Obliteration VIII | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Obliteration VIIIObliteration VIII

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by brotherloco on 02-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 33
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Grapefruit, tropical, orange, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, hint of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and biscuit malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy, and spicy hops, resiny bitterness.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a bitter, lightly dry and sweet finish.

D - Nice DIPA. Godd hop profile.

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Photo of ccrida
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Obliteration VII is gold with a dark core. Nice white head leaving heavy, sticky lace.

Smell is lemony hops with some resin as well in the distinct background. Disappointingly mild.

Taste lemon, loads of spicy alcohol, and pine resin. A little cracker.

Mouthfeel is creamy and dry, oily.

Drinkability isn't as high as I've found the others in this series. To much ethanol. And the malt / hop flavors just aren't my bag. Comes off a little dirty and rough.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Random leftover pick-up in Anchorage and opened on 5.13.12. Not sure how old this one is.

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a huge cream-colored head.

S - Lots of orange and some sweet carmel.

T - Carmel candy, tin, and orange.

D - Good carbonation and slightly heavy body.

O - Sweet citrus and carmel candy. This one was all over the place. A good sip, then a bad.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chad for sharing this one. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Giant foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lace. Transparent golden body.

S - Lemon. Smells like those lemon tarts with confectioner's sugar dusted on them. There's a touch of sharp pine, and a surprising whiff of alcohol that I didn't anticipate at only 8.5% - had guessed this was a double-digit sort of DIPA.

T - Taste is quite similar, albeit with more pine mixed in. Tons of lemon, along with some sugary and doughy malts in the background. The resemblance to lemon tarts is uncanny. Not a ton of bitterness considering the listed IBUs.

M - Smooth medium body, mildly sticky texture, pleasant carbonation, and minimal alcohol warming.

D - I'd heard really bad things about this beer from some of my friends, but it was merely average as opposed to offensive. I imagine the peculiarly lemon-heavy aroma and flavor might be off-putting to some, but I didn't mind it. Still, this series of brews for Midnight Sun might be the one I enjoy least.

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Photo of n2185
2.52/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear honey gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Tropical citrus dominates the nose--orange and pineapple mostly. Caramel and a bubblegum-like sweetness are also present. There is a slight piny aroma toward the finish.

T: Pine and grapefruit at first before a strong, unpleasant flavor takes over. It's like dishwashing soap combined with Pine Sol, leaving a chemical, astringent, and bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is fairly lively on the tongue.

O: What could have been a solid DIPA is ruined by this astringent chemical flavor. Every other aspect of the beer is decent and it smells good, but the chemical flavor makes it undrinkable. I know it's not a soap residue in my glass because I had a beer from the same glass earlier with none of those flavors present and rinsed it thoroughly before cracking this bottle.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance matters little to me, but this is a good looking brew. Good clarity, light golden/amber color, prodigious fluffy white head hangs around for quite a while and leaves thick lacing.
EDIT: nearly half a year later (9-10-12) I like it much better. I know that cuts against conventional wisdom with IPAs, but it now suggests a maltier but still hoppy beer such as Bigfoot, though not as rich.

The citrusy hops are not especially strong, and definitely not Obliterating. But it's there as the most prominent feature and is joined by some malty sweetness and booze. It is pretty good, but it lacks depth and complexity. Methinks the brewers were bashful with the dry hops.

It tastes sweeter than it smells, but not more than a faint hint of caramel. The booze is detectable, and the bitterness is mild and passive. Definitely not Obliterating. The hop flavor is modest as well. There are citrus and floral hop flavors for sure, but they are not powerful, assertive or even robust to my taste buds. It is well balanced, smooth and tastes good. But it's not anything to write home about.

Perfect carbonation, medium/full body, medium viscosity and a smooth finish that isn't drying or very bitter.

