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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

245 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 41
Gots: 20 | 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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Ratings: 245 | Reviews: 156
Photo of Xul
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of jsapunor
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of brotherloco
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Photo of Ranbot
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I landed this 22-oz bottle in a trade from Docer. The bottle is notched for the 2nd week of August. It's a little old for a DIPA, so take this review with a grain of salt. However, I think this beer does just fine with age, and I wouldn't normally say that about an IPA. This isn't exactly your typical DIPA. Also, I'm not rating this to "to style" either, because overall I think it's a damn good beer, but it doesn't sit comfortably in the classic DIPA category. So, without any further ado...

A - It pours into a very nice clear-filtered amber brown with a chunky two-finger ivory head that sticks around for a while. There's some nice lacing on the glass. It's much darker than your typical DIPA, in fact, I've seen "black" IPAs that approach this darkness. I personally love the appearance.

S - Earthy and floral hops with a strong molasses and brown sugar. Again it's not typical for a DIPA, but there's nothing off-putting about it.

T - Definately on the maltier side with a lot of molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, and lightly toasted grain. Earthy hop flavors come up later in sip. The hops and sugary malts combine nicely in the aftertaste and linger. I'm not really tasting any of the juniper...maybe it's being masked/overpowered by the hops.

M - I really like the mouthfeel...smooth as silk and just a little chewy. Carbonation is moderate.

D - It's a little strong in both alcohol and flavor to be drinking many of these in a row, but it is a great sipper. This one bomber lasted me over 3 hours.

So the take-home message is this beer is very good, but doesn't settle into the DIPA style very well. The malts are very sweet and probably even just a bit cloying, but I think they meld with the hops just fine. This beer is a more like what I would expect from a barleywine albeit slightly lower ABV, or a hopped-up doublebock. If you've tried Stoudt's Smooth Hoperator or Rock Art's Hell's Bock I think you'll notice a lot of similarities. It's a really good sipper...In fact I sipped on this bomber for over 3 hours through preparing and eating dinner. I recommend pairing this with beef. I drank this with my dinner of roast beef in a red wine and cocoa reduction sauce they went perfectly together.

Unlike most DIPAs I wouldn't be too concerned about drinking this one with some age on it. Froom looking at the other reviews it seems like a pretty malty brew right out of the tank. I'm sure I lost some of the hop flavor in my tasting, but I honestly really liked what I was tasting. In fact, I'd be willing to put more age on it just out of curiousity. Of course I'd also love to try ti fresh. Alas, that's the only bottle I had and probably ever will have. it's a shame I can't buy it in PA.

Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great extra from AKBelgianBeast. Bottled the 4th week of November. I love these labels.

Pours a bright copper with a nice head.

Mild smells of brown sugar, honey, and citrus.

At first I'm hit with bitterness then a nice malty sweetness followed by grapefruit and peach along with more bitterness.

Moderate bitter finish that hangs around for a bit.

Smooth, I was expecting more bitterness but this is pretty easy drinking a little maltier than Hopslam but it kinda reminds me of it.

Thanks Frank!

Photo of jminsc76
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery Provisions.

Into two 2-ounce tasters (my first review of beer in a taster; damn City of Orange ordinances) pours some nice thick head atop an amber body with a tinge of orange. Bubbly, soapy lacing as I tilt. Looks good.

Aromas are highly floral with hints of brown sugar. Smells like a DIPA for sure. Having to search a little bit for deriving said aromas though. It's not highly intense but it works for what is.

A lovely hop bite of citrus, grapefruit, hints of honey, juniper berries dancing about, and all of this yielding a robust blend of flavors and plenty of bitterness on the finish without the malts cloying.

Mouthfeel is substantial, blending a soft thickness with a pine-y consistency.

Overall, a delicious hop bomb with an arsenal of complementary cousins creating a cacophony of complexity. Ok, alliteration aside, I really dig this DIPA for its abundance of hoppiness combined with flavors of brown sugar, honey, and berries. A dessert-like DIPA.

Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, deep clear amber with a big creamy off-white head that lingers as a cap for ages and leaves really good lacing.

Aroma is dominated by a huge citrus hop presence up front with lots of mangos, oranges and pineapples. There is a definite sweet malt base though not much sugar in the nose. Fantastic smell on this one.

The taste has some citrus burn up front but has a much bigger sugary malt base than the aroma suggests. The floral hops come back with a big bitterness that lingers in the finish. Definitely more malt base in the taste to balance the aggressive hop profile.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and sticky with hop juice.

Another good brew from Midnight Sun though the aroma is the standout with tons of citrus fruit and pine hops with a decent malt backbone. Tasty.

Photo of avylover
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear deep golden with a smallish white head. Aroma of citrous and some floral hops is strong, but mot quite overwhelming.. Also a slight cocoa scent. Taste is rather mild up front. This is not a clober you up the side of the head beer. Sort of a roasted smokiness behind the hops, which are piney in taste. Some decent Hop resins but nothing to big. A very drinkable Double IPA..perhaps a double IPA for the non hops heads. Still a great beer, but I expected a stronger hop flavor.

