Sockeye Red India Pale Ale | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Sockeye Red India Pale AleSockeye Red India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
429
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
40
For Trade:
2
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Photo of darklordlager
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, cark copper/amber with a nice 1" head. Nice lacing as it goes down the glass.

S: Pungent hop pellets, with the "raw" scent you smell right after you throw them into the kettle. Malt extract, earthy. Light grapefruit, slightly skunky. Biscuit aroma as it warms, and some pepper/soy sauce.

T: Malt comes through much better in the taste than smell. Very balanced with the hops. Sweet caramel malt up front, with bitter citrus coming in later and lasting into the finish.

M: Medium carbonation, and medium body.

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

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint. Nice copper red with a little bit of white creamy head that laces quite well. Looks sticky, yet clean.

The smell is refreshing, nice lemongrass notes matched with a lot of fresh pine scents. If your nose digs deep enough (I just picked everything out no less than an hour ago) you can get a tad bit of creamy caramel scents as well.

The taste is good, not outstanding and the bar for this style is set high for me. Incredibly hoppy considering the lower then expected IBU rating. Again with the pine hops, they taste great and allude to some bitter grapefruit tastes. Lemongrass flavors come out rather well pair nicely with the noticeable caramel sweetness. This beer is not balanced by any means, but it is very drinkable and really refreshing. another job well done by Midnight Sun!

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

Poured a deep, dark red/orange/brown with lots of head and lace that retained fairly well.

Smelled of tropical fruit, mostly pineapple and mango, along with some caramel sweetness and a twinge of brown sugar.

Taste followed suit, with initial caramel sweetness followed by a hoppy bitter middle and a tropical fruit ending. Malt is nicely dispersed after the initial kick, and balances the brew well.

Mouthfeel is talked about on label - "bite" is mentioned many times. I found Uberhoppy by Valley Brewing to have a much better "bite", but this one had a nice chomp in its own right. Sticky, sweet feel doesn't help drinkability, but certainly isn't a negative, as it fits with the tastes well.

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

Very nice and full tan head, body is dark and reddish, quite a bit darker than the usual IPA. Crisp and raspy in the mouth with just a hint of fruity sweetness in the background. Quite a bit of hops, but it's balanced -- just! -- by the malt.

Difficult to judge this beer. I'm quite fond of it, but to me it tastes more like a very hoppy amber ale than an IPA. So, if I were to make judgments about its position relative to the typical IPA, I would rate this beer lower than I did. But, I don't have it in me to downgrade a beer that I enjoyed drinking. I have perhaps gone too far down the hophead road. Drink it as an interesting and hoppy departure; if you are looking for an exemplar of the IPA style, go someplace else.

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

citrus and floral aroma and flavor, great deep red amber color, great lace, solid hop and malt flavors, good everyday solid drinker, fresh flavors. firm body

Pacific Northwest-style India Pale Ale. pale two-row malt. Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe hops

sampled at the bistro's 13th annual ipa festival, august 7, 2010

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Photo of snpub540
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark copper with some red highlights to it. It was a clear hue with nice carbonation. Topped of by an eggshell colored head that left some nice sheets of lace.

Smell was piney and citrusy hops and a little nutty malt aroma. That was about it.

Flavor was a caramel and nutty malt flavor. Hops were resiny and pine making a nice balanced brew.

Mouthfeel was ok but not a lot of body going on. Its an ok beer but nothing to write home about. I'm just glad I found something from Midnight Sun in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to czoch for a bottle in a trade. This did not start well since the beer overflowed when taking off the cap. It took about five minutes to settle down. Fairly hoppy smell. Tastes primarily of Centennial hops and is tasty. Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated like the pour. This beer is drinkable but not special. Typical IPA but I was a little disappointed since my only other taste of Midnight Sun was the Arctic Devil barley wine which was great.

Cheers.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served too cold in what appears to be a 14 oz glass. Had this at a wine bar so...

