Pleasure Town IPA | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Pleasure Town IPAPleasure Town IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of thebeers
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty dark orange color with off-white head. Citrus and pine. Sweet malt backbone and lingering hop bitterness. Medium bodied with strong carbonation.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I think that I will participate in New Beer Sunday (Week 583) & what better way than to CANtinue 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 *"; "Don't act like you're not impressed. We figured out how to put pleasure in a package. And now we're selling it. Pleasure, that is - the [CAN] is free. And when you [CAN] barely lift your right arm, grab life by the horns and come along for the ride. Moustache not included. Oh, we're going there."

The Crack! was nice & loud, but I am watching hockey & so I wanted to employ a gentle pour to keep things on an even keel. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, tawny head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was a lightly-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9), but it may have been a chill haze as it seemed to be clearing up as I typed. Nose was less intense than in the Sockeye Red. This was more towards tropical fruit - mango, papaya, tangerine with an underlying light biscuit maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, creamier than Sockeye Red had been. It had a grainy, mealy feel to it on the tongue, as though it were oversaturated with hops, perhaps accounting for the haze. The taste was more bitter than the nose had led me to expect, fruity, but like zest or rind or peel. Hmm. Finish was dry and bitter, but imbalanced. It was not a bad AIPA, per se, but I did not find it as enjoyable as their Sockeye Red.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, caramel coloring, with a sparse, frothy, uneven head. Nose of apricot, pineapple, and melon, all on a tangy caramel backbone, with subtle pepper spice notes. Flavors are roasted sweet forward, heavy on the caramel and pineapple, with subtle grassy and peppery hops at the end of the palate. A bit off-balanced, on a mid-body, dry feel. The aftertaste is more of the malty sweetness, with some of the tropical fruit notes returning. Dry, crisp finish. Middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fills a Cisco fisheye pint glass with a murky orange and deep amber highlights (SRM 10). A half-inch, dense, off-white, creamy head leaves rings of dense lacing.

The aroma is one note, but done well. Pineapple with light floral hints and surprisingly malty for the style

Quite bitter and astringent from entry long through the finish. The only distinguishable flavor was that of grapefruit.

Medium to full body and well carbonated with a dry, woolly texture. Alcohol is modest.

An enjoyable beer, similar to IPAs of 15 years ago. While this could be quite good, it needs some refinement to achieve the current nuances expected of this style. Would be enjoyable while watching a ball game, or ice fishing.

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Photo of cfalls
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L - redish and hazy, thin white head

S - mostly malt, some floral hops

T - citrus pith, tea, some malt sweetness, not very complex, bitter finish

F - somewhat thick for an IPA, average carbonation

O - Pretty nice, but too malty for me, and the primary hop flavor is just bitter.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a cloudy dark straw body.
The aroma is bright, lots of grapefruit and lemon, with a little mango and pineapple.
The taste is a dull bitter start, a little tropical sweetness middle and finishes with a strong dry bitterness. It gets better as it goes.
The texture is crisp.
Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dry, Orange, Hoppy, Astringent

From the can it pours a hazy orange-amber topped with a creamy, sticky white lace. Sweet floral, piney hop aroma. Dry, bready malt edge with a juicy orange note followed by an ashy, leafy, resiny, rindy, piney, and grapefruity hop profile. Finish is dry and astringent. A bit too rough around the edges, but a good IPA that’ll should appease most hop heads. Gotta love the Anchorman references too.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 6.3% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #96 (JAN 2015)

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Photo of Antg8989
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber with a foamy/airy head. Aroma is caramel. Taste is not very well balanced. The malt is forefront and seems to block out most of the hoppiness associated with IPAs. The only significant hop attribute is a bitterness in the aftertaste.(also a spiciness that I am pretty fond of) The mouthfeel is pretty good overall - smooth with a moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is okay, but if you're looking for a brew from Alaska, I'm sure you can do much worse. (Not knocking Alaska on their beers!)

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Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive copper-tinged amber with plenty of foam in the Gulpener tulip. Sudsy and lively in the mouth. Light body. Faint flowery aroma with some fruit cocktail in the nose. Some warm malt, even a little gummy. Hoppy resin flavor and some bitterness to finish. It's all quite friendly and unobtrusive. And the foam lasts well.

I've had most of the six-pack over a few weeks, so I"ve given this more of a fair trial than usual one-glass tastings. It's quite drinkable, inoffensive, and of no special interest. Lovely colorful can, though, it would get 4.5 for packaging. From the 12 oz can purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Washington.

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Photo of Moose90
2.62/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz can with no date whatsoever

A – Pours a really deep amber hue, very very dark for the style, head is bone white and thin, but does leave behind pretty nice lacing.

S – Smells incredibly malty, sweet caramel malt, there is a dry bitter hop note that tries to help here, but fails for the most part.

T – Bitter and earthy, herbal, piney, followed by a big bit of malt sweetness, tries to be hoppy but it's definitely almost all bitter hops and nothing floral, no juiciness or sweetness here from the hops, it is dominated by sweet malts.

M – Medium bodied, long lasting finish of sweet malts and light bitter hop.

O – Very underwhelming, almost no hop notes, very rich and malty for an IPA.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge, a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of biscuit and caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of citrusy and piney hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the hints of piney hops are slightly stronger and most noticeable towards the finish. The hops also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't very hoppy so I would classify this to me more of an East Coast IPA or an English IPA. It is easy to drink and has nice malty flavors without being heavy on the palate.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$15.99 for the sixer! Sheesh...

