Mayhem - Belgian-Style Double IPA | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Mayhem - Belgian-Style Double IPAMayhem - Belgian-Style Double IPA

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chaotic yet hypnotic, Mayhem is a deliberate Double IPA, brewed and conditioned with a special Belgian yeast that contributes complexity and spice. Abundant American hops offer grapefruit, pine, must and mint, which play off the fullness and sweetness of pale malts then provide a biting yet enticing finish.

100 IBU

Added by Reswald on 02-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of dbossman
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Apricot colored and hazy with a huge frothy head (great retention); lacing is quite good

S: Wonderful grapefruit, floral, pine, and herbal aromas with a citrus/apple yeasty fruitiness all on top of a pleasant--and even grassy--grainy malt presence

T: Wonderful hop presence (and this is six months old!): citrus and pine on top of a bready malt base; a touch of fruity yeastiness; so balanced and tasty

F: Great medium body with a pleasant oily stickiness

O: Such a great hoppy Belgian DIPA; my first beer from Midnight Sun and I will be back for sure

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Photo of hansgruber
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The GF picked up a bottle of this for me some months ago, and I figured it was high time I cracked it open.

The beer pours a fairly dark, solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is just flat out exotic, as I pick up light honey, light pine, dry citrus, a hint of sandlewood, banana and vanilla. This smells pretty terrific, actually... The flavor profile replicates the nose, and reminds me very much of the Chouffe houblon. If anything, it's a bit sweeter, is a bit hoppier and bitter, and has even more spice. Although moderately sweet, the hoppy bitterness really comes on strong on the finish, and completely dries it out. This is a Belgian style DIPA on steroids. Mouthfeel is actually a bit lean, but I think that enhances this beer's drinkability. This beer delivers just a huge mouthfull of flavor, and I'm not sure I could handle it if the beer was full and viscuous. Otherwise, the finish is long, rich and intensely bitter. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile I guess, though given the amount of flavor and hoppy bitterness, it would be pretty hard to pick up any heat from alcohol.

Quite impressive... I'd be hard put to think of a better Belgian style DIPA I've had recently (if at all).

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Pours a dark orange color with a one finger cream colored head that shows good retention.

S: Huge grapefruit aromas. There are smells of juicy grapefruit as well as candied grapefruit. Beautiful. Some floral hops as well as a mild spiciness and a bit of barnyard funk.

T: Smooth beginning with a bit of hop sourness and then a slam of citrus hops and white pepper. Malts and a bit of belgian yeast in the background keep the hops somewhat in check. This is by far the best Belgian style IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of portia99
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received in trade with chickencoop. Big thanks for this one! Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - A vigorous pout yields a mostly clear orange body with a huge three fingers (that almost escaped the glass, but retained its shape and left a cylinder of foam over the top of the glass) of dense just off from white foam with excellent holding power and leaves behind tons of gorgeous sticky lacing on the glass. A constant 1/2 finger of foam lingers throughout the glass. A simply beautiful looking beer.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast character with cloves and cinnamon and some nice citrusy fruit - oranges and especially lemons. Tough to tell exactly where the citrus is derived from...yeast or hops. I'm guessing its a bit of both. Small touch of alcohol wafts through and finishes things off nicely.

T - Very hoppy up front. Tons of spicy flavor with these hops and mixed in very well with citrus and pine contributions as well. Good, full malty base to this beer - a bit of toffee, a bit of bread, a little sugar, tons of body. Great combination of flavors. Really loving these Americanized Belgian (D)IPA's. Bastardized style maybe, but I applaud whoever came up with this idea. Quite similar overall to the Stone Cali-Belgique...another great one.

M - Quite nice...fairly full bodied and silky smooth. Has a creaminess to it that I'm really liking. A bit of alcohol warmth creeps in to give an added aspect to the feel. This beer just seems to glide over the tongue and into the swallow.

D - Another winner from Midnight Sun for me. Haven't had a bad one yet! Really flavorful, hoppy (American style) Belgian IPA. Really think this is becoming one of my favorite styles. Love the way the hops play off of the spicy character from the Belgian yeast. Really great stuff. Wish I could get more of this one.

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Photo of Reswald
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at the brewery.

In the glass the beer was lovely; where most of Midnight Sun's previous IPAs (Sockeye Red, CoHoHo, Gluttony) have been deep copper or darker in color, Mayhem is a beautiful deep gold. It had a nice white head, and a great hop aroma. Tasting it, you are immediately smacked by the 100 IBUs of bitterness from loads of American hops. Once your palate gets over the shock, the peppery, spicy elements from the Belgian yeast start to make themselves felt. At 8.2% ABV this beer is much too strong to be a session beer, not to mention there no way your palate could survive a sustained assault from all those IBUs. But if you're a hop head like me, you will absolutely love this beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky golden pineapple yellow in color with pale yellow highlights that had a thin frothy head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I definitely got the piney hop aromas with caramel and sweet malt notes but did have the bubble gum belgian yeast character as well however I did detect some citrus notes after a couple whiffs.

