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Reviews: 158
Hads: 784
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 22.41%
Wants: 89
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 784
Photo of Teleweizen2
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a crystal clear deep orangey amber with hints of mahogany. 2 fingers worth of off-white to light tan foam quickly dissipate but leave a thick ring around the rim. So thick it looks like the head hasn't dissipated at all.

S - bright and vibrant nose. Very intense notes of dusty coffee grinds and oily espresso beans mixed with pleasant pithy and rindy citrus. Hints of pine and toast in the backround.

T - toasty malts and flaky coffee grinds up front. Slighty sweet notes of caramel give the coffee a 'starbucks' syrup kick. Hoppy citrus character swells mid palate with notes of bitter orange peel, grapefruit rind and pine needles. Finish is long with lingering coffee and pine flavors.

M - lighter side of medium bodied. Medium carb.

O - amazing beer. Truly one of a kind. Want to have again!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange almost ruby and perfectly clear with a creamy one finger head. Very pretty! Aroma is unique. Big floral, pine and grapefruit notes are balanced out but earthy roasty coffee. Somehow the aroma works. Flavor zips back and forth from zesty grapefruit and pine to sweet yet earthy coffee flavors. Coffee comes out as I sip more, but leaves that hop bite there. Slick mouthfeel with medium high carbonation. This just works. Had no idea what to expect. I suspect this could be ruined if not done right. But it is done right here. Really cool beer.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- amber color, medium size head

Smell- piney hops, very nice

Taste- mostly piney hops, very slight flavor of coffee

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was very good. I would love to have it again. Hope I can find it again. Probably won't be able to

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Photo of tastybeer
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Red copper color, finely foamy head with some large bubbly bubbles, and an aroma that's all sorts of interesting. Big roasted coffee musk at the front with oranges and lemons all over. I'm not sure how this combination works but it works surprisingly well. With the coffee musk and juicy citrus there's some herbal, floral, and earthy scents and flavors, plus apricots, peaches, and perhaps cantaloupe. I'm surprised how simple this beer seems and how the coffee is actually working cohesively with the hops.

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Photo of wedge
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with a small, creamy head. Pronounced coffee aroma, but it's more of a bright, nutty, almost spicy coffee bean type smell, as apposed to something heavily roasted. Juicy, citrusy, fresh, and green hops lurk beneath and compliment the pure, fragrant coffee...very interesting and fun to sniff. Hops reveal themselves a bit more upfront in the flavor before being cut off by the beautifully fresh coffee bean and hazelnut-like qualities. The way the hops and coffee blend together so well is remarkable. Sweet, resinous, zesty, and juicy sweet are the hops floating along with a lovely toasted note. Medium bodied, a little creamy, and lightly dry. I loves me some fresh hops and fresh, quality coffee and this - somehow - brings them together.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear light copper, average head retention and great lacing. Caramel and pine aroma, very West Coast IPA, some coffee as it begins to warm. Coffee up front which quickly fades but is present through the finish. White pepper spiciness. Alcohol is noticeable middle to finish. Medium body, leaning toward the sweet side.

Note: I had this on draft at the Stone Brewery a few months earlier. Considerably less alcohol and more coffee in the draft version.

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Photo of Florida9
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear copper amber in color. Forms a moderate sized, creamy white head. Copious lacing. Decent lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant. Hoppy. Citrus hops, primarily, with a faint bit of coffee in the mix.

T: okay, the coffee is no longer faint by any means. This is full on coffee flavored. Moderate sweetness. There are some hoppy citrus notes, but they seem to come through as coffee nuances more so than individual flavors of their own. I don't know how, but this works.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate bitterness. Mild coffee acidity. Easier carbonation.

O: I've got to admit, I was fully ready to not like this beer by any means, but I was proven wrong. It's a quite good beer with a rather unique character. I really don't know how the coffee works with an IPA, but it does.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.48/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Review is from notes.

Slight chill haze through a deep amber-colored body. Good clarity otherwise though, with active carbonation supporting a peach-colored foam on top that has a soft texture and good retention. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong but not overbearing. Predominantly fresh coffee beans, but also shows of some interesting citrus notes. The coffee and the hops play nice and intermingle without really competing, however its clearly leaning towards the coffee.

Bitterness is a bit stronger than I expected but knowing this is Stone, I should have figured it would be real bitter. Smooth full body. Excellent carbonation that plays the hops well. Green coffee flavors are up front on the palette but quickly allow the hops to take the stage with a bright fruit character in the mid-palette and finish. In my opinion, the coffee clouds the hop flavor (Citra hops) but doesn't overpower them completely.

It's a strong beer. It's unique. It is paving the way for better beers. I am glad I tried this, but I will not buy again because it was not worth the money. It just isn't offering anything that great. I am somewhat let down, since there was a lot to expect from this, but no worries because I know Stone doesn't give a shit.

