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

242 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 41
Gots: 15 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of darklordlager
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich, clear dark amber colour, with a creamy, nicely retaining butter coloured head.

S: Malt sweetness and sweet citrus dominate. An herbal note is present as well. Something else that is difficult to distinguish is lingering in the background. Slightly "grassy."

T: Blast of generic bitterness upfront, kept company by an intense malt sweetness. A tart herbal flavour (from the juniper?) really comes out from hiding as it warms. The tart fruitiness is intriguing...

M: High carbonation, with a light syrupy element to the body.

D: Not exactly what I was expecting, but enjoyable none-the-less. If I have this again, I will serve it a good amount warmer (probably 45-50 range) to let the interesting character from the juniper and honey come out.

Photo of drgonzo2k2
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of francisweizen
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle. Murky brown with a small caramel coloured head of foam. Aromas are floral/citric/metalic hops and deep, roasted malts (caramel?). The taste is too malty for a IIPA, and the hops that do show up in the middle, quickly fade away, leaving a finish mixed with metal and malt flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick, and decent. Drinkability is good as well. A decent brew, but not a good IIPA.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pristine, bright orange-copper with butterscotch trim. Funny, since the beer is named Coho(ho), I thought that it might have salmon* colored highlights. The head is a huge, airy, rocky, Belgian-like affair that is the color of pale caramel-tinted parchment. Melty gobs of lace are visible for the moment.

The aroma is definitely hoppy, although much less than anticipated. While I don't exactly have to cast* about to appreciate the grapefruity goodness, it doesn't assault my nostrils by any means.

Cohoho doesn't seem much like a DIPA to me. Midnight Sun brews some pretty big beer, so it's a little disappointing that this one isn't more chubby*. The malt skeleton*, while sufficient for an IPA, doesn't fit the bigger style. Sweetish caramel malt mingles well with citric hops. The scales* are more heavily weighted toward the hops, but not by a significant amount. Candied grapefruit and peach appear on the palate with bitter orange swimming against the tide*.

I imagine that when the brewers spawned* this ale, they were going for a hop monster, but they didn't quite get what they were after. I love DIPAs that are filled to the gills* with hops, and although Cohoho is sufficiently hoppy, it isn't mind-bendingly so. That doesn't mean that it isn't good beer.

The tail* end is lingeringly bitter with a modest amount of sugary sweetness. The carbonation is on the generous side, as could have been predicted from the giant cap of foam that greeted my initial, and all subsequent, pours. All those bubbles initially resulted in a mouthfeel that was as sharp as a filet* knife. Thankfully, it has settled down a great deal with the passage of time.

Cohoho is obviously a play on 'hohoho' since the cartoon salmon on the label is wearing a Santa's cap. It only has two ho's in a roe* though. It's a decent enough DIPA that just didn't hook* me as firmly as it might have.

*my attempt to add as many fish-related terms to this review as I could (why? for the halibut*)

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JizackFH
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #606

A - This beer pours a dark copper color that has good clarity. There is a huge fluffy 3-finger off-white head resting on top. The head has really good retention, and there is a nice sheet of lace left behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of toasted malt and a nice piney hop aroma. There are also some fruity aromas and some honey sweetness.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. The taste starts off with some nice caramel sweetness and a bit of fruitiness. Then there is a nice amount of piney hop aroma. Some citrus flavor is also present. The finish leaves some lingering caramel malt and piney hop flavor behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a nice amount of sweetness and a goos amount of balancing hop bitterness, but not as much as i excepted.

O - This has good drinkability. It has good flavor and the alcohol is hidden quite well. i could easily drink a few glasses of this in an evening. Overall, I think it is a good beer and a pretty solid DIPA. I just wish there was a little more hop flavor and bitterness. I think this beer is worth trying out. I'd drink it again.

Photo of Stubbie1
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange color with an impressive white head. The head lasts and give way to decent lacing. Aroma is of pa pine forest after a rainstorm. Taste is a fruity citrus twang with a hint of malt background. A bit too foamy and it makes it a bit hard to drink at first. Very easy to put a few of these away, nothing special but it is good. Overall, it is a good Imperial IPA, but only average.

