Obliteration I | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Obliteration IObliteration I

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
150 IBU

Added by warmstorage on 08-13-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 3
Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and copper, with a white, thin head.
A short-lived, full skim coat of foam dissapated to partial coverage, and some strings of lacework become apparent after each sip.
Aromatics are pungently tropical and grassy. Wet spruce with zests of orange and grapefruit. This combination of hops is more assertive and pungent and less floral and delicate.
Mouthfeel is crisp and drying, with carbonation somewhat on the light side.
The pallet is assertively bitter, for sure. Plenty of citrus bite, laden with grapefruit pith, bitter orange peel, and lemon oil.
Malt is very light and alcohol is warming but not hot.
The bitterness is non-compromising and lingering, and the peppery, zingy, hop-bite rides well on top.
Finishes warming with a lingering, drying bitterness and aggressive hop flavors.

A big, bad Alaskan hop monster from a brewery that knows how to make great DIPA's.
Big thanks go out to Timmcd64 for another winner!

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Photo of warmstorage
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap the the brewery in a sampler, tasting notes also compared against a 22 ounce bottle direct from the brewery, which are pretty similar.

Appearance: medium copper, medium dense white head with moderate lacing.

Aroma: limited: earthy noble hops, slightly brackish/very slightly salty earthy notes. The hops come about more as it warms to room temp, but it definitely doesn't have a standard DIPA hop nose.

Taste: earthy, grounded hops, seem like noble, limited to no typical C flavors. Earthy and spicy predominate, and a distinct metallic note. More fruity notes as it warms. If I had to guess, I'd (somewhat surprisingly) guess Goldings and Fuggle; possibly Liberty or Perle. Not hops, again, that one would expect in a DIPA. Overall, the taste is mild and disappointing for a DIPA.

Mouth: moderately thickish, the high ABV doesn't come out hot or really even warm. Even at nearly room temp, it goes down like a moderately thick, 7% American strong ale.

Overall: a disappointment. Apparently this is the first in a series; I sure hope the upcoming ones are more interesting, more hoppy, and more like DIPA.

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Obliteration I from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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