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Obliteration VIII - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Obliteration VIIIObliteration VIII

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BA SCORE
81
good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brotherloco on 02-18-2012)
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-19-2014 08:31:09 | More by zestar
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +13%

07-08-2014 05:38:11 | More by GClarkage
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jophish17

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

06-15-2014 01:18:28 | More by jophish17
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3/5  rDev -15.3%

05-18-2014 20:48:41 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3/5  rDev -15.3%

05-09-2013 22:05:51 | More by leftoverburrito
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +13%

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Grapefruit, tropical, orange, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, hint of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and biscuit malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy, and spicy hops, resiny bitterness.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a bitter, lightly dry and sweet finish.

D - Nice DIPA. Godd hop profile.

04-28-2013 20:39:59 | More by ngeunit1
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popery

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

02-26-2013 07:35:49 | More by popery
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duff247

Texas

4/5  rDev +13%

02-25-2013 00:18:24 | More by duff247
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-08-2013 05:12:50 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.3%

01-12-2013 06:11:23 | More by spycow
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AgentZero

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.3%

11-13-2012 05:59:35 | More by AgentZero
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t0rin0

California

2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

10-29-2012 01:10:16 | More by t0rin0
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

09-06-2012 04:57:22 | More by duceswild
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-28-2012 20:56:26 | More by mendvicdog
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-07-2012 06:24:21 | More by GRG1313
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-11-2012 07:07:11 | More by drewone
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ccrida

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%

Obliteration VII is gold with a dark core. Nice white head leaving heavy, sticky lace.

Smell is lemony hops with some resin as well in the distinct background. Disappointingly mild.

Taste lemon, loads of spicy alcohol, and pine resin. A little cracker.

Mouthfeel is creamy and dry, oily.

Drinkability isn't as high as I've found the others in this series. To much ethanol. And the malt / hop flavors just aren't my bag. Comes off a little dirty and rough.

05-24-2012 04:50:18 | More by ccrida
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

Random leftover pick-up in Anchorage and opened on 5.13.12. Not sure how old this one is.

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a huge cream-colored head.

S - Lots of orange and some sweet carmel.

T - Carmel candy, tin, and orange.

D - Good carbonation and slightly heavy body.

O - Sweet citrus and carmel candy. This one was all over the place. A good sip, then a bad.

05-19-2012 04:44:09 | More by HuskyinPDX
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

Thanks to Chad for sharing this one. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Giant foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lace. Transparent golden body.

S - Lemon. Smells like those lemon tarts with confectioner's sugar dusted on them. There's a touch of sharp pine, and a surprising whiff of alcohol that I didn't anticipate at only 8.5% - had guessed this was a double-digit sort of DIPA.

T - Taste is quite similar, albeit with more pine mixed in. Tons of lemon, along with some sugary and doughy malts in the background. The resemblance to lemon tarts is uncanny. Not a ton of bitterness considering the listed IBUs.

M - Smooth medium body, mildly sticky texture, pleasant carbonation, and minimal alcohol warming.

D - I'd heard really bad things about this beer from some of my friends, but it was merely average as opposed to offensive. I imagine the peculiarly lemon-heavy aroma and flavor might be off-putting to some, but I didn't mind it. Still, this series of brews for Midnight Sun might be the one I enjoy least.

04-18-2012 02:21:24 | More by MasterSki
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Pugs78

California

4/5  rDev +13%

04-10-2012 01:42:41 | More by Pugs78
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gueuzegossage

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-08-2012 05:12:20 | More by gueuzegossage
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-07-2012 04:58:48 | More by JohnnyP3
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n2185

North Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -32.2%

A: Pours a clear honey gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Tropical citrus dominates the nose--orange and pineapple mostly. Caramel and a bubblegum-like sweetness are also present. There is a slight piny aroma toward the finish.

T: Pine and grapefruit at first before a strong, unpleasant flavor takes over. It's like dishwashing soap combined with Pine Sol, leaving a chemical, astringent, and bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is fairly lively on the tongue.

O: What could have been a solid DIPA is ruined by this astringent chemical flavor. Every other aspect of the beer is decent and it smells good, but the chemical flavor makes it undrinkable. I know it's not a soap residue in my glass because I had a beer from the same glass earlier with none of those flavors present and rinsed it thoroughly before cracking this bottle.

04-06-2012 02:30:59 | More by n2185
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance matters little to me, but this is a good looking brew. Good clarity, light golden/amber color, prodigious fluffy white head hangs around for quite a while and leaves thick lacing.
EDIT: nearly half a year later (9-10-12) I like it much better. I know that cuts against conventional wisdom with IPAs, but it now suggests a maltier but still hoppy beer such as Bigfoot, though not as rich.

The citrusy hops are not especially strong, and definitely not Obliterating. But it's there as the most prominent feature and is joined by some malty sweetness and booze. It is pretty good, but it lacks depth and complexity. Methinks the brewers were bashful with the dry hops.

It tastes sweeter than it smells, but not more than a faint hint of caramel. The booze is detectable, and the bitterness is mild and passive. Definitely not Obliterating. The hop flavor is modest as well. There are citrus and floral hop flavors for sure, but they are not powerful, assertive or even robust to my taste buds. It is well balanced, smooth and tastes good. But it's not anything to write home about.

Perfect carbonation, medium/full body, medium viscosity and a smooth finish that isn't drying or very bitter.

Midnight Sun is my favorite brewery, but I shall not overrate their beers as a result. This is a good beer, but not a memorable one. If you can buy it off the shelf, why not (besides the price)? I wouldn't recommend trading for it. It's smooth, balanced, tasty, and easy drinking. But it isn't anywhere close to Obliteratingly hoppy. And though I am not all that into the super bitter, tongue scraping Sand Diego style IPA, I was surprised by how the tame bitterness level. Ultimately, this is a good beer, and I will try every Midnight Sun I have the opportunity to drink. But at $8+ a bomber, I'm glad I only got 2, and I would have to say that it fails to meet expectations.

03-22-2012 03:41:41 | More by sprucetip
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

03-21-2012 01:57:49 | More by johnnyboy76
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Obliteration VIII from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.