Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
85
very good
117 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:
117
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of Braz
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.12/5  rDev +9%

Photo of erikljohnson
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from Midnight Sun. Excited I am, yes.

Hop God pours an attractive golden-orange with a snow-white one finger head into a pint glass. Sparse carbonation bubs run slowly up through the beer's body. Small yeast specs are suspended throughout the beer. Lacing left on the glass is sticky and scrawlish.

The initial aroma out of the glass is pure pine and cannabis dankness. I can smell a little wheat mingling with the hops. Behind the dankness is a very bright citrus aroma; grapefruit and tangerine smells are abundant. Lots of biscuit and just a little caramel malt come through in the nose, as well. I really enjoy the bouquet of this beer.

The initial taste is a little sweeter than I thought it might be, with caramel malt and tangerine really bursting through. Maybe the wheat also contributes to the sweet! HOWEVA, after the beer goes down my gullet, that weedy and piney dankness emerges and leaves a great, fresh hop taste on my tongue and sides of my mouth. I like that.

The mouthfeel of the Hop Dog is the weakest aspect of the beer, in my opinion. Hop overbalances malt by so much that the feel is quite light, even bordering on thin. However, the bitter blast of hops at the end of the beer saves the day, and the lingering mouthfeel is very bitter, which I enjoy quite a bit.

Overall, this is a beer that I am a little torn on. I really love how dankly hoppy the finish is, but the initial sweetness is a bit much for me. I do like how the wheat contributes to the overall flavor, but would I like it more without? It's a highly interesting beer and I am really glad that I tried it. Good job, Midnight Sun, on creating a good, thought provoking beverage.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a large, fluffy off-white head, lacing throughout. Aroma is grainy, lemon, spicy, peppery, and citrus. Flavor is fairly sweet malts, orange, grapefruit, and pepper; very spicy. Mouthfeel is medium, lightly carbonated, oily, and very bitter. Good beer, I really like this one, wide variety of hop aroma and flavors.

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Photo of oceanman907
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Been having This beer on tap for the last month and a half, it really is amazing how fast these double IPAs flavors start to degrade, its still good now, but on The 4th of July when the new batch came out it was truly something special.

A-Hazy orange-amber color w/ a generous head and very consistent lacing (when fresh)

S- Tangerine pith, tropical fruits, nice passion fruit hints, a bit of phenol, mild scent for an IPA due to the wheat in the beer. When it was a few weeks old the oils from the hops were clearly visible in the nose

T- For a beer that is rated at 100 IBUs this thing is mellow on the noticeable bitterness. A good beginner DIPA if someone is unsure about super hoppy beers. Again has great sweet citrus flavors with lingering hop bitterness that gives way to a mellow wheat flavor to keep the hops at bay.

M- Probably the best part of the beer, the wheat and the hop resin all combine for a eminently enjoyable feeling in the mouth, moderate carbonation that lasts throughout the whole beer.

O- A very good and unique DIPA that really needs to be drank in the first 1 1/2 months after brewing to get the full effect. The batch this year really was fantastic and if you can git your hands on some 2013 Hop Dog in the next few weeks, DO IT, you wont regret the decision.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod with a suitably impressive head (I would expect no less from the wheat) that leaves clumps of lacing behind

Smell: Citrusy, though the aromatics are less grapefruit and more in the direction of tropical fruit, particularly pineapple

Taste: Sweet tropical fruit and citrus, at the outset, with pineapple, papaya and touches of grapefruit, lime and lemon; a hint of wheat bread underneath, but I never would have guessed it had I not known of the malt bill; finishes all hops, all the time

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Hard to distinguish this as a Double Wheat IPA from a classic DIPA, though if you look for it, you can find the wheat; still, quite tasty

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Photo of AkAndy
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of probert
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe it was Greg who shared this one. Thanks!

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a nice finger high head that is white in color.

S: Plenty of hops on the nose with grapefruit rinds and flesh along with quite a bit of pine. A few hints of tropical fruits, but they're somewhat short lived. Underneath the hops, some slightly sweet malts and wheat.

