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Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

54 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 106
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 07-23-2010

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
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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 106
Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (544 characters)

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (2,079 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  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! (2,021 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (664 characters)

Photo of veinless
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (634 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,479 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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 (504 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (1,857 characters)

Photo of mtstatebeer
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (547 characters)

Photo of Xul
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
2.42/5  rDev -36.3%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  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. (588 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of Akfan
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow!! While playing in Anchorage I had the opportunity to quench my thirst with a Hop Dog...I first tried it on Tap at the Brewery. Then a couple days later I grabbed a few more bottles. A couple thoughts. First, I love the art work on the label. MS always seems to find new ideas to present it's product. Nice work, and by a local artist!!! On to the beer.

Very Drinkable. Still even with the High IBU's the wheat seems to mellow the hop bitterness normally found in DIPA. The mid range ABV of 8% makes for little if any alcohol dominance, and allows for more than one glass. I found it very very drinkable. Perfect with a Grilled Salmon Cesaer Salad!!

Nice Presentation. Nice lacing on glass left after a drink. Carbonation was ave. Color was nice gold with murky wheat characteristics.

As I raised to drink nice, almost fruity flavor mixed with strong hop smell.

I enjoyed this beer mucho!! I would have to say one of my fav for the season, but I am a big IPA so there you go... (986 characters)

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Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.