Cohoho Imperial IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
02-08-2008 02:19:42 | More by YonderWanderer
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
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
01-27-2008 07:33:21 | More by Floydster
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
01-05-2008 07:04:04 | More by JohnGalt1
3.65/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
12-29-2007 03:15:05 | More by ccrida
4.45/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
12-25-2007 04:54:59 | More by cswhitehorse
3.88/5 rDev -1%
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.
12-15-2007 01:42:51 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.43/5 rDev +13%
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.
12-08-2007 02:33:15 | More by warmstorage
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
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!
07-21-2007 05:13:07 | More by alexgash
4.4/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
06-23-2007 17:34:10 | More by SPLITGRIN
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
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!
03-28-2007 02:23:34 | More by flexabull
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
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)!!!
02-25-2007 20:39:41 | More by Metalmonk
3.35/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
01-18-2007 05:13:02 | More by kmcnair
4.47/5 rDev +14%
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
01-12-2007 01:33:29 | More by brentk56
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
01-05-2007 20:24:15 | More by msubulldog25
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
12-04-2006 02:45:25 | More by Phatz
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
This is the first beer by Midnight Sun that i've tried. Bottle says it's 8% abv. Darker than most DIPA's you'll come across, it appears an amber color with a plum-like tint. A smallish, one-finger head formed but quickly disappeared and there is some spotty lacing. Smell is big on citrusy hops with a faint caramel and crystal malt presence. Do i detect the use of simcoe?
Anyway, the taste leans toward the hoppy side too, but overall it's a fairly well-balanced brew. Nicely malty up front with a citrusy, piney middle and a little extra kick of hops near the finish... flavors linger with only a mild bitterness.
I like this ale but if i had to point to a flaw it would be the mouthfeel.
The ample carbonation is nice, but i find i like a little more grainy chewiness in a DIPA. Minor detraction, though.
I'll give it high marks on drinkibilty too, as i'm putting it down at a pretty good pace... it just tastes that good.
11-30-2006 06:26:44 | More by unclederby
4/5 rDev +2%
Pours a color somewhere between brown and orange, but not quite amber. A half-inch of creamy tan head hangs around for a while, clinging to the sides of the glass. Aroma of fresh, spicy, piney hops, a touch of caramel malt, and subtle, contradictory notes of grass and brown sugar. Palate is well-balanced between slightly sweet caramel and dark malts and a hop profile that is milder than the nose would indicate. Piney notes are balanced by a light fruity sweetness. Finish has a very slight metallic tinge to it, along with a pleasant warming character. Body is rich and slightly creamy. Overall, a nice, hoppy winter ale.
11-30-2006 06:05:18 | More by ElGordo
4/5 rDev +2%
2003 expirey, received from Liquid Solutions earlier this year. An Xmas beer, a super-IPA, so bitterness and malting expected. This mellowed superbly, bitterness well contained in great malting. A good one. Carmel,fruitiness, barleywine-ish, . Nice grapefruit and head colouring.
10-09-2006 02:22:47 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +2%
Rich amber color, with traces of ruby red. Thick pillowy head with some nice lacing. Cirtusy and fruity aroma with a nice sweetness from the malt. The taste is full of molasses and roasted malt with a nice citrusy flavor to go along with it. Also a hint of smokiness. Probably would have scored it higher in taste, but it seemed like a little more of a barleywine than a DIPA. Medium/full bodied, well carbonated. Easy to drink, the alcohol is hidden well!
01-15-2006 23:47:22 | More by nvsblman
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
22 oz'er bomber pours out with a huge spumescent statuesque tan headcap that is dense and solid over a golden dark copper hues with a few steady rising bubbles. Amazing pillowy coating that rolls into a marble like hill and dale in my tulip leaving a thick lace.
Aromatic scents of woody husky graim met with a fistfull of pine resin hops. Some citrus notes of grapefruit and orange.
First swigs: Orange sherbert and soft bready malt balance 60/40 on the side of the PacNW hops. A touch peppery, and overly hazy in the mouth. Some sips creep up at a tad upon a barleywine flavor. Note: Creep. Orange overtones and some ABV becomes detectable in the warmed finish.
Feel is full bodied and resinous juicy. Soft carbonation at proper cool temps. Shushy carbonation feel.
Last swigs: Wood tone barley wine 2IPA. Cheap for $6.99 at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.
Beer is good. Happy beering.
01-12-2006 04:39:48 | More by blitheringidiot
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
12/27/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.
Presentation- 22oz bottle with a bottled on date strip on the side of the label. Aged a bit over a year. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Darker golden pour, huge ass chunky pock marked head. Head eventually dies down, but still leaves over a 1/2 inch the entire drink. Beautiful lace streaks and chunks all over. About the prototypical look for a perfect DIPA.
Smell- Hops and malt combine to make a nice scent. Pine and tree sap with a bit of grapefruit for the hop scent as a nice medium dark caramel scent forms the malt.
Taste- Mmmm, aging has really brought out the malt in this beer. I've never had it fresh, but I'm assuming the hops are pretty big in this beer. Almost perfect balance, maybe a tad weighted on the malt. Nice caramel flavor and a light toasted malty taste as well. Hops are flavored with pine and an odd fruity flavor. Maybe on the side of a berry flavor rather than grapefruit. I see raspberry or bosenberry. Whatever it is, it's pretty tasty. Alcohol comes in to play half way in with some nice hop burps.
