3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The extensive distance between two breweries on the West Coast – 3767 miles – is bridged by this collaboration beer. Brewers Gabe Fletcher of Midnight Sun Brewing Company [Anchorage, AK] and Colby Chandler of Ballast Point Brewing Company [San Diego, CA] designed and brewed an exciting representation of their passions: hops, Belgian yeast, oak aging and Brettanomyces.

Just prior to the Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Fest in JAN 2009, Gabe and Colby brewed a West Coast-worthy IPA at Midnight Sun Brewing Company. This hop-centric beer became the jumping-off point for other intense flavors. During its course to completion, 3767 was affected by three different yeast strains--including Brettanomyces, aged for several months in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, and then bottle- and keg-conditioned.

70 IBU

Added by AKBelgianBeast on 10-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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61
Reviews:
49
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
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Photo of Jmoore50
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sometimes beers can get put into the corner of the fridge and be forgotten about for extended periods of time. That is what happened with this poor bomber. Opened it on May 24.

The appearance is a nice golden straw color with a medium amount of clarity. Without trying hard at all the head comes up to about three fingers of sticky mess. Nice dense foam that is very impressive. Brett, it really seems to improve head retention on beers.

The smell is of straight musty Brett yeast. Considering when this was released, the hops have faded and the caramel and bready malts have taken over. You cannot really smell anything other than the Brett yeast strain though.

The taste is enjoyable, with caramel and biscuit malts and the really unique taste of Brett, it is pretty interesting. There is still a fair amount of hop bitterness, but the aroma and flavoring hop additions have faded. The carbonation levels are to the extreme, and it makes the beer a little more interesting. Really fun to drink, but something that will not be very memorable in the future.

J

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Swimsum shared this goodie with us last night. Thanks a lot Brent!

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Originally poured out clear; second pour dropped had some sediment in it, which turned the body hazy. Anyhoo, body is orange-gold in color. Frantic carbonation feeds a dense, white, cap for the entire session. Tons of lacing. Other than the haze, this looks superb. I'm not even sure if I should fault the brewers for that either; that should be expected with bottle-conditioned beers.

Smell: Bret, flowers, and lemon jump out immediately. Smells a bit catty - are there Simcoes in this? I also get hay when I dig deeper. Lightly sweet and tart. This is odd. I'm not really sure what to make of it.

Taste: Flowers and herbs make up the bulk of the flavor profile. Tastes way closer to a saison than an Belgian IPA at this point. The Bret produces just a touch of tartness in the finish - I really liked how they did that. This beer is interesting, but it tastes disjointed. I don't really get it.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but still soft. Waves of tiny bubbles caress my palate. Light, citrusy, clean, and dry. Very nicely done.

Drinkability: Complex, thought-provoking, and smooth. With that said, I think this beer is either past its prime or just lost. I enjoyed the experience, even though I didn't really care for the flavor/aroma combination.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sarah for sharing this one!

A-pours a dark golden amber color with a tight white head that is slightly bubbly on top. very good retention and a thick lace is left behind.

S-the nose is a little light, hints of brett and yeast up front, just a hint of dry oak comes in next. Floral hops and a touch of pear towards the back.

T-the taste follows the nose but isn't quite as fruity. light taste of brett, hints of funk, a touch of sourness and some dry oakiness. Floral hops make up the back accompanied by notes of pear with a touch of spicy clove. The brett continues to linger. As this warms, soft golden fruits, notes of booze and hop bitterness seem to become more present in the finish.

M-this has a medium to light body with a soft smooth feel on the palate. the carbonation is light and it falls down the back of the throat.

D-this is lighter in body and very tasty. it is easy to drink and has nice elements of brett and hop all in one beer.

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Had about six months later:
A-pours a hazy dark amber color with a billowy white head and bit time retention.

S-a mix of brett and citrusy hops with light notes of yeast. juicy orange and appricot hops add balance.

T-brett and spice really dominate the flavor. juicy oranges give a hop presence with notes of appricot and virtually no hop bitterness. the hops are brighter in the nose and the brett seems slightly muddled in the flavor and make it somewhat bland.

M-good medium body, soft feel on the palate with a low carbonation and lightly dry.

D-sweet and tasty but brett is a little strong in the taste but the citrusy flavors are still nice with no bitterness so easy drinking.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to BrewsB4Shrews for hooking me up with this brew!

