, carbonation is moderate to high.

Overall, this beer had both very sweet and very bitter characters. It's hard to imagine both extremes, but it has a strong sweetness at first followed by a bitterness that is borderline astringent.

Photo of snaotheus
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in a little hotel tumbler. Brought in a suitcase to Japan from Washington. Bottle code/date not found.

Pours hazy yellow with a slight amber hue. Little to no head, little clots of foam drifting about like icebergs. Small amount of fine, fast carbonation. Smell is hops, maybe old ones, some hay, some orange/citrus.

Taste is strongly bitter, does not have the stale hops flavor I was fearing. Definitely some of that orange/citrus. Heavy bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, slightly slick, slightly flat. Overall, it’s not bad. I’ve had much worse beers. It’s better than the Asahi I had with dinner.

Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dull gold with a small white collar leaving very light scattered lace. Murky.

Smell is hoppy, bright, dank and resinous.

Taste is more so hoppy, a sharpness. Very nice. I think the wheat is more clouding the appearance than anything. No graininess.

Mouthfeel is medium light, oily.

Drinkability is good, a solid, big bright IPA. Not sure that the wheat did anything discernible behind all those hops, but it sure was good.

Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy brass hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a smooth cereal malt and peppery hop spice.

The taste consisted of a full wheat spice with an obtuse sweetness and peppery hop at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty wheat driven experience.

Photo of oceanman907
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Been having This beer on tap for the last month and a half, it really is amazing how fast these double IPAs flavors start to degrade, its still good now, but on The 4th of July when the new batch came out it was truly something special.

A-Hazy orange-amber color w/ a generous head and very consistent lacing (when fresh)

S- Tangerine pith, tropical fruits, nice passion fruit hints, a bit of phenol, mild scent for an IPA due to the wheat in the beer. When it was a few weeks old the oils from the hops were clearly visible in the nose

T- For a beer that is rated at 100 IBUs this thing is mellow on the noticeable bitterness. A good beginner DIPA if someone is unsure about super hoppy beers. Again has great sweet citrus flavors with lingering hop bitterness that gives way to a mellow wheat flavor to keep the hops at bay.

M- Probably the best part of the beer, the wheat and the hop resin all combine for a eminently enjoyable feeling in the mouth, moderate carbonation that lasts throughout the whole beer.

O- A very good and unique DIPA that really needs to be drank in the first 1 1/2 months after brewing to get the full effect. The batch this year really was fantastic and if you can git your hands on some 2013 Hop Dog in the next few weeks, DO IT, you wont regret the decision.

Photo of popery
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes, 9/4/10. Chocolate and grapefruit pith. This is an interesting beer - you don’t come across super hoppy imperial stouts all that often - but it’s not really an enjoyable beer. The underlying stout seems really nice, but it’s almost completely overshadowed by the citric bitterness of the hops. This is more a problem for the taste; the aroma actually blends nicely and is quite nice. Mouthfeel is a bit astringent. The beer is black with a small tan head.

Photo of Gmann
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a honey hue. The pure white head is short and kinda disappointing; settles into a light ring.

The aroma is bright. Some floral hops, mixed with a tropical fruit hop that leads to a candied apriot scent. The malt is neutral and brings nothing to the aroma.

The taste is of hops. Starts with a tropical fruit and apricot flavor but then transitions into a more piney flavor. Not a big fan of the tropical fruit/apricot hop flavor so the pine flavors were welcome. The wheat malt doesn't bring much to the table, just some extra sweetness and more of a crispness.

The feel is light with prickly carbonation. Definitely sweet but the piney hops quickly balance that out. FInishes slightly bitter, not too much of a lingering bitterness which is a plus.

Decent beer, nothing remarkable. I enjoy the pine notes but not much else of the hop profile.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy orange color. Body is supremely illuminated. It absolutely glows. Head dies off to near nonexistence, but it leaves a thick coating of fuzz along the glass.

S-Significant wheat character with a bright candied orange aroma. Zesty. The wheat is very concentrated. The hops are one-sided. The nose has two blatant sides to it and little in between.

T-Sweetness sets in quickly. Sweet cereal. Caramel glaze. The sweet wheat then gets ear-holed by a fiery gust of bitterness. This brew is very bitter. The actual hop flavors are mostly sweet and citrusy. Doesn't offer a ton of depth. Bittersweet to the end.

