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

99 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 07-23-2010)
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Photo of BeerPunk1312
1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
2.42/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Medium haze golden hued whispy ale -ish head, about the appearance I would expect from something called a double wheat ipa.

Smell is all a candy dough confectioner's making. Some across the atlantic notions and vinousness are an afterthought.

Taste has the makings of a mediocre IPA but none of the "double wheat" notion presents itself to speak of. I always say expectations are premeditated resentment. I'm not resentful of the beer but i expected a twist of banana and clove esters with hops in some kind of twisted showdown freak show, and I wanted a ticket to that. Instead it's kind of a convoluted IPA that doesn't drink like an IPA should. The 100 IBUs are there i guess, but not wowing me and I haven't had an IPA in a month, so i figured my taste buds would explode. They did not.

Full ass bodied.

drinkability: This was a chore to finish. And by my estimation a double wheat IPA should not be such.

I'm a pretty darn big fan of Midnight Sun and will continue to be but this one won't be a repeater.

Photo of RJLarse
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought a bomber of Hop Dog at a beer store. $8.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow/orange color. It looks a bit like pineapple juice, but for the bubbles rising in the glass. A modest creamy head forms, but breaks down to a thin film quickly, leaving virtually nothing behind on the glass.

Smell is strong, and fruity for the most part. There is a smell of sweet bread and yeast, along with some lemon and orange peel fragrances, and a floral note somewhere between roses and pine.

Taste is a sweet bread flavor, with caramel and toffee, and then a dry, bitter citrus flavor like grapefruit, and a bitter note of dandelion leaves.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly cloying, with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Not the most drinkable beer, or combination of styles. It's a bit like putting unsweetened grapefruit marmalade on a piece of whole wheat toast. The flavors just seem to clash somehow. I doubt I would drink this again.

Photo of ImperialStout
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of mr-jj
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
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 CheapBeerBuzz
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Xul
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of snaotheus
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jenray
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of andy1701
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of magnusdave
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.