Sockeye Red India Pale Ale | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Sockeye Red India Pale AleSockeye Red India Pale Ale
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Sockeye Red India Pale AleSockeye Red India Pale Ale

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

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

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Ratings: 436 |  Reviews: 221
Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby copper with hints of brown. Nice inch high head and amazing lacing.

Lots of sweet citrus and floral hops with sweet candy malts.

Tons of hops come out at you with a nice bitterness of pine and citrus. Hints of spice. Nice light sweet malt presence.

Moderate carbonation with a medium to light feel. Not thin by any means but a bit light.

This was a delicious amber ipa. Tons of flavor and very fun and interesting. Perfect ABV made this 22oz easy to kill.

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Photo of Spikester
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Piney resinous amber with a huge fluffy off white head. Awesome clumpy lacings. This one is all about the resins. Sweet caramel malts with the piney resinous bitter hops. Very unique, quaffable, and sessionable due to 5.7% abv. Fairly reasonable for an IPA. The wife claimed this reminded her of Irish Spring Soap! Not my opinion though I still say this is about piney resins. If you are a fan of that style of hops buy some now. As for me I enjoyed it but may not rush to buy more due to the overall bitterness.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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 JDV
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle from liquid solutions
Pours an amber to maroon color with a soapy beige head that leaves lacing. Smell is floral, and fruity hops with some sweetness. Taste is pleasant floral hoppy notes and some tea flavors along as well. Some Hibiscus, and peachy, strawberry flavors stand out to me. Nice sharp bitterness and a unique flavor for and IPA. Quite nice and drinkable.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Phigg1102
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Curios looking abstract eye ball painting label bomber explaining "Centennial & Cascade" hops to hook you in.

Pours out a delicious looking spumescent sticky khaki dense craggy uneven head cap over an auburn dark orange offering.

Aromas of bright orange citrous notes, topped of with lemony banana.

First swigs: Sweet Tart candy bite. Grassy and grapefruit taunt tension. Dry finish. This is a sweet quick in 'n out grapefruit mimicking IPA. Bone dry finish. As warmed some bubble gum notes pop through.

Feel is sticky sweet. Firm carbonation.

Last swigs: Desert dry grapefruit IPA. Reminds me of Alesmith IPA or Avery IPA. $3.69 at John's Marketplace. CHEAP!!! The only problem is that this is not available near my home town. This is a must try for any straight shootin' USA IPA kick. Go my hop fix here.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle into Portsmouth pint glass. This can't be right, bottle notch: Feb. 2nd week

A: Pours a really nice looking clear reddish orange color. Finger and half frothy white head. Lots of carbonation off the bottom of the glass. Mild lacing.

S: Even for what I believe is an old bottle, the hops are really nice smelling. I get lots of pine with some citrus fruits. Mild grapefruit as well. There is some malt balance there.

T: I am actually impressed. Sharp hop bite on the top of the tongue. Lingers there a while too. You get solid malt balance in the mid mouth. And the a crisp hop bite during a clean close. You don't get the fruity hops you smelled but you get piney notes. The low alcohol is actually nice.

M: Medium bodied IPA.

O: I am gonna have to go B+ for this one. A solid score for a nice easy drinking beer. Good work AN

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

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of GJ40
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in my prized Double Mountain tulip pint glass from a 22oz bottle purchased at Pike Street Beer & Wine in Seattle. The label said it was bottled in the first week of April so it was nice and fresh.

A - Amber with a red tinge and very good clarity. Moderate tan head.

S - Piney, citrusy and floral hops with a slightly nutty malt presence.

T - A complex mix of piney hops, citrusy bitterness, pineapple, semi-sweet malt and butter. I really enjoyed this one.

M - A moderate to high carbonation (could have used a little less) and a moderate consistency.

D - A very interesting and enjoyable beer. I'm sorry I only brought one back with me.

