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Cohoho Imperial IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Cohoho Imperial IPACohoho Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%


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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hreb

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 00:57:14 | More by hreb
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in my tulip glass at cellar temperature.

Like Midnight Sun's Sockeye Red IPA, this also has the rich, deep red color of a spawning salmon. Quite dark for an IPA, imperial or not. It has a nice little puffy, one-finger head of off-white foam which sticks around for quite a while. Looks festive!

It smells like malty, dank hops. Definitely some brown sugar as well. I wanna say there's a fruitiness in the scent, too. It makes me think of wild berries I've picked, but not really any one certain variety.

This tastes sweet and tart in a similar way that cranberries do: It is fruity at first, but has a drying, bitter aftertaste. This, of course, works very well with the traditional flavor progression of the IPA style, what with the prevalent bitter hops which always come through at the end of these beers. The hoppy flavor of this one is nice and substantial. I think I taste the honey as well, which goes well with the biscuity finish. Mmm. Full of wonderfully complementary flavors, this is.

The feel is kind of thick and heavy. It supports the flavors well.

Just as the Coho salmon is a bit bigger than the sockeye, this DIPA is like a bigger version of the Sockeye Red IPA. It tastes similar, but more intense. This is a bigger catch, you see.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 17:43:39 | More by Kuaff
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle;

Into a chalice:

A: dark reddish and slightly copper edges with a one finger white foamy head that dies immediately, light lacing sticks to the glass

S: floral malty hoppiness with some orange zest, and grapefruit and honey

T: a super malty covered hoppiness in the front and then backed up with a decent hoppy bitterness, long lingering citrus yet hoppy aftertaste, dry finish

M: medium, perhaps somewhat sessionable, carbonation seems to be a bit smoother than most DIPA's, but I'm not complaining

O: not a bad DIPA, but there's a part of me that's wondering how fresh this is even though I just saw a large amount of Cohoho just show up at my bottle shop, and the owner doesn't know if its fresh or not, well no matter how old it is, its well worth it to come back to as I liked it for the most part

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 16:53:33 | More by BeerKangaroo
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 05:23:25 | More by superspak
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kojevergas

Texas

2.59/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

8.0% ABV confirmed. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired earlier tonight and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given Midnight Sun's reputation, though I wasn't particularly impressed with TREAT.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger khaki colour head of nice cream and froth, good thickness, and very good (~4+ minutes) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent amber-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's more amber coloured in the body than most beers in the style; I expected your run of the mill generic copper but I'm pleasantly surprised. Appealing for an IPA. Is it the berries that lend it that colour?

Sm: Floral hop character, light citrus, a bit of hop oil and bitterness, bright berries, spruce, brown sugar, and toasted malts. Almost a bit like a winter warmer meets an IPA. A mild strength aroma and a pleasant one, but it does like the hoppy presence I'd expect from a good IPA; it's not assertive. A bit thin and weak in terms of evoking complex hop notes; there's no pine or grabbing citrus or really notable distinct hop notes. I'm a bit put off, but that may just be expectations.

T: Berries come off artificial. Brown sugar doesn't add much of note. Hop character is generic floral. Way too malty, with toasted character and syrupy amber malt extract emerging as dominant. Hops are not the focus here, to its detriment. Caramel. Quite sugary and sweet. Balance is a mess. It lacks focus. Poorly constructed given the style; where's the hop content? Boring and bland. Disappointing. Lacks complexity and subtlety. I don't get any honey, at least not in the sense that other IPAs feature honey (like Bell's Hopslam or various Dogfish Head beers).

Mf: Thin and undercarbonated, yet smooth and wet. Quite underwhelming. Weak. Terrible palate presence. Unable to support its flavour profile. Sticky and a bit nectary. Quite poorly executed. Almost feels like a cask ale (and I mean that as pejoratively as possible). I do like that it's soft.

Dr: A huge disappointment from Midnight Sun, and a failure for the style. Very overpriced for its lack of quality. I'm quickly losing hope that Midnight Sun will live up to its reputation. I'm in no hurry to buy any of their beers in the immediate future, but I hope they have better offerings than this in their lineup. Not at all recommended. It's just so artificial. I will say that it hides its ABV decently, but there isn't much else going for it. It's drinkable in a general sense; I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle by myself. But I'd sooner reach for a basic Lagunitas or an Alesmith IPA at less than half the price.

C-

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 05:38:37 | More by kojevergas
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GIVEMEBACKMYSON

Alaska

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Deep bronze color and thin head has the look of a good old ale. Pretty scant on the head. Certainly appears filtered.

Smells of those metallic biscuit daffodil spruce that you see growing around these parts.

