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Cohoho Imperial IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Cohoho Imperial IPACohoho Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%


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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 18:57:03 | More by BeerAdvocate
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ccrida

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, fresh into town, poured into an imperial pint glass, Cohoho is a dark amber with a large, creamy, khaki head, maintaining it's surface tension through a generous pour with neigh a drop escaping. It settles down to a thick foam and leaves large chucks of lace.

Smell is a big blast of PNW hops, resinous pine and citrus fruit, with a spicy, semi-sweet, gingerbread like malt back bone.

Taste is another assertive does of hops, mostly bittering, with a dry, lingering finishe. Neither too sweet or thick for an 8%er, with some plastic phenols and clean alcohol that only known through dry tingle on the tongue and vapor in the back of the throat. A good, assertive west coast DIPA, but not particularly remarkable beyond that...tastes alot like some Lagunitas brews, which are cheaper and more widely available.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, oily.

Drinkability is about average I guess for what it is, good but very robust.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 03:15:05 | More by ccrida
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Lothore

California

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 07:58:07 | More by Lothore
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femALEist

California

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 18:42:07 | More by femALEist
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MisterClean

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 05:14:41 | More by MisterClean
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a massive dipa, leaning to the darker end of the dipa spectrum, while it tried its hardest to maintain an orange appearance, there was some lighter brown running around in it.

Aroma was not as Simcoe pungent as I expected, they definitely did not skimp on the C-hops. Loads of bitterness all over this, not really a sweet dipa, this slams hard with bitterness, despite having what appears to be a massive malt bill of 2 row.

I've always looked at Midnight Sun as an expensive proposition, and while this beer is decent, their stuff just isn't to the point with me where I can suggest that people go out and look for this and pay any price. Usually close to $10 a bomber means I'm demanding excellence. Pretty thick mouthfeel, heavy, bitter. Alcohol is moderately noticeable. Buttloads of caramel. Feels like a big dipa recipe put through the xmas spicer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 08:26:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 02:58:17 | More by ManekiNeko
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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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womencantsail

California

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

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a moderate amount of off-white head. This is the sort of appearance I generally fear when it comes to an IPA.

S: There is a definite herbal note right away from the juniper berries. Some grassy and floral hop notes that a lot of the hoppy beers from Midnight Sun have. Mildly sweet, mainly of caramel and molasses.

T: The sweetness is mild to moderate and takes the form of toffee and molasses. Very grassy and herbal hoppiness with a touch of pine. The juniper stands out quite strongly, here.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high carbonation and a bitter, dry finish.

D: I had my doubts about this one, and they were confirmed. Let's keep the juniper berries in the gin and out of the beer. That's not to say this was bad, just wasn't what I look for in an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 00:51:04 | More by womencantsail
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 21:40:33 | More by ppoitras
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froghop

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 18:20:53 | More by froghop
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HopHead84

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/17/2011

On tap at Stone. 

A: Slightly hazed dark orange with a fast fading white head.

S: A balance of caramel malt and hops, which are redolent of grapefruit, apricot, and a pine. There's a sugary sweetness here, with some grapefruit rind notes.

T: Lightly sweet caramel malt provides a solid platform for hops, which provide a moderate bitterness. Fruit notes are of orange and grapefruit. Some alcohol is evident in the flavor. There's a sugary character between start and finish that is eventually engulfed by bitterness and alcohol. Finish is dry and bitter with some astringency.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel and some astringency.

Overall: A pretty good Double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 02:45:01 | More by HopHead84
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aracauna

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 05:40:34 | More by aracauna
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vande

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Holy Cow! Probably one of the most "bottle colored" amber-brown DIPA's I've seen. There's a half-finger thick, somewhat tannish laced residue clinging to my Boonville Beer pint glass...where head once stood.

S: Some of the positive odors I read about, I think may have dissipated with time, as its last winter's version... so, I'll have to have a newer bottle sometime and update this particular note.

T: Caramelized malts... some different spice quality that I can't quite put my thumb on.. the hints of hops are somewhat faded and replaced by the caramel affect..I believe that the brown sugar and honey that is spoken of on the MS website are present within this brew yet...

