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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: 19 | 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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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with ok carbonation.

The smell is pine and citrus hops.

The taste is good piney hops with lots of good citrus, orange rind and a grassy finish.

The mouthfeel is bit thick & sticky, the carbonation could use a bit of a kick.

The drinkability is good a fine example of a DIPA.

Prosit, MK

Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of HopDerek
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of JDV
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark amber with ai rich head. Smell is very fresh and clean with evergreen and pine scented hops. Taste is bitter and fresh again with a strong piney hoppy flavor and lasting bitterness. Some richness in the flavor as well. Didn't blow me away, but was still nice.

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 russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4th week of November

Pours caramel/chestnut with 4+ fingers of fluffed up sand colored head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Piney hops & some breadyness

T: Cakeyness & grapefruitty hops up, plus dryness up front. More breadyness, a bit of boozeyness, caramel & more grapefruitty, plus some orange hops as this warms. Finishes with piney hops, dryness, a deft touch of fruittyness (apricots & apples) & bit of grapefruit hops at the end

MF: Chewy, somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy for the style & abv, a fine DIPA. Happy to finally get to try some of this brewery's beers. Can't wait to get my hands on some Arctic Devil!

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

Appearance: Deep amber brew with a thick, off-white head.

Smell: Strong hop presence. Grapefruit, pine.

Taste: Good hop flavor that blends well with the sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Dry finish. Limited carbonation.

Drinkablity: Tasty brew. A balanced and drinkable imperial IPA. The hop flavor is bold without being obnoxious.

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

Pours a golden dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty/hoppy, very slight citrus, pines, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, piney, and some caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well. The finish is dry with some slight bitterness. Medium body, a well balance brew, with malts/hops. Very drinkable, this is an very tasty brew.

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

A: Pours a deep copper with active carbonation and a single finger of pillowy foam that lingers and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Piney hops, bringing to mind the great woods of northern Alaska.

T: Big piney hops, lots of bitterness, and not much else. A slight malty backbone is present, but not enough to balance out the assault of hoppiness. While it isn't as balanced as I'd like, it's not an out and out hop bomb. It's still damn tasty.

M: A bit grainy, with solid carbonation.

D: This is a solid double IPA, and another fine offering from Midnight Sun. If it had a bit more of a stronger maltiness, it would err closer to being an imperial red. All in all, it's solid.

Photo of Floydster
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions for a little over eight dollars, split with two or three friends tonight

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass with a medium brown color that had a golden tint in the light, head was about an inch and soapy white, good retention, and some very impressive lacing the whole time

Smell had a ton of hoppiness that included citrus, floral, dry, earthy, you name it, some sweet malt but definitely a hop bomb judging from the aroma

Taste was also amazingly hoppy, big pine taste right off the bat, then some grapefruit and tangerine with large amounts of dryness come about, the finish is very bitter but not overpowering, a hint of sweet malt attempts to balance this out but the hoppiness rules this beer, surprisingly not very sweet, muc different than I expected from this DIPA, everybody seemed to like this one tonight inlcuding myself, we are all bitter hop heads though, so there might be a little bias in our judgment

Body was pretty thin but had a nice level of carbonation and a long lasting taste, bitter and creamy mouthfeel, nice popping sensation on the tongue

Drinkability was great for an eight percent beer, super light on the stomach, the ABV would definitely catch up to me eventually but nicely hidden, goes down extremely smooth and the hoppy taste keeps you coming back for more

Another good beer from Midnight Sun, even though it has a pretty high price tag, would drink again and recommend to others, tasted similar to their Obliteration in my opinion, one of the dryest tasting double IPAs I have ever had and that is good considering I am not a huge fan of the sweet and syrupy ones, nice winter seasonal from that great brewery in Alaska

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz from AKBelgianBeast included as an EXTRA!! Huge thanks goes out! Shared with my very appreciative brother (Midnight Sun is his favorite brewery after spending 4 summers in a row in Alaska after graduation). Mine share poured into my kasteel tulip.

Very nice fluffy head that leaves drippy lacing for the entire glass. Crystal clear amber with very pretty garnet highlites.

Aroma is all grapefruit and pine hops... wow. Only a touch of toasted and caramel malts just to keep things from getting out of hand.

Flavor is a hoppy wonderland. Big citrus and resinous overtones .. sorta greasy hoppiness in a good way.. very good way. Nice background malts and smooth bitterness. Mouthfeel is lite for the style but ultra creamy finish and great drinkability.

