Gluttony | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

GluttonyGluttony
BA SCORE
78%
Liked This Beer
4.04 w/ 91 ratings
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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
Ranking:
#5,033
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
91
Liked:
71
Avg:
4.04/5
pDev:
10.64%
Alströms:
3.67
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

calling this a ipa is a stretch to me, much more of an american style barleywine at this level of malt intensity and alcohol. that said though, its a mighty good one. copper to orange in color and woody and dense looking right away. the head is tall and white and frothy and holds well. aroma here is sweet toasted malts, heavy on the crystal, and there is some evident maple and brown sugar notes. the hops are huge too, candied orange and leafy bitterness are both present, power on power here. the flavor is like the nose, lots of strong sweet cereals, a nutty earthy aspect, and a little sugar too. the hops are resinous, weed-like for a moment, and loaded with orange flavor, distinctly so, and some fresh cut pine boughs as it moves along. this is wintery and strong for me, a lot to drink on a hot day, and with long lingering sweetness, hoppy bitterness, and booze, its just huge. i like the bigger body though and the more robust malt complexion, and i find myself polishing the last of this off feeling very pleased. huge thanks to my friend in alaska for bringing this and so many other cool alaskan beers down on his visit, i am a lucky man indeed!

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Photo of djrn2
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a two-finger head; lacing sticks nicely to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Grapefruit and pine to the nth degree

Taste: A burgeoning caramel backbone serves as the platter on which to present the grapefruit and pine aromas from this beer as they appear up front; after the swallow, the bitter fruity flavors predominate, while the sweet underlying malt never quite fades away

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: With 200 IBUs, this is a major assault on the tongue; nevertheless, it is quite drinkable and will appeal to the hopheads - it sure hasn't yet turned into a barleywine

Thanks, Beerlando, from the other site

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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 dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 5/2/08. Shared the entire 7 beer series with fellow BAs Deuane & SierraGS. It was quite a night! Special thanks to AKBelgianBeast for trading me the complete set of these to try.

22 oz bomber into a snifter.

Pours a clear golden amber with 2 fingers of off-white foamy head. A thin, creamy retention leaves some great looking lacing behind. The aroma is sticky pine and bready malts mixed with some spice, citrus, and a waft of alcohol heft.

The taste is piney hops up front but a year on this bottle seems to have faded the freshness a bit. But saying that, there is still an obscene amounts of IBUs running rampant through this thing the whole way through the finish. The bitterness is rounded off some by a back bone of beefy bready tasting malts, a splash of citrus, and some spiciness. The mouthfeel has a medium full body with a nice carbonated feel. This is one of those beers that lets it all hang out in the alcohol department, not hiding it's beefy ABV and letting things end with hot and bitter finish.

Wow! This was a beast of a beer to start out with, with rampaging hops and a warm feel. I'm glad this was one that was shared with other, as I'm not sure that I could have taken in a full 22 oz of this palette wrecker.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
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 woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this at the brewery while visiting ANCAK last summer and last night (F, 27 Feb 2009) was an occasion to open it while I had BeerGestapo, who is a high school classmate of mine, as well as my Iron Hill (LNC) neighbor and my cher oncle over following Cask Night.

I got a finger of tan head with good retention. Leaning in, it was cloyingly sweet - lots of malt! The color was a slightly hazy deep-amber. The taste was really sweet for my taste, it was almost candy-like in its intensity. I felt gluttonous while drinking it. Hey!The finish was duly sweet with a distinct alcohol burn lingering in the mouth. Whew! Of the two (Wrath was also consumed), I had a prefernece to Wrath. This might have even aged a little longer to reduce the alcohol aspect.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twenty two ounce bottle that has been cellared for the better part of a year. Served cold out of the fridge, but allowed to warm up throughout the tasting. Poured into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 07/17/2008.

