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Cohoho Imperial IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Cohoho Imperial IPACohoho Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

236 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 40
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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)
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Reviews by superspak:
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, orange rind, pineapple, lemon zest, juniper, floral, light pine, caramel, honey, brown sugar, grass, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and hop notes. Taste of big orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, orange rind, lemon zest, juniper, floral, grass, caramel, honey, brown sugar, pine, and herbal earthiness. Moderate amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, juniper, floral, caramel, honey, brown sugar, grass, pine, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity; with a great balance of malt/hoppiness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. Very nice hop and malt flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 06, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really think this beer is a bit underated one of the better DIPA's out there in my opinion.Poured a deep bronze color with a white fluffy head that took its time settling,big piney aromas with underlying grass but its all hops going on there,nothing to complain about flavor wise to me its spot on big resiny pine flavors but there is a enough caramel malt to keep it from getting to out of control the flavors of this beer made me wanna just keep drinking more.Wow a damn fine beer from Alaska I really wish I had some of my own to drink.

oberon, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one was a monster. The body was crystal clear brownish-orange (meaning “serious” in the IPA world) and the head was relentless. It finally went down after five minutes, lacing the hell out of my Ruination glass.

Smell – Gigantic, complex hop profile with some serious malt balance. The piney hops came out big time but the aroma showed some other hoppy scents as well. The malt was huge; mostly toasted with big caramel undertones.

Taste – Wow! In addition to bringing the nose into the taste, there’s an oaky sherry-like flavor to this one. The Cohoho IPA has it all. The hops calm down a bit here (not much), just enough to allow an appreciation of the fantastic malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied for sure and smooth and chewy. This lacked the harsh dryness of some IPAs yet left a wonderful finish. It was dry but not too much so, with a reminder of the sweet maple and brown sugar imbedded in the malts.

Drinkability – I am koo-koo for Cohoho. This was my first sample of the brewery, and I was blown away. What an awesome and unique IPA.

RoyalT, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of TCHopCraver
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.

TCHopCraver, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Just to make it more interesting and that much more American than it already is, the brewers added maple syrup, brown sugar and honey. A nearly perfect crowning of lace on the glass; what an amazing sight if you are into the whole head retention thing. Clear, but also dark, with a chestnut hue. The aroma wafts from the glass with that trademark American hop citric sharpness and an extremely complex malt/sugar nose. Good amount of slickness from the semi-smooth and slightly creamy full body. Light on the carbonation. Bitterness from the hops is present and lets the taste buds know right away, but it never comes off as too sharp or even over-the-top for the size of the beer. So there is some balance. Maltiness walks in with a solid base and dark sugar complexities, followed by a ghost-like rum character when it mingles with the alcohol. Suggestions of brown bread, ripe pears and chicory come to mind. Finishes with an even-keeled malt to hops flavor.

A different twist on a bastardized style, a bit off the more traveled road compared to most Imperial IPAs. That's not a bad thing at all as this ale is packed with flavor and comes across as being very enjoyable. It simply is not a perfect match for the style.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of gregmoscetti
3/5  rDev -23.5%

gregmoscetti, Dec 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

megamass, May 18, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rough day at work, so I decided to open my bomber of this Alaskan Imperial IPA and treat myself to an unseasonably warm evening, outside on the porch with a bliss of fresh hops. Indeed, I was rewarded with a pint glass of clear, coppery amber brew, with a two finger beige head. The head never completely dissolved and laced the glass with moderate amonts of sheet and patch foam.
The aroma is easily picked up from several feet away, and tempts the nose with a garden grove of lovely hops sensations. Grapefruit, orange, mango, and lemon, lead a citrus army, allied with plenty of pine and grassy notes.
Mouthfeel features ideal carbonation, with a fresh hops assault that is more creamy than resinous, and coats the mouth with bittersweet tangs.
Taste is well rounded, with a hops dominance that, thankfully, echoes the nose. Caramel malt appears in the background at times, but the citrusy fruits run this show. Lots of grapefruit and lemonrind in the taste, but a pear and apple duo creep into the picture as well. Absolutely dazzling!
This Alaskan brewery has really grabbed my attention with their two IPAs I've tried. Both picked up last week at the Vintage Cellar, in Blacksburg, Va.

merlin48, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, with "month and week bottled" information notched onto the side of the label, nice.

Purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, $10.99

Pours dark amber, near clear, medium dark tan head, good retentive proclivities, and leaves quality low sheeting and ample bits of lacing.

Hopped up nose.

Again, quite hopped focused on the palate, with a load of maltyness riding alongside. Densly flavorful, with caramel, some tea, and pervasive hopping.

Quality DIPA, with better then average complexity and interest.

Looking forward to trying the other Midnight Sun brews that have seen fit to add my neck of the woods to their distrabution area.

Billolick, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending this beer my way.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is pine, resiny hops, honey and brown sugar. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of caramel malt and pine hops - but it is accented by brown sugar, honey and resiny hops. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA.

Mora2000, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22oz. bomber with an assumed born-on date of September '03. Colorful and funky-graphic label ("Really Great").

Appearance: Poured a clear amber color with a lovely sheeting action down the sides of the glass. Thick...thick...thick off-white two-finger head laces the glass and persists.

Smell: Well-balanced, but nothing too massive here. A toasted malt-caramel paired with a floral/pine cone hoppiness.

Taste: I was surprised to see this listed as a Imperial IPA. It's pretty tame in the flavor department. It's a hoppy beer, no doubt, but well-controlled and balanced. Finishes with a dry and long-lasting bitterness. No ABV noted anywhere...

Mouthfeel: Very creamy smooth. Medium body. A soaker of the palate.

Drinkability: Hihly drinkable. Nice mix of hops and malty sweetness make for a tasty beer. The dry finish and hop oils on the lips really appeal.

Huge thanks to WeeFishHeads for this one.

OldFrothingSlosh, Feb 04, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Breylan, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a massive dipa, leaning to the darker end of the dipa spectrum, while it tried its hardest to maintain an orange appearance, there was some lighter brown running around in it.

Aroma was not as Simcoe pungent as I expected, they definitely did not skimp on the C-hops. Loads of bitterness all over this, not really a sweet dipa, this slams hard with bitterness, despite having what appears to be a massive malt bill of 2 row.

I've always looked at Midnight Sun as an expensive proposition, and while this beer is decent, their stuff just isn't to the point with me where I can suggest that people go out and look for this and pay any price. Usually close to $10 a bomber means I'm demanding excellence. Pretty thick mouthfeel, heavy, bitter. Alcohol is moderately noticeable. Buttloads of caramel. Feels like a big dipa recipe put through the xmas spicer.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep caramel amber hue with a tan creamy slightly gelatinous looking head holds together well, leaves behind a thick collar of lace sticks around the duration of the bottle. Aroma: Deep pine cone scented hops with fruity overtones lots-o-malt alcohol is evident. Taste: Fruity hop bursts with each sip consumed, nice caramel malts excellent grassy finish. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied creamy texture. Drinkability: At 8 % drinkability is pretty damn smooth, this one was tasty not up to par with the other known Double IPAs out there but a nice pleasant treat from a brewer that I have never heard of.

WVbeergeek, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Griffith, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby-brown, one of the darkest Double IPAs I've ever seen. The head is fantastic, big, fluffy, rocky, looks like a homebrewed root beer. Lotsa lace. Thumbs up.

Aroma is not complex, but it's very nice: plenty of fresh grapefruit in the forefront and Wrigley's juicy fruit gum further back.

My initial, and main lasting impression of this beer is how well it brings in toasty malts to balance the expected pine/grapefruit hops. Brown sugar detected as well. Of course those fragrant hops dominate, achieving a good balance between prickly bite and floral grace. Not a mindblower, but definitely yummy.