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3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first pour is ALL foam. Not a drop of liquid comes out. Took a good 15 minutes to pour the first pint. Seep copper hue with the aformentioned vigorous light tan head. Slight metallic nose with good hop spiciness. Lots of flavors going on in the palate, with the hops most flavorful. Good malt backbone, and the alcohol adds body and warmth to the finish. Rich mouthfeel; pleasant but not too thick. Very drinkable beer. I am guess ing the hops have mellowed on this since it is labeled as an xmas brew. Can't wait to try this one in a fresher state. Recommended.

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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.

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3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, fresh into town, poured into an imperial pint glass, Cohoho is a dark amber with a large, creamy, khaki head, maintaining it's surface tension through a generous pour with neigh a drop escaping. It settles down to a thick foam and leaves large chucks of lace.

Smell is a big blast of PNW hops, resinous pine and citrus fruit, with a spicy, semi-sweet, gingerbread like malt back bone.

Taste is another assertive does of hops, mostly bittering, with a dry, lingering finishe. Neither too sweet or thick for an 8%er, with some plastic phenols and clean alcohol that only known through dry tingle on the tongue and vapor in the back of the throat. A good, assertive west coast DIPA, but not particularly remarkable beyond that...tastes alot like some Lagunitas brews, which are cheaper and more widely available.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, oily.

Drinkability is about average I guess for what it is, good but very robust.

Photo of femALEist
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the City Beer Store event.
It is made with brown sugar, honey and juniper berries. 8% abv. It poured a dark mahogony. It smelled of light hops, grass, citrus, and pine. It tasted bitter upfront with a strong grapefruit back note and a watery finish. It was just ok in my books for imperial ipa's.

Photo of Lothore
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a ruddy amber hue with a big, chunky, reddish brown head.

S- LOTS of piney hops and very distinct juniper berries.

T- Starts bready and immediately moves into deep juniper and pine notes. Very distinct and interesting.

M- Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

D- This was an interesting one to try but i'm just not a huge fan of juniper berries and that was such a huge part of the brew it was hard to ignore.

Photo of MisterClean
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at city beer store. made it through the second night.

A - Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of off-white head. Dissipates moderately slow and leaves little lacing.

S - Roasted caramel, pine and light notes of grapefruit.

T - Light caramel, some brown sugar, pine, and light grapefruit. Extremely rich and filling beer.

M - Full-bodied, hop dominated, and slightly dry.

D - This beer was really filling. Good, but couldn't drink a whole lot.

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.

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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a moderate amount of off-white head. This is the sort of appearance I generally fear when it comes to an IPA.

S: There is a definite herbal note right away from the juniper berries. Some grassy and floral hop notes that a lot of the hoppy beers from Midnight Sun have. Mildly sweet, mainly of caramel and molasses.

T: The sweetness is mild to moderate and takes the form of toffee and molasses. Very grassy and herbal hoppiness with a touch of pine. The juniper stands out quite strongly, here.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high carbonation and a bitter, dry finish.

D: I had my doubts about this one, and they were confirmed. Let's keep the juniper berries in the gin and out of the beer. That's not to say this was bad, just wasn't what I look for in an IPA.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber served lightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish brown topped by a small and frothy yellowish head that lasts as long as daylight in a Barrow winter. No lacing since it would be really impractical in Alaska's winters.

Smell: Redolent of a coniferous forest, heavy on the resinous pine sap. Sweet grapefruit, oranges, and clovey spices skitter about in this forest primeval.

Taste: Initially a woody and maply malt taste that is quickly plowed over by bitter piney hops. Light hop burps. The flavors don't seem to mesh too well, IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lotsa hop aftertastes. Alcohol is well masked.

Drinkability: Not as mind-alteringly good as Dreadnaught, but not too shabby overall. I hope to have some of this brewery's other wares when I make a trip back to Anchorage at some point. Hopefully my woman will get herself in a mainstage production at some point. Then, to Humpy's I will go!

Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.