Meltdown Double IPA
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Meltdown Double IPAMeltdown Double IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,686
ABV:
8%
Score:
87
Ranked #20,532
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 9.38%
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
162
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Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
Avail:
Spring
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Meltdown Double IPAMeltdown Double IPA
Notes: The days are long but the season is short. So what gives? Sleep! After doing more before midnight than most Outsiders do in a week, Alaskans deserve some down time. And these moments of relaxation demand more than that ordinary, non-distinct lawn mower beer. Celebrate a day well done with a beer done well—a seriously delicious IPA with some scorchin’ hops.

80 IBU
Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 162 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by kojevergas:
Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Acquird for $12.00 at a nearby Vendome. I dig the colorful label art. 8.00% ABV confirmed. Brewed & Bottled in Anchorage, AK. Self-identifies as a Double IPA on the label; I'm reviewing as such. Not sure what "scorchi' hops" are, but okay. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pry-off branded pressure cap served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery's reputation, but I can't recall being blown away by them in the past.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger light light khaki colour head. I dig the somewhat creamy, slightly soft looking complexion. Good thickness and retention (~5-6+ minutes). Lacing is inconsistent, uneven, and light as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour is a clear pale copper. Not real vibrant, but I wouldn't call it dull. Translucent/transparent. No yeast particles are visible. Clearly filtered.

Overall, it looks like standard fare for the style. The head retention is notable, but otherwise it's run of the mill. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Floral hops, some grapefruit citrus esters, and other assorted juicy hop notes. Pale malts. Clean and intriguing, if clinical and suppressed. A mild strength aroma. Not getting any oily, nectary, or truly fruit hop character. Maybe a biteen of tropical fruit, but I can't place the distinct notes on account of me broken nose (all apologies, lads.) No yeast or alcohol comes through. Timid for the style, but pleasant and appealing. As it warms slightly, I pick up more and more caramalt.

Hops and malts seem balanced based on the aroma, but surprisingly restrained for the oft-flamboyant style. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Getting some light bubblegum and tropical fruit notes up front. Cotton candy. This is the type of hop profile I despise in an IPA, but luckily it mellows as it moves into the second act, whereupon pale and caramalts take over, yielding a worthwhile refreshing clean body. Floral hop character throughout. Uncommonly, the little hop bitterness that does come through is localized to the first act. Strange, but welcome.

No lingering bitterness on the finish - just a sweet soft hop and malt combination. Creamy within constraints on the style; I like that.

Fair complexity for the style. Not much subtlety; it's quite in-your-face. Flavour depth is on the lower end. Flavour intensity is above average overall, but quite timid for the style. Flavour duration is average.

No yeast character comes through. Maybe a bit of alcohol does come through, though.

I want far more balance, but it does hide its hop bitterness nicely - which is more than I can say about most beers in the style.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean. Slightly soft. Shy of refreshing, but enjoyable to consume. Suits the flavour profile pretty well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Decent execution. Pretty good - if high - carbonation. Not oily. Somewhat creamy. Decent presence on the palate.

Dr: A drinkable Imperial IPA for the ABV, but it leaves a bit to be desired. Balance isn't ideal, and complexity and subtlety are lacking. If not for the prohibitively high pricetag for the quality, I'd probably get it again - preferably on-draught. I'll enjoy finishing this bomber by meself. Above average overall but in need of work. I doubt I'd want a second one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slight hazed peach color with a thinner soapy-like white head that held well.Aromas are great,leafy,and grassy, with big citrus fruit,there is a light semblence of sweet alcohol wich is more prevelent on the palate.Flavors are big and citric with some herbal notes,a big sweetish alcohol dipped fruit and caramel sweetness really hits hard in the finish.Another sweet DIPA but this is a little better than many,the sweetness becomes a bit much but its pretty good.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for the opportunity...
Appears a light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of spicy herbs, saw dust, yeasty dough, with light grain.
Taste is of grapefruit, toasted grains, herbs, and sugary malt.
Mouthfeel is crisp, zesty, citrusy, effervescent, doughy, pilsner malt, orange peel, and lingering.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light copper and clear, with a two-inch head of dense white. The foam swelled back within several minutes to reveal a rocky surface and lacework aplenty.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of peaches, pears, tangerines, and pine. Quite tropical and floral.

