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%
 
 
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37
Gots:
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky yellow with a bone colored head that fades to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of tropical fruit and some slight vegetal aromas. Taste is of slightly sour and funky tropical fruit flavors. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a somewhat flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good sour but the mouthfeel is pretty lacking in my opinion.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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 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 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

part of our rare sour tasting last night, this was sandwhiched in with ffac and depuration and i kind of felt bad for it because of that. poured into a snifter.

poured out a very light straw yellow color with a small head and ring of lace that did not hang around long at all. rather it faded off and left the glass clean in its wake

aroma is odd, very musky. lots of grape skin and acidic notes, but a deep musky wet animal like aroma that is simply off for me. the flavor was a touch better but was ill served by a far too ligh body and profile that did not push the envelope anywhere near enough. more musky wet funk in the finish which was very dry and too acrid for me.

overall i was not terribly impressed here, not sure what they were aiming for but pretty sure they missed.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The pour is an almost completely flat, hazed golden straw color with no head.

S: This beer smells overwhelmingly of cat piss, no two ways about it. It might be an acceptable aroma in small amounts in a Sauvignon Blanc, but this is just too much. There is quite a bit of melon, a hint of white grape, grass, and oak. In case the urine aroma wasn't enough, there is a ton of sulfur, too.

T: The flavor is a bit better, but still not very good. Lemon juice and zest provide the sourness, but there is still way too much sulfur. A bit of grass, oak, and melon rind are also present.

M: The body is what I would consider med, and the beer is flat.

O: What a let down. Probably a good thing they only made a handful of cases of this beer.

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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 MasterSki
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Arbitrator. I also tried this straight from the barrels at Midnight Sun - the carbonation level was about the same out of the bottle. Served in an Alvinne snifter.

A - Pretty much still. Transparent pale straw body with only the slightest haze to it.

S - Initially it's quite mellow - fruity, with plenty of pineapple, papaya, white wine, slight uric acid and acetobacter. As it warms up it gets increasingly funky and unique. I'd actually recommend letting this reach room temperature, as it's quite unlike anything else if you're patient.

T - Unfortunately the taste doesn't live up to the promise of the aroma. A mix of tropical fruit juice and white wine, but watered down and understated. Slight yeast character and almost no oak. Very clean finish. If this was a 3% Berliner Weiss it'd be acceptable, but there's not enough flavor for a 6% beer.

M - Flat, medium-light body, slightly grainy, no alcohol. Like wine cut with water. A beer like this needs spritz.

D - It's really refreshing and easy to drink, but the flavor doesn't live up to the promise of the aroma. I felt this way about the beer when I had it out of the barrel and had hoped that the additional aging time and bottle-conditioning would help - unfortunately they didn't. Midnight Sun's Berliner Weiss, Whatever, is the superior offering in my opinion.

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Photo of aasher
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB in a past box. Thanks Brian!

This beer pours a light bodied, bright almost fluorescent yellow with mild turbidity. You get instant funk in the pour. The nose is definitely funky with a lemon peel, pineapple like hybrid sour. It has a strange sweet fruit presence that is light and subtle. The flavor features a light sour pineapple, apple core, pear, and citrus aspect and finishes very quickly. It drinks a little thin with barely present carbonation. The beer is solid but the mouthfeel is a little distracting. The funk is nice and the pineapple aspect is different. It was a nice beer to try.

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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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Photo of HopHead84
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/24/2011

Thanks to David and Tilla for opening the bottle.

A: Looks like Pinot Grigio. No head. Good clarity. Essentially still.

S: Pineapple with big earthy notes and some apple. Prominent oak character. As this opens up the tropical profile becomes more pronounced. A little leather.

T: Lactic pineapple and lemon with a touch of apple and wheat. Subtle and almost watered down. Faint oak and a little citric acidity. Almost like a watery Berliner Weiss. A little salty.

M: Very light in body with no carbonation. Dry, smooth, and sticky.

Overall: Certainly unique, but did not live up to my expectations. Seems like a watered down Berliner Weiss. I think Anchorage needs to work on its terroir.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to DrGonzo3705 for opening this bottle (thanks Paul!). I was really looking forward to this one.

It pours a pale gold color, nearly looks like a witbier based on color, with a thin white foam. The aroma is tropical fruits and bret, much much better than the 2 bottles which preceded it (Bullfrog El Diablo Deluxe and Mikkeller It's Alive).

The flavor is good, but a bit simpler than I'd hoped. Citrusy flavors (hops?) mixing it up with bret dryness. No major funk to speak of, OK but not great.

Low carbonation, with a body on the thinner side. Matches the style OK so no big deal, but the flavors could be a little more complex IMO.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour pale yellow, transparent, thin tight white head. Nose is pungent and musty. There is some musky funk, a little sweaty with an over powering nose of grapefruit with skin. The grapefruit dominates the flavor, tastes like a whole grapefruit with skin. The musk is light with a touch of cheese and bitterness in the finish. The body is light, a touch oily, fairly dry and good carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of tectactoe
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Open Container comes out somewhere between straw colored and a dull, light yellow; cloudy in the middle, similar to an unfiltered witbier, though not quite as vibrant. Absolutely no head, even after an aggressive pour straight down into the middle of the glass... how strange. It appears the carbonation is lost on this one.

Crisp, juicy pears, apples, and some fresh grapefruit make up a good portion of the first inhale, albeit it's a little more muted than I'd like. I'm picking up on some faint peach notes, as well. Despite already knowing that this beer should have some funk to it, I'm not really picking up any Brett or Brett-like qualities off the nose, or at least nothing that's grabbing my attention. Near the end of the sample, some very like oak and wood notes start to surface, but still nothing too reminiscent of funky yeast flavors.

Open Container does in fact have a sub-par level of carbonation as it hits my palate - I wonder if this was intended or if the carbonation somehow escaped from the bottle prematurely? The taste is still pretty nice and refreshing; lightly tart apples, pears, and maybe even some slight cherry notes bouncing back and forth. Halfway through the sip, the funk notes finally start to come out, and are still pretty quiet compared to the fruit. The damp, cellar-like funk transitions into an oaky, woody flavor that glides right into the aftertaste along with a light, fading, fruity sweetness. The body is thin-medium and unfortunately I am left wanting much more carbonation than is being offered to me.

Overall, a pretty good beer, although the low carbonation was killer. The flavors were pretty good, but they weren't particularly vibrant, wild, or "standout-ish". That being said, I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't necessarily pleasantly surprised, either.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Jackie O’s snifter. Thanks for sharing Jeff!

A: Pours a hazy lemon-yellow with a thin white head.
S: The nose is full of some of the best fruits I’ve ever smelled. It’s a strange and exotic combination of papaya, pineapple, melon and berries. This one smells amazing!
T: Never had I have a beer that smelled so good taste so completely different. It’s good, but a definite letdown compared to the nose. I’m not picking up any sourness or funk but there is a light bitterness. I guess the only one thing that really stands out is the chardonnay oak casks this was aged in. This beer definitely tastes like a fruity and dry white wine. I do get some melon from the nose in the lightly sour aftertaste.
M: Pretty watery actually with low carbonation and a drying finish. Could use a bigger presence.
O: Fabulous nose, above average taste (just barely), but a disappointing mouth. I loved how this beer was made though. If you haven’t watched the video, you should look it up.

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