after4ever (5740) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a clear medium amber with a big pillowy off-white head. Moderate stringy lace coming down the side of the glass. Floral, grassy, dusty nose, a little perfumey, definitely leaning toward the trippel side of the yeast strain spectrum rather than the spicy side. Creamy medium body with plenty of lively carb. Nice caramel and oranges mid-palate, very much a coherent IPA happening there, not much toast but thatís OK. Yeasty bits start to creep in, maybe a little green apple, then gets a big burst of white pepper near the finish. Finish closes out with white pepper, grass, and some tangerine, and theyíre all fighting each other rather than complimenting each other. Very interesting beer and glad to have it, but not the most harmonious effort we have seen from Anchorage.
Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from City Beer Store. Medium orange colour, with big off-white head. Lots of lace. Taste is c-hop (resiney citrus), some spiciness, and funk. Decent mouthfeel. Wafts funk. Carbonation above-average. Better as it warms to room temperature. Tasty stuff, but a bottle requires a meal to accompany it.
Loineshawn (3011) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Kan- thanks for the beers! Pours a bright orange amber hue with a frothy beige head. aroma is a nice fruit funk- tangerine and pears come to mind. Slightly perfumy as well with some grassy pine hops shining through. flavor is light dough, spruce, and caramel. well put together. everything melds together nicely. medium body. nice carbonation. slight sticky, yet dry mouthfeel. leaves a pine and citrus coat on the pallete. Liked this quite a bit, but prefer that midnight sun 3767 funky ipa to this. this was really good though!
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1st brew of the tasting and provided by Kan, mucho thanks: Somewhat cloudy golden and coppery appearance topped by a good frothy head that left spotty lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of pineapple and pear esters, grassy and herbal hops, biscuity and slight Belgian yeast vapours. The taste is nicely hop forward without being brash and aggressive complementing the malt and yeast character. Fruity and light resiny hop tones with a herbal minty finish. The mouth feel is lively and refreshing, a bit chalky. Overall a very nice brew done in a style that Midnight Sun seems to excel at.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours attractive copper orange with a thin white head. Nose is orange citrus and esters. Obvious Belgian yeast in nose and flavor, with banana and clove in their as well. Medium hop bitterness in finish in the mid to finish.
pantanap (3328) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Joey... Pours a mostly hazy yellow orange brown with a thin to medium milky white head... Aroma of juicy citrus hop alongside some grassy notes. Tangerine and peels.. Earthy fruity citrus fruits and a dry bitter finish. Creamy drinkable body.
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, notched 4th week of March? I thought it was May. Oh well. $11.99 @ City Beer. Clear effervescent golden amber with a one finger well-retained eggshell head. Lots of citrus and pineapple hops up front blending with the fruity Belgian yeast, followed by some moderate herbal dry hopped character--doesnít smell a couple months old at all. Light candi sugar and pale cereal grain sweetness also noted, as well as a tinge of clean brett (if that makes sense). Flavor follows suit pretty well--the Belgian yeast never dominates, but is ever-present--much the same with the hops. Not too much sweetness going on, either. Bitterness peaked at a 6 in the semi-dry finish, light alcohol present. High carbonation with a medium body. Very enjoyable.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy golden orange with a big, thick head. Herbal, piney hops on the nose, accented with citrus peel and caramel, with a slightly boozy bite. Itís effervescent, but still quite full-bodied and has a powerful flavor. Deeper malt notes than the aroma lets on, but still with plenty of hops. Very nice.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber beer witha nice cream colored head. Belgian yeast aroma with grapefruit and light pine. Grapefruit and pine resin flavor with yeast and light caramel. Medium-plus bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingers with yeast and light caramel.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh bomber. The pour is predictably (for Midnight Sun anyway) cloudy, sporting a dusky, dark, golden-amber hue. A moderate, velvety smooth head of beige foam is quick to settle to a relatively thin but lasting blanket. A dense wash of lacing slowly meanders about the glass, leaving some rounded flares and fat, amoeba-like spots behind. The nose manages to somehow tow the line between enticing juiciness and mouth-watering dryness, loaded with fresh grapefruit rind, grass, and spruce resins on one hand, and distinctly Belgian, spicy, bready yeastiness on the other. An underlying malt bill of toffee and glazed bread has been mostly dried out by the pernicious yeast billing. A hint of coriander is distinguishable, though orange and grapefruit peel remain as the dominant spice elements. Flavors are similarly structured, strikingly bitter and citrus-evergreen driven, yet simultaneously spicy, yeasty, and loaded with cracker and dry bread character. Peppery grasses latch on to the tongue and donít let go for what seems like an eternity. The palate is parching in its intense dryness, medium-plus in body, and almost completely void of any residual sugars. As Belgian style IPAs go, this one is top notch. I doesnít achieve the mastery that was their fresh Wrath Belgian IIPA, but no others that Iíve experienced have either. This is a top example of an increasingly popular style.