A-Body is a nearly opaque very dark blond color that is uniformly translucent. Pours with a massive, foamy 3+ finger slightly off-white head. Head has good retention at about 1 finger and leaves behind plenty of lacing in the glass.

S- Nose is fantastic-exactly what I am looking for in my perfect brew. A wonderful balance of floral hops, tart apple, juicy pear, oak, and a hint of vanilla is there also.

T- Lots of floral hops upfront. Oak is there too-but somewhat hidden. A mild fruitiness with juicy pear and tart apple is also upfront. Spicy yeast comes through more for the finish than the initial flavor-but provides a substantial backbone for everything else going on initially. The finish is big and full of floral hop flavor/bitterness with a big spicy yeast backbone. Slightly dry overall but a mild hop bitterness lingers.

M- High tingly carbonation with a slightly smooth, yeasty, creamy body.

D- This is a great brew! Its quite complex yet pretty light and drinkable. It has everything you really need-funk, fruit, spiciness, floral hops, oak, vanilla. Was really looking forward to this and it really lived up to my expectations-Midnight Sun is becoming one of my favorite brews.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, courtesy of BrewsB4Shrews - thanks for the extra! Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a very authentically-hued IPA-ish color, sort of a burnished copper amber, largely transparent though perhaps with a bit of chill haze. The point of comparison I went in to this one with was, obviously, Pluto, Midnight Sun's wine barrel-aged and Brett-ed golden ale, but the carbonation is completely different - it's less plentiful (though still relatively dense), with various streams of different sizes emanating from different locations in the base of the glass and rising towards the surface at different speeds. The head, on the other hand, is very similar - it's dense, rocky, billowy, like a giant mound of slightly tanned or at least dull white marshmallow cream, the result of tons of hops and tons of Brett, I presume. It maintains its two-finger height consistently throughout the experience, consistently being replenished by the stream of bubbles and also leaving huge swaths and chunks of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. I can't really knock it much, though it does pale slightly (not literally, quite the opposite really) when compared to the bright, effervescent brilliance of Pluto.

Aroma: Spicy, funky, and slightly fruity, though it takes a bit of effort to tease it all apart, even as it warms, so it's superficially a little one dimensional. The prominent note is a spicy, IPA-esque note, a little herbal, but mainly just straightforward spice. The funk is fainter, decidedly Brett-y without any of the side dishes - straightforward again, simple, soft. There are some faint citrusy notes and a few tropical fruit overtones - watermelon, strawberry, citrus. Nice.

Taste: Interesting. I can't say I'm the hugest fan, but it's pretty solid. The IPA is mild, with a sweet and slightly roasted malt base - faintly honey-like in places, with plenty of simple biscuity malts, slight caramel, nothing heavier - a moderate amount of bitterness, and a handful of hop overtones: orange and grapefruit zest, a small amount of pineyness, and a few leafy, herbal notes. The fruit notes in particular are accentuated well by Brett notes, evoking strawberries, kiwi, and some banana notes. Other than that, they contribute slight horseblanket, really more of an ethereal funky presence. There's perhaps a slight, faint acidity contributed by barrel aging that suggests a light, white wine-esque fruity note, but it's largely masked by the spiciness and bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft, but with a nice crisp kick that gives it some lift. There's enough carbonation, but you almost wish there was more - usually Bretted beers (that aren't lambics) are huge, bright, crisp, fierce, and in your face with their carb, but this one is more mild, sedate, and - though I suppose it works better with the IPA tones. Still, though, the subtlety of the carbonation makes for a very smooth and even body, and the carbonation that is there makes it pillowy and elevates it well over the tongue.

Drinkability: Solid. Not nearly as good, unique, or as much of a standout as the Pluto, but few beers are, in my humble opinion. The 8.0% isn't noticeable - masked under a wave of slight funk and quality IPA notes - but is definitely accurate, and I can feel the warming feeling. I'm glad I recently got another one of these, 'cause I'm interested in letting this one age for a while - conflicting, 'cause the IPA notes will fade, but the Brett notes will surely evolve. I guess we'll see ...

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a great mix of Brettanomyces and citrus hops. The flavor is brett, orange citrus and some oak. The citrus hops of orange, mango and lemon really stand out even thought he beer has a lot of brett funk character to it. Really an interesting beer and the first Belgian IPA I have tried that had this much American hop character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.24/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by me. Thanks, Arbi.

