Obliteration IX | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Obliteration IXObliteration IX

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Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kojevergas on 02-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of GRG1313
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium amber orange, crystal clear with a short lived white head.

Nose is very assertive fresh ripe pineapple, the kind of nose that you really want and expect in the best of the IPAs. Nose has wonderful fruit ester undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a small bubble and elegant carbonation; very "quality Champagne like."

Flavor profile is assertive, luscious and quite inviting and delicious for the first few tastes. A very sweet tangerine/orange citrus front palate that goes to cooked honey in the midpalate and hits the back palate and goes down with a nice pine bitter hop tone. Very appealing and pleasant - until the third or forth taste. Then, that sweet front character just becomes "a bit much" and hard to take. So, flavor profile, while initially really nice, gets way too sweet way too fast.

Finish is cooked honey and bitter pine. The long pine bitter is quite nice - just way too much sweet all around in this one.

Well made and full of quality; objectively a well made and tasty beer. Subjectively, not my favorite flavor profile with the overly sweet tones.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired for $14.00 at a local SoCal beer store. Obliteration IX Double IPA. 80 IBUs. 8.0%. Brewed with Citra and Saaz hops. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Acquired a few hours ago.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the high ABV (~6 minutes). Body colour is a clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style, but there's nothing unique or special here. I'm excited to try it. Light thin lacing as the head recedes. Average vibrance.

Sm: I definitely get the neutral saaz, evoking only floral character. Some underlying biscuity hop character that I'd mistake for amarillo if I didn't know better. Soapy hops. Light grapefruit. It's a bit off-putting. I don't get any citrus, pine, oily, or nectary character. A mild strength aroma that isn't particularly good for a Double IPA. Not fresh or inviting. Just generic floral. Meh. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Soapy; this spent too long in primary fermentation. Pale malts form the generic unobtrusive foundation. Neutral bland floral hops. Light hop oil on the climax. Some unwelcome hop bitterness. Boring and bland. Lacks subtlety and complexity. I'm severely underwhelmed. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Wow, the soapiness just ruins it.

Mf: Nicely crisp and even a bit creamy. Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Slight overcarbonation. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense; it doesn't feel custom tailored to the style.

Dr: I feel robbed having paid $14.00 for this. A huge let down from Midnight Sun. A poor excuse for a Double IPA. This shouldn't have made it to market, frankly. I'll have little trouble finishing the bottle, but I'm really disappointed.


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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium coppery gold amber with a fine two finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Great aroma of grapefruit, tropical fruit, herbal and citrus hops. Flavor is citrus, tropical fruit, sweet biscuit malt and citrus and pine hops. Finishes with nice complex citrus hops with a light herbal and floral character. Nice creamy medium body and mouth feel. A pleasant, slightly sweet IIPA with a nice balance of malt, fruit flavors and hops.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Regretting it now that I paid almost $10 for this at Home Brew Stuff in Garden City ... I knew it would be a wild card, but this is pretty terrible (especially given the $$$) Dark golden brew with a nice head and retention. The nose is watered down malt extract and some background pineapple hoppiness... but it smells pretty bad given the promise on the label. Flavor shows heavy muddy pale malts and light fruity hops and lite spicy hoppiness. Body is too heavy for the carbonation and any remnants of good flavor on the palate. I am super pissed I spent the dough on this bottle... Shelves that are WAAAYYY too hot for the bottles sitting there,this is an abomination for something that is supposed to be a DIPA.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a clear gold with a touch of amber, topped with two fingers of cream colour head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smell. Sweet ripe tropical fruits; papaya, pineaple, and mango. There's a little ripe orange and grapefruit flesh and just a bit of light malt.

Taste. Lots of tropical fruit again, sweet mango and papaya mainly. Oranges, grapefruit, pineaple and just a bit of grainy malt. There's a decent bitterness in the finish in the form of citrus rinds that really cleans up the initial sweet fruitiness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A very nice ipa with a ton of fruit. Very pleasant and easy drinking.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a bright golden color with a finger a greasy white head that slowly faded into a thick collar that left thick streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Huge notes of fresh hops, sweet citrus, dank, slightly skunky weed, and pineapple.
T: Sweet citrus and tropical fruits, orange peel, juicy tangerine and mango, followed by bitter grapefruit pith, doughy yeast, and herbal, dank, leafy hop cones. The finish is sweet and the aftertaste is bready and bitter. No trace of alcohol. Sweet and hoppy overall, similar to Heady.
M: Medium-full body, smooth and wet mouthfeel full of greasy hop oils and resin, and smooth and sloppy carbonation.
O: A sweet and savory dipa. Fruit forward and perhaps sweeter than most. Very easy to drink and pleasantly flavored though. Worth the purchase of a bottle.

