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Cohoho Imperial IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Cohoho Imperial IPACohoho Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Thanks a ton for the great gifts frank, we had a fun night with all of these for sure!

Rich dark amber color with a ton of orange highlights mixed in throughout. Tond of haze and a nice two inch foam top that never wanted to settle. The bottom of the glass was riddled with sticky foam once i was done. Really very well done here for sure.

The aroma was tons of sticky, resin like hops all the way. Oodles of pine aroma, mixed in with some rich orange and tangerine. Sight hint of a sweet malty base around here as well. The flavor here was much of the same. Rich pine hops, sticky with a resin like flavor and a good bready and biscuit like base to it. Nice balance here, but still way leaning towards the hops in terms of a definte direction. Nice medium feel was morethen adequatly carbonated and the alachol was soo well hidden, I plowed through this one much quicker then I should have,

Overall this was a solid beer. On the better side of the IPA's I have had as of late.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:42:30 | More by mikesgroove
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brendan13

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 10:13:14 | More by brendan13
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KevinBrewer

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:58:36 | More by KevinBrewer
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Ranbot

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I landed this 22-oz bottle in a trade from Docer. The bottle is notched for the 2nd week of August. It's a little old for a DIPA, so take this review with a grain of salt. However, I think this beer does just fine with age, and I wouldn't normally say that about an IPA. This isn't exactly your typical DIPA. Also, I'm not rating this to "to style" either, because overall I think it's a damn good beer, but it doesn't sit comfortably in the classic DIPA category. So, without any further ado...

A - It pours into a very nice clear-filtered amber brown with a chunky two-finger ivory head that sticks around for a while. There's some nice lacing on the glass. It's much darker than your typical DIPA, in fact, I've seen "black" IPAs that approach this darkness. I personally love the appearance.

S - Earthy and floral hops with a strong molasses and brown sugar. Again it's not typical for a DIPA, but there's nothing off-putting about it.

T - Definately on the maltier side with a lot of molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, and lightly toasted grain. Earthy hop flavors come up later in sip. The hops and sugary malts combine nicely in the aftertaste and linger. I'm not really tasting any of the juniper...maybe it's being masked/overpowered by the hops.

M - I really like the mouthfeel...smooth as silk and just a little chewy. Carbonation is moderate.

D - It's a little strong in both alcohol and flavor to be drinking many of these in a row, but it is a great sipper. This one bomber lasted me over 3 hours.

So the take-home message is this beer is very good, but doesn't settle into the DIPA style very well. The malts are very sweet and probably even just a bit cloying, but I think they meld with the hops just fine. This beer is a more like what I would expect from a barleywine albeit slightly lower ABV, or a hopped-up doublebock. If you've tried Stoudt's Smooth Hoperator or Rock Art's Hell's Bock I think you'll notice a lot of similarities. It's a really good sipper...In fact I sipped on this bomber for over 3 hours through preparing and eating dinner. I recommend pairing this with beef. I drank this with my dinner of roast beef in a red wine and cocoa reduction sauce they went perfectly together.

Unlike most DIPAs I wouldn't be too concerned about drinking this one with some age on it. Froom looking at the other reviews it seems like a pretty malty brew right out of the tank. I'm sure I lost some of the hop flavor in my tasting, but I honestly really liked what I was tasting. In fact, I'd be willing to put more age on it just out of curiousity. Of course I'd also love to try ti fresh. Alas, that's the only bottle I had and probably ever will have. it's a shame I can't buy it in PA.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:36:33 | More by Ranbot
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MrHirschybar

California

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bomber into a New Belgium Globe
Don't know if I waited too long but found this late in the season - bought from the Bruery Provisions - bottle says 2nd week of August from the punch tabs in the label.

A - Coffee brown with hints of an orange copper like glow up to the light that can't be seen through with a nice rich tan/light mocha head that left an inch or so of lacing...

S - Big hit of fruit - I thought it was pineapple and citrus, hops, very light malt on the nose for me, more sweet berry/fruit - pineapple (maybe the juniper berries).

T - hops, blends with the malts - light citrus sweetness that didn't come close to what I expected from the nose - some sort of spiciness that equated to similar to nutmeg, with dry hoppy finish and light spiciness that lingered - definitely keeping with the "gin"

M - good carbonation, nice medium body, light with just enough punch to it - nice balance with a little alcohol heat on the finish

D - Harder to find around SoCal at most of the shops not in San Diego (being from the IE) -- bottle is around $9.99-$11.99 at the decent range, but I've seen it as high as $17. I picked mine up at Provisions with a Reserve discount. I felt it not being so available made it a tad lower on drinkability in the sense I'd say PtY isn't very drinkable with kegs tapping in 20 minutes. I felt this was a pretty nice change from a regular IPA/DIPA and I'd definitely have this again winter or not. Similar price range to Sculpin/Hoptimum. It was a sweeter yet bold IPA offering and the appearance would be enough to buy it again just to see someone say "That's an IPA?" since it pours such a coppery brown color and has a unique taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 06:18:09 | More by MrHirschybar
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Docer

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 07:12:35 | More by Docer
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brotherloco

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I agree this skews from the DIPA style, but it's a winter seasonal so no complaints here.

Smells much sweeter and maltier than expected. Complex. Caramel, brown sugar, hops let themselves be known at different points in the draw.

Tastes full bodied red/amber ale at first, with hop resin moving in quickly bringing a lighter acidic/bitter flavor. I *think* I'm getting the juniper/gin notes in the middle of the flavor, but you can't underestimate the power of suggestion. Finish lingers nicely with a very pleasant heat from the ABV.

