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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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very good

54 Reviews

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 109
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 9 | 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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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 109
Photo of dragonWhale
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in the loft this summer. 12 oz pour, split with the lady.pours orange/copper, somewhere between with a fanciful powdered wig atop. bursting with hop aromas, the wheat is immediately obvious as well, providing its unique profile. More citrus/orange/grapefruit, f'ing bitter. The sweetness of the wheat malt makes a good life partner for the hopping schedule here, it balances nicely, although it is nearly (perhaps is) over-the-top in the hopping. Still, I enjoyed this very much, so much so, I had to buy several bottles of it over the summer.
Good show, chaps.

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Photo of mfavoino
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear and light copper in color with a billowy white head that lasts, leaving good lacing.

N- Floral and herbal hops, melon, and a light kiss of alcohol

T- Sweet maltiness accented with spicy hops in the beginning. Hop fruitiness and a touch of alcohol in the middle. Dry herbal, resinous finish with grassy bitterness, spiciness, and light alcohol fumes in the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Hop oils leave your mouth pleasantly sticky after each sip.

D- I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The alcohol is present throughout, but it's light enough that it becomes an important part of the flavor profile.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of DearthVader
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wheat beers are generally cloudy so it makes sense for this "double wheat India pale ale" to be doubly cloudy, but it isn't really. You wouldn't recognize anybody's face on the other side of it, but this yellow beer, with its valley-of-the-sun brightness, doesn't even approach German weiss beer murkiness. (Nor does it approach weiss beer caliber head.)

In the bizarro world of "imperial" beers disproportion means balance, eight percent alcohol isn't that strong and stink is a desirable attribute. The aroma smells like the squeezed juice of acres and acres worth of clementines, much of which was rank to begin with. It smells more like something you'd serve to a fruit fly rather than a thirsty buddy of yours.

Pale and wheat malts stand up to alcohol like Louisiana levies do a hurricane. (Ouch! Too soon?) Admittedly, this bottle of Hop Dog ain't no pup, but it isn't exactly long in the tooth neither and yet its bready backbone has been penetrated by a potent, stinging booziness. The pungency of the hops - which is plentiful - doesn't help things either. Something about this gives it a cough drop-like character; a cloying and unpalatable taste is left in the mouth.

Like the brewery warns, if you’re looking for an ordinary wheat beer, you’re barking up the wrong tree. With bittering units that top the century mark, this is an incessantly bitter beer; Hop Dog bites down hard, easily breaking the skin, and doesn't relent. Of course there's enough alcohol to sterilize the wound, but it only intensifies the blistering left on the finish.

The brewery says that this is "brewed to take the edge off the dog days of summer" and, indeed, I can think of no better way to do that than with a beer refreshingly hoppy, enjoyably drinkable and, it doesn't hurt, this high in alcohol. But Midnight Sun need to keep this puppy on a leash if they intend for it to fill those shoes. As it stands, I'd have the bitterness and alcohol each neutered a bit, and then maybe it'd be closer to a man's best friend!

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Photo of GRG1313
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head. Sordove sluggish for a IIPA

S: Citrus, grains, syrupy and wheat

T: A tad syrupy, wheat, nice amount of hop bitterness and there is some citrus to, more like grapefruit

M: Medium body, booze is pretty disguised.

D: Interesting, nice try but wont go back to it

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of popery
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours rusty orange with over an inch of fluffy white head. Leaves minimal soapy lacing.

S-Sweet malts, honey, rock candy sugar, sticky pine resin.

T/M-Lots of honey and piney hops. Not getting much of the wheat. Very sweet. Reminds me of an old bottle of 90 minute IPA. This one might be past its prime. Still, it has its charms. Brown sugar/pine combo is growing on me.

O-Not the best Midnight Sun beer. Worth trying once.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a full two finger head. Good retention, with very good lace.

S: Grapefruit pith, lemon, wheat malt.

T: Citrus dominates here, mostly grapefruit, some lemon and orange as well. Bitter finish. Malt is pretty much relegated to the background.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny, semi-sweet aftertaste with a lot of pine.

D: Since I loved the Lagunitas Lil' Sumpin' brews, I thought this would be a good one to pick up. A quality beer, but its not as good as Lagunitas and is about double the price, so I don't plan to rebuy it. But it's good to see Midnight Sun in the Southland finally.

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Photo of Gmann
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light orange color with a nice 2 inch bone colored head that fades to a small cap. Nice ring lacing on the drink down. I get a very weak smell of citrus zest hops in the smell. This was bottled in August 2010 so maybe the hops have faded greatly over the past 7 or so months. Some light wheat notes are present too. Taste is of citrus zest hops that have lost some of their edge, slight wheat, and a medicinal taste. Somewhat abrasive bitterness that is very herbal/medicinal after each sip. Good carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Somewhat oily and coating in the mouth. Overall, this is alright but I bet it was much much better when it was fresh. I might revisit this one in the summer if I can get another bottle.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy gold with a 1/2 finger off white head which recedes, leaving a thin disc of foam on top. The aroma has grapefruit, zest, tangerines, and pine. Smells like it will be very bitter.

The taste is exactly like the aroma suggests, and is very bitter. Grapefruit zest, grapefruit, tangerines, and pine. This beer is billed as a double wheat IPA, but where is the wheat? It has taken a back seat to the bitter hops.

Oily, resiny, and bitter. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Not a bad beer, but too bitter to be one of my favorites.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.