12 oz can, w/o freshness/canning date info.

Pours hazed medium amber. Fluffy off white head and leaves nice looking low sheeting and strands of lace.

Citric hop nose, flows into a fresh hop taste sensation on the palate.

Lite grapefruit as well some herbal hop notes. Fresh and flavorful.

Better then decent, but expensive IPA

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Photo of Mickeyp2814
4.59/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While not overly hoppy Pleasure Town is the type of IPA that you can always go to. Most hop heads want that floral, hoppy IPA that is over the top. This is a little less of that but you can definitely taste the hops. Really good IPA!

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Photo of T-34-85
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Noticeably bitter with a clear citrus hop presence. The bitterness is a bit overpowering, and does not seem well balanced with the malt base present.

Otherwise, a relatively standard IPA

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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy darker amber color with a thick head with medium retention.
Nice sweet aroma with notes of biscuit malt, sweetened grapefruit juice, caramels, mild pine and peaches.
Sweetness from the aroma did not show up in the mouth (which is good). Bitter flavor with notes of pine, grapefruit, spices, slightly toasted malts, earthy and citrus hops, resin and tea bags. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Nice citrusy, tangy and balanced IPA, quite hoppy, but sure it does not neglect malt. So it depends how you like your IPA.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip. No dates or codes, just a red dot on the bottom which is probably meaningless.

Pours fairly hazy with a medium-small white head, lots of carbonation. Smell is flowers, citrus. MIld.

Taste is kind of confused. Some kind of soapy flavor, some mild citrus, some vague spicy bitterness. Slight syrupy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly still. Overall, it's not bad, but it's not that great.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

Color is a light amber with a two finger creamy white head that dissipates gradually. Decent lacing.
Smells is very fruity with orange rind as the main aroma that distinguishes itself.
Flavor is more subdued than the smell. There are some citrusy hops with a crisp bitter finish.
Feel is medium with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA that I would be happy to drink again.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz single purchased from Capital Market in Salem. $1.70 Pours a slightly murky dull orange colour with a nice sized thick and frothy off white head. Fruity, citrus aromas mainly with some light caramel malt backing,citrus hops resemble orange peel and some lemon zest. Actually OK. Taste the hops are more aggressive away from the citra and to the cascade and Chinook..malts still strong but barely contain the exuberance of the hopping. Nice mouth feel the raucous carbonation leads to great drinkability.Very nice can of beer here!

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Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

From a 12 ounce can.
Hazy gold with two fingers of off white head and good lacing.
Smell is mildly bitter resins.
Taste is medium resin bitterness with just a touch of malts.
Mouthfeel is light to medium.
Overall a medium level IPA. Nothing bad to report but mostly average. Hops are flat line pine bitterness with nothing all that interesting.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3/5  rDev -15.7%

can picked up locally...not dated, but these hit town not too long ago. although age is always suspect on an alaskan can in NY.

a - murky orange with frothy oily head that left big chunky lace on the glass. thin soft bubbly head hangs.

n - overripe citric punch...fairly resinous. big malt match giving it almost a barleywine beefiness.

t/m - opens with a pine cone bitter wash, soft and even...followed by the resinous citric hop. the bitterness is even and throughout the palate. leaves a coat of tangy piney bitterness in my mouth. the toffee malt is also equally big and the body is full making it feel bigger than it actually is. not a bad brew, wish i knew how fresh this was...but more of a one off than a regular 6'er type of beer for me.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a can into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates to light patches. Aroma of light caramel and bready malt, citrus hops and orange family citrus. Flavor follows with a caramel malt body with some biscuit, supporting citrusy, slightly piney hops. Finshes with a somewhat resiny, pine influenced hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A good, but not stand-out IPA, pleasant, but somewhat subdued, hop flavors.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, biscuit, earth, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly earthy in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into my Diamond Knot pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of creamy ivory foam. Nothing special, but not bad.

Smell: malty, with lots of bread and biscuit right up front. Hops are citrusy and a bit earthy. Not completely to my taste, but it's clean. The overall effect is quite autumnal.

Taste: quite a bit sweeter than the aroma would suggest; it's quite earthy with a big, toasty, biscuity malt and earthy hops with a bit of citrus thrown in. Again, it seems like a well-crafted beer, but all this biscuit malt is not really to my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: could be worth a shot if you like toastier, maltier IPAs.

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Photo of vkv822
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz : SN IPA Glass

Lightly hazy, coppery orange, with a foamy off white head.

Lightly citrusy, piney notes. Fairly strong caramel malt backbone, a bit more than I like in an IPA.

Medium+, foamy body.

A decent beer, a bit more malt forward than I prefer in an IPA.

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Photo of ccrida
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at MSBC, appearance is clear brownish orange with a faint white skim. A little sticky lace.

Smell is citrusy, orange, some sugars.

Taste is orange citrus hops, a little sugary, and grainy. Not the best execution, but good bright West coast style.

Mouthfeel is solid, leaning towards the classic softly carbonated MSBC fullness. Dry, medium to med-light bodied.

Drinkability is fine, pretty tasty, in spite of the graininess, although I find the orange marmelade to be too one-note to keep my attention.

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