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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

236 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 40
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of bditty187
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%

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.

bditty187, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of mschofield
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

Pours brown with copper highlights, topped with a huge four finger puffy tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Hoppy aroma, floral and citrus, bread, tea and molasses.
Sweet, caramel - rich caramel taste, molasses and pepper, not as much hop flavor as I expected.
Medium-full bodied, doesn't stand up to other Imperials.

mschofield, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of carln26
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%

This beer poured a bright amber to copper with a huge foamy head and a bright lace that clung to the glass throughout the tasting experience. It has a bright floral aroma (Cascade hops?) with a mild malt back. The first taste has a more citrus character from the hops and a distinct alcohol bite. The malty character does visit later in the experience. The mouth feel is light, but the alcohol character detracts from the drinkability. Average beer in a field of great IPAs.

carln26, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of winomark
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

winomark, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of lackenhauser
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

lackenhauser, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

22oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head over the copper brew. Head is dense, and shows good staying power, with nice lacing. Aroma is lightly of sweet malts and a touch of piney hops, but nowhere near what one would expect from a DIPA. Taste is more about the full malt flavor than the hops, it would seems, although there is a nice bite at the end. Almost like a hoppy barleywine. Mouthfeel and drinkability good, and if you aren't comparing to the ideal of the style, not a bad brew.

ppoitras, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Chestnut.

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.

Crosling, Aug 04, 2004
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Four fingers of creamy, beige, foamy head. A deep red-brown, clear beer. Clumps of lacing. Sweet, fruity, piney, hoppy nose. A little cheese. Intense. Major bitter front. Huge, tangy tobacco hops. Dark flowery. Dark, dark malt through the middle. It's almost a bitter chocolate. But quite sweet when warm. Mondo bitterness in the finish, with an odd, sweet wrapper. Astringent. Alcoholic. This is a very intense beer. Citrus, floral, piney, tobacco hops. They could probably have added some oomph to the malt without detracting from the desired effect. Good nonetheless.

kbub6f, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of jackndan
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%

Cohoho, an Imperial IPA (seasonal) from Alaska (and perhaps my first from our largest State). An extremely busy label, lots going on here. Unusual choice for a holiday brew.

Pours an extremely dark and murky brown for an IIPA, clearly bottle conditioned given the amount of sediment. Nice head, leaves some nice lacing, and an eighth of an inch in coverage.

Light aroma, with a bit of spice, perhaps aided by a bit of Holiday Spice.

The taste is definitely not what I’d consider an IIPA, a holiday brew sure, but an IIPA, no way. The classic smooth, rich and floral hop taste is completely missing, or perhaps, hidden behind something else in this brew. There is a firm malt base here, and there is some hops flavor here as well, but I do notice a some off flavors as well, like cinnamon and nutmeg. These spicy flavors are not overwhelming at all, but they just don’t belong. Not a good IIPA, not a bad Holiday beer, but not an IIPA.

jackndan, May 12, 2004
Photo of garthwaite
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%

Orangish brown with a gorgeous white frothy head. Aroma is pine, cherries, & grapefruit. Malts are everywhere - they're spicy & nutty & somewhat fruity. There are some citrusy hops, but they are mixed with a touch of caramel & are not nearly as prevalent as I would expect or hope for in this style. Not overly impressed.

garthwaite, May 01, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

CRJMellor, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of Stubbie1
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

Stubbie1, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

A dark orangey amber with a good head. There's a distinct spirits-soaked dried fruit smell in the aroma. There's a light caramel sweetness added to that in the flavor. The hops are surprisingly in the background, but there is a firm bitterness supporting it. The body is surprisingly thin and seems to weak to support the flavor. Perhaps a bit ragged.

aracauna, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +14%

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.

merlin48, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance: Deep caramel amber hue with a tan creamy slightly gelatinous looking head holds together well, leaves behind a thick collar of lace sticks around the duration of the bottle. Aroma: Deep pine cone scented hops with fruity overtones lots-o-malt alcohol is evident. Taste: Fruity hop bursts with each sip consumed, nice caramel malts excellent grassy finish. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied creamy texture. Drinkability: At 8 % drinkability is pretty damn smooth, this one was tasty not up to par with the other known Double IPAs out there but a nice pleasant treat from a brewer that I have never heard of.

WVbeergeek, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Deep copper. Meidum beige head. Sparse lace. Aroma is weak. Some notes of pine. The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated. Gaseous. There's an off flavor to this beer. It's highly astringent and bitter (in a bad way). There is nothing good about this beer. My second in a row from this brewery that is subpar. I'm surprised.

Bighuge, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.43/5  rDev +13%

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).

