Sockeye Red India Pale Ale
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Sockeye Red India Pale AleSockeye Red India Pale Ale
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American IPA
Ranked #4,576
Ranked #23,092
3.81 | pDev: 10.5%
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Very Good
Sockeye Red India Pale AleSockeye Red India Pale Ale
Notes: Brewed in the bold spirit of Alaska, Sockeye Red IPA is a finely crafted Pacific Northwest-style India Pale Ale with a real bite. Ample pale two-row malt creates a fresh, firm body while specialty malts impart a spawning red hue. The predominant character of this fiesty catch comes from outlandish portions of Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe hops, giving this beer tremendous citrus and floral aroma and flavor.

Determined and bitter but amazingly balanced, Sockeye Red IPA is gnarly enough to take you hook, line and sinker. Forget about a bigger rig; grab a bigger glass.

70 IBU
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Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 444
Reviews by RyanK252:
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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep reddish amber with a frothy light tan head that settles and laces well.

S: Citrus hops, a little dankness, caramel malt sweetness,

T: Citrus hops, light grapefruit and tangerine, a little fruity, a touch of pine, a bit of roasty malt, and caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colorful label proudly pronounces, 22 fluid ounces of Humpy’s Sockeye Red IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska. A search of the BA Database reveals no matches – What?? Oh NO!!, I am the first person to Review this beer – Damn, now the pressure is on, I can’t plagiarize everyone else’s review like I normally do, LOL!!!

Inherent carbonation is notably low, but yet it still pours with a head bigger than Mike Tysons. No facial tattoos here though, just a large tanned head that is frothy, rocky and as stiff as whisked egg whites. As it collapses very slowly, this leads to an uneven surface texture. Massive broken bubble lacing is evident as the beer is consumed, indeed the lacing looks like the after effects of drifting ‘sticky’ snow, quite amazing lace . It sticks to the sides of my freshly cleaned glass extremely well, and even overhangs in places. The beer itself has a very clear red-brown body that impresses me. This beer really looks the part.

Aromas are hoppy, crisp and forthright. How do I describe the Aromas? Well, overall, the nose is how I would imagine the smell from a blend of a good IPA, and accomplished Red Ale, would be. Very inviting indeed. A nose teaser.

I stare carefully at the billowy off-cream head that stays perfectly horizontal as it rescinds into the glass as I drink the first mouthful. It never changes shape as it returns to its original position. The initial tastes are overwhelmingly hoppy and sharp. These introductory flavors are followed by a hoppy snatch that entices, and will certainly add a smirk to the face of hopheads. The use of Centennial and Cascade Hops really contribute to the 70+ IBU’s in this beer and lend a crisp bitterness as well as a refreshing hoppy kick character. Has a slightly dry finish, with an ever so slight hop-oil cloying – but nothing to be too upset about, in fact I like it. Maybe it is the mild cold I have.

Looks like a great Red Ale, and tastes like an excellent IPA, the best of both worlds here from the two styles. The bitter (and twisted?) characteristics of the IPA are more dominant than those of the Red Ale though.

"A tale of two beers"

– Cool, a nifty juxta-posed beer that really works for me.

Nice one!
My first Alaskan beer, and it was quite impressive – but keep that to yourself.

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

Photo of gefinley
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally 3.48 (L3.5/S3.5/T3.5/F3.25/O3.5) on 7/24/19.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This deep amber IPA posesses a full if fast disippating head with some trailing lace. This brew is all about the hops in both aroma and in flavors. The biscuity and raw-edged malt offers just hint of sweetness. White grapefruit & lemon zest bitterness dominate. A light metallic tang only serves to intensify the sharpness. A lightly herbal quality weakly appears towards the end as well as a dose of alcohol. (B)

