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Sockeye Red India Pale Ale | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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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:
#16,754
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
438
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
3.74
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
42
Trade:
2
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Pours a murky dark copper color with over an inch of head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is piney with some malts and light hints of citrus. Not much of a nose on these one. The taste is more of the pine with some light orange and citrus hops in the background. Caramel malts and some breadiness. Some spicy hops towards the finish. Fair amount of bitterness throughout. Mouthfeel is creamy with a lot of carbonation. Overall, not bad, not great. Reminds me more of a hopped up Red Ale than an IPA. I'd probably have this again but wouldn't go out of my way.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Oliver's Beverage (Albany, NY).

A: Copper-orange with thick, frothy, 2-3 finger, off-white, oatmeal-colored head with decent retention and a lot of sticky lace.

S: Aroma is dominated by citrus and pine hops, but they are not that prominent. There are some herbal and minty qualities in there as well. The malt aroma is very light with only a lightly bready and soft caramel note at most. Pretty bland aroma.

T: The flavor is very harshly bitter, probably from too many early kettle additions if I had to guess since this is a predominantly Centennial and Cascade hopped beer. The malt contribution is blah with some light caramel but most cardboardy flavors.

M: Overly carbonated but decent medium body.

O: Sockeye Red seems old-fashioned compared to the elite and top-tier IPAs of today -- it very bitter without a lot of hop complexity. I think the hopping schedule in this beer should be revisited. The malt profile also seems muddled and could probably be looked at again as well. Disappointing.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

While on a land tour in Anchorage Al, purchased a sampler at Humpy's

A: Amber in color, with a small head.

S: Cranberries/grapefruit smell to it.

T: Bitter/tart taste, too strong for me.

M: Full bodied, heavy carbonation, strong.

O: Least favorite of the sampler, too strong for me..

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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