Envy | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
ENVY Imperial Pilsner obsessively desires to be better than the world’s most common lager. Envy vies for attention with its beautifully bright, golden color and tightly-formed crown. Intense yet true pilsner malt provides the perfect base for profuse citrus, floral and spicy hop flavor. Envy achieves distinction, making other beers turn green.

63 IBU

Added by beersabound on 04-03-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by SargeC:
Photo of SargeC
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy orange color. Golden-white, dense head. Minimal movement.

Smell: Oranges, flour. Hop oil.

Taste: Mindblowingly perfect bitterness. Tart citrus peel flavor blends with intense hop based flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lingering bitterness with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Unique beer, nice intensity

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Envy is a wild brew. a strange brew (eh!).

Pours a transparent light brown/orange color. Fine head with good retention and great lace. The nose is interesting, smells of hops with some extremely grainy, grassy notes. spice. The taste is thick with many hop flavors but what sticks out to me is it does have an interesting grass/grain flavor as predetermined in the nose. The hop flavors mix in your mouth, like quickly shifing slides. then that grain taste hits, followed by a slight IPA flavor with a tiny bitter hop nip at the finish. mouthfell is much thicker than i expected and the carbonation is much lower than i thought it would be, and is kind of nice. Good drinkability. Defenitely an interesting brew, try one, you might just like it. I do.

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Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

High bitterness, but a decent soapy head on orangey body. OK as a very bitter beer, but nothing I would seek out again.Like a hop bomb,some grassy, some Saaz, I am not getting balance nor any complexity of the hops. Aroma is nothing special. Passable.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 gold color with a finger of brite-white head that retains well around the edges and leaves thin wisps along the center. Nice thick lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fairly hoppy with some grassy citrus notes, and some backing malt sweetness behind it.

The taste is a pretty pronounced hop bitterness that isn't felt quite up front but instead intensifies throughout the profile. I'm also picking up a good bit of citrus character and a grainy malt base to help even things out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of heft from that 7% ABV.

Wow! They really loaded the hops up in this guy. A bit uneven maybe, as the bitterness is quite biting but it still drinks pretty well for a 7% Pils. Quite nice for the Hop Heads out there.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz received in trade a while back from AKBelgianBeast.. cellared for the most part.. it's been in the fridge for the last few weeks. Shared with SAS ... mine poured into my Kasteel tulip.

Pours very nice.. more nice in Steven's glass.. mine probably had too wide a mouth.. 3/4" head.. drops over a few minutes leaving a little spotty lacing... brew is a very hazy tangerine orange.

Aroma is very sharp.. spicy hoppiness is very dominant.. touches of grainy malt.

Big bitter out of the gate on the palate.. metallic; like a hop encrusted chrome bike handlebar... bitterness only subsides long enough to allow slight pale malts with a real background sweetness. Bracing bitterness throughout.. big grassy/more spicy hop component.. but the hops are quite a bit out of range.. too much green for so little tan... needs more of a malt backbone.. both sweetness and malt flavor. Body is medium thick with good carbonation..

I probably wouldn't pick this brew up again if I had it always available unless I was doing some sort of Big Imperial Pilsner lineup.

Big props go out to Frank for the proper hookup... 3 down and 4 to go .

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twenty ounce bottle courtesy of a generous Frank that I had cellared for a bit before throwing it in the fridge last week. Served in an oversized wine glass and consumed on 07/15/2008.

I had been keeping this and the rest of the lineup down for quite a while, but I decided last week that I really wanted to finally try them, so this is the first of 7 days of 7 sins. I chose Envy first, based on the style and my mood at the time. Poured a very nice and hazy golden yellow. Nice carbonation profile throughout and a really nice head off the pour. Two inches of white foam came up over the top and settled down only slightly, leaving behind a nice bit of side glass lace throughout the glass.

The aroma was loaded down with hops. Nice touches of earthy grains throughout as well. A very nice light aroma, no trace of alcohol with a definite leaning toward the citrus side of the spectrum. The flavor was more of the same. Nice and light, very grainy body on this one that was accented by nice grass and citric hops in both the front and back of the flavor. Long drying finish gave me the lasting flavor of an earthy light grain. Very nice carbonation throughout never let this one go dull in any way. I was quite impressed with the overall medium bodied feel. As for drinkability it was very nice. Light enough to be enjoyed when its warm out, but complex enough to be an after dinner sipper. Either way you look at it, it was very good and something I would have loved to enjoy again any time.

Overall I thought this was a really fantastic brew and a nice way for me to dive into the series from Midnight sun. I have only been able to try a few of their releases so far, but I have to admit that I am impressed with everything that I have tried. They are really making some top shelf offerings and I look forward to being able to try some more.

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Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of corn husk, hay, citrus, light pine, dough, and orange zest.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with earthy notes, along with doughy yeast standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, spicy, and bitter with some sweet undertones rippling along the front of the tongue.

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Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of grass, pine, floral, and doughy. Tastes of grass, pine, citrus, and dough. Medium alcohol in the finish.

