Midnight Haze IPA
Alaskan Brewing Co.

Midnight Haze IPAMidnight Haze IPA
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From:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #118
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,428
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 7.39%
Ratings:
14
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 20, 2022
Added:
Aug 29, 2021
Wants:
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Midnight Haze IPAMidnight Haze IPA
Notes: Midnight Haze IPA is an audacious twist on a New England India Pale Ale. The New England IPA, or “Hazy IPA”, once a source of major controversy in craft brewing has since become a wildly popular staple. The Midnight Haze takes the Hazy concept and seemingly crosses it with a Black IPA resulting in an extremely well-balanced dark IPA as mysterious and invigorating as the secretive allure of night.

Infused with the juicy fullness and mistiness of a hazy IPA while donning the color of black coffee, the first sip of Midnight Haze is a blast of hoppy stone fruit goodness with complementary notes of roasted caramel, chocolate, and toffee.

Grapefruit, stone fruit, and melon hop aromas give this exciting new brew an inviting flavor grounded in the coffee, chocolate, caramel, and toffee notes of an early fall profile.
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a dark, nearly black color but with some brown hues. A strong tan head. SRM of 21. (4.00)

Aroma: Mild aromas of tangerine, melon with some roasted malt underneath. (3.50)

Flavor: Mild flavors upfront of tropical fruit, orange, and melon before a stronger coffee roast and moderately bitter finish. (3.75)

Feel: Medium to light bodied. Soft mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. (4.00)

Compared to Sierra Nevada's Celebration 2021: Pours darker with a milder head. Milder aromas. More tropical fruit. Less tangerine, caramel, and pine spice. More coffee roast and a milder body.

Overall: A nice version of the Black IPA style. As other have mentioned, the hops are milder and so is the body. Showcases the coffee roast and bitterness more than the hops. The body is mild, but makes it drinkable. Enjoyable, and I'd like to see more of the style. Blends an IPA with a stout. I think this style could emerge for a hoppy, early spring ale, blending winter and spring. ...for when the snow is melting, but the sun is shining. (Final Rating: 3.73)

Feb 20, 2022
 
3.25 by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan on Jan 24, 2022
 
4.46 by superwho24 from Arkansas on Jan 21, 2022
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3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hreb from Washington

12oz can best by 022622. Dark brown pour, with lots of foamy head. If this is a NE IPA, it's way prettier than most. Aroma is a bit roasty and has some coffee notes -- so black ale, then? Flavor definitely has some chewy, tropical fruit juice hops going on, but also the unmistakable coffee flavors of a roasted malt. In some ways, and specifically with regard to the lack of bitterness, this beer is like a low-hop American porter. But in other ways this is nothing like a porter. The mouthfeel is much closer to NE IPA, but those dark malt flavors are so prominent, and completely out of place. So weird. I *think* this is a good beer; there's nothing offensive about the combination, it's just confusing. Fortunately it's pleasant enough to session without doing too much damage, so I have some room to let it dwell on my palate.

Jan 17, 2022
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3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

12 fl oz can from a $8.99 USD sixer:

Chocolate malt, toffee, malted milk balls, caramel, toffee. So, the dark ale base is all there.

Hopwise, though, it's a bit of a letdown. The hops aren't assertive enough to really punch through the malt sweetness; other breweries often use piney bitter hops but this goes for a more mellow melon and fruit driven hop profile that gets drowned out a bit by the malts.

Balanced enough, though, and certainly a likable CDA.

B- / WORTHY

Jan 16, 2022
 
3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jan 14, 2022
 
3.78 by joran from Kansas on Dec 30, 2021
 
3.75 by Scotchboy from Idaho on Nov 30, 2021
 
3.79 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Nov 13, 2021
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3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by KT3418 from Colorado

This was a little bland but fortunately unoffensive. The black ipa I tried from Resolute brewing in Colorado might be the worst black ipa or beer in general I've ever had. This was definitely a step up from that and was totally drinkable.

Nov 06, 2021
 
4.01 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Nov 02, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by erickc from Washington

Had on tap at Bulldog Saloon Lynnwood, WA

Sep 14, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours chestnut/brown with 2 fingers of tan head. Stellar head retention & lacing

S: Roastyness in spades

T: Pine, roastyness, a little caramel, plus dryness up front. Roastyness & dryness dominate as this warms, plenty of pine as well. Finishes roasty, dry with a little nuttyness & pine

MF: Medium body, fairly restrained carbonation that builds once warmer

Drinkable enough, but nothing really stands out about this one. This a style that I've had a few i really enjoyed, but this is just middle of the pack

Aug 29, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz can. Can bottom is stamped 'BEST BY: 120621'.
Brown colored body. Multiple finger light tan colored head, which recedes to a thin cap. Leaves behind scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma of grapefruit and melon balanced with coffee, chocolate, and caramel.
Taste has hop flavors of melon, apricot, and grapefruit, along with chocolate, coffee, and toffee.
No more than medium mouth feel. Has a combination sweet bite. Very good carbonation.
Not often encountered IPA with darkness and fruit. Dry finish.

Aug 29, 2021
Midnight Haze IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 14 ratings