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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

236 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 40
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of beernut7
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%

This is a robust style of IPA. I had this at the brewery and was forced to take home a couple halves. This is beer has a great balance of hoppy flavor and malt sweetness. Neither cancels out the other. I loved this beer. I only wish I could get it down east.

beernut7, Apr 28, 2002
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Swimsum whipped this one out for a tasting we had yesterday. Thanks Brent! Following review written from notes.

Bottled November 2008. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Damn, that is one dark I2PA! Clear, but deep reddish brown. No carbonation. A small, frothy, tan head sits on top and drags tons of lace. Nice retention.

Smell: Toasted malt, honey, brown sugar, and soemthing that's herbal, earthy, and dry - could be juniper berries, but I don't know what juniper berries smell like. Not much of hop presence.

Taste: Oily and woody. Brown sugar plays a big role but doesn't overpower the other flavors. Peppery hops emerge on the back end and add some light bitterness. I really wish I could try this fresh. Honey and juniper are also there, but they're kind of mild.

Mouthfeel: Cool and malty. Light carbonation. Good mouth-coating. Comforting. Not too heavy, bitter, or dry. Thus far, this beer has been more of a winter warmer than an imperial IPA, especially here with the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not at all like most imperial IPAs, but I like the winter warmer-like influence. I'd love to try this beer fresh, but it was still very tasty with one year of age on it.

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Boilermaker88
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%

Launched from a 22oz bomber, this imperial IPA from Midnight Sun had a dark, slightly hazed amber color and a modest ¾" off-white head that slowly, slowly faded to a ring, leaving no lace.
Whoa, talk about hops! This brew has a heavy, resinous pine-laden hops aroma and a burnt metal smell that was rather distracting and not very pleasant. A blast of alchol fumes boil out of the glass to add to the clash of aromas. The taste was loaded with a variety of flavors; some caramel malt and maple sweetness, an absolute load of sappy pine hoppiness, and, lastly and most distressing, an "am-I-getting-my-mouth-washed-out?" soapy taste that blew the whole thing for me. The feel was medium-bodied, with a dry finish.
I was quite disappointed with how this brew's tastes just clashed together. There wasn't any harmony to them and it probably contributed to that vile soapiness. Considering how I liked Midnight Sun's Humpy's Sockeye Red IPA, this was a real bummer. Too bad; I was really looking forward to this one. Now, I'll be hard pressed to ever try it again.

Boilermaker88, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of gshackles
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

gshackles, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +2%

Braz, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

bluckbeyes, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of SPLITGRIN
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.

SPLITGRIN, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Ralphs66
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Ralphs66, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of MisterClean
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

On tap at city beer store. made it through the second night.

A - Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of off-white head. Dissipates moderately slow and leaves little lacing.

S - Roasted caramel, pine and light notes of grapefruit.

T - Light caramel, some brown sugar, pine, and light grapefruit. Extremely rich and filling beer.

M - Full-bodied, hop dominated, and slightly dry.

D - This beer was really filling. Good, but couldn't drink a whole lot.

MisterClean, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of kbub6f
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Four fingers of creamy, beige, foamy head. A deep red-brown, clear beer. Clumps of lacing. Sweet, fruity, piney, hoppy nose. A little cheese. Intense. Major bitter front. Huge, tangy tobacco hops. Dark flowery. Dark, dark malt through the middle. It's almost a bitter chocolate. But quite sweet when warm. Mondo bitterness in the finish, with an odd, sweet wrapper. Astringent. Alcoholic. This is a very intense beer. Citrus, floral, piney, tobacco hops. They could probably have added some oomph to the malt without detracting from the desired effect. Good nonetheless.

kbub6f, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

megamass, May 18, 2013
Photo of CHADMC3
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Not your traditional Imperial IPA appearance as this pours a hazy walnut brown with an off white head that is a bit thin and does not last long, but leaves faint lacing throughout the beer.

This Impy packs a pungent hop aroma that includes floral, pine, and possibly even citrus hop aromas. The brown sugar comes through after a few minutes to warm in your hand.

Similar hop character carries forward to the flavor including the same floral and pine. It is here I can decipher some of the juniper berries. As the beer warms, the honey also shows up which really mellows out the hops, however it is always back to the generous and pungent hop punch for this brew.

Medium to full in body with medium carbonation and coating feeling on the palate that leaves a puckering presence.

Great beer with a lot of the traditional characteristics one would expect, yet with some added touches that only enhance the brew.

CHADMC3, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev -1%

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!

BlurryVisi0n, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Presentation: 22oz. bomber with an assumed born-on date of September '03. Colorful and funky-graphic label ("Really Great").

Appearance: Poured a clear amber color with a lovely sheeting action down the sides of the glass. Thick...thick...thick off-white two-finger head laces the glass and persists.

Smell: Well-balanced, but nothing too massive here. A toasted malt-caramel paired with a floral/pine cone hoppiness.

Taste: I was surprised to see this listed as a Imperial IPA. It's pretty tame in the flavor department. It's a hoppy beer, no doubt, but well-controlled and balanced. Finishes with a dry and long-lasting bitterness. No ABV noted anywhere...

Mouthfeel: Very creamy smooth. Medium body. A soaker of the palate.

Drinkability: Hihly drinkable. Nice mix of hops and malty sweetness make for a tasty beer. The dry finish and hop oils on the lips really appeal.

Huge thanks to WeeFishHeads for this one.

OldFrothingSlosh, Feb 04, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

BKBassist, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of cswhitehorse
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.

cswhitehorse, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of HopDerek
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

HopDerek, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of mulder1010
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

from notes Poured into a globe glass

A-- Poured a dark golden brown.Medium pour resulted in a two finger light brown head. Very fluffy head, left all sorts of lacing through drinking. Light on carbonation.

S-- Honey and juniper berries jump right out. Get a bit of brown sugar candied grapefruit. Very holiday smelling beer.

T-- Not a huge taste but get juniper, Carmel and a bit of grapefruit.

M-- Get a lot of pine in the mouth, feels very spice like as well. Finishes dry and crisp due to the honey with a little pine finish as well. There is a little bit of brown sugar sweetness in the front.

D-- Quite different I thought with the junpier and honey but it worked well. Like the spice feel to it. ABV was quite well hidden. This was a year old and it held up quite well. Had more of a barleywine quality to this than a DIPA with that much age on it. More malty and spicy than hop driven due to age. Probably really good fresh. Still enjoyed it a lot. Smell was my only real complaint as it was pretty average/ thin.

mulder1010, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

comfortablynirm, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of JizackFH
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

JizackFH, Mar 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

drgonzo2k2, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Agentveba, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Bnoise11
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Bnoise11, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

510a, Feb 15, 2014
Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.