Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
11-09-2011 05:13:48 | More by TCHopCraver
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):
As the styles blur together, should we even worry about putting them in one? Pale amber with a mild haze, thick curtain of lace is draped on the glass. Bready aroma is heavily slathered with citric rind and pulp from the hops. Wheat malt scrapes the palate, while the sharpness of the hop bitterness stings; seriously hoppy with an unyield- ing character. Exotic fruitiness from the alcohol and perhaps even hops weigh in against the bready maltiness. "Why not!!"--that is what this beer screams at our taste buds. Its not like we expected any real balance at 100 IBUs, right? Only for serious hop junkies.
01-21-2011 23:22:28 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the tropical fruit with some peaches, oranges and papaya.
The flavor is bitter papaya with some orange and pine notes. Low to medium bitterness. I don't necessarily get too much wheat in the flavor, but I don't get the caramel malt that is often present in IPAs. I assume that the lack of caramel malt is because the beer is brewed with wheat.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
10-18-2010 19:31:58 | More by Mora2000
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
10-25-2011 21:54:24 | More by ehammond1
3.31/5 rDev -12.2%
The darkest 'wheat' beer I've seen in awhile, brown and amber, tons of cloudiness going on. Alcohol and bitter citric aroma.
Taste, holy jeez, this is a big ass bitter beer. This is one of the few beers in the 'enamel cleansing' category. Way out of balance, even if they doubled the wheat, the hops, bitterness and alcohol just brutalize anything in its way in terms of tastebuds, this is like double ruination. You can pick out whatever kind of citrus or other taste aspects if you tried I guess, but I was just in shock from the heftiness of this beer, this one does not play around.
10-24-2010 20:12:48 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. Big thanks go to Bubba83 for recently sending this my way.
Pours a crystal clear copper, topped with several fingers of thick eggshell-white head. This retains with a rich creamy dollop of froth in the center of the glass which just completely coats the sides with a latticework of robust sticky lacing. The aroma is floral, herbal, and spicy, with some light piney notes. Soft fruit character (loads of pineapple here) gives the nose some sticky sweetness which works well with the crisp bready tanginess of the wheat.
The taste starts with grapefruit, pine, and rind, which all lay a steady bitterness down. There is definitely some tropical fruit here which helps temper that hop bite, as does the underlying toasted bready sweetness of the malts. This finishes with dry spice and resins that stretch long into the profile. The mouthfeel is medium with a soft creaminess on the edges, sharper carbonation across the tongue, and then oily slickness from the hops which manages to work itself in as well. There are no alcohol flavors noticeable in the body but this does have some overall thickness to it.
I liked how the vibrant hop profile and wheat base worked together but the higher ABV on this slowed down what should have been an easier quaff based on the flavors at work here. I actually really enjoyed the aroma and taste profiles on this but I could have honestly done with a little less of the "Double" part in spots.
01-07-2011 20:28:53 | More by Kegatron
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
11-17-2012 03:11:35 | More by Gmann
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
Crystal clear medium oranage amber; nice short white head.
Nose rich assertive fresh pineapple, hint of tangerine.
Mouthfeel starts thin but becomes medium bodied and rich and big. Nice balance and carbonation.
Flavors are rich, bold and assertive. Big "sweet" burnt orange front palate that is really appealing and that goes to burnt toast that goes to nice bitter grapefruit. Layered, complex and appealing.
Finish is pine and pine resin-long lasting. A big bitter and long lasting finished IPA
12-24-2010 23:23:13 | More by GRG1313
3.58/5 rDev -5%
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
10-09-2011 23:03:28 | More by Docer
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
09-28-2011 08:04:21 | More by DearthVader
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Entering this one in as a new beer .... Please move it if it is a rebrand. Picked this up today at Brewforia... Bottled in the "5th" week of June for the UberFreshness!!
Poured into my small goblet... 1" white head sticks around for a bit then dies back to a healthy cap... pretty good lacing... The brew is a hazy deep golden with an orange hint.
Big and gnarly pithy grapefruit up front... plenty of pale graininess but it doesn't really stand up to the hop assault.
