Pride | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
PRIDE Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale boasts a glorious deep gold color and an amazing yet arrogant head. Plentiful pale malt creates beautiful, agile body. Assertive hops and Belgian yeast achieve charismatic floral and spice notes in aroma and flavor. But Pride’s predominant and unique character comes from its exposure to Brettanomyces in French oak Chardonnay barrels. At once tart and refreshing yet earthy and musty, Pride is unlike most beers on earth. And it’s bitter, lingering finish demands another sip.

40 IBU

Added by beersabound on 12-08-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
41
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.85%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
5
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of Nunya
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ctb6582
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was kind of strange to me. It had a really nice nose like you would expect from the hops. The Chardonnay barrels upfront were great, but I struggled with the hoppy finish. It didn't seem to pair very well in my opinion.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jayhunter357
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 Bottle - chardonnay barrel aged (9/12/15 release) in a Teku

L: Cloudy honey color, with minimal ivory head
A: Tart apple, horse blanket
T: low bitterness, crisp and dry, chardonnay barrels on the back end are nice
M: Medium body, medium carbonation
O: This re-release has been a long time coming. Several batches have been annouced over the past few years but never made it to the consumer. Not sure if it was worth the wait, but this a top notch brett ale. Price point (in Alaska) will keep me coming back to this one as well as sticking a few in my cellar. A big step up from MS MTF.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of GeezLynn
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: apricot orange shade with a mountainous white head.
S: green apples, lemons, and a musty basement funk.
T: flavor is a soft pale malt with Belgian yeast spice to it, some citrus and a Brettanomyces addition that is very distinctive, yet light enough to compliment the other components. Bitterness is mild and accompanied by a touch of oak. Finish is short and dry.
M: body is light and despite all that foam, the carbonation is moderate and fine.

Surprised at how well this has held up to this point, though it was better on tap. A delicate and easy drinking beer with enough character to keep you interested. Changes withstanding, hopefully they continue making these types of beers well.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first beer at the Midnight Sun Brewhouse.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small off white head. The head fades to the edges with lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Slight funkiness, wheat, malts.

T - Not as sour as expected. More like a lightly hopped pale with a touch of funk.

D - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Glad to be able to try this.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Corey – much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of ripe pears. Also present are floral and slightly leafy hops and a soft spiciness from the oak.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly dry pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of light and syrupy pears. The flavor profile dries out further midway through the sip with the addition of leafy hops. Near the end of the sip a slight spiciness come into play, fading out into a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is another very good Belgian from Midnight Sun. The mouthfeel was the best part about this beer but the crispness wasn’t far behind. Unfortunately I didn’t get a lot of brett but I’m unsure how well it would have worked with everything else. Worth a shot.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like mixed-style beers and I really like Midnight Sun, so I chose to pick this up at La Bodega up in Anchorage (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/labodega.store?ref=ts). I thought, "Hoppy and a strong ale? I'm down for that."

Pride poured into my beer glass like a strong ale and had a cloudy amber-orange color. The head was creamy-frothy and left a little bit of lacing when I drank the beer. There was a TON of sediment at the bottom of the glass so I made sure to swirl it around a lot before pouring it all out.

Pride is a complex beer. The flavor is multi-layered, hitting you with different flavors from start to finish, and has a decent body to it; Not too heavy but not too light. Basically, Pride tastes like a bitter-sour hefeweizen. It has a peppery-hoppy bitterness to it like a pale ale, a slight sourness from the French oak aging, and has overall a sediment-filled, yeasty, hefeweizen main body. I don't quite find it to be a Belgian. If it is a Belgian-style then it's a light Belgian and not too malty or fruity. It tastes much more like a hefe to me. In all Pride is a very complex beer. It certainly entices the taste buds and is interesting, however, I don't necessarily like it too much. It didn't really do it for me.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a wine glass, I don't think this has been "Retired" they have brewed it again.

looks like: Orangish brown, white fulffy head, sporadic lace, thin film of head retention

smells like: sour, lots of sour smells! Aromas of vinegar, soured fruits such as grapes, currants and pomegranates.

tastes like: Malt backbone like a smooth, simple IPA, then HOLY CRAP it's a sour, then some hoppiness as if it were an IPA again. Sweet, sour then bitter, lots of fun to drink.

feels like: got snappy carbonation that delivers the sour deliciousness quite well

drinks like: This beer is really easy to drink on, not a lot of alcohol has an over all profile of a pale ale with some seriously delicious sour yumminess.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Early 2010 rate.

Pours a clear orange gold with a big fluffy wheat head. Nose is soft brett, light chardonay, oak, some light citrus fruits. A bit sharp on the nose. Soft pear, apricot like sweetness in the mouth balanced very deftly with a really mild sour lemon quality and mild rolling barnyard tones. Very soft and balanced, not much spiciness or heat from the oak, which I was worried about. Not really a huge flavor profile on this but very nicely done.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning.

Poured into my tulip glass. Color is a bright golden with a nice white head and some good ringy lacing. The nose brings wood, grass, citrus, lemon, hay, funk, and some light grain. The taste is quite nice as well. I really enjoy this. A slight fruit presence comes along with citrus and the nice grassy character. A bit of barnyard funk. Really nicely done with a good feel. A bit much in the end and I've liked some of their other Belgians better, but this is quite good.

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Pride from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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