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

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Mayhem - Belgian-Style Double IPAMayhem - Belgian-Style Double IPA
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
8.02%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
7
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for this one. This is essentially a remake of Wrath, so it was interesting to try both side-by-side.

A: The pour is a standard orangish-amber color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: A very herbaceous and almost woody nose. Certainly quite pungent but seems to be lacking the typical hop aromas and a strong note of rosemary overwhelms everything else.

T: The strong herbal note that was present in the nose does not translate to the flavor (perhaps thankfully). The hops provide a very sharp and nearly harsh bitterness. Some oranges and a bit of fruity esters to try to balance things out.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a bitterness that really sticks around.

D: Overall, I much preferred Wrath to this, although it was a bit past its prime. The bitterness was a bit too sharp for me and the nose I did not find all that appealing.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip at about 45 degrees.

Peach colored body with quick rising tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Poured carefully and still ended up with a four finger width bright white rocky head. It seems impossible for the head not to stick onto the sides of the glass, which makes the lacing and retention quite incredible.

The aroma is a little mellow for me overall. It's all a bit, well, indescript... I get some black pepper, hay, funk, and maybe a little citrus, but it's all kind of jumbled up. Still, it's pleasant enough.

The flavor is quite good despite the average aroma. Tastes a lot like apple juice at first, with a nice hit of sweetness. This fades into tropical fruits, nice notes of pineapple and mango. Finishes up with spice and funk from the malt and yeast. The interplay of tropical fruit, funk, spice, and citrus are my favorite part about Belgian IPAs, and this one has it.

The consistency seems dead on, nice medium body with lots of oilyness, yet good carbonation. The head is nice and inviting, a very creamy foam.

Drinks pretty well. I've had the whole bomber now and it was mildly refreshing even. I find Belgian IPAs to be more refreshing than others because of the balance of sweet tropical fruits. This beer reminded me a lot of the 3767 collaboration beer they made with Ballast Point. The thing is though, the hop profile was better in that one and it also achieved more complexity from the oak wine barrels as well. If I hadn't already had 3767, this beer may have been pretty eyeopening, but unfortunately, it's just a reminder of 3767, which in my eyes is a better beer. Definitely one to seek out and try if you can't get your hands on a 3767.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
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 froghop
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy orange-amber with a large egg-shell head, and great lacing.

smell is of fruits (apricot and pear), malt, a touch of floral, and citrus.

taste is of hops, grass, dandelion, grapefruit, malt, and a touch of malt, ends nicely bitter.

overall a very nice belgian IPA.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from City Beer Store. Medium orange colour, with big off-white head. Lots of lace. Taste is c-hop (resiney citrus), some spiciness, and funk. Decent mouthfeel. Wafts funk. Carbonation above-average. Better as it warms to room temperature. Tasty stuff, but a bottle requires a meal to accompany it.

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Photo of popery
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
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 ncvbc
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden with a nice and creamy white head atop. Steady carbonation. Smell is nice. Tropical fruits and a light sweetness. Hint of peppery spice. Taste expands on that. Great hop character. Mostly tropical fruits again, hints of mint. American hops are noticeable but not overwhelmingly bitter thanks to the Belgian yeast strain that adds a level of complexity and approachability. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a good touch of bitterness, though not drying or harsh. Sipped on this one for a good while, had the bomber to myself. And wouldn't have minded a little more. Will have to grab another bottle for sure. Reminded me of Golem from Wedge in many ways and I consider that a positive.

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

Nice frothy head, Golden in color. Awesome Label!

When I first opened this bottle, it was very fruity and hoppy smelling. As I poured it into the glass, the belgium yeast smell came through loud and clear dominating the smell.

Taste was very bitter with a nice amount of malt sweetness. The hop fruitiness seems to clash with the belgium yeast strain. Bitterness lingers in your mouth. Some alcohol present. Mouthfeel was tart.

The drinkability is pretty good/OK on this one, taste change (in a good way) as it warms. Worth a try, a little pricey. One and done for me.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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 Reswald
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Mayhem - Belgian-Style Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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