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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

242 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 40
Gots: 15 | 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 Foxman
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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...

Photo of Boilermaker88
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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!

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber served lightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish brown topped by a small and frothy yellowish head that lasts as long as daylight in a Barrow winter. No lacing since it would be really impractical in Alaska's winters.

Smell: Redolent of a coniferous forest, heavy on the resinous pine sap. Sweet grapefruit, oranges, and clovey spices skitter about in this forest primeval.

Taste: Initially a woody and maply malt taste that is quickly plowed over by bitter piney hops. Light hop burps. The flavors don't seem to mesh too well, IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lotsa hop aftertastes. Alcohol is well masked.

Drinkability: Not as mind-alteringly good as Dreadnaught, but not too shabby overall. I hope to have some of this brewery's other wares when I make a trip back to Anchorage at some point. Hopefully my woman will get herself in a mainstage production at some point. Then, to Humpy's I will go!

Photo of avylover
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear deep golden with a smallish white head. Aroma of citrous and some floral hops is strong, but mot quite overwhelming.. Also a slight cocoa scent. Taste is rather mild up front. This is not a clober you up the side of the head beer. Sort of a roasted smokiness behind the hops, which are piney in taste. Some decent Hop resins but nothing to big. A very drinkable Double IPA..perhaps a double IPA for the non hops heads. Still a great beer, but I expected a stronger hop flavor.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Cohoho was a dark but radiant honey copper color with a tight white head, with fine sticky lacing left behind. The complex smell was of light malts, with a plethora of citrus notes (orange most prominent) and more subtle pine resin finish...very good. Alcohol was noted (barely) every now and then. The taste was quite dimensional, especially as it warmed. It started off with a wonderful semi-dry maltiness, followed up by an assertive but balanced hop bitterness, which breaks into different lingering components with different accents, like citrus bitterness, floral bittereness, orange peel, and array of other notes. Amazingly lively and exciting. The hop aromas meld with the flavors extremely well to produce this complexity. A party in the mouth. The mouthfeel was smooth, silky, and full, with a tad of hop stickyness, and melded well with the rest of the product. One of most coherent and best imperial IPAs I have had.

Photo of beerguy101
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Poured from a highly-decorated bomber with enough text to keep you busy while knocking out the bottle, it pours a somewhat murky brown with a hint of orange. Hops smack the inside of the nostrils, but a nice maltiness makes its presence known shortly after the initial hop assault. Piney hop notes in the taste are nicely balanced by an assertive malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and it's a definite sipper. This is a very nice beer, making the $7.00 price tag a bit easier to take.

Photo of BierReise
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking 22 oz bottle with colorful artwork. Pours a beautiful cloudy deep amber with a tint of orange. Color reminds me of Rogues Dead Guy Ale. Nice impressive head, thick with good retention. Aroma is wonderful, piney, hoppy with the presence of a grapefruit citrusy aroma. More citrus than pine. This is a really nice ale and full of character and great flavors. The aroma is in your face and is perfectly in sync with a bitter smooth flavor dancing on your tongue. Possesses a nice malty underlining to hold everything together and balanced. This would be a great session beer. An exceptional ale that I completely enjoyed. One I wouldn't mind being anchored down in Anchorage with.

Photo of jcalabre
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 23 January 2003. Although this is labelled as an Imperial IPA, it was closer to a lot of regular IPA's, in my opinion. Pours golden brown w/ a long lasting head. Starts out hoppy & finishes nicely on the palate. A very well done beer.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of beernut7
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a robust style of IPA. I had this at the brewery and was forced to take home a couple halves. This is beer has a great balance of hoppy flavor and malt sweetness. Neither cancels out the other. I loved this beer. I only wish I could get it down east.

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Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.