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

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BA SCORE
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783 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 88
Gots: 40 | 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:
Beer added by: Rollzroyce21 on 03-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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
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Ratings: 783 | Reviews: 157
Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best coffee beers I have had, well integrated. Would like more IPA bitterness, still nicely done for what it is. A lighter coloured beer, with a lasting head. Coffee aroma surpasses the hop aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, roasted coffee beans, brewed coffee, and some slight citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with coffee and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite surprising in terms of how well the coffee and citrus-forward hop aromas and flavors compliment each other.

Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a two finger head; decent retention and a scattering of dots are left behind

Smell: Really juicy and citrusy with a distinct mocha tone - very different and enticing

Taste: A bit of cracker malt buttresses the citrusy hops but the coffee arrives in the middle and blends remarkably well; the finish is balanced between all three elements

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Having been disappointed in Mikkeller's Koffee IPA, I wasn't sure what to expect but this beer blew me away; the balance is incredible and all of the flavors come together in complementary fashion

Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Talking about hops and coffee residing in the same bottle is a lot like cats and dogs living together. Its unnatural, yet sometimes it works. But not so fast... there's a lot of contemplating to be done here...

With very little of a coffee-infused demeanor to the beer's appearance, the IPA pours like many of its style- medium amber and amply carbonated. Its somewhat slim structured head and short longevity suggests that the coffee oils are impeding the head character that I expect in highly hoppy ales.

With one whiff, the beer is all coffee. With the next, its all hops. This alternating effect shows a schizophrenic character about the beer that's surprisingly separated although the scents mingle quite a lot. Both are supported by the most supple support of caramel and grain. With no real fruit (outside of citrusy hops) and no spice (outside of coffee additions), the beer becomes all about the hops and coffee beans.

Each sip alternates between the expected IPA tones of grapefruit, orange peels and pine resins and the inquisitive hazelnut, chicory and earthen robustness of coffee. Although they are both frayed together loosely, they don't seem to get into each other's way even though the taste is Dr. Jekyll in one sip and Mr. Hyde the next. They battle each other 'til the bitter end with the dry caramel malt underpinnings that keep the flavors rooted in a Pale Ale base.

Quite light on the palate, the beer certainly isn't an imperial version at all- in keeping with drinkability and somewhat refreshment; the ale's textures don't get wrapped up in all the battle-rapping that's going on in taste. Instead the beer is dry, fresh, and crisp on all fronts.

It's an ale like no other- if you look for an IPA, then that's all you'll taste. But if you look for a coffee beer, then that does likewise and with the same confidence. It's less of "what's great" but more about "what's possible" in beer taste and palate profiling. Its the most inquisitive beer I've had in a long, long while

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Congrats to local brewers Aleman for winning Iron Brew, and brewing this beer!

All coffee and even some slight chocolate in the aroma. Amber orange body, bright clarity, layer of creamy foam on the surface that has a parchment hue to it. Flavors are big on coffee, the IPA seems like more of a coffee delivery vehicle. Soft and bitter with some pale malt sweetness buried in there, some light citrus peel accents. Firmly bitter aftertaste, seamlessly blended and very smooth across the palate. Overall a winner, a creative beer that makes me excited to see what Aleman brews next.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Surprised to find this on tap so soon, but I'm not gonna argue (especially considering it looks as though I missed the bottles...). Regardless, this stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises grass, light buttery biscuit, light grapefruit zest, and a twinge of coffee beans. The taste generally brings in more of the same, but the coffee and the grass don't play nicely together, producing a strange bitterness that just doesn't come across as appealing to me. There's also a vague creaminess, verging on cheesiness, that puts me off even further. Luckily, this latter sensation is decidedly slight, so it doesn't ruin things all that much. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent little beer, but one that doesn't seem to me to fully mesh the hops with the coffee as well as others have.

