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RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Brewed in the bold spirit of Alaska, Sockeye Red IPA is a finely crafted Pacific Northwest-style India Pale Ale with a real bite. Ample pale two-row malt creates a fresh, firm body while specialty malts impart a spawning red hue. The predominant character of this fiesty catch comes from outlandish portions of Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe hops, giving this beer tremendous citrus and floral aroma and flavor.

Determined and bitter but amazingly balanced, Sockeye Red IPA is gnarly enough to take you hook, line and sinker. Forget about a bigger rig; grab a bigger glass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 14, 2004
piney hops, light crystal malt nose. deep mahogony, bronze, no head. nice semi brown color, spicey hops through out, eh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2641) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2004
Full-on hoppy aroma -- leafy, woody, green, earthy, spicy and flowery with just the barest hint of toasty malt. Dark red-amber color, lightly hazy, with a massive, lasting, rocky off-white head and thick lacing. Flavor profile is almost entirely hoppy: citric, woody and mildly fruity, with a touch of toasted malt and burnt caramel arriving late. Finish is crisp and dry. Moderately high amount of bitterness throughout. Could use a bit more maltiness to balance out, but does feature a nice palette of hop charcteristics.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4818) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
Dark copper/bronze coloured body with a large dense tan head. Aroma of floral-fragrant hops with a good balance of malt and little else. Light to Medium-bodied; Assertive hoppiness up front of a floral quality, then finishing very clean. Aftertate has some sweetness-but is left very clean and fresh. Overall, a great 'easy-to-drink' IPA, definately worth trying! I bought this 65 cL bottle at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia and sampled it on 04-January-2004.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2005 2003 bomber. Nice medium dark reddish-amber with some swirling oranges and dark golds. Bottle conditioned, humongous persistent sticky white head. Wonderfully resinous smell, very juicy and floral. Chinooks meld well with the cascades creating a hops aroma that is neither too dominant on spiciness or citrus. Flavor is equally juicy, bursting with hops, huge alpha content, floral, sweet and lightly toasty. Bitterness is high but well-balanced by malt. Very solid offering, nice change of pace back to the traditional American IPA (Ive been getting tired of fuggles lately). Lingering sweet, almost fruity finish and aftertaste. Low acidity, very creamy palate.
2004 bomber Still as good as I remember. There’s just something about Red IPAs and Double Reds that I really like, oh wait, it’s the balance. Imagine that. (I also like cascades and centennials, yes I’m boring).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Deep orange colour. Surprisingly lasting head given the amount of hop oil in this yummy creation. Another great, crazy label from the people at Midnight Sun. Strong hop smell. Sttrong hop taste. Lasting hop aftertaste. A great IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Pours brown, not red. Floral hop smell does not translate into floral hop taste. Not bad, but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Pours an orange amber with a nice head that leaves some lace. Smells of floral hops and a nice malt presence. Tastes nice and hoppy, Cascades are the most obvious with some others in there as well. It's offset with the malt but hops are certainly the main taste Mouthfeel is full and crisp. Drinkability is good as I'll try this one again. I'm looking forward to trying others from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Surprising light ruby hue and diminishing creamy white head and very good lace. The aroma hints of pine, light grapefruit, lemon, toasted grains, clove and assorted sweet spices, zesty musty yeast esters, and a touch of wood. The taste has bitter hoppiness with a nice layer of malt balance. Undertones are herbal, grassy, and earthy. Citric bite on the finish but not overpowering. Additional tones of wood and spice. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, dry, astringent, and lively. A solid IPA but the bitterness lingers a tad too much without refreshing palate. Worth a try, grab one. Thanks JSquire for another brew from Alaska!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Orange red in appearance, large tan head that lasts nicely, good lacing. Grapefruit dominated aroma, quite juicy. Flavors are surprisingly roasty with orange and grapefruit flavors mingling with spruce notes. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2004
This bottle mentions that Uinta Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, UT) brewed this beer on behalf of Midnight Sun. Unusual dark red color for an IPA. Herbacious and hoppy aroma. Burnt hop flavor with a harsh bitter finish. Drinkable but nothing extraordinary.

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