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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Ratings: 258 |  Reviews: 160
Photo of Bighuge
2.3/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep copper. Meidum beige head. Sparse lace. Aroma is weak. Some notes of pine. The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated. Gaseous. There's an off flavor to this beer. It's highly astringent and bitter (in a bad way). There is nothing good about this beer. My second in a row from this brewery that is subpar. I'm surprised.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BrewsB4Shrews for sending a box full of Midnight Sun brews. My first from this brewery that I've been looking forward to.

Pours red. Not a lot coming out of the glass for my nose to sample.

Cohoho is on the heavily malty side for a IIPA. Heavy malts, sweet sweet sweet. If there are many hops in here, they're playing hide and...hide. And hiding well. Just a touch of bitter at the end.

Average. Either this brew has lived past its useful lifetime or this just isn't my kind of IIPA - i.e. there need to be some hops.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a massive dipa, leaning to the darker end of the dipa spectrum, while it tried its hardest to maintain an orange appearance, there was some lighter brown running around in it.

Aroma was not as Simcoe pungent as I expected, they definitely did not skimp on the C-hops. Loads of bitterness all over this, not really a sweet dipa, this slams hard with bitterness, despite having what appears to be a massive malt bill of 2 row.

I've always looked at Midnight Sun as an expensive proposition, and while this beer is decent, their stuff just isn't to the point with me where I can suggest that people go out and look for this and pay any price. Usually close to $10 a bomber means I'm demanding excellence. Pretty thick mouthfeel, heavy, bitter. Alcohol is moderately noticeable. Buttloads of caramel. Feels like a big dipa recipe put through the xmas spicer.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze colored...with a big fluffy tannish head....nose is excellent...citrusy..fresh squeezed oranges and grapefruits..some underlying caramel....really nice smell..Full bodied...about right for an Imperial IPA...mouthfeel is a slighly harsh at first but becomes almost creamy as you dig deeper in....the taste features more of a piney (Chinook hop?) flavor...a very slight hint of plastic or chemical at first but it isn't noticable later in....decent malt backbone...some real nice caramel notes...pretty balanced while also having a great hop kick...

This is a very good-to-excellent Imperial IPA....Not top tier but relatively close....I'd drink it again....enjoyable experience...

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, fresh into town, poured into an imperial pint glass, Cohoho is a dark amber with a large, creamy, khaki head, maintaining it's surface tension through a generous pour with neigh a drop escaping. It settles down to a thick foam and leaves large chucks of lace.

Smell is a big blast of PNW hops, resinous pine and citrus fruit, with a spicy, semi-sweet, gingerbread like malt back bone.

Taste is another assertive does of hops, mostly bittering, with a dry, lingering finishe. Neither too sweet or thick for an 8%er, with some plastic phenols and clean alcohol that only known through dry tingle on the tongue and vapor in the back of the throat. A good, assertive west coast DIPA, but not particularly remarkable beyond that...tastes alot like some Lagunitas brews, which are cheaper and more widely available.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, oily.

Drinkability is about average I guess for what it is, good but very robust.

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Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Durge
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark but transluscent mahogany color with a decent white cover and plenty of broken sheets of lacing. The bouquet is funky swamp pineapple-citrus. Pretty odd but not that it’s bad at all, just a bit odd and hard to figure what to expect. The flavor happily comes out with neat swamp malt and lots of herbal hops. Can’t really say that I pick up a decided juniper ingredient but it comes through a little on the edge of this funkified hop brew. Body is medium and feel is pretty sprite with brisk but tasteful carbonation. Caramel comes pouring through once you adjust to those swampy qualities. But the hops do hold up and overall this is a good beer. I really don’t see the holiday beer theme, but this is worthwhile at anytime and that’s all that matters.

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Photo of popery
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, home. An amber, reddish DIPA with a nice beige head. The aroma is mostly a pretty standard grapefruit hoppiness. There's just a touch of sweet sugars and maybe some juniper, but I could be imagining that. The flavor is also a bit one-note - almost entirely hop bitterness. The beer is rather dry. I think that I'd like this beer more without the brown sugar and honey. The flavor is rather harsh, possibly the result of these simpler sugars. I had high hopes for this beer and come away fairly disappointed.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep amber/ orange-ish color, with a tannish head. In the aroma, big piney hops and just a small hint of citrus. In the taste, big piney hops and a small sweet maltiness. Mainly smooth, yet a small bite in the mouthfeel. Also, a lighter body for a I2PA. Pine hop dryness in the aftertaste. Big hops, light malt, very good, yet somewhat unbalanced.

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Photo of Gmann
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby color with a huge fluffy egg shell colored head that left chunky lacing on the glass. Not sure I have seen an IPA/DIPA this color before.

The aroma is hoppy. Big tropical fruit presence with some pine and herbal hop. The malt seems quite sweet from the addition of honey and brown sugar.

The taste is odd. The beer is very sweet, noticable brown sugar flavor; perhaps even some toffee notes. The hops are resiny and they bring tropical fruit notes. There is also a onion like flavor from the hops. After you get past the hops, the juniper kicks in for its typical twang flavor as well as its bitterness. Quite an earthy flavor. It is very flavorful, just not sure its my cup of tea.

The feel is moderate with fizzy/prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but plenty of bitterness to offset. The hops and juniper do a good job balancing actually. Some lingering bitterness and finishes a hair sticky.

A bold DIPA. Way too sweet for my liking. Not a big fan of a sweet malt and a tropical fruit hop profile.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one was a monster. The body was crystal clear brownish-orange (meaning “serious” in the IPA world) and the head was relentless. It finally went down after five minutes, lacing the hell out of my Ruination glass.

