Obliteration V | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Obliteration VObliteration V
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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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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by Deuane:
Photo of Deuane
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The fifth in the fantastic Obliteration series of hop monsters. This one showcases Warrior and Nugget hops. 95 IBUs.

Pours a nice clear orange color with a slight amber tint and a great barely off white head that retains extraordinarily well and leaves beautiful lacing.

Nose is full of exactly what it claims to be full of...hops. There is some noticeable malt presence in the nose, but this one is clearly all about the hops. Even smells bitter.

Taste is...you guessed it...hoppy as hell. Lots of hop resin and grapefruity WC hoppiness. The malt profile provides great balance to this bad boy. This is much more balanced than the nose indicated, but make no mistake, this is a predominantly bitter beer. Amazing how the head clings to the sides of the glass all the way down. Sharp bitter finish is followed by great hop resin aftertaste. Very nicely balanced this beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty much right where it should be. Carbonation is perfect, and viscosity is just right. Finish is wonderfully dry and bitter.

Drinkability is top notch as well. I could easily kill a bomber or three of this in one sitting. abv is hardly noticeable.

Overall another fine DIPA from Midnight Sun. If there's one thing to say about M sun IPAs, it is that they are incredibly consistent, and lucky for us, consistently good and brewed on no less than a quarterly basis. I have yet to find one example of a midnight sun hop bomb that i couldn't drink all night. Another fantastic beer, and one i will surely drink alot of. A nice beer to come home to after a few weeks sober in Prudhoe Bay. Mmm...Beer.

To the above poster: HELL YEAH!

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Photo of BeardedRiker
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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 mikey711
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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 nickd717
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at a BA tasting. Review re-copied from notes after earlier deletion.

A - Nice hazy copper color with a small white head and good lacing.

S - Aroma is resin, citrusy hops, and caramel. Hops aren't incredibly prominent as I feel this may be a little past peak, but it still smells very nice.

T - Flavor is mildly sweet pale and caramel malt, honey, mild resin, orange and grapefruit hops. Well-balanced.

M - Palate is smooth with medium body and a dry, bitter finish with some hop oils.

D - Pretty high for an IIPA.

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Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Jettanbass9
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2%
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 bespin15
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of natasharai
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm told that this isn't as good as it was fresh... this was bottled in early July so it's a few months old.

Appearance: Poured with a nice creamy silky smooth off white head that dissipated leaving some nice lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is slightly hazy and has a nice orange golden color.

Smell: Piney bitter hops, sweet roasted marshmallows, toasted nutty malt, pretty light over all but good aromas.

Taste: Sweet caramel, nice citrus hops up front, turning more piney and bitter afterwards, really sweet malty flavor, roasted nuts, leaves mouth sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit sticky, nice bitter tingle on the tongue, slightly dry, and leaves mouth pretty sweet and sticky.

Overall: Pretty good drinkability, no problem finishing this bomber to my self. Nice sweet and bitter balance, nice roasted character not over powered by the bitter hops and sweet malt.

Thanks AKBelgianBeast!!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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 RustyDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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 portia99
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
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 John_M
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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 froghop
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a semi-hazy amber-orange with a large white head, and great lacing.

smell of grapefruit, citrus, and an earthy back.

taste is of toasted nuts, grain, malt, citrus, some caramel, and a little lavender, ends dry and bitter.

a very nice double IPA.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a big wine glass at 50 F/ 10 C.

Hazy bright orange color, small dense cream colored head that dissipates, nice finely patterned lace with some oily shimmer to it.

The aroma is a bit shut down at first, but it becomes big and hoppy as the beer warms up in the glass. Herbal, tropical, citrusy, spicy. Light caramel and a bit of honey. Fresh, complex, and very good.

Tastes hoppy indeed. Complex hop flavor, mainly grapefruity, herbal, and floral a little like orange flower. After a few seconds the bitterness kicks in, then builds and builds, deep and intense, but not harsh at all. A good dose of sweet clean malt and a little alcohol add good balance. Great finish, the intense hop flavor and bitterness end up completely dry and linger for a very very long time.

A bit fizzy at first, but some swirling turns the texture smooth and delectable. Drinkability? Yes.

Dynamite DIPA.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The color of this so perfectly mimics that of apple cider, and murky as such to boot. I spy CO2 effervescence, but for some reason it didn't produce head on the pour, save for a thin white whisp that stays the duration. Laces well for the scant head that it is.

Smell manages to be hoppily floral, yet minus pine, minus citrus, and minus the really sweetly perfumey boof you sometimes get with a DIPA.

Taste is of a true DIPA. It is bombastically hopped, and rigid. But it toes that line between ale and hop gin. It's a puckerer, and comes across with more than just a bit of a gangic notion. I cheat and view the bottle for the answer to all our questions. No, it's not 42. What hops are these? It's Warrior and Nugget laden, that's what. Nice. REAL nice.

Mouthfeel is livened up by the fizz, and still decidedly heavy with what I have to guess is a pretty dang intense malt bill. AT 93 IBUs, the malts still keep this one from running away.

Overall I'm as happy with this as I've been with many other Midnight Sun DIPAs. They have it down, and keep tweaking them to keep it interesting enough for me to never pass one up when I get to Anchorage to stock up. They're about function (pure enjoyment) for the hophead, but keep form just the same. Can I get a hell yeah?

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -2%
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 GradyS1
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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 gford217
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another MSBC beer courtesy of savnac, poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear amber with a small creamy white head that has no intention of receding at all and leaves some delicate lacing on the way down.

The aroma is just chock full of pungent citrus hops with grapefruit coming to the forefront. I get some pine as well, but it doesn't penetrate the grapefruit much. Neither does the malts, though they're clearly there.

The taste is very bitter up front and I'm not sure if I can attribute it to citrus or pine...it's just bitter. The bitterness takes on more of a resinous character in the finish and sticks around stubbornly in the aftertaste. The malts, again, are present but serve to just barely balance the hops. Great hop-forward taste on this one.

The mouthfeel is definitely bitter and sticky with hop juice, supported by a solid, soft carbonation.

This is the first Obliteration I've had fresh and, as such, the hoppiest version I've had. The hops are dominant from start to finish with a big West Coast bitterness lingering after each sip. In short, tasty as hell.

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Photo of ccrida
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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