T: the bubble gum belgian yeast character was more apparent on the palate with some citrusy piney hop accents but had caramel and a good sweet malty backing to help on the balancing act.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, piney hoppy, and citrusy finish.

D: it drank better than I thought it would be and was way more tastier than anticipated. It was honestly one of the best belgian IPA's I've had faux show.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty much a spot on wrath clone. Very similar. Very american in the hop department, but definitely some belgian character lurking. If you want more reviews of this beer, look at the wrath reviews. There is not much i can elaborate one, its the same beer.

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Photo of veinless
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly dark gold, with plenty of white, foamy, lacy head that retained just fine.

Smell was a coriander bomb to start, followed by grapefruit and orange citrus, that belgian yeast in the background, and then an intoxicating scent of raw mint leaves for a brief moment.

Taste followed suit, with tons of the citrus/coriander before a hoppy rind bitterness came out. Pine and mint finished the beer out. Malt in this one is not too strong - it's mainly the hops/yeast that come out - offering only a short period of sweetness, and it works very, very well.

The mouthfeel was fantastic, as the carbonation was stronger than average, and really brought out the flavor of coriander. Drinkability is really high due to the dry mint finish, and the 8.2% abv is nowhere to be felt. Reminded me a lot of La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue, and gave it a run for its money in my eyes (I know they are listed as different styles, but they were very similar, regardless of classification).

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to travita for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is piney and resiny hops with some citrus notes as well as some Belgian yeast character. The flavor is orange and resiny hops with Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very hoppy and very good Belgian IPA. Another great beer from Midnight Sun.

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Photo of popery
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious BIPA. This beer packs a lot of excellent flavors with big American hops and Belgian yeast both chiming in. Mayhem pours a glowy burnt orange color with a big head full of fine bubbles. The head is nice and sticky with lots of lacing. The aroma starts off with big pine/citric hops, leading into Belgian fruit/mint/earth. It's got a bit of that turpentine hops/booze, but it works on this beer. Apricots and peaches lurk in the yeast notes, along with mushrooms, funk(?) and further complexity. The flavor is dry, though not as brutally dry as the other Midnight Sun DIPAs that I've tried. Hops dominate a bit in the flavor, but there's some malt presence in there, somewhere. It's an excellent beer, expertly brewed and among the best in this wonderful new-ish style.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a bubbly, white head of foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.

S - Very good aroma with phenolic/barnyard funkiness. Quite a bit of sweet fruit smells like grapefruit, melons and orange. Slight bubblegum aroma, too.

T - It tasted spicy with that Belgian funkiness and yeastiness. Good fruity flavors with some sweet caramel in the background.

M - This beer has a sharp, crackling bite on the tongue. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really tasty Belgian IPA. Love the spicy, the phenolic and the fruitiness.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light yellowish orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head.

S: Bubblegum, light clove, banana, grapefruit and pineapple

T: Taste is very nice, very light spiciness, sweet, lots of mild citrus, tropical and booze.

M: Medium body

O: Good

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours goldenrod with a full white head. Rocky, very good retention and lacing.

S: Great Belgian yeasty nose, spicy with cloves and white pepper, minty hops.

T: Dominated by coriander type spicy yeast flavours. Notes of peppermint, grapefruit rind and lemon. Flavours are very well structured and complex.

M: Medium full-bodied, bone dry, frothy, spicy aftertaste.

D: Midnight Sun has impressed me with this one. It is very good. Just wondering why it must be so expensive.

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Photo of DSlim71
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with orange hues and a massive, three inch head of froth. The dense foam sank slowly revealing pasty sheets of lacework and a solid skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics are loaded with Belgian phenolics blended with citrusy hops. Apples, bubblegum, cut grass, peaches, melons, pine, and grapefruit. Dank and fruity with some light sulphur notes.

Medium bodied with a crisp, velvety mouthfeel. Very smooth.

Tropical fruit, spicey yeast, and light malt start the palate. Bitterness is firm but not too pressing. Mangos, melons, tangerine, peaches, and pine. Cloves, red apples, and bubblegum.

Finishes with lingering fruit, pepper dust, and warming alcohol.

