Obliteration III | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Obliteration IIIObliteration III

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
87 IBU

Added by AKBelgianBeast on 03-19-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by sinistermadman:
Photo of sinistermadman
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color with a slight creamy head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is an enjoyable bouquet of malt and hoppy goodness. Taste in summary: juicy hops with a solid malt backdrop. Hop flavors run the gamut from citrus to pine to everything in between. High hop bitterness, but not overly intrusive. Slightly toasty malt profile aims to maintain balance, but the hops are the story here. Finishes with a lingering hop bite and malt graininess. Full bodied, but smooth and quite drinkable. Not as brash as some other IIPAs out there, which you may or may not approve of. A well crafted brew that is highly recommended. Cheers.

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

200 IBU's hot damn!Wow this beer really packed in the different variety of hops the Simcoe and Amarillo caught my eye on the label,poured a hazed burnt orange-like color with a sticky slight off white head atop,big citrus and pine in the nose like grrapefruit and pinesol just very resiny wich is a very good thing in my book.The great combination of hops work great here with it being intensly citric and piney up front with a bit of leather and herb coming thru in a nice finish.Malt well its there but it only is there to give the beer body and a hit of caramel sweetness,I loved this beer and I pretty much knew I would.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was much better when I got it in the growler. It is still mighty good out of the bottle though. Pours a clear red/orange with good white head that remains and leaves good lace. Citrus and pine hops abound, but a good malt presence. malt backbone seems stronger in this than when I had it out o the keg. Granted that was fresher by a week or two. mouthfeel is a little thicker on this one, but drinkability not quite as top notch. Still a magnificent DIPA.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Marvellously balanced, and tasty highly hopped beer. Very drinkable, no my favourite style but outstanding for what it is, resins. Pours grapefruit colour,decent head, and significant hop aromas. Easy mouthfeel and drinking,secondary malt is well integrated.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body ranges from a burnt orange to deep golden hue, depending on the light. A finger's worth of creamy white head settles back into the beer pretty quickly, leaving a slight trace of lacing on the glass.
Aroma is phenomenal - tons of dank, sticky floral hops, with accents of grapefruit and pine resin. A touch of sweet malt can be briefly detected, then quickly fades back into the hoppy abyss. Palate is sweet, syrupy, resiny hops up front. A hint of malt comes through again just enough to remind you it's there before yielding to the bitter onslaught of high-alpha hops. A lingering bitterness persists for several minutes after the swallow.
The body is thick and syrupy, a given considering the sheer amount of hops crammed into this beer. While thoroughly enjoyable, this beer is just too over-the-top to drink on a regular basis. A slow-sipper, this is a trip to the extreme edge of hoppiness that should only be taken every once in a while.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

burnt amber with a big off white head and a nice bit of lace that flowed down the glass. The smell was dominatd y alcohol, as was the taste. Once it warmed some decent hints of citrus hops were brought forward and could finally be smelled. Lots of hop presence and a nice sweetness that tried to balance it out.The taste was smooth, albeit overpowering with the strong alcohol flavors. Overall this was a good brew

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Photo of Murchmac
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to Frank the Tank for putting this in a trade.

This beer pours a wonderful foamy head. (As all Midnight sun beers do I believe)

Lots of little bubbles floating to the surface of this dark orange beautiful looking beer. Dark colors, clear beer. Hold this up to the sun and it just might tell you where Dr. Jones buried the arc.

Hoppy, alcohol smell, kinda earthy residuals too. Interesting smell.

Everything about this beer is understated. This is one of the smoothest yet hoppiest DIPA's i've ever had. Bringing it up to your mouth you can feel the hops waiting to invade your taste buds, but the smooth malts bite into the hops.

Lingering aftertaste is more bitter than a lot of other DIPA's i've had.

Very interesting beer. It fluctuates between hoppy and malty, sweet and smooth.

This is one of the better breweries in the country I think.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears an orange toned amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild cap. Tons of spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted biscuits, citrus, caramel, grapefruit, tangerine, and starburst candy.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with bitter spruce coming through in the flavors.
Moutfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, fruity, & citrusy.

