Cohoho Imperial IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Cohoho Imperial IPACohoho Imperial IPA

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158 Reviews

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 250
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
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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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep amber/ orange-ish color, with a tannish head. In the aroma, big piney hops and just a small hint of citrus. In the taste, big piney hops and a small sweet maltiness. Mainly smooth, yet a small bite in the mouthfeel. Also, a lighter body for a I2PA. Pine hop dryness in the aftertaste. Big hops, light malt, very good, yet somewhat unbalanced.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 11 Apr 2010.

Poured in a 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Large light brown creamy head. Well carbonated. Clear brown color with reddish highlights. Aroma is of resin with a touch of juniper and brown sugar. Starts with a taste of brown sugar, becoming resiny bitter through the middle. Herbal, fruity finish. Lingering bitter aftetaste. Warm ethanol throughout. Heavy body, creamy mouthfeel.

Good but unlikely to get again at this pricepoint ($12.50).

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, with "month and week bottled" information notched onto the side of the label, nice.

Purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, $10.99

Pours dark amber, near clear, medium dark tan head, good retentive proclivities, and leaves quality low sheeting and ample bits of lacing.

Hopped up nose.

Again, quite hopped focused on the palate, with a load of maltyness riding alongside. Densly flavorful, with caramel, some tea, and pervasive hopping.

Quality DIPA, with better then average complexity and interest.

Looking forward to trying the other Midnight Sun brews that have seen fit to add my neck of the woods to their distrabution area.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at humpy's. Pours a deep dark red with decent head for an imperial of any kind. The nose is hoppy of course and even a bit grainy. The first taste is fruity and floral, reminiscent of the cascade hops in mirror pond but with more intensity and more fruit less floral. Great hop flavor through the middle, tastes like multiple hop flavors in succesion. The finish is hoppy and less bitter than one would think for an imperial IPA which i suspect is probably 80 to 100 IBUs. rather smooth for an IPA, but kind of strange to release this in the winter, i would have made it a fall seasonal, but then again alaskan fall is like winter in most of the lower 48 so maybe their right on. Good brew, I like the sockeye red as well, and its easier to pound, but this has a very nice kick not present in the sockeye. Get this one on tap if you can, but its still a good buy in a bottle.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 23 January 2003. Although this is labelled as an Imperial IPA, it was closer to a lot of regular IPA's, in my opinion. Pours golden brown w/ a long lasting head. Starts out hoppy & finishes nicely on the palate. A very well done beer.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date is 5 months prior to tasting. I have to say, this beer is very good with some age. I would love to try it fresh and again with even more aging.

A- Clear deep mahogany with reddish hues. Rocky tan head that lasts, leaving plenty of lacing.

N- Tangy bitter grapefruit, brown sugar, and nutty roasted malt with a subtle undertone of honey.

T- Deep nutty malt with perfectly balanced, clean grassy hop bitterness.The juniper berries are expertly balanced as well. They provide a refreshing accent that blends nicely with the overall flavor of the beer. There is a metallic character that shows up in the middle, which is a little distracting, but not overwhelming. The aftertaste is a balance of sweet grain and grassy hops. The alcohol imparts a pleasant warming quality that becomes noticeable after about half a glass and remains to the finish.

M- Medium bodied, slightly slick and sticky with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

D- Has the drinkability of a winter warmer. Very full flavored and warming; meant to be savored.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swimsum whipped this one out for a tasting we had yesterday. Thanks Brent! Following review written from notes.

Bottled November 2008. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Damn, that is one dark I2PA! Clear, but deep reddish brown. No carbonation. A small, frothy, tan head sits on top and drags tons of lace. Nice retention.

Smell: Toasted malt, honey, brown sugar, and soemthing that's herbal, earthy, and dry - could be juniper berries, but I don't know what juniper berries smell like. Not much of hop presence.

Taste: Oily and woody. Brown sugar plays a big role but doesn't overpower the other flavors. Peppery hops emerge on the back end and add some light bitterness. I really wish I could try this fresh. Honey and juniper are also there, but they're kind of mild.

Mouthfeel: Cool and malty. Light carbonation. Good mouth-coating. Comforting. Not too heavy, bitter, or dry. Thus far, this beer has been more of a winter warmer than an imperial IPA, especially here with the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not at all like most imperial IPAs, but I like the winter warmer-like influence. I'd love to try this beer fresh, but it was still very tasty with one year of age on it.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear burnt copper brown and has poor retention, and decent lacing.

S: Brown sugared burnt orange peel, dark coco, faint ripe red fruit and juniper.

