Ferris (2935) - 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 (2138) - 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 (1651) - 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 (1468) - 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 (2315) - 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 (470) - 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 (1163) - 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 (1118) - 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!
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: I must say, this is the second bottle in a row from Midnight Sun that opens with a huge burst of gas sound and vapors. Created a firm layer of patchy foam head while the liquid was a dark tea brown color with mahogany tint. As for the aroma, it has a barley wine scent and a hint of citrus, berries, brown sugar and maybe it’s just my nose, but I smell molasses syrup. The flavor is rich with sweet sugary malts that boast of brown sugar with the slightest hint of fruit in the distant background. This is really good experimental combination of ingredients.