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Open Container - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.08%
Wants: 39
Gots: 15 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nickd717 on 05-09-2011)
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Reviews by trappistlover:
Photo of trappistlover
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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

trappistlover, Jul 16, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

tectactoe, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of gregmoscetti
3/5  rDev -17.4%

gregmoscetti, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

ehammond1, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to ipa247 (Jeff) for sending me this one. 4oz. pour from a 22oz. bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Had at a tasting on 6/4/11. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a clear, pale yellow beer is no head and no lacing. Nice legs though. A beer this style with no head and no lacing is below average.

S: Nose is tropical fruit, banana, pineapple, passion fruit, straw. Very mellow but enjoyably light.

T: Flavor is mellow like the nose. Tropical pineapple, passio fruit, apple skin, and Brett funk. Wet straw towards the middle with bails of hay and a slight lemon zest. More pineapple and apple at the finish with a Bretty aftertaste. Very light, almost berlinger weisse-like. Nice.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. A bit watery, light in the mouth and watery and smooth and silky going down. Slightly sticky finish with a dry aftertaste. Pleasant.

O: This offering is so light that it feels and drinks like a berlingerweisse... definitely a good thing. The complexity really isn't there and the flavors are almost overly mellow given the style but this beer is still very enjoyable.

SpeedwayJim, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of leschkie
2.25/5  rDev -38%

leschkie, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from City Beer.

Hazy yellow with a small white head.

Huge pineapple on the aroma along with some barnyard. I’m loving the pineapple in this one.

The flavor is a lot like a good pineapple juice/wild ale combo. Tasty if not terribly complex.

Medium-bodied with average acidity and medium carbonation level.

Very good, and even better when mixed with Russian River Beatification Batch 2 - BEATIFICONTAINER!

nickd717, May 09, 2011
Photo of dsgolovin
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an ice cold bottle into a plastic cup at Nopa's 5th Anniversary party, don't hate.

A-Pours a murky yellow, but you can still see through the beer. Light carbonation.

S-smells like tropical fruit and funk.

T-I know this flavor: Tepache. This beer tastes a lot like fermented pineapple juice. really amazing. I also get some passion fruit. Sour, but not biting. Really a fantastic experiment. I could drink this beer all day long. Too bad I only have 2 more bottles. It would have to be a very short day.

dsgolovin, May 11, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

thagr81us, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of hopsbreath
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks go out to Arbitrator for sending one of these up to ramnuts, and thanks to ramnuts for sharing it with the ASSES.

A: Clear lemon yellow, some large bubbles dissipate to nothing. No lacing, no legs. 3/5

S: Lightly funky, lightly sour, some peach and some lemon zest. 3/5

T: Same as the smell without the fruit. It tends to be a little boring and lacking in complexity. 2.5/5

M: Average heft with minimal carbonation. A quick finish ends abruptly. 3/5

O: Not a great sour. This attempt feels uninspired. Not very complex and what is there is kind of boring. 2/5

hopsbreath, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +10.2%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Diomede
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Diomede, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of nataku00
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter during City Beer Store's 5th anniversary party. Very lightly chilled, the beer was a very hazy pale yellow with minimal white soapy head across the surface of the beer. Not much clings to the edge of the glass in terms of lacing, a few thin lines of white foam that quickly slides back to the surface. Only a few small bubbles of carbonation rises slowly from the bottom of the glass.

Light but funky aroma, ripe papaya, apple skin, dried grass, wet soil earthiness. Not much acidity or tartness in the nose, but it's interesting and different.

Taking a sip, fruity, apples, papaya, mango, peeled white grapes, and still a good amount of dried grass and wet soil earthy funk. Some white peach and stone fruit pits as I warmed it in my mouth as well.

Light bodied with minimal carbonation, a tingle here and there to let you know the bubbles are there, but very nearly flat for the two pours from separate bottles that I tried. It is very easy to drink, and a very different beer from anything I've tried.

nataku00, May 10, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A spontaneously fermented sour beer brewed for City Beer's 5th anniversary. Poured from the bottle at City Beer's 5th anniversary party.

Very light blond in the pour, could almost be mistaken for a light lager if not for the slight cloudiness. Lower-moderate carbonation leaves a thin head that doesn't last long.

A ton of brett on the nose, specifically brettanomyces claussenii contributing great pineapple/tropical fruit aromatics. Plenty of funk, too, along with floral and herbal notes.

The palate exhibits a mild, clean sourness up front. Pineapple is the dominant flavor here, but there's a touch of lemon fruitiness. Floral and mineral notes appear toward the end, and there's just a touch of grainy malt left. The beer has little heft to it, unfortunately; it feels very thin and the finish is brief, which makes me wonder how well this will age.

Despite a few flaws, this was a great experiment that turned out much better than I had imagined. The nose is unlike anything else I've encountered, and kept me coming back for pour after pour.

largadeer, May 10, 2011
Photo of KevSal
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ok its time i finally rate this guy. from notes
had sevrel glasses at CBS 5h Ann party. congrats guys!

i wasn't aloud inside the party because i had a beer in my bag to share (no bottle rule, which I wasnt aware of). gave the gf the money, "get Open Container and ill be right back." thinking it was already gone. thought it would blow quick but was pouring literally all night long.

6oz pour out of a room temp bottle to a snifter

A- reminded me of beatification (which funny enough went on later that night- more on that later) soapy half inch head. deep rich yellow in color.

s- LOTS of fruit. citrus fruits, and some pinapple citrus as well. funkiness but not a ton (yet)

t- nothing like Ive ever had before, very different but very good. same citrus of the nose, slight young brett character. lots of fruit with a twang

m- mine was pretty good carbonated, possible from the temp? wish i had it a bit more colder ( i did later that night and it improved the mouthfeel) very light as expected, but close to where i want it.

o-this guy was something different for sure, but very enjoyable. glad i was able to get a few glasses of this guy and its surprisingly delishes counter part beatificontainer (which worked surprisingly well) which they mixed at the party with beatification batch 2. i can see this guy being particularly amazing down the line, a ton of potential of being a really good beer with some age on it when the yeast develops. thank goodness i got bottles. i plan to open one every year, will definitely report!

KevSal, May 13, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

aasher, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ygtbsm94, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

AleWatcher, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

FosterJM, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

scottfrie, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/24/2011

Thanks to David and Tilla for opening the bottle.

A: Looks like Pinot Grigio. No head. Good clarity. Essentially still.

S: Pineapple with big earthy notes and some apple. Prominent oak character. As this opens up the tropical profile becomes more pronounced. A little leather.

T: Lactic pineapple and lemon with a touch of apple and wheat. Subtle and almost watered down. Faint oak and a little citric acidity. Almost like a watery Berliner Weiss. A little salty.

M: Very light in body with no carbonation. Dry, smooth, and sticky.

Overall: Certainly unique, but did not live up to my expectations. Seems like a watered down Berliner Weiss. I think Anchorage needs to work on its terroir.

HopHead84, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +10.2%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
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Open Container from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.