Cohoho Imperial IPA | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
258 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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Cohoho Imperial IPACohoho Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
midnightsunbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by Bierman9 on 04-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
258
Reviews:
160
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.74%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
19
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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*)

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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 258 ratings.
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