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Photo of Namaste108
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber red caramel hue with a nice cream colored head leaves big chunks of lacing in it's wisp. Aroma: Sweet flowign caramel malts infused with flowery and piney hops some Cascads are evident great aromatics. Taste: Great amount of bitterness lashing the palate big buttery caramel malts with big layers of flowery pine. Mouthfeel: Medium body succulent IPA nice brew. Drinkability: Lacks something for me but a decent all around IPA nonetheless too bad it's from all the way up in Anchorage, could be addicting.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly beclouded amber color, the head behemothic in size, frothy to the max, light tan in color and after the erosion process, the lace forms a nice sealing sheet upon the glass. Sweet aroma of the hops, malt, citrus crisp, quite fresh and clean this treat to the nose with the start, richly malt and somewhat sweet, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is modestly acidic, the hops spiteful in their bite, the aftertaste lingering and quite dry, A quite good representative to the style.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RBorsato
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm, no mention of Humpy's on the label ... oh, well.

Bronze-ish amber with a full creamy tan head, decent carbonation, and very nice clumpy lace. Moderate citrus hop aroma - very nice - not overblown like many IPA's. Nice balanced malt-hop flavor and a bit of fruitiness. Medium-full (leans full) bodied, creamy, and smooth with a nicely balanced finish. Not really bitter at all considering IBU levels of over 70 !!!

Would certainly buy again ...

Label states: "Centennial and Cascade hops"

Per M.S.B.Co. website: 70+ IBUs.
Gold Medal 2000 Alpha King Challenge Denver Colorado.
Bronze Medal 1999 Alpha King Challenge Denver Colorado.
Silver Medal 1999 Great Alaskan Beer Festival, Anchorage, Alaska.

Bottled: 2nd Wk. Nov (2003)
Tasted: 03/23/04

($4.49 / 22 oz. bottle)

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Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Deep amber with 1 finger off white head and some nice lacing.

Smell. Citrus fruit, some bready malt. Some ...under-ripe bananna?

Taste. Good hop flavour and just enough bitterness. Citrus fruit and a little pine tree sap. Some light malt to balance, but not take away from the predominant hoppy goodness. Very little sweetness and it works great. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and just a little thin.

Drinkability. A great drinker. Refreshing and crisp.

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Photo of LiamStLiam
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good, solid IPA. Had a decent bite and is very hoppy.

I picked it up because I was intrigued by the two Alaskan 22-ouncers I always see at Kappy's (the nut brown is the other).

I like IPAs, and I liked this beer a lot. I would love to try it on tap.

Pours a darker brown than I expected. Thick, white head (I actually overpoured it).

It's a beer you need to concentrate on and enjoy. There's a lot going on, and if you drink it mindlessly, you'll miss a lot.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a deep amber with a very large and fluffy off white head. The head recedes quickly leaving lots of lacing clinging to the glass.

The smell is sweet carmel malt, earthy hops, orange zest, and some tropical fruit. The smell is clean and well balanced, nothing seems to dominate.

The tase is bitter pine, orange zest, a slightly sweet carmel malt backbone, and some spicy & slightly tropical flavors that linger in the background. The overwhelming flavor is pine.

The mouthfeel has medium body with with a light carbonation. Need some more carbonation to make the flavors dance on the palate.

Overall, this is a solid IPA. It has good hop flavors, a nice malt base, and some orange zest flavor. The pine is a little strong for my taste, but it does not completely overpower everything else. I would drink this again if offered one.

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Photo of mschofield
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish amber, topped with a three finger creamy tan head, clear but very dark. Leaves thick rings of lacing.
Citrus and herbal hoppy aroma over a toffee and toasted biscuit malt taste.
The taste is mainly malt, the hops don't come out and don't provide enough bitterness. A note of citrus but mainly dark toasted malt.
Light bodied, could stand to be a lot fuller.
Looks good and smells alright, but weak in other areas.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's nice to have friends in Alaska when you live in Oklahoma.

Nicely decorated label on the 22oz bottle. Color was a cool shade of red/orange and produced a decent two fingers of white foam that never completely went away leaving nice patterns resembling snow-capped Alaskan mountains. Pretty beer.

I expected a more extreme hop aroma based on what I read before receiving this bottle. I found the hop nose to be strong, but not overpowering. The firm citrus/pine combination still allows for the sweet caramel malt to make a show.

