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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

158 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 250
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
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: 250
Photo of JDV
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of winomark
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first pour is ALL foam. Not a drop of liquid comes out. Took a good 15 minutes to pour the first pint. Seep copper hue with the aformentioned vigorous light tan head. Slight metallic nose with good hop spiciness. Lots of flavors going on in the palate, with the hops most flavorful. Good malt backbone, and the alcohol adds body and warmth to the finish. Rich mouthfeel; pleasant but not too thick. Very drinkable beer. I am guess ing the hops have mellowed on this since it is labeled as an xmas brew. Can't wait to try this one in a fresher state. Recommended. (566 characters)

Photo of femALEist
3.67/5  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. (315 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (1,272 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange color with an impressive white head. The head lasts and give way to decent lacing. Aroma is of pa pine forest after a rainstorm. Taste is a fruity citrus twang with a hint of malt background. A bit too foamy and it makes it a bit hard to drink at first. Very easy to put a few of these away, nothing special but it is good. Overall, it is a good Imperial IPA, but only average. (397 characters)

Photo of Lothore
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pristine, bright orange-copper with butterscotch trim. Funny, since the beer is named Coho(ho), I thought that it might have salmon* colored highlights. The head is a huge, airy, rocky, Belgian-like affair that is the color of pale caramel-tinted parchment. Melty gobs of lace are visible for the moment.

The aroma is definitely hoppy, although much less than anticipated. While I don't exactly have to cast* about to appreciate the grapefruity goodness, it doesn't assault my nostrils by any means.

Cohoho doesn't seem much like a DIPA to me. Midnight Sun brews some pretty big beer, so it's a little disappointing that this one isn't more chubby*. The malt skeleton*, while sufficient for an IPA, doesn't fit the bigger style. Sweetish caramel malt mingles well with citric hops. The scales* are more heavily weighted toward the hops, but not by a significant amount. Candied grapefruit and peach appear on the palate with bitter orange swimming against the tide*.

I imagine that when the brewers spawned* this ale, they were going for a hop monster, but they didn't quite get what they were after. I love DIPAs that are filled to the gills* with hops, and although Cohoho is sufficiently hoppy, it isn't mind-bendingly so. That doesn't mean that it isn't good beer.

The tail* end is lingeringly bitter with a modest amount of sugary sweetness. The carbonation is on the generous side, as could have been predicted from the giant cap of foam that greeted my initial, and all subsequent, pours. All those bubbles initially resulted in a mouthfeel that was as sharp as a filet* knife. Thankfully, it has settled down a great deal with the passage of time.

Cohoho is obviously a play on 'hohoho' since the cartoon salmon on the label is wearing a Santa's cap. It only has two ho's in a roe* though. It's a decent enough DIPA that just didn't hook* me as firmly as it might have.

*my attempt to add as many fish-related terms to this review as I could (why? for the halibut*) (1,991 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #606

A - This beer pours a dark copper color that has good clarity. There is a huge fluffy 3-finger off-white head resting on top. The head has really good retention, and there is a nice sheet of lace left behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of toasted malt and a nice piney hop aroma. There are also some fruity aromas and some honey sweetness.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. The taste starts off with some nice caramel sweetness and a bit of fruitiness. Then there is a nice amount of piney hop aroma. Some citrus flavor is also present. The finish leaves some lingering caramel malt and piney hop flavor behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a nice amount of sweetness and a goos amount of balancing hop bitterness, but not as much as i excepted.

O - This has good drinkability. It has good flavor and the alcohol is hidden quite well. i could easily drink a few glasses of this in an evening. Overall, I think it is a good beer and a pretty solid DIPA. I just wish there was a little more hop flavor and bitterness. I think this beer is worth trying out. I'd drink it again. (1,217 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark crimson-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, brown sugar, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, brown sugar, citrus zest, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite earthy all around, but there are some citrus hop aspects that are noticeable as well.

Serving type: bottle. (651 characters)

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

an extra from oakedcanuck, thanks buddy!
pours a beautiful ruby color, but murky with a thin head that dissipates quickly. holding this beer up to the light is nothing short of spectacular, just because of the color.
smells just mildly boozy, mixed with brown sugar and juniper, if only a tiny bit. the smidge of sweetness makes it pleasant.
tastes like it smells. i get all the same qualities, plus a decent hop presence. the hops are definitely there, but do not overwhelm at all. i only pick up a little bit of the juniper.
i enjoy drinking this beer but its one of those brews im glad to stop after one. i feel if the hops pulled back just a little bit and let the other ingredients shine, itd be something crazy... but then it might not be an imperial ipa... oh well. yum! (778 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby color with a huge fluffy egg shell colored head that left chunky lacing on the glass. Not sure I have seen an IPA/DIPA this color before.

The aroma is hoppy. Big tropical fruit presence with some pine and herbal hop. The malt seems quite sweet from the addition of honey and brown sugar.

