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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

239 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
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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Photo of kwjd
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
Photo of GRG1313
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

GRG1313, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending this beer my way.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is pine, resiny hops, honey and brown sugar. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of caramel malt and pine hops - but it is accented by brown sugar, honey and resiny hops. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA.

Mora2000, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent hybrid of amber and golden, capped by two fingers of rocky, pale beige head. Retention is good as it settles slowly, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: Strong piney hops up front with some lighter orange and grapefruit and a good dose of juniper berries. The malt base lurks in the background with caramel and brown sugar character.

T: Piney and citrusy hops up front with some good, juicy orange, followed by some herbal notes on the mid-palate, including the juniper berries. Brown sugar, caramel and honey come in near the backend before blending with some pine for a balanced finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth and glides across the tongue.

D: Very easy drinking with a well-hidden ABV. Not necessarily a great value at $12/bottle, but interesting to try.

Xul, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent brown with slight orange highlights that had a finger of head which dissipated quickly and left some frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some nice floral piney hops showed their face upon the first whiff with citrus, slight juniper berries, and good malt presence. I really couldn't detect any honey and brown sugar character in the aroma.

T: On the taste upfront I did notice some brown sugar notes that meshed well with the hops alongside slight juniper berry, citrus grapefruit,and a touch of honey. It did also manage to have a decent malt backing which was not overpowering the overall flavor.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, ver slight fruity, citrusy, oily, crisp finish.

D: the overall drinkability was pretty good and really enjoyed the juniper berries since I'am also a gin fan; good call

Gobzilla, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber/brown with an ample tan head that lasts, leaving thick curtains of sticky lacing.

Aromas of sweet malt and brown sugar/honey, and spice. I don't know that I would pick out the faint juniper aroma if I didn't know from the label it was in there.

This tastes pretty sweet up front, then comes a pretty intense hoppiness with a moderately bitter finish. Can taste the honey in the background along with some chocolate from the roasted malt. Juniper spice lingers into the finish.

Body is medium and mouthfeel is creamy.

I am quite liking this as a holiday version of an imperial IPA and that is what it is designed for. The juniper really builds and lingers on the tongue so I wouldn't have a lot of this in one evening unless I am wolfing down holiday confections along with it. The juniper spice dosing reminds me of Anchor Christmas ale.

Beerenauslese, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of seand
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
Photo of barleywinefiend
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
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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).

htomsirveaux, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of femALEist
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.

femALEist, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

billab914, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of popery
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, home. An amber, reddish DIPA with a nice beige head. The aroma is mostly a pretty standard grapefruit hoppiness. There's just a touch of sweet sugars and maybe some juniper, but I could be imagining that. The flavor is also a bit one-note - almost entirely hop bitterness. The beer is rather dry. I think that I'd like this beer more without the brown sugar and honey. The flavor is rather harsh, possibly the result of these simpler sugars. I had high hopes for this beer and come away fairly disappointed.

popery, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of MisterClean
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.

MisterClean, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BrewsB4Shrews for sending a box full of Midnight Sun brews. My first from this brewery that I've been looking forward to.

Pours red. Not a lot coming out of the glass for my nose to sample.

Cohoho is on the heavily malty side for a IIPA. Heavy malts, sweet sweet sweet. If there are many hops in here, they're playing hide and...hide. And hiding well. Just a touch of bitter at the end.

Average. Either this brew has lived past its useful lifetime or this just isn't my kind of IIPA - i.e. there need to be some hops.

maximum12, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of froghop
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.

froghop, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of mjl21
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland. Poured into a Moonlight pint glass. Comes in at 8% and 85 IBUs. Bottled on the 4th week of November. This was purchased in October 2009 so it is the 2008 version. Consumed on 1/11/10.

A-Pours a dark brownish amber with a one finger off white head that has great retention. The head leaves huge patches of lace after every sip. When I hold the glass up to the light I am able to see a nice constant stream of bubbles.

