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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

233 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 40
Gots: 13 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 02:22:47 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-29-2012 01:01:48 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

11-30-2011 17:54:32 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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*)

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 22:16:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 01:33:29 | More by brentk56
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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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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a moderate amount of off-white head. This is the sort of appearance I generally fear when it comes to an IPA.

S: There is a definite herbal note right away from the juniper berries. Some grassy and floral hop notes that a lot of the hoppy beers from Midnight Sun have. Mildly sweet, mainly of caramel and molasses.

T: The sweetness is mild to moderate and takes the form of toffee and molasses. Very grassy and herbal hoppiness with a touch of pine. The juniper stands out quite strongly, here.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high carbonation and a bitter, dry finish.

D: I had my doubts about this one, and they were confirmed. Let's keep the juniper berries in the gin and out of the beer. That's not to say this was bad, just wasn't what I look for in an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 00:51:04 | More by womencantsail
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oberon

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 03:24:46 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium clear brown, copper tints with a short, thin white head.

Nose is lovely hop pine that goes to rich sweet pear and back to pine-great layers of flavors in the nose; complex and nice.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy, full and rich.

The nose, mouth and flavors of this beer improved significantly when got to about room temperature. Strongly suggest letting Midnight Sun beers warm up a bit before trying. This beer acts very much like a wine in that it improves greatly with warmer temps and a bit of oxygen. Might even want to open and simply leave open for a while before drinking, such is the nature of the improvement.

Flavors become bold, rich and delicious with a bit of time in the glass. Rich bold bitter malt, carmel and toffee. Rich, bold and delicious burnt toast and biscuits with sweet carmel undertones and front palate that go to a rich and assertive grapefruit/pine bright bitter finish.

Excellent giving it some time.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 00:02:10 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-15-2011 01:12:30 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

10-19-2013 21:02:18 | More by largadeer
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired from joshd, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of piney hops, along caramelized malts and citrus, just the type of smell you want from this kind of beer.

T: The taste has a strong and dominant floral hops backbone but maintains an excellent balance with complimentary sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is one of the better 2IPA's that I've had and is a great beer to drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 02:10:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The crazy, wacked-out label requires appreciation first, oh-so colorful, with this mixed-up Santa-hatted fish, ...but let's see what inside this pretty package...
Pours out a deep orange hue, with a big, blooming head of froth on top, leaving loads of lace. Lookin' good so far!
Aroma: Ahhh! Perfect hoppiness, total olfactory contentment, this is exactly what I dig in a highly-hopped ale: pine, pineapple, apricot, peach, citrus aplenty and more!
Now, to taste...YOW! Great, big bitterness at first, blazing over the palate. There's an abundant hop attendance here, but it is amply matched by a large maltiness, too, and they make an excellent pair. Starts sharp and bitter, but then becomes all juicy fruit and sweet deliciousness. Full bodied, interminable finish, with a complete engagement on the palate.
Halfway into this guy and I'm sold, it rockets to the list of All-Time Favorite IPAs, which is growing, thanks to the efforts of our nation of innovative craft brewers.
Damn, but this is dazzling stuff, and I'm happy it's big ol' bomber form, for anything less and I'd have felt teased and cheated. Yum, yum, and, yes, it bears repeating, yu-u-um!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 00:58:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 06:17:51 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 16:41:38 | More by Kegatron
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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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%

11-21-2011 00:52:41 | More by Rochefort10nh
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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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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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GClarkage

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 18:43:35 | More by GClarkage
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 02:40:10 | More by weeare138
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

A: Pours a deep, cloudy red color with good carbonation and a off white head

S: Hops, pine, juniper and brown sugar

T: Sweet bread and hops, followed with brown sugar and caramel, pine to boot

M: Medium bodied with booze, pine hops, bittering on the end

D: Good and interesting but not a beer I would seek out

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 14:29:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-03-2014 08:55:30 | More by zestar
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Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.