SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
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 fiulijn (20516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle from Whole Foods, Lynnwoodmar (5417) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2009
cloudy deep blond color with generous compact head. Piney and pungent hopping, with lean and elegant pale malt backbone, plenty of fruits and hop resins.
Perfect IIPA, fresh, easy to drink.
bottle thanks to blutt59. golden pour with a thin white head. very sticky, citrusy hops on the nose. easy on the palate with citrus, grapefruit and sticky hops for the flavors. madvermin (86) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Pours a crystal clear apple juice color, with ample head that dissapates but leaves a thin layer for a long while, ok lacing after a bit more time. Smells immediately of wheat with some citric hops coming through the wheat. A weird smell, borderline metallic, but not too much so. Taste is kind of similar, with a LOT of wheaty malt, but also a fair amount of bitterness from the hops. The wheat is really a treat to taste, and the metallic twinge I get in the middle is actually kind of pleasant. Citrus is there, but not in spades, and I can only get a vague lemony taste from it. Body of the beer is heavier than expected, and it benefits the beer, as the flavors are quite strong. Carbonation is present throughout each gulp, and is gone before it can leave a tingle on the tongue post-swallow. Drinkability is really, really high, the 8% is not a factor in any way. Each sip is goes down so easy that I thought it was 5% until I checked the bottle. Overall this is one of the most refreshing beers I’ve ever had, and really does what it sets out to do. ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle purchased from Wally’s Wine in Westwood. This is a huge surprise and my first beer from this brewery. A great blend of amped up wheat with double ipa hops. Dark yellow color kinda cloudy. Taste is a huge double ipa hop citrus punch with the grain texture body of a bold wheat beer. All around excellent and very enjoyable beer. If this was regularly available I would buy it consistently.
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2013
22oz bomber from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours a pale and cloudy. Citrus and mango fruit nose. Bold flavors of grapefruits and peach. The wheat must make the malts more delicate, which seems to mix better with the bitterness. Spicy bite in the finish. Very refreshing for such a big beer. Damn good! glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2009
Pours a light amber with medium head. Slightly sweet malt with lots of citrus/pine/weed hop flavor and lasting bitterness. This creamy texture is not typical for an IPA of this depth, but I’m a fan. The bitterness isn’t so overwhelming that it truly obliterates your taste buds, but there is tons of hop flavor going on. Very minimal sweetness is not resinous; right up my alley. Overall, this comes across as an easy drinking double IPA with a creamy body and great hop flavor. What’s not to like? savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 13, 2010
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. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2014
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.
Cloudy orange with a white head. Lots of citrusy and tropical fruit hops. Some malt in the middle, wheat, and lightly hoppy finish. ACHops (1584) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2014
On tap @ Uber. Pours slightly cloudy golden orange with medium white lacy head. Aroma is sweet pale malt with big citrusy and floral hops on the back. Taste is sizable rich grainy wheat malt, with big bitter hop-driven finish that lingers bitter. Notes of citrus and fruity floral hops standout. For some reason I’ve recently become a big fan of wheat IPAs, and this is an outstanding example. Very drinkable beer in spite of the substantial abv.