Appearance- Dark cooper, reddish color. Small, off white head. Little lacing. 3/5

Smell- Pine with a nice malt backbone. The hops still shine bright, though. 4/5

Taste- Big pineiness through out. Malt in the middle but doesn't take away from the hop character. Some sweetness in the end. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Very good mouthfeel. Medium. 4/5

Overall - I have always like reds because of the high hop character. This one does not disappoint. 4.5/5

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle. Great looking colorful monster salmon on the lable.

What a nice surprise.

Pours a burnt amber color. Great big fat frothy head with awesome lacing and retention. A beer beauty contest winner. The smell is strong and dense on the nose. Strong malts and floral hops. A citrus quality finishes the scent. Dry on the nose as well.

I found the flavors to be quite enjoyable as well. They do not bite as much as the scent though. It starts with a nice burnt malt flavor. Somewhat unusual for an IPA. The hops follow up for balance. A bit bitter but this IPA is milder than the usual California bitter style. Great for the IPA lover looking for a change of pace without switching to a different style. There is some fruit, a mild citrus grapefruit and orange flavors find there way to the taste buds. There is also a bit of alcohol on the tongue. It did not bother me. The only part of the flavors I did not like was the aftertaste. Too sweet and tangy. It is almost like a sweet and sour piece of candy.

Medium bodied in the mouth. A very nice feel of crispness and mild carbonation. A real easy drinker. I will look for more beers from this company. This one has certainly increased my curiosity.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Alright... I drink this one all the time, so it's time for a review. Poured from a can into a tulip glass, probably around 45-50 degrees.

Sockeye Red's appearance is very pleasing, and appropriate for the beer's name as well. It's got an off-white, three finger head that sits on a deep, dark red body which really DOES remind me of a spawning sockeye salmon (aka "red salmon").

The aroma gives off grapefruit more than anything else. Glorious grapefruit. But there is also a bit of grass and something that smells like flowers. Wonderful.

The grapefruit is dominant in the taste too. Hops are coming through, and there's something else going on here that I can't describe very well... I kind of just want to call it maltiness... whatever it is, it's GOOD. It's also got a great bitter aftertaste.

Nothing about the mouthfeel really pops out at me, but sometimes that's a welcome thing. This isn't a DOUBLE IPA, after all. The feel is unobtrusive.

This is a rock solid IPA that's never disappointed me. A sockeye that's worth fishing for.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 fl oz bomber (from La Bodega) into a goblet. Bottled first week of June 2011. Pours a hazy burnt orange with some amber hues. Head is about two fingers that gradually resides to about one. Hard to see the carbonation due to the haze. Lacing is quite nice--good stickage and frothiness.

Wow, the nose is hop resin delight. Pine and citrus (grapefruit) and tropical fruit duke it out for the lead. So much so that it is hard to pick out any of the malt aromas. But, if you are an American IPA hophead, this smell is right on target for you--very floral and bitter.

The taste features hop bitterness front and center. Not much balance from the malt, although you do get some bready notes at the end. I am hit up front with a bitter bang that only reluctantly gives way towards the finish. There was quite a bit of citrus in the nose, and that is the flavor that plays out in this beer--in the form of grapefruit with a little added spice kick. I had to think about it a little bit, however. In other words, the grapefruit does not scream out grapefruit. Could be some pineapple too. Overall a nice IPA, but left me grasping for something a little more.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, perhaps a little on the light side for my preferences. Not a thick IPA by any means.

Overall, not bad. I enjoyed this hop-centric IPA from Midnight Sun. I see this as a good entry point for those looking to expand their IPA and hop horizons--a gateway into the land of no return!

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Photo of Xul
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Translucent dark golden with major ruby highlights, capped by two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is moderate as the head settles slowly to a thin layer of foam.

S: Piney hops up front, followed by some slightly stale citrus - orange and pineapple mainly - backed by a big caramel base. It doesn't smell exceedingly fresh, but it just hit San Diego...confusing.

