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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

85 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | 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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popery

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 07:34:12 | More by popery
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -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

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 01:20:47 | More by barleywinefiend
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 14:50:12 | More by BearsOnAcid
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-19-2012 03:44:47 | More by HuskyinPDX
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 03:16:06 | More by biegaman
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GRG1313

California

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 23:23:13 | More by GRG1313
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ehammond1


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 21:54:24 | More by ehammond1
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.73/5  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

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 04:34:23 | More by mikesgroove
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-03-2012 00:52:33 | More by SPRichard
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-26-2012 20:06:23 | More by dtx00
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Mosman445

Utah

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-24-2012 15:14:53 | More by Mosman445
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KevT

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-24-2013 16:05:21 | More by KevT
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-08-2013 23:58:52 | More by jzeilinger
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ncelauro

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-09-2013 20:55:47 | More by ncelauro
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unclekeith

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-06-2014 05:42:06 | More by unclekeith
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CoryR

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-22-2012 17:22:55 | More by CoryR
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WesM63

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-14-2014 01:16:41 | More by WesM63
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-29-2012 01:03:39 | More by t0rin0
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-01-2013 01:55:45 | More by rab53
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DearthVader

California

3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 08:04:21 | More by DearthVader
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plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 23:10:03 | More by plaid75
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KevinBrewer

California

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 05:02:45 | More by KevinBrewer
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 21:31:24 | More by rudzud
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mfavoino

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 03:56:52 | More by mfavoino
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dragonWhale

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 03:44:04 | More by dragonWhale
Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.