Saturday, September 1, 2012
Midnight Sun Brewing Company Obliteration VIII Double IPA
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Midnight Sun Brewing Company Obliteration VIII Double IPA.
From the Midnight Sun Brewing Company website:” With passion and purpose, we present this series of hop-centric beers. Using different hop varieties and brewing techniques, we aim to capture bold, distinct hop characteristics in aroma, flavor and finish. While we explore the world of hops, we invite you to learn along with us: these beers offer an incredible opportunity to experience the diversity of hops while engaging the palate and obliterating the senses. Obliteration VIII returns the Obliteration series to its Double IPA roots. This one, however, is MSBC's first beer brewed with hop extract: Amarillo. Dry-hopped with Bravo hop pellets. While bitterness exists, an amazingly high IBU score hits the palate with floral, tropical and citrus properties. Inhale. Behold. Taste. Obliterate your senses with the newest addition to Midnight Sun's Obliteration series.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a golden orange with a dense white head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Mostly citrus hops (lemon) and pine with little malt in the nose. Alcohol scent is present.
Taste: Pine and citrus up front with a slight malt sweetness in the back. Finishes with hoppy bitterness and alcohol.
Overall: Overall a nice offering. Midnight Sun Brewing Company’s Obliteration VIII Double IPA had ample hop flavor and decent amount of malt to balance it out. Certainly not the best DIPA I’ve had, but by far not the worst. At 8.5% ABV the price is a bit steep (must be the transit from Alaska) so I don’t know that I would grab another, but if the price was right I’d certainly drink this one again.