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

158 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 249
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 42
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-28-2002

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
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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 249
Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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)!!! (852 characters)

Photo of Xul
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent hybrid of amber and golden, capped by two fingers of rocky, pale beige head. Retention is good as it settles slowly, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: Strong piney hops up front with some lighter orange and grapefruit and a good dose of juniper berries. The malt base lurks in the background with caramel and brown sugar character.

T: Piney and citrusy hops up front with some good, juicy orange, followed by some herbal notes on the mid-palate, including the juniper berries. Brown sugar, caramel and honey come in near the backend before blending with some pine for a balanced finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth and glides across the tongue.

D: Very easy drinking with a well-hidden ABV. Not necessarily a great value at $12/bottle, but interesting to try. (823 characters)

Photo of jsapunor
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark reddish copper Imperial IPA with a nice head that leaves lacing on the glass.
The smell give hints of hops an spices but I can't tell what they are yet.
The first taste is very pleasing. The usual hoppiness is there but so are the juniper berries which remind me of gin. For me, this is good. The honey and sugar smooth out the malt and hops but the juniper aftertaste is what really sells this beer. It is smooth and spicy in the mouth and the ABV is not really noticeable.
Midnight Sun is known for adding different tastes to the styles they produce. This one offers juniper and the result is a very good effort that is worth seeking out and a pleasure to drink. (679 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I agree this skews from the DIPA style, but it's a winter seasonal so no complaints here.

Smells much sweeter and maltier than expected. Complex. Caramel, brown sugar, hops let themselves be known at different points in the draw.

Tastes full bodied red/amber ale at first, with hop resin moving in quickly bringing a lighter acidic/bitter flavor. I *think* I'm getting the juniper/gin notes in the middle of the flavor, but you can't underestimate the power of suggestion. Finish lingers nicely with a very pleasant heat from the ABV.

You know you're drinking a big beer, but the overall balance is very drinkable. (617 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An 8% ABV "seasonal" DIPA, poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a standard pint glass. Brewed in 3rd week of October, 2006.

The colorful label depicts an eccentric cartoon coho salmon wearing a Santa hat, surrounded by scrawlings such as: "Deck the Halls with <Really Great> Beer!" and "This India Pale Ale will Send your Holiday Spirit Leaping!!"...

A: Rich & clear amber/brown, almost identical to the botlle's color, maybe a shade or two redder. Capped with a one-finger creamy ivory head. Excellent sticky lace.

S: Straightforward hops, spicy & piney.

T: Lots of piney hops but with a well-balanced maltiness, tasting of graham crackers and toasted nuts in the finish.

M: Fairly carbonated medium-full mouthfeel with a viscous, buttery finish. Lingering pine/hop bitternesss. Alcohol warming is pretty well-concealed but tends to increase as the pint warms. Nice malty/sticky residue.

D: A very solid DIPA, easy to drink, good flavor, nice balance. Not too heavy, despite a fairly potent ABV and other "imperial" qualities (jacked-up hopping and malts...). Enjoyable enough to seek out again - definitely recommended. (1,139 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber with a solid two fingers of dense, creamy, sandy beach head. Pungent hop aromas fight above the whipped foam to reveal resinous cannabis notes, pine sap, and herbal citrus. Lean toffee and scorched brown sugar malt backbone. Sweetish, toasted brown sugary malts kick off the flavor before the hops take over. Sharp bitterness stabs the tongue; resinous, herbal, turning to citrus. Nice hop flavor spectrum in this DIPA. Sugary toffee malt comes back mid-palate to help balance things out. Finish goes back to hop bitterness that lasts a while. Body is a little thin, lacking that creamy mouthfeel that would make this beer better. Still, a nice example of the style. Oh, and one hell of a cool logo! (725 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MSB Cohoho Imperial IPA pours up with a soapy white head that persists above the slightly hazy, orangish-amber to deep copper colored body. The hop accenuated aroma is mildly pungent with citrusy Pacific Northwest hops. The overall character is fruity (apricot, grapefruit, tangelo) with some spicy juniper berry tones. There's a moderate graininess with hints of biscuits, crackers & brown sugar. The flavor starts off with a light honey sweetness that's derailed by a rather mild bitterness. The lightly warming finish is fruity, spicy & warming. This medium bodied DIPA has a touch of astringency, but remains smooth throughout. Here's to Humpy's & surviving the holidays!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Thanks to Grumpy for the opportunity! (751 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for splitting this with me.

