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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

230 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 40
Gots: 12 | 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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sprucetip

Alaska

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 21:23:50 | More by sprucetip
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 05:29:49 | More by ZAP
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ottovon

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 01:40:43 | More by ottovon
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 03:40:34 | More by Mora2000
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 18:26:59 | More by WVbeergeek
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beerguy101

California

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 04:06:34 | More by beerguy101
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bmanning

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 01:17:11 | More by bmanning
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BierReise

Florida

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

Great looking 22 oz bottle with colorful artwork. Pours a beautiful cloudy deep amber with a tint of orange. Color reminds me of Rogues Dead Guy Ale. Nice impressive head, thick with good retention. Aroma is wonderful, piney, hoppy with the presence of a grapefruit citrusy aroma. More citrus than pine. This is a really nice ale and full of character and great flavors. The aroma is in your face and is perfectly in sync with a bitter smooth flavor dancing on your tongue. Possesses a nice malty underlining to hold everything together and balanced. This would be a great session beer. An exceptional ale that I completely enjoyed. One I wouldn't mind being anchored down in Anchorage with.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 14:37:45 | More by BierReise
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 03:11:38 | More by CHADMC3
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guytyping

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-14-2012 19:50:11 | More by guytyping
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-06-2012 22:17:01 | More by atone315
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ChaseBeer

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-08-2014 01:41:11 | More by ChaseBeer
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mcallister

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 01:07:06 | More by mcallister
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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-22-2013 00:24:57 | More by Bnoise11
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unclekeith

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-20-2013 23:22:15 | More by unclekeith
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sneaks2210

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-17-2012 16:40:25 | More by sneaks2210
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ImperialStout

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-17-2014 14:37:21 | More by ImperialStout
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-29-2014 15:56:24 | More by comfortablynirm
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 02:45:25 | More by Phatz
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 fl.oz. brown glass traditional Bomber. The label is an extremely colorful, very chaotic looking, hand-drawn affair. It has a picture of a geeky looking green swirly eyed monster-fish with a serious set of gnashers. The fish also happens to be wearing some kind of red Santa hat affair. The latter item of clothing is in deference to the season the beer depicts, as the “Deck the Halls with Really Great Beer” saying on the label professes. All sorts of other scribbling and writing adorns the label, the main points of which are that this is a “Snappy Happy Seasonal Brew”, and weighs in at 8.0% ABV.

Appearance: Extremely turbid look when first poured. A deep murky brown chestnut color, that strangely looks clear when held to the light, quite weird. Soft light cream colored head rests atop the beer. Laces well.

Nose: Resinous hop oils and a massive pine needle dimension sit amidst a rather strong malt aroma.

Taste: A deeply coniferous pine needle oil slick lubricates the start of this monster. The alcohol is immediately perceptible and mildly warming. It has a mild “peppermint fresh” feel in the middle, which runs into a malty backbone and a hop-oil maltiness right at the finish. The tastes left in the mouth are of double strength hop oils. Quite something. The tastes are much better I found as the beer warms to ambient, and the viscosity of the hop oils increase and get chance to coat the mouth and teeth. Nice!

Mouthfeel: High. The alcohol and vitreous hop oils lend a slick feel to this baby.

Drinkability: It took me a while, but I eventually warmed to this beer, sadly all too late though, for I had downed well over 80% of it. May take a while to secure your favor, but it will.

Overall: A good Imperial IPA that won me over in the end. I particularly like the strong malt aspect of this offering and the strong oily hop aspect. I’m damned that I was too ignorant to appreciate this one earlier through the course of the 22 oz sample though. I think I chilled it too much to be honest. Still, there were 3 other bottles of this at the store where I bought this one. I may just have to return. A great seasonal IPA - "Hoppy Christmas".

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 22:25:14 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Halcyondays

California

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery Provisions, another one to add to the beer name puns, Coho salmon with Santa's saying Ho Ho Ho,

A: Pours a dark amber/red with a full off-white head, good lace.

S: Malt heavy with a lot of brown sugar/maple qualities, piney woodsy hops.

T: Pretty much in barleywine territory which is fine for me, just know what you're getting into. Huge amount of crystal/red malt flavour, notes of honey, with bitter melon, Christmas tree, and grapefruit showing the hop power. Tasty and a good balance.