Medium bodied and crisp. Tacky and slickish.

A blast of bitterness starts off the pallet and never gives up. Citrus fruits and light malt struggle to pull forward, but the bitterness is unrelenting. Spruce bark, grapefruit pith, and orange zest take a back seat to the crushing bitterness.
Alcohol is pretty subdued, and the beer is bone-dry and minerally crisp.

Finishes with an excessively long bitterness, and a hints of sweet fruit.

The MS IIPA's seem to be headed into a direction which is more and more bitter, and Meltdown is somewhat reminiscent of the Obliterations.
The nose is more tropical and floral than the Obliteration 3 that I recently had though.

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Liquid Solutions for this bottle. There was some residual liquid in the box, so I decided to jump right into Melt Down.

A: The ale is a clear golden copper color, very bright, almost shimmering. The clearness magnifies the strand of bubbles in the center of the glass. A finger of head on both pours left a wide patch of lace behind.

S: The nose is hoppy with a hot booziness behind the scenes. Pine and citrus, fresh cut needles in particular, are nice and sharp. A surprising amount of caramel malt lingers as well, balancing out the hops.

T: The DIPA is plenty peppery, zesty and hot. The hops leap off the ale immediately, orange and grapefruit provide a citrusy rind flavor with piney resins add oiliness. The ale has a very vegetal, leafy taste, amplifying the strength of the hops. Caramel malts aren't as strong as in the nose, but you can tell that they are here providing balance. For being a DIPA, the balance is key, preventing the ale from becoming a boozy mess.

M: The mouthfeel careens between hop profiles, with leafy hops, piney oils and citrus rinds all taking turns at the forefront. Caramel flavors aren't as strong but they come through nicely in the nose.

D: A very enjoyable bomber indeed. I'm happy to report that any residual leakage didn't impact the drinkability of this beer.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, from La Bodega, Anchorage, AK. No dating evident.

Appearance: light bright crisp clear orange, with a medium off-white head. Moderate lacing. Very nice.

Aroma: citrusy orangey piney resiny hop goodness. To hell with malt. Just right.

Taste: again, deep citrusy resiny piney hop delight. Again, to hel with malt. It has just enough to carry the "scorchin' hops." For once, a beer that lives up to its marketing, and at that, in the middle of the hop crisis.

Mouth: medium and moderately full, just enough to bring along the hops. Yeah.

Overall: Seriously wicked shit. Beautiful. Drinkable. Exactly what it should be. Immensely, intensely drinkable, bordering on perfect.

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Photo of John_M
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Saraveza DIPA event.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The beer certainly looks nice enough, however.... as soon as I took one whiff of this beer, my immedate reaction was "this is a DIPA?" The beer smelled sweet and malty, with almost a buttery overtone. There was a hint of underlying citrus as well, but this really didn't smell anything like your typical DIPA. On the palate, the beer delivers considerable hoppy bitterness, but the beer was still over the top sweet and malty (IMHO). The finish was bitter and hot from alcohol, though neither flavor component was enough to counter the level of sweetness I picked up in this beer. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to full, with a long, hot, bitter, alcoholic finish.

Only got a 4 or 5 ounce pour, but even that was too much for me. After several sips I just gave up and dumped the remains down the drain. Probably the first beer I've ever had from MS that I flat out disliked. After reading over some of the other reviews, I'm wondering if freshness might have been an issue with this particular keg.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sunny tangerine with bumblebee borders and several stately bubble streams ascending within. Their destination is a wonderful looking chunk of foam that is midway between ivory and ecru. The melt down leads to a good bit of rockiness and lace that almost qualifies as eye candy.

The nose will receive a good score as long as it intensifies with warming (note: it doesn't). It smells like mostly pale malt is used, along with citrusy hops that probably start with the letter 'C'. This is simple beer so far, but that isn't necessarily a negative given the style.

Despite being bottled in the second week of April (3+ months ago), Melt Down Double IPA doesn't contain 'scorchin' hops' as claimed on the label. It's more bitter than hop flavorful and the alcohol isn't hidden as well as it could be. Let's see what the rest of the bomber has to say for itself.

As the nose implied, it tastes like nothing (or very little) darker than pale malt is present. Sweetness is on the low end, which is a positive. The hops are still primarily grapefruit-like, though their flavor should be bolder and brighter than it is. Not bad, just not great.