T: Brown fallen pine needle, citrus peel, brown sugared honey, and caramel/toffee lead the way. Nice balance between sweet and dry flavors. The Juniper is pretty hidden and I think sort of intertwines with the more usual flavors associated with hops. This could be the starting point for a good idea...

M: Pretty sticky with a good finish.

O: I like this but it is a work in progress. Ever so subtle solvent flavors take away plusses. The sort of idea of a spiced holiday IPA, however, is an intriguing one.

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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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of kbub6f
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Four fingers of creamy, beige, foamy head. A deep red-brown, clear beer. Clumps of lacing. Sweet, fruity, piney, hoppy nose. A little cheese. Intense. Major bitter front. Huge, tangy tobacco hops. Dark flowery. Dark, dark malt through the middle. It's almost a bitter chocolate. But quite sweet when warm. Mondo bitterness in the finish, with an odd, sweet wrapper. Astringent. Alcoholic. This is a very intense beer. Citrus, floral, piney, tobacco hops. They could probably have added some oomph to the malt without detracting from the desired effect. Good nonetheless.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium clear brown, copper tints with a short, thin white head.

Nose is lovely hop pine that goes to rich sweet pear and back to pine-great layers of flavors in the nose; complex and nice.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy, full and rich.

The nose, mouth and flavors of this beer improved significantly when got to about room temperature. Strongly suggest letting Midnight Sun beers warm up a bit before trying. This beer acts very much like a wine in that it improves greatly with warmer temps and a bit of oxygen. Might even want to open and simply leave open for a while before drinking, such is the nature of the improvement.

Flavors become bold, rich and delicious with a bit of time in the glass. Rich bold bitter malt, carmel and toffee. Rich, bold and delicious burnt toast and biscuits with sweet carmel undertones and front palate that go to a rich and assertive grapefruit/pine bright bitter finish.

Excellent giving it some time.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper with active carbonation and a single finger of pillowy foam that lingers and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Piney hops, bringing to mind the great woods of northern Alaska.

T: Big piney hops, lots of bitterness, and not much else. A slight malty backbone is present, but not enough to balance out the assault of hoppiness. While it isn't as balanced as I'd like, it's not an out and out hop bomb. It's still damn tasty.

M: A bit grainy, with solid carbonation.

D: This is a solid double IPA, and another fine offering from Midnight Sun. If it had a bit more of a stronger maltiness, it would err closer to being an imperial red. All in all, it's solid.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty/hoppy, very slight citrus, pines, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, piney, and some caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well. The finish is dry with some slight bitterness. Medium body, a well balance brew, with malts/hops. Very drinkable, this is an very tasty brew.

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Photo of unclederby
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first beer by Midnight Sun that i've tried. Bottle says it's 8% abv. Darker than most DIPA's you'll come across, it appears an amber color with a plum-like tint. A smallish, one-finger head formed but quickly disappeared and there is some spotty lacing. Smell is big on citrusy hops with a faint caramel and crystal malt presence. Do i detect the use of simcoe?

Anyway, the taste leans toward the hoppy side too, but overall it's a fairly well-balanced brew. Nicely malty up front with a citrusy, piney middle and a little extra kick of hops near the finish... flavors linger with only a mild bitterness.

I like this ale but if i had to point to a flaw it would be the mouthfeel.
The ample carbonation is nice, but i find i like a little more grainy chewiness in a DIPA. Minor detraction, though.

I'll give it high marks on drinkibilty too, as i'm putting it down at a pretty good pace... it just tastes that good.


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Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from LIquid Solutions

Appearances: Quite dark for an IPA...close to the color of iced tea. Nice off white 3 finger foam head that retains and laces.

Smell: Floral hop, grassy, juniper berries,...does this beer have rye in it?

Taste: Honey, juniper berries, grass, etc. Hops up front, then a fruity middle and a slightly bitter finish. I like it.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin

Drinkability: just fine for an 8% abv although a better mouthfeel would make it more drinkable for me.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz beer poured into a large mug

Pours surprisingly dark, cloudy brown, beige head, big, fades leaving a thick sheet of lacing. Smell is hoppy and molassesy.

Taste is a little muted, it might be too cold, but it seems a little spicy, fairly hoppy, definitely some detectable brown sugar

Mouthfeel is rather rough and acidic. Overall, solid beer.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with ok carbonation.

The smell is pine and citrus hops.

The taste is good piney hops with lots of good citrus, orange rind and a grassy finish.

The mouthfeel is bit thick & sticky, the carbonation could use a bit of a kick.