A: Pours a cloudy straw-amber body. Nice head, lacing, with a long-lasting cap.

S: Horse-blanket, hay, and tropical citrus (pineapple, grapefruit, mango).

T: Horse blanket, hay... Great brett flavors coming out. But they don't add anything to the (dry-hopped?) IPA flavors; in fact, they muddle the pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and tangerine to create a strange clash. Kind of my same complaint about Orval, really. Brett and IPAs don't mix. The finish is heavily brett and tannins. I start picking up a wine/grape sweetness as the beer warms. Total clash.

M: Light-bodied. Dry. Well carbed.

D: An interesting experiment, but kind of a failure.

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this, Arbi. Murky burnished amber with a fluffy, lasting head. The aroma is a bizarre mélange of wine barrel, band-aid, barnyard funk, tropical fruit and hops. Grapefruit, pineapple and guava aromas come from the strange combination of yeast and hops. Funk and tropical fruit overwhelm the palate at first, but hops and wine barrel begin to take over mid-palate. Pineapple, astringent oak, lemon peel and tannins hit the palate strongly in the finish. Phenolic, almost plasticy. Strange stuff, the different elements aren't entirely harmonious, but it's an interesting beer.

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

Thanks for trading me this, Greg! I had sampled this at a Captain Lawrence event and really wanted to try it again. From notes on 3.26, the night before Rosso.

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with some whitish foam in a tulip. 2 finger head fades. Ok retention, leaving some abstract lacing.

Aromas of straw and brett. I had remembered this having a bit more of a citric hop presence in the aroma. Musty, woody, white wine grapes and some lemon peel and orange juice. I would have liked to try this closer to the release probably before the Brett really kicked in as much as it has.

The taste is very complex, musty, wet woodiness and some bitter herbal hops. It's hard to say, there are a lot of flavors here. Is it messy or complex? Some of the flavors from the yeast are kind of 'off' but they somewhat work in a sense. A little citrus tang.

Brett dominates the mouthfeel and leaves some grimy must on the tongue. Medium bodied, drying finish, moderately carbonated. Really a good amount to split this bomber 3 ways like we did. I hope they make this again and I can try it when it's super fresh.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you, Kyle

Hazy orange with a dense off-white head that's thick and hangs around a while, leaving great lacing, this is a great looking beer. The nose is dominated by citrus and floral hop with a big Bretty bandaid and a little clove. The hop character is starting to fade, I get a little honey and caramel. The palate opens super Bretty with an almost astringent bandaid, mildly plastic-like character, before some juicy honey and orange comes through refreshing the palate a bit. Hop character is in the back with some citrus and floral character, and the bitterness is low. Drying finish with a hop bitterness and some citrus, this is decent. Light in body with a high level of carbonation and a long, Bretty finish with hop character, this one is solid. Not sure I'd actively it seek out, but I'm glad I got to try this.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle shared by 321Jeff.

The pour is a deep golden orange, ridiculously hazed with a creamy off white thick head that has nice retention with little lacing. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, but it was a little bit of a mess of strong, bold flavors without much balance. The predominant flavors also wildly varied as this beer warmed up from being refrigerated. At colder temperatures I enjoyed this the most, as the sweetness and vinous flavors from the oak were most predominant with a subtle but strong hop bite in the finish. As it warms the musty funky flavors from the brett become more prominent as do the hops and the oak becomes less noticeable. Aroma is a mild blend of all of these flavors through, but never quite as strong, bitter or funky as hoped for. Reminds me a little of some Jolly Pumpkin beers in flavor and even more so in the composition. The oak and brett flavors also remind me of some of the McKenzie beers I've been drinking lately. Recommended, but some age might radically change my opinion of this beer (for better or worse)

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a dark gold color into my tulip glass. There is so much haze that it is completley opaque. There is a nice white head with a foamy texture that leaves great lacing.

Aroma is Belgian fruitiness with a strong, tart, acidic edge. Slight floral notes come through as well, but I don't think there is much hop presence in the nose. There is also a slight rust quality. I would have liked some more intense fruity notes.

The taste is a clash between hoppy bitterness and brettanomyces influenced flavors, with a bit of oak in there as well. The bitterness is a bit much, and on the yeasty pour it is harshly bitter. The brett flavors dominate the front part of the palate, but there isn't enough citric or fruity flavors, making it feel a bit plain.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated, typical of the style. Unfortunately the bitter finish hurt the flavor and mouthfeel of this beer by numbing the palate. This was an interesting style to try, but I think it's not a popular style for a reason.