This is basically a large hop forward ipa flavor profile. Spicy, peppery and prickly. The honey and juniper...i wouldn't have found them if i weren't looking for them to begin with. Slight gun holster flavor to scent mental trigger in the finish as well as a nod to butter popcorn.

Hard to get to riled up about a good mouthfeel in an IIPA but this one fits it just right for what that's worth.

Overall...it's decently drinkable as an IIPA. I had this back in 2008 though and i remember something a heck of a lot more lively and citrusy and that's more my thing I guess.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 06:31:24 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrus hops, brown sugar and honey in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has prominent notes of juniper berries along with flavors of citrus.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thick and chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty and makes for an interesting one to sip with the juniper berry and honey flavors. It has a good balance and hides its alcohol well from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:32:00 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear very dark copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall tan head that reduces to a thin layer (approximately 1/8 finger) covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderately strong aromas of citrus hops with some fairly strong amounts of juniper that contribute an herbal spiciness.

T: The beer is slightly sweet with the flavor of honey and a light underlying maltiness. The overall flavor is dominated by the citrus hops and juniper. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Feels thick with some light dryness in the finish.

O: Too intense to be an easy drinking beer but an enjoyable sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:11:52 | More by dbrauneis
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark amber with a bubbly body, head is an off-white slightly thick frame coming off 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Smells really f'n good, strong hops with hints of pine and floral.

Taste: It is good but not impressing to the point where you will say "this is a keeper". Little hoppy and floral like i stated above but inmho, "bland".

Mouth: Medium carbonation with a well above average stickiness to it.

Overall: This is good beer but so much better out there in the Imperial IPA category. Buy it if you're curious but I would take a better looks at your usual if you know what I mean, Salud!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 05:25:31 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Durge

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark but transluscent mahogany color with a decent white cover and plenty of broken sheets of lacing. The bouquet is funky swamp pineapple-citrus. Pretty odd but not that it’s bad at all, just a bit odd and hard to figure what to expect. The flavor happily comes out with neat swamp malt and lots of herbal hops. Can’t really say that I pick up a decided juniper ingredient but it comes through a little on the edge of this funkified hop brew. Body is medium and feel is pretty sprite with brisk but tasteful carbonation. Caramel comes pouring through once you adjust to those swampy qualities. But the hops do hold up and overall this is a good beer. I really don’t see the holiday beer theme, but this is worthwhile at anytime and that’s all that matters.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 02:39:17 | More by Durge
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Gmann

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby color with a huge fluffy egg shell colored head that left chunky lacing on the glass. Not sure I have seen an IPA/DIPA this color before.

The aroma is hoppy. Big tropical fruit presence with some pine and herbal hop. The malt seems quite sweet from the addition of honey and brown sugar.

The taste is odd. The beer is very sweet, noticable brown sugar flavor; perhaps even some toffee notes. The hops are resiny and they bring tropical fruit notes. There is also a onion like flavor from the hops. After you get past the hops, the juniper kicks in for its typical twang flavor as well as its bitterness. Quite an earthy flavor. It is very flavorful, just not sure its my cup of tea.

The feel is moderate with fizzy/prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but plenty of bitterness to offset. The hops and juniper do a good job balancing actually. Some lingering bitterness and finishes a hair sticky.

A bold DIPA. Way too sweet for my liking. Not a big fan of a sweet malt and a tropical fruit hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 01:10:15 | More by Gmann
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JizackFH

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 14:02:17 | More by JizackFH
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 05:27:13 | More by Billolick
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute. Pours a medium to dark coppery orange amber. Nice two finger off-white fine head with good persistence and lacing. Moderate aroma of fresh herbal and piney hops and light sweet malt. Flavor starts with piney hops and citrus. Sweet malt, pine (juniper) and honey sweetness dominate the middle and the sweet element really moderates the finish, leaving an pleasant integrated flavor. The hops are again present in the aftertaste. Moderate body with a touch of creaminess. Quite nice flavor progression and an enjoyable IPA. I'll try this every year. Cohoho.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:46:17 | More by LiquidAmber
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 08:26:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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snaotheus

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz beer poured into a large mug

Pours surprisingly dark, cloudy brown, beige head, big, fades leaving a thick sheet of lacing. Smell is hoppy and molassesy.

Taste is a little muted, it might be too cold, but it seems a little spicy, fairly hoppy, definitely some detectable brown sugar

Mouthfeel is rather rough and acidic. Overall, solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 01:52:32 | More by snaotheus
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CooperEllis

New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from travisd13 (I think....90% sure). Either way, thanks for many great trades Travis.