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Photo of popery
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright yellow gold. Perfectly transparent. Medium to small head, at least relative to the style. Lots of white bubbles of various sizes. The aroma is all hops, a big mix of citra and saaz flavors. Mangoes, tangerines, pineapples and kiwis blend with grass, peppery spice and earthier and mineral-ish notes. There’s little to no malt apparent in the aroma. It’s just big, flavorful hops. Very dank. Though it has some marijuana tone to it, it’s more of a heavy, wet aroma, if that makes any sense. The taste is also pretty much all hops. With Midnight Sun DIPAs, I’ve come to expect an almost harsh dryness to the taste, but this beer is actually mildly sweet, and it works very well. There’s a ton of hop delicacy in the beer, and I would expect these bottles to go downhill quickly (so, drink up). Lots of Citra tropical fruitiness in the beginning and middle and big Saaz in the finish. It goes from bright citrus and pineapple/mango to grass, peppercorns and earth. Very nice. The mouthfeel is light and pleasant. Some nice hop oiliness. This is an excellent DIPA. I didn’t quite expect the combination of these two strains would work, but I was very wrong. Great stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of elNopalero
4.79/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was fantastic.

Pours a clear golden with light foaming. Amazing aroma, on par with a fresh Sculpin or Zombie dust. Bright, vibrant, and full of lemon, pineapple, and guava. Light aroma but still present and all around great. The flavor is sweet and bitter. Lightly hop forward with big gulps of tropical fruit hop goodness. This is one I’ll look for again.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - clear bright copper color with a white head that thinned to a ring leaving just a few lacing spots on the glass.

S - tropical fruits and brown sugar.

T - tropical fruit and orange chuckles candy with a dry bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied, smooth feel, easy drinkability.

O - a good example of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 3/31/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Hazy golden orange - some light copper in the mix - pours with a decent, off-white head - fades to a wispy cap and leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: In a word, strange - tropical, in a decidedly citra way, with some mealy fruits - mangoes and pineapples - doesn't smell particularly fresh, honestly - some candy hops, some grassy aromas - sweet, pale and caramel hops

Taste: Tropical, fruity, and hoppy, but not exactly stellar - overripe oranges, ruby red grapefruit, mangoes, and syrupy pineapples - sweet in a remarkably fruity way, not in a malty way - some grassy notes - moderately bitter - lightly oily - mostly pale and some caramel malts - an earthy flavor in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, smooth, kind of strange aftertaste

Overall: Obliterate me harder!

Maybe my taste buds are still numb from last night (Knee Deep Simtra), but this doesn't seem remarkably aggressive or abrasive to warrant the name "Obliteration." It's fruity, juicy, and interesting. It's actually pretty balanced. Worth a try, if you can find it.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for picking the bottle up in San Francisco.

Appearance: Slightly hazed burnt goldish orange. Small white head drops to faint wispy cap with a tiny collar. Some streaks and spots of lacing.

Smell: Some tropical tangerine, pineapple juice, and unripe mango. Grassy, herbal and floral on the back. Some caramel malt sweetness coupled with some lighter cracker-like pale maltiness. Mealy fruit - pear and apple- through the middle. Soapy. Somehow smells a bit old, but really isn't. Marmalade and pith. Some hints of alcohol.

Taste: Pithy marmalade. Orange flesh with some lighter mango and pear on the back. Nice malt balance adds some caramel malt sweetness. Decidedly breast. Leafy, grassy and floral hops non the first fish with some resinous bitterness. Pear. Slightly toasted. Slight minty finish. A decent balance with a lingering bitterness. Warming smooths it out a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Oily and slick. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

Overall: Kind of like obliterating a personal pizza, not a real accomplishment.

A bit of a let down for my first Midnight Sun experience. A good take but not for the price.

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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at Churchill’s Pub – San Marcos
6oz pour – 03/16/13

A: Light straw gold body with somewhat decent clarity and a touch of haze to it. Capped by a thin layer of off-white that fizzles out to just some bubbles leaving a few dots and light streak down the glass.

S: The nose is quite a disappointment with very little hop action coming through. I get a good amount of malty sweetness and a bit of alcohol. There is a hint of muted grapefruit and herbs there. This is otherwise severely lacking in the aroma department for a Citra DIPA.

T: Taste does open with some nice citrus-grapefruit notes; very floral with some evergreens mixed in. A bit heavy on the malty sweetness at first. Toasty biscuit. Starts to lighten up as I make my way through the pour. Growing on me a bit. Hops get much juicier and pronounced with more of an herbal spice on the finish. There is an upper moderate amount of bitterness to the beer. Resinous with a nice little pucker. Alcohol is somewhat assertive and a bit boozy at times but not entirely distracting. Relatively balanced and flavors are not half bad. I would say this falls more in line with the PNW style IPA. Accentuates a bit more malty sweetness than I prefer.

M: Moderate thickness on the body with some light filling. Nice creamy texture from the carb. Has a light dryness there but finishes rather wet overall. Hops are somewhat lingering with a resinous mouth coat.

D: This was not bad but did not meet expectations for a Citra Hopped Double IPA at all. Flavors were decent although aroma was a bit of a letdown. Would like to revisit a bigger sample but will not likely pull the trigger on a $14 bomber of this one.
Glad I just ordered a sampler to be honest.

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Obliteration IX from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 45 ratings