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Photo of getkrunkhoe
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Notes from Ballast Point Night @ Naja's 3.4.09. Courtesy of the homegirl Esther.

Pours a bright orange color, with golden/sunlight hue. since it was a small pour, I didn't get much head, but the carbonation was ACTIVE. Fluffy head.

Aroma is complex. Brettanomyces, tropical fruits, stale hops, spice, rotten papaya and rotten pineapple come to mind.

T- Mango (nectar), Brett, sour fuit, minimal citrus notes(maybe grapefruit).

Mf- is pretty good/balanced, feel the bubbles on the tongue, finishes a bit harsh (once it warms up)leaving you with "funky" breath.Dry funk in mouth.

D- Easy drinking, light finish.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3/14/2010

An extra received in a trade with mykie73. Thanks, I'd been wanting to try this one. Poured into my Moonlight pint glass, the beer appears dark orange with a billowing seafoam head that lingers for a very long time, eventually choosing to recede in a cavernous fashion leaving a plethora of lacing.

In the aroma, I find a balance of citrus and Brett. Earthy notes accompany grapefruit, grass, straw and subtle clove-like phenols. The citrus isn't prominent, and this doesn't really smell at all like an IPA, but it's still quite nice.

The flavor is spicy and phenolic, with notes of white pepper, clove, grapefruit, and golden apples. Bitterness is at a moderate level, and it seemed slightly at odds with the dry wet leather Brett when cold, but that impression faded when it warmed up. The phenolic quality borders on plasticy at times, though never quite getting there. The mouthfeel is dry and carbonation is at an upper moderate level, and citrus eventually wins out in the musty Brett finish. I generally find the combination of an IPA and Brett to be somewhat disharmonious, but this is pretty enjoyable...a good one for a summer day, or a 65 degree San Diego winter day (subtle bragging).

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Photo of popery
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, home. Unique and very good.

This beer is a relatively light shade for a DIPA, though it's a few shades darker than some West Coast, nearly all pale malt versions. The head is white and enthusiastic. It sprouts up big and proud upon the initial pour and leaves nice lacing down the side of my glass as it settles. The label art deviates from Midnight Sun's normal folk/cartoon style and uses a slick map illustrating the motivation behind the beer's name.

The aroma is fantastic. 3767 is one of those beers that makes me wish for beer aromatherapy. Light brett, oak and vinous notes hit first. The brett is slightly funky but takes a backseat to the big aromas from the barrel-aging. If you close your eyes and smell this beer, you can almost see the still wet barrel of a big fruity cab. There's a light alcohol note but it doesn't get in the way.

All of this would almost make me think that I was drinking a light barrel aged sour, like something from Jolly Pumpkin, except for a hoppiness that's more noticeable when I'm not sticking my nose in the glass. The hops contribute a very pleasant sweet citric note, orange rinds and blossoms. Superb.

The flavor is quite dry and a bit rough, to be honest. There's probably a bit too much oak and brett robbing this beer of nearly every speck of residual sweetness. The rather strong hop bitterness doesn't exactly help. That said, it's still an enjoyable flavor, overall. The beer certainly favors the West Coast style of IPA/DIPA brewing and would probably be quite hoppy without the barrel-aging and brett. Also, the brett contributes a lightly tart, sour berry flavor that merits a mention.

Mouthfeel is dry and a tad harsh, but it works with this wonderfully odd brew. I'm not sure how many I could drink, but I wouldn't mind putting that to the test given an inexpensive enough opportunity. Before Midnight Sun, I did not expect that Alaska would ever be so high on my list of beer vacation destinations.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to timmcd for this one.

A: Pours a nice a nice bright clear golden hue with a nice off white head. Good retention and lace noted.

S: Aromas of Belgian yeast, spice, citrus hops, and light brett. You can tell this one is funked up from the start.

T: Lots of Belgian qualities, yeast and fruit with a nice addition of citrus hops. The brett is there to add a nice bright tartness.

M: Medium in body, smooth, tart finish.

D: Pretty good. People seem to like or hate this one. I liked it.

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

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours 1 finger of off white head. Fades to a thinner layer eventually. Leaves some nice lace. Color is a hazed golden orange. It has this odd thick ring below the head. It is a muddy brown color. I have never seen anything like this. Very interesting.

