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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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2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

GRG1313, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -15.3%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of mactrail
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%

Light golden amber in the tall glass. Great classic head of white lasts a long time, nice sudsy mouthfeel. A little bit oily on the tongue, for some reason. Huge aroma of pineapple. Light body with a cloud of carbonation.

Tastes spicy and hot with all the hops, but it's Hops are listed as Amarillo and Bravo. They say 110 IBU, if that means anything anymore. But it is a grandiose wallow in hops without causing any pain. Somehow it's just not painfully bitter, while the hops take over your brain.

22 oz bottle from Best Damn in San Diego. Expensive, though, you don't want to know. But take that, Anchorage Brewing!

mactrail, Mar 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

mendvicdog, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

drewone, Jun 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

duceswild, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
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.

HuskyinPDX, May 19, 2012
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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.

ccrida, May 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

AgentZero, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

popery, Feb 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

jophish17, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of ngeunit1
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.

ngeunit1, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +13%

duff247, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of brotherloco
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

22oz bomber. No date notched in label, but this is a pretty new release and just hit town yesterday. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear pale orange-gold with a big 2+ finger off-white head. Retention is decent. Nice big chunks of lacing are left in the glass.

Aroma is of sharp and spicy hops. Floral, grassy notes seem to be the strongest. Citrus emerges and has an orange-ish quality. Getting a distinct bee pollen note. Malt has a dusty bready smell and contributes to a very dry aroma. A bit of alcohol is present.

Flavor retains that sharpness you get in the nose. These hops really bite and hit you with peppery spices, acidic citrus, garden flowers and grass. The slightest hint of citrus sweetness appears in the middle of the flavor, but disappears just as quickly. Finish dries up fast and leaves you with a lingering bitterness and a bit more alcohol flavor than was apparent in the smell.

Body hovers around the medium mark but carbonation is quite high. The sharpness of the feel adds to the punch of the spicy hops. There is a good bit of present alcohol, but I'm still finding this to be quite drinkable.

This is a pretty unique DIPA and seems to serve well in an "experimental" series.

brotherloco, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of n2185
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.

n2185, Apr 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, May 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

leftoverburrito, May 09, 2013
Photo of sprucetip
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.

sprucetip, Mar 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

gueuzegossage, Apr 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

johnnyboy76, Mar 21, 2012
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Obliteration VIII from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.