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Photo of hopdog
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium amber color with a larger sized off white head. Wow, nice hop aromas of pine, citrus, and floral green hops. Tastes of pine, caramel, citrus, and floral. Hop lovers like me should enjoy this one!

Notes from 5/30/08

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Photo of warmstorage
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$17.50 for a growler filled at the brewery. (Also available in bottles at the brewery for $10 per bottle.)

Appearance: deep copper orange tinted, light beige head is fairly open, very light lacing/bubbles left.

Aroma: Sweet tangy citrus predominates, but not huge for a DIPA. Light grainy/woody/sawdust hint, but not unpleasant.

Taste: Citrus and pine, resin, fairly sweet tangy hop body with a distinct malt bill. A little too balanced, and not hop-forward enough for me for a DIPA.

Mouth: Slightly tingly carbonation, moderately full and slightly slick. Pleasant.

Overall: Very drinkable beer, just underwhelming for a DIPA, especially from a brewery capable of much, much more. One wonders if the hop crisis was in their minds when they formulated this one.

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Photo of beersabound
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, what do we have here? Another in the Obliteration Series. At first whiff, I am underwhelmed. I pulled away and took in the rich orange hue and tight, solid stark head. The second whiff picks up deep resiny pine, some orange, a whisper of alcohol and pale and caramel malt. This beer holds its hop punch until well into the swallow when the thorough palate coating emerges. The malt sweetness is full and holds the hops back but cannot contain them. Hop flavor and bitterness comes in waves after every sip. The flavor is mellow in the beginning but grows as I drink. This DIPA is not flashy but brings a subtle but complete palate devastation.

More, please!

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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a tulip glass. This was recommended to me by a guy in Belmont Station (Portland, OR) as a good Double IPA.

It has an amber color with good clarity. The head is thick, has good staying power and nice lacing. The aroma is dominated by floral hops. The taste is led by hops (flavor and bitterness) and alcohol with a slight malt sweetness. I enjoyed the lower carbonation. It really makes it feel like it came from a tap.

I enjoyed this quite a bit but maybe not enough to pack the suitcase with some for the trip home. I do plan to try it again before I leave.

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Photo of ccrida
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into my Midnight Sun cervoise, Obliteration III is a clear bronze lots of streamers and a large off-white, rocky head that settles to a thick skim, leaving heavy lace. I prefer lighter colored DIPAs, but the rocky head gets bonus points from me every time, although it could have been slower settling. Served at fridge temp.

Smell is pungent hops, sour citrus, pine resin and kind bud. The says "Obliteration I Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo and Crystal." I assume they forgot to change the I to a III for this version, but that the hops are nevertheless correct.

Taste is also dominated by the hops, with the earthy and piny varieties taking the lead, heavy on the flavoring hops with just enough bitterness to keep it balanced, which is my preference to the mildly hop flavored bitter bombs. Some caramel malt and fairly assertive alcohol round it out, gaining strength as it warms. Me like, but it's a bit hot for only 7.6% ABV.

Mouthfeel is oily, totally coating your mouth after the swallow, with a fairly heavy body for the size (7.6% is on the low side of DIPAs by my book).

Drinkability was good, it had the extreme pungency I expect from a proper NW DIPA, new arrival freshness surely helping. Still, it seemed a bit boozy in spite of the lower ABV, and absolutely obliterated by palate, as advertised! Bottom line is it's another great DIPA from Midnight Sun. I've been so mad at myself for not picking up Obliteration II the one time I saw it on the shelves, having already filled my cart with more beer then I should have been buying that day, only to have it vanish from the area. I'm glad I didn't make that mistake twice...in the word's of Janis Joplin, get it while you can!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark copper, with a half-inch head of off-white.
Retention is average, with a partial skim coat on the surface for the duration and some minor lacing.

Aromatics are pungent, earthy, and citrusy. Heaps of grapefruit pith ground into pine bark. Some orange rind settles into the mix as well as resinous alphas. Drying and fruity with a light to medium malt backbone.

Medium bodied, sticky and sappy. Crisp and minerally.