Notes from 7/18/07

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Photo of womencantsail
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at Saturday's MS Sins tasting.

A: The pour is a light golden yellow color with a mild white head.

S: The nose is slightly buttery with a bit of skunk and some stale orange peel. A bit of sweetness, somewhat in the form of sugar.

T: Quite a bit of bitterness still present along with the same stale orange peel flavor. A solid maltiness along with a slight grassiness to the finish.

M: Medium in body with fairly low carbonation for a pilsner.

D: This certainly would have been better if it was fresh, but at this point, there really isn't too much worth saving.

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Photo of bosco7
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Uber Tavern in Seattle.

Golden in color with sizable frothy head. Perfect clarity.

Peach, apricot, spicy noble hops, soap and fresh bread in the nose. Very pleasent.

Huge malt character; lots of light caramel and bread. Also some peach, orange pulp, and mineral flavors present. Very sweet with some bitterness to balance it out.

Not exactly a summer beverage; this was pretty hard to throw back without feeling it. Very interesting beer and I will purchase again if I find it elsewhere.

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Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden amber with a thin white head leaving light lacing.

S-Sharp bite from peppery and lighter citrusy hops. Followed by backing sweet malt.

T-WHOA! Big ole' fat blast of pepper/citrus hops. That is some hoppy stuff. A nice follow through from the malt juiciness that follows. I know this might be blasphemy but...maybe this one is just a tad too bitter?

M-Medium body with one hell of a crispy bite. Again, Man, that is some hops!

D-Finally...a bigger hop bite than expected. Very bitey. I can handle my hops for sure but this one may be just a bit too harsh. But I still like it!

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On to something else from the mystery box! 22 oz. bomber (no freshness) into a pilsener glass (finally!)...

Two finger tan head...frothy with some great lacing and even better retention! Cloudy orange body...

Lots of sweet grass and lemon notes...slightly bready wit a little bit of hops. Even noticed a touch of pine and malts...

Lemony up front with some grassy notes in the finish (bitter finish)...not all too complex, but pretty unique...

Very strong with the carbonation...and I am a stickler for good carbonation.

Pretty drinkable...sweet and bitter, so I could quaff this. Especially since the alcohol doesn't seem to really be there.

I'll bet that this was better fresh. This is a new style for me that I look forward to delving further into...

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Photo of mcallister
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden with a thick rich white head that fades in good time and leaves some spotty lacing here there and everywhere.

Bready malts with a floral hop profile in the nose. Nothing too complex but nice and relaxed. Grassy green with a zesty ester.

Odd beer. Very green and vegetal flavors on the middle and finish. Yet I like it. A decent hop bitterness as well with a herbal medicinal quality. Very bready, and slightly astringent. Mouth is tannic and bitter with a moderate amount of carbonation that finish with a zip. A easy sipper just lacking in other areas.

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Photo of urwatuh8
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to warmstorage who include this as an extra in what was already a sweet trade.

I'm usually find Pilsners kind of boring, but this was anything but. Poured an opqaue yellow into my Drake's tasting glass. A finger of white head. Both the taste and smell were a bit astringent. The taste has a big sharp hoppiness I like a lot. Kind of grassy. Lots of flavors going on but they don't seem to quite mesh perfectly. The mouth feel was a little oily and I think this could do with some more carbonation. Very drinkable though, I could have sucked down another bomber if I had one. Props to Midnight Sun for pushing the envelope.

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Photo of beersabound
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the second of the "7 Deadly Sin Beers" line from Midnight Sun. It is very tasty. I've had a couple of other Imperial Pils and this is my favorite. It has a light golden hue with a good tight head. The lacing is great. The aroma is of spicy, citrusy noble hops (Saaz maybe), some grain, with some grassy notes. The flavor is predominantly noble hops while pale malt sweetness and grainy flavors add some balance and complexity. It is quite clean which is great. But it is definitely hop balanced. It is soft on the palate without any CO2 bite which is very nice. The finish and aftertaste are very big and spicy hoppy with some resiny feel around the mouth. Overall, it is a tasty brew from a great brewery that is putting out some great beers right now.

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Photo of gford217
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On to #2 for me of the 7 Deadly Sins beers thanks to NoonanBarbarian. Poured into a tulip.

A: This one pours a bright hazy yellow orange with a big fluffy white head that remains a cap throughout with tons of lacing.

S: Smell is hoppy with light citrus hops playing the major role, a slightly astringent lemon aroma. There are also some light grains in the nose as well.

T: Taste has the same hop astringency but is wonderfully balanced for the style with a strong grain presence and a range of hop flavors, from grass to citrus. There's definitely a crisp hop kick in the finish though.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and very crisp.

D: I really enjoyed this one and it may be the best imperial pilsner I have tasted. Great beer for me.

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Photo of ccrida
2.22/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into my midnight sun cervoise, Envy is a burnt gold with a 1 finger, creamy white head that pretty quickly subsides, leaving moderate lace. Oddly, the head was pleasantly rocky on the second pour, and left thicker, foamy lace, so I bumped it up a 1/2 point.

