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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 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.

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

Pours a copper orange colour with thick white head, some lacing on the glass. Smells very malty, lots of caramel with some citrus and a hint of pine. Flavour is sweeter than I expected, almost like a malty east coast IIPA or a barleywine instead of a west coast IIPA. Some small refreshing bitterness. Nice carbonation level. Not a hop bomb, but it is nice for what it is.

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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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
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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Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from LIquid Solutions

Appearances: Quite dark for an IPA...close to the color of iced tea. Nice off white 3 finger foam head that retains and laces.

Smell: Floral hop, grassy, juniper berries,...does this beer have rye in it?

Taste: Honey, juniper berries, grass, etc. Hops up front, then a fruity middle and a slightly bitter finish. I like it.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin

Drinkability: just fine for an 8% abv although a better mouthfeel would make it more drinkable for me.

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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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Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a 22 oz bomber of this and it is lightly chilled. I pour some into my pint glass. It pours reddish amber color and is very clear. An off white head foams up nicely and fades slowly to a thin layer on the surface.
Aroma is hoppy! I get piney and grapefruity scents dominating.
The first sip reveals very smooth, mild carbonation and a slightly syrupy texture. Medium bodied.
Flavor is bity up front with the hops going piney on the front a mild mild malt hint in the middle. The finish is bitey and very dry. THe hops dominate this brew. The lingering hoppiness and general dryness in my mouth urges me to take another sip.
This brew is very drinkable even though I am not a 'hophead". It is very enjoyable and smooth.
Go and look for this brew it will make you smile!

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Photo of flexabull
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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

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)!!!

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Photo of Floydster
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

I agree this skews from the DIPA style, but it's a winter seasonal so no complaints here.

Smells much sweeter and maltier than expected. Complex. Caramel, brown sugar, hops let themselves be known at different points in the draw.

Tastes full bodied red/amber ale at first, with hop resin moving in quickly bringing a lighter acidic/bitter flavor. I *think* I'm getting the juniper/gin notes in the middle of the flavor, but you can't underestimate the power of suggestion. Finish lingers nicely with a very pleasant heat from the ABV.

You know you're drinking a big beer, but the overall balance is very drinkable.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with some dark red highlights. Enormous beige head develops on the pour and leaves lace as the bomber is devoured.
Aroma is very floral with some citrus added. Caramel, musty sweet hops and some spicy yeast are noted. Very complex and continues to open and develop additional aromas as it warmed.
Flavor begins with dark fruit malt characterisitcs like prunes or dates. Then moves to a sweeter molasses or honey type hit and finishes up some citrusy and fairly powerful hops. Little bit of the grapefruity/bubblegum hit towards the end. Very alcoholic and warming as the beer progressess, very nice.
Mouthfeel is moderate to heavy with very good carbonation. Classic IPA^2 profile of complex, sweet malts, with floral and citrusy bitter hop profile.
Drinkability is great, relatively high ABV is exceptionally well hidden and very enjoyable. So good I could session this one.

Special thanks to skyhand for this absolute gem.

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

Pours a dark brown/red color with the red accentuated by holding it up to the light. Small white head with average retention. Thick, spotty lacing. Good smell, floral hops and spiciness.

Taste is distinctive. Floral and piney hops, sweet malt, and dark fruit. The spiciness is probably the juniper berries. The hops flavor is good but not the "hit you over the head" kind. I wouldnt call it balanced, but there are other good things going on besides hops.

Mouthfeel is rich and and crisp. No hint of alcohol taste.

Drinkability is good. This is a bit rich for mass consumption, but I could have drank the bottle myself instead of sharing it.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is piney, woody and malty. A full bodied imperial/double IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are piney, grapefruity and floral. This is NOT your typical imperial IPA, the hops are there, but they are not the over-the-top, in-your-face variety of most west coast imperial IPAs. The hops are kind of hidden by the nice malt sweetness, but they come on from the middle to the finish. There are also some Christmas beer spices in here as well: allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Well balanced. Very smooth. A great winter warmer beer. The 8% alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep amber color with a nice light tan head. The head went away pretty quick leaving a nice layer on the top of the brew and a great amount of lacing down my glass.

S- Hops of about every kind...grassy, piney and citrus. Smells great.

T- Tons of piney hop taste that is balanced out by a nice malt taste.

M- Medium in body maybe a little creamy and dry.

