Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
11-09-2011 05:13:48 | More by TCHopCraver
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
10-25-2011 21:54:24 | More by ehammond1
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
10-09-2011 23:03:28 | More by Docer
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
10-04-2011 04:02:17 | More by LSUPT
4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
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
10-03-2011 03:58:52 | More by MADhombrewer
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
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
10-02-2011 04:34:23 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-28-2011 08:04:21 | More by DearthVader
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
09-22-2011 01:38:19 | More by hardy008
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
08-20-2011 05:04:41 | More by JohnnyP3
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
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!
07-13-2011 03:16:06 | More by biegaman
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
06-28-2011 02:56:39 | More by DaveHS
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
03-18-2011 06:48:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
02-03-2011 18:00:30 | More by sprucetip
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
01-21-2011 23:22:28 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.25/5 rDev +13%
Pours a crystal clear apple juice color, with ample head that dissapates but leaves a thin layer for a long while, ok lacing after a bit more time.
Smells immediately of wheat with some citric hops coming through the wheat. A weird smell, borderline metallic, but not too much so.
Taste is kind of similar, with a LOT of wheaty malt, but also a fair amount of bitterness from the hops. The wheat is really a treat to taste, and the metallic twinge I get in the middle is actually kind of pleasant. Citrus is there, but not in spades, and I can only get a vague lemony taste from it.
Body of the beer is heavier than expected, and it benefits the beer, as the flavors are quite strong. Carbonation is present throughout each gulp, and is gone before it can leave a tingle on the tongue post-swallow. Drinkability is really, really high, the 8% is not a factor in any way. Each sip is goes down so easy that I thought it was 5% until I checked the bottle. Overall this is one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had, and really does what it sets out to do.
01-21-2011 06:42:08 | More by madvermin
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
01-10-2011 06:08:01 | More by Gobzilla
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
01-08-2011 05:02:45 | More by KevinBrewer
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
01-07-2011 20:28:53 | More by Kegatron
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
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
12-24-2010 23:23:13 | More by GRG1313
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
12-23-2010 15:46:20 | More by Gueuzedude
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
12-08-2010 04:11:23 | More by mtstatebeer
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
12-07-2010 06:26:40 | More by DogFood11
Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.