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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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-29-2012 01:03:39 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 06:48:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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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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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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Nick. Clear and highly effervescent gold, active carbonation feeds a small but solid head. The nose is lightly citrusy, herbal, reminiscent of grapefruit rind with a hint of malt behind. I think I pick up a little wheat, but maybe it's my imagination. Decent palate, herbal and citrusy hops with a moderate malt backbone. Bitterness is firm, herbal, somewhat grassy and chalky. A decent DIPA, I don't see what the wheat contributes here, but it's a fairly enjoyable beer regardless.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 03:53:53 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-15-2011 01:13:35 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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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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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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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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Halcyondays

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 04:48:11 | More by Halcyondays
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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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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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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Nevada

3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 20:12:48 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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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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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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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-03-2014 08:58:34 | More by zestar
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ccrida

Oregon

4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dull gold with a small white collar leaving very light scattered lace. Murky.

Smell is hoppy, bright, dank and resinous.

Taste is more so hoppy, a sharpness. Very nice. I think the wheat is more clouding the appearance than anything. No graininess.

Mouthfeel is medium light, oily.

Drinkability is good, a solid, big bright IPA. Not sure that the wheat did anything discernible behind all those hops, but it sure was good.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 01:37:43 | More by ccrida
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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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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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Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.