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Cohoho Imperial IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Cohoho Imperial IPACohoho Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%


Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
CoHoHo begins with generous measures of pale two-row and specialty malts along with spirit-boosters like brown sugar and honey. Hefty doses of Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe hops beautifully balance that outrageous malt bill while juniper berries heighten the festive character of this exuberant beer.

85 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-28-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by TCHopCraver:
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cohoho (very festive) emerges a dark copper-amber-mahogany from the bomber. A scant, light khaki head sits atop the beer and remains as a haze. There are some brown hues in the body, as well. Small carbonation bubbles drift upward at a medium pace. The lacing is pretty sticky, dotty, and amoeba-like.

The aroma has some very nice, rounded citrus notes and is balanced nicely by a pretty hefty malt with some caramel characteristics. Of the three added ingredients, I can smell honey the most, followed by brown sugar and juniper berries. It's a sweet aroma for a Double IPA, but that's to be expected, I guess.

The first sip hits reveals very sweet notes of the honey and brown sugar, supported by the caramel-ly malt bill. I'd say the grapefruit and orange hop notes take a backseat to the sweet elements, but the finish does have a pleasant, resiny hop finish. Pretty good.

Cohoho has a medium-bodied feel for a Double IPA with a very coating sweetness at first. That sweetness is replaced by a decently dry and bitter hop finish. Carbonation is pretty high and complements the flavors well.

I liked this beer more than I thought I might. I wasn't sure how brown sugar, honey, and juniper berries would complement a Double IPA, but it was really a pretty nice flavor. A little sweeter than I generally prefer, but nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:10:09 | More by TCHopCraver
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Like Midnight Sun's Sockeye Red IPA, this also has the rich, deep red color of a spawning salmon. Quite dark for an IPA, imperial or not. It has a nice little puffy, one-finger head of off-white foam which sticks around for quite a while. Looks festive!

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Just as the Coho salmon is a bit bigger than the sockeye, this DIPA is like a bigger version of the Sockeye Red IPA. It tastes similar, but more intense. This is a bigger catch, you see.

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Into a chalice:

A: dark reddish and slightly copper edges with a one finger white foamy head that dies immediately, light lacing sticks to the glass

S: floral malty hoppiness with some orange zest, and grapefruit and honey

T: a super malty covered hoppiness in the front and then backed up with a decent hoppy bitterness, long lingering citrus yet hoppy aftertaste, dry finish

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Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.