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Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark amber with two fingers of cream colored foam, settles to a thin cap with a thick sheet of lace for an inch or two. Smell: coffee aromas upfront... dusty, earthy, medium roast. Light sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes beneath. Taste: orange, grapefruit peel, sugary with mild tropical fruit flavors, then into earthy, herbal coffee flavors. More sweet citrus in the sticky finish. Interesting... has the coffee components of a good coffee stout... somehow they're pretty harmonious overlaid on a moderately hopped citrusy IPA!

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

wow. drank this great beer and then read the comments from Kochm Steele, etal. Never even comtemplated that these flavors would go so well together. Great solid underlying hoppy IPA with a creamy mouthfeel that has just the right amount of coffee bitterness on the finish with a hint of cocoa as well. Talk about a complex mixture that just deifies description. Must say have not been blown away by a beer in awhile and this really rocked my palate. Kudos to these boys for producing this brew.

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Photo of QuentinCall
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, well carbonated and the color of the wood floors in my childhood home or burnt bronze or, maybe, the sky over a West Virginian hay field at dusk -- not quite gold or red but with moments of both -- and capped by vibrant foam that settles rather quickly. I've seen other examples of the style [coffee IPA] negatively referred to as smelling like garbage and while I understand the point (the dank, reedy, raw, overpowering greenness of the hop aroma set against the roast and dirty savoriness of the coffee certainly being something that could engender the idea of refuse) its not a stance I can share. There aren't any surprises taste-wise, this is definitively a Citra IPA with coffee added. That said, these two elements are remarkably, aggressively, interconnected. Neither side ends or waits or supports the other, they work in tandem or symbiosis, sharing weakness and, eventually, attaining greatness. Mouthfeel is wet, refreshing and big enough. Definitely a beer you should consider picking up, probably a beer you should drink soon (it can't imagine it staying this wonderfully balanced for long), and hopefully a beer that will be remade for 2014.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of take_it_sleazy
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a fantôme tulip. Classy.

A: medium orangey brown color. Nice cream color head that develops a hummocky look after a minute or two. Seems a bit darker than most IPAs. no haze. All around a pretty great looking beer.

S: roasted coffee smell upfront. Minimal hop aroma coming through, but it's present.

T: coffee and hops. At first I didn't know how well the coffee would blend with the resin and citrus, but they work together extremely well. Flavors are a bit disjunct, coffee upfront with a hoppy finish... I'm a fan.

M: light to medium bodied. Warms the throat on its way down but refreshing simultaneously. Nothing really standing out in the mouthfeel department, but it's solid.

O: I would drink this for breakfast if I had the stomach. A great in your face brew that doesn't hold much back. Absolutely worth picking up if your a fan of IPAs and are looking for something with a twist.

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Photo of carrionricardo
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is much better than it sounds,and that comes from a non coffee drinker.smell was a Lil alarming but taste was so well balanced its scary.very refreshing yet comforting. Never had a coffee ipa so maybe bias when I say the best I had but definitely worth a try. Had both on tap bottle.I truly hope stone produces more of this absolutely shockingly delicious.

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Photo of charlzm
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed May 8th, 2013 in a standard pint glass starting at 50 degrees F and warming throughout consumption.

Appearance is on the dark side of a medium yellow-amber. Very clear. Makes a nice two-finger white head that provides some clingy suds during the drink-down.

The aroma is the first hint that this beer is something special: rich, roasted coffee mingles smoothly with citrus hop character. Intriguing...

The flavor starts with some light caramel malt before seguing smoothly into nutty, roasty coffee territory. In a split second, hops cut through with a citric edge and perfectly tolerable bitterness lets the drinker know it's time to swallow. It shouldn't work, but it does.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp with a little creaminess and good carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Overall, I thought going in that this was going to be an utter abomination. I have since learned to temper my expectations. Well, where beer is concerned, anyway.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of chugalug06
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full straw colored foamy head on top of a amber colored clear liquid. Missing much lacing...

Tons of hazelnut in the nose, but not fabricated hazelnut. Nuts almost overwhelm...

Smooth, bitter, shockingly hazelnut, but not in a frangelic mountain way...It's the most enjoyable experience I've ever had with hazelnut. Lots of caramel, bittering hops, pineapple, evergreen branches, high carbonation.

I'm a bit torn on how to rate this beer, 1/2 of me loved it and 1/2 of me disliked it. I don't care for the hazelnut, but it was melded in with other nice agreeable flavors. The IPA aspect is near flawless, the coffee aspect is nice, but could stand to be bettered.

