Obliteration IV - Double Wheat IPA | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Obliteration IV - Double Wheat IPAObliteration IV - Double Wheat IPA

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
100 IBU

Added by AKBelgianBeast on 11-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of DucksFan16
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich golden amber with a nice two inch thick head of white foam. Great retention left behind loads of side glass lace and a really nice one finger high head of foam. Good carbonation could be seen through the haze. The aroma was loaded town with a ton of west coast hops. Really very big floral smell of orange, and grapefruit, a touch of pine but very bitter. A light grain in there perhaps in the middle, but very faint overall. The flavor was just beautiful. Full on hop monster here with no hint of the ABV whatsoever in the flavor

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Photo of JAXSON
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Early 2010 rate.

Bottle. Pours a clear honey gold / orange with a soft white head. Interesting nose, a soft mingling of hops, light fruit, and a light Belgian yeast. More bitter flavor than the nose suggests, especially in the back palate. Soft orange notes, some spice in the front. Lingering bitterness is a tad extreme. Some alcohol burning. Nice brew here though, pretty good stuff.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Lightly cloudy ornage with a thick off-white head. Head has excellent retentiona nd excellent lacing.

S - Light citrus fruits become more bold as the beer warms. Faint pale malt and wheat aroma in the background. I am not sure how much wheat was used in this beer but it certainly does not dominate the nose.

T - Citrus fruits and a light wheat flavor. The citrus fruits consist primnarily of grapefruit with just a hint of orange. Also pick up a little pineapple. Wheat comes through a little more as the beer warms but there is also a fair amount of pale malt flavor.

M/D - Medium bodied. A touch on the chewy side. Very easy drinking. I would have loved to have had this when it was a bit more fresh.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blurry pumpkin with smoky bonfire orange edges. The pour sounded especially creamy and resulted in an expansive chunk of lemony beige foam that has a great deal of interesting and varied surface topography. It's also impressively sticky, as evidenced by an already messy glass.

Given the November '08 bottling date (Obliteration V is now out and about), it's no surprise that the aroma is less than overwhelmingly hoppy. It's still enjoyable if you're a big fan of Amarillo, Chinook and Simcoe. If the beer is at least this hoppy on the taste buds, I'll be more than pleasantly surprised.

What was probably a beast of an American DIPA even six months ago (100 IBUs right out of the gate) is now... definitely not a beast of an American DIPA. It's far from a waste of liver enzymes, however. There's just enough flavor to keep things interesting and the alcohol edges have been nicely rounded off.

The malt is almost entirely untoasted (malted wheat distinguishes it from the rest of the Obliteration series) and the hop flavor is primarily orange and grapefruity. The beer isn't sugary sweet, which is a big boon to maximizing the hop flavor and bitterness that has survived.

The mouthfeel has also lost a little mojo over time. The relative shortage of malt sugars keeps it from being big and sappy. That, in turn, aids (ease of) drinkability. I wish more breweries would keep the ABV on their DIPAs well below double digits.

Obliteration IV is my least favorite Midnight Sun Obliteraton Ale to date... through no fault of its own. I can't imagine that too people who know the basics about hops and beer will be aging this one, but if so, drink it today! Thanks to sprucetip for hand-carrying it down from The Last Frontier for our in-person trade.

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Photo of mjl21
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland for $12.49. 22 ounce bottle poured into a SA perfect pint glass. It is hard to see the notches on the dating system, but it looks like it was bottled during the 3rd week of Novemeber. Comes in at 7.8% and 70 IBUs.

A-Pours a clear golden amber with a massive two finger off white head that eventually rests at 3/4 finger level. Lots of bubbles can be seen constantly rising from the bottom. Lots of lace is left in between sips.

S-It smells of faded citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and grassy hops. The two aromas each compromise 50% of the nose. The fact that they have faded is not a surprise given it apparently was bottled 11 months ago.

T-Like the nose, it tastes of resiny, boiled hops that have faded. I do get grapefruit bitterness early on and also get some grassy hops midpalate. The grassiness lasts in between sips. I don't get much of the wheat in this one. There is no sweetness to be found.

M-It is medium bodied. It is crisp, dry, bitter, and has a nice smooth mouthfeel.

D-At 11 months old, this one is not tasting like it did when it was fresh. The hops are still there after 11 months, but a shadow of what they once were.

I was disappointed in this one as I thought it was the new version when I purchased it. I would say go for V and above.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, orange-amber body with a lasting, medium-sized, white head that lefts generous rings of lace on the way down.

Smell: Small base of light malts with some mild crackery hints crossed the nostrils before you're besieged with sharp, stinging wafts of citric pith cooked in boiling resin, though there are some modest floral hints floating around in there, too. I think I can see where this one's going to go.