I don't know where people are getting "thick" on this brew... sorta thin but that adds immensly to the drinkability.

Frank gets huge beer karma on this one.

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

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

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

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

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, oily.

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

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Cohoho pours a dark amber color that is clear and you can barely see though. It leaves some consistent lacing around the side of the glass and comes with a freshness date. There is a small foam head that disappears quickly.

The smell is definitely a hop party to the nose. Ah, lovely. It has a grassy, pine, grapefruit about it.

The taste is really smooth for a double IPA. You get a soft hoppiness with a biscuit malt. In the mouth it is light and moderately carbonated. It has less of a kick than other imperials with its 8% abv. Overall a nice piece of work that shouldn't be a seasonal but maybe a year round selection.

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

On tap at humpy's. Pours a deep dark red with decent head for an imperial of any kind. The nose is hoppy of course and even a bit grainy. The first taste is fruity and floral, reminiscent of the cascade hops in mirror pond but with more intensity and more fruit less floral. Great hop flavor through the middle, tastes like multiple hop flavors in succesion. The finish is hoppy and less bitter than one would think for an imperial IPA which i suspect is probably 80 to 100 IBUs. rather smooth for an IPA, but kind of strange to release this in the winter, i would have made it a fall seasonal, but then again alaskan fall is like winter in most of the lower 48 so maybe their right on. Good brew, I like the sockeye red as well, and its easier to pound, but this has a very nice kick not present in the sockeye. Get this one on tap if you can, but its still a good buy in a bottle.

Photo of warmstorage
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler, filled at brewery on 12/07/07, $12.50, review same evening.

Appearance: deep red to copper, brilliantly clear. Limited head, slight lacing.

Taste: Deep piney resiny hops, earth, pine/spruce. Malt backbone present, makes the whole thing work well, but the hops (appropriately) shine.

Aroma: Tingly moderate to high carbonation, moderate mouth, moderate alcohol warmth.

Mouth: Outstanding, does exactly what a DIPA should do: hit you with hops, have just enough malt to back it up, and keep on delivering. Delicious.

Overall:

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 SPLITGRIN
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nicely dark body for this style, its a deep brown with hints of amber on the sides. Hosts a 2 finger head that is a rich tan that leaves nice lace as it fades. Super hoppy nose yields a late season ripe citrus feel with nice balance. Rich and bitter mingle together as you indulge into this one at first sip. Hops come off soft and long but well presented. Bitterness is balanced with a slight malt character. A shockingly bold belly warmer for the style, woams more like an Impy stout. Mouthfeel is a hop induced malt mix richness. Very well made lovely brew for the season. I wish I could find this beer and many others from these guys in Indiana.

Photo of flexabull
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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)!!!

Photo of kmcnair
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish color. Makes a thick off white head that stands about an inch off the top of the beer and fades slowly. Brilliant clarity. A bit dark for a Double IPA.

Aroma is more malt forward than hop focused. Notes of sweet caramel. Some piney hop esters permeate through the complex malts. Not as hoppy as I would have hoped, but has some interesting characteristics from the specialty malts and adjuncts. I would have expected a stronger hop aroma.

Flavor opens up with light to medium caramel malts, toasty & biscuity. Hop bitterness is moderate to high. Hop flavors are piney, resinous, a bit catty. Lingering bitter aftertaste. This tastes more like a light barleywine, its just not quite hitting the mark as for the style.

Nice mouthfeel, not terribly cloying or sticky. Medium carbonation. Creamy finish.

Overall, this is a brew that is definitely drinkable, I just think that it misses a great deal of marks for trying to call it a Double IPA. Less mid range specialty malts and more finishing/dry hops will really improve this and make it more fitting to the style.

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Pours a hazy copper color with a bubbly head that leaves shards of lace around the glass

Smell: Pithy/piney hop aroma; rich, sweet brown sugar and honey undertones

Taste: Starts out with an intense wet hop piney bitterness which is joined by an impressive malty caramel flavor, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness continues, but the malty flavors continue to balance with an underlying sweetness from the maple syrup, brown sugar and honey adjuncts; lemony finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (slightly resinous) with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An unusual twist on the DIPA category, with an distinct hop profile and the use of malt adjuncts; good for Midnight Sun to be so creative; sure wish I could get this around here as a winter seasonal

Thanks, msubulldog25

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 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!

Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.