There's nothing wrong the mouthfeel's heft, but it's too sparkly for the style and ABV. Time hasn't taken the edge off the bubbles, which is somewhat surprising. In the end, this attribute is in line with most of the rest.

Melt Down Double IPA is a bit of a disappointment from a brewery that can definitely do better, as they've shown time and time again. Thanks to sprucetip for the bottle. Even though he didn't ask for a comparison, his home-brewed DIPA puts this one to shame.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hopload, from City Beer Store. Dark body, with a lasting white head. Above average mouthfeel, there is caramel malts. You buy into bitterness, not very complex. A bomber is a lot. Still tasty and hop aromas. Appropriate carbonation, but still a little acidicand drying finish.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new addition to the NY state line of Midnight sun brews...$10.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours near clear, lighter almond amber, the lite tan head is nice and frothy, lasting and then leaveing gauzy thicker filmage, stickage and sheetage, nice.

Dense grapefruit nose, gives way to a well hopped, fresh tasting and quite boldly flavored and citric DIPA, with some resiny pine hop flashes as well. I like, hoppy, fresh, citric, bitter, and smooth.

Another quality west coast IPA and more quality brew from welcome new comer (to my neck of the woods anyway) Midnight Sun

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Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes. I got this bottle as a gift from some pipeline workers while I was in ANCAK during the summer of '08.

My pour netted a finger of bone-white head that quickly dissipated into wisps. Color was a slightly cloudy orangish-amber. Nose was extremely pine-y, very reminiscent of being in a forest. Mouthfeel was medium with a hops twang on the tongue that awoke my taste buds from the torpor into which they had fallen. The label mentioned "Scorchin' Hops" at 80 IBUs and it tasted it! Whew! The finish was dry with a hoppy bite that left me breathless. Holy Hops, Batman! Boy, was this good!

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a brilliant, orange body with a dense 1½ inch layer of white foam on top.

Smell: Nose of pale malts wrapped in a light caramel candy character and hops imparting pungent notes of citrus fruits, yellow pine resin, and a teeny tiny bit of spice.

Taste: Pale malts with a minor degree of toastiness and the support of some crystal malt sweetness. Hop flavors of grapefruit and Eureka lemons in the fore with tangerine and resin tucked in back and even that small, vague pinch of spiciness carried over from the aroma in there as well. Bold bitterness. A rejuvenated maltiness manages to keep things from becoming astringent. Finishes foreseeably dry and longly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit sticky, a bit oily.

Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable. A good, honest, solid example of a Double India Pale Ale.

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Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral / earthy hops, come citrus and and caramel. Tastes of pine, carame, citrus, and earthy. Overall the alcohol was well hidden.

Notes from 5/7/08

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Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I give a big shout out to Millerbuffoon for bringin an extra bottle back from your Alaska trip, many, many thanks!

A - Pours a nice copper orange color that's very clear, soapy looking lacing ring around the edge, mild carbonation.

S - Vibrant and semi-pungent grapefruit with some pineapple and orange peel in the background. The citrus aroma has a little touch of spice acidity and some pine resin.

T - My first sip made me jump back a little with a big dose of alcohol duking it out with the other flavors in the beer. With each continuous sip, and as the beers warms up, the alcohol becomes less noticeable, though still present. This is a pretty fresh bottle and the hops strike the tongue up front with a healthy presence of grapefruit and pine first, followed by a spicy resin mixture of pineapple and pine intermingled with orange peel. Underneath the fruity bitterness is a foundation of caramel malt which is barely detectable, but nevertheless, present. This beer absolutely showcases the bitterness of the hops.

M - Medium heavy body that's borderline thick and rich in a resiny kind of way that's good. Leaves the mouth with a big coating of mostly grapefruit and pine, semi-dry. Prickly carbonation on the tongue that's mild enough to still classify this beer as "smooth".

O - The alcohol presence knocked this down just slightly, however, I really liked Melt Down. This is a hop forwared, big IPA, that ranks in my personal top 10-20% big IPA list. If I had access to this beer, it would definitely be one I'd be stocking in my fridge during the late Spring/Early Summer when it's available and fresh. Besides being available in Alaska, of course, it's the West Coast hop heads in OR, WA, and CA that get to enjoy this one...I live on the wrong coast!!! (*sigh*[email protected]#$%!!!)