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Coffee, biscuitty malt & grapefruit, plus pine

T: Coffee grinds, pine, grapefruit up front. Woody hops, dryness & more coffee as this warms, much grapefruit as well as this warms. Dry with much coffee & grapefruit in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, dry, subtle carbonation, good balance

Coffee IPA doesn't make me think"match made in heaven". This has a good flavor profile, but give me a coffee stout or a hop bomb, mixing them together doesn't float my boat all the way to the promised land. This is about as good as a coffee IPA is gonna get, no need to plow this field again:P

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with TopsecretWaffle. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/1/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big roasted coffee, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, light pine, caramel, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with coffee; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, roasted coffee, caramel, pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine and coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, roasted coffee, floral, caramel, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of coffee and hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent coffee IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of coffee and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear slightly reddish copper in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation as well as some orange +amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and caramel malts underneath some moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/mango hops. There are also moderate to strong aromas of freshly brewed espresso.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready and caramel malts that have just the lightest hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of freshly brewed espresso which brings the coffee flavors and the espresso bitterness. Moderate notes of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/mango hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: The coffee is really well integrated into both the smell and taste of this beer- the coffee flavors are not sweet and contribute wonderful elements of bitterness. Really enjoyable and easy to drink - especially for a coffee lover. Definitely one I will get again.

Photo of tdm168
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one

A - amber with a thin, off white head

S - coffee beans, citrusy hop aroma

T - coffee, citrus, woody, earthy

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This was really intriguing. I admit I had my doubts going in. I was really impressed. The coffee beans surprisingly work well with the citrusy hop character. The beer is coffee heavy but has all of the true-to-style IPA hop notes. This is definitely a beer I'm glad I tried.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours orange with a medium white head, leaves some sticky lace, solid head retention.

S: Upfront coffee with an herbal feel, soothing.

T: Nice blend of coffee and the tropicality and citrus of the base IPA. The two flavours work well together and create a delicious overall flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny, soft carbonation, an easy drinking pint.

O: This was a cool IPA experiment to try and it worked well. The bomber price is good, a little up there for an IPA, but certainly worth a buy at least once.

Photo of Billolick
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured on tap into a small snifter at Churchkey DC. From notes.

A gorgeous clear golden orange amber, super clarity presented with a good ring of simple white lacing and collar.

Nose has classic citrus hop west coast orange flavor, light brown sugars. Strangely I get next to nothing for a sesnse of coffee on this, maybe some oily bean but hardly anything.

Palate has mellow citrus hop, with a little tinge of seltzery carbonation. Maybe some oily bean squeaks out but there is really hardly any coffee presence on the palate at all. Somewhat juicy but also a bit wet on the palate also, but it does hold the existing flavors well.

Overall this is just like a regular milder Stone brew, and there's nothing really impressive about this to me, particularly that there is virtually no coffee on it at all, so I have to score it low overall.

Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber consumed a Stone Escondido, March 2013.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine hues and a half finger, white foam head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Intersting aroma with nice coffee/gourmet roast, sweet malt and very subtle citrus hop notes.  Lightly roasted coffee been character along with caramel sweetness, toffee and hazelnut.  Coffee and malt overpower the hops in the nose but there's a bit of grapefruit and citrus rind.  

On the fuller end of medium body with more of a hop presence than expected.  Still plenty of gourmet roast flavor with hazelnut, toffee, caramel and subtle lactose.  Still, it's dry, resinous and bitter with pine needle and grassy hop flavor.  Faint tropical presence but the coffee dominates.  Decently balanced and easy to drink but could use more citrus/tropical flavor. A lot of these collaborations have been pretty shitty in my opinion but this one is pretty good.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance - Burnt orange. Nice white head. Great lacing and good retention.

Smell - Grassy hops. Lots of coffee. Vanilla. The coffee blends surprisingly well.

Taste - Coffee is stronger here. The hops are still of the grassy persuasion, but the coffee flavor tempers it. Nice malt. Slight astringency. Bitter finish from the hops, not the coffee.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and just a bit bitter. Medium body.

Overall - I like this combination. The coffee lends the IPA flavors a nice smooth and cream feel.

Photo of HopHead84
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

03/22/2013

22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark amber and transparent with an enormous beige sea foam head. Impressive head retention. Sheet-like lacing is left behind.

S: Well, I'm surprised. The hops and the coffee work very well together in the aroma. Mango, orange, and grapefruit notes dwell beneath a smooth earthy coffee presence. I love this. There's some breadiness in there, as well as chocolate. One whiff will be coffee and the next will exude hop characteristics, while still the next will be a harmonious blend of the two. There's a touch of caramel.

T: Coffee is more assertive, revealing that the marriage was not as flawless as the aroma suggested. Still, there's no clashing, but rather a back and forth between the beans and the hops. Bitterness gives way to earthiness, which gives way to citrus, and then back to nutty earth and roasted coffee. Orange blends with tangerine and grapefruit. It's really damn interesting and works far better than I expected.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy body with a light astringency.

