bb (7234) - 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.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An excellent beer courtesy of my man wavers1. Hazy amber pour with large aerated white head. Aroma of tropical notes, citrus and earth, grass, and huge Belgian spice. Awesome mouthfeel gives rise to a lemon pepper zest flavor with big spice and big grass. Some tropical notes here as well.
bvc (1179) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz capped bottle...10th rating...lock this bitch in. Pours a slightly hazed deep honey golden with a grayish dinge to it and a fluffy white head that has decent retention. Nice bipa nose...bubblegum estery Belgian yeast with juicy and sweet pineapple tropical hops with slight sweet pine. Medium body that edges on creamy yet the carbonation is lively and leans toward prickly. Estery banana bubblegum up front, quickly moves into tropical hop notes that turn into abrasive with pepper doughiness and these off putting slight vegital/mettalic notes. The aggresive bittering hops are strong enough to overtake the slight off flavors Iím getting, but the flavor isnít as enjoyable as the nose suggests.
danem (14) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft. Pours a golden, hazy yellow. Very fine, sticky head. Smells of honey, citrus and jasmine, quite mild. Taste is surprisingly mild with notes of grapefruit and smooth hops. Not as big as I expected, but really good nonetheless.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark yellow with a fluffy white head and fine carbonation. Strong citrus and pine aroma with hints of caramel and vanilla. Big bitter bite with vanilla caramel grapefruit and pine taste with hints of passion fruit and a semi dry hoppy finish.
popery (1575) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious BIPA. This beer packs a lot of excellent flavors with big American hops and Belgian yeast both chiming in. Mayhem pours a glowy burnt orange color with a big head full of fine bubbles. The head is nice and sticky with lots of lacing. The aroma starts off with big pine/citric hops, leading into Belgian fruit/mint/earth. Itís got a bit of that turpentine hops/booze, but it works on this beer. Apricots and peaches lurk in the yeast notes, along with mushrooms, funk(?) and further complexity. The flavor is dry, though not as brutally dry as the other Midnight Sun DIPAs that Iíve tried. Hops dominate a bit in the flavor, but thereís some malt presence in there, somewhere. Itís an excellent beer, expertly brewed and among the best in this wonderful new-ish style.
joeneugs (3816) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear golden with a nice white head. The aroma is sweet with circus peanuts (the candy) and citrus with a hint of funk. The flavor is spicy and sweet with a very bitter hop explosion all the way through. Pineapple, grapefruit, candy sugar, and spicy yeast come to mind before a piney finish.
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice slightly hazy amber pour with a spongy and erratic white head. the aroma is like a hoppy triple or something, very belgian for the most part, then iipa. lots of spicey, earthy notes in the aroma and flavor. the taste def has a lil funk to it, a almost dry dog shows up, tastes like my last camping trip to the redwoods. def the best iipa i have had from them yet, this one is interesting and drinkable. the body is crisp upfront, then fading to a yeasty dryness with lots of hop oils lingering as well. i personally like this better than the 3797.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber; pours pale gold with fluffy white head billowing up in the glass; a beauty; fresh pineapple and bubblegum are the first aromas; some musky lemons, table sugar, pepper and grassy hops too; as the head fades, the aromas become more minerally and sharp with more lemon; drinks with an almost creamy texture of thick sugar water; bitter grapefruit and mildly astringent to me on first sip; finishes with some faint cloves, lemons and creamed malt; and very dry, sticky mouthfeel; belgian impact seems on the light side to me with more sharp, grapefruit hops and pine; love the nose, but not quite my thing going down