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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: 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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Ratings: 245 | Reviews: 156
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one was a monster. The body was crystal clear brownish-orange (meaning “serious” in the IPA world) and the head was relentless. It finally went down after five minutes, lacing the hell out of my Ruination glass.

Smell – Gigantic, complex hop profile with some serious malt balance. The piney hops came out big time but the aroma showed some other hoppy scents as well. The malt was huge; mostly toasted with big caramel undertones.

Taste – Wow! In addition to bringing the nose into the taste, there’s an oaky sherry-like flavor to this one. The Cohoho IPA has it all. The hops calm down a bit here (not much), just enough to allow an appreciation of the fantastic malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied for sure and smooth and chewy. This lacked the harsh dryness of some IPAs yet left a wonderful finish. It was dry but not too much so, with a reminder of the sweet maple and brown sugar imbedded in the malts.

Drinkability – I am koo-koo for Cohoho. This was my first sample of the brewery, and I was blown away. What an awesome and unique IPA.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, deep clear amber with a big creamy off-white head that lingers as a cap for ages and leaves really good lacing.

Aroma is dominated by a huge citrus hop presence up front with lots of mangos, oranges and pineapples. There is a definite sweet malt base though not much sugar in the nose. Fantastic smell on this one.

The taste has some citrus burn up front but has a much bigger sugary malt base than the aroma suggests. The floral hops come back with a big bitterness that lingers in the finish. Definitely more malt base in the taste to balance the aggressive hop profile.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and sticky with hop juice.

Another good brew from Midnight Sun though the aroma is the standout with tons of citrus fruit and pine hops with a decent malt backbone. Tasty.

Photo of francisweizen
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle. Murky brown with a small caramel coloured head of foam. Aromas are floral/citric/metalic hops and deep, roasted malts (caramel?). The taste is too malty for a IIPA, and the hops that do show up in the middle, quickly fade away, leaving a finish mixed with metal and malt flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick, and decent. Drinkability is good as well. A decent brew, but not a good IIPA.

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BrewsB4Shrews for sending a box full of Midnight Sun brews. My first from this brewery that I've been looking forward to.

Pours red. Not a lot coming out of the glass for my nose to sample.

Cohoho is on the heavily malty side for a IIPA. Heavy malts, sweet sweet sweet. If there are many hops in here, they're playing hide and...hide. And hiding well. Just a touch of bitter at the end.

Average. Either this brew has lived past its useful lifetime or this just isn't my kind of IIPA - i.e. there need to be some hops.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 fl.oz. brown glass traditional Bomber. The label is an extremely colorful, very chaotic looking, hand-drawn affair. It has a picture of a geeky looking green swirly eyed monster-fish with a serious set of gnashers. The fish also happens to be wearing some kind of red Santa hat affair. The latter item of clothing is in deference to the season the beer depicts, as the “Deck the Halls with Really Great Beer” saying on the label professes. All sorts of other scribbling and writing adorns the label, the main points of which are that this is a “Snappy Happy Seasonal Brew”, and weighs in at 8.0% ABV.

Appearance: Extremely turbid look when first poured. A deep murky brown chestnut color, that strangely looks clear when held to the light, quite weird. Soft light cream colored head rests atop the beer. Laces well.

Nose: Resinous hop oils and a massive pine needle dimension sit amidst a rather strong malt aroma.

Taste: A deeply coniferous pine needle oil slick lubricates the start of this monster. The alcohol is immediately perceptible and mildly warming. It has a mild “peppermint fresh” feel in the middle, which runs into a malty backbone and a hop-oil maltiness right at the finish. The tastes left in the mouth are of double strength hop oils. Quite something. The tastes are much better I found as the beer warms to ambient, and the viscosity of the hop oils increase and get chance to coat the mouth and teeth. Nice!

Mouthfeel: High. The alcohol and vitreous hop oils lend a slick feel to this baby.

Drinkability: It took me a while, but I eventually warmed to this beer, sadly all too late though, for I had downed well over 80% of it. May take a while to secure your favor, but it will.

Overall: A good Imperial IPA that won me over in the end. I particularly like the strong malt aspect of this offering and the strong oily hop aspect. I’m damned that I was too ignorant to appreciate this one earlier through the course of the 22 oz sample though. I think I chilled it too much to be honest. Still, there were 3 other bottles of this at the store where I bought this one. I may just have to return. A great seasonal IPA - "Hoppy Christmas".

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3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, home. An amber, reddish DIPA with a nice beige head. The aroma is mostly a pretty standard grapefruit hoppiness. There's just a touch of sweet sugars and maybe some juniper, but I could be imagining that. The flavor is also a bit one-note - almost entirely hop bitterness. The beer is rather dry. I think that I'd like this beer more without the brown sugar and honey. The flavor is rather harsh, possibly the result of these simpler sugars. I had high hopes for this beer and come away fairly disappointed.

Photo of Gmann
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby color with a huge fluffy egg shell colored head that left chunky lacing on the glass. Not sure I have seen an IPA/DIPA this color before.

The aroma is hoppy. Big tropical fruit presence with some pine and herbal hop. The malt seems quite sweet from the addition of honey and brown sugar.

