Sunday, October 9

Beer Review: Midnight Sun Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA


"Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA
8.0 % Alcohol By Volume
100 International Bittering Units (IBUs)

If you’re looking for an ordinary wheat beer, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Designed to take the edge off the hot dog days of summer, Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA offers both quenching wheat character and a big hop bite.

After a long winter, it’s time to take the party outside. Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA compliments quintessential summer fare: grilled fish, chicken, pork, shrimp and veggies. And try pairing it with desserts that feature citrus--like, key lime pie or lemon curd cheesecake. This beer works with all that is summer.

Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA packs a punch that won’t stray, which means you need to find a sweet spot and stay. Sure…you may feel like chasing tail and howling at the moon but keep your cool. Find some shade, dog. And just relax.

Unleash Summer.

Availability:
AK - 22-oz bottles and draft (JUL thru SEP)
WA, OR, CA - 22-oz bottles (JUL thru SEP)"


Grabbed this bottle at the newly opened NW Liquid Gold here in Vancouver. Seems they will continue to have a lot of offerings from Midnight Sun Brewing which is great, because I and many others really love them. I did also mention that they should try to get some Anchorage Brewing stuff too since that is Midnight Suns old Brewmaster who continues to brew some amazing beers. 22oz. bottle bottled on the 5th week of June. Purchased for $10.71. Bit of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a mostly clear light glowing copper color. Nice thin finger of white foam which has slowly settled to a very creamy thin layer and sticky ring around the glass.

Smell: (3.5)
- Big zesty hops.. lots of lemon, citrus, grassy herbal aromas, and a light malt presence. Doesn't smell overly sweet, but does have a slight green aroma. Very light wheat and bready smell.

Taste: (3.5)
- Very solid taste here, and is very light on the malt sweetness. The wheat lends itself well with the hops. Super zesty lemon and citrus hops with a great grassy bitterness up front. It still just has a slight tartaric green taste though that is just a touch offsetting. But overall it is quite good. Grassy too!

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium bodied and well carbonated brew. The tartness and lemon-like qualities really make the mouth water while the hop bitterness really dries it out all at the same time.. and I do love a dry beer. I also like the lack of sugary sweetness as well. Slightly cloying, not overly chewy.

Overall: (3.5)
- Solid beer, and would certainly try it again. I am wondering if they are consistent from the bottle. A fresh keg in Alaska would probably be bliss of this beer, but as a 4 month old bottle.. it seems just a touch off. But it is in the brewers window of enjoyment and distribution. Just a little green. Perhaps that is due to the massive hops.

B / 3.58

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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