Cohoho Imperial IPA | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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87
very good
259 Ratings
THE BROS
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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Ratings: 259 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of travolta
3.04/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of carln26
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a bright amber to copper with a huge foamy head and a bright lace that clung to the glass throughout the tasting experience. It has a bright floral aroma (Cascade hops?) with a mild malt back. The first taste has a more citrus character from the hops and a distinct alcohol bite. The malty character does visit later in the experience. The mouth feel is light, but the alcohol character detracts from the drinkability. Average beer in a field of great IPAs.

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Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of jackndan
2.76/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cohoho, an Imperial IPA (seasonal) from Alaska (and perhaps my first from our largest State). An extremely busy label, lots going on here. Unusual choice for a holiday brew.

Pours an extremely dark and murky brown for an IIPA, clearly bottle conditioned given the amount of sediment. Nice head, leaves some nice lacing, and an eighth of an inch in coverage.

Light aroma, with a bit of spice, perhaps aided by a bit of Holiday Spice.

The taste is definitely not what I’d consider an IIPA, a holiday brew sure, but an IIPA, no way. The classic smooth, rich and floral hop taste is completely missing, or perhaps, hidden behind something else in this brew. There is a firm malt base here, and there is some hops flavor here as well, but I do notice a some off flavors as well, like cinnamon and nutmeg. These spicy flavors are not overwhelming at all, but they just don’t belong. Not a good IIPA, not a bad Holiday beer, but not an IIPA.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very special thanks to AKBelgianBeast for this bottle. He is a great trader for sure!

A- The beer is a deep well rounded rich dark amber. The head is very much there, but is a very loose head. This leaves excellent lacing. The beer is also very busy in the glass. Lots of fizzy action.

S- There is a great hop smell with this beer. I can also smell a sweet something. This says its brewed with honey, and brown sugar, that could be the sweetness I'm getting. I know that juniper is most likely there, but is a great partner with hops in taste.

T- Talk about complex. Wow, there is a great hop taste right up front, with a nice bitterness that comes from hops. But the malt is also there in a great bready fashion. The finish of this beer is very balanced and mellow. The taste of the honey is there for sure and is a great addition to the taste of the beer. As for the brown sugar, I'm not tasting much of it, if any of it. It was most likely added to help the gravity of the beer. This has a great balanced taste.

M- Feels great in the mouth, nice well rounded feel, not too thick, and great carbination balance.

D- Easy to drink. Its nice to see a brewery come out with an big IPA in the winter time. Excellent beer.

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

Appearance: Deep amber brew with a thick, off-white head.

Smell: Strong hop presence. Grapefruit, pine.

Taste: Good hop flavor that blends well with the sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Dry finish. Limited carbonation.

Drinkablity: Tasty brew. A balanced and drinkable imperial IPA. The hop flavor is bold without being obnoxious.

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Photo of Neffbeer
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of jcalabre
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 23 January 2003. Although this is labelled as an Imperial IPA, it was closer to a lot of regular IPA's, in my opinion. Pours golden brown w/ a long lasting head. Starts out hoppy & finishes nicely on the palate. A very well done beer.

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Photo of mjl21
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of seand
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Lothore
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a ruddy amber hue with a big, chunky, reddish brown head.

S- LOTS of piney hops and very distinct juniper berries.

T- Starts bready and immediately moves into deep juniper and pine notes. Very distinct and interesting.

M- Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

D- This was an interesting one to try but i'm just not a huge fan of juniper berries and that was such a huge part of the brew it was hard to ignore.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a highly-decorated bomber with enough text to keep you busy while knocking out the bottle, it pours a somewhat murky brown with a hint of orange. Hops smack the inside of the nostrils, but a nice maltiness makes its presence known shortly after the initial hop assault. Piney hop notes in the taste are nicely balanced by an assertive malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and it's a definite sipper. This is a very nice beer, making the $7.00 price tag a bit easier to take.