T: Tastes fresher than it smells, opening up with moderate pine presence and light citrus. Caramel base shines on the mid-palate before the hops return, building up to a rather strong, hoppy finish of pine, oranges and pineapple.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, has a great creamy smoothness.

D: Rather refreshing and easy drinking...good IPA, but certainly wouldn't become an everyday choice for me.

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Photo of avylover
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours out basically your clear golden color, like your average IPA with a small white head. Scent of apricots, peaches & tangerine hop aromas. The taste here is nearly all in the front end. Starts off with a bang..a a citric acid sort of bitter hop taste. Once the the tongue unties a bit, fruity flavors linger and give way to a rather bland taste, while the front of my tongue is still recovering from the initial bitterness. It's a nice sensation for the hophead, although I could use some malt here, which is very subdued and covered up by a cardboard type blandness in the finish. Mouthfeel is dry, no doubt from the bitterness. Drinkability is decent, but the bland aftertaste is bothersome. A good IPA nonetheless.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of codysjb
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle
A: Pours a massive 4 finger head with a nice red amber color. The head looks like the foam from rapids and takes forever to dissipate.
S: hops, pine nice and aromatic. Reminds me of fall and the kind of beer for when the weather starts getting colder.
T: Alcohol and some syrup. Some milder hops along with a little bit of malty syrup taste.
M: Hops and just a nice pleasant all around flavor.
O: Interesting, more like a mix between the flavors of a strong ale and an ipa even at 5.7%. Really good.

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Photo of 303beer
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light red with a white head that leaves ample lacing in the glass. The nose is strong of hops mabey cascade variety. The taste is similar to the smell hoppy then a touch of malt at the very end.

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Photo of erikm25
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a stemless snifter type glass. Burnt crimson with rusted ruby red highlights. Head is a pillowing pearl white. Great retention with sticky clumps of lacing all down the glass.

S: Citrus hops with caramel and raspberry undertones. Aromas are sharp and sweet. Peppermint candy and eucalyptus leaves. As this warms the aromas become more rounded.

T: Much like the nose there is a good combo of grapefruit bittering hops balanced with a caramel candy sweetness. Little pine and a little menthol coupled against a subtle wheat grain taste. Lemon citrus tang with a spiced finish.

M: Medium mouth feel with good carbonation.

D: Been waiting to try an IPA from this brewery for awhile and I was very pleased. Looking forward to trying their double as well. Recommended.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dates 04/01.

A - Amber color with about a finger and a half of light tan head average lacing.

S - Smell of Caramel, Pineapple, Citrus, Candied sugar and hint of Rose wine.

T - Tastes of Citrus, Hops, Tart Raspberries, sweet stawberries, and a mineral water finish.

M - Medium body with a crisp bite.

D - Overall a very good and drinkable Hoppy Red Ale. I will be buying this one again hopefully a little fresher.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sockeye pours a a vibrant orange-amber with a very light khaki head. Carbonation looks somewhat small and sparse. Lacing left behind on the pint glass is sticky and intricate.

The aroma has a very resiny, piney, and melon-like hopiness to it, along with a caramel and nutty malt presence. I smell a little metal in the smell, too. Is this from the can, perhaps?

The overriding flavor in Sockeye Red is that of a big, juicy grapefruit blended with pine cone and dank cannabis. I really like how the big fruity flavor meshes with the dry, earthy hop character. A little awkward nuttiness creeps into the profile in the middle. Also, there is a bit of a metallic flavor that really comes out at the end of each sip. I do not think that it detracts from the beer at all, though.

The mouthfeel is sort of an exercise in extremes. At first, it's pretty juicy, but not quite medium bodied, then the hops jump in and slam the juiciness into the ground with their dry dankness. Just a little unbalanced and not smooth enough to be characterized as good.