M-Carbonation chops away at my taste buds. Intense dryness. Even more intense bitterness. Not exceptionally high in drinkability.

O/D-My first from Midnight Sun. Far from blown away. Will obviously try as many as I can from Midnight Sun, but this wasn't the best first kiss so to speak. Those 100 IBUs really bend your flavor receptors over. Still, I am quite happy to have tried it.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod with a suitably impressive head (I would expect no less from the wheat) that leaves clumps of lacing behind

Smell: Citrusy, though the aromatics are less grapefruit and more in the direction of tropical fruit, particularly pineapple

Taste: Sweet tropical fruit and citrus, at the outset, with pineapple, papaya and touches of grapefruit, lime and lemon; a hint of wheat bread underneath, but I never would have guessed it had I not known of the malt bill; finishes all hops, all the time

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Hard to distinguish this as a Double Wheat IPA from a classic DIPA, though if you look for it, you can find the wheat; still, quite tasty

Photo of rudzud
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lakersfan for the trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear coppery orange with a massive three finger creamy, sudsy head that slowly, very slowly fades to leave sticky lacing and a thick creamy blanket. Wonderful..

S - Very light orange aromas along with some sweet malts and wheat. Nothing crazy here, just run of the mill.

T - Lots of up front bitter citrus (orange) here with more strong wheat. Hops and wheat definitely outshine the The finish is nicely intense orange peel bitterness and flavor with strong orange marmalade notes.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice. Alcohol hidden well, medium bodied with lower carbonation.

O - Overall this wasnt a bad beer. Good orange flavours and finish. The aroma was rather plain and pedestrian though.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark slightly cloudy orange with a smaller off-white head that is gone pretty quickly.

S - Citrusy and malty. Not much to grab your attention.

T - Citrus and malty again. More orange in the finish.

D - Good carbonation and a heavier body. A touch bitter.

O - A nice little IPA. Nothing really stands out, which is a shame.

Photo of mfavoino
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange with a big head that receded quickly. Lots of lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Strong wheat aroma with citrus hop aromas. Orange zest is distinct.

Taste: Citrus flavors quickly overtaken by a wheat and bready malt character. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness that gives me a bit of earthiness and grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Hops give a fairly significant bitterness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: An interesting combination of styles that I enjoyed as a thirst quenching, but still flavorful and higher abv beer.

Photo of dbmernin83
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wheat IPA? awesome!
Pours a hazy golden straw with fizzy head and good lacing.
Big citrusy hops on the nose. Orange and lemon come through.
Nice hop bitterness tamed and highlighted by the wheat at the same time. The wheat pushes the citrus notes forward and mutes everything else.
Big sudsy mouth, but still light and refreshing, especially for a DIPA.
I shouldn't be drinking this in January, It should be the middle of July. A great summer DIPA this is.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, snagged at The Hoppy Brewer in Gresham, OR a few weeks ago. Notching on the right side of the label is befuddling: strikes at both 'J'(uly) and 'A'(ugust), Week '4'. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Butterscotch-y golden hue, a fine fuzziness that enlarges and distorts fingers through glass. Not much carbonation, a few large ones percolate here and there. Not quite a finger's worth of sudsy white cream on top; sturdy coating

S: Huge aroma, citrus (orange!) almost explodes from the glass. Pithy scents and a healthy dash of dry spice. Sweeter and more 'tropical' with some warming and familiarization.

Cute-sy label, a grinning cartoon pooch wearing sunglasses, tongue lolling. A hop cone centered in the 'o' in 'Hop', a paw print in the 'o' in 'Dog'.

T: Like the aroma, lots of citrus in the mouth: zesty lemon and tangier grapefruit. Spiced bread, strong lemongrass and varied herbs. I guess a beer called 'Hop Dog' might be expected to err on the side of hoppiness, but ~wow~ this is more imbalance than I typically like. Flavorful certainly, but not quite equitable on the hop/malt scale.

M: On the smoother side, with less carbonation than may have been present a month or three ago. No loss of mouthfeel whatsoever where it really counts - lasting bitterness, medium weight (bordering on 'thick'), hints only of the hearty 8% weight. A thirst-quenching DIPA? Almost...