Aroma: Lots of earthy and grassy hops. The Brett is very pronounced. Very funky. Lots of spices. Crushed pepper, coriander, lemon zest, and orange peel. The oak shows from the cab barrels and brings some grape flavors with it. Lots going on here.

Taste: Very funky with tons of brett. Lots of spices: pepper, coriander, lemons, and oranges. The oak is subtle but the the grapes are there. Tons of flavor here. Nice earthy hops with some funk to it. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, bubbly, creamy, and refreshing. Not to much bitterness here, but a tad. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends very funky, a tad dry, but pretty clean. Nice.

Overall, this is an awesome beer. There is a lot going on with it and I really like that, as all the components blend together well. It is drinking well and easy to drink. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nickd717 for picking me up this bottle while at the Midnight Sun night at City Beer.

Beers like this are why I love being a craft beer drinker in America right now. A collaboration beer based on a West Coast style Belgian IPA, spiked with Brett, and thrown into French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels to age. What's next? An Imperial Stout brewed with a black hole?

Poured this into a tulip at 45 degrees.

Appearance is awesome! Tons of head on the gentle pour, about 3 finger-widths. The head is bright white and very light and airy in nature, it actually kinda looks like the head from some beers I've poured that wound up being infected. Super rocky head on the re-pour. Exceptional lacing, super frothy and sticky. The color of the body is a nice apricot skin hue with little tiny bubbles rising quickly from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is SUPER DUPER complex, like, what smell do I not get from here? Banana and clove, along with all kinds of tropical fruits like pineapple and guava. A tart apricot type of smell is rising up off of here too, with some black pepper nearer the end. There is also a bunch of citrus, lemon, orange, grapefruit, the usual, but it's sort of stashed away in the back. I'm also getting the sour grapey character off the barrels. The only thing preventing a perfect score is that I also get a little inky character.

Finally, let's move on to the taste of this beast. The first thing hitting my tongue is the pineapple and other tropical fruits, some banana underneath. Moves on to the citrus, grapefruit pith and lemon zing. Sour character dominates the mid-range for me, with some grape skin and other odd indescribable flavors. Peppery finish with lots of earthiness and a bit of ink. This beer is damn interesting and holding my attention with every sip. Edit #1, just got some sour green apple as well. Edit #2, forgot to mention the oak and slight vanilla like character which is there the whole way but, just faintly. Edit #3, gadzooks, I just got ginger, "somebody stop me!!!" -The Mask

Mouthfeel is refreshing. It's light, but not too thin, bubbly in a non-annoying kind of way, and spritzy. The head is inviting. Finishes super dry which is a plus.

Drinks like a champ, don't get any alcohol whatsoever, but with that said... This is a challenging beer. Your palate will probably be a bit shocked at first, but as it acustoms itself to the odd character of the beer it drinks easier and easier. I can't tell you enough how much I would recommend you try to get your hands on this beer. It was one of the few eye-opening beers I have had in my elustrious beer drinking career.

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Photo of bret27
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Oaky, earthy, barnyard brett w/oaky tartness. Grassy hops as well.

A: Cloudy caramel brown w/thick off-white head. Thick impressive brussels lace.

T: Older hops but compensated w/brett tartness, and still pleny of bitterness.

M/D: Medium w/avg carbonation. Refreshing. Bitter, dry, refreshing=good drinkability.

Overall: Like it, but don't completely love it. To me hops in an IPA and aging/brett just don't meld perfectly, but this is as good an attempt as I could imagine. If anyone can do it, it would be Midnight Sun and Ballast Point.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a hazy pale golden color with a nice fluffy white head.

S: The initial aromas are nice American, citrus hops--particularly grapefruit. Subsequent sniffs give off some Belgian yeast and esters with a touch of spice.

T: There's a mild hop bitterness to the flavor, which I didn't know if I was going to get. The Brett is there, but it does not offer a huge funk, more of a drying effect. There might be a tiny bit of tartness too.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a nice dry finish (presumably helped along by the Brett).

D: This is one I've been wanting to try for some time now. It certainly is an interesting beer, and I'd love to try it again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label has a month and week bottled portion on it. There's nothing notched but it "looks" like small white dashes under O for October and in between 2 and 3 under week.

It has a very impressive pour. Cloudy orange colour with 2 finger's worth of billowy foam that's holding up nicely.

There's a strong smell of Brett , yeast, and some hop bitterness that's on the fruity side.

