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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

230 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 40
Gots: 12 | 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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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-26-2012 20:10:30 | More by bonbini26
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LoFiDave

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-11-2013 03:04:50 | More by LoFiDave
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cdean801

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-14-2014 19:10:37 | More by cdean801
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-16-2013 06:04:41 | More by bluckbeyes
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BRLockwood

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-02-2012 03:24:15 | More by BRLockwood
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KevT

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-14-2014 20:53:45 | More by KevT
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Elprico

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-05-2014 19:16:46 | More by Elprico
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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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bcm75

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-03-2013 00:34:57 | More by bcm75
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-07-2011 08:45:04 | More by wagenvolks
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kiki3drt292

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-05-2012 21:27:37 | More by kiki3drt292
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-03-2014 20:08:29 | More by GraduatedCashew
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stubbie1

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 00:53:57 | More by Stubbie1
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winomark

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 04:59:58 | More by winomark
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