This is more than a year old, but it's been properly stored and didn't suffer too much given that there was still a solid hops profile, though the nose was dominated by the winter-y aromas.

Have to say was expecting more citrus in the taste given other reviews and this is where the age may have caught up with it. But the other flavors (juniper, brown sugar) are present along with a more barleywine flavor with the stronger malt mixed with brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth, a touch oily but still a crisp finish.

It's not really an IPA - or wasn't at this stage in the game - but was a very tasty brew that I'd seek out and might choose to age again depending on how it was fresh.

(140th)

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:40:38 | More by CooperEllis
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flannelman808

California

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear burnt copper brown and has poor retention, and decent lacing.

S: Brown sugared burnt orange peel, dark coco, faint ripe red fruit and juniper.

T: Brown fallen pine needle, citrus peel, brown sugared honey, and caramel/toffee lead the way. Nice balance between sweet and dry flavors. The Juniper is pretty hidden and I think sort of intertwines with the more usual flavors associated with hops. This could be the starting point for a good idea...

M: Pretty sticky with a good finish.

O: I like this but it is a work in progress. Ever so subtle solvent flavors take away plusses. The sort of idea of a spiced holiday IPA, however, is an intriguing one.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 04:37:05 | More by flannelman808
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:10:09 | More by TCHopCraver
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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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vande

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Holy Cow! Probably one of the most "bottle colored" amber-brown DIPA's I've seen. There's a half-finger thick, somewhat tannish laced residue clinging to my Boonville Beer pint glass...where head once stood.

S: Some of the positive odors I read about, I think may have dissipated with time, as its last winter's version... so, I'll have to have a newer bottle sometime and update this particular note.

T: Caramelized malts... some different spice quality that I can't quite put my thumb on.. the hints of hops are somewhat faded and replaced by the caramel affect..I believe that the brown sugar and honey that is spoken of on the MS website are present within this brew yet...

M: Sounds stranges, but starts off smooth and rough at the same time.. not sure how else to explain it... kinda feels scratchy with the carbonation, but generally, the body feels somewhat smooth as ya swallow..

O: with the time it has on it, this bottle was still enjoyable.. I'll have to try it fresh next time to get a truer feel for this beer. Midnight Sun has been pretty tasty from what I've had thus far.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 03:25:07 | More by vande
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton for the great gifts frank, we had a fun night with all of these for sure!

Rich dark amber color with a ton of orange highlights mixed in throughout. Tond of haze and a nice two inch foam top that never wanted to settle. The bottom of the glass was riddled with sticky foam once i was done. Really very well done here for sure.

The aroma was tons of sticky, resin like hops all the way. Oodles of pine aroma, mixed in with some rich orange and tangerine. Sight hint of a sweet malty base around here as well. The flavor here was much of the same. Rich pine hops, sticky with a resin like flavor and a good bready and biscuit like base to it. Nice balance here, but still way leaning towards the hops in terms of a definte direction. Nice medium feel was morethen adequatly carbonated and the alachol was soo well hidden, I plowed through this one much quicker then I should have,

Overall this was a solid beer. On the better side of the IPA's I have had as of late.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:42:30 | More by mikesgroove
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brendan13

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Smithflipper for smuggling this back from the US of A and sharing!
A - Dark orange/amber colour with a 2cm off white head that persists.
S - Herbal earthiness and crystal malt character.
T - More earthy notes in the taste and driven by crystal maltiness. Some piney hop undertones.
M - Sticky medium body. Carbonation on the lower side of medium. Bitterness is there but balanced by the malt.
O - A decent beer but not a "typical" DIPA. Still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 10:13:14 | More by brendan13
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KevinBrewer

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date is 5 months prior to tasting. I have to say, this beer is very good with some age. I would love to try it fresh and again with even more aging.

A- Clear deep mahogany with reddish hues. Rocky tan head that lasts, leaving plenty of lacing.

N- Tangy bitter grapefruit, brown sugar, and nutty roasted malt with a subtle undertone of honey.

T- Deep nutty malt with perfectly balanced, clean grassy hop bitterness.The juniper berries are expertly balanced as well. They provide a refreshing accent that blends nicely with the overall flavor of the beer. There is a metallic character that shows up in the middle, which is a little distracting, but not overwhelming. The aftertaste is a balance of sweet grain and grassy hops. The alcohol imparts a pleasant warming quality that becomes noticeable after about half a glass and remains to the finish.

M- Medium bodied, slightly slick and sticky with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

D- Has the drinkability of a winter warmer. Very full flavored and warming; meant to be savored.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:58:36 | More by KevinBrewer
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Ranbot

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:36:33 | More by Ranbot
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