GCBrewingCo, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

francisweizen, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

The crazy, wacked-out label requires appreciation first, oh-so colorful, with this mixed-up Santa-hatted fish, ...but let's see what inside this pretty package...
Pours out a deep orange hue, with a big, blooming head of froth on top, leaving loads of lace. Lookin' good so far!
Aroma: Ahhh! Perfect hoppiness, total olfactory contentment, this is exactly what I dig in a highly-hopped ale: pine, pineapple, apricot, peach, citrus aplenty and more!
Now, to taste...YOW! Great, big bitterness at first, blazing over the palate. There's an abundant hop attendance here, but it is amply matched by a large maltiness, too, and they make an excellent pair. Starts sharp and bitter, but then becomes all juicy fruit and sweet deliciousness. Full bodied, interminable finish, with a complete engagement on the palate.
Halfway into this guy and I'm sold, it rockets to the list of All-Time Favorite IPAs, which is growing, thanks to the efforts of our nation of innovative craft brewers.
Damn, but this is dazzling stuff, and I'm happy it's big ol' bomber form, for anything less and I'd have felt teased and cheated. Yum, yum, and, yes, it bears repeating, yu-u-um!!!

feloniousmonk, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of Foxman
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

It pours a hazy, coppery amber, like a nicely brewed iced tea. A lush light tan head grows quickly and sticks around for a good while. Amorphous, modern-art lacings sticks to the sides of the glass.

The aroma delivers a sweet, toasty caramel-candy malt aura that hangs tough, then grudgingly gives way to a significant pine sap essence.

At first sip, a toffee-caramel sweetness swins forth, then quickly swings away to allow a dense and virtually resinous piney hop thrust to push through. The toasted malt continues to lurk, buoying a dry citrus character. A flash of baked dough checks in momentarily toward the end, then slips underneath a dry floral hops bitterness lingering at the finish. The interesting elements are even, but each maintains some definite borders.

Medium to thick bodied, the viscous hop oils create a lubricating sensation, swirling and coating, then not so much leaving as slickly sliding slowly and sensuously.

Glaciers of thanks to weefisheads for granting me this wonderfully suprising beer!
Alaska is a mighty big place, and while this beer is not overly big, it's chock full of piney flavor goodness. The hops are just muscular enough to happily counter the solid sweet malt spine. The substantial ABV is not much of a factor until you actually feel it, and it can sneak up on you if you're not forewarned. The well-segmented flavor draws you in for more, regardless. I truly enjoyed the staccato nature of the components in the flavor, because sometimes the edges don't need to be blurred to allow a beer to be full and tasty.

Foxman, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Bronze colored...with a big fluffy tannish head....nose is excellent...citrusy..fresh squeezed oranges and grapefruits..some underlying caramel....really nice smell..Full bodied...about right for an Imperial IPA...mouthfeel is a slighly harsh at first but becomes almost creamy as you dig deeper in....the taste features more of a piney (Chinook hop?) flavor...a very slight hint of plastic or chemical at first but it isn't noticable later in....decent malt backbone...some real nice caramel notes...pretty balanced while also having a great hop kick...

This is a very good-to-excellent Imperial IPA....Not top tier but relatively close....I'd drink it again....enjoyable experience...

ZAP, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%

Launched from a 22oz bomber, this imperial IPA from Midnight Sun had a dark, slightly hazed amber color and a modest ¾" off-white head that slowly, slowly faded to a ring, leaving no lace.
Whoa, talk about hops! This brew has a heavy, resinous pine-laden hops aroma and a burnt metal smell that was rather distracting and not very pleasant. A blast of alchol fumes boil out of the glass to add to the clash of aromas. The taste was loaded with a variety of flavors; some caramel malt and maple sweetness, an absolute load of sappy pine hoppiness, and, lastly and most distressing, an "am-I-getting-my-mouth-washed-out?" soapy taste that blew the whole thing for me. The feel was medium-bodied, with a dry finish.
I was quite disappointed with how this brew's tastes just clashed together. There wasn't any harmony to them and it probably contributed to that vile soapiness. Considering how I liked Midnight Sun's Humpy's Sockeye Red IPA, this was a real bummer. Too bad; I was really looking forward to this one. Now, I'll be hard pressed to ever try it again.

Boilermaker88, Feb 10, 2004
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Big tan head sits atop this attractive amber, almost red beer.
Huge piney hop aroma jumps out at you. Caramel malt and alcohol underneath the hops.

Taste shows a huge resinous, piney hop flavor. Solidly balanced by the toasty, caramel malt backbone. Hops still dominate the beer. Hop resin bitterness lingers at the finish just a bit.

Very good mouthfeel: good body and smooth.
Good drinkability.

Overall, this is a good, big, hoppy, tastey IPA.

PhantomVodoo, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Presentation: 22oz. bomber with an assumed born-on date of September '03. Colorful and funky-graphic label ("Really Great").

Appearance: Poured a clear amber color with a lovely sheeting action down the sides of the glass. Thick...thick...thick off-white two-finger head laces the glass and persists.

Smell: Well-balanced, but nothing too massive here. A toasted malt-caramel paired with a floral/pine cone hoppiness.

Taste: I was surprised to see this listed as a Imperial IPA. It's pretty tame in the flavor department. It's a hoppy beer, no doubt, but well-controlled and balanced. Finishes with a dry and long-lasting bitterness. No ABV noted anywhere...

Mouthfeel: Very creamy smooth. Medium body. A soaker of the palate.

Drinkability: Hihly drinkable. Nice mix of hops and malty sweetness make for a tasty beer. The dry finish and hop oils on the lips really appeal.

Huge thanks to WeeFishHeads for this one.

OldFrothingSlosh, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

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!

sulldaddy, Jan 25, 2004
Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.