Meltdown Double IPA | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Meltdown Double IPAMeltdown Double IPA
BA SCORE
3.84/5
159 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#12,699
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
159
pDev:
9.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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20
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16
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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 71
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 CosmoHopHead
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy copper orange with a two finger creamy off white head. thin, spotty lacing on the glass

S: smells like bread, malts, yeast, earthy hops are faint on the nose

T: dry breadiness come through first mixed with a slight hop bite and caramel malts. hops seem faded. Bottle is supposed to be fresh.

M: medium carbonation with a slight alcohol warmth on the way down. tangy

D: fairly easy to drink at 8% abv. It says it's fresh but I'm not convinced. I have a feeling this beer is way better when it's truly fresh.

Overall glad I got to try this one but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of capra12
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks for Travisd for this one.

Served out of an east end pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a 2 finger head with lots of lacing, golden brown in color and clear as day.

Smell: Floral hops, some piney and grassy hops as well.

Taste: Opens with a crisp floral hops. Hints of citrus come in and out of the flavor profile. Towards the very end the bittering hops settle in along with a warmth leaving a bitter and floral hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: this one is light bodied with a crisp finish, there is a kick of heat that lingers with every sip and somewhat coarse finish.

Drinkability: I would have this again on a cold winter night. I recommend this to those who want an IPA with a warm finish.

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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 nickd717
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Arbitrator.

Pours clear copperish-amber with a nicely formed white head and good lacing.

Aroma is fairly sweet caramel malt as well as citrusy hops. A little faded from age (>6 months I believe), but I won't fault it for that.

Flavor also exhibits some fading on the hop character but is still very good. Caramel and pale malt, with hops mainly of the citrusy variety. Grapefruit in particular.

Medium-bodied and fairly palate wrecking. Nice mouthfeel.

Pretty good beer overall, especially considering the age.

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Photo of jdense
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from ,Yoke's Pasco WA, poured into St. Bernardus snifter, 1.11/10.

Orangish amber clear body, a lot of visible carbonation rising from bottom of glass immediately after pouring. One finger pure white head, quick dissipation, with a lingering ring of foam.Dryish bready malts in the nose, a bit of fruitiness and grass, not a big hop hit aroma wise, which concerns me a bit. Close look revealed August 2009 bottling, so aromatics may have lost a bit of their luster from what I have come to expect from this superlative brewery. Patience reinforced during taste, huge citrus hops, sweetish malts nice balance with breadiness, with a fruity, spicy finish. Really tasty, Mouthfeel is smooth, just a wee bit sticky. Very drinkable, ABV well hidden. Very surprised how this beer has stood up over 6 months, but given my past experience with this brewery, especially the superlative Venus, i.e., I'd be surprised if it wasnt' up to this high standard. My best comparison would be Union Jack, and if aromatics were right, though it may be sacrilegious, PtE. Most definitely worth seeking out-or traveling to Anchorage for. Other than the nose, Very highly recommended for hopheads.

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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 billab914
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in a shipment from Liquid Solutions. Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a clear golden amber color with a thin white covering on top that laced pretty good on the glass as I drank it.

Aroma is hoppy with citrus and pine and the sweet malt comes through a little as well. Taste also has a strong pine and citrus presence with a strong bitter finish. The malt is slightly detectable as well but the bitterness is dominant in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability good but not great. It's one of the more bitter DIPA's I have had in my opinion, but it doesn't have the as much of the floral citrus flavors that make some of the best DIPA's so drinkable.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a see-through orange copper with a great 1.5" off-white, creamy head. As it dies down a little, a bumpy crust of resiny foam caps the top, while resiny hoppy goodness marks the glass to show its trail. The lacing is just great as it goes down the glass.

S:Bitter grapefruit and sweet orange citrus. Smells like a bowl filled with orange and grapefruit zest mixed in. Searching through the hoppy goodness, some pale malt, honey, and caramel malt can be detected. Digging deeper a nice biscuity bread note can be detected. Each smell seems to alternate between bitter grapefruity citrus and sweet orange citrus.