O: Tasty DIPA, hoppy bitterness has held up wonderfully, even 5 or so months since bottling. Likable for me, not quite lovable. Midnight Sun continues to do stellar stuff; an interesting twist on a strong IPA, thanks to a great big 'wheat' backbone. Nicely done.

Photo of projhex
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Davis Beer Shoppe, Davis CA.

A: Straw colored and cloudy. Not as cloudy as a hefeweizen, but nearly so. A full two finger head which you could float a bottle cap on top if you were so inclined.

S: Hop forward. Smells like a fresh hop beer. Very citrusy.

T: Citrus and hops. Tastes like a grapefruit and lemon mash-up. Possibly the most citrusy beer I've had outside of a herfewizen containing lemons. Not boozy or bitter.

M: Foamy and malty. A fairly heavy mouthfeel similar to most unfiltered hefeweizens.

O: A great IIPA. I would put this on part with most light IIPAs currently on the market. It's not a 'big beer,' but goes down easy with a lot of flavor. Exactly what I look for in a west-coast IPA, even if it's a wheat beer.

Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled week 4 of August.

A- Very cloudy yeast/wheat filled ale with a fluffy white head. About two fingers in size with pretty good retention. Some fine spots of lace.

S-Hop forward but not a huge blast of aroma. Comes off with nice peach, pineapple, tropical fruit and general citrus fruit feel. A bit of grainy toast malt and caramel.

T- Follows the nose pretty nicely with hops lending peach, citrus fruit, tropical fruit and pine. Malt backbone is there with light caramel and a somewhat sweet grain feel. Wheat bread flavors round it off.

MF- Very creamy feel, wheat worked well with a smooth high foamy carbonation. Finishes nice and bitter for a IIPA.

Solid Double IPA with a nice mouthfeel from the wheat. Good fruit feel and a nice clean bitterness to finish it out.

Photo of Chico1985
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by cbutova, mad props to him, finally trying some Midnight Sun. This was bottled in August.

Pours hazy orange, white head retains well as a ring and good cap, some lacing.

Slightly weak scent, some herbal and grapefruit, lots of malt.

Taste is much better, grapefruit, grassy and herbal hops, some citrus. Good hop flavor but bitterness is restrained big time thanks to the "double wheat", but it makes for a nice malty backbone - big wheat and caramel.

Good full mouthfeel, lots of malt but good flavors coming from both sides, no booze taste.

Good stuff overall, big malt backbone as expected but nice flavor, pretty easy drinking.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from Midnight Sun. Excited I am, yes.

Hop God pours an attractive golden-orange with a snow-white one finger head into a pint glass. Sparse carbonation bubs run slowly up through the beer's body. Small yeast specs are suspended throughout the beer. Lacing left on the glass is sticky and scrawlish.

The initial aroma out of the glass is pure pine and cannabis dankness. I can smell a little wheat mingling with the hops. Behind the dankness is a very bright citrus aroma; grapefruit and tangerine smells are abundant. Lots of biscuit and just a little caramel malt come through in the nose, as well. I really enjoy the bouquet of this beer.

The initial taste is a little sweeter than I thought it might be, with caramel malt and tangerine really bursting through. Maybe the wheat also contributes to the sweet! HOWEVA, after the beer goes down my gullet, that weedy and piney dankness emerges and leaves a great, fresh hop taste on my tongue and sides of my mouth. I like that.

The mouthfeel of the Hop Dog is the weakest aspect of the beer, in my opinion. Hop overbalances malt by so much that the feel is quite light, even bordering on thin. However, the bitter blast of hops at the end of the beer saves the day, and the lingering mouthfeel is very bitter, which I enjoy quite a bit.

Overall, this is a beer that I am a little torn on. I really love how dankly hoppy the finish is, but the initial sweetness is a bit much for me. I do like how the wheat contributes to the overall flavor, but would I like it more without? It's a highly interesting beer and I am really glad that I tried it. Good job, Midnight Sun, on creating a good, thought provoking beverage.

Photo of ehammond1
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazy golden yellow and orange with a hint of amber. Thin off-white head and thin lines of lace left down the glass.

Remarkably strong, pungent, and citrusy aroma: lots of orange, grapefruit, and a bit of a tropical note as well. There's also a bit of a sweet, juicy quality to it as well. Easily, the best part of this beer.

The citrus elements are far more subdued in the flavor than in the aroma, and what's left is a tremendously high level of bitterness. There's not a ton other than bitterness, frankly, except perhaps for a bit of wheat and a mild citrus element. Quite disappointing after what is a pretty astounding aroma.

