Open Container - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 37
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nickd717 on 05-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 35
Photo of tectactoe
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Open Container comes out somewhere between straw colored and a dull, light yellow; cloudy in the middle, similar to an unfiltered witbier, though not quite as vibrant. Absolutely no head, even after an aggressive pour straight down into the middle of the glass... how strange. It appears the carbonation is lost on this one.

Crisp, juicy pears, apples, and some fresh grapefruit make up a good portion of the first inhale, albeit it's a little more muted than I'd like. I'm picking up on some faint peach notes, as well. Despite already knowing that this beer should have some funk to it, I'm not really picking up any Brett or Brett-like qualities off the nose, or at least nothing that's grabbing my attention. Near the end of the sample, some very like oak and wood notes start to surface, but still nothing too reminiscent of funky yeast flavors.

Open Container does in fact have a sub-par level of carbonation as it hits my palate - I wonder if this was intended or if the carbonation somehow escaped from the bottle prematurely? The taste is still pretty nice and refreshing; lightly tart apples, pears, and maybe even some slight cherry notes bouncing back and forth. Halfway through the sip, the funk notes finally start to come out, and are still pretty quiet compared to the fruit. The damp, cellar-like funk transitions into an oaky, woody flavor that glides right into the aftertaste along with a light, fading, fruity sweetness. The body is thin-medium and unfortunately I am left wanting much more carbonation than is being offered to me.

Overall, a pretty good beer, although the low carbonation was killer. The flavors were pretty good, but they weren't particularly vibrant, wild, or "standout-ish". That being said, I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't necessarily pleasantly surprised, either.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to GT2 for opening this bottle. Served in a Midnight Sun goblet. Pours a slightly-hazy straw color with a short white head. Nose has a good dose of Brett with mild barnyard and a good lemon rind and citrus component. Flavor is initially mellow with light acidity through the finish. Light funk and good citrus. Slight straw. Light body with mellow carbonation. Really outstanding.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is yellow and appears moderately hazy. Thin head which falls away quickly, leaving virtually no lacing. The aroma offers wild yeast, funk, sourness, tropical fruit. Some pineapple in the flavor. Lactic and acetic. Pretty light bodied. A decent wild ale.

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer way way more than others. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin wispy white head, small bubbles, no retention, no lacing.

Aroma is funky, sour, a little acetic but not too much.

Beer is light and airy with a nice fruitiness, an almost pineapple like flavor, interesting. I"d have it again.

Photo of craytonic
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark with low carbonation

Smell: I found it a bit off, a couple people like it but I got funk and bandaids in a bad way

Taste: I found this a bit off, pineapples perhaps? Just didn't fit with the color or appearance

Mouthfeel: low carbonation and a bit thin

Overall: a big let down, glad I got to tick it but it seemed off

Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this, murbubbler!

(Aged for 1 year)

Hazy, bright yellow with a small off-white head that leaves dots of stick down the glass.

Bright, aroma of pineapple, tropical fruit, and lychee.

The flavor follows the aroma with a significant sour elements as well. The pineapple/lychee flavor is big throughout, along with a relatively high level of sour.

Thin to medium bodied with low carbonation.

I loved this one. The flavors were bright, unique, and quite tasty.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour pale yellow, transparent, thin tight white head. Nose is pungent and musty. There is some musky funk, a little sweaty with an over powering nose of grapefruit with skin. The grapefruit dominates the flavor, tastes like a whole grapefruit with skin. The musk is light with a touch of cheese and bitterness in the finish. The body is light, a touch oily, fairly dry and good carbonation.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky yellow with a bone colored head that fades to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of tropical fruit and some slight vegetal aromas. Taste is of slightly sour and funky tropical fruit flavors. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a somewhat flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good sour but the mouthfeel is pretty lacking in my opinion.

Photo of illidurit
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle shared at the January 2012 Santa Cruz tasting at Sante Adairius. Pours a yellow gold with a minimal head. Funky aroma, chlorine and phenols, lemon verbena, pineapple. Tart but not very sour flavor, maybe a little lactic influence, floral notes and brett. Kinda mild. Low carbonation.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by aasher at a tasting at his place...

This looks and feels like a white wine... Very little head vanished immediately. No signs of carbonation. Very clear and light golden color.
Smells of giant funk, sour green apples, and some white grapes. The flavor has a nice tartness to it, but it is a little overshadowed by the funk... Can "urine-soaked oak" work as a descriptor? Some pears and gentle apricots come through as well...

So the tartness shows nice signs of sour potential as I swallow, but then the beer entirely disappears. It finishes thin and watery, and nothing lingers.

Overall-- fun to try, and decent, but I'm glad I didn't have to be the one to trade for it.

Photo of aasher
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB in a past box. Thanks Brian!