The taste is odd. The beer is very sweet, noticable brown sugar flavor; perhaps even some toffee notes. The hops are resiny and they bring tropical fruit notes. There is also a onion like flavor from the hops. After you get past the hops, the juniper kicks in for its typical twang flavor as well as its bitterness. Quite an earthy flavor. It is very flavorful, just not sure its my cup of tea.

The feel is moderate with fizzy/prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but plenty of bitterness to offset. The hops and juniper do a good job balancing actually. Some lingering bitterness and finishes a hair sticky.

A bold DIPA. Way too sweet for my liking. Not a big fan of a sweet malt and a tropical fruit hop profile. (1,029 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle. Murky brown with a small caramel coloured head of foam. Aromas are floral/citric/metalic hops and deep, roasted malts (caramel?). The taste is too malty for a IIPA, and the hops that do show up in the middle, quickly fade away, leaving a finish mixed with metal and malt flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick, and decent. Drinkability is good as well. A decent brew, but not a good IIPA. (414 characters)

Photo of darklordlager
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Smithflipper for smuggling this back from the US of A and sharing!
A - Dark orange/amber colour with a 2cm off white head that persists.
S - Herbal earthiness and crystal malt character.
T - More earthy notes in the taste and driven by crystal maltiness. Some piney hop undertones.
M - Sticky medium body. Carbonation on the lower side of medium. Bitterness is there but balanced by the malt.
O - A decent beer but not a "typical" DIPA. Still worth trying. (466 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from travisd13 (I think....90% sure). Either way, thanks for many great trades Travis.

This is more than a year old, but it's been properly stored and didn't suffer too much given that there was still a solid hops profile, though the nose was dominated by the winter-y aromas.

Have to say was expecting more citrus in the taste given other reviews and this is where the age may have caught up with it. But the other flavors (juniper, brown sugar) are present along with a more barleywine flavor with the stronger malt mixed with brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth, a touch oily but still a crisp finish.

It's not really an IPA - or wasn't at this stage in the game - but was a very tasty brew that I'd seek out and might choose to age again depending on how it was fresh.

(140th) (805 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a 22 oz bomber of this and it is lightly chilled. I pour some into my pint glass. It pours reddish amber color and is very clear. An off white head foams up nicely and fades slowly to a thin layer on the surface.
Aroma is hoppy! I get piney and grapefruity scents dominating.
The first sip reveals very smooth, mild carbonation and a slightly syrupy texture. Medium bodied.
Flavor is bity up front with the hops going piney on the front a mild mild malt hint in the middle. The finish is bitey and very dry. THe hops dominate this brew. The lingering hoppiness and general dryness in my mouth urges me to take another sip.
This brew is very drinkable even though I am not a 'hophead". It is very enjoyable and smooth.
Go and look for this brew it will make you smile! (782 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle to trade and try..

- Pours a red dark clear with creamy scattered foamy head.. leaves a nice thin blanket and some lace...

- Lots of sweet grain, roasty character, brown sugars.. zesty citrus..

- Sweet red ale-like grains, brown sugar, and honey are present, but are light and blended well with the grain. Hard to say this is an IPA.. to me it's a perfect example of a strong ale, or amber imperial.. balanced it is.. bitter hops, grassy.. some citrus flare.. juniper berries are a bit harder to find w/ my tongue.

- Medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly creamy smooth, and bitter chewy..

- Overall a very solid and balanced beer, the drinkability is great because all the flavors meld together excellently as almost all of Midnight Suns beers do. (774 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes Poured into a globe glass

A-- Poured a dark golden brown.Medium pour resulted in a two finger light brown head. Very fluffy head, left all sorts of lacing through drinking. Light on carbonation.

S-- Honey and juniper berries jump right out. Get a bit of brown sugar candied grapefruit. Very holiday smelling beer.

T-- Not a huge taste but get juniper, Carmel and a bit of grapefruit.

M-- Get a lot of pine in the mouth, feels very spice like as well. Finishes dry and crisp due to the honey with a little pine finish as well. There is a little bit of brown sugar sweetness in the front.

D-- Quite different I thought with the junpier and honey but it worked well. Like the spice feel to it. ABV was quite well hidden. This was a year old and it held up quite well. Had more of a barleywine quality to this than a DIPA with that much age on it. More malty and spicy than hop driven due to age. Probably really good fresh. Still enjoyed it a lot. Smell was my only real complaint as it was pretty average/ thin. (1,025 characters)

Photo of ejyoung
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper-red color with a fairly thin head that fades pretty quickly, but leaves a light foam over the whole glass. Smell is of strong pine and sweet malt. The brown sugar/honey give this a pretty sweet taste that the citrus/pine from the hops and the juniper go well with. I'd like a little more hop flavor though. Nice carbonation/mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good, but it gets a little cloying. A pretty good DIPA overall. (436 characters)

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