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Cohoho Imperial IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Cohoho Imperial IPACohoho Imperial IPA

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very good

158 Reviews

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 251
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 42
Gots: 20 | 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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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 251
Photo of MrHirschybar
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bomber into a New Belgium Globe
Don't know if I waited too long but found this late in the season - bought from the Bruery Provisions - bottle says 2nd week of August from the punch tabs in the label.

A - Coffee brown with hints of an orange copper like glow up to the light that can't be seen through with a nice rich tan/light mocha head that left an inch or so of lacing...

S - Big hit of fruit - I thought it was pineapple and citrus, hops, very light malt on the nose for me, more sweet berry/fruit - pineapple (maybe the juniper berries).

T - hops, blends with the malts - light citrus sweetness that didn't come close to what I expected from the nose - some sort of spiciness that equated to similar to nutmeg, with dry hoppy finish and light spiciness that lingered - definitely keeping with the "gin"

M - good carbonation, nice medium body, light with just enough punch to it - nice balance with a little alcohol heat on the finish

D - Harder to find around SoCal at most of the shops not in San Diego (being from the IE) -- bottle is around $9.99-$11.99 at the decent range, but I've seen it as high as $17. I picked mine up at Provisions with a Reserve discount. I felt it not being so available made it a tad lower on drinkability in the sense I'd say PtY isn't very drinkable with kegs tapping in 20 minutes. I felt this was a pretty nice change from a regular IPA/DIPA and I'd definitely have this again winter or not. Similar price range to Sculpin/Hoptimum. It was a sweeter yet bold IPA offering and the appearance would be enough to buy it again just to see someone say "That's an IPA?" since it pours such a coppery brown color and has a unique taste.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange color with an impressive white head. The head lasts and give way to decent lacing. Aroma is of pa pine forest after a rainstorm. Taste is a fruity citrus twang with a hint of malt background. A bit too foamy and it makes it a bit hard to drink at first. Very easy to put a few of these away, nothing special but it is good. Overall, it is a good Imperial IPA, but only average.

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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.


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

A: Pours a rich, clear dark amber colour, with a creamy, nicely retaining butter coloured head.

S: Malt sweetness and sweet citrus dominate. An herbal note is present as well. Something else that is difficult to distinguish is lingering in the background. Slightly "grassy."

T: Blast of generic bitterness upfront, kept company by an intense malt sweetness. A tart herbal flavour (from the juniper?) really comes out from hiding as it warms. The tart fruitiness is intriguing...

M: High carbonation, with a light syrupy element to the body.

D: Not exactly what I was expecting, but enjoyable none-the-less. If I have this again, I will serve it a good amount warmer (probably 45-50 range) to let the interesting character from the juniper and honey come out.

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Photo of veinless
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This guy poured a deep amber/red, with an awesome amount of creamy foamy head that retained very well and left tons on the sides of the glass. A half-finger cap of head literally sat on the beer for at least ten minutes.

Smell is immediately what differentiates this from your average DIPA, as smells of honey and malt are much more noticeable than the hops (which aren't weak or anything). Something like brown sugar is also evident, although I wouldn't describe the smell as "sweet", despite all the honey and sugar, etc.

The taste is strange yet satisfying, as clean, citrusy hops start it off, with a gin-like middle (probably from the juniper berries), and a honey sweetness inter-meshed throughout. The more you drink this, the more the juniper gin taste makes itself known, something I personally like, but others may not for the style.

Drinkability is good, and mouthfeel is nice, with perfect carbonation and a pleasant creamy body that doesn't quit being crisp the whole way. Tough to describe beer, but personally I love it.

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Photo of winomark
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first pour is ALL foam. Not a drop of liquid comes out. Took a good 15 minutes to pour the first pint. Seep copper hue with the aformentioned vigorous light tan head. Slight metallic nose with good hop spiciness. Lots of flavors going on in the palate, with the hops most flavorful. Good malt backbone, and the alcohol adds body and warmth to the finish. Rich mouthfeel; pleasant but not too thick. Very drinkable beer. I am guess ing the hops have mellowed on this since it is labeled as an xmas brew. Can't wait to try this one in a fresher state. Recommended.

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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.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Another great hookup from BA WhiteRascal thanks ! I pulled the cap of the holiday bomber and was greeted with a loud hissing noise and lots of carbonation gasses leaking out. I decided to pour this into my English Imperial pint glass and I went straight on a back off with a slight tilt at the end hoping for a thick head. Ahh excellent, a crackling two finger thick head that hung around for a while. Poured a deep amber brown with some slight haze, deep ruby undertones around the edges. When i give a swirl the viscosity is good leaving long lasting legs of foam on the glass walls.


Sweet brown sugar, caramel,toffee, and slight jumiper which gives a faint gin like aroma. West coast citrus hops which are wet and sticky, oranges, mango, but just a little faded for my liking.


