Obliteration V | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Obliteration VObliteration V

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
95 IBU

Added by AKBelgianBeast on 07-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orange amber with a thick frothy head that is slow to sink. Lacing lasted pretty much to the end, very nice looking indeed! Smell was hops, and cirus, very fruity smell and very pleasant. Seems to have gotten better as time went on. Now for the taste....Wow...Very nice, smooth going down and just pops. Citrus and a tiny bit of alcohol in there.End with a fantastic piney taste. Just great great beer

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy copper color with a large frothy light brown head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus hop and sweet malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Complex standout brew that met my expectations.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh Midnight Sun Brewing Co...how you absolutely WORSHIP hops! HA! Not that that's a bad thing.

Pouring out this brew provided a frothy white-tan head that smelled strongly of hops, citrus and sugary sweetness.

Although the hops are very much the showcase of the Obliteration V it contains a wide range of flavors, making the beer well balanced and enjoyable to the last drop. It has hoppy bitterness but it is a bit sweet. There is a hint of citrus that adds some tang to it as well. In the finish there is a strong flavor of pine. It adds a sort of earthy and a bit spicy taste that ends the beer very well. We Amerikaners worship the flower and its bitterness as well. Your Obliteration V is just what we want: a flavorful and mightily hoppy pale ale. Make that a DOUBLE pale ale! At 95 IBU's this beast of an IPA isn't for the feint of heart but I found it to be surprisingly tame in its hoppy bitterness. Not that it isn't hoppy, but the bitterness is very much balanced by the rest of the beer.

Go buy this one!

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Photo of GradyS1
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- golden amber, orange color, minimal head with a nice persistent lacing.
S- there is a lot of tropical fruit on this. Pineapple mango and other citrus notes. Earthy sweetness and malts to the finish
T- sweet citrus, orange and grapefruit with a nice malt to the backend. Interesting floral taste appears as well, sweet malts in the finish, starbursts
M-medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation

This was my favorite of the 4 bottle vertical on 2/3/11. Nice tropical fruit smell and taste to this

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/29/2010. Bottle thanks to scrizzz. Pours a slightly hazy orange brown with a small white head. Aroma of acetone, citrus, lots of fruit. Flavor is a bit strange - sweet at first with an oddly bitter, pumpernickel and garlic flavor, toffee, and caramel malt. An odd IIPA but it was drinkable and decent.

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Photo of Deuane
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Bright and brilliant, golden kissed copper with a thin off-white head that held on and left spotty lace.

S-Spicy tangerine and fresh picked herbs overriding a rather hefty wave of caramel malt sweetness.

T-Quite spicy up front with underlying noted of tangerine and Clementine. After this a wave of malty sweetness kicks in to finish things off. Certainly tasty and flavourful but it doesn't quite work for me.

M-Medium bodied and VERY sharp! Long lingering spicy bitterness that even produced hop burps!

D-Decent for sure and it seems to get better and better but then too much spice kicks in. This is certainly not my favorite of the Midnight Sun beers I have had,

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a bright orange with a nice white head and a good deal of lacing. The nose brings some citrus, pine, and a bit of tropical hops. No much of any malt in the background. Alaska is technically on the West Coast, after all, right? Emphatic yes comes from the flavor, which dominates my palate with strong citrus hops. Some pine in the background. Really nice bitter feel. Strong drinkability. Is there anything MS can't do?

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Photo of jdense
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle purchased by a buddy at local bottle shop, poured into Chimay chalice 4.17.10.

One finger rocky white head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Orangish amber clear body with some visible carbonation. Nose is citrusy hops balanced with a good dose of crystal malts, throwing some cherry-like esters. Same flavor profile as the nose, not an overly bitter DIPA, pretty well balanced. Minimal effervescence and medium bodied mouthfeel, not sticky. The ABV is fairly noticeable which inhibits drinkability. Not my favorite Midnight Sun offering, but quite tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Electric apricot when the glass is held up to the blazing light of the morning sun. The beer has an unfiltered murkiness that looks fantastic... and this is only the first pour. The top third of the glass is filled with khaki colored foam that is milkshake thick and creamy. Extensive sticky lace puts the cherry on top of this outstanding looking DIPA.