Pours a clear rich reddish amber color with foamy tan head, good retention, nice sticky lacing. Smells of piney hops, like juniper and spruce, caramel, and even peppermint. Tastes of grapefruit with a light caramel, honey, bready backbone, with pine and some alcohol in the finish. Medium body, medium low in carbonation with a fairly thin maltiness, not overly sweet like some DIPAs, good bitter finish mixed with alcohol. Good piney flavors, easy to drink. (506 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,303 characters)

Photo of SRossman
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet label on this one. Very interesting to see an IIPA with this kind of spicing.

Appearance: Deep brownish mahogany color. Decent fluffy off-white head that fades to a collar leaving some decent lacing.

Smell: Bitter hops first off. Layers of sweet balancing it out. Brown sugar and honey and malt are there but I'm not getting the juniper in the nose.

Taste: Great balance of all flavors. Wonderfully structered. Getting the juniper a little bit but the hop profile is dominant followed by lots of brown sugar goodness. Finishes clean and almost totally dry.

MF/D: Feels perfect for the style and ABV. Alcohol is warming but not hot, pretty well hidden. Medium body with just enough carbonation. Balanced very well all around which in my opinion always boosts the drinkability score.

Very nice offering from Midnight Sun. I have mixed feelings on some of the others I've tried but this one is really nice. (915 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer has this beautiful tropical floral aroma with tons of honey.

The flavor follows with that floral honey sweetness, a juniper (that makes as fruit sometimes), and almost a raw honey sweetened juice flavor.

A really interesting brew. Quite hoppy. Very enjoyable. (270 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Split this one with a buddy. Part of a recent trade with AKBelgianBeast. Thanks for letting me try this one out Frank!

Pours a clear, dark ruby color with a big three fingers of foamy off-white head. Retention is fantastic, with nearly a finger of creamy retention remaining, and a big ole' dollop right in the middle that naturally left behind huge, thick swathes of lacing. The aroma is mmm, pure West Coast hoppiness. Resinous, piney hops, spicey phenols, citrus, and sweet malts.

The taste is piney hops up front but it isn't as aggressive as the aroma, being more subtle. I'm also getting some floral citrus tones, a peppery spiciness, and a backing of sweet caramel malts. The mouthfeel is actually a little thinner than I would have thought but still has a very nice smooth and creamy feel. There is just a touch of warmth to the feel that lets things finish sticky, warm, and bitter.

Everything clicked for me with this except for the overall feel. At times it felt more like a pine infused Red Ale but heh, that at least helped this hop bomb go down very easily. This was still a good DIPA though would probably give this another shot if I came across it again. (1,209 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big tan head sits atop this attractive amber, almost red beer.
Huge piney hop aroma jumps out at you. Caramel malt and alcohol underneath the hops.

Taste shows a huge resinous, piney hop flavor. Solidly balanced by the toasty, caramel malt backbone. Hops still dominate the beer. Hop resin bitterness lingers at the finish just a bit.

Very good mouthfeel: good body and smooth.
Good drinkability.

Overall, this is a good, big, hoppy, tastey IPA. (456 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber/brown with an ample tan head that lasts, leaving thick curtains of sticky lacing.

Aromas of sweet malt and brown sugar/honey, and spice. I don't know that I would pick out the faint juniper aroma if I didn't know from the label it was in there.

This tastes pretty sweet up front, then comes a pretty intense hoppiness with a moderately bitter finish. Can taste the honey in the background along with some chocolate from the roasted malt. Juniper spice lingers into the finish.

Body is medium and mouthfeel is creamy.

I am quite liking this as a holiday version of an imperial IPA and that is what it is designed for. The juniper really builds and lingers on the tongue so I wouldn't have a lot of this in one evening unless I am wolfing down holiday confections along with it. The juniper spice dosing reminds me of Anchor Christmas ale. (871 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.06/5  rDev +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. (877 characters)

Photo of veinless
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This guy poured a deep amber/red, with an awesome amount of creamy foamy head that retained very well and left tons on the sides of the glass. A half-finger cap of head literally sat on the beer for at least ten minutes.

Smell is immediately what differentiates this from your average DIPA, as smells of honey and malt are much more noticeable than the hops (which aren't weak or anything). Something like brown sugar is also evident, although I wouldn't describe the smell as "sweet", despite all the honey and sugar, etc.

The taste is strange yet satisfying, as clean, citrusy hops start it off, with a gin-like middle (probably from the juniper berries), and a honey sweetness inter-meshed throughout. The more you drink this, the more the juniper gin taste makes itself known, something I personally like, but others may not for the style.

Drinkability is good, and mouthfeel is nice, with perfect carbonation and a pleasant creamy body that doesn't quit being crisp the whole way. Tough to describe beer, but personally I love it. (1,041 characters)

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,336 characters)

Photo of MrHirschybar
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bomber into a New Belgium Globe
Don't know if I waited too long but found this late in the season - bought from the Bruery Provisions - bottle says 2nd week of August from the punch tabs in the label.