Medium to thick bodied with ample carbonation. I couldn't drink a ton of this.

A remarkably aroma but little less, though still an above average DIPA.

Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a mostly clear light glowing copper color. Nice thin finger of white foam which has slowly settled to a very creamy thin layer and sticky ring around the glass.

Smell: (3.5)
- Big zesty hops.. lots of lemon, citrus, grassy herbal aromas, and a light malt presence. Doesn't smell overly sweet, but does have a slight green aroma. Very light wheat and bready smell.

Taste: (3.5)
- Very solid taste here, and is very light on the malt sweetness. The wheat lends itself well with the hops. Super zesty lemon and citrus hops with a great grassy bitterness up front. It still just has a slight tartaric green taste though that is just a touch offsetting. But overall it is quite good. Grassy too!

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium bodied and well carbonated brew. The tartness and lemon-like qualities really make the mouth water while the hop bitterness really dries it out all at the same time.. and I do love a dry beer. I also like the lack of sugary sweetness as well. Slightly cloying, not overly chewy.

Overall: (3.5)
- Solid beer, and would certainly try it again. I am wondering if they are consistent from the bottle. A fresh keg in Alaska would probably be bliss of this beer, but as a 4 month old bottle.. it seems just a touch off. But it is in the brewers window of enjoyment and distribution. Just a little green. Perhaps that is due to the massive hops.

Photo of LSUPT
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, dated 4th week of August, poured to a Parra tulip. Huge thanks to DearthVader for both.

Hard pour yields a 2" white head that lasts forever. Lacing is pretty good. Very cloudy and hazy deep straw yellow/orange that looks a bit like cider.

Smell is excellent. Orange, berries, bitter, big sweet tropical and mango scents and slight pine and slight wheat scents but very full. Taste is similar but mostly orange and tropical flavors with full hop flavor bitterness and resinous hop flavors. Basically no wheat character in the taste though. Almost frothy mouthfeel it is so light and creamy but still has a good body but extremely bitter.

This has got to be my favorite hybrid style and most lean to one direction or another and this one is pretty much a straight DIPA. Exceptional beer, even when judged as a DIPA, I just would have liked more wheat flavor. Thank you for this want Brian.

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date is Aug 2011

Appearance- Cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. 4/5

Smell- Muted grassy and citrus hop notes. Very nice. 4.5/5

Taste- A very pine forward hop flavor backed by a big bitterness. Lots of citrus as well. Wheat is a big flavor in the middle of the taste. Alcohol comes out in the end. One of the best parts about this beer is that it doesn't get any sweeter as it warms. In fact, It mellows a bit and if very refreshing. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Very good and not too thick like a lot of DIPAs can be. 4/5

Overall- I have wanted to try more wheat IPAs since I have had Lagunitas Lil" sumpin' sumpin'. This one does not disappoint. Very well done. Reminds me of a cross between HOTD Blue Dot and Lil Sumpin' Sumpin'. I will definitely keep an eye out for this next year. 4.5/5

Photo of mikesgroove
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright orange. Lots of haze almost obscured the light but left enough to give it a wonderful hue. Some visible carbonation inside. Big white frothy head, faded and left a large amount of lace on the top that stayed till the bottom. Glass was lined with lots of gooey lace that dripped down the glass, very nice looking. Smell was very strong, lots of fresh hops, pine resin the biggest factor here with hints of alcohol, which at nearly 10%abv is not a surprise. The flavor was un real, and very strong. Big alcohol and pine resin hit me first. Huge DIPA flavor and right up my alley. After it warmed some more subtle citrus tones started to come through. Some pineapple and grapefruit flavors fought with the unrelenting pine resin taste

Photo of DearthVader
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured to La Fin Du Monde tulip.

Bottled the 4th week of August.

It Pours a fairly translucent copper with a huge off white head that leave THICK lacing all over the glass.

Smell is somewhat weak with slight citrus and grapefruit shining through.

Taste is of huge citrus bombs with an insanely bitter hopped finish. This thing is the most bitter beer I've ever had, but it's quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, with little carbonation. Very drinkable brew.

This was my first Midnight Sun offering and I wasn't let down, but also wasn't blown away. Maybe the weather has gotten slightly too cold out for this one.

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Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.