Greed | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by grumpy on 07-05-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by ccrida:
Photo of ccrida
4.72/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into my tall MSBC glass, Greed is a crystal clear, pale gold with an big off-white head that is somewhat rocky settling, leaving thick lace. I was really impressed by the huge hunks of foam left clinging to the glass, well above beer level.

Smell is incredibly sensuous. Wow. This should be pefume. Very floral, but there's a lightness to it, just incredible.

Taste is pretty good, but it doesn't live up to that mind-blowing nose. Not as sweet as I expected, nor estery, it's a pretty clean pale with a firm, bitter finish. The wild flowers are certainly there, but on the light side, with nice notes of kaffir lime, almost saison like. I'm super impressed.

Mouthfeel is creamy, lighter bodied, very digestible.

Drinkability is really high. Wow, this a tasty beer, big flavor, not to heavy, tons of flavor. I'm loving it, another hard to pull off style that MSBC knocked out of the park. Judging by the other reviews, this one apparently just needed time. Right now it's killer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Greed is good, but I do have to say it is the worst of the seven deadly series. A belgian single style. Pours a yellow, with an ever so slight haze. decent head dissipates fast, moderate to good lace. The nose is very strong with an estery, spicy, almost barnyard corn funk. The taste follows the nose, very estery and spicy with belgian yeast up front. A good bite and some citrus peel flavors. the finish is light and refreshing yet still has decent flavor. A thin mouthfeel, but very drinkable. This the best session brew of the series, but it seriously lacks in flavor variety, and for $6 a bomber, its kind of weak. A good brew, but nothing special.

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Atlanta Ale meeting. Yeast aroma OK. Acidic.A so-so Belgian.Like a Saaz hop, some bitterness, did not like the carbonation. Average pale Belgian looks.Drying, some sweetness like candy in the finish. Nothing special and more expected from this brewery.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 hazy pale gold with a huge foamy brite-white head. A creamy 1/2 finger of retention yielded thick swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is yeasty funk, an astringent citrus element, and a sugary sweetness in the backend.

The taste is mellow, yeasty malts, a tart citrus character (like sour apples), lemon zest, and some light hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light medium bodied with a crisp, livey, and very easygoing feel.

Tasty and well balanced for the style, this was quite refreshing and quaffable. It was enjoyable enough but didn't seem quite bad ass enough to me to really earn the name of a deadly sin. ;P

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz enjoyed last night with SAS .. my share from my New Belgium snifter... reviewed from paper notes.

I originally received this brew from incomparable trader AKBelgianBeast... huge thanks.

3 finger pillowy head takes its time dying back ... leaves crusty lacing .. brew is slightly hazy straw yellow ... sorta looks like a wit.

Aroma is slightly fruity/mildly grassy ... smells "dry"

Flavor is pale malts with a grassy edge .. sorta metallic finish .. body is light and carbonation is like a prickly champagne.

Very drinkable despite my above lack of enthusiasm.

I would assume this brew is past its prime .. the metallic flavor was a bit much to take at first .. it did dissipate after a while, but at first it was like sucking on raw copper.

Two of the Deadly Sins down .... Another big shout-out to AKBelgianBeast ... I wanted to try these brews so damned bad, but would not have had the opportunity without Frank ... Cheers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty Two ounce bottle that has been cellared for several months. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter. Consumed on 07/16/2008.

Much thanks goes out to Frank for letting me sample the second one of the seven deadly sins. The pour was nice, a hazy golden yellow with a good amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. A nice two inch head of white fizz came up over the top and settled down quickly, leaving behind a nice crown about a quarter of an inch thick and some decent side glass lacing. Pretty good look for the style.

The aroma was light, nice touches of fruit and grain. A light wheat base was evident as was a citric tone, light lemon, and a touch of tangerine maybe, something sweet anyway, but very airy. Light grassy notes as it warmed as well, but nothing really spectacular here. The flavor was pretty much the same. Light crisp and clean with a very nice light body and great carbonation. The flavor started with a light yeast notes, light wheat with grain bas gave way to a slightly tart citric flavor that drew out the finish and left a dry, champagne like back taste. Superbly drinkable as there was little in the way of ABV to slow you down.