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Photo of marc77
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Formidably thick, Belgian esque mountainous head hides a light bronze hued brew with a light haze. Nearly worthy of a pour into a hefeweizen glass. The aroma is comprised of pungent grapefruit citrus and ripe zings of orange zest in hop nose, along with rounding notes of light caramel sweetness. Faint pearish esters and diacetyl butterscotch add unique depth in aroma. Mellow, butter laced sweetness upfront in flavor is quickly contrasted by assertive, sharp, but oddly unpermeating hop bitterness that leaves an ample caramel malt presence. Relatively pronounced diacetyl serves to complement the mellow biscuit notes, lending bread and butter impression mid palate. Heavy handed grapefruit hop flavor with a suggestion of pine. Moderate in body, and amply dextrinous, approaching creamy in mouthfeel. Finishes clean, with fleeting caramel malt yielding to lingering, drying hop bitterness. A flavorful, superbly drinkable brew with balance only lightly skewed towards hop character. Reminescent of an Jamaica Sunset Red and Bell's Two Hearted hybrid. Delicious, unique and highly recommended.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a reddish amber ale with a four finger rocky head. It took a while to die down.

Aroma was of grapefruit and hop resins, with slightly sweet malt lurking in the background. Very much like a strong IPA, although a little more malt would not have been out of place.

Taste was sharply bitter, mainly grapefruit and hop resins like the aroma, with a sweet, candy-malt finish. Very interesting... I apparently found it much hoppier than most of the others who have reviewed this beer.

Mouthfeel was OK, not too rich and chewy. Drinkability is all right, too, but it would have gotten better ratings with a bit more balance between hop bitterness and malt character.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very rocky, lightly tan head with tremendous strength. Ringed lacing throughout the pint with great durability. Cloudy auburn in color.

Big hoppy-bitter aromatics. Hop oils, lemon, slight grapefruit, and a touch of grain. This one smelled like a Double IPA.

The huge hop bitterness that the aromatics hint at, turn out to be very mild and more citrusy. Great use of cascade hops here, giving a very palatable lemon flavor leading to a light bitterness. There's also a moderate rustic wheat and grain flavor in addition to the citrus quality. Finishes a touch dry with more of the cascade flavors in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; prickly and grainy on the palate, which works well for this offering.

Not as bold as other IPAs in terms of hop bitterness and intensity, but a very pleasurable brew nonetheless. Very easy drinking. I regretfully only picked up one bottle. This is one that I'll definitely pick up again.

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Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of augustgarage
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Rust colored body with faint glimmers of yellow peeking out around the edges. Decent clarity despite the dark color. Immense rocky beige head with thick merengue-like lacing and superior retention.

Earthy, herbal, almost smokey hop aromatics merge seamlessly into the caramel from the malt. Fresh and hemp-like.

Bitterness seems high initially but the forest floor flavors dominate into the finish, accompanied there by a lingering lightly toasted malt flavor with a whisper of smoke. Mid-palate is a different story, as the sweet buttery caramel flavor seems out of place and doesn't contribute anything positive to the profile, and clashes somewhat with the small amount of citrus that I can taste.

I would have guessed that there is a substantial addition of Chinook hops to this brew, but it seems what I am getting is more a combination of the Centennial and Cascade that they used (though I would never have thought they used Simcoe).

Medium-bodied, rich, with prickly carbonation.

A potent albeit imperfect NW-style IPA, which I think would pair well with Gruyere de Comte or maybe a smoked cheese...

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Photo of Mack
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

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

On tap at Bailey's Taproom PDX, $3 for 12 oz. pour.

One finger white head, medium dissipation with good lacing over reddish amber clear body, no visible carbonation. Crystal malt dominates the nose, cherryish, a bit of resin on backend. Taste mirrors nose, medium bitter finish and mouthfeel. An interesting interpretation of a hybrid Red IPA. Worth a try, certainly well made.

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Photo of shivtim
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fish-themed beer. Grabbed a pint to try.

Mostly clear, amber/red, with a soapy thin white head. Nose is fresh hop juice; simple but very pleasant and well done. Taste is hops and pine, a decent amount of generic malt balance, and a weird but refreshing minty note on the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full. Nice, drinkable IPA.

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Sockeye Red India Pale Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 65.8% out of 100 with 436 ratings
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