Gluttony | 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): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
GLUTTONY Triple IPA overindulges the palate with profound malt, powerful hops and abundant body. Its deep decadent golden orange color presents an appetizing invitation for extravagant enjoyment. Its aroma entices with citrus, pine and alcohol while the flavor provides a smorgasbord of sweet malt, fresh tangerine/grapefruit and a resinous hop character that lingers well beyond the finish.

200 IBU

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Photo of HiWire
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear Amber. Has a good 2 finger head. Smells like air. There is no aroma coming from this brew. Super mild hop flavor and a mild malt finish. Very drinkable but not memorable.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tulip glass straight from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Semi cloudy ber body with an oranges tinted off-white head rising to maybe a quarter of an inch. Drops with perfect even lacing after a few sips, looks like a gem.

Smell: Sweet citrus, tangerines and pink grapefruit skin.

Taste: Palate crushing malts, heavy hops with strong alcohol after taste. Citrus skin is very evident with a sweet malt finish. I feel words can't describe the beer except that I am happy that I am not sharing it.

Mouth: Strong hoppy feels like certain American strong ales I've had but beyond more potent. Little sour at the end but finishes a caramel scotch sweet.

Overall: Honestly and I will use my words to most modest context but this is a savage beast of a beer and can honestly sit with my favorite beer of all time. Maybe the batch varies time to time, or maybe my palate is used to animals like this. I have one beer in mind which carries itself like this one which is a notch more smoother hence the higher (and perfect rating). Drink up and enjoy..Salud!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep amber orange and opaque - looks as smooth as its gonna feel - fat head of frothy and fluffy foam will leave lightly draped laces down the glass

S: big on rich tropical fruits like papaya and mango; some lighter citrus edges and some darker pine undertones

T: the plush fruits from the nose are all present, but rounded off with a barrage of bittering hops, giving a sweet and numbing experience similar to Molotov Cocktail and other fruit and hop-forward big beers

M: smooth and lush, full-bodied, carbonation a dull fuzz amid the bittering hops; sweet and bitter flavors linger; some chewiness and slight stickiness

O: a real decadent triple/double IPA, full of flavors and bitterness - not for the light drinker, but surprisingly drinkable for its heft and abv.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChewyLewy for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest and brown sugar 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 and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of brown sugar and candied citrus zest qualities that make this one reminiscent of a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle procured locally, just hit town! enjoyed from a midnight sun tulip.

a - brew pours a deep rich chestnut brown thin foamy head didn't hang long but left big sheets of lace on the glass. murky and opaque. looks heavy.

s - nose is straight up American barleywine. pine cone caramel with some nuttiness and sweetness.

t/m/o - first impression was that this is somewhere between devil dancer and 120 min ipa but after I got adjusted to the assault on my mouth the flavors settled into a rich caramel pine cone syrup. powerful and big but very nice flavoring. for a IIIPA it is very tasty, but chewy and big. while I don't think taking this bottle down solo will be a problem, I probably won't remember the end of the night. worth checking out if you dig these monster iiipas. surprisingly very drinkable.

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Photo of rblib
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a classic beer mug (stein). Copper complexion with thin head. Moderate lacing. Taste is fruity lemon with tangerine rind and pine. This is 200IBU's? Can't deny that it's hop forward. Bitterness abounds. Definitely in the conventional hop bomb category. ABV just above the surface throughout. Good triple IPA offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Lg. shared bottle at RBWG-2015
Hazy amber body with virtually no head.
Very fruity aroma with a strong hint of orange along with lemon and lime.
Flavor: hoppy and fruity but very mild for 200 IBUs.
Feel: some heat from otherwise mostly hidden alcohol.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Ebenezer's glass.

A: Hazy brown-yellow with heavy lacing and light head.

S: Incredibly fruity. Sweet mangoes. Candied pineapples. I can take a guess at the hop bill.

T/M: This is GOOD. The forefront is fruity -- much akin to the smell -- and sweet, but the endtaste is relentlessly bitter. Holy mother of god, they claim 200IBU (which must be a joke), but there are SUPER hops here. Aftertaste is citrus and dry mouth.