The taste is odd. The beer is very sweet, noticable brown sugar flavor; perhaps even some toffee notes. The hops are resiny and they bring tropical fruit notes. There is also a onion like flavor from the hops. After you get past the hops, the juniper kicks in for its typical twang flavor as well as its bitterness. Quite an earthy flavor. It is very flavorful, just not sure its my cup of tea.

The feel is moderate with fizzy/prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but plenty of bitterness to offset. The hops and juniper do a good job balancing actually. Some lingering bitterness and finishes a hair sticky.

A bold DIPA. Way too sweet for my liking. Not a big fan of a sweet malt and a tropical fruit hop profile.

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

22oz bottle.

Poured a dark amber/orange in color with a huge, five finger, head. Nice hoppy, citrus, piney, orange and grapefruit aromas. Tastes of citrus, pine, caramel, and had a grapefruit bitter finish. Malty balance. Dry, smooth and bitter finish.

Notes from 7/12/04

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a 22oz bomber of this (for $7.50) at The Wine Society in Tyngsboro, MA. Has a real funky label, with a nasty-looking big-ass Coho Salmon in a Santa cap amidst some psychedelic stylings... Cohoho pours a clear, rich, deep amber color. A semi-hard pour produces a frothy, light tan head which rapidly thins down, yet maintains itself at about 1/4". Lacing is fairly decent as well, and this bier looks quite attractive in general. Aroma has a healthy amount of floral hoppiness, along with a mild smidge of caramel. Lovely mouthfeel as well! I somehow had an inkling it would be good just by the look of the bier when I poured it. It seemed to be thick and chewy out of the bottle and, sure enough, it does have a more than medium body, as well as a silky smoothness on the tongue. This bier has a nice balance of malt and hops, though still leaning more in the hop direction. Malt is lightly sweet with caramel aspects, followed by an abundance of citrussy hops which coat the tongue with luscious alpha-acids. I rather enjoyed this offering from way up north. Prosit!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of dar482
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer has this beautiful tropical floral aroma with tons of honey.

The flavor follows with that floral honey sweetness, a juniper (that makes as fruit sometimes), and almost a raw honey sweetened juice flavor.

A really interesting brew. Quite hoppy. Very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rough day at work, so I decided to open my bomber of this Alaskan Imperial IPA and treat myself to an unseasonably warm evening, outside on the porch with a bliss of fresh hops. Indeed, I was rewarded with a pint glass of clear, coppery amber brew, with a two finger beige head. The head never completely dissolved and laced the glass with moderate amonts of sheet and patch foam.
The aroma is easily picked up from several feet away, and tempts the nose with a garden grove of lovely hops sensations. Grapefruit, orange, mango, and lemon, lead a citrus army, allied with plenty of pine and grassy notes.
Mouthfeel features ideal carbonation, with a fresh hops assault that is more creamy than resinous, and coats the mouth with bittersweet tangs.
Taste is well rounded, with a hops dominance that, thankfully, echoes the nose. Caramel malt appears in the background at times, but the citrusy fruits run this show. Lots of grapefruit and lemonrind in the taste, but a pear and apple duo creep into the picture as well. Absolutely dazzling!
This Alaskan brewery has really grabbed my attention with their two IPAs I've tried. Both picked up last week at the Vintage Cellar, in Blacksburg, Va.

Photo of david18
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

More Arrogant Bastard than Ruination. Good hopping but the strong dark fruit flavor and aroma, and the lack of alcohol flavor that many dipa's feature, make it more of a strong or old ale. Aroma is very nice. Perfect late night sipper, any season. Would love to try it locally.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Just to make it more interesting and that much more American than it already is, the brewers added maple syrup, brown sugar and honey. A nearly perfect crowning of lace on the glass; what an amazing sight if you are into the whole head retention thing. Clear, but also dark, with a chestnut hue. The aroma wafts from the glass with that trademark American hop citric sharpness and an extremely complex malt/sugar nose. Good amount of slickness from the semi-smooth and slightly creamy full body. Light on the carbonation. Bitterness from the hops is present and lets the taste buds know right away, but it never comes off as too sharp or even over-the-top for the size of the beer. So there is some balance. Maltiness walks in with a solid base and dark sugar complexities, followed by a ghost-like rum character when it mingles with the alcohol. Suggestions of brown bread, ripe pears and chicory come to mind. Finishes with an even-keeled malt to hops flavor.

A different twist on a bastardized style, a bit off the more traveled road compared to most Imperial IPAs. That's not a bad thing at all as this ale is packed with flavor and comes across as being very enjoyable. It simply is not a perfect match for the style.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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

The beer poured crystal clear deep amber brown. The head was white and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was hoppy with substantial malt backbone. The aroma hits you in the face as you pour the beer and settles back into a subtle but complex hop/malt aroma.

The flavor was bitter and hoppy, but not overly so. The malt and caramel in the flavor does an excellent job of balancing the hoppiness.

The finish was just off dry caramel with lasting pleasant subtle bitterness into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium full.

Well done!

22 ounce bottle. Bottled the first week of December (no year on bottle).

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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