T: A really quite intense bitterness dominates the flavor of this beer on the front end. A bit of sweet wheat and malt in the intermediary with some more bitter grapefruit rind on the finish.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

D: A much better DIPA from Midnight Sun than Melt Down was. A nice bitter offering that I found pretty nice and easy to drink.

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Photo of DeeMalloy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Melissa121
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent golden orange with yellow highlights that had a very thin but left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of orange lemon citrus zest pop out without a whiff with sweetness from the malts but had faint wheat, pine, and booze notes.

T: the orange lemon citrus zest flavors dominate the palate as well alongside lots of sweetness from the malts but also had piney hops, mild caramel, and wheat notes.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a citrusy, piney hoppy, mild wheat grainy, and slight bitter finish.

D: pretty solid citrus forward DIPA that drank good but was just a little bit too citrusy for me; still damn tasty.

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Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msubulldog25
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, snagged at The Hoppy Brewer in Gresham, OR a few weeks ago. Notching on the right side of the label is befuddling: strikes at both 'J'(uly) and 'A'(ugust), Week '4'. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Butterscotch-y golden hue, a fine fuzziness that enlarges and distorts fingers through glass. Not much carbonation, a few large ones percolate here and there. Not quite a finger's worth of sudsy white cream on top; sturdy coating

S: Huge aroma, citrus (orange!) almost explodes from the glass. Pithy scents and a healthy dash of dry spice. Sweeter and more 'tropical' with some warming and familiarization.

Cute-sy label, a grinning cartoon pooch wearing sunglasses, tongue lolling. A hop cone centered in the 'o' in 'Hop', a paw print in the 'o' in 'Dog'.

T: Like the aroma, lots of citrus in the mouth: zesty lemon and tangier grapefruit. Spiced bread, strong lemongrass and varied herbs. I guess a beer called 'Hop Dog' might be expected to err on the side of hoppiness, but ~wow~ this is more imbalance than I typically like. Flavorful certainly, but not quite equitable on the hop/malt scale.

M: On the smoother side, with less carbonation than may have been present a month or three ago. No loss of mouthfeel whatsoever where it really counts - lasting bitterness, medium weight (bordering on 'thick'), hints only of the hearty 8% weight. A thirst-quenching DIPA? Almost...

O: Tasty DIPA, hoppy bitterness has held up wonderfully, even 5 or so months since bottling. Likable for me, not quite lovable. Midnight Sun continues to do stellar stuff; an interesting twist on a strong IPA, thanks to a great big 'wheat' backbone. Nicely done.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Clear, mildly active, fizzy white head fades fast. Color is an attractive golden/orange/amber.

Caramel malty sweetness with piny and citrusy hops. Some floral hops and boozy heat present as well.

Dry wheat malt character with a little bit of malty sweetness on top of a pervasive piny and citrusy hop bitterness and flavor. Fairly well balanced for what it is.

Plenty carbonated, almost rich medium-full body, dry bitter finish that lingers.

I'm guessing the brewery hit the mark they were aiming for with this one. It's crisp, dry character lends some quaffability to it, and there is on shortage of bittering hops included. But to my taste buds, however, more malty richness, body, and hop flavor would be an improvement. Hop heads should try it if they can.

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Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled week 4 of August.

A- Very cloudy yeast/wheat filled ale with a fluffy white head. About two fingers in size with pretty good retention. Some fine spots of lace.

S-Hop forward but not a huge blast of aroma. Comes off with nice peach, pineapple, tropical fruit and general citrus fruit feel. A bit of grainy toast malt and caramel.

T- Follows the nose pretty nicely with hops lending peach, citrus fruit, tropical fruit and pine. Malt backbone is there with light caramel and a somewhat sweet grain feel. Wheat bread flavors round it off.

MF- Very creamy feel, wheat worked well with a smooth high foamy carbonation. Finishes nice and bitter for a IIPA.

Solid Double IPA with a nice mouthfeel from the wheat. Good fruit feel and a nice clean bitterness to finish it out.

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Photo of greenspointexas
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of irishevans
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%

Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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