superspak (2769) - Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, orange rind, pineapple, lemon zest, juniper, floral, light pine, caramel, honey, brown sugar, grass, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and hop notes. Taste of big orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, orange rind, lemon zest, juniper, floral, grass, caramel, honey, brown sugar, pine, and herbal earthiness. Moderate amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, juniper, floral, caramel, honey, brown sugar, grass, pine, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity; with a great balance of malt/hoppiness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. Very nice hop and malt flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
Ferris (4730) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Honey, sugar and bread on the nose. Clear amber with a nice rich head. I get the hoppy bitterness and sweet notes from the malts and honey. Tastes much more like a hopped red than anything else.
luttonm (2286) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Chuck’s 85th, Seattle. Dark mahogany. Very juicy IPA, hides 8% well. Rich woody malts, juicy with bittering finish. Slight pine, red fruit, very rich malt forward with big juicy pine-hop balance. Good, slightly different style IPA. Reading now, a ’winter’ IPA makes sense. Not going to be a favorite of mine though.
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle - I hope this wasn’t fresh. Poured a hazy dark brown adequate head and lacing. Nose of honey, caramel, brown sugar. Taste was more of the same. Malt bomb. Some hop bitterness, zero hop flavor. Butter crumbles.
brenn79 (1557) - Idaho, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle- Pours clear dark brown to red with a beautiful creamy light tan head. The aroma is hop bitterness, malt that imparts an earthiness. The taste is malty caramel, hoppy bitterness, spicy, alcohol. Body is medium, carbonation is full. Overall really not for me, you start putting heavy malts in my IPA’s, that is not for me, too much of everything, except honey, that could have balanced everything out, but I didn’t even taste any honey, and I wish they would have dialed back the malt. I get it is an imperial red IPA, but still, too heavy!
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I can’t believe that I haven’t had this beer before. It is right in my wheelhouse. Light with fruit punch like notes. Bitterness is light and the beer has a nice sparkle to it.
HeadyDE (515) - Delaware, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown..reddish tint pour into snifter..very sweet malt nose with dried figs..fig jam.and notes of the honey and molasses..caramels..leaves nice lacing and has a clean mouthfeel with a well hidden abv..a little too malty sweet for me..prefer doubles to have more of an upfront hop presence..sweetness should be toned down..perhaps the result of the honey and brown sugar..interesting however and always nice to try something from Alaska..
AWISLguy (1374) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Bottleworks on my PASS trip, shared by ck1. Pours brownish with a white head. Aroma has malt, pine and citrus. Taste is of sweet brown sugar, citrus. Fairly smooth. Finishes a very good blend of sweet and bitter. It grew on me.
deekyn (1220) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - pours effervescent mahogany with high fluffy white head. Very sticky lacing. S - very ipa. Floral, soapy ipa. Strong caramel malt backbone. Brown sugar and dates. M - simple malt heavy ipa. Full bodied. Abrupt transitions. Malty then bitter. Lingering hop bite. T - caramel malts up front and throughout. But a strong bitter floral, soapy, and cascade hops. Lingering hop bite. O - malt heavy bitter ipa. 6
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dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into glass. Big thanks to my sis for picking this up in San Diego for me. Hoppy with slightly sweet hints of honey, citrus and malts. Much easier to drink then I was anticipating. Another home run from Midnight Sun!