The nose could be brighter and more pungent, but it's still a wonderful sniffer. Nugget and Warrior hops contribute orange zest, grapefruit zest and a hint of pine. Malt stays pretty much out of the way, with the exception of a faint contribution from crystal.

Time and hundreds of beers in the interim make comparing these Obliteration ales difficult at best. That said, Midnight Sun doesn't seem to change things too up much from release to release. That's okay, they're all solid brews that deliver where it matters most: flavor and bitterness.

Obliteration V is right in my DIPA wheelhouse. It's primarily pale malted, the American hop flavor is front and center, and the alcohol is essentially absent on the palate. Who knew that Nugget and/or Warrior were this orange peel-like? I would have guessed Amarillo if blinded.

Specifics include sugar cookies, candied orange peel, pink grapefruit peel and a big splash of triple sec. Sure, it's relatively simple, but that doesn't mean it isn't delicious if you like hop-laced big beer. And who in their right mind doesn't?

The mouthfeel is classic for the DIPA style. It has the heft, the silky smooth creaminess and the perfect carbonation that is required for maximum enjoyment. No chinks in the armor here.

Obliteration V is at least as good as Obliteration III, which is my previous favorite. It's too bad that Liquid Solutions went out of business because this might be my last beer in this wonderfully hop-soaked series. If you have it... drink it!

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Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The DIPA, my first ale in over a week, is a copper color, bright and radiant like a penny. The ale is translucent, illuminating a stream of bubbles in the middle of the glass. A finger and a half of off-white head has left thin fingers of lace.

S: Citrus and pepper stand out, although the hops seem to be degrading a spell.

T: The hops have an oily presence, rapidly coating the mouth with hoppy bitterness. Resiny citrus, grapefruity and intense, takes over immediately. The bitterness, having lost just a touch, is still rather strong, able to overtake the caramel with ease. The nugget hops are quite strong, powdery and sharp, near the end of each sip. Hoppy good.

M: The mouthfeel is oily and thick, loaded down by hops. Even with a bit of age under its belt, the ale doesn't pull any punches.

D: Weighing it just over 8%, this is not an ale to take lightly. Still, I'm enjoying it and would have loved to have tried it a few months back.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 22oz. bomber on 12/14/09.

A - Poured a hazy burnt orange body with half an inch of bubbly beige head that retained nicely and left a bit of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Initial aroma combines leafy and spicy hop notes with a hint of perfume, sweet caramel malt and a burnt sugar character.

T - Sticky and clingy hops are balanced by a hefty caramel malt backbone and burnt sugar sweetness, then segues into a more perfumy character. Lots of exotic spices mingle with the hops and malt, and, combined with the beefy alcohol, create a bit of heat on the palate.

M - Medium bodied with a thick, syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Decent amount of alcohol warmth on the palate, but not too heavy. Finishes with a bitterness that lingers for a while on the tongue.

D - Good DIPA but not outstanding, as I was anticipating, especially given the reputation of some of Midnight Sun's other beers. While this was quite hoppy, I found it to lack a discernable hop character, which hindered my enjoyment just a little bit.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken while sampling a bomber, but also had this on tap at the new tasting room at the brewery during the same time period.

Pours bronze with slight haze, extremely active with enormous fluffy white head that lasts a long time and leaves thick lacing.

SMELL Huge citrus hop notes accentuated by underlying malty base. Boozy and has legs.

TASTE Rich malty sweetness and light graininess join robust hoppy flavors that are mostly floral but also a bit piny and citric. Alcohol is evident and bitterness is surprisingly mild, but lingers a bit. Very smooth, balanced, complex and just plain tasty.

FEEL Thick, rich, full bodied, viscous with some alc warming and some mild lingering bitterness after the finish.

OVERALL Very tasty, rich, full bodied and complex. A Midnight Sun IIPA if ever there was one. Obviously not for quaffing, due to the size.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. No date notched, so I'm taking my chances. In any event, better drink up.

Looks good in the Stone imperial pint. Moderate foam with good retention, dark gold body, chill-hazed.

Has a sweet. juicy citrus hop aroma, perhaps a touch of pineapple and yellow cake. This bodes well, hopefully this is one of the fresher bottles.

