Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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85
very good
55 Reviews
Hop Dog Double Wheat IPAHop Dog Double Wheat IPA
BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
115
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
17.72%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
10
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 115
Photo of Xul
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a translucent golden with some light orange highlights, capped by two fingers of rocky, eggshell-colored head. Retention is good as it recedes slowly, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: Light citrus and tropical fruits up front with a big sweet bread base. Some lemon zest and light graings lurk in the background, but the aroma is muted as a whole.

T: Citrus and tropical fruits up front - papaya, grapefruit, orange - followed by a wheat base with some lemon zest around the edges. A big sweet bready character sits in the background.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: A little heavy on the tongue and the sweet character is a bit too strong.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an IPA glass from a bomber. No date on bottle.

Color was gold with a slight haze and a thin white foam. Lacing was not bad for a wheat beer. Aroma had some tropical fruit and sweet grainy malt. Flavor was sweet grainy wheat on the palate followed by intense bitterness. Some citric hop flavors fight with the sweetness before giving way to a bitter, dry finish. Body is light to medium, carbonation is moderate to high.

Overall, this beer had both very sweet and very bitter characters. It's hard to imagine both extremes, but it has a strong sweetness at first followed by a bitterness that is borderline astringent.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark wheat colored beer. So much wheat, obscures any notion of clarity. Alcohol really noticeable in the nose as well as a substantial amount of bittering hops giving hints of citrus.

Well this is just borderline absurd, the bitterness is through the roof and the wheat base isn't helping to keep it from seeming abrasive, the alcohol is still pretty prominent too. Doesn't taste quenching. Just a palate wrecker.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought a bomber of Hop Dog at a beer store. $8.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow/orange color. It looks a bit like pineapple juice, but for the bubbles rising in the glass. A modest creamy head forms, but breaks down to a thin film quickly, leaving virtually nothing behind on the glass.

Smell is strong, and fruity for the most part. There is a smell of sweet bread and yeast, along with some lemon and orange peel fragrances, and a floral note somewhere between roses and pine.

Taste is a sweet bread flavor, with caramel and toffee, and then a dry, bitter citrus flavor like grapefruit, and a bitter note of dandelion leaves.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly cloying, with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Not the most drinkable beer, or combination of styles. It's a bit like putting unsweetened grapefruit marmalade on a piece of whole wheat toast. The flavors just seem to clash somehow. I doubt I would drink this again.

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Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
2.42/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Medium haze golden hued whispy ale -ish head, about the appearance I would expect from something called a double wheat ipa.

Smell is all a candy dough confectioner's making. Some across the atlantic notions and vinousness are an afterthought.

Taste has the makings of a mediocre IPA but none of the "double wheat" notion presents itself to speak of. I always say expectations are premeditated resentment. I'm not resentful of the beer but i expected a twist of banana and clove esters with hops in some kind of twisted showdown freak show, and I wanted a ticket to that. Instead it's kind of a convoluted IPA that doesn't drink like an IPA should. The 100 IBUs are there i guess, but not wowing me and I haven't had an IPA in a month, so i figured my taste buds would explode. They did not.

Full ass bodied.

drinkability: This was a chore to finish. And by my estimation a double wheat IPA should not be such.

I'm a pretty darn big fan of Midnight Sun and will continue to be but this one won't be a repeater.

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Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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