Overall: Not a style I ever thought to see, and not one I expected to be half this good. Well done.

Photo of John_M
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bierstein the other day.

The beer pours an orange amber color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is pretty impressive in this one, with the coffee aroma definitely front and center. Otherwise, there is some noticeable dry citrus, light pine and a hint of sweet malt. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with once agan the coffee flavor dominating. Still, the beer is fairly hoppy and bitter on the finish, and there's enough sweet malt in the mid palate to keep the coffee and bitterness in check. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, bitter finish. Alcohol is fairly well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell it's up there a bit.

Pretty interesting beer, though I'm not sure how much I like coffee in my IPA. Not sure this is something I need to revisit any time soon.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, copper coloring with a thin, low profile, off-white head that clings to the glass and coats the surface of the brew. Aromas of resiny and citrus hops abound, with an undercutting backbone of roasted, bitter coffee. Without the coffee characteristics, this beer would be a floral hop bomb...with the coffee, this smells like one of the more interesting brews I've been exposed to in quite some time. There is a heaviness to the dry and hoppy dynamics on the nose. Flavors of used coffee grounds first and foremost, and the bitter, roasty coffee characteristics hang over the palate throughout your drinking. It's like an IPA with a Starbucks shroud over it. The caramel backbone and citrusy hops do shine through in spurts, which help to make this a light and heavy beer all at the same time. Grapefruit and resiny bitterness uplift the heavy roast of the coffee character, all the way into a roasty and bitter aftertaste, with the coffee profiles outlasting anything else, leaving a linger more typical of a Stout or Porter. Clean, dry finish with the aforementioned long linger. This is a really good beer, both dynamic and intriguing. Well done!

Photo of Axnjxn
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served into a DFH tulip glass

Pours a copper color, slightly darker than a regular IPA, with a very pronounced head. Smell is amazing...citrusy and hoppy with a very slight coffee aroma on the end. Taste is more of the same, though the coffee is more pronounced and up front. A wonderful blend of coffee and hops, I'm just in love. Goes down smooth as silk with a medium body and medium carbonation.

I'd drink this beer every day if i could, it's a shame it's only a 1 time deal and so rare. Got my first bottle in a trade and am enjoying my second bottle at the moment that i snagged from the local bottle shop, hopefully this wont be my last.

Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

A - One of the best looking IPA's I've seen. Creamy bone-white head. Awesome lace. Awesome retention. Crystal clear bright amber body pops out of the glass.

S - Whoa, fresh roasted espresso beans, candied hibiscus, toasted caramel, almonds. An absolutely fantastic coffee aroma.

T - Cafe Americano, carmel, touch of cream, smoke, raw sugar, dry espresso beans.

M - Smooth, medium-light frame. Could use just a touch more carbonation. Great drinkability.

O - Outrageous coffee character. The smell and flavor profile are spot on.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a coppery amber with a thin off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of coffee, light sweet malt, citrus hops and coffee. Flavor starts with an odd melding of malt and coffee, but ithen the flavors start to blend together into a very interesting drink that was unexpected and quite pleasant. It seemed like a long shot for combining flavors, but they pulled it off. Nice medium, mildy creamy body. An unlikely experiment that turned out very nicely. I was sceptical because the Evil Twin version of coffee IPA was not a great experience (and I'm a big Evil Twin fan). These guys, however, pulled it off and the world is a better place for it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.9.13

A - Pours a clear, very dark orange with a small yellow-tan head with solid retention.

S - Hoppy pine, Nice.

T - Bitter pine, coffee, then some citrus.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Hoppy cofee, different and unique. I enjoyed it, but don't want any more.

Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark gold with a frothy head into my glass. I've only seen one other example of a "coffee IPA" and that's Koppi.

Aroma is the equivalent of coffee grounds dumped into an IPA. The roastiness of the beans goes very well with the citrus element of the hops. Very appealing.

Deep, complex roast just works really, really well here. Wow. I can't describe it any further. It just tastes so right for a reason.

Lingering roasted coffee, citrus, cream and a touch of licorice make up the mouthfeel. Finishes surprisingly clean too.

While it won't replace a cup of coffee, it does provide me with the charge I need to make this a more enjoyable night. Check this out! And if you like it, Mikkeller's Koppi IPA as well.

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