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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
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
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
431
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
41
For Trade:
2
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Photo of jmdrpi
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on tap at McGinley's Pub in downtown Anchorage.

appears a clear reddish orange in color, with frothy white head. aroma and taste are heavy on the floral hops, but I don't get any malt to balance it out. a bitter finish. carbonation is medium, body is on the thinner side.

overall - I personally like at least some malt flavor to balance an IPA, and none is found here.

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

22oz bomber, a souvenir from a trip to Portland, OR this summer.

This beer pours a clear medium copper hue, with two fingers of thick, foamy, rocky pale tan head, which settles in the same manner as our northern sun (read: lazily), eventually rendering some perfectly consistent hanging bike chain lace around my American pint glass. It smells enchantingly of bitter citrus rind and pine branches, atop a bready caramel base. The taste is bitter pine hops upfront, some astringent citrus following close on its heels, over a still out-matched, but somewhat persistent cracker/bready malt. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body medium weight, a bit prickly, but that's a-ok when the hops are responsible - any smoothness disruption becoming an afterthought. It finishes still on the hoppy side, nothing overbearing, just a nice pine/citrus blend of stellar, steady bitterness, oblivious to all things malt, even those with good intent.

Purported 'redness' aside, this is just one well-wrought American (West Coast-adjacent) IPA. Despite the lameness of the malt in this here offering, we somehow wind up with nothing resembling a hop-bomb. Hoppy as shit? Sure. Unbalanced? Nope. I'll leave it to better men (or beer geeks) to figure that one out. In the meantime, I'm putting down the rest of this bomber with my favorite self-made nosh.

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

Pour - dark amber in color with some reddish highlights and a nice inch of foamy, off-white head on top. This is rather dark for an IPA and personally I like that as it means there is likely to be a solid malt backbone.

Aroma - sweet, tangy, citrusy with some nice pineapple notes as well as orange and mango. Lots of hoppy smells emanating from this glass. I'm excited to dive in as it's the perfect evening for an IPA from Alaska!

Taste - that first taste hits the lips, the tongue and the back of the throat with a blast of bitter citrus and resiny pine. This is followed by some of that sweet pineapple I caught in the aroma and a malty caramel finish. There are some honey notes as this one warms a bit and those hop flavors start to really stick and dry out the tongue. Delicious.

Overall - definitely more than a just one-sided IPA and the perfect candidate for Midnight Sun's first cans sent down the line. I can imagine this would be a big hit with all the outdoors folks up in Anchorage as it would fill a lot of coolers quite nicely. Great stuff and am glad we were able to taste it while it was fresh!

Would I buy more of it? - if it meant a trip to Alaska I'd certainly love to get more but without that expensive airline ticket I think I'll have to wait until they expand their distribution considerably.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Midnight Sun Sockeye Red IPA

Appearance: reddish brown, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: delicious spicy hops.

Taste: nice wet hops and a faintly malty, flowery finish.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

Overall:
This has a fantastic aroma, but the actual brew is lightly flavored, while not being watery. It is easily drank and will make an excellent session brew.

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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 HuskyinPDX
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Peanut Farm in Anchorage. Drink local right?

A - Served a red amber color, crystal clear with a small white ring around the edges with a slight white film on the top.

S - Malty, nuts, wheat.

T - Very Malty, no hop presence at all.

D - Thin body, average carbonation.

O - pretty disappointed. I would not call this an ipa. It could have been a old batch.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up while I was in Alaska. Definitely wish I had been able to find more of Midnight Sun's stuff.

A: Honey colored and clear with a one finger white head.

S: Lots of citrus hops alongside a lot of caramel malts. I picked up a lot of tangerine in the smell as well.

T: Biscuity malt with a huge dose of citrus hops. Some caramel malts and grapefruit on the finish. Not the most balanced IPA I've come across, but this one is pretty tasty.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bottled 3rd week of Feb.

A-Nice golden amber color with a white head that sticks around for awhile

S-Nice hoppiness given it was bottled so long ago. And made it's way from Alaska to here.

T-Nice bitter hops that sit on the palate for a second or two and fade. Piney hops

M-Medium Body and very smooth

O-Decent beer. Would like to have more from this brewery

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a reddish brown caramel color with a 1/4 inch light tan head.

S: Pungent northwest American "c" hops.

T: A nice red IPA. Pungent hops in the form of pine and citrus, they are quite bitter. Nicely balanced with a caramel malt backbone. The malt lasts throughout but the finish is bitter.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

O: If you're a hophead, you'll like this beer. It't no where near a top IPA but it's a nice easy drinking red hop bomb. The 5.7% makes it quite drinkable as well.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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 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 mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton for the great gifts frank, we had a fun night with all of these for sure!

