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Cohoho Imperial IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

245 Ratings
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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 camcroteau
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have loved every single Midnight sun brew I have tried but I am very in love with the cohoho Imerial IPA. It is like a taste explosion in your mouth. I tasted it once in a bar and found it delightful so I ordered a keg of it. It tantalizes the taste buds with every sip.

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.

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

Sweet label on this one. Very interesting to see an IIPA with this kind of spicing.

Appearance: Deep brownish mahogany color. Decent fluffy off-white head that fades to a collar leaving some decent lacing.

Smell: Bitter hops first off. Layers of sweet balancing it out. Brown sugar and honey and malt are there but I'm not getting the juniper in the nose.

Taste: Great balance of all flavors. Wonderfully structered. Getting the juniper a little bit but the hop profile is dominant followed by lots of brown sugar goodness. Finishes clean and almost totally dry.

MF/D: Feels perfect for the style and ABV. Alcohol is warming but not hot, pretty well hidden. Medium body with just enough carbonation. Balanced very well all around which in my opinion always boosts the drinkability score.

Very nice offering from Midnight Sun. I have mixed feelings on some of the others I've tried but this one is really nice.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

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

Thanks grumpy for this extra. Bottled in Jan 09 and consumed 8 months past (too long I know, but this is probably the only time I'll ever try this beer). Pours very dark for the style with a 2 finger head. Smell is biscuity malts with caramel, dark fruits, orange, grass, belgian esters. Taste is more of a barleywine at this point than a DIPA, but I'm really digging it. It's not quite balanced considering how huge the malt backbone is compared to the subdued hops, but the flavor is excellent with pronounced caramel, melon, and orange. I would have loved to try this fresh, as it's a very good beer with some obvious age on it.

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

A very good IPA. Had on tap at the brewery.
Dark ruby/copper, clear, with a small ring off-white head. Nose is exceptionally fresh west coast hops and pine. Taste is lingering sticky hops, fresh melon, and slightly floral. Very full, foamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Way to go, Midnight Sun.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark mahogany with ruby red highlights. Creamy, thick head with excellent retention and lacing.

S - Rich, malty aroma dominated by caramel. Very sweet smelling. Hints of citrusy hops and a touch of juniper. I would not have been able to place it as juniper if I did not know that it was added to the beer, but you I am able to pick it out. The beer is a touch past its prime so I am guessing the hop aroma would have been a little stronger a few months ago.

T - Malty and sweet initially with caramel and suagry notes. A light fruitiness comes through quickly with a nice citrusy bitter punch. Hops do not linger and the beer finishes very sweet.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and very creamy. Good carbonation and very easy drinking.

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 Lothore
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a ruddy amber hue with a big, chunky, reddish brown head.

S- LOTS of piney hops and very distinct juniper berries.

T- Starts bready and immediately moves into deep juniper and pine notes. Very distinct and interesting.

M- Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

D- This was an interesting one to try but i'm just not a huge fan of juniper berries and that was such a huge part of the brew it was hard to ignore.

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 650 mL bomber purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The DIPA is a dark syrupy brown color, one of the darker double IPAs that I've seen that is not meant to be black. The darkness is just enough to prevent visibility. A huge head, white in color, is clinging thickly to the sides of the glass.

S: The darker malts add a strong caramel presence to the ale. The hop profile is pretty restrained, present but unwilling to come to the forefront.

T: This is really a double IPA? The hop profile, at first, is content to hide behind the caramel malts. The grains are darker chocolate, adding a full flavor to the body. Hops are citrusy, grapefruit particularly with a pine undertone. Floral flavors are a nice fit amongst the darker malts. The juniper is more reserved than in sahti, my only other frame of reference for juniper in beer.

M: Don't expect a hop bomb, this is far more subtle with a warming brown sugar and hop combo. I really like this one.

D: It doesn't feel like 8% and it doesn't taste like most any DIPA that I've had. I only wish that I had some more bottles sitting around.

Photo of jsapunor
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark reddish copper Imperial IPA with a nice head that leaves lacing on the glass.
The smell give hints of hops an spices but I can't tell what they are yet.
The first taste is very pleasing. The usual hoppiness is there but so are the juniper berries which remind me of gin. For me, this is good. The honey and sugar smooth out the malt and hops but the juniper aftertaste is what really sells this beer. It is smooth and spicy in the mouth and the ABV is not really noticeable.
Midnight Sun is known for adding different tastes to the styles they produce. This one offers juniper and the result is a very good effort that is worth seeking out and a pleasure to drink.

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.

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.

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 FtownThrowDown
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.

Photo of Beertracker
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Photo of joe1510
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!

Photo of sprucetip
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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

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.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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!

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.