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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

237 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 237
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 kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

8.0% ABV confirmed. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired earlier tonight and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given Midnight Sun's reputation, though I wasn't particularly impressed with TREAT.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger khaki colour head of nice cream and froth, good thickness, and very good (~4+ minutes) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent amber-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's more amber coloured in the body than most beers in the style; I expected your run of the mill generic copper but I'm pleasantly surprised. Appealing for an IPA. Is it the berries that lend it that colour?

Sm: Floral hop character, light citrus, a bit of hop oil and bitterness, bright berries, spruce, brown sugar, and toasted malts. Almost a bit like a winter warmer meets an IPA. A mild strength aroma and a pleasant one, but it does like the hoppy presence I'd expect from a good IPA; it's not assertive. A bit thin and weak in terms of evoking complex hop notes; there's no pine or grabbing citrus or really notable distinct hop notes. I'm a bit put off, but that may just be expectations.

T: Berries come off artificial. Brown sugar doesn't add much of note. Hop character is generic floral. Way too malty, with toasted character and syrupy amber malt extract emerging as dominant. Hops are not the focus here, to its detriment. Caramel. Quite sugary and sweet. Balance is a mess. It lacks focus. Poorly constructed given the style; where's the hop content? Boring and bland. Disappointing. Lacks complexity and subtlety. I don't get any honey, at least not in the sense that other IPAs feature honey (like Bell's Hopslam or various Dogfish Head beers).

Mf: Thin and undercarbonated, yet smooth and wet. Quite underwhelming. Weak. Terrible palate presence. Unable to support its flavour profile. Sticky and a bit nectary. Quite poorly executed. Almost feels like a cask ale (and I mean that as pejoratively as possible). I do like that it's soft.

Dr: A huge disappointment from Midnight Sun, and a failure for the style. Very overpriced for its lack of quality. I'm quickly losing hope that Midnight Sun will live up to its reputation. I'm in no hurry to buy any of their beers in the immediate future, but I hope they have better offerings than this in their lineup. Not at all recommended. It's just so artificial. I will say that it hides its ABV decently, but there isn't much else going for it. It's drinkable in a general sense; I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle by myself. But I'd sooner reach for a basic Lagunitas or an Alesmith IPA at less than half the price.

C-

kojevergas, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

unclekeith, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of iKrystin
4/5  rDev +2%

iKrystin, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +2%

EgadBananas, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

RoryOMoore, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of BWH999
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

BWH999, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of C-Dog
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Deep bronze color and thin head has the look of a good old ale. Pretty scant on the head. Certainly appears filtered.

Smells of those metallic biscuit daffodil spruce that you see growing around these parts.

This is basically a large hop forward ipa flavor profile. Spicy, peppery and prickly. The honey and juniper...i wouldn't have found them if i weren't looking for them to begin with. Slight gun holster flavor to scent mental trigger in the finish as well as a nod to butter popcorn.

Hard to get to riled up about a good mouthfeel in an IIPA but this one fits it just right for what that's worth.

Overall...it's decently drinkable as an IIPA. I had this back in 2008 though and i remember something a heck of a lot more lively and citrusy and that's more my thing I guess.

GIVEMEBACKMYSON, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of gshackles
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

gshackles, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

strongaf, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of guytyping
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

guytyping, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrus hops, brown sugar and honey in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has prominent notes of juniper berries along with flavors of citrus.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thick and chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty and makes for an interesting one to sip with the juniper berry and honey flavors. It has a good balance and hides its alcohol well from the taste.

metter98, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear very dark copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall tan head that reduces to a thin layer (approximately 1/8 finger) covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderately strong aromas of citrus hops with some fairly strong amounts of juniper that contribute an herbal spiciness.

T: The beer is slightly sweet with the flavor of honey and a light underlying maltiness. The overall flavor is dominated by the citrus hops and juniper. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Feels thick with some light dryness in the finish.

O: Too intense to be an easy drinking beer but an enjoyable sipping beer.

dbrauneis, Jul 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

bonbini26, Jul 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

PorterBoy14, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

atone315, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of mtrain237
4/5  rDev +2%

mtrain237, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark amber with a bubbly body, head is an off-white slightly thick frame coming off 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Smells really f'n good, strong hops with hints of pine and floral.

Taste: It is good but not impressing to the point where you will say "this is a keeper". Little hoppy and floral like i stated above but inmho, "bland".

Mouth: Medium carbonation with a well above average stickiness to it.

Overall: This is good beer but so much better out there in the Imperial IPA category. Buy it if you're curious but I would take a better looks at your usual if you know what I mean, Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Jun 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

rab53, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Durge
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark but transluscent mahogany color with a decent white cover and plenty of broken sheets of lacing. The bouquet is funky swamp pineapple-citrus. Pretty odd but not that it’s bad at all, just a bit odd and hard to figure what to expect. The flavor happily comes out with neat swamp malt and lots of herbal hops. Can’t really say that I pick up a decided juniper ingredient but it comes through a little on the edge of this funkified hop brew. Body is medium and feel is pretty sprite with brisk but tasteful carbonation. Caramel comes pouring through once you adjust to those swampy qualities. But the hops do hold up and overall this is a good beer. I really don’t see the holiday beer theme, but this is worthwhile at anytime and that’s all that matters.

Durge, Apr 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

kiki3drt292, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

baybassboy, Mar 18, 2012
Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.