S-Considering this has over a year of age on it, it has lots of grapefruit and pine hops coming out. There is also some orange peel. It also has a large caramel malt backbone and the brown sugar used is noticeable. At this point in time it smells like a nicely hopped barleywine. As it warms I pick up on the honey used.

T-It starts off sweet with caramel malt and brown sugar flavor and tastes like a good barleywine. The citrus hops used have definitely faded, but they are still noticeable and enhance the flavor. The juniper berries used can be detected as it goes down. As it warms lots of pine hop flavor comes out. It finishes surprisingly dry considering how much malt is noticeable.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, and lightly carbonated.

D-Has to be the best aged DIPA that I have tried. I try and drink my DIPAs as fresh as possible and did not know I was purchasing a year old bottle. The flavors in this one have blended extremely well together.

A surprisingly tasty aged beer. Would love to try this fresh. Will seek it out next winter.

mjl21, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from ScreamForMe in SS09. Thanks, Mark.

A-A fine looking beer, indeed. Deep, crystal clear amber with a huge, long lasting, fluffy off white head.

S-Strong dark malt, a nice brown sugar sweetness meet a sweet hop note and a mild citrus note.

T-Sweet malt dominates the front, then a brown sugar sweetness and a very solid hoppy finish with some slight honey sweetness. Dark, intensely twiggy malt in the very finish.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a long lingering maltiness.

D-Really excellent. A unique, wonderful DIPA.

HV

sholland119, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

darklordlager, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of camcroteau
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have loved every single Midnight sun brew I have tried but I am very in love with the cohoho Imerial IPA. It is like a taste explosion in your mouth. I tasted it once in a bar and found it delightful so I ordered a keg of it. It tantalizes the taste buds with every sip.

camcroteau, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of SRossman
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet label on this one. Very interesting to see an IIPA with this kind of spicing.

Appearance: Deep brownish mahogany color. Decent fluffy off-white head that fades to a collar leaving some decent lacing.

Smell: Bitter hops first off. Layers of sweet balancing it out. Brown sugar and honey and malt are there but I'm not getting the juniper in the nose.

Taste: Great balance of all flavors. Wonderfully structered. Getting the juniper a little bit but the hop profile is dominant followed by lots of brown sugar goodness. Finishes clean and almost totally dry.

MF/D: Feels perfect for the style and ABV. Alcohol is warming but not hot, pretty well hidden. Medium body with just enough carbonation. Balanced very well all around which in my opinion always boosts the drinkability score.

Very nice offering from Midnight Sun. I have mixed feelings on some of the others I've tried but this one is really nice.

SRossman, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Liquid Solutions, shared with my girlfriend and roommate after a long day of moving stuff around. I assume it must be from last winter.

A - Pours a dark reddish-amber color with a large beige head and absolutely insane lacing. I mean clumps of foam cling to the side of the glass, and distinct rings can be seen well after the beer is gone.

S - Aroma is brown sugar, honey, spices, citrusy and resinous hops. You get both winter warmer and IPA, which is very interesting.

T - Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, honey, holiday spices, juniper, and grapefruity, resinous hops in just the right amount, not too intense. This winter warmer/DIPA combo is an interesting one, and this attempt at it is well-executed.

M - Palate is smooth and just a tiny bit syrupy, with soft carbonation.

D - Pretty high. Overall a really well-done beer from Midnight Sun.

nickd717, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of bmanning
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks grumpy for this extra. Bottled in Jan 09 and consumed 8 months past (too long I know, but this is probably the only time I'll ever try this beer). Pours very dark for the style with a 2 finger head. Smell is biscuity malts with caramel, dark fruits, orange, grass, belgian esters. Taste is more of a barleywine at this point than a DIPA, but I'm really digging it. It's not quite balanced considering how huge the malt backbone is compared to the subdued hops, but the flavor is excellent with pronounced caramel, melon, and orange. I would have loved to try this fresh, as it's a very good beer with some obvious age on it.

bmanning, Sep 29, 2009
Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.