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Obliteration IX - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Obliteration IXObliteration IX

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kojevergas on 02-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 14
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2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired for $14.00 at a local SoCal beer store. Obliteration IX Double IPA. 80 IBUs. 8.0%. Brewed with Citra and Saaz hops. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Acquired a few hours ago.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the high ABV (~6 minutes). Body colour is a clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style, but there's nothing unique or special here. I'm excited to try it. Light thin lacing as the head recedes. Average vibrance.

Sm: I definitely get the neutral saaz, evoking only floral character. Some underlying biscuity hop character that I'd mistake for amarillo if I didn't know better. Soapy hops. Light grapefruit. It's a bit off-putting. I don't get any citrus, pine, oily, or nectary character. A mild strength aroma that isn't particularly good for a Double IPA. Not fresh or inviting. Just generic floral. Meh. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Soapy; this spent too long in primary fermentation. Pale malts form the generic unobtrusive foundation. Neutral bland floral hops. Light hop oil on the climax. Some unwelcome hop bitterness. Boring and bland. Lacks subtlety and complexity. I'm severely underwhelmed. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Wow, the soapiness just ruins it.

Mf: Nicely crisp and even a bit creamy. Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Slight overcarbonation. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense; it doesn't feel custom tailored to the style.

Dr: I feel robbed having paid $14.00 for this. A huge let down from Midnight Sun. A poor excuse for a Double IPA. This shouldn't have made it to market, frankly. I'll have little trouble finishing the bottle, but I'm really disappointed.


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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Regretting it now that I paid almost $10 for this at Home Brew Stuff in Garden City ... I knew it would be a wild card, but this is pretty terrible (especially given the $$$) Dark golden brew with a nice head and retention. The nose is watered down malt extract and some background pineapple hoppiness... but it smells pretty bad given the promise on the label. Flavor shows heavy muddy pale malts and light fruity hops and lite spicy hoppiness. Body is too heavy for the carbonation and any remnants of good flavor on the palate. I am super pissed I spent the dough on this bottle... Shelves that are WAAAYYY too hot for the bottles sitting there,this is an abomination for something that is supposed to be a DIPA.

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3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for picking the bottle up in San Francisco.

Appearance: Slightly hazed burnt goldish orange. Small white head drops to faint wispy cap with a tiny collar. Some streaks and spots of lacing.

Smell: Some tropical tangerine, pineapple juice, and unripe mango. Grassy, herbal and floral on the back. Some caramel malt sweetness coupled with some lighter cracker-like pale maltiness. Mealy fruit - pear and apple- through the middle. Soapy. Somehow smells a bit old, but really isn't. Marmalade and pith. Some hints of alcohol.

Taste: Pithy marmalade. Orange flesh with some lighter mango and pear on the back. Nice malt balance adds some caramel malt sweetness. Decidedly breast. Leafy, grassy and floral hops non the first fish with some resinous bitterness. Pear. Slightly toasted. Slight minty finish. A decent balance with a lingering bitterness. Warming smooths it out a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Oily and slick. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

Overall: Kind of like obliterating a personal pizza, not a real accomplishment.

A bit of a let down for my first Midnight Sun experience. A good take but not for the price.

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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at Churchill’s Pub – San Marcos
6oz pour – 03/16/13

A: Light straw gold body with somewhat decent clarity and a touch of haze to it. Capped by a thin layer of off-white that fizzles out to just some bubbles leaving a few dots and light streak down the glass.

S: The nose is quite a disappointment with very little hop action coming through. I get a good amount of malty sweetness and a bit of alcohol. There is a hint of muted grapefruit and herbs there. This is otherwise severely lacking in the aroma department for a Citra DIPA.

T: Taste does open with some nice citrus-grapefruit notes; very floral with some evergreens mixed in. A bit heavy on the malty sweetness at first. Toasty biscuit. Starts to lighten up as I make my way through the pour. Growing on me a bit. Hops get much juicier and pronounced with more of an herbal spice on the finish. There is an upper moderate amount of bitterness to the beer. Resinous with a nice little pucker. Alcohol is somewhat assertive and a bit boozy at times but not entirely distracting. Relatively balanced and flavors are not half bad. I would say this falls more in line with the PNW style IPA. Accentuates a bit more malty sweetness than I prefer.

M: Moderate thickness on the body with some light filling. Nice creamy texture from the carb. Has a light dryness there but finishes rather wet overall. Hops are somewhat lingering with a resinous mouth coat.

D: This was not bad but did not meet expectations for a Citra Hopped Double IPA at all. Flavors were decent although aroma was a bit of a letdown. Would like to revisit a bigger sample but will not likely pull the trigger on a $14 bomber of this one.
Glad I just ordered a sampler to be honest.

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3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium amber orange, crystal clear with a short lived white head.

Nose is very assertive fresh ripe pineapple, the kind of nose that you really want and expect in the best of the IPAs. Nose has wonderful fruit ester undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a small bubble and elegant carbonation; very "quality Champagne like."

Flavor profile is assertive, luscious and quite inviting and delicious for the first few tastes. A very sweet tangerine/orange citrus front palate that goes to cooked honey in the midpalate and hits the back palate and goes down with a nice pine bitter hop tone. Very appealing and pleasant - until the third or forth taste. Then, that sweet front character just becomes "a bit much" and hard to take. So, flavor profile, while initially really nice, gets way too sweet way too fast.

Finish is cooked honey and bitter pine. The long pine bitter is quite nice - just way too much sweet all around in this one.

Well made and full of quality; objectively a well made and tasty beer. Subjectively, not my favorite flavor profile with the overly sweet tones.

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Obliteration IX from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.