Yes, the hops are going to grab you, but they are accentuated by a nice grapefruit/lemon peel presence. Nice sticky caramel malt foundation. Balanced nicely.

Moderate body. Good carb even with the long flight. Moderate drinkability.

So glad I got my hands on this. Would recommend this Alaskan brew to anyone curious about the brew in the land of the Midnight Sun.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA pours to a deep copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is citrusy and malty. Not a whole lot there. The flavor is of grapefruits and malts. It has a juicy hoppiness. It is medium in body with a drying citrus finish. Not too bad of an IPA.

Sampled on 5/30/04

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of francisweizen
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle. This brew is a murky red colour with a tight, compact, head of white foam. Aromas are heavily malty (caramel?) and hoppy as well. The hops hit you up front with a tongue-numbing bitterness. The middle is heavily malty and interesting, but the finish is ultra-dry and bland. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and decent and the drinkability is pretty good. Nice, but I expected more from these guys!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of far333
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy honey color with a big, fat, beige foamy head about an inch high. The head hangs out for a long while. Sweet hop smell with hints of pear and cotton candy. Flavor is a burst of hop flavor. It's powerful, but not overpowering. Leaves the tongue tingling, and wanting more. Big flowery hops and some sweet malt, but that's about all I detect. It's very crisp and clean, with a lingering hop bitter. Chunky lacing all the way down the glass. Excellent beer.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip. The beer glowed a rich, surprisingly dark reddish amber color, sporting a robust, one finger tall white head. This showed decent retention, leaving impenetrable sheets of lacing around the glass, and big clumps across the surface. No sediment or haze was noted, and carbonation appeared medium. The nose exploded with insane citrus and soap, thanks to the generous hop inclusions. The malts were paler, with hints of wheat and biting citric rind. Sweet vanilla, and softer, darker grain came on the back with warmth. Our first impression was that the beer was a tad thin, and watered down, but with otherwise nice flavoring. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with mustard seed, spice of black pepper, booze, and a bright herbal hop bitterness. The hops continued to the peak, with an earthy pop. This opened up for a sweeter wash of more citric hops, and a strawberry fruitiness. The flavor drops off at the finish, thinning out with mineral and stone, and more of that earthy hop bite. The aftertaste breathed of sourness and sweat, lemon freshness, piney hop cones, earthiness, and great citric bitterness. The feel was thin and watery at times, but otherwise lighter to medium in thickness. The bitterness gave a soapy, puckering bite to the mouth, and the beer is more drying than coating. There is nice slurp and froth, the abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the beautiful deep coloring, amazing depth of hops in the aroma, and the fruit in the taste. Actually, and surprisingly so, this beer is much better warmer. This is certainly not the norm for the style, but the flavors really meld together by the end, and you get to see the entire hop profile from start to finish. Unfortunately, the feel became a little undesirable towards the finish, in that it was too thin, with the flavor being affected and thinned correspondingly. Ultimately, this is an average IPA but with some really outstanding components. Exciting for our first Alaskan beer, and only makes us want to try more from the state.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A darker shade of copper with a tan head that laced.
Big citrusy, piney hop aroma. Toasty malt buried underneath the hops.

Taste shows a big hop flavor that's mostly piney with some citrus notes as well. The hops overwhelm the malt in this one. Toasty, caramel malt backbone could be kicked up a couple notches, IMO. Of course if you're a real hophead, you might like it this way. Bitterness lingers on the palate just a bit at the finish.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Overall, a good IPA that's very well hopped, but I'd like to see more malt to balance this one out.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper and amber look with an off white head that left nice lacing...
Aroma Floral hops...p;ain and simple
Taste...Floral hoppy but mixed with a slight butter taste and a evening hint of caramel malt. Finished nice and dry. Great
Mouthfeel slick and good
Overall this is a great IPA...wish I could find it out here...thanks to weefishheads...MMMMMM

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Sockeye Red India Pale Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 444 ratings