Overall, I thought the flavors in this beer were good, but it was just a little rough around the edges. Very hoppy and dank and fruity, but that nutty smell and flavor were a little strange. I also thought that the flavors and mouthfeel just did not synthesize perfectly. Good beer.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a friend of mine brought me this back after he took his yearly trip to alaska....bottled the second week of august..22 oz bottle poured into a foothills 10oz glass to taste..

a-coppery gold color...nice off white head that leaves quite nice lacing...bubbly

s-piney and resiny..citrus and grapefruit and a hint of grass...very little malt back in the nose but enough is there to suffice i would think...

t-grass and cirtus upfront...pine then maybe some grapefruit...bitterness throughout...

m-slightly prickly and very oily...coats the mouth well

d-suffers a bit due to the bitterness...i mean i love hops but needs a slight bit more balance..

overall my first offering from midnight sun and im impressed...and very grateful to the friend that brought me this bottle...got a artic rhino to try at some point..

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golder copper color with a very strong off-white head which seems to never recede. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Initial tones are of strong hop nature, with a hint of caramel and barely any malt tones from what I can pick up.


Taste: Initially hops are all I can taste from this brew, and the hop flavor lasts throughout the brew. Slight malt tones are present but not many. Strong bitterness, but not much else going on here.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation which splashes the mouth. This beer is of medium to light body.

Drinkability: Very bitter and hop like but I was hoping for something a little more besides that. Goes down easy enough but the flavor is not too complex and more single minded (just very hoppy).

Overally a decent IPA but needs more malt to fill up the flavor. If your a hop head, you may like this beer but there are definetly better offerings out there.

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Photo of bcm119
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reddish amber color with a substantial frothy head. Wonderful PNW hop smell with some sweetish caramel hints. Hops are very prominent, and bitter. They are fresh, green, and permeate the palate with citrus rind bitterness. Delicious. The malt is substantial, and has a caramel flavor, but thankfully isn't very sweet, and its overpowered by the C hops anyway. While I normally don't like malty IPAs, this one's hop profile is so strong, green and fresh it really works well. Finishes clean and fairly dry. All this flavor in a 5.7 abv beer... I love it. If it were only cheaper I could drink this all night. A very nice IPA. I'm glad Midnight Sun is distributing around here now.

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Photo of kmcnair
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, a very welcome freshness dating on the bottle and consumed from my 22oz Arrogant Bastard glass. This pours a nice redish amber color and makes a HUGE off white head. H-U-G-E!!! I was gentle with the pour and there was nothing stopping this monstrosity of creamy head. Aroma is a decent blend of cascade hops and a bit of malt, very standard west coast IPA flare here, fitting of the style but nothing too special for me, notes of citrus. Flavor is bitter but not overly complex, light grapefruit esters in the finish, fairly well balanced. Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and a dry finish. It is a solid drinkable brew, but it just doesn't sock me in the eye like I was hoping! I think there are much better options on the market for this style.

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Photo of hophead247
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite cloudy and orange amber in color. Strong hoppiness and moderately bitter with some orange citrus, but what makes this IPA good is that it has a solid, lightly sweet malt backbone, though the hops does remain somewhat dominant here. It has a mild sourness (in all 3 tastings) and a lingering hops bitterness that outlasts the malt in the finish. Medium to full bodied with a solid mouthfeel, and high carbonation levels that expand inside the mouth on each sip. Very hoppy, though soapy nose, but with a fair amount of maltiness for nice balance.

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

So this Sockeye Red has a mildly ruby color, plenty clear, with a mild and lacing froth.
The nose speaks solely of a sugared spruce, with more sugar than spruce.
The taste has a lot of the foreshadowed pine resin notions, with an unexpected, wild, and fleeting sweetness that for a brief glimpse makes me think about a cotton candy machine I always wanted.
Overall a good American IPA, which I must say bears a VERY strong
resemblance to 3Floyds Alpha King. Very muvugin strong indeed.

And that's a good thing.

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Sockeye Red India Pale Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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