O: 'Triple' IPAs? Seriously? What are we coming to, people? Is there no longer any appreciation for the balanced beer? the good beer? the crowd-pleaser? Are we now in the generation of more-blistering equalling more-better? I think so, but I hope not. I'm not sure what possible niche this beer is meant to occupy, other than to give self-defined 'hopheads' another-different-crazier thrill, but it seems...gratuitous. Does the world need this beer? Hell no. Is it good? Objectively, no. Do I like it? Hell yes.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- 22 oz. bottle poured into Anchorage Teku on 5-Feb-15
- Delivered to local store, purchased, and drank on same day

Very high on malty sweetness with some tropical fruit notes like pineapples with a bit of grapefruit and mango. I'm impressed that there's no booze detected whatsoever, but overall, this TIPA is a bit underwhelming, especially for the hefty price ($17). Too much of a malt bomb.

Simtra is much cheaper and may be on par with this one, but doesn't compete with El Segundo's Power Plant. Doesn't even come close to PtY.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A rare imperial IPA from Midnight Sun which claims to possess a mighty 200 IBUs. This should be interesting... in my tulip at cellar temperature.

No denying it. This is a pretty beer. A nice little cap of tan froth sits above a deep sunset orange, almost red color. Radiant as the glow of a setting sun, it is.

My first whiff impression is... wow, this is fruity! Tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and of course some juicy citrus, are very forward. Fairly floral. And smells like spicy hops too.

The flavor does NOT disappoint. It gushes fruitiness of all the kinds in the aroma, and then kicks fully into hops gear. What is hops gear, you may wonder? It's like driving 100 mph through a field of hops on a motorcycle with no helmet, hop cones smacking you in the face left and right until you no longer know what UN-astringency IS. Hop flavor? Check. Bitterness? Gigantic check. Dankness? Checkaroo...

The feel is pleasantly full and carries the jumbo hoppiness of this ale just like Atlas hoists the heavens. Hoist up that heavenly, oh-so-heavy hoppiness, you titan-sized, triple IPA!

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Photo of nicole309
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best IPA I have ever had from any Alaska brewery. This one should be had fresh. Seems like the low scores came from drinking old beer. Don't pass this one up if you can get it fresh.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler filled at the illustrious MS loft in Anchorage. Flavor from the growler reflects very similarly to how it tasted on draft.
Excitedly we opened this growler mid-shift of our grand brew day, releasing this hound would prove to be disastrous to our future sobriety. With the twist of the cap, some glorious resiny hop singes. We pour off into our respective glasses, the powerful white head rising over the mound of voluptuous dark oranges. Besides the initial powerful hop whiff, there is little else dominating the profile. Muted citrus and woods, with some malt sweetness.
One sip reveals the bitter beast within. After nearly a year since the brew date, there is no real fading of the alpha acids, though the aromas have clearly lost their edge, rounding out into some sort of vague hop characteristic. The bitterness crushes the malt sweetness, but both ride throughout the drink, tending towards a nice, bitter balance. More hop flavor would've made this a phenomenal beer.
Why is this still on the shelves? Trust us Midnight Sun, we can handle the fresh stuff down here in WA..

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber color with 2 fingers of off white Head.

S - Smells of Orange, Lemon, Tangerine, Caramel, and Slight Hops. Rather malty for an IPA but it is over the Hill.

T - Tastes of Lemon, Orange, Malt, Salt, and Pine.

M - Oily mouthfeel, Nice Bitterness and carbonation.

D - Very good even though it is old. Drinkability is very good none the less.

I know this beer is old but I had to review it anyway. I;m glad my brother brought it back from Alaska but he should have told me to drink it immediately. I wish I would have been able to try it fresh because this beer was over whelming and to my liking based on the previous reviews.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a orange gold color with good carbonation and a nice white head caps it off

S: All over the place, Pine, citrus mainly

T: Harsh. Syrupy, like some wheat almost. I got the same wheat, syrup like flavor from the Obliteration and Hop Dog. Not a fan. Some pine and citrus mainly but really had no flavor till the end when it came to anything tasty per say.

M: Syrupy, slick, bitter, way bitter on the end. Unappealing

D: Not good

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Photo of youradhere
2.91/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not sure if this was the old batch or new, from the faded hop aroma and almost one dimensional hop flavor I'm assuming it is the former. From tasting notes: Look is golden amber, slight head; aroma is big malty backbone with alcohol solvency, slight pine resin that is buried by the malt, as the glass warms there is a slight fruity character I'm picking up as well (my friend says it smells like stagnant fire suppression water). Really sweet initially, like a barley wine, mouthfeel is thick and mouth coating. For such a large IPA the bitterness is a bit restrained but does not fade; it is almost a static attack of constant bitterness that does not ebb on the tongue naturally like most IPAs. Solvent characters also behave as if they are stripping away the inside of the mouth, like a mouthwash without the pain

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle sent from Mike. This is from the batch released in January 2010, so its ~ 9 months old.