The rich velvet like amber pour was a touch cloud and capped by a wonderful light light of white that reached a height of around of two inches before dropping down with copious amounts of side glass lacing. Rich and biting citrus hops across the nose, bitter with a sweet orange peel like zest to it. Super smooth flavor here with a nice medium bodied feel and more then ample carbonation. The biting hop note mellowed mid palate as some nice balancing came into play with light buttery like malts and a light hint of grain before a smackdown of hops came across my tongue and shattered all hop of anything but a luscious and dry finish.

Such a super drinkable and wonderful IPA

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

From a bottle, pours clear rust orange with a creamy white head. Nose is very grapefruit-rind forward, pretty juicy, singular, almost tending toward chemical depending on how you perceive it. Luckily, I really enjoy that sort of hop work in an IPA. Flavor is fairly bitter with some caramel malt, finishing long, awkwardly bitter, without a lot of focus. More grapefruit rind lingers about, but not nearly as well expressed as in the nose. Decent to sip on but nothing great.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a clear plastic cup.

I honestly can't remember who cracked this out at DLD, but thanks to whomever you are!

Somehow a second Alaskan beer was broken out in our vicinity at DLD. I'm not gonna argue. This one pours a clear sunset copper-russet topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, pine, light caramel, light clove, and orange zest. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel pops a bit more, bringing in some nice sweetness to balance the fruity bitterness (or bitter fruitiness). The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice IPA. 'Nuff said, really.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, reddish orange color with a small, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It had nice retention and left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and tropical fruits - some grapefruit and mango.

T - Nice burnt toast maltiness with caramel sweetness. Good sharp bitterness from the hops with tropical fruit flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty IPA. Another very find brew from Midnight Sun.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up the other day at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- reddish copper color, nice size head

Smell- floral hops, some sweet malt

Taste- sweet malt initially followed by hop bitterness, pretty good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would like to have it again.

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

Pours a clear, amber/copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, rye, slight yeast, slight hop, and hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, slight citrus, slight yeast, hint of rye, and hint of earthy malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and bled.

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Photo of vande
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a blend of a ruby-copper in color...light lacing hugging the glass...carbonation coming from the bottom as the bubbles continue to rise

S: Nothing that jumps out to me...can tell its an IPA..but I just finished a Blind Pig....so...hoppy wafts coming form the pint ~ but nothing crazy

T: Coppery hoppery...bit bitter on the back, somewhat dry finish..bit a of a tangy mixture?

M: bit thinne than I'd exptected. Went down rather easy though.

O: I'd like to give it another shot. Got it in a trade and I'm not sure exactly how fresh...label has a month in week bottle...but, nothing really is marked?

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Photo of afksports
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Such a good looking, good feeling, drinkable alcohol leveled American IPA should be the bees knees, right?

Sockeye Red is ... Red. Heady. Clean crisp and filtered. The smell is overwhelming aromatic hops of a serious caliber that strengthens as it warms. Pine, resin, some malts, but mainly just hard and bashing IBUness. The bottle says only 70IBU's. I don't believe it. There's more.

Bitter in the front, middle, and drying in the back, I'm honestly overwhelmed. While impressed, I'm not pleased.

Sockeye, not the bees knees.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a small cap. Good rings of lace on the drink down. Smells of pine hops and caramel malt. Tastes of pine tree hops with a caramel malt backbone. Medium hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Not a whole lot going on in the smell or taste. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean due to a good carbonation level. Overall, a better than average IPA that I am glad to try. My bottle was produced in April 2010 so I can only assume this was better fresh.

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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 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 loren01
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber color, nice frothy white head good lacing down the glass
S: Bready malt followed by floral hop scent
T: Much like the smell, bready malt followed by citrusy floral hoppiness
M: Medium bodied, finishes slightly dry
D: This is a great beer, would buy this again for sure.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with an amber color. About a finger of head is achieved that quickly dissipates leaving very little lacing.

Smell - Heavy floral hops, slight citrus, and a caramel malt backbone.

Taste - Quite herbal, floral, almost medicinal. I get some citrus and pine at the tail end, and also a slight malty backbone, but overall, this seems (reminds me somewhat) of the Saison de Buff from DFH in the fact there is too much herb/floral going on here (spices, etc.). Not really feeling it.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Ehh, won't pick this up again. Just not really what I expected.

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Sockeye Red India Pale Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 431 ratings.
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