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Photo of izzyismyrott
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber served lightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish brown topped by a small and frothy yellowish head that lasts as long as daylight in a Barrow winter. No lacing since it would be really impractical in Alaska's winters.

Smell: Redolent of a coniferous forest, heavy on the resinous pine sap. Sweet grapefruit, oranges, and clovey spices skitter about in this forest primeval.

Taste: Initially a woody and maply malt taste that is quickly plowed over by bitter piney hops. Light hop burps. The flavors don't seem to mesh too well, IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lotsa hop aftertastes. Alcohol is well masked.

Drinkability: Not as mind-alteringly good as Dreadnaught, but not too shabby overall. I hope to have some of this brewery's other wares when I make a trip back to Anchorage at some point. Hopefully my woman will get herself in a mainstage production at some point. Then, to Humpy's I will go!

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Photo of BierReise
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking 22 oz bottle with colorful artwork. Pours a beautiful cloudy deep amber with a tint of orange. Color reminds me of Rogues Dead Guy Ale. Nice impressive head, thick with good retention. Aroma is wonderful, piney, hoppy with the presence of a grapefruit citrusy aroma. More citrus than pine. This is a really nice ale and full of character and great flavors. The aroma is in your face and is perfectly in sync with a bitter smooth flavor dancing on your tongue. Possesses a nice malty underlining to hold everything together and balanced. This would be a great session beer. An exceptional ale that I completely enjoyed. One I wouldn't mind being anchored down in Anchorage with.

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Photo of iKrystin
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of adkieffer
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MattSlem
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big tan head sits atop this attractive amber, almost red beer.
Huge piney hop aroma jumps out at you. Caramel malt and alcohol underneath the hops.

Taste shows a huge resinous, piney hop flavor. Solidly balanced by the toasty, caramel malt backbone. Hops still dominate the beer. Hop resin bitterness lingers at the finish just a bit.

Very good mouthfeel: good body and smooth.
Good drinkability.

Overall, this is a good, big, hoppy, tastey IPA.

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Photo of CanisMajor
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of flannelman808
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear burnt copper brown and has poor retention, and decent lacing.

S: Brown sugared burnt orange peel, dark coco, faint ripe red fruit and juniper.

T: Brown fallen pine needle, citrus peel, brown sugared honey, and caramel/toffee lead the way. Nice balance between sweet and dry flavors. The Juniper is pretty hidden and I think sort of intertwines with the more usual flavors associated with hops. This could be the starting point for a good idea...

M: Pretty sticky with a good finish.

O: I like this but it is a work in progress. Ever so subtle solvent flavors take away plusses. The sort of idea of a spiced holiday IPA, however, is an intriguing one.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from bottletrek.com, contents poured into a Stone OG tulip glass

Appearance is a clear amber/dark brown hue, thick craggy foam mostly sustains, latticework lacing on the glass

Smell is moderate hops, ranging from pine, floral, citrus, grass, and dirt/earth, some sweet caramel malts in the background

Taste is also full of hops, pine and floral tones mostly dominate here, hints of sour grapefruit, sweet caramel malts, honey, and cotton candy arrive midway, finishes dry and bitter

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, thick texture with resin that coats the mouth, lively and adequate carbonation

Drinkability is high given the style and abv, the alcohol is well-masked, the aromas are unique and give off a xmas tree essence, and the dry hops are a fun ride, a great first tasting for me of Midnight Sun, I am looking forward to the rest of the lineup I purchased online

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Photo of BWH999
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of C-Dog
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Stubbie1
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange color with an impressive white head. The head lasts and give way to decent lacing. Aroma is of pa pine forest after a rainstorm. Taste is a fruity citrus twang with a hint of malt background. A bit too foamy and it makes it a bit hard to drink at first. Very easy to put a few of these away, nothing special but it is good. Overall, it is a good Imperial IPA, but only average.

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