This beer pours a light bodied, bright almost fluorescent yellow with mild turbidity. You get instant funk in the pour. The nose is definitely funky with a lemon peel, pineapple like hybrid sour. It has a strange sweet fruit presence that is light and subtle. The flavor features a light sour pineapple, apple core, pear, and citrus aspect and finishes very quickly. It drinks a little thin with barely present carbonation. The beer is solid but the mouthfeel is a little distracting. The funk is nice and the pineapple aspect is different. It was a nice beer to try.

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light white head. Color is a pale yellow.

Aroma: a nice fruity acidicness. Lemon and pineapple. Oaky. Acidic. Grapes. Smell is good. Some spices.

Taste: Reminds me of a Belgian witte. Lemon zest and citrus. Some oak and pineapple. Really fruity in general. Tasty. Not sour though.

Mouthfeel: A little funky, but clean. Lighter bodied with a lighter amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this is a really light refreshing beer. It is tasty, but not really a wild. I could definitely drink a lot of this. I don't think it should be a wild ale, however. It was a good beer, but not a good wild.

Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Thanks to Ryan for sharing. Pours a golden color with a slight white head that collars around the glass. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this one as I have heard that some people like it while others despise it. I went in with an open mind. The aroma is mild with notes of some funk and lemon, more like a berliner. Some fruit notes. Light mouthfeel. LIght fruit notes with some lemon and orange. Mild and subtle is more like it. Again, probably not as flavorful as some would like but overall I didn’t think it was as bad as others have made it out to be.

Photo of Arbitrator
1.8/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

In my latest installment of "Arbitrator Takes No Prisoners," I'm reviewing this $20+ bottle that I had to take half a day off work and stand in line to get.

A: Pours a brilliant, clear golden-orange body with a short-lived small head of off-white bubbles. No lace or retention.

S: A pretty neat aroma of passionfruit and pineapple that is tempered (ruined?) by a small presence of cheese funk. None of those aromas are bad by themselves, but together it's an odd combination. Not a strong nose.

T: And not a strong flavor, either. This was described (not by me) as "75% of a wild ale." I agree: it's not 'there' yet. Some acidity to it, but it's a little cheese-like with some unfocused funk and a mild presence of citrus. I didn't hate it, but it was so unremarkable that I was in a rush to move on to the next beer (which was also unremarkable. I nearly cried).

M: It's more or less flat, as the carbonation comes out of solution pretty quickly. It's thin, the flavor is unrefined, and the beer just makes a poor impression overall.

O: Verdict: I'd like the $20, gas money, and time off back. What an unremarkable beer.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to DrGonzo3705 for opening this bottle (thanks Paul!). I was really looking forward to this one.

It pours a pale gold color, nearly looks like a witbier based on color, with a thin white foam. The aroma is tropical fruits and bret, much much better than the 2 bottles which preceded it (Bullfrog El Diablo Deluxe and Mikkeller It's Alive).

The flavor is good, but a bit simpler than I'd hoped. Citrusy flavors (hops?) mixing it up with bret dryness. No major funk to speak of, OK but not great.

Low carbonation, with a body on the thinner side. Matches the style OK so no big deal, but the flavors could be a little more complex IMO.

Photo of FosterJM
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

726th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
22oz

Clusterfork7

Thanks Kyle!!

App- Absolutely stunned at the light clear yellow on this one. When you start lemonade and dont mix its that color. No head, no lace. Just a thin looking clear.

Smell- Again, such a light note. It was a light crispy tart with a fresh squeezed lemon brightness. Had a little tropical fruit behind it as well.

Taste- Okay so I dont think Ive had a beer so clean and one sided. Just a little funky and bright with that slight lemon tinge. The yeasts are very new to me. Has a weird punch im not sure ive had

Mouth- A little beer. Light bodied and high carbed. Tastes of lemon and tropical fruits

Drink- Unique all the way around. I know I gave it a B, but I liked it more than that. Had a certain lightness and crispness that most wild ales dont. A very nice beer.

Photo of Verecund
2.18/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

July 2011.

Pours a paled-out yellow. Almost completely flat, which is surprising.

No two ways about it (and this is the first time I've ever said this): this is an isovaleric acid bomb. "[Cheddar] cheese," light pineapple, candied tropical fruits. A little bit of oak provides a nice contrast, but there's enough cheese on the nose to make me want to just move on.

Very light, almost watery in the mouth. A touch of sourness on the front of the palate, with light papaya, citrus, and pineapple making up the lion's share of the flavor profile.

Almost flat; thin. Just a touch of acidity.

It's not a terrible beer, but I'm having a hard time thinking of an American wild I've had in recent memory that's worse. I'm not thrilled with what the Alaskan wild yeasts have done here and it's watery and flat. Definitely an odd one; not especially recommended.

Photo of Sean9689
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Alex! 22oz bomber into mini-snifter.

A - Pours clear yellow, white head that quickly vanishes, no lace or retention.

S - Big papaya fruit note, citrus, funk. Not quite as sour/tart as I was expecting and more fruity/citrus. Almost berliner-like.