Appearance: Pours hazy, dark orange to almost brownish. Nice softly bubbled head with OK retention. Each sip leaves a big sheet of lacing, but it only really sticks in spots.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops, still a decently big burst. Orange, pineapple, and a little peach or apricot. Sticky pine resin. Malty with caramel and brown sugar smells. It really smells nice-- I wish it was 8 or 9 months younger as right now, its nose is dominated with sweetness.

Taste: Yes, as expected, the bright hops flavors have apparently faded quite a bit. You can still taste some nice pine and citrus fruit, but this has become a big malty bomb. Sweet, sticky, chewy malt awesomeness. The hops are clearly there-- there is a big hoppy bitterness that balances things nicely here. The finish is both bitter and sweet. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Obviously full and sticky. Resiny finish.

Drinkability: It still smells somewhat like a DIPA, but tastes like a hoppy bitter beast of a barleywine. I'd love to try it fresh, when I'm sure its a totally different beer, but as is, its pretty damn good.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on Saturday's MS Sins tasting. Both batches were tasted, but this review will be from the remake.

A: The pour is a glowing orange color with a really nice white head and some spots of lacing.

S: A strong hop presence, though certainly on the way out. A nice resinous pine note along with nice citrus aromas. As the hops have begun to die out, there is quite a bit of caramel malt.

T: While the hop aromas are certainly dying down, the flavors are still nice. And although I'm not the biggest fan of sweeter/maltier IPAs, this one still has quite a bit of pine and bitterness to it.

M: The body is medium, but almost chewy. A moderate carbonation to go along with it.

D: I wish I could have tried this beer super-fresh, but alas that is not exactly possible. Still quite good, all things considered, and perhaps another batch is in the future.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy with some citrus hops and some resiny hops. The flavor is resiny, dank hops with some orange citrus notes as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kyle who sent down two bottles of this. I think that they are both from the second brewing of this beer. Cracked one of them at cellar temp for beer number 20 of our tasting. It was number 11 on day 2.

Pours a caramel brownish orange with a fluffy but coarse head. The lacing is sparse, but where it does stick, I get the signature thick gobbed rings of an imperial IPA.

Citrus and caramel are the dominant aromas. The citrusy hops really take on a heavy role here. I think that this has to be a newer bottle, as the hop bitterness is also very evident. Wouldn't have that after 3 years at cellar temp, I am fairly sure. The palate brings on a huge ruinating bitterness. Holy crap. Centennial and Cascade hops pour on grapefruit and lemony notes amid a light floral character.

Now that my palate is thoroughly torn apart, let me evaluate the mouthfeel...Yeah. It trashes your palate. This one is a lot to handle, but the intensity of the flavors, bitterness, and strength make it one that you need to try.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Kyle for sharing this the other day. I believe this was brewed again recently, so it *should* be fresh. It sure as hell tasted fresh.

Clear orange amber with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. This is perfect for the style.

The nose is a bit of a juggernaut with a MASSIVE pungent citrus hop character, just brutally so, big and bitter with a rather pronounced caramel and honey character with some sugar. Despite the noticeable sweetness, this is all hops, just huge citrus, grapefruit and pungent hop goodness.

The palate opens bruisingly bitter with big grapefruit and orange rind bitterness, just big and resiny, countered by a moderate body and sweetness with caramel. While I usually dislike sweetness in a DIPA, in this case, it's rather welcome. Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation, the finish is extremely long with grapefruit and hop resins just coating the palate. The mouthfeel is nuts! However, such an intense beer can be enjoyed only in small amounts, and my 4oz pour was sufficient. However, if I see this again, I will not pass on it, it's one of the more absurdly hoppy beers I've had, I'd compare it to (favorably) with White Knuckle.

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tumbler,Gluttony is chill hazed dull, brownish gold with a small light sand head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is intense, sweet carmalized sugar and resinous hops, a little bit of gran mariner with the booze and orange notes.

Taste is also very intense, a big alcohol character, pugent hoppiness and caramel malt. Blistering really, with a spicy, bone dry finish.

Mouthfeel is chewy and oily, leaving a prickliness on the tongue.