Taste: Lightly malted barley with a lesser degree of malted wheat and no more than a touch of sweetness. This all quickly derails into a particularly caustic hop profile with predominate tastes of citrus pith, tongue-blistering resin, finely-ground aspirin and a big, long bitterness. Some secondary flavors of grapefruit, lemon, and newly-mewn grass do very little to forestall my big, fat, frowny-face. Splash of warming alcohol. Finishes dry and bitter with one last dusting of Goody's Headache Powder.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some oily viscosity to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Thanks, but no thanks! It's one of those Double IPAs that's an embodiment of coarse, citric bitterness with few redeeming qualities to it. This one instantly brought to mind Stone's 9th Anniversary, a beer I also didn't care for with its excessively harsh Amarillo hop character.

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Photo of shivtim
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another IPA from Midnight Sun... I had to try it!

Slightly hazy, deep amber orange. Ring of white foam head. Nose is hop/malt balance, more malts than expected in an Imperial IPA.
Taste has solid hops, but not over the top. Pale Ale qualities. Slight alcohol mixes with hop juice and lingers.
Great mouthfeel and good drinkability.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my tall MSBC glass, Obliteration IV is a clear burnt orange with a frothy off-white head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is strong hops with a nice citrus note. I like the pungency.

Taste is also hoppy for sure, but the wheat malt is rather distinct, big cereal and sour wheat notes accuentated by the citrus note from the hops. Firm bitterness on the finish. There's also an estery note I assume, some apricot. Nice roughneck DIPA, very AK, north slope stylee. Not my favorite DIPA though, or even close.

Mouthfeel is dry, tannic hop oils, medium-heavy bodied.

Drinkability is OK, not my favorite Obliteration, but solid. really earthy, but a nice punch.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/28/09- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle. Not sure of dating. It's either a 2008 or early '09 release. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden-orange colored pour. Plenty of head..about a good inch. Some watery and light spotting remains.

Smell- Ummm, yeah, there are hops. Also some toasted malt and a good does of wheat. All come out strongly in the nose.

Taste- They picked the right name for this beer. Hops are pretty much out of control and bringing down the taste of all the other flavors, thus making this beer not as good as it could have been. Hops are intense and lightly burning...simcoe? Wheat is there, but hidden..it comes out, but only in the initial bit of every sip until it's burned away by the hops...same story with the malt.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation level is fine..about average. Hop aftertaste is large and lasting...and burning.

Drinkability- Could have been much better...drinkable though...and if you like hops, hops and more hops...pick one up. Drink it last though. You will not appreciate anything as much after it as you should.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as IPAs go, this looks absolutely perfect. beautiful light copper with bright lemon highlights and a gentle stream of carbonation fueling a two-plus-finger head of a perfectly textured creamy white that sticks around for a loooong while before fading to a frothy thin cap that leaves behind stunning lacing down to the bottom.

aroma is a bit interesting and takes a bit of warming up to. sugar and grain, almost sweet grain alcohol up front. then some pine and grapefruit hops kick in. yeasty, bready, sugary and malty with an impressive hop kick. I'm sure it's faded a good bit at this point, but it's still an interestingly potent smelling brew.

Hoppy, lucious, piney, and citrusy. an interesting battle between chewing on fir trees pine and sipping on grapefruit juice citrusy. I'm digging it. Alcohol is definitely present, almost surprisingly so given the not quite extreme abv. a bit of earthiness, nuttiness, starch.

mouth is full, thick, just a smidgen chewy, and surprisingly vibrant. active carbonation creates a beautiful smoothness. alcohol is surprisingly strong. a hint of sharpness from the hops with a sharp lingering bitterness rather than an oily lingering bitterness.

Definitely an impressive brew. Solid all around and incredibly beautiful. At the price point it's at down this way, I can't say I'd drink another, although it was definitely enjoyable. not quite as complex or intense as I had hoped... and seems a bit tamer than the previous obliterations. but it's getting a bit into nit picking. definitely a solid brew.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into goblet. Clear, golden/orange, modest white head fades to film and ring, not much lacing, moderately active. SMELL is that of a Midnight Sun IPA. Strong west coast hoppy nose of bitter grapefruit. Some grassy grainy notes and malty support. some alc heat. Has legs, but never really knocks you over. TASTE strong malty base weaves its way through aggressive hop flavors up front and well through the middle before fading. Bold citrus and floral hop notes are balanced well by maltiness for much of the swallow, but eventually the hops steal the show and it finishes with a sharp bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Some booze too. Fairly complex for the most part, but the hops dominate in the end. The lingering bitterness seems to fade noticeably throughout the sample. FEEL medium carb, rich full bodied coats pleasantly before warming and finishing dry with lingering bitterness. OVERALL hey, it's called Obliteration, so don't whine about it being a hop bomb! You were warned. And a very good example of the west coast hop bomb, should you be the sort to enjoy that sort of thing. A bit of a boundary pusher, like many Midnight Sun creations.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to googzoid10 for this one! Have been really looking forward to it as I'm a hop head with a soft spot for wheat beers. This was bottles in the 3rd week of November so it has about 3.5 months on it. 22 oz bottle poured into my snifter.

