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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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Ratings: 227 | Reviews: 155 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by kmcnair:
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kmcnair

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3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish color. Makes a thick off white head that stands about an inch off the top of the beer and fades slowly. Brilliant clarity. A bit dark for a Double IPA.

Aroma is more malt forward than hop focused. Notes of sweet caramel. Some piney hop esters permeate through the complex malts. Not as hoppy as I would have hoped, but has some interesting characteristics from the specialty malts and adjuncts. I would have expected a stronger hop aroma.

Flavor opens up with light to medium caramel malts, toasty & biscuity. Hop bitterness is moderate to high. Hop flavors are piney, resinous, a bit catty. Lingering bitter aftertaste. This tastes more like a light barleywine, its just not quite hitting the mark as for the style.

Nice mouthfeel, not terribly cloying or sticky. Medium carbonation. Creamy finish.

Overall, this is a brew that is definitely drinkable, I just think that it misses a great deal of marks for trying to call it a Double IPA. Less mid range specialty malts and more finishing/dry hops will really improve this and make it more fitting to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 05:13:02 | More by kmcnair
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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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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

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