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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

97 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
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 largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

largadeer, Sep 28, 2010
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.

DaveHS, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy orange color. Body is supremely illuminated. It absolutely glows. Head dies off to near nonexistence, but it leaves a thick coating of fuzz along the glass.

S-Significant wheat character with a bright candied orange aroma. Zesty. The wheat is very concentrated. The hops are one-sided. The nose has two blatant sides to it and little in between.

T-Sweetness sets in quickly. Sweet cereal. Caramel glaze. The sweet wheat then gets ear-holed by a fiery gust of bitterness. This brew is very bitter. The actual hop flavors are mostly sweet and citrusy. Doesn't offer a ton of depth. Bittersweet to the end.

M-Carbonation chops away at my taste buds. Intense dryness. Even more intense bitterness. Not exceptionally high in drinkability.

O/D-My first from Midnight Sun. Far from blown away. Will obviously try as many as I can from Midnight Sun, but this wasn't the best first kiss so to speak. Those 100 IBUs really bend your flavor receptors over. Still, I am quite happy to have tried it.

VelvetExtract, Nov 09, 2012
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.

Docer, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of popery
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes, 9/4/10. Chocolate and grapefruit pith. This is an interesting beer - you don’t come across super hoppy imperial stouts all that often - but it’s not really an enjoyable beer. The underlying stout seems really nice, but it’s almost completely overshadowed by the citric bitterness of the hops. This is more a problem for the taste; the aroma actually blends nicely and is quite nice. Mouthfeel is a bit astringent. The beer is black with a small tan head.

popery, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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

barleywinefiend, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 19, 2012
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!

biegaman, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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

GRG1313, Dec 24, 2010
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.

ehammond1, Oct 25, 2011
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

mikesgroove, Oct 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.