The pallet starts off with a blast of tropical fruit and a rush of drying bitterness quickly follows. Grapefruit zest, spruce cambium, cut grass, and bitter orange make for a nice blend. Plenty of chaulky dryness and snappy crispness.
Malt is light and in no way balances the hops.
The bitterness sustains throughout, and allows the brew to finish quite lenghty.

Finishes with plenty of firm, smooth bitterness, almost puckering grapefruit, and warming alcohol.

Another hop-bomb courtesy of Tim, muchos gracias, amigo.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Obliteration III poured a semi hazy amber color with a 3 finger head with some wicked encompassing lacing.

The aroma was a hop heads dream. All I could smell was the combination of the different hop varieties. I could pick out the centennial and cascade out of the 5 hop varieties.

The taste was strong bitterness up front and a maltiness that hung around for quite a while. The bitterness stuck to the tongue and sides of the mouth with a tingling sensation. This beer makes me want to go into the wild and move north to Alaska.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tropical sunset orange with bright banana peel borders. Although very few fine bubbles can be seen ascending within the lightly hazy liquid, the aged ivory crown started out at three fingers and isn't visibly melting. The sticky bubbliness of the foam and lots of lace suggest that hop resins are rampant. This is a great looking DIPA.

The nose is a hophead's idea of olfactory heaven. It's full to bursting with pink grapefruit, juicy orange, ripe peach and mango. I could have guessed that Simcoe and Amarillo hops are in the house. The rest of the killer hop bill includes Cascade (noted on the website, not on the label), Columbus, Crystal and Centennial. Summit and Crystal were used for dry-hopping. Great job all around.

Obliteration III is better beer than Obliteration II because the specific problems (though that's too harsh a word) that I had with the earlier beer have been addressed. There's now no toasted earthiness because nothing but pale and Carapils was added to the kettles. In addition, the Summit hops have been jettisoned (except for aroma) and Cascade and Centennial have been added.

Another welcome change is a lower ABV. Too many DIPAs feature big alcohol rather than big hops. The hoppiness isn't through the roof here, but it is bouncing around up in the rafters. There's plenty of bitterness and the citric hop flavor is remarkably bright. To state the obvious, fresh and frisky is the only way to drink beer of this style.

The biggest reason why I'm such a fan of III is the hop bill. Every one of my favorites are represented. Bittersweet grapefruit, lemon, orange, peach and mango dance the lupulin dance all over my mouth with each large gulp. I couldn't sip this one if I tried. Malt sugars soothe the tongue even as alpha acids attempt to rough it up.

The body/mouthfeel is the best of both worlds. It's full, yet supple. It's also incredibly smooth and polished due to all the malt sugars and the restrained carbonation. No hindrance to rapid drinkability here. Get ready to have your mouth pampered.

There has been noticeable improvement from Obliteration II to Obliteration III. It's a foregone conclusion that Midnight Sun will continue to tinker with the ingredients, but it's hard to see how IV could be much better that the sweet and hoppy excellence that is III.

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Photo of edmedina
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours hazy amber or a dark golden color. I can't really decide on that aspect. You get at least 3 fingers worth of head with each pour. Taking the glass I first noticed the aroma. Wow, what a great smell. This is made with 5 different hops (Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo and Crystal) and you can really smell them fighting to be the dominant one. Taking a whiff and I immediately feel like I am out there in woods enjoy nature. The taste doesn't let you down at all. What you smell is what you get. Those delicious hops are all there for your enjoyment. The after taste leaves a hint of malt but not enough to really diminish a hop head's dream. It is a good slow drink one. Definitely another great find from Alaska.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Hops, baby, smelling primarily of tropical fruit candies jam-packed with notes of citrus, passion fruit, pineapple, and apricot. Maybe a bit of pine sap thrown in for good measure.

Taste: Light, brief pale maltiness with a candyish sweetness to it. Then bring on those strong, juicy fruits, drop in some citrus pith, and stir it around with a few pine needles. A jolt of medium-high bitterness. Tiny hints of rebounding malt character here and there, but, for the most part, it's all hops. Resiny, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that's a bit chewy, a bit oily. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very quality, finely crafted Double IPA from the good folks at Midnight Sun. For me, it was far more enjoyable then the previous Obliteration offering.

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Obliteration III from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 18 ratings