Meltdown Double IPA | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Meltdown Double IPAMeltdown Double IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by SargeC on 04-12-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
159
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 71
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 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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 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*....@#$%!!!)

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Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours fairly clear gold under a 2” thick tan root beer float type foam collar that produces thick lace.
S: Grassy, citrusy hops, alcohol notes, light biscuit.
T: Rich malt flavors seasoned with light caramel and fruit gives way to hop citrus flavors that persist through the finish with citrus rind bitterness. Dries out on the finish.
F: Medium body and medium light carbonation, creamy
O: A big bold DIPA packed with flavor.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 barleywinefiend
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep yellow color with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is weaker than I expected with grass, malt. Taste is caramel malt, faded hops, grass, booze. Mouthfeel is malty, chewy, flat on hops, no bitterness. Drinkability is average.

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Photo of beertunes
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle was purchased on 3/31/10 and had the date code punched for the first week of April. I don't know if the code machine is off or if this bottle is a year old. Poured a pretty orangeish yellow with a tall white head (this is a very happy beer, lots of carbonation) that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma was solidly pine and citrus hops, no noticeable malt in the nose. The flavor was also dominated by the hops, again citrus and pine, with a strong metallic taste and aftertaste.

The body and drinkability were both typical for the style. I've heard so many good things about this brewery and I found this beer to a little disappointing. I'll try to find a bottle I know is fresher and revisit this beer and see if my opinion changes. As it is, I found this to be an average example of this style, worth a shot if you see it, but not worth going out of you way for.

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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 jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears in the glass a cloudy rust orange color, white head. some lacing, and decent head retention. nice big hop aroma - citrus/grapefruit dominated - but some malt sweet smell underneath. hops dominate the taste as well, but enough malt backbone. bitter finish. medium body, a little slick on the tongue. medium carbonation.

overall - a nice DIPA, Midnight Sun doesn't disappoint.

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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 StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at City Beer Store, San Francisco.
Tarnished bronze with clingy white film.
Stewy tropical fruit nose.
Peach cobbler with spiky orange rind, orchard fruit, and lemon rind hops.
Orange barley water dinish and oily rind linger.
Medium, chewy, round.

More compote-y than it needs to be. Nothing bright in the aroma. Bits of juice and powdery bitterness, but I’ve seen better.

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ccrida
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my tall MSBC glass, Melt Down is a clear burnt gold with a big, frothy off-white head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is pungent hops, pine and stems.

Taste is similar, this is an earthy, bitter hop bomb. Not as much hop flavor as you get from the nose, but resin is countered by the sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is dry, tannic hop oils, medium bodied.

Drinkability is OK, I'm a hop head and always love an Portland style IPA...but this isn't really my style, to bitter, malty and earthy. Almost like the de-budded the hops and brewed with stems. Certainly not something I'd drink alot of during the summer, unless I was just looking to get drunk.

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

Bottled less than a month ago. This is a well-made DIPA but not one that I find particularly enjoyable. The aroma is quite nice, mostly floral/pine hop notes with very mild accompanying bready malt. On the other hand, while the flavor has some nice malt sweetness upfront, it quickly gives way to starkly bitter hops and the bone dryness of rubbing alcohol. That sounds bad, but it almost works. I just need a bit more of a residual malt sweetness lifeline to taste those more delicate hop flavors. The hops start to take on some earthy flavors. There's some pepper, as well. It's a bit like taking a bit of hops, pine needles or grapefruit skin: a fun figurative way to describe some DIPAs but not actually a pleasant experience. It's not too bitter; there just isn't enough delicacy, in my opinion. Mouthfeel is fairly raw. Interesting beer but not something that I'll be going back for.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Ale Atlanta.

Pours a light golden amber with a big, fluffy white head that hangs on for quite a while, leaving solid lacing.

The aroma is more balanced than I was expecting. It's got plenty of light citrus fruits and some pine, but there also a comparable amount of caramel malts in the nose as well. Definitely not a one-sided fight in the aroma.

The taste seems to kick up the pine hoppiness a bit which seems to dominate the citrus a little bit more. The big toffee and malt sweetness more than stands up in the background and form a very well balanced taste.

The mouthfeel is sticky with hops and medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

This is a nice, well-balanced DIPA from MS and another in the long line of great offerings from the guys in Alaska.

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Meltdown Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 159 ratings.
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