Not as hoppy as DIPA should be but still very darn good. Loads of sweetness, hop resin, and more earthy flavors in the middle which get mossy as it gets warmer. Some spice from the juniper, maybe some white pepper ? Burnt caramel, long and lingering finish with some heat alcohol running around.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of Xul
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent hybrid of amber and golden, capped by two fingers of rocky, pale beige head. Retention is good as it settles slowly, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: Strong piney hops up front with some lighter orange and grapefruit and a good dose of juniper berries. The malt base lurks in the background with caramel and brown sugar character.

T: Piney and citrusy hops up front with some good, juicy orange, followed by some herbal notes on the mid-palate, including the juniper berries. Brown sugar, caramel and honey come in near the backend before blending with some pine for a balanced finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth and glides across the tongue.

D: Very easy drinking with a well-hidden ABV. Not necessarily a great value at $12/bottle, but interesting to try.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Cohoho was a dark but radiant honey copper color with a tight white head, with fine sticky lacing left behind. The complex smell was of light malts, with a plethora of citrus notes (orange most prominent) and more subtle pine resin finish...very good. Alcohol was noted (barely) every now and then. The taste was quite dimensional, especially as it warmed. It started off with a wonderful semi-dry maltiness, followed up by an assertive but balanced hop bitterness, which breaks into different lingering components with different accents, like citrus bitterness, floral bittereness, orange peel, and array of other notes. Amazingly lively and exciting. The hop aromas meld with the flavors extremely well to produce this complexity. A party in the mouth. The mouthfeel was smooth, silky, and full, with a tad of hop stickyness, and melded well with the rest of the product. One of most coherent and best imperial IPAs I have had.

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Photo of ejyoung
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper-red color with a fairly thin head that fades pretty quickly, but leaves a light foam over the whole glass. Smell is of strong pine and sweet malt. The brown sugar/honey give this a pretty sweet taste that the citrus/pine from the hops and the juniper go well with. I'd like a little more hop flavor though. Nice carbonation/mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good, but it gets a little cloying. A pretty good DIPA overall.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.


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Photo of avylover
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear deep golden with a smallish white head. Aroma of citrous and some floral hops is strong, but mot quite overwhelming.. Also a slight cocoa scent. Taste is rather mild up front. This is not a clober you up the side of the head beer. Sort of a roasted smokiness behind the hops, which are piney in taste. Some decent Hop resins but nothing to big. A very drinkable Double IPA..perhaps a double IPA for the non hops heads. Still a great beer, but I expected a stronger hop flavor.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery Provisions.

Into two 2-ounce tasters (my first review of beer in a taster; damn City of Orange ordinances) pours some nice thick head atop an amber body with a tinge of orange. Bubbly, soapy lacing as I tilt. Looks good.

Aromas are highly floral with hints of brown sugar. Smells like a DIPA for sure. Having to search a little bit for deriving said aromas though. It's not highly intense but it works for what is.

A lovely hop bite of citrus, grapefruit, hints of honey, juniper berries dancing about, and all of this yielding a robust blend of flavors and plenty of bitterness on the finish without the malts cloying.

Mouthfeel is substantial, blending a soft thickness with a pine-y consistency.

Overall, a delicious hop bomb with an arsenal of complementary cousins creating a cacophony of complexity. Ok, alliteration aside, I really dig this DIPA for its abundance of hoppiness combined with flavors of brown sugar, honey, and berries. A dessert-like DIPA.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
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.

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

an extra from oakedcanuck, thanks buddy!
pours a beautiful ruby color, but murky with a thin head that dissipates quickly. holding this beer up to the light is nothing short of spectacular, just because of the color.
smells just mildly boozy, mixed with brown sugar and juniper, if only a tiny bit. the smidge of sweetness makes it pleasant.
tastes like it smells. i get all the same qualities, plus a decent hop presence. the hops are definitely there, but do not overwhelm at all. i only pick up a little bit of the juniper.
i enjoy drinking this beer but its one of those brews im glad to stop after one. i feel if the hops pulled back just a little bit and let the other ingredients shine, itd be something crazy... but then it might not be an imperial ipa... oh well. yum!

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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.

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Photo of ottovon
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours out a ruby-brown color with an offwhite head that feel quickly. leaves lacing down the glass.

S: smells of piney and citrus hops and caramel malt. i get a little of the juniper berries at the end.

T: tastes of caramel malt and piney hops, just like the aroma would make you think. i do get some sweetness at the back of the tongue, and then it finishes bitter. there is some spiceness, and hints of juniper berries.

M: medium body with good amounts of carbonation.

D: very drinkable. I could drink a lot of this.

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

A: Nice golden in color w/ a pretty decent head.

S: Overwhelming hop aroma! Floral and citrus. And I can't wait to try this.

T: This is what I'm talking about; a hop bomb. The taste followed right after the smell. Major hops, and again, both floral and citrus (mostly grapefruit).

M: Very nice. Nice and chewy.

D: Man do I wish I lived in Alaska!

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3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of femALEist
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the City Beer Store event.
It is made with brown sugar, honey and juniper berries. 8% abv. It poured a dark mahogony. It smelled of light hops, grass, citrus, and pine. It tasted bitter upfront with a strong grapefruit back note and a watery finish. It was just ok in my books for imperial ipa's.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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

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!

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Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.