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Review by joe1510 on 11/24/09  
 
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22oz Bomber

My neighbor Dave brought me this bottle from the brewery on a recent trip of his throughout Alaska, thanks again Dave! Wrath Belgian-Style Double IPA fills my glass a tangerine orange with good clarity. When backlit, the body glows pale orange with streams of carbonation, from points all over the glass, rush to the surface. The silky white head grew to three fingers without a problem and quickly became craggy and rocky. The head ended up settling to one finger and left incredibly dense Belgian-esque mountainous sheets down the glass. This beer really has a great look to it and I can't wait to dive in.

With the bottle mentioning this beers sport 100 IBUs I wasn't sure if I would be able to pull any of the Belgian qualities out. To my surprise the nose is loaded with Belgian yeastiness and more then enough spicy Noble hops. Bubblegum, white pepper, and a mild touch of clove are thrown off thanks to the yeast used and pale cake like malts lay down the spicy Belgian base but there's no doubt that hops steal the show. Tangerine and lightly sugared grapefruit bring along some citric qualities that fade rather quickly and let the spicy, grassy and very herbal noble hoppiness play the major role. Mild alcohol wafts through the air. The smell on this beer makes my mouth water.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma. Bubblegum, clove, and mild banana sweetness are the first things that jump out. The American hops show up first with the tangerine and grapefruit, both of which are mild but the main hop component is spicy and herbal. The cake like malt qualities come across mid palate and fade until the finish. Grassy, peppery, and highly herbal hops combine with the yeast spiciness on the finish and linger afterwards. This is a delicious beer.

For a beer with such a high abv the body is nicely light and airy like you find in a lot of Belgian beers. Wrath is light on the tongue with a lightly prickly carbonation that keeps things moving. The spiciness combined with the heavy handed use of hops leaves behind a lingering bitterness that grows as the bottle empties. The spiciness really sticks around on the cheeks while the bitterness punishes the tongue.

This bottle disappeared pretty quickly but the hop profile and spiciness will put a hurting on your taste buds over time. I could easily drink more then a bomber in a sitting but I'd be afraid of losing too much of the Belgian character after all the abuse from the hops.

I pick up all the Belgian IPAs I can find, which isn't too many, and didn't really expect to see a lot of Belgian character in this beer with 100 IBUs but it delivered. Midnight Sun makes some great beer and this is another one to add to that list. Somehow the huge hop presence doesn't overtake all the Belgian yeast characters. Thanks again for the bomber Dave!

Reviewed: 8/25/08

Served In: Pint Glass

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