lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours like a typical hef; cloudy orange with mid density white head. Faint citrus aroma that i find to be a bit lacking if you are gonna say its an IPA. the taste does not falter, however, delivering a massive resinous hop punch while still maintaining the wheat beer feel in the mouth. great long lasting, bitter hop finish. quite refreshing.
riversideAK (6040) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is full of wheat, pretty sweet and malty smelling with light citrus and some hop presence, but a rather generic one at that. Notes of alcohol as well. Smells like a super strong American Wheat. Pours cloudy orange yellow, thin head, some lace. The flavor has a good deal of wheat malt, light sugary sweetness, bitter hops, light lemon. It is really an amped up American Wheat with a heavier body, more noticeable alcohol, and a stronger hop presence. I was hoping for less sweetness and a more pronounced citrus character. Not bad, but would not revisit.
bvc (1230) - Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz capped. Pours a slight chill hazed rich darker gold with plenty of uniform white head that settles to a nice film. Nose show quite a bit of wheat with hints of banana and some oranges...as it warms, the 8% shows a bit on the nose. Prickly carb with a touch of sticky feel to the body. Clean and straight forward really. As crow points out, it is really kind of dry and just plain bitter with the hop character. As the hops meet up with the wheat, it is really just a bit slightly sweet and bitter wheat beer. Doesn’t taste too far off from what I recall the Obliteration IV tasting like.
OldMrCrow (2321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Malt and Vine.
Light hazy pour with a good-sized head; lovely, lovely aroma of lime and tropical fruit that recalls the 3676 (or whatever) collaboration from the same brewery. Flavor doesn’t quite live up; for once I’m actually complaining about an IIPA coming out on the dry side! Sticky-dry, rather than quenching dry as in Pliny, if that makes sense. Nonetheless, quite a strong entry. I look forward to revisiting in bottled form.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. This beer completes Midnight Sun’s 4 seasons of Double IPA’s. Pours a clear golden with a medium long lasting dense off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, hay, lemon, wheat and fresh cut grass. The flavor is very bitter with a nice floral and citrus hop taste to balance it out, the malt and wheat are just there to hold the hops up. Medium body with active carbonation and a long bitter finish. Damn, I love this brewery, another excellent IIPA and drinking it fresh makes a world of difference.
Earlier Rating: 4/5/2009 Total Score: 3.4
On tap. Dominate hop aroma, grapefruit, spruce, resin with hints of alcohol and roasted malt. Golden/orange in color with an average white head. The flavor is mostly bitter followed by sweet and alcohol and finishing with a long bitter after taste. Dry resininess mouth feel. Solid brew but there is a bit of a harshness.
PhillyBeer2112 (2711) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Soapy floral hops. Amber color, sudsy head. Peppery hop finish with mild bready malts not doing much. A bit on the lifeless side.
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear honey gold / orange with a soft white head. Interesting nose, a soft mingling of hops, light fruit, and a light Belgian yeast. More bitter flavor than the nose suggests, especially in the back palate. Soft orange notes, some spice in the front. Lingering bitterness is a tad extreme. Some alcohol burning. Nice brew here though, pretty good stuff.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Have been really looking forward to it as I’m a hop head with a soft spot for wheat beers. This was bottles in the 3rd week of November so it has about 3.5 months on it. 22 oz bottle poured into my snifter.
A- Perfect, IMO, for what a hoppy wheat should look like. Body is a translucent rusty amber hue that pours with a 2-3 finger foamy white head. Head eventually fades to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention from there. Lacing and film is left all the way down the glass. Cloudiness is very thick and between uniform and dynamic. Bubbles can be sen rising to the top (when held up to the light) and some cloudiness can be seen moving about the brew.
S- The nose is hoppy and very sweet (maybe a little too sweet). Lots of grapefruit and citrus come through first but there is also a big sweet bready yeast in the background. The smell ends with a slight presence of phenols and big almost sugary sweetness added to the mix.
T- The flavor upfront is somewhat mild and consists of a mild herbal and citrus hop presence with a big bready yeast backbone. The finish is mostly hop flavors with a smooth grapefruit and slightly aggressive hop bitterness emerging as well as a big bready sweetness. What is left to linger is a medium strength resiny hop bitterness and the impression of sweet bready yeast.
P- Medium carbonation and medium weight body. Goes down easier but could be a lot smoother (as I am being picky). Could be more oily or more bready in order to do so. The hops add more of a crass, abruptness to the mouthfeel rather than oils.
O- This is an awesome beer and I am glad to have tried it. This is my 4th IPA/wheat beer combo and it measures up just as well as the others. The ABV is virtually unnoticeable (though not super high) and that makes this beer all the more sneaky...because it appears sessionable. A great beer that may have been brighter when completely fresh...and I wish I lived in AK so that I could have experienced this. Still a great beer over all and something that I wish was a lot more easily accessible.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-11-2009 20:33:33
thedm (5439) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew from JSquire a rating party poured a large sized head of foamy white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a slightly hazy softly carbonated orange colored body. The aroma wasof mild hops. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of sharp yummy hops. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.
ChainGangGuy (4714) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, orange-amber body with a lasting, medium-sized, white head that lefts generous rings of lace on the way down.
Smell: Small base of light malts with some mild crackery hints crossed the nostrils before you’re besieged with sharp, stinging wafts of citric pith cooked in boiling resin, though there are some modest floral hints floating around in there, too. I think I can see where this one’s going to go.
Taste: Lightly malted barley with a lesser degree of malted wheat and no more than a touch of sweetness. This all quickly derails into a particularly caustic hop profile with predominate tastes of citrus pith, tongue-blistering resin, finely-ground aspirin and a big, long bitterness. Some secondary flavors of grapefruit, lemon, and newly-mewn grass do very little to forestall my big, fat, frowny-face. Splash of warming alcohol. Finishes dry and bitter with one last dusting of Goody’s Headache Powder.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some oily viscosity to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Thanks, but no thanks! It’s one of those Double IPAs that’s an embodiment of coarse, citric bitterness with few redeeming qualities to it. This one instantly brought to mind Stone’s 9th Anniversary, a beer I also didn’t care for with its excessively harsh Amarillo hop character.