Midnight Sun is my favorite brewery, but I shall not overrate their beers as a result. This is a good beer, but not a memorable one. If you can buy it off the shelf, why not (besides the price)? I wouldn't recommend trading for it. It's smooth, balanced, tasty, and easy drinking. But it isn't anywhere close to Obliteratingly hoppy. And though I am not all that into the super bitter, tongue scraping Sand Diego style IPA, I was surprised by how the tame bitterness level. Ultimately, this is a good beer, and I will try every Midnight Sun I have the opportunity to drink. But at $8+ a bomber, I'm glad I only got 2, and I would have to say that it fails to meet expectations.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep yellow with a fairly dense white head with solid retention
S: Smells earthy with a slight pine smell and sweet citrus
T: Earthy at the front which gives way to some bitter pine flavor, a solid malt presence is at times visible with some slight sweetness. On the swallow it is slightly citrusy with some residual sweetness. Aftertaste lingers for some time.
M: slightly prickly carbonation with just the right thickness in the mouth for a double IPA. Oily hop presence coats the mouth after the swallow.
O: A very solid beer with ample hop flavor and enough malt to provide a bit of balance. Very well executed and a pleasure to drink

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Photo of mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden amber in the tall glass. Great classic head of white lasts a long time, nice sudsy mouthfeel. A little bit oily on the tongue, for some reason. Huge aroma of pineapple. Light body with a cloud of carbonation.

Tastes spicy and hot with all the hops, but it's Hops are listed as Amarillo and Bravo. They say 110 IBU, if that means anything anymore. But it is a grandiose wallow in hops without causing any pain. Somehow it's just not painfully bitter, while the hops take over your brain.

22 oz bottle from Best Damn in San Diego. Expensive, though, you don't want to know. But take that, Anchorage Brewing!

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Photo of PerHops
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Translucent golden orange with a big, billowy head with beautiful lacing and head retention. Almost perfect looking imperial IPA.

S- Nose isn't too floral, or citrusy. Some pine, not a whole lot going on, though.

T- Better than the nose. Not a west coast hop bomb, but has a nice balance to it without being sweet. Buiscuity, piny, and a long bitter dry finish. Pretty nice.

M- Excellent drinkability. Carbonation is good, and a frothy mouthfeel.

O- I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again, although 14 bucks must include the Alaska airline fee...

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Photo of boralyl
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a massive creamy white head that leaves tons of lace on the inside of the glass. The beer is clear with a golden-orange hue.

S - The aroma is a blend of peach, orange and citrus. There is little to no malt presence in the aroma.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation and some creaminess. The mouth feels covered in hops oils after swallowing.

T - A hugely hoppy brew. Citrus and light toasty notes show up first followed by a bright orange flavor. A strong bitterness paired with a little alcohol finishes up the beer.

This beer is a tongue bruiser. The hops dominate your palate. I enjoyed this beer and look forward to more in the series. My favorite thus far still has been Obliteration V.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. No date notched in label, but this is a pretty new release and just hit town yesterday. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear pale orange-gold with a big 2+ finger off-white head. Retention is decent. Nice big chunks of lacing are left in the glass.

Aroma is of sharp and spicy hops. Floral, grassy notes seem to be the strongest. Citrus emerges and has an orange-ish quality. Getting a distinct bee pollen note. Malt has a dusty bready smell and contributes to a very dry aroma. A bit of alcohol is present.

Flavor retains that sharpness you get in the nose. These hops really bite and hit you with peppery spices, acidic citrus, garden flowers and grass. The slightest hint of citrus sweetness appears in the middle of the flavor, but disappears just as quickly. Finish dries up fast and leaves you with a lingering bitterness and a bit more alcohol flavor than was apparent in the smell.

Body hovers around the medium mark but carbonation is quite high. The sharpness of the feel adds to the punch of the spicy hops. There is a good bit of present alcohol, but I'm still finding this to be quite drinkable.

This is a pretty unique DIPA and seems to serve well in an "experimental" series.

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Obliteration VIII from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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