You know you're drinking a big beer, but the overall balance is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:14:59 | More by brotherloco
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:

Another great hookup from BA WhiteRascal thanks ! I pulled the cap of the holiday bomber and was greeted with a loud hissing noise and lots of carbonation gasses leaking out. I decided to pour this into my English Imperial pint glass and I went straight on a back off with a slight tilt at the end hoping for a thick head. Ahh excellent, a crackling two finger thick head that hung around for a while. Poured a deep amber brown with some slight haze, deep ruby undertones around the edges. When i give a swirl the viscosity is good leaving long lasting legs of foam on the glass walls.

Smell:

Sweet brown sugar, caramel,toffee, and slight jumiper which gives a faint gin like aroma. West coast citrus hops which are wet and sticky, oranges, mango, but just a little faded for my liking.

Taste:

Not as hoppy as DIPA should be but still very darn good. Loads of sweetness, hop resin, and more earthy flavors in the middle which get mossy as it gets warmer. Some spice from the juniper, maybe some white pepper ? Burnt caramel, long and lingering finish with some heat alcohol running around.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 20:45:37 | More by Bmoyer0301
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madvermin

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This guy poured a deep amber/red, with an awesome amount of creamy foamy head that retained very well and left tons on the sides of the glass. A half-finger cap of head literally sat on the beer for at least ten minutes.

Smell is immediately what differentiates this from your average DIPA, as smells of honey and malt are much more noticeable than the hops (which aren't weak or anything). Something like brown sugar is also evident, although I wouldn't describe the smell as "sweet", despite all the honey and sugar, etc.

The taste is strange yet satisfying, as clean, citrusy hops start it off, with a gin-like middle (probably from the juniper berries), and a honey sweetness inter-meshed throughout. The more you drink this, the more the juniper gin taste makes itself known, something I personally like, but others may not for the style.

Drinkability is good, and mouthfeel is nice, with perfect carbonation and a pleasant creamy body that doesn't quit being crisp the whole way. Tough to describe beer, but personally I love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 22:27:39 | More by madvermin
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ottovon

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours out a ruby-brown color with an offwhite head that feel quickly. leaves lacing down the glass.

S: smells of piney and citrus hops and caramel malt. i get a little of the juniper berries at the end.

T: tastes of caramel malt and piney hops, just like the aroma would make you think. i do get some sweetness at the back of the tongue, and then it finishes bitter. there is some spiceness, and hints of juniper berries.

M: medium body with good amounts of carbonation.

D: very drinkable. I could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 01:40:43 | More by ottovon
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ejyoung

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 03:09:05 | More by ejyoung
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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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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not your traditional Imperial IPA appearance as this pours a hazy walnut brown with an off white head that is a bit thin and does not last long, but leaves faint lacing throughout the beer.

This Impy packs a pungent hop aroma that includes floral, pine, and possibly even citrus hop aromas. The brown sugar comes through after a few minutes to warm in your hand.

Similar hop character carries forward to the flavor including the same floral and pine. It is here I can decipher some of the juniper berries. As the beer warms, the honey also shows up which really mellows out the hops, however it is always back to the generous and pungent hop punch for this brew.

Medium to full in body with medium carbonation and coating feeling on the palate that leaves a puckering presence.

Great beer with a lot of the traditional characteristics one would expect, yet with some added touches that only enhance the brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 03:11:38 | More by CHADMC3
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jminsc76

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery Provisions.

Into two 2-ounce tasters (my first review of beer in a taster; damn City of Orange ordinances) pours some nice thick head atop an amber body with a tinge of orange. Bubbly, soapy lacing as I tilt. Looks good.

Aromas are highly floral with hints of brown sugar. Smells like a DIPA for sure. Having to search a little bit for deriving said aromas though. It's not highly intense but it works for what is.

A lovely hop bite of citrus, grapefruit, hints of honey, juniper berries dancing about, and all of this yielding a robust blend of flavors and plenty of bitterness on the finish without the malts cloying.

Mouthfeel is substantial, blending a soft thickness with a pine-y consistency.

Overall, a delicious hop bomb with an arsenal of complementary cousins creating a cacophony of complexity. Ok, alliteration aside, I really dig this DIPA for its abundance of hoppiness combined with flavors of brown sugar, honey, and berries. A dessert-like DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 16:34:20 | More by jminsc76
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Halcyondays

California

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery Provisions, another one to add to the beer name puns, Coho salmon with Santa's saying Ho Ho Ho,

A: Pours a dark amber/red with a full off-white head, good lace.

S: Malt heavy with a lot of brown sugar/maple qualities, piney woodsy hops.

T: Pretty much in barleywine territory which is fine for me, just know what you're getting into. Huge amount of crystal/red malt flavour, notes of honey, with bitter melon, Christmas tree, and grapefruit showing the hop power. Tasty and a good balance.

M: Full-bodied, honey notes round it out for sure, very resiny.

D: A real good beer, a winter IPA for sure; at $12 a bomber though, it's not good enough. Put this at $7, it's a great buy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 00:40:02 | More by Halcyondays
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mulder1010

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 20:52:29 | More by mulder1010
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 03:38:16 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 21:27:58 | More by kwjd
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GRG1313

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 00:02:10 | More by GRG1313
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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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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 03:40:34 | More by Mora2000
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Xul

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 01:52:01 | More by Xul
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Gobzilla

California

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

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 03:20:10 | More by Gobzilla
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Beerenauslese

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 23:36:56 | More by Beerenauslese
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seand

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 05:06:52 | More by seand
Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.