Gluttony by Midnight Sun
Tasting: November 11, 2015
Style: Triple IPA
Beer # 849
I’ve amassed a beer cellar of hundreds of bottles of beer and I’m beginning to out grow my shelving. My wife has been after me to get the bottles off the basement floor and re-organize my domain. She also told me that I should be careful of putting bottles too close to the edge of the wire shelving. In a classic “I told you so moment” I clipped a bottle while organizing and it came crashing to the floor making a horrific bursting sound. A wave of panic followed as I dreaded the revealing moment of which bottle had bitten the dust. There it was a bottle of Midnight Sun Berserker ($20). I would have felt better had I had another or had already logged it – but negative on both fronts. I will say it smelled amazing as I wiped up the mess as well as my tears.
I bought this bottle of Gluttony from Midnight Sun partly to strike up a conversation about my fallen Berserker. I had hoped that they might say, “Yes, we have a bottle tucked away in the back” or “we expect a new shipment next week”. All I got was that it stayed in stock too long and I’m not sure when we’ll get it again.
While I patiently wait on the next release of Berserker, I’ll crack open this triple IPA from Midnight Sun. Gluttony gets mixed reviews on Beer Advocate. The community gives it a respectable 90 points while the Bro’s give it a “meh” -83 points.
I love triple IPA. To me, there is a thin line between triple IPA and California-style barley wine. Usually massive in alcohol content, massive in syrupy sweet malt base and sometimes ripe with dank hops. Gluttony doesn’t disappoint with any of these characteristics. I even get some mellow raisin and molasses that I’m certain would develop over time. It might be a bit boozy for some – myself included as it interferes a bit too much. I’ll still put gluttony at 88 points.