Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
85
very good
122 Ratings
Hop Dog Double Wheat IPAHop Dog Double Wheat IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
If you’re looking for an ordinary wheat beer, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Designed to take the edge off the hot dog days of summer, Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA offers both quenching wheat character and a big hop bite.

100 IBU

Added by JohnGalt1 on 07-23-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
122
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of DucksFan16
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Akfan
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow!! While playing in Anchorage I had the opportunity to quench my thirst with a Hop Dog...I first tried it on Tap at the Brewery. Then a couple days later I grabbed a few more bottles. A couple thoughts. First, I love the art work on the label. MS always seems to find new ideas to present it's product. Nice work, and by a local artist!!! On to the beer.

Very Drinkable. Still even with the High IBU's the wheat seems to mellow the hop bitterness normally found in DIPA. The mid range ABV of 8% makes for little if any alcohol dominance, and allows for more than one glass. I found it very very drinkable. Perfect with a Grilled Salmon Cesaer Salad!!

Nice Presentation. Nice lacing on glass left after a drink. Carbonation was ave. Color was nice gold with murky wheat characteristics.

As I raised to drink nice, almost fruity flavor mixed with strong hop smell.

I enjoyed this beer mucho!! I would have to say one of my fav for the season, but I am a big IPA so there you go...

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Photo of thebouch01
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of claybob43
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BillT916
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date is Aug 2011

Appearance- Cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. 4/5

Smell- Muted grassy and citrus hop notes. Very nice. 4.5/5

Taste- A very pine forward hop flavor backed by a big bitterness. Lots of citrus as well. Wheat is a big flavor in the middle of the taste. Alcohol comes out in the end. One of the best parts about this beer is that it doesn't get any sweeter as it warms. In fact, It mellows a bit and if very refreshing. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Very good and not too thick like a lot of DIPAs can be. 4/5

Overall- I have wanted to try more wheat IPAs since I have had Lagunitas Lil" sumpin' sumpin'. This one does not disappoint. Very well done. Reminds me of a cross between HOTD Blue Dot and Lil Sumpin' Sumpin'. I will definitely keep an eye out for this next year. 4.5/5

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Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dull gold with a small white collar leaving very light scattered lace. Murky.

Smell is hoppy, bright, dank and resinous.

Taste is more so hoppy, a sharpness. Very nice. I think the wheat is more clouding the appearance than anything. No graininess.

Mouthfeel is medium light, oily.

Drinkability is good, a solid, big bright IPA. Not sure that the wheat did anything discernible behind all those hops, but it sure was good.

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Photo of LSUPT
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, dated 4th week of August, poured to a Parra tulip. Huge thanks to DearthVader for both.

Hard pour yields a 2" white head that lasts forever. Lacing is pretty good. Very cloudy and hazy deep straw yellow/orange that looks a bit like cider.

Smell is excellent. Orange, berries, bitter, big sweet tropical and mango scents and slight pine and slight wheat scents but very full. Taste is similar but mostly orange and tropical flavors with full hop flavor bitterness and resinous hop flavors. Basically no wheat character in the taste though. Almost frothy mouthfeel it is so light and creamy but still has a good body but extremely bitter.

This has got to be my favorite hybrid style and most lean to one direction or another and this one is pretty much a straight DIPA. Exceptional beer, even when judged as a DIPA, I just would have liked more wheat flavor. Thank you for this want Brian.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 fl oz bottle with a crazy looking dog on it, clearly feeling the summer heat. The label seems to indicate this was bottled the first week of July. Sometimes those notches are hard to read. Anyways, off with the cap. Poured into a goblet. Comes out a very hazy golden yellow with a substantial, think white head of about three fingers. Did I mention lots of haze--no seeing through this one. Head has some good retention, but looks like not as much lacing. We'll see. Sediment enters the glass after the final pour.

The nose on this beer screams double IPA. I'm not really picking up any of the traditional smells associated with a wheat beer. Lots of lip-puckering citrus scents. As things settle a bit, I can detect maybe some of the wheat characteristics, such as a banana and clove smell. Also there is some passion fruit and pineapple aromas.

I'm now ready for the 100 IBUs taste of a double wheat IPA. Hop dog!!! That is one serious smack in the mouth with a blast of hop flavor. Starts off with a little wheat beer taste that immediately shifts into overdrive and dumps a truck-load of hop flavor into the mouth. Finishes with a tangy citrus/pine goodness and a touch of alcohol heat. For those hop addicts out there, this one is for you. Lip smacking bitterness has taken over. Some tangerine flavor in there as well. For those looking for balance, look elsewhere. For those looking for a full-on hop assault, enter here. Ok, maybe a little wheat malt breadiness?

Mouthfeel is a little ruff ruff and granular, if that makes any sense. Or maybe it's the 8% barking. This is nicely carbonated and it wraps the mouth in a bitter stranglehold and won't let go. The wheat component of this brew keeps the body refreshing and crisp.

Overall, this unique creation works for me. All bite and no bark! May not be for everyone, but that's OK. I prefer the straight double/imperial IPAs, but this was definitely an interesting creation that pushes the envelope of beer styles and is enjoyable in its own right. After drinking this, you too might be looking like the crazy dog.

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Photo of hoffke88
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ReeseMax3
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of gshak
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goalie33
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ScottieJD
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of J_Barrett
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of veinless
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear apple juice color, with ample head that dissapates but leaves a thin layer for a long while, ok lacing after a bit more time.

Smells immediately of wheat with some citric hops coming through the wheat. A weird smell, borderline metallic, but not too much so.