Overall not bad, not my favorite by any means, but still a very good representation of the style. Had a little more depth to it then typical offerings, but still nothing that was going to blow me away. I am looking forward to the rest of the series for sure!

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this...
Appears a hazy, semi-transparent, pale gold with a small white cap that fades into a mild film of foam. Tiny remnants are left around the glass.
Smell is fruity, banana, pears, light wheat, golden raisins, and citrus.
Taste echoes the aromas with light spiciness coming through and keeping things interesting.
Mouthfeel is mildly sweet up front, fizzy, spicy with melon and pears lingering during the swallow.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of fruitiness, bananas, spices, and citrus. Tastes of citrus, bananas, yeast, and spices. Very tasty and I could see drinking this one on a daily basis.

Notes from 7/18/07

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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Saturday's MS Sins tasting.

A: The pour is a pale and hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head on it.

S: A very yeasty character to the nose. A bit of fruitiness along with some mild spicy esters and a floral note along with an underlying bread aroma.

T: The flavor is quite sweet and fruity, which I was not really expecting. The yeastiness is once again pronounced as are some nice orange peel and floral flavors.

M: A light to medium body with very lively carbonation.

D: Nothing overly exciting nor offensive about this beer. Easy to drink, but certainly not worth saving much longer.

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Photo of Deuane
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron!

A-Hazy, golden yellow with a fluffy white head that left nice lacing. Very lively effervesance.

S-Belgian "yeastiness" with an interesting apricot aroma. Pleasant without being overpowering.

T-Tart, sharp green apple-like bite. A lovely astringency.

M-Light, dry and crisp. Very nice carbonation. A very "fresh" brew.

D-Good and true to style. Would be an excellant summertime drinker. A solid brew with no one thing standing out or too exciting but it all works together nicely.

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Photo of beersabound
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew but there were two things that left me wondering about this one. First it is over carbonated. The carbonic bite detracted from the mild malt sweetness and light hop flavor. I found that once the bottle was open for a while the CO2 level dropped a little. This made it much more enjoyable.

The second thing was the price. It was $6/ bomber at the brewery. This is a self described single malt single hop 5% beer. While the single malt may Belgian Pils (due to the very light body) this price still seems at least a buck too high. And I have no problem spending $10/bomber for the Arctic Devil and other big brews these guys put out.

Anyways, Greed has a light body, high carbonation, mild esters, and spicy hop aroma that blends well with the yeast aroma. The flavor is like the aroma but with mild malt grain undertones. There are a good number of flavors here but none are pronounced. It's very easy to drink and definitely a summer brew. I was excited for a good summer brew. This one misses the mark on the gripes above though.

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Photo of steadydose
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recieved this bottle in a BIF.

I gave this one a good high pour and was greeted by a steadily growing 4 finger rocky white pillow of foam sitting on top of a pale golden beer. Carbonation clings to the sides of my glass, this beer looks nice.

The smell has that classic belgian yeast aroma, with some sweet candy and bubblegum smell. Pretty straightforward. Letting this one warm up helped the aroma a lot bringing out some orange blossom honey, floral aromas and made the yeast more prominent.

Taste was also pretty classic with the spicyness from the yeast. Overall pretty clean, and finishes with a hint of sweetness and a little pepper. Unfortunately at times there was a slight metallic taste or staleness to the beer. Not so bad, but this beer was probably better fresh.

Mouthfeel was very high in carbonation, a little too much for me, as my stomach started getting a little gassy.

Drinkability, was ok. Again too much carbonation for me, and 3 years in the bottle may have been to much for this one. Glad to have tried it though.

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Photo of gford217
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gem sent by NoonanDBarbarian and #3 on my 7 Deadly Sins list. Poured into a tulip.