Well, I don't think the integrity of this DIPA has been too badly diminished by age. It can't be *that* old. It must be reasonably young, as it still tastes like a DIPA. Yet while it smelled rather citrusy-sweet, the Warrior and Nugget hops aren't giving much quarter as to sweet grapefruit. It's more of a pungent mint and pine taste, with some pineapple opening up as it warms. The yellow-cake malts are there, threatening to assert themselves more, but they aren't quite at that point yet as this brew is on the dry side. In short, it seems to me to be a straight-up, no-frills, perfectly good DIPA.

It mostly captures the resinous, full-bodied feel I like in a DIPA.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's still plenty hoppy without overrunning by malt, with what I'm assuming to be about 3-5 months on it. I'm sure this really was an Obliteration of the palate ultra-fresh. Good beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from imperialking, cheers Jeff!

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of rocky pearl white head. Sheets of lacing & near off the chain head retention

S: Breadyness, orange peels, & tobacco & minty hops

T: Leafy & piney hops, biscuitty malt, pears, & herbal hop smack up front. Minty & herbal hops along with grapefruit, dryness & a touch of sticky caramel once warm. Finishes with toffee, pineapple, herbal, minty & leafy hops & just a kiss of booze at the end

MF: Fairly chewy, low carbonation, not super balanced but works for what it is...

Drinks pretty easy, the complexity slows me down a bit... Another good'un from Midnight Sun!

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought this home from my recent trip to the Northwest. Bottle indicates it was bottled in October. Pours with a finger + of creamy white head. Shows excellent structure for a couple minutes, then immediately fades away. Plenty of lacing left behind in concentric rings in the glass. Bright orange amber color with no visible carbonation and excellent clarity.

Aroma is mostly sweet, some ripe pineapple, Sweet resinous pine

A pretty sweet DPA. Initial fruit esters and ripe pineapple. A sense of the alcohol. An even amount of lingering sweetness and bitter hop tones. Some honey like flavors.

Somewhat oily and syrup like. Seems like an older DPA than the bottle leads on.

I am not the biggest fan here as it drinks like a dated DPA and it just too sweet.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange in my nonic glass with a solid 2 fingers of airy froth. Pretty darn opaque and great looking in the glass. Roe like bubble in the middle of the off-white head.
Bright navel orange aroma, orange blossom honey, young pine trees.
Peach, big citrus on the nose. Pink grapefruit, navel orange, with tangerine sweetness. Sourdough pretzel malty undertones, with a whole lot of bitter pine. Big sweet citric bitterness in the middle. Back to the pine sap, which sits inside the citric vortex. Chalky dry mouthfeel, pine sappy.

Somehow, pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is bitter, slightly sweet, hoppy, nice little malt note, with some citrus, slight pine note. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of portia99
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. The date on the bottle is indecipherable, so don't know how old this is.

A - Pours a hzay pale orangey yellow color with a thin off-white head. Some nice loose lacing down the glass.

S - Very malty, lots of bread, caramel, toffee, candy sugar. I don't detect any hops in the aroma. Surprising.

T - Very malt forward. Sweet, caramelly. Not nearly as much hop character as I expected from the name. There is some decent hop bitterness but it seems to stay in the background. Definitely malt forward. Not getting the 95 IBU's in this one.

M - Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Carbonation is adequate. Hops kinda give a tingle around the mouth.

D - 8.2% alcohol...can feel it, but not overpowering. Expecting this to be way more hop forward. Maybe the bottle is a little on the old side, but can't tell. Overall, not bad, but not what I was expecting. Wanted more hops.

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Photo of ccrida
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint, Obliteration V is a chill hazed orange with a tight, creamy off-white head the leaves foamy lace.

Smell is spicy, more malty booze then hops, but there is some strong citrus.

Taste is pretty hoppy, but it tastes a little stale, the maltines is pretty strong, there is a sharp tanginess from the wheat, accentuated by the strong citrus of the hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy, per ususual from MSBC, but it's a little chewy.

Drinkability is ok, rather smooth, but really, it tastes stale. Which I wouldn't normally knock the brewery for, but I think this just hit town, and has been in my in my fridge since I got it. And I've not experienced this flavor profile with the previous Obliterations, so I have to attribute at least some of it to them...

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Photo of mikey711
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Beer from Midnight Sun that I will get to try after hearing plenty of great things about it.

