Cohoho Imperial IPA | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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87
very good
259 Ratings
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83
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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:
259
Reviews:
161
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.74%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
19
For Trade:
1
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Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 BenGap
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She pours a dark reddish color and leaves the same color body with slightly copper edges and a one finger white foamy head that dies immediately. Light lacing sticks to the glass. The smell has a floral malty hoppiness with some orange zest, and grapefruit and honey. The taste has a super malty covered hoppiness in the front and then backed up with a decent hoppy bitterness, long lingering citrus yet hoppy aftertaste, dry finish. On the palate, its about a medium, perhaps somewhat sessionable, and the carbonation seems to be a bit smoother than most DIPA’s, but I’m not complaining. Overall, this is not a bad DIPA, but I’m just surprised how smooth this one rolls around in my mouth to be a true DIPA. Its like its just too good to be true.

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Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 itracy63
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of AxesandAnchors
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color with a tan 1 finger head that faded slowly and left great lacing with rings as it went down; impressive.

Smells of big citrus hops up front, with pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, bread and light spices; very fruity and pungent, this is what an IPA should smell like.

Tastes of citrus hops, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, floral hops like wet hops were added, herbs, pine cone/piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, light toasted grains, and light spices like cinnamon and coriander; nice balance for a mild hop-bomb, this has hints of breads and grains, is fruity and flavorful, and going down fast - too fast.

Mouthfeel is creamy and bordering on oily slick, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a nice bitter aftertaste that leaves a nice crisp citrus pucker.

This beer is highly drinkable and hides the ABV incredibly well, even for a DIPA; a definite session beer for such a high powered IPA. A definite recommendation, this went down smooth and easy. Glad it made it across the US to NYC.

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Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Top Hops. Pours a dark brown with ruby hues and a 1/2 inch of head. Tons of lacing. Nice aroma of tropical fruits and citrus. Very juicy. Pineapple, mango, orange and maybe even a hint of lime. The taste is very similar to the aroma. Sweet tropical fruits with some bitter orange peel. Hints of pine. Some caramel malt flavor towards the finish. Pretty boozey. Oily mouthfeel. This one smelled great and the taste let me down slightly, but its still very good. Overall, worth grabbing again.

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Photo of CanisMajor
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mtrain237
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red color with the red accentuated by holding it up to the light. Small white head with average retention. Thick, spotty lacing. Good smell, floral hops and spiciness.

Taste is distinctive. Floral and piney hops, sweet malt, and dark fruit. The spiciness is probably the juniper berries. The hops flavor is good but not the "hit you over the head" kind. I wouldnt call it balanced, but there are other good things going on besides hops.

Mouthfeel is rich and and crisp. No hint of alcohol taste.

Drinkability is good. This is a bit rich for mass consumption, but I could have drank the bottle myself instead of sharing it.

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Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of stomioka
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 259 ratings.
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