M: Sounds stranges, but starts off smooth and rough at the same time.. not sure how else to explain it... kinda feels scratchy with the carbonation, but generally, the body feels somewhat smooth as ya swallow..

O: with the time it has on it, this bottle was still enjoyable.. I'll have to try it fresh next time to get a truer feel for this beer. Midnight Sun has been pretty tasty from what I've had thus far.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 03:25:07 | More by vande
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:

Another great hookup from BA WhiteRascal thanks ! I pulled the cap of the holiday bomber and was greeted with a loud hissing noise and lots of carbonation gasses leaking out. I decided to pour this into my English Imperial pint glass and I went straight on a back off with a slight tilt at the end hoping for a thick head. Ahh excellent, a crackling two finger thick head that hung around for a while. Poured a deep amber brown with some slight haze, deep ruby undertones around the edges. When i give a swirl the viscosity is good leaving long lasting legs of foam on the glass walls.

Smell:

Sweet brown sugar, caramel,toffee, and slight jumiper which gives a faint gin like aroma. West coast citrus hops which are wet and sticky, oranges, mango, but just a little faded for my liking.

Taste:

Not as hoppy as DIPA should be but still very darn good. Loads of sweetness, hop resin, and more earthy flavors in the middle which get mossy as it gets warmer. Some spice from the juniper, maybe some white pepper ? Burnt caramel, long and lingering finish with some heat alcohol running around.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 20:45:37 | More by Bmoyer0301
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kmcnair

California

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish color. Makes a thick off white head that stands about an inch off the top of the beer and fades slowly. Brilliant clarity. A bit dark for a Double IPA.

Aroma is more malt forward than hop focused. Notes of sweet caramel. Some piney hop esters permeate through the complex malts. Not as hoppy as I would have hoped, but has some interesting characteristics from the specialty malts and adjuncts. I would have expected a stronger hop aroma.

Flavor opens up with light to medium caramel malts, toasty & biscuity. Hop bitterness is moderate to high. Hop flavors are piney, resinous, a bit catty. Lingering bitter aftertaste. This tastes more like a light barleywine, its just not quite hitting the mark as for the style.

Nice mouthfeel, not terribly cloying or sticky. Medium carbonation. Creamy finish.

Overall, this is a brew that is definitely drinkable, I just think that it misses a great deal of marks for trying to call it a Double IPA. Less mid range specialty malts and more finishing/dry hops will really improve this and make it more fitting to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 05:13:02 | More by kmcnair
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carln26

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 00:53:06 | More by carln26
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popery

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 06:25:36 | More by popery
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hreb

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is deep red amber (way too dark for a proper IPA), syrupy, and relatively opaque, with lots of big soda bubbles. Caramel sweet aroma with a load of citrus hops, typical of double IPAs.

Taste is way on the bitter side, with aggressive American hops through the middle. I only get a hint of honey sweetness on the tip of my tongue. Disappointingly, I don't get any juniper at all. No, I don't get much in the way of either complexity or holiday spirit from this. And other than being calibrated to 85 IBUs, I wouldn't necessarily call it an American Double IPA. Maybe American winter warmer or imperial red ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 00:57:14 | More by hreb
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2004 02:06:59 | More by lackenhauser
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mschofield

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 17:04:21 | More by mschofield
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david18

New York

3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 00:21:58 | More by david18
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 00:11:12 | More by bditty187
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garthwaite

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 17:36:20 | More by garthwaite
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

shared w/ sckressler.
Super cool label from this brew from Alaska.
Ahem...I can't believe I paid what I did for this. I was really hoping for alot more. It appeared with a humongous head which seemed borderline infected. There was not a whole lot to be desired from this one as the hops with the sweetness just didn't seem appealing, nor did it seem like the double IPA that I was craving. I was expecting the hops to be jumping out of the glass but I just didn't get that. Tasted slightly sweet and flowery with a mix of hops. Bitter and sweet at the same time but not very balanced. The alcohol comes through in this too, making it a bit less desirable. I would only come back to this if someone gave it to me for free.

Not so good, Al.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 02:40:10 | More by weeare138
Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.