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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

95 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
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 RJLarse
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought a bomber of Hop Dog at a beer store. $8.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow/orange color. It looks a bit like pineapple juice, but for the bubbles rising in the glass. A modest creamy head forms, but breaks down to a thin film quickly, leaving virtually nothing behind on the glass.

Smell is strong, and fruity for the most part. There is a smell of sweet bread and yeast, along with some lemon and orange peel fragrances, and a floral note somewhere between roses and pine.

Taste is a sweet bread flavor, with caramel and toffee, and then a dry, bitter citrus flavor like grapefruit, and a bitter note of dandelion leaves.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly cloying, with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Not the most drinkable beer, or combination of styles. It's a bit like putting unsweetened grapefruit marmalade on a piece of whole wheat toast. The flavors just seem to clash somehow. I doubt I would drink this again.

RJLarse, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of sprucetip
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.

sprucetip, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

SPRichard, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of ncelauro
4.12/5  rDev +9%

ncelauro, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of WesM63
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

WesM63, May 14, 2014
Photo of lakersfan16
5/5  rDev +32.3%

lakersfan16, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

DaveHS, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of unclekeith
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

unclekeith, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of AlaskanYoung
2/5  rDev -47.1%

AlaskanYoung, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of dtx00
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

dtx00, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of dragonWhale
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.

dragonWhale, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of magnusdave
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

magnusdave, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of LSUPT
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

LSUPT, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of ReeseMax3
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

ReeseMax3, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of andy1701
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

andy1701, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of goalie33
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

goalie33, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of itracy63
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

itracy63, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of BearsOnAcid
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.

BearsOnAcid, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of baybassboy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

baybassboy, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of KevT
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

KevT, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of ImperialStout
3/5  rDev -20.6%

ImperialStout, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of madvermin
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

madvermin, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of mtstatebeer
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.

mtstatebeer, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of MADhombrewer
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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

MADhombrewer, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

JohnnyP3, Aug 20, 2011
Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.