This one opened with a big pop and the huge fluffy head came over the top of the glass as I poured. It poured a very pale yellow and the head lingered for a long while and the lacing was very good.

The aroma was mostly spices with some Belgian yeast as well. There was a definite fruity sweetness with bananas on top of a citrus hop aroma dominated by lemons.

The taste was pretty muted with much of the same flavors as the aroma. There is a slight hop kick up front before the yeast and grains take over in the middle along with some fruity sweetness. There is a little bitterness in the finish from the light hops.

The mouthfeel is light with tons of carbonation.

This is a unique and very light-bodied Belgian that lends itself to a very high drinkability. It's not too complex but goes down very easy.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, pale gold, with a chill haze and a dense, white head.
The head rose no more than a half-inch before receding near the surface, leaving some decent lacework of strings and dots.
Aromatics are estery and spicy, with undertones of tart citrus.
Some light bannana with white peppercorns and lemon oil.
Mouthfeel is spritzy and effervescent. Slightly creamy to start, followed by lively carbonation. Quenching and light.
The pallet is laced with lemon zest, faint bitter orange peel, and a wheaty twang. Some light mettalic tinge fades after a few sips.
Alcohol is nill and a nice balance of peppery spice keeps things interesting. The light tartness adds to the refreshing quality of the brew, without becoming laborious.
Finishes light, crisp, and snappy, with quicky fading tartness.

A brew that definately grows on you.
Big thanks to Timmcd64 for another tasty beverage.

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Photo of SAS
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Midnight Sun 7 Deadly Sin Series Greed 22. Enjoyed out of my Delirium tulip with my bro. Doing a side by with Russian River's Redemption.

Appearance: Big thick head, looks golden yellow on and definitely on the hazy side.

Aroma: Big yeast, metallic, perhaps a hint of lemon peel.

Flavor: Metallic off the top and is sort of hard to get past. Fades out dries off nicely.

Mouth Feel: Fizzy. I don't know if it was originally over carbonated, but this sure is.

Drink ability: I am enjoying my half of the 22, but that's because I don't have to finish a bottle by myself. I would drink it again, but it's not something I would pay for.

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Photo of Floydster
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle courtesy of AKBelgianBeast, thank you for the opportunity Frank, currently drinking from my small Stone sampling glass

A-It looked like a light macro when I poured it into my glass, pours a very light yellow color, big 1 1/2 inch soapy white head that stays around for a few minutes, some retention, no lacing
S-Mild hoppiness, black pepper, coriander, other spices, light Belgian yeast, grass, lemoms, oranges, straw, and wheat, not nearly as clean as I had hoped for
T-This brew is dominated by spices which is not usual of a Belgian pale ale, not nearly as sweet as you would expect, not very hoppy for having 35 IBUs but they have probably faded with time, starts off with peppery notes, chewy wheat and malt in the middle, finish was faintly sweet but more spices in there as well, got a little spicer after it warmed for thirty minutes, does not change too much though and is quite plain overall
M-Spicy, dry, slightly chewy, and semi-sweet mouthfeel, thin bodied, high level of carbonation, taste does not last long but it there is a long dryness at times
D-Will be able to finish this bottle with ease, light in alcohol and on the stomach, all booze are hidden, could be a nice session beer, goes down easy and very light overall

Second beer tasted from the sins series, probably the least interesting Midnight Sun beer I have had, it is good for what it is but just plain, did not expect much from it in the first place though, would not go out of my way to try this again, still worth trying

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A vice for my vice. Pours a mostly hazy golden straw color with some light orange hues throughout. A soft white head but did dissipate over time.

The nose is mostly spicy with some underling Belgian notes. To start the malt is soft with some wheat notes that leaves a noticeable peppery note. Some other spicy notes are a little muttled of coriander and nutmeg. Some wit like notes with some rose esters and a citrus hop note. Some barn yard and yeast notes almost saison in a way. Not exactly clean like a Belgian Pale though.