Smell – Gigantic, complex hop profile with some serious malt balance. The piney hops came out big time but the aroma showed some other hoppy scents as well. The malt was huge; mostly toasted with big caramel undertones.

Taste – Wow! In addition to bringing the nose into the taste, there’s an oaky sherry-like flavor to this one. The Cohoho IPA has it all. The hops calm down a bit here (not much), just enough to allow an appreciation of the fantastic malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied for sure and smooth and chewy. This lacked the harsh dryness of some IPAs yet left a wonderful finish. It was dry but not too much so, with a reminder of the sweet maple and brown sugar imbedded in the malts.

Drinkability – I am koo-koo for Cohoho. This was my first sample of the brewery, and I was blown away. What an awesome and unique IPA.

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Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, deep clear amber with a big creamy off-white head that lingers as a cap for ages and leaves really good lacing.

Aroma is dominated by a huge citrus hop presence up front with lots of mangos, oranges and pineapples. There is a definite sweet malt base though not much sugar in the nose. Fantastic smell on this one.

The taste has some citrus burn up front but has a much bigger sugary malt base than the aroma suggests. The floral hops come back with a big bitterness that lingers in the finish. Definitely more malt base in the taste to balance the aggressive hop profile.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and sticky with hop juice.

Another good brew from Midnight Sun though the aroma is the standout with tons of citrus fruit and pine hops with a decent malt backbone. Tasty.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle. Murky brown with a small caramel coloured head of foam. Aromas are floral/citric/metalic hops and deep, roasted malts (caramel?). The taste is too malty for a IIPA, and the hops that do show up in the middle, quickly fade away, leaving a finish mixed with metal and malt flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick, and decent. Drinkability is good as well. A decent brew, but not a good IIPA.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a 22oz bomber of this (for $7.50) at The Wine Society in Tyngsboro, MA. Has a real funky label, with a nasty-looking big-ass Coho Salmon in a Santa cap amidst some psychedelic stylings... Cohoho pours a clear, rich, deep amber color. A semi-hard pour produces a frothy, light tan head which rapidly thins down, yet maintains itself at about 1/4". Lacing is fairly decent as well, and this bier looks quite attractive in general. Aroma has a healthy amount of floral hoppiness, along with a mild smidge of caramel. Lovely mouthfeel as well! I somehow had an inkling it would be good just by the look of the bier when I poured it. It seemed to be thick and chewy out of the bottle and, sure enough, it does have a more than medium body, as well as a silky smoothness on the tongue. This bier has a nice balance of malt and hops, though still leaning more in the hop direction. Malt is lightly sweet with caramel aspects, followed by an abundance of citrussy hops which coat the tongue with luscious alpha-acids. I rather enjoyed this offering from way up north. Prosit!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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

Presentation: 22 fl.oz. brown glass traditional Bomber. The label is an extremely colorful, very chaotic looking, hand-drawn affair. It has a picture of a geeky looking green swirly eyed monster-fish with a serious set of gnashers. The fish also happens to be wearing some kind of red Santa hat affair. The latter item of clothing is in deference to the season the beer depicts, as the “Deck the Halls with Really Great Beer” saying on the label professes. All sorts of other scribbling and writing adorns the label, the main points of which are that this is a “Snappy Happy Seasonal Brew”, and weighs in at 8.0% ABV.

Appearance: Extremely turbid look when first poured. A deep murky brown chestnut color, that strangely looks clear when held to the light, quite weird. Soft light cream colored head rests atop the beer. Laces well.

Nose: Resinous hop oils and a massive pine needle dimension sit amidst a rather strong malt aroma.

Taste: A deeply coniferous pine needle oil slick lubricates the start of this monster. The alcohol is immediately perceptible and mildly warming. It has a mild “peppermint fresh” feel in the middle, which runs into a malty backbone and a hop-oil maltiness right at the finish. The tastes left in the mouth are of double strength hop oils. Quite something. The tastes are much better I found as the beer warms to ambient, and the viscosity of the hop oils increase and get chance to coat the mouth and teeth. Nice!

Mouthfeel: High. The alcohol and vitreous hop oils lend a slick feel to this baby.

Drinkability: It took me a while, but I eventually warmed to this beer, sadly all too late though, for I had downed well over 80% of it. May take a while to secure your favor, but it will.

Overall: A good Imperial IPA that won me over in the end. I particularly like the strong malt aspect of this offering and the strong oily hop aspect. I’m damned that I was too ignorant to appreciate this one earlier through the course of the 22 oz sample though. I think I chilled it too much to be honest. Still, there were 3 other bottles of this at the store where I bought this one. I may just have to return. A great seasonal IPA - "Hoppy Christmas".

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Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Just to make it more interesting and that much more American than it already is, the brewers added maple syrup, brown sugar and honey. A nearly perfect crowning of lace on the glass; what an amazing sight if you are into the whole head retention thing. Clear, but also dark, with a chestnut hue. The aroma wafts from the glass with that trademark American hop citric sharpness and an extremely complex malt/sugar nose. Good amount of slickness from the semi-smooth and slightly creamy full body. Light on the carbonation. Bitterness from the hops is present and lets the taste buds know right away, but it never comes off as too sharp or even over-the-top for the size of the beer. So there is some balance. Maltiness walks in with a solid base and dark sugar complexities, followed by a ghost-like rum character when it mingles with the alcohol. Suggestions of brown bread, ripe pears and chicory come to mind. Finishes with an even-keeled malt to hops flavor.

A different twist on a bastardized style, a bit off the more traveled road compared to most Imperial IPAs. That's not a bad thing at all as this ale is packed with flavor and comes across as being very enjoyable. It simply is not a perfect match for the style.

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Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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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 EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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