The drinkability is good a fine example of a DIPA.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 expirey, received from Liquid Solutions earlier this year. An Xmas beer, a super-IPA, so bitterness and malting expected. This mellowed superbly, bitterness well contained in great malting. A good one. Carmel,fruitiness, barleywine-ish, . Nice grapefruit and head colouring.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

AKBelgianBeast sent me this bottle along with a HUGE box of beer and swag; he's a good dude... for a hippie! Cohoho fills my odd shaped Dogfish Head pint glass with fairly clear caramel tinted amber. A few streams of large carbonation bubbles rise to the surface and a giant, impressive head rises a half inch above the lip of the glass. This dirty white head has some great staying power, never falling below two fingers, and some great stick, leaving chunky lacing all over the glass. Now this is what an IPA should look like.

This Great North IPA smells like a pine tree in a bottle. Rich and resinous pine sap oozes up and out of this potent libation while a dense layer of caramel and brown sugar lay down the malty base. There's a mild fruity sweetness that I'm assuming is coming from the honey addition and melon sweet. A bit of liveliness from the juniper berries lurks in the back but they're mild and tough to distinguish.

The flavor is much more balanced than the nose led me to believe but both the malt and hops are in full force. Big notes of caramel lead the onslaught with pine sap quickly joining the fun. Mid-palate the brown sugar adds another layer of sweetness. The honey sure does its job bringing along that melon sweetness and the juniper berries, surprisingly, add a quick burst of that gin like quality toward the finish. Pine needle hoppiness really comes into its own on the swallow where it dries me out while the bitterness grows.

The mouthfeel is straight down the middle and is actually a little thinner than I'd like to see it. The finish dries out slightly and lets that big pineyness linger as the bitterness grows. The bitterness permeates every nook and cranny in my mouth, I like that.

This is one highly drinkable IPA. There's a good amount of balance throughout the drink until the swallow where the hops leap forward. The dryness gets the glass tilted.

This is yet another tasty treat from the guys at Midnight Sun. I've thoroughly enjoyed everything I've had from them up to this point and thanks to Frank I have many more to work my way through. Thanks again Frank!

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Photo of Floydster
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions for a little over eight dollars, split with two or three friends tonight

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass with a medium brown color that had a golden tint in the light, head was about an inch and soapy white, good retention, and some very impressive lacing the whole time

Smell had a ton of hoppiness that included citrus, floral, dry, earthy, you name it, some sweet malt but definitely a hop bomb judging from the aroma

Taste was also amazingly hoppy, big pine taste right off the bat, then some grapefruit and tangerine with large amounts of dryness come about, the finish is very bitter but not overpowering, a hint of sweet malt attempts to balance this out but the hoppiness rules this beer, surprisingly not very sweet, muc different than I expected from this DIPA, everybody seemed to like this one tonight inlcuding myself, we are all bitter hop heads though, so there might be a little bias in our judgment

Body was pretty thin but had a nice level of carbonation and a long lasting taste, bitter and creamy mouthfeel, nice popping sensation on the tongue

Drinkability was great for an eight percent beer, super light on the stomach, the ABV would definitely catch up to me eventually but nicely hidden, goes down extremely smooth and the hoppy taste keeps you coming back for more

Another good beer from Midnight Sun, even though it has a pretty high price tag, would drink again and recommend to others, tasted similar to their Obliteration in my opinion, one of the dryest tasting double IPAs I have ever had and that is good considering I am not a huge fan of the sweet and syrupy ones, nice winter seasonal from that great brewery in Alaska

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

Pours a color somewhere between brown and orange, but not quite amber. A half-inch of creamy tan head hangs around for a while, clinging to the sides of the glass. Aroma of fresh, spicy, piney hops, a touch of caramel malt, and subtle, contradictory notes of grass and brown sugar. Palate is well-balanced between slightly sweet caramel and dark malts and a hop profile that is milder than the nose would indicate. Piney notes are balanced by a light fruity sweetness. Finish has a very slight metallic tinge to it, along with a pleasant warming character. Body is rich and slightly creamy. Overall, a nice, hoppy winter ale.

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

Poured into a Nostradamus flute. Pours a medium to dark coppery orange amber. Nice two finger off-white fine head with good persistence and lacing. Moderate aroma of fresh herbal and piney hops and light sweet malt. Flavor starts with piney hops and citrus. Sweet malt, pine (juniper) and honey sweetness dominate the middle and the sweet element really moderates the finish, leaving an pleasant integrated flavor. The hops are again present in the aftertaste. Moderate body with a touch of creaminess. Quite nice flavor progression and an enjoyable IPA. I'll try this every year. Cohoho.

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