A big thanks again goes out to Frank for this one. This is night three of my seven deadly sins. I am doing them all in a row, on seven consecutive nights. Last night I was tired and was only having one beer, so I thought I would destroy my palate with this monster. The pour was lovely. A deep, rich, amber color, which was highlighted with nice accents of orange. Lots of haze here as well, with an almost opaque cloudiness to it. Nice two finger head which came up quickly but then faded down to only a thin solid quarter inch layer with decent side glass lace.

The aroma was very nicely balanced, owing that to the cellar time no doubt. Rich piney hops were evident almost immediately, but a subtle sweetness had worked its way in now as well. Really nicely put together here, especially for 200 IBU's. As it warmed nice floral citrus like notes started coming through. The flavor was more of the same, nothing mouth shattering like I would have thought; this has mellowed nicely, and really become a very solid big beer. Loads of sticky, resin infused hops that just made your lips stick to your teeth, but once this moved through a nice biscuit like, bready malt base pokes around to sweeten it up a bit, providing a nice touch of depth here. Fantastic medium bodied ale, this was quite thicker then I would have expected, but had just enough carbonation to keep from becoming really syrup like. A good sipper, it took me a bit to finish this one off, but I was happy to do it. Easily finished off the bottle though and would love to get some more as that long drawn out and dry pine laced finish was just a perfect way to finish my night.

Overall this was my favorite so far of the three in the series I have tried, but I would have figured that based on my normal preferences. Still though this is more then a solid offering here and I would love to get some more of it. A quality ale from start to finish.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy hops! A Triple IPA that lives up to the billing and then some. In fact this makes Devil Dancer seem balanced. It reminds me of a just bottled Old Crusty. Totally untamed and over the top.

Appearance is copper but cloudy. What the hell? Held up to the light I swear I see partially disolved hops, though I know it's just yeast in suspension from this beer's long journey to me. Light whispy egg-shell white Brussel's lace is deposited around the glass with each sip.

Smell is all hops -- 200 ibus of hops in all their glory. Grapefruit and pine dominate. Maybe it's disolved pine car fresheners I see in this beer. Is that a flat green tree floating by? A whiff of tangerine can be caught as well.

And guess what? Yep, this beer's taste is all about the hops. Significantly bitter with just a touch of hot alcohol and malt sweetness. You know there's a ton of malt used in this brew by its 10.5 percent alcohol but you have to search to find it.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with a slight stickiness on the lips which could be from the hops just as much as from the malt.

To me, this is as far as you can take an American IPA. This beer has pushed the hop threshold to the limit and it certainly lives up to its name. This is certainly more than one requires (as is the very definition of gluttony), but when you want to indulge your hop fix, you'd be hard pressed to find another beer that could do it better. That said, one and done at a sitting is certainly the case with this one

Thanks Tim (Beersabound) for the chance to experience another winner from Midnight Sun.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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 JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz received in a trade with AKBelgianBeast ... mega huge thanks. Shared with my trading partner .. mine poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Nice 2 1/2 finger sticky sticky rocky sorta yellowish off white head... brew itself is hop hazed orange.

Aroma is a citrus hoppy bombshell. Coats the inside of my nostrils with grapefruit essence... not much else... sorta smells of sugar cookies.

Flavor is bracing bitter and has more than enough sweetness.. big bold and hoppy and completely unapologetic. Orange peel with a little bit of pine with a thick and very slick/oily pale malt mouthfeel... finish is dry orange peel that lingers for long after your sip. I can only sorta ding it for drinkability ... I am happy I had SAS to try it with.

Easily one of the best DIPA's I've had.. I can only imagine what it was like fresh off the tap... Oh wow would it have had a shit-ton of hop flavors. I don't think anyone is going to accuse this one as being "balanced".. but in this case it's okay because I am definitely a hop Glutton. As it warms, it sorta reminds me of Stone 10th when it was fresh... or even a fresh Hopsickle.

I can't thank AKBelgianBeast enough for this trade... Frank is without a doubt one of the best traders out there... For now .... 1 Sin down ... 6 more on my path.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
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 weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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 barleywinefiend
2.95/5  rDev -27%
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 DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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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