T - Funk, slight tart/sour, papaya, lemon. Again, needs more sour/tartness here mixed with the fruity citrus. I really like the papaya notes I get from this, but that's about all I get...humph.

M - Body is light, light carbonation, dry finish.

O - Just an "okay" wild. I prefer the FiftyFifty and Wanderer over this City Beer release. It's nice for something light/different, but kinda watery with some fruit notes mixed in there. Decent, nothing crazy.

Photo of MasterSki
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Arbitrator. I also tried this straight from the barrels at Midnight Sun - the carbonation level was about the same out of the bottle. Served in an Alvinne snifter.

A - Pretty much still. Transparent pale straw body with only the slightest haze to it.

S - Initially it's quite mellow - fruity, with plenty of pineapple, papaya, white wine, slight uric acid and acetobacter. As it warms up it gets increasingly funky and unique. I'd actually recommend letting this reach room temperature, as it's quite unlike anything else if you're patient.

T - Unfortunately the taste doesn't live up to the promise of the aroma. A mix of tropical fruit juice and white wine, but watered down and understated. Slight yeast character and almost no oak. Very clean finish. If this was a 3% Berliner Weiss it'd be acceptable, but there's not enough flavor for a 6% beer.

M - Flat, medium-light body, slightly grainy, no alcohol. Like wine cut with water. A beer like this needs spritz.

D - It's really refreshing and easy to drink, but the flavor doesn't live up to the promise of the aroma. I felt this way about the beer when I had it out of the barrel and had hoped that the additional aging time and bottle-conditioning would help - unfortunately they didn't. Midnight Sun's Berliner Weiss, Whatever, is the superior offering in my opinion.

Photo of scottfrie
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Jackie O’s snifter. Thanks for sharing Jeff!

A: Pours a hazy lemon-yellow with a thin white head.
S: The nose is full of some of the best fruits I’ve ever smelled. It’s a strange and exotic combination of papaya, pineapple, melon and berries. This one smells amazing!
T: Never had I have a beer that smelled so good taste so completely different. It’s good, but a definite letdown compared to the nose. I’m not picking up any sourness or funk but there is a light bitterness. I guess the only one thing that really stands out is the chardonnay oak casks this was aged in. This beer definitely tastes like a fruity and dry white wine. I do get some melon from the nose in the lightly sour aftertaste.
M: Pretty watery actually with low carbonation and a drying finish. Could use a bigger presence.
O: Fabulous nose, above average taste (just barely), but a disappointing mouth. I loved how this beer was made though. If you haven’t watched the video, you should look it up.

Photo of trappistlover
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(bottle shared by Mike!). Pours a cloudy yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma has some funk, sour apple, peach and grass. Taste is light sour/citric and some sweetness. Thin bodied with a dry finish. This was nice, but the flavors were a bit mild

Photo of womencantsail
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The pour is an almost completely flat, hazed golden straw color with no head.

S: This beer smells overwhelmingly of cat piss, no two ways about it. It might be an acceptable aroma in small amounts in a Sauvignon Blanc, but this is just too much. There is quite a bit of melon, a hint of white grape, grass, and oak. In case the urine aroma wasn't enough, there is a ton of sulfur, too.

T: The flavor is a bit better, but still not very good. Lemon juice and zest provide the sourness, but there is still way too much sulfur. A bit of grass, oak, and melon rind are also present.

M: The body is what I would consider med, and the beer is flat.

O: What a let down. Probably a good thing they only made a handful of cases of this beer.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear very very light yellow. A tiny bit of white head.

Smells very funky and musty. Can smell a hint of pineapple. Tastes weird. Funk, must, pineapple, some nice light sourness. Thick on the tongue. Not much carbonation but i like the way it feels. Overall. Not very good.

But, nickd... Open container blended with beatification batch 2 is top notch!

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with myself, funkydelic, and mikesgroove at one of our weekly tastings. As Mike stated, this one was sandwiched between FfaC and Depuration (poor little fella). Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured an extremely bright yellow (imagine peeing the morning after a long night of drinking) with a very minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, asparagus, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight sour, slight funk, lemon peel, lemon sorbet, and lime. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this beer really stood out to me to make me remember it except the color and the smell. We joked about these for quite a bit while enjoying our samples. The flavor on this one was good, but it was very light in intensity. Nothing really stood out much on this one to me. Worth trying but doubt I would go out of my way to try again.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

part of our rare sour tasting last night, this was sandwhiched in with ffac and depuration and i kind of felt bad for it because of that. poured into a snifter.

poured out a very light straw yellow color with a small head and ring of lace that did not hang around long at all. rather it faded off and left the glass clean in its wake

aroma is odd, very musky. lots of grape skin and acidic notes, but a deep musky wet animal like aroma that is simply off for me. the flavor was a touch better but was ill served by a far too ligh body and profile that did not push the envelope anywhere near enough. more musky wet funk in the finish which was very dry and too acrid for me.

overall i was not terribly impressed here, not sure what they were aiming for but pretty sure they missed.

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Open Container from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.