A - Coffee brown with hints of an orange copper like glow up to the light that can't be seen through with a nice rich tan/light mocha head that left an inch or so of lacing...

S - Big hit of fruit - I thought it was pineapple and citrus, hops, very light malt on the nose for me, more sweet berry/fruit - pineapple (maybe the juniper berries).

T - hops, blends with the malts - light citrus sweetness that didn't come close to what I expected from the nose - some sort of spiciness that equated to similar to nutmeg, with dry hoppy finish and light spiciness that lingered - definitely keeping with the "gin"

M - good carbonation, nice medium body, light with just enough punch to it - nice balance with a little alcohol heat on the finish

D - Harder to find around SoCal at most of the shops not in San Diego (being from the IE) -- bottle is around $9.99-$11.99 at the decent range, but I've seen it as high as $17. I picked mine up at Provisions with a Reserve discount. I felt it not being so available made it a tad lower on drinkability in the sense I'd say PtY isn't very drinkable with kegs tapping in 20 minutes. I felt this was a pretty nice change from a regular IPA/DIPA and I'd definitely have this again winter or not. Similar price range to Sculpin/Hoptimum. It was a sweeter yet bold IPA offering and the appearance would be enough to buy it again just to see someone say "That's an IPA?" since it pours such a coppery brown color and has a unique taste. (1,688 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent brown with slight orange highlights that had a finger of head which dissipated quickly and left some frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some nice floral piney hops showed their face upon the first whiff with citrus, slight juniper berries, and good malt presence. I really couldn't detect any honey and brown sugar character in the aroma.

T: On the taste upfront I did notice some brown sugar notes that meshed well with the hops alongside slight juniper berry, citrus grapefruit,and a touch of honey. It did also manage to have a decent malt backing which was not overpowering the overall flavor.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, ver slight fruity, citrusy, oily, crisp finish.

D: the overall drinkability was pretty good and really enjoyed the juniper berries since I'am also a gin fan; good call (890 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasty but this isn't much of a Double IPA.

Chestnut.

Aroma of pine, pineapple, smoked wood and roasted malts, mainly caramel but also a hint of molasses.

Where are the hops in this? This is entirely too malty for a a DIPA. Flavor mainly consists of hops oils, pine needles, apricots, pineapples and lemon. The malt backbone is nice but if I want a nice malt backbone, I'll snag an English barley wine. (411 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep amber color with a nice light tan head. The head went away pretty quick leaving a nice layer on the top of the brew and a great amount of lacing down my glass.

S- Hops of about every kind...grassy, piney and citrus. Smells great.

T- Tons of piney hop taste that is balanced out by a nice malt taste.

M- Medium in body maybe a little creamy and dry.

D- Very easy to drink since its quickly disapperaring.

Thanks again Jonathan for letting me try this one. (477 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz'er bomber pours out with a huge spumescent statuesque tan headcap that is dense and solid over a golden dark copper hues with a few steady rising bubbles. Amazing pillowy coating that rolls into a marble like hill and dale in my tulip leaving a thick lace.

Aromatic scents of woody husky graim met with a fistfull of pine resin hops. Some citrus notes of grapefruit and orange.

First swigs: Orange sherbert and soft bready malt balance 60/40 on the side of the PacNW hops. A touch peppery, and overly hazy in the mouth. Some sips creep up at a tad upon a barleywine flavor. Note: Creep. Orange overtones and some ABV becomes detectable in the warmed finish.

Feel is full bodied and resinous juicy. Soft carbonation at proper cool temps. Shushy carbonation feel.

Last swigs: Wood tone barley wine 2IPA. Cheap for $6.99 at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (908 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a decent head.

Aromas are of pine, citrus, and a mineral like quality.

Flavors are bright, tart, bitter, and with a slightly sweet caramel note. There is also a sweet and sourness to this one, and the finish is crisp , dry and makes your mouth pucker. I wish there was a bit more malt flavor, that might give this some more backbone.

Mouthfeel is excellent, beer is full, and the finish is long.

This one has a really different overall feel to it than most DIPAs I've tried. This is a bitter beer, but I like a bit more flavor than just the strong bitterness that this one has. The balance lacks a bit, and the malts just don't quite make enough of a presence here. That said... it' a bit of an odd and interesting beast, and certainly worth a try. I like this beer, but I think just a touch of fine tuning would make this an excellent one.

I am very grateful to have tried this beer thanks to beersabound. Thanks again! (967 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (625 characters)

Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.