A: A cloudy amber with a nice carbonation rushing up from the bottom. The head was about an inch thick, retained well and left nice lacy rings. I would have liked it to be less cloudy.

S: Nice floral hop notes and a hint of lemon citrus. Good amount of caramel smell is noticable as well.

T: Not as in your face hoppy as many DIPAs and a lot of caramel notes are present. The hops are mostly floral and earthy, very little citrus in my opinion.

M: Full flavored and bodied, a lingering bitter note and some alcohol.

D: Fairly easy to drink this one, but better to share the bomber with someone else

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Photo of bmanning
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light orange with tan head into a snifter.
Huge aroma of grapefruit, orange, candy apple, mango, and passion fruit.
There are tons of tropical and citrus flavors in the taste along with grassy hops and a nicely balanced malt backbone. There is not enough hop bitterness however.
Nice mouthfeel where the carbonation and acidity play off each other.
Overall it's a really good East Coast style DIPA, although I prefer the in-your-face hops of West Coast DIPAs. Another solid Midnight Sun beer and another reason why they are climbing up my ranking of favorite breweries.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

John opened this last night. Much thanks!

Deep orange, thin white head, poor retention and mild lacing. I've definitely had better looking DIPAs

The nose is a BLAST of piney hops, caramel malt and a surprising amount of alcoholic spiciness. Pungent grapefruit, this is pretty awesome.

In many ways, this is East Coast like, . Big fruity caramel? check? Plenty of pine? Yep. Strangely, though, the bitterness is reserved and the hops are almost all flavor - orange, citrus, pine and fruity sweetness. Finishes mildly sweet with a low bitterness. Surprisingly big in body for a DIPA, with medium-low carbonation, this is decent. A little more bitterness would have done this a world of good. While I enjoyed my glass, I doubt I'd go back for this.

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Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of the Obliteration series I was able to obtain... picked up at Belmont Station in Portland last week.

The beer pours an orange amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is just DIPA nectar - I get orange coolaide, citrus and a boatlaod of pine. The beer smells very good, though I get the impression it might be a bit on the sweet side. On the palate, the high malt bill is confirmed. This DIPA is fairly sweet, with exotic flavors of mango, papaya, and sweet melon, before it's finally all over taken by the hoppy bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is barely sufficient to balance out the sweetness in this beer, and frankly I wish MS would have toned down the malt a bit. Still, the melange of flavors is pretty impressive, and ultimately the beer dries out at the very end with a wash of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is full, with a long finish. Coupled with the sweetness, the alcohol is a bit more noticeable then I would like, which detracts just a bit from the beer's drinkability.

This is still a pretty nice beer, but I can't say it's one of my favorites from MS. Also, while pretty good, IMHO there are many more DIPA's out there that are better. This is just not the style of DIPA that I prefer.

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Photo of carps12
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SuzzyGreenberg. Poured into a Snake River brewing pint glass. BIG frothy head that looks fantastic. This guy is over two months old now, so I'm hoping for the best. Dark and cloudy orange color. Smell of orangish fruits and citrus. Mango, Clementine, blood orange. Also some pine notes. I was thinking this smells a lot like nugget nectar and then I look at the bottle and nugget hops are one of the two types in this beer. I wonder how this smells fresh. Oh yeah hops are definitely still there on the taste.After a few big sips the tongue is engulfed in bitterness. I heard this one was very bitter so time is my friend on this guy. However, the bitterness is still a bit much for me. Silky carbonated mouthfeel. Boy if this wasn't so bitter (95ibu's) I'd love it. A lot of pine on the finsih.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one was brought back from AK by PackForever1976, thanks a ton Andy!!

looks like your classic American IPA, tight pillowy head, some slight color from the crystal malts and slow 'snowing' carbonation. it does have that typical look but screams 'damn tasty!'

hop aroma is very complex with aromas of fresh cut herbs and flowers, citrus (think tangerines, clementines, fresh grapefruit) and tea with back note ethanol and caramelized sugar.

flavors boast of acidic citrus fruits, floral hibiscus, sweet caramel and ethanol.

bitterness brings an almost puckering sensation but is mellowed out by the light (almost creamy) carbonation. wonderful balance.

the aroma becomes the highlight of the beer, its flavors are simple but help it remain a very drinkable DIPA. Instant classic, I wish this was distributed throughout the US... I would buy this over and over.

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