Gluttony | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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89
very good
91 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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BEER INFO

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

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

Added by beersabound on 02-24-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
61
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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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 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 largadeer
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kkipple
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fresh from a trade in Alaska. Thanks to Khiasmus for sharin'.

Gluttony calls itself a "triple IPA" which strikes me as both pretentious and a lot to live up to. Let's see...

Pours a rich syrupy maple-red. Billowy white head, great lacing. Ok, so far so good.

Smells like a hop bomb. Acidic, metallic, grapefruit hops dominate. Very sugary. Lots of pine resin in there too, but reeks of overhopping and the alcohol is quite prominent.

Ya, this is a swig of hop juice... lots of varied hops here, I'm sure I'm tasting Simco. Very bitter and citrus-y. Acidic. Hops are all over the mouth. The malty sweetness is hidden far far behind the hop forest, and in my opinion should be more at the forefront.

Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy. Exceedingly bitter hop aftertaste.

You know, the more of these overhopped DIPAs I have the more I dislike them. Gluttony is incredibly hoppy, yes, but that's about where the goodness ends. It simply doesn't have any balance, and is a lot less drinkable than both DFH's 90 Minute (a textbook example of balance for the style, in my mind) and Southern Tier's Unearthly, which while excessive, is MUCH more balanced and dare I say, restrained.

I couldn't and didn't want more than 6 ounces of Gluttony, hence the relatively low score. I'm just not impressed by the brewers who mix up a huge grain bill and hop the $&!% out of a beer and proclaim it "monstrous" "huge" or "Imperial." Let's get back to the basics, folks.

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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 mendvicdog
3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

harsh malty abrasive sweet. Too aggressive.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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 djrn2
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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 DucksFan16
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in the Midnight Sun loft on 12/21/2014.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Bottle thanks to Chris. A near armpit-stink hop aroma. So powerful it edges into sweaty onions and biting metallic rushes. Sometimes it catches you with a pleasant glow of very floral and citric hop characters, but most often a surprisingly pungent blast. A new level of hop aroma, not necessarily good. Pours an an amber gold, with silky lacing white. Flavor is dominated by sticky Cardamon hop cone sugars, leaving with burgeoning floral character. Dries out in tangerine skin.

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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 ncelauro
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MordorMongo
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jophish17
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this...
Appears a transparent amber toned gold with a small white cap that fades into a mild, foamy film. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of huge grapefruit, sugary orange peel, vanilla cream, and sugar filled malt.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with bitter candy oranges standing out making for a ballsy DIPA.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter as hell, and IMHO, in need of some more balance. It's just too skewed towards the bitterness.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Gluttony from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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