Oily, resiny mouthfeel. Medium-level carbonation, with a buttery silkiness that's quite nice.

Love the toasty maltiness that keeps this well-hopped beer from being too one-dimensional. Mucho thankso msubulldog25 (aka Brian)!!!

Metalmonk, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at humpy's. Pours a deep dark red with decent head for an imperial of any kind. The nose is hoppy of course and even a bit grainy. The first taste is fruity and floral, reminiscent of the cascade hops in mirror pond but with more intensity and more fruit less floral. Great hop flavor through the middle, tastes like multiple hop flavors in succesion. The finish is hoppy and less bitter than one would think for an imperial IPA which i suspect is probably 80 to 100 IBUs. rather smooth for an IPA, but kind of strange to release this in the winter, i would have made it a fall seasonal, but then again alaskan fall is like winter in most of the lower 48 so maybe their right on. Good brew, I like the sockeye red as well, and its easier to pound, but this has a very nice kick not present in the sockeye. Get this one on tap if you can, but its still a good buy in a bottle.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 expirey, received from Liquid Solutions earlier this year. An Xmas beer, a super-IPA, so bitterness and malting expected. This mellowed superbly, bitterness well contained in great malting. A good one. Carmel,fruitiness, barleywine-ish, . Nice grapefruit and head colouring.

Sammy, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of hreb
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is deep red amber (way too dark for a proper IPA), syrupy, and relatively opaque, with lots of big soda bubbles. Caramel sweet aroma with a load of citrus hops, typical of double IPAs.

Taste is way on the bitter side, with aggressive American hops through the middle. I only get a hint of honey sweetness on the tip of my tongue. Disappointingly, I don't get any juniper at all. No, I don't get much in the way of either complexity or holiday spirit from this. And other than being calibrated to 85 IBUs, I wouldn't necessarily call it an American Double IPA. Maybe American winter warmer or imperial red ale.

hreb, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a color somewhere between brown and orange, but not quite amber. A half-inch of creamy tan head hangs around for a while, clinging to the sides of the glass. Aroma of fresh, spicy, piney hops, a touch of caramel malt, and subtle, contradictory notes of grass and brown sugar. Palate is well-balanced between slightly sweet caramel and dark malts and a hop profile that is milder than the nose would indicate. Piney notes are balanced by a light fruity sweetness. Finish has a very slight metallic tinge to it, along with a pleasant warming character. Body is rich and slightly creamy. Overall, a nice, hoppy winter ale.

ElGordo, Nov 30, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

PretzelCity, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Liquid Solutions, shared with my girlfriend and roommate after a long day of moving stuff around. I assume it must be from last winter.

A - Pours a dark reddish-amber color with a large beige head and absolutely insane lacing. I mean clumps of foam cling to the side of the glass, and distinct rings can be seen well after the beer is gone.

S - Aroma is brown sugar, honey, spices, citrusy and resinous hops. You get both winter warmer and IPA, which is very interesting.

T - Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, honey, holiday spices, juniper, and grapefruity, resinous hops in just the right amount, not too intense. This winter warmer/DIPA combo is an interesting one, and this attempt at it is well-executed.

M - Palate is smooth and just a tiny bit syrupy, with soft carbonation.

D - Pretty high. Overall a really well-done beer from Midnight Sun.

nickd717, Oct 06, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Ralphs66, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4th week of November

Pours caramel/chestnut with 4+ fingers of fluffed up sand colored head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Piney hops & some breadyness

T: Cakeyness & grapefruitty hops up, plus dryness up front. More breadyness, a bit of boozeyness, caramel & more grapefruitty, plus some orange hops as this warms. Finishes with piney hops, dryness, a deft touch of fruittyness (apricots & apples) & bit of grapefruit hops at the end

MF: Chewy, somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy for the style & abv, a fine DIPA. Happy to finally get to try some of this brewery's beers. Can't wait to get my hands on some Arctic Devil!

russpowell, Mar 25, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

wrentmore, Jul 20, 2014
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Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.