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Cohoho Imperial IPA | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Cohoho Imperial IPACohoho Imperial IPA
BA SCORE
3.9/5
Very Good
259 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#8,084
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
259
pDev:
10.77%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
19
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 259 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Phatz
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an interesting Christmas beer! A DIPA winter seasonal? That is almost as unique as Bell's Winter Witbier. In the WW and BW season you still need a few other options and this is a good one.

Presentation: I must admit it is a cool label that catches my attention on this 22 oz. bomber.

Appearance: Pours a translucent murky brown color that shows off an amber hue hen backlit. The head is ivory and thick and leaves behind lacing.

Smell: Rich nose that showcases candy and mint in a nice dance of intertwined caramel and hop aromas.

Taste: Cohoho - Santa brought me hops this year =). It is pine hops and minty green bitters with a caramel buttery backbone like Werthers candy and a boozy sherry like base. The alcohol shows through and plays a role in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, sticky and malty, and absolutely idyllic.

Drinkability: Warming alcohol and big lingering bitter and loads of nice things of cold Alaskan Winter nights or PA or wherever you are, any time really but this is a nice warming sipping beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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 BlurryVisi0n
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of HarmonMW
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark orangey amber with a good head. There's a distinct spirits-soaked dried fruit smell in the aroma. There's a light caramel sweetness added to that in the flavor. The hops are surprisingly in the background, but there is a firm bitterness supporting it. The body is surprisingly thin and seems to weak to support the flavor. Perhaps a bit ragged.

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Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 shivtim
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very good IPA. Had on tap at the brewery.
Dark ruby/copper, clear, with a small ring off-white head. Nose is exceptionally fresh west coast hops and pine. Taste is lingering sticky hops, fresh melon, and slightly floral. Very full, foamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Way to go, Midnight Sun.

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Photo of Belittle
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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 brendan13
3.78/5  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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Bnoise11
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of RyanK252
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours deep reddish brown with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and laces well.

S: Fruity, caramel and brown sugar sweetness, light citrus, and a little toasty malt.

T: Citrus, grapefruit and a little tangerine, fruity notes, brown sugar, caramel, pine, and bready malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe not a super memorable beer, but still tasty.

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Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby brown in color with a nice inch of head forming on the pour. Smell is hops, some juicy ripe fruit. Didn't quite know what to expect from a IPA that is brewed with brown sugar, honey and juniper berries, but surely wasn't let down with it. The hops are there, but the juniper berries are very noticeable and add a very incredible nuance to the beer. This is an outstanding beer. Full and creamy on the mouthfeel. Very different than anything I've had and I appreciate the effort, especially when it's well done. Very good beer.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Foxman
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy, coppery amber, like a nicely brewed iced tea. A lush light tan head grows quickly and sticks around for a good while. Amorphous, modern-art lacings sticks to the sides of the glass.

The aroma delivers a sweet, toasty caramel-candy malt aura that hangs tough, then grudgingly gives way to a significant pine sap essence.

At first sip, a toffee-caramel sweetness swins forth, then quickly swings away to allow a dense and virtually resinous piney hop thrust to push through. The toasted malt continues to lurk, buoying a dry citrus character. A flash of baked dough checks in momentarily toward the end, then slips underneath a dry floral hops bitterness lingering at the finish. The interesting elements are even, but each maintains some definite borders.

Medium to thick bodied, the viscous hop oils create a lubricating sensation, swirling and coating, then not so much leaving as slickly sliding slowly and sensuously.

Glaciers of thanks to weefisheads for granting me this wonderfully suprising beer!
Alaska is a mighty big place, and while this beer is not overly big, it's chock full of piney flavor goodness. The hops are just muscular enough to happily counter the solid sweet malt spine. The substantial ABV is not much of a factor until you actually feel it, and it can sneak up on you if you're not forewarned. The well-segmented flavor draws you in for more, regardless. I truly enjoyed the staccato nature of the components in the flavor, because sometimes the edges don't need to be blurred to allow a beer to be full and tasty.

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Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Docer
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of mschofield
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brown with copper highlights, topped with a huge four finger puffy tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Hoppy aroma, floral and citrus, bread, tea and molasses.
Sweet, caramel - rich caramel taste, molasses and pepper, not as much hop flavor as I expected.
Medium-full bodied, doesn't stand up to other Imperials.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Midnight Sun goblet.

Thick tan head with good retention and lacing. Deep copper, reddish highlights, clear, lots of bubbles rising.

robust, piny, citrusy and floral hoppy bouquet. Pungent, a bit sharp at first. Gets more complex with time, but still hop dominated. Sensing the big malty base, but it is not pronounced. I detect the juniper berries listed on the label. Has legs. As it warms, finally getting some big malty sweetness in the middle, after a swirl. Very nice.

The malty sweetness somehow manages to hang with the bold (85ibu) hop flavors up front and into the middle. The piny, citrusy hop profile is profound but is balanced well by the malt and other sugars. Especially as it warms it is very balanced, right into the finish, where the bitterness lingers but is not overdone. The complexity of the various hops and adjuncts is increasingly evident as it warms.

Ample but not overdone carbonation, some gentle warming and a pleasant texture that isn't quite creamy.

easier to drink than the year round Sockeye Red, also very respectable, though the Cohoho has higher IBU. Very well balanced and drinkable for a reasonably hefty IIPA.

I've been an admirer of this one, and Midnight Sun generally, for a long time.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 259 ratings
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