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#1 Review by popery from San Franciso, CA, United States
8 | Appearance
9 | Mouthfeel
5 | Flavor
7 | Overall
Bottle, home. I appreciate these single hop experiments as much as anyone and it’s particularly fun to taste a relatively new hop variety like Summit, but I’m going to need to replace the enamel on my teeth after this beer. Obliteration is an apt name for this hop tea masquerading as beer. It’s up there with Iron Springs Casey Jones and Hoppin’ Frog Mean Manalishi for top palate-wrecking DIPAs. The aroma is all Summit goodness - tangerine rind, grapefruit rind and just a hint of herbaceous onion/garlic. The flavor is dry and, well, hoppy. My taste score keeps crawling up as I go through the bottle and my palate slowly adapts to the onslaught. I have no doubt that Midnight Sun can make an excellent DIPA; this beer would probably get a very high score with a different hop bill. Plus, I appreciate the experimentation, so my rating here doesn’t quite reflect my full opinion of the beer and brewery, just my enjoyment of the flavor.
3/10/2010 4:16:29 PM |