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Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

765 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 75
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Jim Moorehouse, Nate Albrecht and Brad Zeller, three pals planning to open a Chicago brewpub under the moniker of Aleman, won first place at last year's Iron Brew homebrewing competition in the Windy City (judged by none other than Greg Koch, Jason Ebel of Two Brothers Brewing, and celebrated Chicago brewer, designer and author Randy Mosher). Their style-bending IPA artfully married the assertive tropical bite of Citra hops with amazing coffee flavor and aromatics to create something truly unique and exceptional.

Serendipitously, Two Brothers recently kicked off a new adventure roasting their own coffee beans, and provided just-in-time freshly roasted java for the brew. The result is an innovative IPA that's well balanced and intensely flavored thanks to the felicitous blend of hops and fresh roasted coffee.

42 IBU

(Beer added by: Rollzroyce21 on 03-20-2013)
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Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Coffee and hops make for a confused aroma. Each quality is rather honest when considered alone, although the coffee flagrantly clashes with mixed-citrus. Of the two, coffee casts the more resonant note as whole roasted beans, edging out the predictable West Coast hops qualities. There is a detectable third layer of intermediately refined crystal malt which influences the color. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with coffee syrup that complements well the pale malt, and subtle herbaceous hops aromatics. Flavors begin to dry out into the middle as coffee is gradually exchanged for grapefruit-centered citrus that is slow to ripen on the palate. The finish includes an interesting combination of green and brown bittering elements. Aromatic grapefruit citrus flavors finally are fully realized late, lingering on the palate beyond the reach of the coffee. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and resinous--but slick overall--on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Gloriously experimental, this beer has the fingerprints of Two Brothers all over it. In the case of the coffee, that is good news; the same cannot be said of the safe, predictable, and too-dark IPA base. The coffee qualities encountered here are so honest and appealing, channeling the same greatness as their coffee-brewed strong porter that was a retro release in 2012. Two Brothers IPAs are an understated lot: from the oak-aged Resistance which could fairly be described as nuanced, to the very mediocre Outlaw, the incarnations of the style contributed by the suburban Chicago brewpub are rarely noteworthy. Such is the case here, although the combination of coffee and hops is finally found to be in good company by the arrival of the easy finish. One could argue that the Two Brothers-style of IPA is the perfect choice to accompany the well-considered appeal of a Two Brothers coffee beer.

beagle75, Apr 14, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

SanFranJake, Apr 01, 2013
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4.83/5  rDev +13.9%

A: Clear orangy brown with a light head. A bit darker than I thought it was going to pour.

S: Smells like I thought it would. Brown sugar with hits of coffee wrapped up in the classic IPA hoppy smell.

T: Unbelievably well done. Tastes like your normal Stone IPA. Super hoppy. As the beer passes, you begin getting the coffee. I did not think this combo would work out well, but damn these guys nailed it. It wasn't that artificial coffee taste that people who don't drink coffee imagine coffee to taste like, but it was legitimate aroma and tast of a solid cup of joe. I got the majority of the taste on the exhale. It was awesome.

M: Fresh fresh fresh and well hopped. Medium carbonation. Alc is covered well.

O: GET THIS. It was amazing. If I could find more bottles (or buy more than 1 per customer) I would buy cases and cases.

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +13.2%

My computer died half way through my previous review, so this one will be abridged. Great coppery amber color. Aroma is fairly floral and hoppy, but I mostly get the coffee, this is a good thing. The taste is wonderful, a bit under hopped, but I love the use of malt, and it couples really well with the coffee. The mouthfeel is a not like a typical IPA, a touch less carbonation. Anywho, this beer is delightfully surprising.

mverity, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Jason, Sep 09, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -9.7%

Bomber bottle purchased at Peekskill Beer and soda, Peekskill, NY. I looked but can't find any bottling date or best before info.

Pours near clear, darker almond amber, moderate lite tan head. Going to a fine film, minor coalr and again minor strands of lacing.

Cafe au lait on the nose, with some leafy hops.

Interesting IPA variation. Not sure how many coffee IPAs I've had the pleasure of trying, if any. Notes of more mellow coffee, trying to mesh with the underlying hoppyness and malts. Not sure if this one gets to the level of actually "meshing". Things sort of all over the place.

Not my favorite Stone collaboration

Billolick, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BrandonDZ, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Lofreqwave, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Altenor, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jaminjohnson, Mar 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

rhinonau, Oct 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

virinow, Apr 27, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -21.5%

Pours a copper penny brown in color. Brilliant clarity. Moderate to light head retention. The nose is intently coffee. Auberges just a bit of hops. The mouthfeel is substantial, but not overwhelming. This is a coffee dominated beer with some serious hop flavoring. I'msure there is some hop flavoring, but this is definitely a hop forward beer.

Franziskaner, Jul 20, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -13.2%

Bottle (2013)

Dark amber with a large light-tan head of big-bubbled foam. Leaves a messy glass behind.

A true combination of bright citrus hop components (grapefruit and mango) with expressive, freshly roasted coffee beans. Interesting, and both elements really shine through nicely.

The flavor, again, is a combination of citrus fruits, bitterness, and roasted coffee beans. It's a strange combination. Some sips seems more hop-forward, while others seem dramatically coffee dominant. Interesting, though the combination isn't a very thirst quenching one. I'd knock this for drinkability, whatever that means.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

The idea or theory behind this beer is fully realized. Whether it's actually all that good or drinkable is for the individual drink to discover on their own. I wouldn't take down a whole bottle of this.

ehammond1, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

TKEbeerman, May 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

rwilde, Sep 22, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +5.9%

A nice golden color, thin 1/3" head, offwhite, doesn't have much retention or lacing. Anytime you hear coffee I think I'm about to get into something brown or black, but no. Aroma was amazing coffee. Top notch stuff, smooth, yet pungent, deep, rich. Hops were a little behind the coffee in the aroma.

Somehow, the taste, is able to capture the coffee flavors and hit you with the Stone hop assault at the same time. What I found to be utterly amazing, is the mouthfeel here, how you can have lots of hops, lots of coffee, but really the beer comes off as more of a flavor experience than a bitter experience. You still get pine from the hops and plenty of coffee, without any astringency going on.

Carbonation was spot on. Hid the alcohol amazingly well. Just fantastic. My favorite IPA that Stone makes. Which means its better than 98% of everyone else's ipas too.

Beerandraiderfan, May 15, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -11.3%

Hmmm, interesting idea. I was not sure how well coffee and intense hops would mix, and after trying this mix I'm still not sure. As expected given the involvement of Stone, there was no reduction in the strong hop aromatics and flavor, and I had the distinct impression that the IPA 'base' was excellent. I had two reservations about the coffee contribution, however. First, the coffee component smelled, and to a lesser extent, tasted too much like used coffee grinds, despite the use of "fresh roasted coffee". Second, and perhaps due to the particular hop and bean mix, the coffee did not blend with the other flavors or aromas as well as it does in many porters and stouts.

chinchill, Apr 14, 2013
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Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.