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11th Anniversary Double IPA | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of brewandbbq
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and hazy gold, with a thick, frothy white head.
Substantial density of fine to medium bubbles recedes slowly, revealing generous lacework.
Pungent and floral nose, bursting with juicy hops and forest floor.
Heavy on the grapefruit, with a grassy freshness.
Medium bodied, crisp and snappy.
Pallet is bone dry and leaping full of hoppy goodness.
Bitterness is smooth, firm, substantial, but not overdone.
Light malt behind the citrus-laden hop juice, with hints of lemon zest and sap.
Finishes long, dry, bitter, and juicy.
Huge karma goes out to Timmcd64 for hooking me up with one kickass DIPA.

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Photo of mcallister
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This DIPA screams at you from the glass. A fiery blood orange/red. Full of miniscule floaties and some stray carbonation bubbles. The head is thick, white, and coats the glass with sticky, resiny lacing. Overall retention is superb.

Sweet citrus. Lemon, grapefruit, lime, hints of tangerine, and star fruit, with a nice touch of toffeed malt to integrate things a bit. Very sweet smelling hops somewhat floral.

Man this is a great beer. Thick with resiny, citrus fruity hops that finish on the piney side. Grassy on the finish as well with toffee malt at the mid. Prickles the taste buds on entry and through the long finish. Very citrusy again but not much grapefruit in the mouth more led by tangerine and star fruit with a lemon/lime twist.

Nicely carbonated, medium mouth. Drinkable as hell, no signs of alcohol.

If anyone from Midnight Sun is reading this. Please start distribution in Ohio. Your beer is outstanding.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from grumpy, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel up front, then a strong but obviously toned-down (due to the approximate age of 2 years) hops bitterness comes in to provide a good balance. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but there's a little slickness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, nice representation of style. It might not be the best 2IPA that I've had but it's still a very solid beer that's worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Jason for sharing this 22oz bottle (this one was on my want list for a while and I never thought I would have a crack at it!).

Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of some citrus, toasted grains, and some fruitiness. All on the softer side. Tastes of tropical fruits, caramel, toffee, and some citrus. The hops definitely mellowed out, but I'm glad I had the chance to try this one!

Notes from 7/21/08

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Photo of Crosling
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

December 2006 Bottling. Light peach color. Ample froth. Ok hop aroma. Lemony and grapefruity, but not overly citrusy like I like, and a bit medicinal. Nice malt sweetness melds with the hops well . The hops are fairly nice, I’m just so used to Dreadaught which is so bright and citrusy, and amazing I might add. But this does have some positive aspects. It has some very nice lemon oil flavors that are fairly lasting, with a few citrus fruits. This is a good Double IPA worth seeking out. Drink it a little warmer than usually recommended for this style.

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Photo of grumpy
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm….. This beer is not quite ready, in my opinion. It is what it is – high ABV, high IBU, all Simcoes. It is a little darker than straw, pretty carbonated, medium-bodied at most, and is all about the blast of citrus and pine. Nothing wrong with that, but I’ll like it better in 3 to 6 months when the hops have settled down a smidgen and the malts can be detected. As good as the Arctic Devil, Cohoho and other Midnight Sun beers are, I am confident that this will balance out nicely in time. Meanwhile, it’s still tasty, and the challenge will be to save it for later, since it’s a one-off.

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11th Anniversary Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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