Open Container | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in July 2010 at Midnight Sun by City Beer Store owners Craig & Beth Wathen and our brew crew, Open Container was fermented with Wild AK yeasts then aged in Chardonnay oak barrels for several months. This very special 3-barrel batch honors eccentric West Coast brewing.

Added by nickd717 on 05-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
55
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
16.48%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
15
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of Ryan1423
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to GT2 for opening this bottle. Served in a Midnight Sun goblet. Pours a slightly-hazy straw color with a short white head. Nose has a good dose of Brett with mild barnyard and a good lemon rind and citrus component. Flavor is initially mellow with light acidity through the finish. Light funk and good citrus. Slight straw. Light body with mellow carbonation. Really outstanding.

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Photo of KevSal
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ok its time i finally rate this guy. from notes
had sevrel glasses at CBS 5h Ann party. congrats guys!

i wasn't aloud inside the party because i had a beer in my bag to share (no bottle rule, which I wasnt aware of). gave the gf the money, "get Open Container and ill be right back." thinking it was already gone. thought it would blow quick but was pouring literally all night long.

6oz pour out of a room temp bottle to a snifter

A- reminded me of beatification (which funny enough went on later that night- more on that later) soapy half inch head. deep rich yellow in color.

s- LOTS of fruit. citrus fruits, and some pinapple citrus as well. funkiness but not a ton (yet)

t- nothing like Ive ever had before, very different but very good. same citrus of the nose, slight young brett character. lots of fruit with a twang

m- mine was pretty good carbonated, possible from the temp? wish i had it a bit more colder ( i did later that night and it improved the mouthfeel) very light as expected, but close to where i want it.

o-this guy was something different for sure, but very enjoyable. glad i was able to get a few glasses of this guy and its surprisingly delishes counter part beatificontainer (which worked surprisingly well) which they mixed at the party with beatification batch 2. i can see this guy being particularly amazing down the line, a ton of potential of being a really good beer with some age on it when the yeast develops. thank goodness i got bottles. i plan to open one every year, will definitely report!

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Photo of dsgolovin
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an ice cold bottle into a plastic cup at Nopa's 5th Anniversary party, don't hate.

A-Pours a murky yellow, but you can still see through the beer. Light carbonation.

S-smells like tropical fruit and funk.

T-I know this flavor: Tepache. This beer tastes a lot like fermented pineapple juice. really amazing. I also get some passion fruit. Sour, but not biting. Really a fantastic experiment. I could drink this beer all day long. Too bad I only have 2 more bottles. It would have to be a very short day.

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Photo of nickd717
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from City Beer.

Hazy yellow with a small white head.

Huge pineapple on the aroma along with some barnyard. I’m loving the pineapple in this one.

The flavor is a lot like a good pineapple juice/wild ale combo. Tasty if not terribly complex.

Medium-bodied with average acidity and medium carbonation level.

Very good, and even better when mixed with Russian River Beatification Batch 2 - BEATIFICONTAINER!

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re-rate on 08/14/2016. This has aged so gracefully over the last couple of years. So glad that I've had the opportunity to try this numerous times over the last 5 years. So sad this is my last bottle.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber at the City Beer Store 5th Anniversary Party. Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. A bit of sediment as well. The aroma is huge pineapple. I’ve never seem so much pineapple in a wild or lambic before. The pineapple dominates, but there are also notes of grapefruit and mineral as well as a light funk. The initial taste is pineapple with a light tartness. This goes into some mineral notes, and some grapefruit. Light funk on the finish as well as a mild tartness. The body is relatively thin. Low carbonation, but hopefully that will increase with time. This is quite a good beer right now, but will likely get better as it gets more sour and more funk comes through.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of largadeer
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A spontaneously fermented sour beer brewed for City Beer's 5th anniversary. Poured from the bottle at City Beer's 5th anniversary party.

