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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

233 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 40
Gots: 13 | 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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JayQue

Virginia

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

Pours a dark brown/red color with the red accentuated by holding it up to the light. Small white head with average retention. Thick, spotty lacing. Good smell, floral hops and spiciness.

Taste is distinctive. Floral and piney hops, sweet malt, and dark fruit. The spiciness is probably the juniper berries. The hops flavor is good but not the "hit you over the head" kind. I wouldnt call it balanced, but there are other good things going on besides hops.

Mouthfeel is rich and and crisp. No hint of alcohol taste.

Drinkability is good. This is a bit rich for mass consumption, but I could have drank the bottle myself instead of sharing it.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 00:32:40 | More by JayQue
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vermilcj

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%

01-12-2014 06:14:18 | More by vermilcj
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%

12-20-2011 11:45:14 | More by Kopfschuss
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Mickeyp2814

Alaska

4/5  rDev +2%

07-18-2014 02:02:14 | More by Mickeyp2814
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

11-25-2011 19:50:51 | More by Exiled
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

05-23-2014 21:17:03 | More by Latarnik
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a copper orange colour with thick white head, some lacing on the glass. Smells very malty, lots of caramel with some citrus and a hint of pine. Flavour is sweeter than I expected, almost like a malty east coast IIPA or a barleywine instead of a west coast IIPA. Some small refreshing bitterness. Nice carbonation level. Not a hop bomb, but it is nice for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 21:27:58 | More by kwjd
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

02-07-2012 01:25:27 | More by whartontallboy
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ckeegan04

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 16:34:14 | More by ckeegan04
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

11-16-2012 07:30:48 | More by strongaf
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

03-17-2013 06:11:38 | More by twelveinches
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baybassboy

California

4/5  rDev +2%

03-18-2012 04:46:39 | More by baybassboy
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Agentveba

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

09-12-2013 01:43:01 | More by Agentveba
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 14:29:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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seand

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 05:06:52 | More by seand
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

11-30-2011 17:54:32 | More by djrn2
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adkieffer

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

02-16-2013 16:06:30 | More by adkieffer
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iKrystin

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

01-13-2013 21:04:13 | More by iKrystin
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%

11-21-2011 00:52:41 | More by Rochefort10nh
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nvsblman

Arizona

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

Rich amber color, with traces of ruby red. Thick pillowy head with some nice lacing. Cirtusy and fruity aroma with a nice sweetness from the malt. The taste is full of molasses and roasted malt with a nice citrusy flavor to go along with it. Also a hint of smokiness. Probably would have scored it higher in taste, but it seemed like a little more of a barleywine than a DIPA. Medium/full bodied, well carbonated. Easy to drink, the alcohol is hidden well!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 23:47:22 | More by nvsblman
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sharpski

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%

02-15-2012 22:49:27 | More by sharpski
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SargeC

Japan

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

Appearance: Deep amber brew with a thick, off-white head.

Smell: Strong hop presence. Grapefruit, pine.

Taste: Good hop flavor that blends well with the sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Dry finish. Limited carbonation.

Drinkablity: Tasty brew. A balanced and drinkable imperial IPA. The hop flavor is bold without being obnoxious.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 05:29:34 | More by SargeC
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 02:14:19 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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MrHirschybar

California

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

From a 22oz bomber into a New Belgium Globe
Don't know if I waited too long but found this late in the season - bought from the Bruery Provisions - bottle says 2nd week of August from the punch tabs in the label.

A - Coffee brown with hints of an orange copper like glow up to the light that can't be seen through with a nice rich tan/light mocha head that left an inch or so of lacing...

S - Big hit of fruit - I thought it was pineapple and citrus, hops, very light malt on the nose for me, more sweet berry/fruit - pineapple (maybe the juniper berries).

T - hops, blends with the malts - light citrus sweetness that didn't come close to what I expected from the nose - some sort of spiciness that equated to similar to nutmeg, with dry hoppy finish and light spiciness that lingered - definitely keeping with the "gin"

M - good carbonation, nice medium body, light with just enough punch to it - nice balance with a little alcohol heat on the finish

D - Harder to find around SoCal at most of the shops not in San Diego (being from the IE) -- bottle is around $9.99-$11.99 at the decent range, but I've seen it as high as $17. I picked mine up at Provisions with a Reserve discount. I felt it not being so available made it a tad lower on drinkability in the sense I'd say PtY isn't very drinkable with kegs tapping in 20 minutes. I felt this was a pretty nice change from a regular IPA/DIPA and I'd definitely have this again winter or not. Similar price range to Sculpin/Hoptimum. It was a sweeter yet bold IPA offering and the appearance would be enough to buy it again just to see someone say "That's an IPA?" since it pours such a coppery brown color and has a unique taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 06:18:09 | More by MrHirschybar
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flexabull

California

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

Pours a cloudy amber color with a decent head.

Aromas are of pine, citrus, and a mineral like quality.

Flavors are bright, tart, bitter, and with a slightly sweet caramel note. There is also a sweet and sourness to this one, and the finish is crisp , dry and makes your mouth pucker. I wish there was a bit more malt flavor, that might give this some more backbone.

Mouthfeel is excellent, beer is full, and the finish is long.

This one has a really different overall feel to it than most DIPAs I've tried. This is a bitter beer, but I like a bit more flavor than just the strong bitterness that this one has. The balance lacks a bit, and the malts just don't quite make enough of a presence here. That said... it' a bit of an odd and interesting beast, and certainly worth a try. I like this beer, but I think just a touch of fine tuning would make this an excellent one.

I am very grateful to have tried this beer thanks to beersabound. Thanks again!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 02:23:34 | More by flexabull
Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.