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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For Trade:
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 37
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 whartontallboy
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 spycow
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Ryan1423
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of gregmoscetti
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Thanks to Ryan for sharing. Pours a golden color with a slight white head that collars around the glass. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this one as I have heard that some people like it while others despise it. I went in with an open mind. The aroma is mild with notes of some funk and lemon, more like a berliner. Some fruit notes. Light mouthfeel. LIght fruit notes with some lemon and orange. Mild and subtle is more like it. Again, probably not as flavorful as some would like but overall I didn’t think it was as bad as others have made it out to be.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.8/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

In my latest installment of "Arbitrator Takes No Prisoners," I'm reviewing this $20+ bottle that I had to take half a day off work and stand in line to get.

A: Pours a brilliant, clear golden-orange body with a short-lived small head of off-white bubbles. No lace or retention.

S: A pretty neat aroma of passionfruit and pineapple that is tempered (ruined?) by a small presence of cheese funk. None of those aromas are bad by themselves, but together it's an odd combination. Not a strong nose.

T: And not a strong flavor, either. This was described (not by me) as "75% of a wild ale." I agree: it's not 'there' yet. Some acidity to it, but it's a little cheese-like with some unfocused funk and a mild presence of citrus. I didn't hate it, but it was so unremarkable that I was in a rush to move on to the next beer (which was also unremarkable. I nearly cried).

M: It's more or less flat, as the carbonation comes out of solution pretty quickly. It's thin, the flavor is unrefined, and the beer just makes a poor impression overall.

O: Verdict: I'd like the $20, gas money, and time off back. What an unremarkable beer.

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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 FosterJM
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

726th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
22oz

Clusterfork7

Thanks Kyle!!

App- Absolutely stunned at the light clear yellow on this one. When you start lemonade and dont mix its that color. No head, no lace. Just a thin looking clear.

Smell- Again, such a light note. It was a light crispy tart with a fresh squeezed lemon brightness. Had a little tropical fruit behind it as well.

Taste- Okay so I dont think Ive had a beer so clean and one sided. Just a little funky and bright with that slight lemon tinge. The yeasts are very new to me. Has a weird punch im not sure ive had

Mouth- A little beer. Light bodied and high carbed. Tastes of lemon and tropical fruits

Drink- Unique all the way around. I know I gave it a B, but I liked it more than that. Had a certain lightness and crispness that most wild ales dont. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Verecund
2.18/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

July 2011.

Pours a paled-out yellow. Almost completely flat, which is surprising.

No two ways about it (and this is the first time I've ever said this): this is an isovaleric acid bomb. "[Cheddar] cheese," light pineapple, candied tropical fruits. A little bit of oak provides a nice contrast, but there's enough cheese on the nose to make me want to just move on.

Very light, almost watery in the mouth. A touch of sourness on the front of the palate, with light papaya, citrus, and pineapple making up the lion's share of the flavor profile.

Almost flat; thin. Just a touch of acidity.

It's not a terrible beer, but I'm having a hard time thinking of an American wild I've had in recent memory that's worse. I'm not thrilled with what the Alaskan wild yeasts have done here and it's watery and flat. Definitely an odd one; not especially recommended.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Alex! 22oz bomber into mini-snifter.

A - Pours clear yellow, white head that quickly vanishes, no lace or retention.

S - Big papaya fruit note, citrus, funk. Not quite as sour/tart as I was expecting and more fruity/citrus. Almost berliner-like.

T - Funk, slight tart/sour, papaya, lemon. Again, needs more sour/tartness here mixed with the fruity citrus. I really like the papaya notes I get from this, but that's about all I get...humph.

M - Body is light, light carbonation, dry finish.

O - Just an "okay" wild. I prefer the FiftyFifty and Wanderer over this City Beer release. It's nice for something light/different, but kinda watery with some fruit notes mixed in there. Decent, nothing crazy.

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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 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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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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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 Urbancaver
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear very very light yellow. A tiny bit of white head.

Smells very funky and musty. Can smell a hint of pineapple. Tastes weird. Funk, must, pineapple, some nice light sourness. Thick on the tongue. Not much carbonation but i like the way it feels. Overall. Not very good.

But, nickd... Open container blended with beatification batch 2 is top notch!

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with myself, funkydelic, and mikesgroove at one of our weekly tastings. As Mike stated, this one was sandwiched between FfaC and Depuration (poor little fella). Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured an extremely bright yellow (imagine peeing the morning after a long night of drinking) with a very minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, asparagus, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight sour, slight funk, lemon peel, lemon sorbet, and lime. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this beer really stood out to me to make me remember it except the color and the smell. We joked about these for quite a bit while enjoying our samples. The flavor on this one was good, but it was very light in intensity. Nothing really stood out much on this one to me. Worth trying but doubt I would go out of my way to try again.

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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 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 hopsbreath
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks go out to Arbitrator for sending one of these up to ramnuts, and thanks to ramnuts for sharing it with the ASSES.

A: Clear lemon yellow, some large bubbles dissipate to nothing. No lacing, no legs. 3/5

S: Lightly funky, lightly sour, some peach and some lemon zest. 3/5

T: Same as the smell without the fruit. It tends to be a little boring and lacking in complexity. 2.5/5

M: Average heft with minimal carbonation. A quick finish ends abruptly. 3/5

O: Not a great sour. This attempt feels uninspired. Not very complex and what is there is kind of boring. 2/5

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to ipa247 (Jeff) for sending me this one. 4oz. pour from a 22oz. bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Had at a tasting on 6/4/11. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a clear, pale yellow beer is no head and no lacing. Nice legs though. A beer this style with no head and no lacing is below average.

S: Nose is tropical fruit, banana, pineapple, passion fruit, straw. Very mellow but enjoyably light.

T: Flavor is mellow like the nose. Tropical pineapple, passio fruit, apple skin, and Brett funk. Wet straw towards the middle with bails of hay and a slight lemon zest. More pineapple and apple at the finish with a Bretty aftertaste. Very light, almost berlinger weisse-like. Nice.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. A bit watery, light in the mouth and watery and smooth and silky going down. Slightly sticky finish with a dry aftertaste. Pleasant.

O: This offering is so light that it feels and drinks like a berlingerweisse... definitely a good thing. The complexity really isn't there and the flavors are almost overly mellow given the style but this beer is still very enjoyable.

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Photo of black13
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks go to Arbitrator for supplying this beer and to Ramnuts for sharing it.

A: A strong pour reveled almost no head on this murky lemon-yellow beverage. It actually looked like a glass of lemonade, down to the small particles suspended in the beer. But on a rare day in Oregon where the sun was out, this looked refreshing.

S: A mild citrus aroma emanates from the glass. After allowing it to warm up to room temp, the aroma was a bit stronger and started to get some floral notes, but still nothing that would be considered strong.

T: Follows the nose pretty spot on. I get a mild citrus flavor but could not pick up any barrel character or funky flavors at all. As it warmed up, I started to pick up some sweet floral notes, but they remained pretty faint at best.

M: Light bodied with minimal carbonation.

O: I had high hopes for this beer, but aside from a pleasant citrusy flavor that turns more floral as it warms up, it didn't have me yearning for a second glass. I was not able to pick up any funkiness or barrel character which were the major draws of this beer. A good experiment, but needs some more work.

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