M: Full-bodied, honey notes round it out for sure, very resiny.

D: A real good beer, a winter IPA for sure; at $12 a bomber though, it's not good enough. Put this at $7, it's a great buy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 00:40:02 | More by Halcyondays
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with some dark red highlights. Enormous beige head develops on the pour and leaves lace as the bomber is devoured.
Aroma is very floral with some citrus added. Caramel, musty sweet hops and some spicy yeast are noted. Very complex and continues to open and develop additional aromas as it warmed.
Flavor begins with dark fruit malt characterisitcs like prunes or dates. Then moves to a sweeter molasses or honey type hit and finishes up some citrusy and fairly powerful hops. Little bit of the grapefruity/bubblegum hit towards the end. Very alcoholic and warming as the beer progressess, very nice.
Mouthfeel is moderate to heavy with very good carbonation. Classic IPA^2 profile of complex, sweet malts, with floral and citrusy bitter hop profile.
Drinkability is great, relatively high ABV is exceptionally well hidden and very enjoyable. So good I could session this one.

Special thanks to skyhand for this absolute gem.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 04:20:07 | More by CRJMellor
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very special thanks to AKBelgianBeast for this bottle. He is a great trader for sure!

A- The beer is a deep well rounded rich dark amber. The head is very much there, but is a very loose head. This leaves excellent lacing. The beer is also very busy in the glass. Lots of fizzy action.

S- There is a great hop smell with this beer. I can also smell a sweet something. This says its brewed with honey, and brown sugar, that could be the sweetness I'm getting. I know that juniper is most likely there, but is a great partner with hops in taste.

T- Talk about complex. Wow, there is a great hop taste right up front, with a nice bitterness that comes from hops. But the malt is also there in a great bready fashion. The finish of this beer is very balanced and mellow. The taste of the honey is there for sure and is a great addition to the taste of the beer. As for the brown sugar, I'm not tasting much of it, if any of it. It was most likely added to help the gravity of the beer. This has a great balanced taste.

M- Feels great in the mouth, nice well rounded feel, not too thick, and great carbination balance.

D- Easy to drink. Its nice to see a brewery come out with an big IPA in the winter time. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 03:22:04 | More by Wetpaperbag
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a goblet. Bottled 3rd week of September 2011. Pours a hazy burnt/dark orange/copper with light brown hues and 2 fingers of off-white head that really sticks to the glass. Fantastic lacing on the glass as well. Appears nicely carbonated. Bottle says this is a double IPA with bonus ingredients--brown sugar, honey, and juniper berries. 85 IBUs.

Smell is fresh pine and citrus fruits (grapefruit/tangerine). Can also smell some of the malt foundation and a hint of the brown sugar added.

Taste is an upfront hop blast of pine and grapefruit bitter flavors followed by a sweet mellowing from the malt, brown sugar and honey. The juniper berries add a piney and pungent quality that blends well with the piney hops. One heck of a transition between the hops and malts and other bonus ingredients.

Mouthfeel is crisp and lively, also features some slickness from the hop oils. The finish is a bit smoother with the sweetness of the honey/brown sugar.

A delightful holiday brew from MS. Delicious, fresh, and local. I'll be stocking up on these bombers for the next couple months.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 03:22:06 | More by JohnnyP3
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 650 mL bomber purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The DIPA is a dark syrupy brown color, one of the darker double IPAs that I've seen that is not meant to be black. The darkness is just enough to prevent visibility. A huge head, white in color, is clinging thickly to the sides of the glass.

S: The darker malts add a strong caramel presence to the ale. The hop profile is pretty restrained, present but unwilling to come to the forefront.

T: This is really a double IPA? The hop profile, at first, is content to hide behind the caramel malts. The grains are darker chocolate, adding a full flavor to the body. Hops are citrusy, grapefruit particularly with a pine undertone. Floral flavors are a nice fit amongst the darker malts. The juniper is more reserved than in sahti, my only other frame of reference for juniper in beer.

M: Don't expect a hop bomb, this is far more subtle with a warming brown sugar and hop combo. I really like this one.

D: It doesn't feel like 8% and it doesn't taste like most any DIPA that I've had. I only wish that I had some more bottles sitting around.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 01:06:59 | More by akorsak
Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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