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Photo of Qwest_35
4.86/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a few bomber's of this ale today right off the truck, after it was recommended to me from a Brown Distribution employee. I never thought in a million years that a coffee Ipa would be this damn good!! Wow this beer is blowing me away! Pours a nice amber-clear glow, minimal head and lacing. The aroma of this beer is insane! Like when you walk into a place where you grind your own coffee beans, almost no hop aroma to be had, it's all freshly ground coffee, with a slight vanilla trying to come through. I was very curious about the flavor, it sounds like it would not work, but boy was I wrong! The hops compliment the coffee flavor perfectly, well balanced between bitter and sweet. Overall a win in my book, well done Stone, 2 Bros., and Aleman. I would buy this beer again and again, if was in 6er's, I would always have this in my fridge.

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Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of melliott
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a fast-fading head that lingered on the edge of the glass long after I'd emptied it.

S - oh the coffee smell is there, but there's some hops in there too.

T - The high point is the balance of coffee and hops. Both IPAs and coffee-flavored beers usually go full-tilt on flavor, but the reason this one excels is because of the way they play together. Hops, Coffee, and back to hops.

M - clean, warm

O - balanced bold flavors.

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Photo of mverity
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited that this made it up to Nor Cal. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber. Shared with my homebrewing partner. Bottling date is "03/01/13."

Dayman pours a slick, deep amber color complete with 2-3 fingers of head - with a strong pour, that is. Not too many bubbles to see inside the glass. A creamy, bubbly texture sits atop the glass, complete with solid lacing. Looks like a slightly deeper DIPA, but there's no way I'd ever guess there was any coffee in this.

The smell is truly eye-popping and lives right up to what the beer claims to be. There's an initial strong roasted character of coffee - so much, in fact, that if I were blindfolded and took a whiff I'd claim it were a stout or porter - and then there's a finalizing floral, slightly citrusy character aided by the hops. The coffee is truly strong, however, and while the hops do preserver, I suppose what sets this apart is the strong caramel, slightly butterscotch integrated flavor from the malts. Grains are not too noticeable, although it is slightly crisp, and sharp as well with the alcohol. Maybe slightly grassy, but otherwise the coffee is definitely winning here. Interesting but not too balanced.

The flavor really takes brings the product back home, however! While there's an initial roasted, deep espresso flavor that immediately hits the palate, it soon fades out and finds itself awash with the citrus, orange rind hops in a very delightful way. By the time the coffee goes, its aftertaste melds with the thickened, slightly syrupy malts and bittered, dry hops to form an almost chocolate like aroma - thick orange liqueur filled or citrus-caramel filled chocolate truffles. Indeed, this caught my friend and I by surprise to the point where it made the beer ambiguously a sipper and something rather easy to drink, but also propelled us to label this as a dessert beer, albeit an experimental one. The orange rinds combined with the syrupy caramel sweetness and the coffee aftertaste is very tasty. This is a beer where I feel the aftertaste is far superior than the initial flavor. In fact, the coffee beans provide nothing but temporary roasted flavor at the beginning, but it's at the finish where they shine. The beer helps with its thickness and well hidden alcohol, which otherwise could have seriously thrown this off. Quite a fascinating product in the end.

I'm very glad I split this, because this does get a little too syrupy sweet by the finish, and the roasted character grating. The hops do their job well here, in fact, and the Citra combo provides an earthiness that melds well with the coffee aftertaste. I wonder what this was like fresher, but luckily the older it gets, the more dessert-like it becomes, in what could be an unexpected twist. Didn't think I'd like this as much as I did, but these flavors worked well together, and I'm this close to giving the magical Citra hop blend all of the credit. For the price (under $6), definitely worth checking out! I'd like to see more coffee IPAs in the future.

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Photo of Braseltonage
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bottle, poured into a Blvd Smokestack tulip.

A - Deep golden, border lining on copper. Bright and clear. White head quickly dissipates, but nice lacing lingers.
S - Very nice and rich coffee aromas upfront, certainly doesn't fall in line with the appearance. Some sweetness creeps in, faint tropical fruits. IPA-ness shows up a bit more as it warms.
T - Coffee dominates the initial sip, sweetened, almost caramel, hazelnut. Hops make their prescience known, but not overwhelmingly so. Sort of a resinous feel, tangerine, subtle pine. Intriguing.
M - Appropriate. A little sticky, but not too much. Smooth carbonation.
O - Interesting blend of flavors. They don't seem to be totally at ease together, but it is a nice departure from the typical IPA experience.

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Photo of Heretic42
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber to pint glass. Bottled March 01, 2013

A - Dark amber, clear. Nice lacing and a white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S - Cold coffee grounds, but in a good way. These aren't day old Folger's grounds for sure. A faint sweetness, but nothing really in the way of normal IPA scents.

T - Coffee upfront followed by delicious hops. The bitterness of the hops and coffee play off each other and then you get a bit of the tropical fruits from the hops as well. This is pretty tasty.

M - Relatively thick for an IPA with nice carbonation. Definitely enjoyable.

O - I really like this blend and only wish I could have it more fresh. A couple months in, it's more coffee beer than IPA, so beware of that if you're looking for something hop-heavy.

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Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.