D- Very easy to drink since its quickly disapperaring.

Thanks again Jonathan for letting me try this one.

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Photo of mcallister
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good looking brew. Deep chestnut with no light present resembling a barley wine or porter. Streaky carbonation.

Damn tasty nose, caramel malt, grassy herbal citrusy pine riddled hops, sweet golden raisin, and more citrusy aspects. Nice nose.

Just a tasty IPA. The nose basically describes the mouth huge caramel malt goodness, pine with citrus, a candied christmas tree. Good bitterness but well balanced. Bitter mouth creamy in the middle. A great drinking IPA.

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

Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color with a tan 1 finger head that faded slowly and left great lacing with rings as it went down; impressive.

Smells of big citrus hops up front, with pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, bread and light spices; very fruity and pungent, this is what an IPA should smell like.

Tastes of citrus hops, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, floral hops like wet hops were added, herbs, pine cone/piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, light toasted grains, and light spices like cinnamon and coriander; nice balance for a mild hop-bomb, this has hints of breads and grains, is fruity and flavorful, and going down fast - too fast.

Mouthfeel is creamy and bordering on oily slick, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a nice bitter aftertaste that leaves a nice crisp citrus pucker.

This beer is highly drinkable and hides the ABV incredibly well, even for a DIPA; a definite session beer for such a high powered IPA. A definite recommendation, this went down smooth and easy. Glad it made it across the US to NYC.

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Photo of nickd717
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Liquid Solutions, shared with my girlfriend and roommate after a long day of moving stuff around. I assume it must be from last winter.

A - Pours a dark reddish-amber color with a large beige head and absolutely insane lacing. I mean clumps of foam cling to the side of the glass, and distinct rings can be seen well after the beer is gone.

S - Aroma is brown sugar, honey, spices, citrusy and resinous hops. You get both winter warmer and IPA, which is very interesting.

T - Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, honey, holiday spices, juniper, and grapefruity, resinous hops in just the right amount, not too intense. This winter warmer/DIPA combo is an interesting one, and this attempt at it is well-executed.

M - Palate is smooth and just a tiny bit syrupy, with soft carbonation.

D - Pretty high. Overall a really well-done beer from Midnight Sun.

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Photo of Crosling
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasty but this isn't much of a Double IPA.


Aroma of pine, pineapple, smoked wood and roasted malts, mainly caramel but also a hint of molasses.

Where are the hops in this? This is entirely too malty for a a DIPA. Flavor mainly consists of hops oils, pine needles, apricots, pineapples and lemon. The malt backbone is nice but if I want a nice malt backbone, I'll snag an English barley wine.

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Photo of bditty187
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 wasn’t 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 isn’t 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 doesn’t 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 isn’t 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 doesn’t have that. I’m rambling here. I’m 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. I’m bored. Purchased on-line from Liquid Solutions.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent coppery color with a great head that lingers all the way down. Really good hoppy aroma and a bunch of malt comes thru as well. The flavor is extremely hoppy but has a sharp tang to it-not as even as some of the other Imperials out there. Nice,full,silky mouthfeel- but I find the astringency of the flavor detracts from the body. Average drinkability-theres much better Imperial IPAS out there. Id try them first.

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Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from ScreamForMe in SS09. Thanks, Mark.

A-A fine looking beer, indeed. Deep, crystal clear amber with a huge, long lasting, fluffy off white head.

S-Strong dark malt, a nice brown sugar sweetness meet a sweet hop note and a mild citrus note.

T-Sweet malt dominates the front, then a brown sugar sweetness and a very solid hoppy finish with some slight honey sweetness. Dark, intensely twiggy malt in the very finish.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a long lingering maltiness.

D-Really excellent. A unique, wonderful DIPA.


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Photo of JDV
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark amber with ai rich head. Smell is very fresh and clean with evergreen and pine scented hops. Taste is bitter and fresh again with a strong piney hoppy flavor and lasting bitterness. Some richness in the flavor as well. Didn't blow me away, but was still nice.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz beer poured into a large mug

Pours surprisingly dark, cloudy brown, beige head, big, fades leaving a thick sheet of lacing. Smell is hoppy and molassesy.

Taste is a little muted, it might be too cold, but it seems a little spicy, fairly hoppy, definitely some detectable brown sugar

Mouthfeel is rather rough and acidic. Overall, solid beer.

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