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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

232 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 40
Gots: 12 | 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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koopa

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 22:38:03 | More by koopa
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gford217

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 01:10:15 | More by gford217
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby brown in color with a nice inch of head forming on the pour. Smell is hops, some juicy ripe fruit. Didn't quite know what to expect from a IPA that is brewed with brown sugar, honey and juniper berries, but surely wasn't let down with it. The hops are there, but the juniper berries are very noticeable and add a very incredible nuance to the beer. This is an outstanding beer. Full and creamy on the mouthfeel. Very different than anything I've had and I appreciate the effort, especially when it's well done. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 00:22:29 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MSB Cohoho Imperial IPA pours up with a soapy white head that persists above the slightly hazy, orangish-amber to deep copper colored body. The hop accenuated aroma is mildly pungent with citrusy Pacific Northwest hops. The overall character is fruity (apricot, grapefruit, tangelo) with some spicy juniper berry tones. There's a moderate graininess with hints of biscuits, crackers & brown sugar. The flavor starts off with a light honey sweetness that's derailed by a rather mild bitterness. The lightly warming finish is fruity, spicy & warming. This medium bodied DIPA has a touch of astringency, but remains smooth throughout. Here's to Humpy's & surviving the holidays!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Thanks to Grumpy for the opportunity!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 06:13:10 | More by Beertracker
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joe1510

Illinois

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

22oz Bomber

AKBelgianBeast sent me this bottle along with a HUGE box of beer and swag; he's a good dude... for a hippie! Cohoho fills my odd shaped Dogfish Head pint glass with fairly clear caramel tinted amber. A few streams of large carbonation bubbles rise to the surface and a giant, impressive head rises a half inch above the lip of the glass. This dirty white head has some great staying power, never falling below two fingers, and some great stick, leaving chunky lacing all over the glass. Now this is what an IPA should look like.

This Great North IPA smells like a pine tree in a bottle. Rich and resinous pine sap oozes up and out of this potent libation while a dense layer of caramel and brown sugar lay down the malty base. There's a mild fruity sweetness that I'm assuming is coming from the honey addition and melon sweet. A bit of liveliness from the juniper berries lurks in the back but they're mild and tough to distinguish.

The flavor is much more balanced than the nose led me to believe but both the malt and hops are in full force. Big notes of caramel lead the onslaught with pine sap quickly joining the fun. Mid-palate the brown sugar adds another layer of sweetness. The honey sure does its job bringing along that melon sweetness and the juniper berries, surprisingly, add a quick burst of that gin like quality toward the finish. Pine needle hoppiness really comes into its own on the swallow where it dries me out while the bitterness grows.

The mouthfeel is straight down the middle and is actually a little thinner than I'd like to see it. The finish dries out slightly and lets that big pineyness linger as the bitterness grows. The bitterness permeates every nook and cranny in my mouth, I like that.

This is one highly drinkable IPA. There's a good amount of balance throughout the drink until the swallow where the hops leap forward. The dryness gets the glass tilted.

This is yet another tasty treat from the guys at Midnight Sun. I've thoroughly enjoyed everything I've had from them up to this point and thanks to Frank I have many more to work my way through. Thanks again Frank!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 01:52:21 | More by joe1510
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sprucetip

Alaska

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

Bottle into Midnight Sun goblet.

Thick tan head with good retention and lacing. Deep copper, reddish highlights, clear, lots of bubbles rising.

robust, piny, citrusy and floral hoppy bouquet. Pungent, a bit sharp at first. Gets more complex with time, but still hop dominated. Sensing the big malty base, but it is not pronounced. I detect the juniper berries listed on the label. Has legs. As it warms, finally getting some big malty sweetness in the middle, after a swirl. Very nice.

The malty sweetness somehow manages to hang with the bold (85ibu) hop flavors up front and into the middle. The piny, citrusy hop profile is profound but is balanced well by the malt and other sugars. Especially as it warms it is very balanced, right into the finish, where the bitterness lingers but is not overdone. The complexity of the various hops and adjuncts is increasingly evident as it warms.

Ample but not overdone carbonation, some gentle warming and a pleasant texture that isn't quite creamy.

easier to drink than the year round Sockeye Red, also very respectable, though the Cohoho has higher IBU. Very well balanced and drinkable for a reasonably hefty IIPA.

I've been an admirer of this one, and Midnight Sun generally, for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 21:23:50 | More by sprucetip
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 02:54:22 | More by hopdog
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mcallister

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 01:07:06 | More by mcallister
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

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

A very special thanks to AKBelgianBeast for this bottle. He is a great trader for sure!

A- The beer is a deep well rounded rich dark amber. The head is very much there, but is a very loose head. This leaves excellent lacing. The beer is also very busy in the glass. Lots of fizzy action.