T: Starts out with dry-hopped bitterness with a good dose of sweet malt, and just when you're expecting the sweetness to get cloying, the bittering hops kick in. Great grapefruity blast to the face, mellowing out into a sweet citrus finish. As it warms a bit, the sweetness challenges the bitterness, with the bitterness winning out.

M: Medium carbonation with a resiny mouthfeel of hoppy goodness.

D:After losing faith in Imperial IPA's after the last couple I've had (too sugary sweet), Midnight Sun has restored my faith. Great mix of sweet and bitter citrus with sufficient malt backing makes this a great DIPA.

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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 sprucetip
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Very attractive, clearn light golden/amber, frothy white head, good retention, patchy lacing.

SMELL Fruity esters and floral hop notes hit quick and fade and are then hard to find for a while. A little bit grainy and faintly malty. Gros stronger late in the sample.

TASTE dry, grainy, more hop bitterness than flavor. Malty backing mostly buried underneath. Finishes dry and bitterness lingers. Like the nose, improves as it warms.

FEEL med/full body, pleasant viscous texture, dry character and lingering bitterness.

OVERALL I'm a big MSBC fan, but this one really doesn't do it for me. I've tried it several times and have come to this conclusion each time. It is the spring seasonal DIPA, dryer and lighter, intended to counter the more malty winter DIPA Cohoho. What I'm not liking about this is maybe intentional on the part of the brewery? But, it is still a well made Midnight Sun IPA, just not my favorite.

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Photo of boogyman
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden orange, a fairly classic double IPA color. The head is a good 2 fingers and sticks around. Lacing promises to be good by the looks of it.

S- Smell is light fruits and malty. Mostly dominated by the strong malts and then the floral hops. Citrus finds its way in there somehow. There is an odd musk that is just bugging me. I can't pinpoint what it is, but it reminds me of a smell you would get from Belgians or even some lighter lagers. This so far is the only downside I am getting from this powerful brew.

T- They definitely don't try to hide the strong bitter hoppyness of this brew and I am very happy they did not. The bitter taste lasts forever and as it starts to fade, the beer calls you to drink more of it. There is also a lot of other hop flavors I am not familiar with but I am not complaining. This is definitely a hop bomb and it's beating me to the floor.

M- Even with all the bubbles sticking everywhere, this brew goes down fairly smooth but with an after bite. The alcohol burn is there, but nothing that I wouldn't expect from a beer of this caliber.

D- This is a pretty powerful brew that could floor you if you let it. It feels heavier then other DIPAs I have had but this doesn't take anything away from it, just means it would be hard to drink more then a bomber or two of it. Definitely in my top 5 DIPAs.

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Photo of mikey711
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fire-ish amber color with a inch of soapy white head that webs on the side of the glass. Head retention is pretty good and lots of carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

S: Very floral and piney. The hops have faded some as the smell of caramel and alcohol are not very well hidden by the hops.

T: Pine notes and caramel dominate. The hops taste like a pine tree smells and the malt is powerfully butterscotchy and caramely. More of a barleywine now than a DIPA

M: The booze overpowers slightly and it is a bit grainy tasting. Creaminess is decent but hard to detect with the alcohol.

D: I had a little bit of trouble with the pint I poured and passed off the rest for someone else to try. A whole bottle would have been way too much

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Photo of Docer
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just heard of this brewery... and am now trying the one and only bottle I have found so far of theirs.

- Nice light caramel color, and ever so slightly cloudy... bottle bursted with creamy white head... constant layer in the glass.

- Great grainy bitter hop scent.... with a nice smooth malt scent as a backing. Smells like a good fresh brew.

- Somewhat of a sweet creamy and bready malt that isn't overpowering like a barley wine... that I like better. Great citrus and more pine-like hops with a fantastic bitter finish that is quite large, and nice.