The aroma is really strong and sweet, soapy, and spicy, like orange curacao and corriander. In that regard, it reminds me a lot of Southampton's double wit, which I also though was over spiced.
Too much for me, and not good.

The taste is is pretty sharp and grainy. Not really cloying (although more so as it warms), as I feared from the nose, nor none of the spice that I smelled, which must be esters. Still, it's awfully astringent, husky tannins with a bitter finish and a nice noble hop flavor. They should have brought that out more to cut the astringency, which is too much for me.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body.

This wasn't too drinkable, and just not very good. Really wish I was drinking Heavy Sea's Small Craft Warning right now instead!

I sampled this on tap at the brewery, and wasn't too impressed, but I like the style, and wanted to bring home a full bottle to try. A few months later, it's just as disappointing, if not worse. I wish I brought back something else instead!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with perfect clarity and pale gold in color. A huge, white head of somewhat porous density stood at least three inches tall. A fairly quick retreat of the rocky foam revealed some decent webbing of white threads.
Aromatics are pretty clean, with husky malts shining through an ample dose of zesty, earthy hops.
Hints of black pepper and mustard seed come forward along with corn silks.
The mouthfeel is effervescent and almost spritzy. Crisp and drying.
A heavy dose of citrus leads the way on the pallet. Extremely bitter with warming alcohols. A light to medium level of maltiness is subdued by an aggresive hopping rate.
Faily fruit laden, which may just be from citrusy hops, with grapefruit pith winning out.
Finishes with lingering bitterness and mildly warming.

Another big thanks to Timmcd64 for hooking me up. Proper!

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Photo of blakesell
2.29/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks go out to mcallister for sharing this one on his pre-birthday party.

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Belgian goblet.

Appearance- Beer is a lightly clouded golden with a finger and a half of head that quickly subsides in large bubbles to a film across the top with clinging lace on the sides.

Smell- My feet with a hint of hop. Earthy and mineral. Not skunked, it just smells hopped that way. A hint of bile.

Taste- Tastes like the hotel party we had back when I was 17 years old. Bile and mineral rock salt and hops. Goes straight to my head. Not entirely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Astringent, lightly creamy, sticky, really astringent. Fully carbonated, medium bodied.

Drinkability- No. I actually hate this beer. 2.0 is giving it a bit more than it deserves. Drinkable in the way Natty light is drinkable, but I won't be trying this one again.

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Photo of khiasmus
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy light orange with a finger of white, foamy head that settles to a ring and retains, then leaves a good sheet of lacing on the glass.

S- Dominated by a strong extra sharp cheddar smell, along with some hop oil and just a hint of pale malt in the background. Interesting, but good.

T- Some initial pale maltiness, then the hops come in with a bitter vengeance. There is little hop character, mostly just tons of bitterness. The finish is the same... don't kiss someone after you sip this, they'll probably punch you.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium-full body, medium-low carbonation, and a puckering, dry, astringent finish.

D- The most intricate and drinkable IP I've had yet. I recommend it. Along with every other Midnight Sun brew.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mcallister for sharing.
A hazy light gold with a thin white head that laces just a bit.
Among the hops there is a slight metallic twang I can't quite place.
There's a lot of mineral in the taste, a biting hoppy front followed by a lingering bitter aftertaste. This definitely improved as it warmed. I didn't think much of it at first but it grew on me a bit toward the end. Very hoppy and unusual.

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Photo of grumpy
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down, the best Pilsner I have ever had. Love this stuff. And now the disclaimer:

I am not a Pils guy. I find them boring. I like big, bold beers. I am the last person to argue the relative merits of Staropramen and Urquell.

So what does that tell you? I suppose that this is a really good, or really bad, Pilsner. Suit yourself. Envy is not a light, crisp beer. Ironically, it actually does taste like a Euro Pils – ramped way up. It doesn’t taste like some Americanized bastardization of a Pilsner that in no way resembles the original.

App: Clear, golden and effervescent.

Ar: Bread and spicy Noble hops

Tas: Sweet biscuit malt and noble hops. Lots and lots of both.

Mf: Medium-full. What the heck is the terminal gravity of this stuff? Oil followed by alcohol and hop bite.

Drnk: Outstanding.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of alexgash
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery. 63 IBUS.

Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot with a copper center. Solid inch of dense, gauzy, soy milk-colored head. Honey-covered biscuit malt accented with snappy, peppery, florally-intense hops make up the nose. Big Saazy feel to it.

Snappy hop bitterness up front. Mildly astringent and pungent. Sugar and honey malt sweetness along with fresh hay and grass come on mid-palate. Big hop bitterness follows with strong floral and pineapple notes. A bit of sea air funk as well. Finishes a little warm. The flavors don't meld as well as they could; a bit rough, but not bad. Medium bodied with a slightly syrupy feel, especially in the finish.

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Envy from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 27 ratings