S- There is a great hop smell with this beer. I can also smell a sweet something. This says its brewed with honey, and brown sugar, that could be the sweetness I'm getting. I know that juniper is most likely there, but is a great partner with hops in taste.

T- Talk about complex. Wow, there is a great hop taste right up front, with a nice bitterness that comes from hops. But the malt is also there in a great bready fashion. The finish of this beer is very balanced and mellow. The taste of the honey is there for sure and is a great addition to the taste of the beer. As for the brown sugar, I'm not tasting much of it, if any of it. It was most likely added to help the gravity of the beer. This has a great balanced taste.

M- Feels great in the mouth, nice well rounded feel, not too thick, and great carbination balance.

D- Easy to drink. Its nice to see a brewery come out with an big IPA in the winter time. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 03:22:04 | More by Wetpaperbag
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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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gkatsoris


4.43/5  rDev +13%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 14:07:50 | More by gkatsoris
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clean deep amber/ orange-ish color, with a tannish head. In the aroma, big piney hops and just a small hint of citrus. In the taste, big piney hops and a small sweet maltiness. Mainly smooth, yet a small bite in the mouthfeel. Also, a lighter body for a I2PA. Pine hop dryness in the aftertaste. Big hops, light malt, very good, yet somewhat unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 00:29:27 | More by OWSLEY069
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with ok carbonation.

The smell is pine and citrus hops.

The taste is good piney hops with lots of good citrus, orange rind and a grassy finish.

The mouthfeel is bit thick & sticky, the carbonation could use a bit of a kick.

The drinkability is good a fine example of a DIPA.

Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 05:17:19 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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nrbw23

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 23:59:55 | More by nrbw23
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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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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 00:19:39 | More by HopDerek
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JDV

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:03:49 | More by JDV
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TheBlackMallard

Minnesota

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

Another great extra from AKBelgianBeast. Bottled the 4th week of November. I love these labels.

Pours a bright copper with a nice head.

Mild smells of brown sugar, honey, and citrus.

At first I'm hit with bitterness then a nice malty sweetness followed by grapefruit and peach along with more bitterness.

Moderate bitter finish that hangs around for a bit.

Smooth, I was expecting more bitterness but this is pretty easy drinking a little maltier than Hopslam but it kinda reminds me of it.

Thanks Frank!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 06:02:22 | More by TheBlackMallard
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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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Stoneman78

California

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from bottletrek.com, contents poured into a Stone OG tulip glass

Appearance is a clear amber/dark brown hue, thick craggy foam mostly sustains, latticework lacing on the glass

Smell is moderate hops, ranging from pine, floral, citrus, grass, and dirt/earth, some sweet caramel malts in the background

Taste is also full of hops, pine and floral tones mostly dominate here, hints of sour grapefruit, sweet caramel malts, honey, and cotton candy arrive midway, finishes dry and bitter

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, thick texture with resin that coats the mouth, lively and adequate carbonation

Drinkability is high given the style and abv, the alcohol is well-masked, the aromas are unique and give off a xmas tree essence, and the dry hops are a fun ride, a great first tasting for me of Midnight Sun, I am looking forward to the rest of the lineup I purchased online

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 06:22:34 | More by Stoneman78
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SargeC

Japan

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

Appearance: Deep amber brew with a thick, off-white head.

Smell: Strong hop presence. Grapefruit, pine.

Taste: Good hop flavor that blends well with the sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Dry finish. Limited carbonation.

Drinkablity: Tasty brew. A balanced and drinkable imperial IPA. The hop flavor is bold without being obnoxious.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 05:29:34 | More by SargeC
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Pours a golden dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty/hoppy, very slight citrus, pines, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, piney, and some caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well. The finish is dry with some slight bitterness. Medium body, a well balance brew, with malts/hops. Very drinkable, this is an very tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 21:05:15 | More by Wasatch
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 02:19:42 | More by YonderWanderer
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Floydster

California

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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 07:33:21 | More by Floydster
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz from AKBelgianBeast included as an EXTRA!! Huge thanks goes out! Shared with my very appreciative brother (Midnight Sun is his favorite brewery after spending 4 summers in a row in Alaska after graduation). Mine share poured into my kasteel tulip.

Very nice fluffy head that leaves drippy lacing for the entire glass. Crystal clear amber with very pretty garnet highlites.

Aroma is all grapefruit and pine hops... wow. Only a touch of toasted and caramel malts just to keep things from getting out of hand.

Flavor is a hoppy wonderland. Big citrus and resinous overtones .. sorta greasy hoppiness in a good way.. very good way. Nice background malts and smooth bitterness. Mouthfeel is lite for the style but ultra creamy finish and great drinkability.

I don't know where people are getting "thick" on this brew... sorta thin but that adds immensly to the drinkability.

Frank gets huge beer karma on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 07:04:04 | More by JohnGalt1
Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.