Very light blond in the pour, could almost be mistaken for a light lager if not for the slight cloudiness. Lower-moderate carbonation leaves a thin head that doesn't last long.

A ton of brett on the nose, specifically brettanomyces claussenii contributing great pineapple/tropical fruit aromatics. Plenty of funk, too, along with floral and herbal notes.

The palate exhibits a mild, clean sourness up front. Pineapple is the dominant flavor here, but there's a touch of lemon fruitiness. Floral and mineral notes appear toward the end, and there's just a touch of grainy malt left. The beer has little heft to it, unfortunately; it feels very thin and the finish is brief, which makes me wonder how well this will age.

Despite a few flaws, this was a great experiment that turned out much better than I had imagined. The nose is unlike anything else I've encountered, and kept me coming back for pour after pour.

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Photo of nataku00
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter during City Beer Store's 5th anniversary party. Very lightly chilled, the beer was a very hazy pale yellow with minimal white soapy head across the surface of the beer. Not much clings to the edge of the glass in terms of lacing, a few thin lines of white foam that quickly slides back to the surface. Only a few small bubbles of carbonation rises slowly from the bottom of the glass.

Light but funky aroma, ripe papaya, apple skin, dried grass, wet soil earthiness. Not much acidity or tartness in the nose, but it's interesting and different.

Taking a sip, fruity, apples, papaya, mango, peeled white grapes, and still a good amount of dried grass and wet soil earthy funk. Some white peach and stone fruit pits as I warmed it in my mouth as well.

Light bodied with minimal carbonation, a tingle here and there to let you know the bubbles are there, but very nearly flat for the two pours from separate bottles that I tried. It is very easy to drink, and a very different beer from anything I've tried.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this, murbubbler!

(Aged for 1 year)

Hazy, bright yellow with a small off-white head that leaves dots of stick down the glass.

Bright, aroma of pineapple, tropical fruit, and lychee.

The flavor follows the aroma with a significant sour elements as well. The pineapple/lychee flavor is big throughout, along with a relatively high level of sour.

Thin to medium bodied with low carbonation.

I loved this one. The flavors were bright, unique, and quite tasty.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Souleman
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer way way more than others. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin wispy white head, small bubbles, no retention, no lacing.

Aroma is funky, sour, a little acetic but not too much.

Beer is light and airy with a nice fruitiness, an almost pineapple like flavor, interesting. I"d have it again.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light white head. Color is a pale yellow.

Aroma: a nice fruity acidicness. Lemon and pineapple. Oaky. Acidic. Grapes. Smell is good. Some spices.

Taste: Reminds me of a Belgian witte. Lemon zest and citrus. Some oak and pineapple. Really fruity in general. Tasty. Not sour though.

Mouthfeel: A little funky, but clean. Lighter bodied with a lighter amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this is a really light refreshing beer. It is tasty, but not really a wild. I could definitely drink a lot of this. I don't think it should be a wild ale, however. It was a good beer, but not a good wild.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is yellow and appears moderately hazy. Thin head which falls away quickly, leaving virtually no lacing. The aroma offers wild yeast, funk, sourness, tropical fruit. Some pineapple in the flavor. Lactic and acetic. Pretty light bodied. A decent wild ale.

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Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Moderately light funk, slight sourness with moderate must.

A: Bright golden color, totally clear, with an almost non-existent head that instantly disappears.

T: Moderately light funk, slight sourness with moderate mustiness. The bright character and sourness has considerably mellowed over 6 years.

M: Medium-light bodied with light carbonation.

O: Solid; Such an amazing beer when it was fresh, it’s been interesting to see how the beer has matured over the last 6 years. The sourness has considerably mellowed and a moderate mustiness has developed. While still drinkable, not nearly as enjoyable.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(bottle shared by Mike!). Pours a cloudy yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma has some funk, sour apple, peach and grass. Taste is light sour/citric and some sweetness. Thin bodied with a dry finish. This was nice, but the flavors were a bit mild

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Open Container from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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