Taste is kind of similar, with a LOT of wheaty malt, but also a fair amount of bitterness from the hops. The wheat is really a treat to taste, and the metallic twinge I get in the middle is actually kind of pleasant. Citrus is there, but not in spades, and I can only get a vague lemony taste from it.

Body of the beer is heavier than expected, and it benefits the beer, as the flavors are quite strong. Carbonation is present throughout each gulp, and is gone before it can leave a tingle on the tongue post-swallow. Drinkability is really, really high, the 8% is not a factor in any way. Each sip is goes down so easy that I thought it was 5% until I checked the bottle. Overall this is one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had, and really does what it sets out to do.

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Photo of projhex
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Davis Beer Shoppe, Davis CA.

A: Straw colored and cloudy. Not as cloudy as a hefeweizen, but nearly so. A full two finger head which you could float a bottle cap on top if you were so inclined.

S: Hop forward. Smells like a fresh hop beer. Very citrusy.

T: Citrus and hops. Tastes like a grapefruit and lemon mash-up. Possibly the most citrusy beer I've had outside of a herfewizen containing lemons. Not boozy or bitter.

M: Foamy and malty. A fairly heavy mouthfeel similar to most unfiltered hefeweizens.

O: A great IIPA. I would put this on part with most light IIPAs currently on the market. It's not a 'big beer,' but goes down easy with a lot of flavor. Exactly what I look for in a west-coast IPA, even if it's a wheat beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

As the styles blur together, should we even worry about putting them in one? Pale amber with a mild haze, thick curtain of lace is draped on the glass. Bready aroma is heavily slathered with citric rind and pulp from the hops. Wheat malt scrapes the palate, while the sharpness of the hop bitterness stings; seriously hoppy with an unyield- ing character. Exotic fruitiness from the alcohol and perhaps even hops weigh in against the bready maltiness. "Why not!!"--that is what this beer screams at our taste buds. Its not like we expected any real balance at 100 IBUs, right? Only for serious hop junkies.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Immediately interested in this brew as I see its from Alaska and its IBU loaded to the gills. Decent price as well.

Appearance is light and bright. Not in the Wit type area but more in line with a soft pale ale. Plenty of racing carbonation.

at 100 IBU's I was expecting a sharp twang but it actually holds a drinkable level. Kind of like a dryer IPA with one fail swoop of sharpness then lays down for a fairly clean finish.

Notes: Most definitely pick this up. Its above average and as long as they keep the price reasonable its a no brainer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle on Date of the First week of August 2010; Sampled December 2010
A solid pour produces a fat, three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer has a pretty orange-copper hue that is brilliantly clear when held up to the light, otherwise it has a dark copper / light amber hue as it sits on my desk. As a first impression, the aroma smells of bright tropical fruit / citrus backed by dusty, cracker like malt character. I like the nose of this beer, it is quite fresh and vibrantly hoppy and I was worried it would be a bit stale, but luckily this is not the case. Aromas of lychee, kumquat, an almost tangerine / apple cider type thing and a floral peach type thing are all quite noticeable from the hop character. There is perhaps a hint of herbal and pine hop character, but this is most definitely a hop-fruit focused beer.

Redolent with hops as this first hits my tongue, the beer is quite a bit more herbaceous than the aroma would have suggested, but this still has a lot of hop fruit character. The beer finishes with a bitterness that is firm but not overly aggressive. Up front the beer has bright notes of tangelo zest, lychee, and blood orange juice this is followed by some tongue numbing menthol, pine and an herbaceous, not quite hemp oil like, bitterness. The finish has an interesting, essential citrus oil flavor to it along with a menthol and herbal hop character. This has enough sweetness to it to accentuate the fruity hop character, but is actually quite light bodied; the wheat character helps to keep this light and quaffable. A touch of alcohol warming / spiciness is noticeable in the finish at times, though this usually remains quite smooth in the finish.

Definitely a nice beer and I would love to be able to get this reliably in the summer months. This is one that definitely satisfies the need for a hop fix.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the tropical fruit with some peaches, oranges and papaya.

The flavor is bitter papaya with some orange and pine notes. Low to medium bitterness. I don't necessarily get too much wheat in the flavor, but I don't get the caramel malt that is often present in IPAs. I assume that the lack of caramel malt is because the beer is brewed with wheat.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Entering this one in as a new beer .... Please move it if it is a rebrand. Picked this up today at Brewforia... Bottled in the "5th" week of June for the UberFreshness!!

Poured into my small goblet... 1" white head sticks around for a bit then dies back to a healthy cap... pretty good lacing... The brew is a hazy deep golden with an orange hint.

Big and gnarly pithy grapefruit up front... plenty of pale graininess but it doesn't really stand up to the hop assault.

Bitterness is pretty abrasive... very pithy ... the bitterness grabs hold and really doesn't let go until 10-15 seconds after you swallow.... very dry throughout.... there is something there that I can describe as grain, but it is not malty at all.... very dry... The only thing that really changes is something on the finish that reminds me of pineapple maybe or some kind of tropical fruit essence and that is only delivered after the bitter blast finally melts away.

Good body for a DIPA... carbonation is pretty much expected... given the body though, I still envision more of a maltiness after every sip... but the next sip still delivers a wallop of bitterness again and again; I'm not one to ever complain about dry IPA's, but wow.... this one finishes bone dry and is nearly as much from front to back.

Pretty interesting.... glad I got a chance to try this one, and it is a great beer for late night summer lawn watering.

4/4.5/4/4/4

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Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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