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 Latarnik
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a full two finger head. Good retention, with very good lace.

S: Grapefruit pith, lemon, wheat malt.

T: Citrus dominates here, mostly grapefruit, some lemon and orange as well. Bitter finish. Malt is pretty much relegated to the background.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny, semi-sweet aftertaste with a lot of pine.

D: Since I loved the Lagunitas Lil' Sumpin' brews, I thought this would be a good one to pick up. A quality beer, but its not as good as Lagunitas and is about double the price, so I don't plan to rebuy it. But it's good to see Midnight Sun in the Southland finally.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rudzud
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lakersfan for the trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear coppery orange with a massive three finger creamy, sudsy head that slowly, very slowly fades to leave sticky lacing and a thick creamy blanket. Wonderful..

S - Very light orange aromas along with some sweet malts and wheat. Nothing crazy here, just run of the mill.

T - Lots of up front bitter citrus (orange) here with more strong wheat. Hops and wheat definitely outshine the The finish is nicely intense orange peel bitterness and flavor with strong orange marmalade notes.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice. Alcohol hidden well, medium bodied with lower carbonation.

O - Overall this wasnt a bad beer. Good orange flavours and finish. The aroma was rather plain and pedestrian though.

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Photo of DucksFan16
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Princeton orange coloring with a very good clarity factor reveals a strong, steady nature of macro-effervesce. Atop sits a one inch, light beige, frumpy heading that is steady on the hold. Good 1/2 inch sediment rests on the bottom of the bottle awaiting a second pour. Near full sheet coverage of lace coats the vessel. Second pour releases all the murky goodness of the yeast sediment with a pea soup turbid nature in the vessel. Mmmm.

S: Fresh tangerine on the nose, fresh lemon with some grapefruit-orange juice. Moderate awareness, nice freshness.

T: Dry orange peel and dry wheat flavor. Grassy-orange hopping, lightly dry, nicely bitter, with some semi-dry tropical fruit background notes. Lingering leafy bitterness occurs when held, along with some solvent alcohol detection on longer holds. Dry grapefruit pulp and pine. Second pour the yeasty layering wallops my chalice with a turbid nature and flair of wet bread, musky oranges and pine-alcohol hops.

M: Crisp bite on the mouthful, lively, ligtht-medium body, sticky, milky textured body with alcohol overtures on the tongue.

O: Good drinkability, some solvent alcohol detection when held, better when consumed at a normal rate of consumption. Bittering, solid B offering.

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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 barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head. Sordove sluggish for a IIPA

S: Citrus, grains, syrupy and wheat

T: A tad syrupy, wheat, nice amount of hop bitterness and there is some citrus to, more like grapefruit

M: Medium body, booze is pretty disguised.

D: Interesting, nice try but wont go back to it

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy orange color. Body is supremely illuminated. It absolutely glows. Head dies off to near nonexistence, but it leaves a thick coating of fuzz along the glass.

S-Significant wheat character with a bright candied orange aroma. Zesty. The wheat is very concentrated. The hops are one-sided. The nose has two blatant sides to it and little in between.

T-Sweetness sets in quickly. Sweet cereal. Caramel glaze. The sweet wheat then gets ear-holed by a fiery gust of bitterness. This brew is very bitter. The actual hop flavors are mostly sweet and citrusy. Doesn't offer a ton of depth. Bittersweet to the end.

M-Carbonation chops away at my taste buds. Intense dryness. Even more intense bitterness. Not exceptionally high in drinkability.

O/D-My first from Midnight Sun. Far from blown away. Will obviously try as many as I can from Midnight Sun, but this wasn't the best first kiss so to speak. Those 100 IBUs really bend your flavor receptors over. Still, I am quite happy to have tried it.

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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 CheapBeerBuzz
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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 HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark slightly cloudy orange with a smaller off-white head that is gone pretty quickly.

S - Citrusy and malty. Not much to grab your attention.

T - Citrus and malty again. More orange in the finish.

D - Good carbonation and a heavier body. A touch bitter.

O - A nice little IPA. Nothing really stands out, which is a shame.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The darkest 'wheat' beer I've seen in awhile, brown and amber, tons of cloudiness going on. Alcohol and bitter citric aroma.

Taste, holy jeez, this is a big ass bitter beer. This is one of the few beers in the 'enamel cleansing' category. Way out of balance, even if they doubled the wheat, the hops, bitterness and alcohol just brutalize anything in its way in terms of tastebuds, this is like double ruination. You can pick out whatever kind of citrus or other taste aspects if you tried I guess, but I was just in shock from the heftiness of this beer, this one does not play around.

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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 popery
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes, 9/4/10. Chocolate and grapefruit pith. This is an interesting beer - you don’t come across super hoppy imperial stouts all that often - but it’s not really an enjoyable beer. The underlying stout seems really nice, but it’s almost completely overshadowed by the citric bitterness of the hops. This is more a problem for the taste; the aroma actually blends nicely and is quite nice. Mouthfeel is a bit astringent. The beer is black with a small tan head.

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Photo of Gmann
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a honey hue. The pure white head is short and kinda disappointing; settles into a light ring.

The aroma is bright. Some floral hops, mixed with a tropical fruit hop that leads to a candied apriot scent. The malt is neutral and brings nothing to the aroma.

The taste is of hops. Starts with a tropical fruit and apricot flavor but then transitions into a more piney flavor. Not a big fan of the tropical fruit/apricot hop flavor so the pine flavors were welcome. The wheat malt doesn't bring much to the table, just some extra sweetness and more of a crispness.

The feel is light with prickly carbonation. Definitely sweet but the piney hops quickly balance that out. FInishes slightly bitter, not too much of a lingering bitterness which is a plus.

Decent beer, nothing remarkable. I enjoy the pine notes but not much else of the hop profile.

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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 strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ncelauro
4.12/5  rDev +9%

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 snaotheus
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in a little hotel tumbler. Brought in a suitcase to Japan from Washington. Bottle code/date not found.

Pours hazy yellow with a slight amber hue. Little to no head, little clots of foam drifting about like icebergs. Small amount of fine, fast carbonation. Smell is hops, maybe old ones, some hay, some orange/citrus.

Taste is strongly bitter, does not have the stale hops flavor I was fearing. Definitely some of that orange/citrus. Heavy bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, slightly slick, slightly flat. Overall, it’s not bad. I’ve had much worse beers. It’s better than the Asahi I had with dinner.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazy golden yellow and orange with a hint of amber. Thin off-white head and thin lines of lace left down the glass.

Remarkably strong, pungent, and citrusy aroma: lots of orange, grapefruit, and a bit of a tropical note as well. There's also a bit of a sweet, juicy quality to it as well. Easily, the best part of this beer.

The citrus elements are far more subdued in the flavor than in the aroma, and what's left is a tremendously high level of bitterness. There's not a ton other than bitterness, frankly, except perhaps for a bit of wheat and a mild citrus element. Quite disappointing after what is a pretty astounding aroma.

Medium to thick bodied with ample carbonation. I couldn't drink a ton of this.

A remarkably aroma but little less, though still an above average DIPA.

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