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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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 20:28:53 | More by Kegatron
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Reswald

Alaska

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 22:19:57 | More by Reswald
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dbmernin83

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 10:14:39 | More by dbmernin83
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 22:59:08 | More by Chico1985
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 18:52:38 | More by cbutova
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Clear, mildly active, fizzy white head fades fast. Color is an attractive golden/orange/amber.

Caramel malty sweetness with piny and citrusy hops. Some floral hops and boozy heat present as well.

Dry wheat malt character with a little bit of malty sweetness on top of a pervasive piny and citrusy hop bitterness and flavor. Fairly well balanced for what it is.

Plenty carbonated, almost rich medium-full body, dry bitter finish that lingers.

I'm guessing the brewery hit the mark they were aiming for with this one. It's crisp, dry character lends some quaffability to it, and there is on shortage of bittering hops included. But to my taste buds, however, more malty richness, body, and hop flavor would be an improvement. Hop heads should try it if they can.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 18:00:30 | More by sprucetip
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 03:33:19 | More by msubulldog25
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe it was Greg who shared this one. Thanks!

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a nice finger high head that is white in color.

S: Plenty of hops on the nose with grapefruit rinds and flesh along with quite a bit of pine. A few hints of tropical fruits, but they're somewhat short lived. Underneath the hops, some slightly sweet malts and wheat.

T: A really quite intense bitterness dominates the flavor of this beer on the front end. A bit of sweet wheat and malt in the intermediary with some more bitter grapefruit rind on the finish.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

D: A much better DIPA from Midnight Sun than Melt Down was. A nice bitter offering that I found pretty nice and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 23:54:36 | More by womencantsail
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DeeMalloy

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-20-2014 01:42:22 | More by DeeMalloy
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-25-2011 19:41:10 | More by Exiled
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent golden orange with yellow highlights that had a very thin but left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of orange lemon citrus zest pop out without a whiff with sweetness from the malts but had faint wheat, pine, and booze notes.

T: the orange lemon citrus zest flavors dominate the palate as well alongside lots of sweetness from the malts but also had piney hops, mild caramel, and wheat notes.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a citrusy, piney hoppy, mild wheat grainy, and slight bitter finish.

D: pretty solid citrus forward DIPA that drank good but was just a little bit too citrusy for me; still damn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 06:08:01 | More by Gobzilla
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-24-2014 01:50:15 | More by Latarnik
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-08-2013 23:49:16 | More by Knapp85
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-04-2011 06:55:14 | More by twelveinches
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-30-2011 18:01:05 | More by djrn2
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 22:11:59 | More by brentk56
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oceanman907

Alaska

4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 09:39:58 | More by oceanman907
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 05:13:48 | More by TCHopCraver
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a large, fluffy off-white head, lacing throughout. Aroma is grainy, lemon, spicy, peppery, and citrus. Flavor is fairly sweet malts, orange, grapefruit, and pepper; very spicy. Mouthfeel is medium, lightly carbonated, oily, and very bitter. Good beer, I really like this one, wide variety of hop aroma and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 04:11:23 | More by mtstatebeer
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Mora2000

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 19:31:58 | More by Mora2000
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

4/4.5/4/4/4

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 06:51:19 | More by JohnGalt1
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle on Date of the First week of August 2010; Sampled December 2010
A solid pour produces a fat, three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer has a pretty orange-copper hue that is brilliantly clear when held up to the light, otherwise it has a dark copper / light amber hue as it sits on my desk. As a first impression, the aroma smells of bright tropical fruit / citrus backed by dusty, cracker like malt character. I like the nose of this beer, it is quite fresh and vibrantly hoppy and I was worried it would be a bit stale, but luckily this is not the case. Aromas of lychee, kumquat, an almost tangerine / apple cider type thing and a floral peach type thing are all quite noticeable from the hop character. There is perhaps a hint of herbal and pine hop character, but this is most definitely a hop-fruit focused beer.

Redolent with hops as this first hits my tongue, the beer is quite a bit more herbaceous than the aroma would have suggested, but this still has a lot of hop fruit character. The beer finishes with a bitterness that is firm but not overly aggressive. Up front the beer has bright notes of tangelo zest, lychee, and blood orange juice this is followed by some tongue numbing menthol, pine and an herbaceous, not quite hemp oil like, bitterness. The finish has an interesting, essential citrus oil flavor to it along with a menthol and herbal hop character. This has enough sweetness to it to accentuate the fruity hop character, but is actually quite light bodied; the wheat character helps to keep this light and quaffable. A touch of alcohol warming / spiciness is noticeable in the finish at times, though this usually remains quite smooth in the finish.

Definitely a nice beer and I would love to be able to get this reliably in the summer months. This is one that definitely satisfies the need for a hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 15:46:20 | More by Gueuzedude
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 23:22:28 | More by BeerAdvocate
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DogFood11

California

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Immediately interested in this brew as I see its from Alaska and its IBU loaded to the gills. Decent price as well.

Appearance is light and bright. Not in the Wit type area but more in line with a soft pale ale. Plenty of racing carbonation.

at 100 IBU's I was expecting a sharp twang but it actually holds a drinkable level. Kind of like a dryer IPA with one fail swoop of sharpness then lays down for a fairly clean finish.

Notes: Most definitely pick this up. Its above average and as long as they keep the price reasonable its a no brainer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 06:26:40 | More by DogFood11
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

08-22-2013 01:46:21 | More by ReeseMax3
Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.