Great beer. Probably the best Belgian IIPA I've had.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Docer
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged up a bottle at By The Bottle here in Vancouver, WA,,,

- Cloudy yellow and golden glowing Belgian orange... nice light creamy pillow of head quickly down to a hefty ring and thin layer.

- Grainy, zesty citrus, lemon, grassy hops. Biscuity and lightly sweet. Liking that it doesn't smell too sweet. I don't care for sweet IPA's.. I like them dry.. Some banana yeast.. clove..

- Zesty citrus punch to the palate. Orange, lemon zesty. Lots of grassy herbal hops... biscuit malt. Banana yeast and some sweet brown sugar... pine hops... almost a strong iced-tea note.

- Medium bodied, slightly creamy.. dry.. slightly chewy..

- Overall a very good beer. I love the bitterness and citrus punch... a very high ranker for me because it isn't overly sweet.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy orange color on the pour with a small, minimal head that did not produce much at all in the way of lacing. nice carbonation could be seen throughout the session.

aroma is loaded with light citrus and fruity tones that are layered on a lightly spice belgian yeast. really quite nice and very light and clean. crisp and clean taste here as each sip seemed to play off the one before it, again very well done and i was more then pleased with this. light orange, pineapple and tangerine all came together quite well and the light feel and smooth, medium dry finish sealed the deal.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up about two weeks ago at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- golden amber color, thick foamy head

Smell- floral and fruity hops, yeast

Taste- floral hops, bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was really good. I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a goblet. Big thanks go to Bubba83 for recently sending this my way.

Pours a hazy burnt orange, with 2 or more fingers of stiff bright-white foamy head. This retains with a nice looking near finger cap of rich froth that doesn't quit and just completely coats the sides of the glass with thick lacing. The aroma smells floral and bitter in the nose, as well as a little bit piney and herbal to. Grapefruit is sharp in the nostrils, while underlying malts at a sweet twang. The yeast adds some notes of airy fruit, a soft spiciness, and a bit of must. Just a touch of an alcohol presence is barely noticeable.

The taste is deeply bitter on the palate with grapefruit juice and sharp earthy rind. This is decently balanced by a malt backbone of tight bready character and sweet fruit that comes in off the edges and adds some extra evening to the flavors. Dry sharp spice dominates the finish, lingering with bitter rind and dusty yeast and just completely parches the entire backend of the profile. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big creamy sharpness that blows up in the mouth and has this feeling a touch over carbonated. This does start to settle down some the longer it sits in the glass plus more smoothing oiliness from the hops starts to emerge as well. Like the aroma, the alcohol adds some light warmth but seems like just the right amount for this beer, especially when dealing with a flavor profile that is this bitter.

This is one of the better Belgian IPAs that I've had lately. I loved how the yeast character and higher alcohol content were present but not overly so and nicely complimented the full West Coast hop profile on this. This style can be really hit or miss for me sometimes but this one hit the sweet spot. Thanks again for sending this one along Kev!

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Photo of sprucetip
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Hazy with huge fluffy white head, good retention, and thick lacing when the foam finally falls.

Lots of delicate scents blending effectively. Sweetness, spicy, and funky yeasty notes, some boozy heat, and fruity hops. Really nice.

Tart and malty sweet flavors lead into yeasty spice. Hop flavors batter for attention as the sharp piny bitterness emerges early, stays prominent, and lingers.

Some mild tingles, rich full body, thick viscosity, and modest warming. Finishes with mild drying and some bitterness.

Belgian yeast strain adds depth and character, but doesn't dominate. A tasty, fairly balanced, and complex beer that is what it says it is. Another signature Midnight Sun DIPA.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass

Nice fluffy head, amber in color, sporadic lacing.

Aromas of sugar, clove and lemon peel, the nose says "tripel" more then it says "IPA."

Sweet sugary malts, mild hints of cloviness from the predominant yeast flavors that rolls into a lemon peel finish

Hop oils coat the mouth, medium to mild carbonation, finishes very clean.

This is a great Belgian IPA, I like how well selected and integrated the hops are in this tripel. It's just very well done, another homerun from Midnight Sun...

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joe! From notes.

Orangey Amber with a huge white foam, well carbonated, perhaps slightly too carbonated. Great lace.

Nice hoppy aroma with citrus and some pineapple. Well balanced with general fruitiness and esters from the yeast character. Not especially vibrant in the aroma, but well done. A little bit of dirtiness and woodiness to it as well. The taste is much of the same, a firm, 'bright' bitterness and some more herbal-ish hop notes combining with the yeast presence. Well executed. A nice beer and one of the better Belgian IPAs I've encountered. Thanks for the chance!

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Mayhem - Belgian-Style Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 85 ratings