Bitterness is pretty abrasive... very pithy ... the bitterness grabs hold and really doesn't let go until 10-15 seconds after you swallow.... very dry throughout.... there is something there that I can describe as grain, but it is not malty at all.... very dry... The only thing that really changes is something on the finish that reminds me of pineapple maybe or some kind of tropical fruit essence and that is only delivered after the bitter blast finally melts away.
Good body for a DIPA... carbonation is pretty much expected... given the body though, I still envision more of a maltiness after every sip... but the next sip still delivers a wallop of bitterness again and again; I'm not one to ever complain about dry IPA's, but wow.... this one finishes bone dry and is nearly as much from front to back.
Pretty interesting.... glad I got a chance to try this one, and it is a great beer for late night summer lawn watering.
07-23-2010 06:51:19 | More by JohnGalt1
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
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
10-02-2011 04:34:23 | More by mikesgroove
4.58/5 rDev +21.5%
Wow!! While playing in Anchorage I had the opportunity to quench my thirst with a Hop Dog...I first tried it on Tap at the Brewery. Then a couple days later I grabbed a few more bottles. A couple thoughts. First, I love the art work on the label. MS always seems to find new ideas to present it's product. Nice work, and by a local artist!!! On to the beer.
Very Drinkable. Still even with the High IBU's the wheat seems to mellow the hop bitterness normally found in DIPA. The mid range ABV of 8% makes for little if any alcohol dominance, and allows for more than one glass. I found it very very drinkable. Perfect with a Grilled Salmon Cesaer Salad!!
Nice Presentation. Nice lacing on glass left after a drink. Carbonation was ave. Color was nice gold with murky wheat characteristics.
As I raised to drink nice, almost fruity flavor mixed with strong hop smell.
I enjoyed this beer mucho!! I would have to say one of my fav for the season, but I am a big IPA so there you go...
08-26-2010 22:35:45 | More by Akfan
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
Thanks, Nick. Clear and highly effervescent gold, active carbonation feeds a small but solid head. The nose is lightly citrusy, herbal, reminiscent of grapefruit rind with a hint of malt behind. I think I pick up a little wheat, but maybe it's my imagination. Decent palate, herbal and citrusy hops with a moderate malt backbone. Bitterness is firm, herbal, somewhat grassy and chalky. A decent DIPA, I don't see what the wheat contributes here, but it's a fairly enjoyable beer regardless.
09-28-2010 03:53:53 | More by largadeer
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
10-26-2013 23:10:03 | More by plaid75
3.28/5 rDev -13%
A: Pours a translucent golden with some light orange highlights, capped by two fingers of rocky, eggshell-colored head. Retention is good as it recedes slowly, leaving light lacing down the glass.
S: Light citrus and tropical fruits up front with a big sweet bread base. Some lemon zest and light graings lurk in the background, but the aroma is muted as a whole.
T: Citrus and tropical fruits up front - papaya, grapefruit, orange - followed by a wheat base with some lemon zest around the edges. A big sweet bready character sits in the background.
M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation.
D: A little heavy on the tongue and the sweet character is a bit too strong.
11-07-2010 03:06:21 | More by Xul
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
This beer was interesting. It smelled similar to a Fantome. I'm not sure if it was because of all the wheat, the hopping or they may have even used a saison yeast. It was peachy, wheaty with a hop aroma similar to an herbal tea.
Taste is bold but the hops, alcohol and malt are all working together. I get the taste of that herbal tea. It's really has some belgian qualities to it. I would've like some more aggressive hopping. I really didn't know what to expect going into this beer. I was thinking it would be like an imperial Gumballhead. This beer just seems too balanced for what it is.
08-12-2010 14:50:12 | More by BearsOnAcid
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
Tasted a 22 oz bottle on 7/28/2010, poured into a 20 oz snifter.
Hop Dog, a Double Wheat IPA, is the latest in their run of Double IPA seasonals from Midnight Sun. At 8% ABV and 100 IBUs, this beer packs quite a punch, both in terms of alcohol and hoppiness.It pours an inviting amber-gold, with a nice white head. The aroma is full of citrus notes, either from the hops, the wheat, or both. On the palate there is a bit of tartness from the wheat, along with a ton of bitterness from the massive amount of hops used. It finishes nice and dry, very refreshing. This is a nice summer quencher for folks who are crazy about hops.
08-06-2010 22:19:57 | More by Reswald
Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.