- Littler stick and chewy... overall great.

- Certainly a competitor in the IIPA market... and certainly beats a few. Worth the purchase. May buy again.

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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 rye726
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a creamy biege head. Nice lacing. Nose has piney hops, candy malts and a touch of alcohol. Taste has big, bitter hops up front and through the finish. Well balanced by sweet malts and peppery alcohol. Body seemed just a bit thin. Good IPA from Mignight Sun.

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Photo of ralree
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice white head, good lacing.

S: Grapefruit, Northwest hops.

T: Hops like crazy. Great barley malt, a little fruit. Not quite sweet/fruity enough.

M: Smooth, a little dry, a little astringent. Carbonation good.

D: Drinks well. Very hoppy, a little rich.

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Photo of MaggieReed
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this crisp, floral IPA...poured with about a quarter inch of quick dissapating head, with a very light ring of lacing that was retained. Smelled floral, almost rose-like...
Had a much less bitter character than I was originally expecting- overall more mild in character than the original smell suggested. For a double, this is an IPA I might suggest for someone wanting to try one. Not an earthshatteringly interesting brew but a very good IPA with universal appeal for those who enjoy the style.

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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 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 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 cannabanaceae
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured average orange'ish, yellow, filtered goodness. Nice frothy head.

Smell was hoppy with pine and fruit coming through at the end. The way I like it.

Taste was above average for the style, not overwhelmingly hoppy, but pretty balanced with a sharp hot bit. Not much fruit in the taste as there was in the nose.Very balanced. Scorchin' hops? No.

Mouthfell was abrasive yet thin
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Drinkability was pretty high, reminds me of 2009 hop hendge batch 2 or 3. I would purchase this regularly if it wasn't so expensive($9) good effort and glad we get midnight sun beers here in seattle.

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Photo of froghop
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear light orange with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell of grapefruit, caramel, some citrus, and a bit of floral.

taste is of grapefruit, pine, some caramel, and some earthiness, ends very bitter.

overall a pretty good double IPA.

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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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Photo of everetends
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber was sent to me by the great AKBelgianBeast. For purely advocating the Midnight Sun Brewery, he sent me this bottle. This bottle is fresh as it can be having been bottled the last week of March. Being from Alaska, I'd say thats frickin fresh. Lets do this.

A: Pours a nice and clear orange/amber color. Held to the light, it comes through with a lighter orange or dark yellow in color. The pour yielded a little less than a finger of white head that diminishes to a really thick and foamy ring. The lace is pretty tight and sticking all over this glass. Lots of carbonation bubbling up to the surface. This is a good looking brew.

S: The smell really has a bit more balance than I was expecting. Lots of caramel and toffee malty goodness mixing in here with the massive hops profile. The hops are coming out with some piney, resiny, astringent aromas. Then there are some grapefruit aromas coming out here. There is also just a touch floral goodness coming out as well. Very nice and aromatic.

T: Well, this be very hop forward. Lots of pine friggin hops pimp slapping you in the face. Did I mention this is fresh? Behind that you get some really bitter and sour grapefruit coming out. Puckering even. Touch of floral coming out as well. A bit of carmael and toffee tries to balance this out, but it has not chance whatsoever. I can feel this destroying my teeth, awesome.

M: Medium bodied brew with a nice carbonation that keeps this baby a bit crisp. This beer is pretty sticky and really coats the mouth with those friggin hops. Finishes pretty dry, making you NEED more. ABV does not really play a factor here. After taste is all bitter and astringent hops. Nice.

D: This a pretty damned good DIPA. DIPA's are bringing the hops and this one provides. Yeah, its hoppy bitter but its still drinkable and doesn't make it a friggin chore to finish the bottle. The aromas and flavor are damned good and really make this brew work.

I am much indebted to Frank for this brew. It was a hell of an experience to finally get some MS brew, and to get it this fresh is friggin ridiculous. What a beer. Awesome.

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Meltdown Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 159 ratings
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