Gluttony | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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89
very good
90 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
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
60
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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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 Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 sheenisgod
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 random846
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 itracy63
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arvidkoval
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of unclekeith
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jophish17
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MordorMongo
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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