Drinkability is not terribly high, this is a super intense, very strong ale - a tripel IPA for sure. One every once in a while is plenty, and although this will definitely satisfy any hop-head's fix, the alcohol punch would equally satisfy someone looking to get drunk fast.

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Photo of younger35
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just received this brew from Mikesgroove. The Midnight Sun brews I've had thus far have been really solid. Look forward to this one and hope the hops haven't faded too much. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Deadly Sin 1 of 7.

Appearance- Pours a super hazy orange yellowish with a decent one finger off-white head with some serious staying power. A huge cap and collar is maintained the entire beer along with a ASSLOAD of lacing. One of the best looking beers I've tried.
Smell- The nose is still really pungent but obviously has lost that big sharp hoppiness. There is a bit of a muddled citric kick in here but it's somewhere nearer to a Barleywine like nose. Something like grapefruit pith and maybe a bit of orange but that's about it. Lightly caramelly with a fairly strong malty side and a bit of alcohol.
Taste- Definitely not as crazy hoppy as I bet it once was but it's still fairly intense. A slap of fruitiness right from the start with a zip of bitter grapefruit, orange and peach. The bitterness seems to build a bit as I get halfway through the bottle but at no point do I feel it's too much. Hell, I even get a tinge of malt sweetness underneath all that hop intensity. Slightly candy-ish at times with hints of red licorice and toffee. The finish lasts quite some time with a tinge of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thick with a big oily slickness that borders on creamy with a light fleck of carbonation.
Drinkability- Definitely a good sippin brew. It's somewhere in that area though of not fresh enough to be super fruity hoppy and not old enough to have infringed upon pure Barleywine territory. A decent start to the Deadly Sins but I have a feeling even better stuff is to come. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Cool name and cool branding, part of the Seven Deadly Sins beers. One of two things we won't buy into is the Triple IPA style: There is too much gray area, and it seems that Double/Imperial IPA covers it all. The other is the claim of 200 IBUs, even if this was correct your taste buds can only handle 80-100 real IBUs before going totally numb. Whatever, now to the beer. Good froth and head retention, more than ample with sticky lace and all. Mildly hazed copper color. The aroma is soaked in hops, no chance for the malt to come through at all, though the alcohol does with a very faint and clean solvent fume. Moderate carbonation, slick, full body. Sharp biting puckering bitterness kills the taste buds, then it keeps on kicking the dead taste buds over and over again. Malt is there as it is the foundation (body) that is holding this beer together, but with this approach the malt walks away crying. The alcohol is warming but not so noticeable because the hops just don't stop.

That is it, our palates are destroyed for the night. Thanks guys. Seriously, we are not sure if any brewer could pack more hop bitterness and flavor into a bottle. Absolutely absurd and insane but extreme, and we like extreme, so we'll give this one a hall pass for keeping us on our toes. You are not a true hophead unless you have climbed this hop mountain.

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Photo of bmanning
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks grumpy for this 22oz bottle.
Pours a hazy golden/light brown with thin head - many yeasties poured in too - why not.
Aromas of peaches, apricot, and apple - not typical of a DIPA, but very good.
Initial flavors of orange and lemon with huge rye spices on the back of the tongue (where the hell did that come from?). Although the hop flavors have really died down after 2+ years, this has turned into an excellent super hoped barleywine. Very sweet citrus and belgian yeast flavors come through as it warms up.
It's still very hot after all this time in the bottle, so could use a bit more time in the bottle to make it even better. There's a high alcohol burn as it goes down.
Another hit in the 7-deadly sins series - I hope to try them all one day.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alas, another mystery box item! 22 oz. bomber (no freshness) poured into the SN pint glass...

four fingers of sticky tan head with great legs and amazing lacing...the head is gorgeous with great retention that lasts throughout the whole sitting. Hazy amber body...

Loads of sweet pine up front with a slight citrus kick in the back. Some burnt caramel...very barleywine-esque with notes of molasses and leather.

A very sweet mellowed out pine bomb. Lots of pine and sweet caramels. Very balanced on the malt side that leads to a sweet yet bitter finish. Some dark fruits and smoked wood...

Smooth and creamy...but a bit low on carbonation, but it still feels good.

Definitely a sipper if there was one. Be weary though, you might forget to's that good.

I've heard that this beer is at least a year old, and I think I might like it better this way. It was more like a barleywine, and a damn fine one at that. 22 oz. might be a bit much, however...but an amazing beer to seek out.

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Gluttony from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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