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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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ncelauro

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-09-2013 20:55:47 | More by ncelauro
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DaveHS

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 02:56:39 | More by DaveHS
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lakersfan16

Alaska

5/5  rDev +32.3%

11-18-2011 23:06:52 | More by lakersfan16
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-26-2012 20:06:23 | More by dtx00
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unclekeith

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-06-2014 05:42:06 | More by unclekeith
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

2/5  rDev -47.1%

12-05-2011 10:04:50 | More by AlaskanYoung
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dragonWhale

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 03:44:04 | More by dragonWhale
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LSUPT

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 04:02:17 | More by LSUPT
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

08-22-2013 01:46:21 | More by ReeseMax3
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magnusdave

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-24-2013 05:34:13 | More by magnusdave
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 14:50:12 | More by BearsOnAcid
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baybassboy

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-18-2012 04:47:34 | More by baybassboy
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KevT

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-24-2013 16:05:21 | More by KevT
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SitkaSteve

Alaska

3.25/5  rDev -14%

06-27-2014 11:52:01 | More by SitkaSteve
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andy1701

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-17-2013 14:53:35 | More by andy1701
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madvermin

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 06:42:08 | More by madvermin
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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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MADhombrewer

Oregon

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

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 03:58:52 | More by MADhombrewer
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 05:04:41 | More by JohnnyP3
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Xul

California

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a translucent golden with some light orange highlights, capped by two fingers of rocky, eggshell-colored head. Retention is good as it recedes slowly, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: Light citrus and tropical fruits up front with a big sweet bread base. Some lemon zest and light graings lurk in the background, but the aroma is muted as a whole.

T: Citrus and tropical fruits up front - papaya, grapefruit, orange - followed by a wheat base with some lemon zest around the edges. A big sweet bready character sits in the background.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: A little heavy on the tongue and the sweet character is a bit too strong.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 03:06:21 | More by Xul
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ImperialStout

California

3/5  rDev -20.6%

07-04-2014 17:36:19 | More by ImperialStout
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DeeMalloy

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange with a big head that receded quickly. Lots of lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Strong wheat aroma with citrus hop aromas. Orange zest is distinct.

Taste: Citrus flavors quickly overtaken by a wheat and bready malt character. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness that gives me a bit of earthiness and grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Hops give a fairly significant bitterness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: An interesting combination of styles that I enjoyed as a thirst quenching, but still flavorful and higher abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 03:56:52 | More by mfavoino
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GIVEMEBACKMYSON

Alaska

2.42/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Medium haze golden hued whispy ale -ish head, about the appearance I would expect from something called a double wheat ipa.

Smell is all a candy dough confectioner's making. Some across the atlantic notions and vinousness are an afterthought.

Taste has the makings of a mediocre IPA but none of the "double wheat" notion presents itself to speak of. I always say expectations are premeditated resentment. I'm not resentful of the beer but i expected a twist of banana and clove esters with hops in some kind of twisted showdown freak show, and I wanted a ticket to that. Instead it's kind of a convoluted IPA that doesn't drink like an IPA should. The 100 IBUs are there i guess, but not wowing me and I haven't had an IPA in a month, so i figured my taste buds would explode. They did not.

Full ass bodied.

drinkability: This was a chore to finish. And by my estimation a double wheat IPA should not be such.

I'm a pretty darn big fan of Midnight Sun and will continue to be but this one won't be a repeater.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 06:28:34 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.