The taste starts off being very funky from the Brett. Wow. When I say very, I mean very. Some fruitiness comes through that tastes like a mix of oranges and lemon zest. Also, now, I'm getting an earthy malt flavour that is only evident short periods of time during each sip. The hops bring a very dry finish and a short aftertaste.

There's, overall, a lot of bitter notes here that will surely please the hop heads out there and the Brett is working very nicely with the bitterness. This is a very good brew indeed though I have to say, to my palate, I can't pull anything out from the oak aging.

It has a good medium mouthfeel with just a bit, imho, too much carbonation but the brew still comes across as fairly smooth.

Drinkability? At 8.0%abv, it certainly isn't something to quaff but it is not a tough chore to drink at all. Very nice. And now that there's less beer in my glass, I can see that there's no shortage of sticky lacing. I'm pleased as punch that I sought this beer out.

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Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle from City Beer, shared at City Beer. I'm a sucker for a good Belgian IPA, so I liked this a lot.

Pours a brilliant slightly hazy golden color with a large, sticky white head that leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma is very bretty with lemon/citrus notes and not quite as much hop presence as I expected.

Flavor is lots of brett and slight funk. Slightly lemony with some mild citrusy hops. Just a tiny bit tart. I found this beer to be similar to New Glarus R&D Golden Ale, with a little cleaner/crisper funk and more hops.

Medium bodied and fairly dry and crisp on the palate with a good carbonation level.

Extremely drinkable. Overall an excellent Belgian IPA, as I'd expect from these 2 great breweries.

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Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Ira for this bottle, poured into a tulip.

Pours a shockingly clear amber with bubbles streaming to the top and feeding a big creamy white head that leaves thick clumps of lacing on the sides. Wonderful looking beer.

The aroma is sweet with citrus, especially lemons and orange peel, as well as having a spiciness from the yeast and oak. The brett is there and beginning to give an earthy barnyard scent, but it's not overly funky for sure. It definitely still smells like a Belgian IPA.

The taste is spicier and has more funk. The hops are less noticeable and are mostly coming in the form of lemon zest, lightly sour. Certainly less sweet citrus fruits in the taste. The finish is heavy on spicy oak and brett funk. Again, not overly funky but definitely more than the aroma.

The mouthfeel is very effervescent with extremely dry in the finish, almost wine-like in that regard.

Another solid effort from MSBC - a spicy Belgian IPA with a modest dose of Brett funk and oak. I imagine the Brett will really start to grow on this one and I'm interested to see how it develops over time.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to akbeerfiend for sending a few of these from the frosty north. Served in a Bell's tulip and shared with dschuster03 after a very, very long evening of partying.

A - Pours with two fingers of meringue-like foam that has stupidly good retention - like it looks the same after leaving the glass for five minutes and coming back. Hazy peach color that glows when held to the light. This is about as good as it gets for the style.

S - A mixture of fruity hoppiness that is typical of the Belgian IPA style, and funky brett. Some sort of mixture of tropical fruits - pineapple, pear, mango? There's a touch of sour lemon in the periphery as well as the earthy funkiness typical of a brett beer. The smell is quite potent and complex, and actually defies easy description. Whatever it is, it's very good.

T - The taste has more sourness and chardonnay/oak qualities to it. The hop character is more on the aromatic side of things and less intensely flavorful - although there's still a good amount of funk and lemon. The finish is quite earthy and slightly tannic. Reminds me a little of Uranus - I wouldn't be surprised if part of that recipe was recycled here.

M - Light carbonation, dry tannic finish, medium body that's a touch grittier than I prefer. It's style-appropriate, but nothing mind-blowing.

D - It was easy for us to kill a bomber even after an evening of pretty intense drinking. I think on a fresh palate I could definitely have this on my own. I wish it tasted a little more like it smelled, and I have a feeling it's only going to move into the sour and funky part of the continuum as time goes on.

If I had to hazard a guess I'd say that Midnight Sun took Uranus and added the tropical fruit-flavored hop bill from Sculpin. It's certainly quite unique - one of the few collaboration beers that I actually like.

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

pours a semi-clear orange, with above average carbonation, a large creamy white head, and very good lacing.

smell is of yeast, caramel, sour malt, some citrus, and a little banana.

taste is thick, sour malt, pine, hops, a little grapefruit in the back, and some wild yeast, ends a little tart, and somewhat bitter.

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