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

Pours a clear, dark amber/brown with an ample tan head that lasts, leaving thick curtains of sticky lacing.

Aromas of sweet malt and brown sugar/honey, and spice. I don't know that I would pick out the faint juniper aroma if I didn't know from the label it was in there.

This tastes pretty sweet up front, then comes a pretty intense hoppiness with a moderately bitter finish. Can taste the honey in the background along with some chocolate from the roasted malt. Juniper spice lingers into the finish.

Body is medium and mouthfeel is creamy.

I am quite liking this as a holiday version of an imperial IPA and that is what it is designed for. The juniper really builds and lingers on the tongue so I wouldn't have a lot of this in one evening unless I am wolfing down holiday confections along with it. The juniper spice dosing reminds me of Anchor Christmas ale.

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

A: Pours a deep brownish red, with a huge foamy light tan head. The head retains well, and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Piny hops with a strong malt background. A very full, but nicely balanced, aroma.

T: Full sweet malts to start, following through with a big hop presence, in the general style of an American imperial IPA. Doesn't taste hugely bitter; either less hoppy or more malty than many other double IPAs, hard to tell.

M: Full body, medium carbonation, fairly smooth. Some chewiness.

D: Quite drinkable for the style, but you probably still won't like it if you don't like hoppy beers.

Interesting overall, and if it was easily available in reasonably priced 4 or 6 packs I might buy it semi-regularly. As-is, I probably won't seek it out again, but certainly worth trying.

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

A: Pours a deep, cloudy red color with good carbonation and a off white head

S: Hops, pine, juniper and brown sugar

T: Sweet bread and hops, followed with brown sugar and caramel, pine to boot

M: Medium bodied with booze, pine hops, bittering on the end

D: Good and interesting but not a beer I would seek out

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 11 Apr 2010.

Poured in a 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Large light brown creamy head. Well carbonated. Clear brown color with reddish highlights. Aroma is of resin with a touch of juniper and brown sugar. Starts with a taste of brown sugar, becoming resiny bitter through the middle. Herbal, fruity finish. Lingering bitter aftetaste. Warm ethanol throughout. Heavy body, creamy mouthfeel.

Good but unlikely to get again at this pricepoint ($12.50).

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Photo of femALEist
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the City Beer Store event.
It is made with brown sugar, honey and juniper berries. 8% abv. It poured a dark mahogony. It smelled of light hops, grass, citrus, and pine. It tasted bitter upfront with a strong grapefruit back note and a watery finish. It was just ok in my books for imperial ipa's.

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Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was just browsing through the new issue of Zymurgy and saw this beer featured in the drink this section. I thought, oh shit I still have that one in the back of the fridge. Immediately went down and dug it out and cracked it open.

Got this one in a shipment from Liquid Solutions before they closed down. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Poured a dark amber, almost brown color with a thick two finger white head. The head settled and clung to the sides of the glass where it left excellent lacing.

The first thing I notice in the aroma is the citrus, pine and grapefruit from the hops but there is a lot more going on then just hoppy aroma of a IPA. The brown sugar and honey give it a slight sweetness to go along with the malt flavors.

The taste Is both hoppy and malty. The citrus and grapefruit of the hops is there but it almost takes a backseat to the big malty and sweet flavors from the malts, brown sugar and honey. It has a little spiciness to it but not a lot.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it's a good tasting interesting beer that was pretty drinkable.

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Photo of popery
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, home. An amber, reddish DIPA with a nice beige head. The aroma is mostly a pretty standard grapefruit hoppiness. There's just a touch of sweet sugars and maybe some juniper, but I could be imagining that. The flavor is also a bit one-note - almost entirely hop bitterness. The beer is rather dry. I think that I'd like this beer more without the brown sugar and honey. The flavor is rather harsh, possibly the result of these simpler sugars. I had high hopes for this beer and come away fairly disappointed.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at city beer store. made it through the second night.

A - Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of off-white head. Dissipates moderately slow and leaves little lacing.

S - Roasted caramel, pine and light notes of grapefruit.

T - Light caramel, some brown sugar, pine, and light grapefruit. Extremely rich and filling beer.

M - Full-bodied, hop dominated, and slightly dry.

D - This beer was really filling. Good, but couldn't drink a whole lot.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BrewsB4Shrews for sending a box full of Midnight Sun brews. My first from this brewery that I've been looking forward to.

Pours red. Not a lot coming out of the glass for my nose to sample.

Cohoho is on the heavily malty side for a IIPA. Heavy malts, sweet sweet sweet. If there are many hops in here, they're playing hide and...hide. And hiding well. Just a touch of bitter at the end.

Average. Either this brew has lived past its useful lifetime or this just isn't my kind of IIPA - i.e. there need to be some hops.

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Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear dark copper with an orange tint, and a very large beige head.

smell is of light grapefruit, pine, hops, and earthy in the back.

taste is of caramel, some pine, hops, and malt in the back, ends bitter and a little dry.

overall a real good IPA, tastes good, and looks better.

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Photo of mjl21
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland. Poured into a Moonlight pint glass. Comes in at 8% and 85 IBUs. Bottled on the 4th week of November. This was purchased in October 2009 so it is the 2008 version. Consumed on 1/11/10.

A-Pours a dark brownish amber with a one finger off white head that has great retention. The head leaves huge patches of lace after every sip. When I hold the glass up to the light I am able to see a nice constant stream of bubbles.

S-Considering this has over a year of age on it, it has lots of grapefruit and pine hops coming out. There is also some orange peel. It also has a large caramel malt backbone and the brown sugar used is noticeable. At this point in time it smells like a nicely hopped barleywine. As it warms I pick up on the honey used.

T-It starts off sweet with caramel malt and brown sugar flavor and tastes like a good barleywine. The citrus hops used have definitely faded, but they are still noticeable and enhance the flavor. The juniper berries used can be detected as it goes down. As it warms lots of pine hop flavor comes out. It finishes surprisingly dry considering how much malt is noticeable.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, and lightly carbonated.

D-Has to be the best aged DIPA that I have tried. I try and drink my DIPAs as fresh as possible and did not know I was purchasing a year old bottle. The flavors in this one have blended extremely well together.

A surprisingly tasty aged beer. Would love to try this fresh. Will seek it out next winter.

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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 darklordlager
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich, clear dark amber colour, with a creamy, nicely retaining butter coloured head.

S: Malt sweetness and sweet citrus dominate. An herbal note is present as well. Something else that is difficult to distinguish is lingering in the background. Slightly "grassy."

T: Blast of generic bitterness upfront, kept company by an intense malt sweetness. A tart herbal flavour (from the juniper?) really comes out from hiding as it warms. The tart fruitiness is intriguing...

M: High carbonation, with a light syrupy element to the body.

D: Not exactly what I was expecting, but enjoyable none-the-less. If I have this again, I will serve it a good amount warmer (probably 45-50 range) to let the interesting character from the juniper and honey come out.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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