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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

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 seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dbmernin83
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of projhex
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Davis Beer Shoppe, Davis CA.

A: Straw colored and cloudy. Not as cloudy as a hefeweizen, but nearly so. A full two finger head which you could float a bottle cap on top if you were so inclined.

S: Hop forward. Smells like a fresh hop beer. Very citrusy.

T: Citrus and hops. Tastes like a grapefruit and lemon mash-up. Possibly the most citrusy beer I've had outside of a herfewizen containing lemons. Not boozy or bitter.

M: Foamy and malty. A fairly heavy mouthfeel similar to most unfiltered hefeweizens.

O: A great IIPA. I would put this on part with most light IIPAs currently on the market. It's not a 'big beer,' but goes down easy with a lot of flavor. Exactly what I look for in a west-coast IPA, even if it's a wheat beer.

Photo of jenray
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Chico1985
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of lakersfan16
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of LSUPT
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, dated 4th week of August, poured to a Parra tulip. Huge thanks to DearthVader for both.

Hard pour yields a 2" white head that lasts forever. Lacing is pretty good. Very cloudy and hazy deep straw yellow/orange that looks a bit like cider.

Smell is excellent. Orange, berries, bitter, big sweet tropical and mango scents and slight pine and slight wheat scents but very full. Taste is similar but mostly orange and tropical flavors with full hop flavor bitterness and resinous hop flavors. Basically no wheat character in the taste though. Almost frothy mouthfeel it is so light and creamy but still has a good body but extremely bitter.

This has got to be my favorite hybrid style and most lean to one direction or another and this one is pretty much a straight DIPA. Exceptional beer, even when judged as a DIPA, I just would have liked more wheat flavor. Thank you for this want Brian.

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date is Aug 2011

Appearance- Cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. 4/5

Smell- Muted grassy and citrus hop notes. Very nice. 4.5/5

Taste- A very pine forward hop flavor backed by a big bitterness. Lots of citrus as well. Wheat is a big flavor in the middle of the taste. Alcohol comes out in the end. One of the best parts about this beer is that it doesn't get any sweeter as it warms. In fact, It mellows a bit and if very refreshing. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Very good and not too thick like a lot of DIPAs can be. 4/5

Overall- I have wanted to try more wheat IPAs since I have had Lagunitas Lil" sumpin' sumpin'. This one does not disappoint. Very well done. Reminds me of a cross between HOTD Blue Dot and Lil Sumpin' Sumpin'. I will definitely keep an eye out for this next year. 4.5/5

Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  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

Photo of DearthVader
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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 JohnnyP3
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 fl oz bottle with a crazy looking dog on it, clearly feeling the summer heat. The label seems to indicate this was bottled the first week of July. Sometimes those notches are hard to read. Anyways, off with the cap. Poured into a goblet. Comes out a very hazy golden yellow with a substantial, think white head of about three fingers. Did I mention lots of haze--no seeing through this one. Head has some good retention, but looks like not as much lacing. We'll see. Sediment enters the glass after the final pour.

The nose on this beer screams double IPA. I'm not really picking up any of the traditional smells associated with a wheat beer. Lots of lip-puckering citrus scents. As things settle a bit, I can detect maybe some of the wheat characteristics, such as a banana and clove smell. Also there is some passion fruit and pineapple aromas.

I'm now ready for the 100 IBUs taste of a double wheat IPA. Hop dog!!! That is one serious smack in the mouth with a blast of hop flavor. Starts off with a little wheat beer taste that immediately shifts into overdrive and dumps a truck-load of hop flavor into the mouth. Finishes with a tangy citrus/pine goodness and a touch of alcohol heat. For those hop addicts out there, this one is for you. Lip smacking bitterness has taken over. Some tangerine flavor in there as well. For those looking for balance, look elsewhere. For those looking for a full-on hop assault, enter here. Ok, maybe a little wheat malt breadiness?

Mouthfeel is a little ruff ruff and granular, if that makes any sense. Or maybe it's the 8% barking. This is nicely carbonated and it wraps the mouth in a bitter stranglehold and won't let go. The wheat component of this brew keeps the body refreshing and crisp.

Overall, this unique creation works for me. All bite and no bark! May not be for everyone, but that's OK. I prefer the straight double/imperial IPAs, but this was definitely an interesting creation that pushes the envelope of beer styles and is enjoyable in its own right. After drinking this, you too might be looking like the crazy dog.

Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Photo of DaveHS
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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.

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