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Sockeye Red India Pale Ale | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Sockeye Red India Pale AleSockeye Red India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.79/5
Very Good
438 Ratings
Sockeye Red India Pale AleSockeye Red India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
midnightsunbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by purplehops on 02-21-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,059
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
438
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
3.74
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
42
Trade:
2
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

All that mixture of red, orange and yellow, 3/4" off white head. Aroma doesn't punch you, it has a good blend of C hops and Simcoe, but I guess not enough late addition hops.

Taste is really riding the red malt train. That drives the flavor for the most part, some hops in the mouthfeel, but its all that earthy, woody red malt going on. Bomber format sucks, would not repeat, although it is better than average, especially for a red ale. I'm guessing around 75 ibu.

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3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a Dixie cup.

L: Pours a dark golden bronze color with a finger of white head.

S: Pine and bread.

T/F: Biscuity malts up front giving way to a bitter evergreen hop profile. Lemon peel and cracked peppercorn. Medium in body and resinous.

I: A very solid IPA and easily sessionable. Very glad I got a chance to try it.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks goes out to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus hops, caramel malts. Taste is is citrus hops, some pine, light malts, medium bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the overall is a solid beer.

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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I think that I will participate in New Beer Sunday (Week 583) & what better way than to begin with this beer to further The CANQuest (tm)? Yep, they have put this in a CAN! Yum yum.

From the CAN: "We CAN Be Green * We CAN * Be Green *"; "It Bites - hook, line & sinker! Instinctively bold, Sockeye Red IPA is a beautifully crafted Pacific Northwest IPA with a real bite. Specialty malts impart a spawning red hue to its fresh, firm body but the predominant character of this incredible catch comes from outlandish hops. SNAG IT!!"

I am a Piscean & my favorite food is les Fruits du Mer (anything from the sea), so Sockeye salmon is right up there. I visited AnCANorage, AlasCAN in 2008 and my Couchsurfing hostess marveled at my capacity for eating salmon. I had some with scrambled eggs for breakfast, ate plank-cooked salmon for lunch, met her at her workplace while I was chewing on salmon jerky (!) and then I finished with salmon cakes (think crab cakes, but with salmon) for supper. And that was just Day 1!

The Crack! released both a mild amount of foaming action through the vent as well as a VERY piney hops smell. My mouth began watering in CANticipation ... A vigorous in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of tawny head. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was sticky & piney, underlain with a light caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. OMFG! All 70 of its IBUs began burning my poor, bruised tongue with an unexpected intensity. I ran into the living room to grab my hophead hat & once I had it on, all was well. This was a shining example of why I love AIPAs, and especially from a CAN! It was really resinous with pine with just enough caramel malt to keep it from being over the top. It seems unbelievable that it is only 5.7% ABV. It was drinking more like a DIPA. The finish was dry, piney (like licking the stump of a freshly-cut pine tree) and really good. Me = happy.

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3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Sockeye Red India Pale Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 438 ratings
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