A- Perfect, IMO, for what a hoppy wheat should look like. Body is a translucent rusty amber hue that pours with a 2-3 finger foamy white head. Head eventually fades to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention from there. Lacing and film is left all the way down the glass. Cloudiness is very thick and between uniform and dynamic. Bubbles can be sen rising to the top (when held up to the light) and some cloudiness can be seen moving about the brew.

S- The nose is hoppy and very sweet (maybe a little too sweet). Lots of grapefruit and citrus come through first but there is also a big sweet bready yeast in the background. The smell ends with a slight presence of phenols and big almost sugary sweetness added to the mix.

T- The flavor upfront is somewhat mild and consists of a mild herbal and citrus hop presence with a big bready yeast backbone. The finish is mostly hop flavors with a smooth grapefruit and slightly aggressive hop bitterness emerging as well as a big bready sweetness. What is left to linger is a medium strength resiny hop bitterness and the impression of sweet bready yeast.

M- Medium carbonation and medium weight body. Goes down easier but could be a lot smoother (as I am being picky). Could be more oily or more bready in order to do so. The hops add more of a crass, abruptness to the mouthfeel rather than oils.

D- This is an awesome beer and I am glad to have tried it. This is my 4th IPA/wheat beer combo and it measures up just as well as the others. The ABV is virtually unnoticeable (though not super high) and that makes this beer all the more sneaky...because it appears sessionable. A great beer that may have been brighter when completely fresh...and I wish I lived in AK so that I could have experienced this. Still a great beer over all and something that I wish was a lot more easily accessible.

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Photo of gford217
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks thanks to Tim for providing this bomber, poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a huge fluffy white head that tried to sneak out of the glass before receding very slowly to a big cap. The lacing is excellent with sheets all the way down.

The dry hops are present up front, represented by a lemony hop aroma. There are hints of other grassy and floral hops as well. The bready malt and wheat are present but definitely take a back seat to the hops.

The bitterness of the citrus hops is sizeable up front with lemons and grapefruits. The wheat backbone is barely detectable underneath the hops and the floral hops leave a bitterness through the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for a DIPA but I think the wheat presence leads to some of that. The carbonation is strong throughout.

As a wheat beer this is fantastic, but as a DIPA it's only very good. I'm glad I got to try this fairly fresh as the hop profile makes this one very tasty.

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Photo of bbothen
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Unclederby for this one. Appreciate it.

Pours out a clear light orange/golden color with a bight white fluffy 1 finger deep head.

Smells of fruity tropical delicious hops, grapefruit, mango, orange zest, some earthy hoppiness as well of pine & grass. Yowza. Smells great.

Bitterness all up in your face here, smoothes out with nice fruitiness and faint maltiness. Tropical, earthy, grassy, mild sweetness, lemony. Get some slight herbal flavor. The wheat brings a nice graininess to the party. Interesting.

Medium, nicely carbonated, dry finish, lingering bitterness.

Tasty & interesting brew. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Would gladly have again.

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Photo of unclederby
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip, this beer is a slightly hazy burnt orange color topped with a one inch frothy white head. There is little retention and soon the head dissipates to just a whisp of foam. Sticky lacing coats the glass, however. Smell is citrus hoppy with predominate notes of orange and tangerine. Underneath this you'll discover somewhat spicy nuances tinged with pine and the caramel malt backbone. Smells rather like one just cut into a fresh, juicy tangerine. Taste is more subdued with a malty beginning and citrusy mid-palate with a hint of banana and papaya. The hops are fleshed out in the pleasant lingering finish and grapefruit-like aftertaste. The grapefruity essence of the bittering hops are a bit overpowering after repeated sips and I wont for stronger malt support. Alcohol is nigh perceptible. The mouthfeel is really exceptional here (a bit grainy and creamy with spot on carbonation) but doesn't quite creep into DIPA territory (a little thin), but I think this only adds to its drinkabilty. Overall - while i'd personally appreciate a bigger malt bill - this a really nice beer and i'd be drinking more of these if it were in the $6-8 range but with the $11.50 tag i'll savor just this one.