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer, one that announces itself in a grand way: sunny orange-rust color, big bountiful head of cream, and a lot of lace as it finally, slowly drops (but never totally disappears).

Nose is gigantic hops, as fragrant and potent as any of the more ultra-hyped double IPAs. Equal measure of citrus rind, orange slice, pine resin and dryer sheet. Not a ton of malt detected in the nose, but none desired--it's totally great as-is. The smell and appearance are so enticing that you just can't wait to dive in...

Melt Down is a fairly dry beer, that's my very first taste impression. The attack of hops comes on bold and strong, explosions of orange and grapefruit rind storm through in a blaze, but they also leave pretty quickly. Not common for the style, from my experience. The buoyant body is medium-heavy and creamy, but not particularly syrupy/sticky, another uncommon character considering the style. But style shmyle, is this good? Yeah, no doubt about it. Hops are fresh, fragrant, ultra-citrusy, prickly and potent. It's what you want in this style, although I prefer almost as much malt character in a double IPA as I do hops. It should be big on both ends, where it almost blurs the lines with a barleywine. But that's just me. Salt lingers in the aftertaste (something I've been getting with double IPAs lately), but the bright hops explode like a sun made of orange, which is interesting since the label shows the sun and what looks like a slice of orange. Poor snowman, though, he's toast.

Really, really good, but other DIPAs that I've tried this year--Southern Tier's Gemini, Avery's Ale To the Chief and the Sam Adams Longshot release--are bigger, better balanced and just overall more delicious. But that's splitting hairs, because this is killer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at Brewforia... Paid about $11... shared with Brenda.. mine poured into my Delirium goblet.

2 finger foamy white head.. nice lacing.. the brew is hazy glowing orange.

Tons of citrus... pithy grapefruit.. a fair amount of pale maltiness..

Flavor mirrors the nose with a really bracing bitterness out of the gate.. same citric hoppiness... nice maltiness but doesn't really balance too well with the bitterness and the grapefruit zest.. medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation...

Really pretty interesting... was probably teeth stripping when fresh.. but this is certainly huge in the SoCal style of things..

My first Midnight Sun beer where I didn't have to thank AkBelgianBeast... I should say it anyway... I love trading with Frank, but I am not going to complain about finally getting access to some Midnight Sun in my neck of the woods.

4/4/3.5/3.5/3.5

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Photo of shivtim
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great Midnight Sun IPA. Not my favorite of theirs, but good none-the-less. Sampled at the brewery.

Slightly hazy, deep golden amber. Small bright white ring of foam.

Nose is old wet hops. Gentle and simple.

Strong, lingering resinous hops dominate the taste. Fresh hop juice, green and leafy. Maybe heavy handed and one-noted, but it pulls it off. The taste comes out much better than the nose.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

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

22oz bottle poured into a pint

Shared with Jebus3513

Pours a clear orange with a clingy bone white cap. Cap rises a solid two fingers and then falls to a thin layer with some serious chunks of lace inside the glass.

Loads of white grapefruit, tangerines/oranges, vanilla....Nugget and Amarillo to the gills. A very clean hop aroma. Not much malt to be found at all.

Bitter white grapefruit up front, clean through the middle before some mango and oranges come through in the finish. This is sweeter through the middle, and bitter in the finish.

Medium feel, clean and hoppy. Good, bitter white grapefruit bitterness with sweet vanilla and mango.

This is a pleasant surprise. Amazingly clean, surprisingly bitter. This beast is welcome in my glass any day.

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Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Kendo
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter type glass. Bodys is orangey-amber with a 1-finger ecru-colored head on top. Some splotchy lace.

S: Orange oils, toffee and caramel malt, with a hint of candied oranges. More sweet than hoppy/bitter.

T: Caramel malt sweetness up front, then citrusy bitterness at the back end. Oranges keep coming to mind, though there's also a sharp bite in there that makes me think pine or pine resin. Lingering pine needle bitterness does battle with the caramel malt sweetness for bragging rights over the aftertaste, with bitterness prevailing - for the most part, with it becoming minerally after awhile.

M: A tad bit harsh in feel; medium in heft, carbonation is modest, but there's a definite bite to it.

O: Pretty good.

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Meltdown Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 162 ratings