Photo of shivtim
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very good IPA. Had on tap at the brewery.
Dark ruby/copper, clear, with a small ring off-white head. Nose is exceptionally fresh west coast hops and pine. Taste is lingering sticky hops, fresh melon, and slightly floral. Very full, foamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Way to go, Midnight Sun.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from bottletrek.com, contents poured into a Stone OG tulip glass

Appearance is a clear amber/dark brown hue, thick craggy foam mostly sustains, latticework lacing on the glass

Smell is moderate hops, ranging from pine, floral, citrus, grass, and dirt/earth, some sweet caramel malts in the background

Taste is also full of hops, pine and floral tones mostly dominate here, hints of sour grapefruit, sweet caramel malts, honey, and cotton candy arrive midway, finishes dry and bitter

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, thick texture with resin that coats the mouth, lively and adequate carbonation

Drinkability is high given the style and abv, the alcohol is well-masked, the aromas are unique and give off a xmas tree essence, and the dry hops are a fun ride, a great first tasting for me of Midnight Sun, I am looking forward to the rest of the lineup I purchased online

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of beerguy101
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is piney, woody and malty. A full bodied imperial/double IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are piney, grapefruity and floral. This is NOT your typical imperial IPA, the hops are there, but they are not the over-the-top, in-your-face variety of most west coast imperial IPAs. The hops are kind of hidden by the nice malt sweetness, but they come on from the middle to the finish. There are also some Christmas beer spices in here as well: allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Well balanced. Very smooth. A great winter warmer beer. The 8% alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of bmanning
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks grumpy for this extra. Bottled in Jan 09 and consumed 8 months past (too long I know, but this is probably the only time I'll ever try this beer). Pours very dark for the style with a 2 finger head. Smell is biscuity malts with caramel, dark fruits, orange, grass, belgian esters. Taste is more of a barleywine at this point than a DIPA, but I'm really digging it. It's not quite balanced considering how huge the malt backbone is compared to the subdued hops, but the flavor is excellent with pronounced caramel, melon, and orange. I would have loved to try this fresh, as it's a very good beer with some obvious age on it.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not your traditional Imperial IPA appearance as this pours a hazy walnut brown with an off white head that is a bit thin and does not last long, but leaves faint lacing throughout the beer.

This Impy packs a pungent hop aroma that includes floral, pine, and possibly even citrus hop aromas. The brown sugar comes through after a few minutes to warm in your hand.

Similar hop character carries forward to the flavor including the same floral and pine. It is here I can decipher some of the juniper berries. As the beer warms, the honey also shows up which really mellows out the hops, however it is always back to the generous and pungent hop punch for this brew.

Medium to full in body with medium carbonation and coating feeling on the palate that leaves a puckering presence.

Great beer with a lot of the traditional characteristics one would expect, yet with some added touches that only enhance the brew.

Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze colored...with a big fluffy tannish head....nose is excellent...citrusy..fresh squeezed oranges and grapefruits..some underlying caramel....really nice smell..Full bodied...about right for an Imperial IPA...mouthfeel is a slighly harsh at first but becomes almost creamy as you dig deeper in....the taste features more of a piney (Chinook hop?) flavor...a very slight hint of plastic or chemical at first but it isn't noticable later in....decent malt backbone...some real nice caramel notes...pretty balanced while also having a great hop kick...

This is a very good-to-excellent Imperial IPA....Not top tier but relatively close....I'd drink it again....enjoyable experience...

Photo of ottovon
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours out a ruby-brown color with an offwhite head that feel quickly. leaves lacing down the glass.

S: smells of piney and citrus hops and caramel malt. i get a little of the juniper berries at the end.

T: tastes of caramel malt and piney hops, just like the aroma would make you think. i do get some sweetness at the back of the tongue, and then it finishes bitter. there is some spiceness, and hints of juniper berries.

M: medium body with good amounts of carbonation.

D: very drinkable. I could drink a lot of this.

Photo of mcallister
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good looking brew. Deep chestnut with no light present resembling a barley wine or porter. Streaky carbonation.

Damn tasty nose, caramel malt, grassy herbal citrusy pine riddled hops, sweet golden raisin, and more citrusy aspects. Nice nose.

Just a tasty IPA. The nose basically describes the mouth huge caramel malt goodness, pine with citrus, a candied christmas tree. Good bitterness but well balanced. Bitter mouth creamy in the middle. A great drinking IPA.

Photo of sprucetip
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Midnight Sun goblet.

Thick tan head with good retention and lacing. Deep copper, reddish highlights, clear, lots of bubbles rising.

robust, piny, citrusy and floral hoppy bouquet. Pungent, a bit sharp at first. Gets more complex with time, but still hop dominated. Sensing the big malty base, but it is not pronounced. I detect the juniper berries listed on the label. Has legs. As it warms, finally getting some big malty sweetness in the middle, after a swirl. Very nice.

The malty sweetness somehow manages to hang with the bold (85ibu) hop flavors up front and into the middle. The piny, citrusy hop profile is profound but is balanced well by the malt and other sugars. Especially as it warms it is very balanced, right into the finish, where the bitterness lingers but is not overdone. The complexity of the various hops and adjuncts is increasingly evident as it warms.

Ample but not overdone carbonation, some gentle warming and a pleasant texture that isn't quite creamy.

easier to drink than the year round Sockeye Red, also very respectable, though the Cohoho has higher IBU. Very well balanced and drinkable for a reasonably hefty IIPA.

I've been an admirer of this one, and Midnight Sun generally, for a long time.

Photo of guytyping
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Phatz
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an interesting Christmas beer! A DIPA winter seasonal? That is almost as unique as Bell's Winter Witbier. In the WW and BW season you still need a few other options and this is a good one.

Presentation: I must admit it is a cool label that catches my attention on this 22 oz. bomber.

Appearance: Pours a translucent murky brown color that shows off an amber hue hen backlit. The head is ivory and thick and leaves behind lacing.

Smell: Rich nose that showcases candy and mint in a nice dance of intertwined caramel and hop aromas.

Taste: Cohoho - Santa brought me hops this year =). It is pine hops and minty green bitters with a caramel buttery backbone like Werthers candy and a boozy sherry like base. The alcohol shows through and plays a role in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, sticky and malty, and absolutely idyllic.

Drinkability: Warming alcohol and big lingering bitter and loads of nice things of cold Alaskan Winter nights or PA or wherever you are, any time really but this is a nice warming sipping beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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