The taste is also unique and hard to define. The malt comes out more in the taste with some wheat and sweeter generic malt flavors. The yeast notes come out more as the spicy notes back off, except for the pepper. Some floral and rose esters. A touch of phenols and hot alcohols. The yeast is limited for a Belgian style with a hint of Belgian characteristics. Some limited barn yard funk though. A sweet finish mixes with a more peppery finish. Not much on the hops though.

The body is moderate but leaves a sweetness in the finish. Boardline unattenuation but is ok. Overall a unique beer with a mix of an American Pale with a Belgian Wit and a Saison. I would have liked to see more of defined flavor but a fun beer to try none the less.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden yellow that's very cloudy, and a beautiful pillow of off-white head, and some decent lacing.

S- Sweet, floral, metallic, a bit of yeast and bread, and maybe some orange peel.

T- Wow... surprisingly sour, with tinges of orange peel, lemon, just a hint of spice, yeast, and that's about it. Very refreshing though. A simple but quite tasty brew.

M- Light, crisp, effervescent.

D- An excellent beer for a hot summer day, and one that's a bit more exciting than a typical session beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of grumpy
2.11/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Third installment in the Seven Deadly Sins series.

Greed…. I guess I am greedy, indeed, because this beer was a big disappointment. I wanted more out of this brew, but it didn’t deliver. Sure, it’s only supposed to be a Belgian Single Ale, but “Seven Deadly Sins” …??? Gluttony and Envy were (are) good, big beers. This is a small, underwhelming, bland beer to my tastebuds.

The aroma is vague noble hops and Belgian yeast, and the taste is slightly peppery, lightly hoppy, and barely yeasty. Appearance is clear, straw-colored, and fizzy. Mouthfeel is light and spritzy.

I love my Midnight Sun beers, but I poured this one out.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of seaoflament
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first beer I get to try from Midnight Sun, and my first deadly sin.

Pours a lemon color with a thick 2-3 inch head. Big soapy bubbles cling to the side of the glass. Pretty good head retention.

I pick up citrus peel right away followed by sweet pale malt, yeast and slightly spicy hops. There’s also some white pepper, and sea salt. Hints of apricot and peaches.

Taste is average at best. Lemon, a bit peppery but not much complexity. A little bitterness. There really isn’t much in terms of flavors holding on to the tongue or much of an aftertaste to speak of.

Mouthfeel is a tad too carbonated and yet it feels a bit thin a watery. Refreshing but not my favorite for the style.

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Photo of younger35
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received the entire Deadly Sins serious from Mr. Mikesgroove. The first five were pretty tasty and I look forward to this one as well. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Deadly Sin 6 of 7.

Appearance- Pours a super clear light yellow with a nice one finger clingy white head. A decent cap and collar remains along with a ton of thick sticky lacing.
Smell- A light bite of lemon peel and orange are the first scents to greet my nostrils. A surprising amount of hoppiness is detectable, especially for a Belgium single. Slightly grainy with a fair amount of yeast that adds a touch of banana and a touch of bubblegum.
Taste- Fairly simple taste honestly, the nose led me to believe this was going to be a bit more. Starts slightly grainy with a soft malty back bone that has just a touch of sweetness. Slightly spicy with a touch of white pepper and coriander and just a touch of the yeasties. The hops are lightly fruity as well with a touch of peach and pear. The fruitiness sort of lingers as does the spiciness.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light with a sharp kick of carbonation for a fairly nice feel.
Drinkability- Well it's not the most intense or interesting brew of all time but it's pretty solid. Very easy drinking and overall tasty. These Monks sure like easy drinking brews! Thanks much Mike!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellow body obscured by fine particles and topped by a fizzy white head.

Smell: Soft Belgian malt aroma with a zesty spice component and estery notes of candied lemons and banana smoothies.

Taste: Light pilsnery maltiness with a subdued sweetness from a few flecks of candi sugar. Touch of spiciness and a hint of bitterness. The drying finish presents a light sour lemon taste and a lingering yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: One malt and two hop varieties, but Midnight Sun made them count nonetheless in the creation of a fine, enjoyable Belgian Ale.

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