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Obliteration IV Double Wheat by Midnight Sun Brewing
American Double / Imperial IPA
8.70 % ABV


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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2009
22oz Bomber

Another big "Thank you" goes out to AKBelgianBeast for hooking me up with this interesting IPA, thanks you scroungy bastard! I thought this was a strange brew when I first heard of it, a double wheat IPA. Obliteration fills my willi glass with a deep golden liquid. Orange highlights abound and nearly take over when backlit. Small and large carbonation bubbles both explode to the surface. A big, sticky, dense, clean white head of three fingers formed on the pour and stuck around like a champ. Big clumpy sticky lacing is left all over the sides of my glass.

Whew! Nice pungent hops leap from the glass directly into my nose. Lightly sugared grapefruit leads the onslaught with orange and lime peel following closely behind. A little earthy pine tries to fight its way through but doesn't hold up very well against all the citrus. I couldn't pull any wheat out at first but the more I stick my beak in the glass the more noticeable it becomes. The wheat brings a touch of that slightly damp, tart graininess or as I like to call it, twang.

Bitterly delicious! The West Coast hopping assaults the tongue immediately with lemon and lime bitterness. The grapefruit sticks around in the back but certainly lets itself be known. Pine bitterness shows up mid-palate and does its own little jig on my tongue before moving along and letting an aspirin like bitterness take its turn. The wheaty twang isn't quite a twangy as the nose suggested but is without a doubt there and the other malts used add a mild sugar cookie quality to the brew. Whatever malts were used is a moot point because this one's a hop bomb!

The body leans toward the heavier side of moderate but not by much. There's a nice silky quality to the brew from the soft, but lively carbonation. The finish is cheek sucking dry which only accentuates the hoppy bitterness. This is my kind of brew for sure.

A bomber of this can be finished of with ease, as a matter of fact a lot more could be as well but my tongue has already taken a beating after one pint. The magnificent hoppiness may be wasted on me if I tried drinking more than 22ozs.

They know how to utilize their hops up there in the land of the land of the midnight sun. The wheat adds a nice touch to this brew, one I'd like to see again. Obliteration IV is like Gumballhead on 'roids, me likey! Thanks for the hook up Beast, you da man!

Reviewed: 1/11/09

Served In: Pint Glass

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