Mouthfeel- A wee bit overcarbonated, but still very drinkable. Heavier mouthfeel.
Drinkability- Maybe I can find a fresh one of these someday. The way it is though is pretty damn good as well. Recommended for aging.
12-28-2005 18:43:35 | More by GClarkage
4.55/5 rDev +16.1%
I really think this beer is a bit underated one of the better DIPA's out there in my opinion.Poured a deep bronze color with a white fluffy head that took its time settling,big piney aromas with underlying grass but its all hops going on there,nothing to complain about flavor wise to me its spot on big resiny pine flavors but there is a enough caramel malt to keep it from getting to out of control the flavors of this beer made me wanna just keep drinking more.Wow a damn fine beer from Alaska I really wish I had some of my own to drink.
12-10-2005 03:24:46 | More by oberon
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
Pristine, bright orange-copper with butterscotch trim. Funny, since the beer is named Coho(ho), I thought that it might have salmon* colored highlights. The head is a huge, airy, rocky, Belgian-like affair that is the color of pale caramel-tinted parchment. Melty gobs of lace are visible for the moment.
The aroma is definitely hoppy, although much less than anticipated. While I don't exactly have to cast* about to appreciate the grapefruity goodness, it doesn't assault my nostrils by any means.
Cohoho doesn't seem much like a DIPA to me. Midnight Sun brews some pretty big beer, so it's a little disappointing that this one isn't more chubby*. The malt skeleton*, while sufficient for an IPA, doesn't fit the bigger style. Sweetish caramel malt mingles well with citric hops. The scales* are more heavily weighted toward the hops, but not by a significant amount. Candied grapefruit and peach appear on the palate with bitter orange swimming against the tide*.
I imagine that when the brewers spawned* this ale, they were going for a hop monster, but they didn't quite get what they were after. I love DIPAs that are filled to the gills* with hops, and although Cohoho is sufficiently hoppy, it isn't mind-bendingly so. That doesn't mean that it isn't good beer.
The tail* end is lingeringly bitter with a modest amount of sugary sweetness. The carbonation is on the generous side, as could have been predicted from the giant cap of foam that greeted my initial, and all subsequent, pours. All those bubbles initially resulted in a mouthfeel that was as sharp as a filet* knife. Thankfully, it has settled down a great deal with the passage of time.
Cohoho is obviously a play on 'hohoho' since the cartoon salmon on the label is wearing a Santa's cap. It only has two ho's in a roe* though. It's a decent enough DIPA that just didn't hook* me as firmly as it might have.
*my attempt to add as many fish-related terms to this review as I could (why? for the halibut*)
06-15-2005 22:16:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
3/5 rDev -23.5%
shared w/ sckressler.
Super cool label from this brew from Alaska.
Ahem...I can't believe I paid what I did for this. I was really hoping for alot more. It appeared with a humongous head which seemed borderline infected. There was not a whole lot to be desired from this one as the hops with the sweetness just didn't seem appealing, nor did it seem like the double IPA that I was craving. I was expecting the hops to be jumping out of the glass but I just didn't get that. Tasted slightly sweet and flowery with a mix of hops. Bitter and sweet at the same time but not very balanced. The alcohol comes through in this too, making it a bit less desirable. I would only come back to this if someone gave it to me for free.
Not so good, Al.
04-10-2005 02:40:10 | More by weeare138
3.08/5 rDev -21.4%
Colossal beige head, fists of foam and only ounces of beer. Irritating to say the least. I had the same issues with Sockeye Red IPA. What the hell? This massive mountain of foam had excellent staying power. It is cock-blocking me from drinking it! The liquid is hazy, amber coppery brown in hue. This is fairly dark, even for a DIPA. I like the color. There was tons of lacing, tattered wallpaper. That is impressive. This beer would look much better if the head wasnt so damn big. The nose is hot like candied hop pellets. There are big pine aromas and plenty of grapefruit. Soft flower smells at the back, otherwise this beer is heavy-handed. Yet this beer has a simplistic aroma. There sure isnt much depth here. The malt offers a trace of sweetness with a kiss of caramel. It smells far to clean. The nose is a major bummer. DIPA? The nose doesnt say that, maybe a barleywine. Inviting by default. The palate is lackluster. At first it is hot. In the middle it is warm with a bitter twang. There is a messy array of hops, pine needles, grapefruit, and some flowers. The malt quickly follows, juicy caramel flavors. Surprise, it is hot again. Bitter. It has flavor but there is something wacky about the taste. I think it is far too hot, turn down the alcohol will ya? Raw. Too raw really, there isnt much complexity here. I do like some of the individual flavors but others annoy me. Where is the true hop flavor? I like my DIPAs to have layers of hops; this one doesnt have that. Im rambling here. Im not impressed with this DIPA at all. Hot. Boring. Uninspiring. Almost medium in body, the carbonation is moderate and natural. There is nothing noteworthy about the mouthfeel, either good or bad. It feels normal; nothing else about this beer is normal. Drinkable? Sure. Do I need to drink this again? No. There is nothing special about this beer. Im bored. Purchased on-line from Liquid Solutions.
02-07-2005 00:11:12 | More by bditty187
Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.