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Photo of joe1510
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Another big "Thank you" goes out to AKBelgianBeast for hooking me up with this interesting IPA, thanks you scroungy bastard! I thought this was a strange brew when I first heard of it, a double wheat IPA. Obliteration fills my willi glass with a deep golden liquid. Orange highlights abound and nearly take over when backlit. Small and large carbonation bubbles both explode to the surface. A big, sticky, dense, clean white head of three fingers formed on the pour and stuck around like a champ. Big clumpy sticky lacing is left all over the sides of my glass.

Whew! Nice pungent hops leap from the glass directly into my nose. Lightly sugared grapefruit leads the onslaught with orange and lime peel following closely behind. A little earthy pine tries to fight its way through but doesn't hold up very well against all the citrus. I couldn't pull any wheat out at first but the more I stick my beak in the glass the more noticeable it becomes. The wheat brings a touch of that slightly damp, tart graininess or as I like to call it, twang.

Bitterly delicious! The West Coast hopping assaults the tongue immediately with lemon and lime bitterness. The grapefruit sticks around in the back but certainly lets itself be known. Pine bitterness shows up mid-palate and does its own little jig on my tongue before moving along and letting an aspirin like bitterness take its turn. The wheaty twang isn't quite a twangy as the nose suggested but is without a doubt there and the other malts used add a mild sugar cookie quality to the brew. Whatever malts were used is a moot point because this one's a hop bomb!

The body leans toward the heavier side of moderate but not by much. There's a nice silky quality to the brew from the soft, but lively carbonation. The finish is cheek sucking dry which only accentuates the hoppy bitterness. This is my kind of brew for sure.

A bomber of this can be finished of with ease, as a matter of fact a lot more could be as well but my tongue has already taken a beating after one pint. The magnificent hoppiness may be wasted on me if I tried drinking more than 22ozs.

They know how to utilize their hops up there in the land of the land of the midnight sun. The wheat adds a nice touch to this brew, one I'd like to see again. Obliteration IV is like Gumballhead on 'roids, me likey! Thanks for the hook up Beast, you da man!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle at 55 degrees.

Pours hazy pale gold, with a solid two-plus inch head of dense white froth. After a slow settling, a maze of webbed lacework appeared, as well as a solid skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics are pungently hoppy and earthy, with plenty of citrus. Fresh grapefruit zest, orange pith, and lemon seeds with grassy overtones.

Medium bodied and plenty crisp. Bone drying and quenching. A slightly puckering mouthfeel.

Smashed tart citrus fruits, piney resin, and a woody dryness lead off the palate. A light but building lemony smack steps forward, along with hints of fresh cut hay, light malt, and earthy bark.

Finishes with a lingering drying bitterness, warming alcohol, and a lemony tartness.

Right in line with the previous Obliterations, but with an added twist of tart wheat to the grain bill. The wheat also lends quite a bit of earthy essense which adds a great complexity to such a big beer.

More mad props to Tim for another kickass beer, (and to Julie for packing and shipping). Thanks!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The next in Midnight Sun's ongoing and occasional Obliteration series.

Pours a nice looking golden orange with very slight haze and a good fluffy white head that lingers for some time and leaves good lacing.

Nose is a shot of west coast hops. Grapefruit leaps out in front, some pine and citrus goodness, a bit of perfume. Not catching alot of wheat in the nose, but it is there, it is just dominated by the hop profile.

The wheat shows up more in the taste, but this one is still quite hop dominant. West coast hops explode in the forefront with grapefruit, pine, and perfumey flavors, some other citrus. There is defenitely some wheat in the basebeer here. The wheat comes on stronger as the hop flavor fades to bitterness. Some ever so slight banana ester right before the hop bitterness begins to rise toward the finish. The malt profile is quite nice in here, not too sweet, maybe could use a touch stronger malt base, but overall it is pretty damn close to right where it should be in a beer like this one. Some slight bready, biscuity malt, but mostly just some slight sweetness. There is a bit of a spice note as the bitterness rises. On the finish, hop bitterness comes on strong with a very dry finish and lingering bitterness and spice on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty much right where it should be. The wheat beer presence is noticeable in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is very strong, drinks very easily for the abv, but there is a severe dryness on the finish that hampers it a touch, but really, i could see myself easily putting away two or three of these 22s.

Overall a very interesting brew. Certainly much more like a DIPA than like a Double wheat for the most part, but the wheat is in there, and if it were any stronger, i dont think this one would balance out as well as it does. This is a very good beer. M sun defenitely sets the bar high when it comes to DIPAs and obliteration IV is no exception to that rule. Another great Hop bomb from M sun.

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Obliteration IV - Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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