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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

237 Ratings

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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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4/5  rDev +2%

mtrain237, Jul 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

JRod1969, Dec 12, 2013
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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.

JayQue, Apr 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2%

vermilcj, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Kopfschuss, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

Mickeyp2814, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

Latarnik, May 23, 2014
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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.

kwjd, Nov 26, 2010
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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.

ckeegan04, Jun 25, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2%

strongaf, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

twelveinches, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

baybassboy, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Agentveba, Sep 12, 2013
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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

barleywinefiend, May 09, 2010
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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.

seand, Oct 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2%

djrn2, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

adkieffer, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

iKrystin, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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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!

nvsblman, Jan 15, 2006
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4/5  rDev +2%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
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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.

SargeC, Feb 17, 2008
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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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Feb 04, 2004
Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.