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

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Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPAAleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPA

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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 80
Gots: 41 | 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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Photo of Pookie
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Rainier
2.51/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure if I like this beer or not. I feel like the coffee is more like an annoyance because I don't think it fits at all in this brew. Everything's good except for taste and mouthfeel. I tasted nice grapefruit citrus bomb in the beginning and out of nowhere, the coffee kicks in and it was unpleasant. I thought it was a great idea though, but I think Stone didn't hit it this time with the dayman. I know some people like it, but I'm not one of those.

Photo of vkv822
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

22oz : SN IPA Glass

Pours a beautiful burnt orange with a foamy, slightly off white head.

Fresh ground coffee, with a light tropical, citric backing. Really exceptional.

The coffee and hop are more balanced in the taste, with the tropical citric hop notes sandwiched between wonderful coffee notes and a faint malt backing.

Medium body, foamy, prickly carbonation.

A really unique and well executed beer. I had my doubts going into this one, but the coffee notes are wonderful and they are extremely well balanced with the hops. I could drink this for days.

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottled 3/1/2013 poured into a Bell's tulip glass and consumed today 4/9/2013. Much thanks to powz87 for setting me up with this bomber.

Aroma: Really unique. It smells like fresh wet coffee grounds would, but there is quite a bit of sweet honeyed toffee and bread in the nose. It's a decently pungent nose and strangely pleasing. From the first sniff of the nose, I can already tell this is going to be a lot of fun to drink. As it warms up, there is more of the IPA characteristics- the sweet toffee, caramel and breadiness along with some grapefruit. (4)

Colour: A very nice looking beer. Pours a dark amber colour with an absolutely beautiful 2cm white head that takes its time to recede into a superbly thick white collar complemented by a very dense white film on top of the beer. The lacing is very sticky and abundant on the drinking side as I drink this beer. This is an extremely great looking beer for an IPA, I honestly haven't seen much better than this. (4)

Flavour: Like the nose, its very unique. I get a kick of coffee grounds in the front, which I can only describe as a bitter, earthy flavour which could also be from the grain bill. It's like cold pressed coffee. Then there is a very nice sweetness that I ascribe to the IPA aspect- honey, caramel and toffee that dominates the middle, with the black coffee coming back at the end leaving a nice balanced, bitter grapefruit finish that isn't too wet or too dry. I'm a fan of this beer. (4)

Mouthfeel: A nice medium bodied beer that's very well carbonated and refreshing. In fact, that's the one descriptor I'd use as it's a refreshing brew that actually quenches my thirst instead of finishing dry like some bigger IPAs tend to do. The aftertaste is a combination of bitter grapefruit and bitter dark coffee and I'm really digging it. (4)

Overall: You'd think a coffee IPA would be a terrible idea but this Stone/Aleman/Two Brothers collab proves me wrong. And I'm happy about that! This is an incredibly refreshing beer that I would drink on my balcony during a hot summer day, no question about it. If I judge it as a pure IPA, it's probably not the best I've had but it's definitely better than most based on the non-coffee characteristics I'm able to detect. It's balanced with a great malt backbone and unmissable hoppiness. The coffee somehow accentuates the grapefruit bitterness in a way that doesn't overload the palate. Two thumbs up to this innovative collaboration- I'm sure this isn't the first coffee IPA that's been made, but I'd imagine its one of the best out there. (4)

Photo of Focusf111
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of thebeerbeast
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of LambicKing
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of barnzy78
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, pours copper with a frothy, ivory colored head, holds good retention and leaves a little lacing at the top of the glass. Nice marriage of coffee and citra hops for aroma, not sure how to describe it, but it's very pleasant. Tastes are surprisingly good! Coffee at the forefront followed by a wave of tropical fruit,finishes with a slight bitterness, while the coffee rides out the finish. I am very surprised at how well this comes together. Mouth-feel is creamy & smooth, medium bodied, nice carbonation. At nearly 9%, the alcohol is very well concealed. Overall, I really don't have anything to compare this to; it's truly unique. Unbelievably well crafted - a crazy idea seems to have paid off here.

Photo of st9647v3
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of beercanman
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Tom-Peters
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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 Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of arfenhouse
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper with off white. Retention is good and decent lacing.

S: Not the biggest coffee aroma I've come across but it's definitely the freshest. Behind the coffee I'm getting caramel maltiness and a very small tangerine.

T: Cold pressed black coffee, very little bitterness. Moderate sweet malt profile. Small amount of tropical fruit tries to make an appearance but cannot beat the fresh coffee taste. Weird, but really good.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drying.

O: Not really much of an IPA but a very good beer. Wish I could get more of these.

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of draheim
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear copper/amber w/ a 1-finger white head that settles to a thin film.

Aroma is clean piney and citrusy hops with earthy coffee notes in the background.

Taste is a little schizophrenic, but in a good (or at least unique) way. Pine, citrus, pale malt, and rich coffee. The hops and coffee are balanced in equal parts, and the interplay between them is what makes this beer interesting. Each sip is a little different as the palate picks up on different elements.

Mouthfeel is typical Stone: clean, semi-dry, crisp and bitter.

Overall I don't know that I like this as much as some people, but it's certainly worth a try.

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Imacopyouidiot
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

a beautiful clean amber/orange pour with a finger of thick frothy head which dissipated slowly. great amount of lacing throughout the session. the smell is huge on spicy grassy herbal hops, garlic, definitely getting black coffee in the nose. i thought this would be a disgusting smelling and tasting beer, but it definitely works on the nose at least.. let's try the palate.

spicy hops hit your palate and cheeks up front and right away the coffee strikes. a bold coffee character at first but the more sips i take, the mellower it gets and starts blending nicely with the herbal hops.

medium in body with moderate carbonation, creamy on the lips. this is a very unique beer. much like a hopped up dry irish stout but totally different appearance and mouthfeel. wish they had made this their anniversary beer instead so i could pick up a few more bottles. it seems like beer releases keep getting more and more limited even though the breweries are expanding monthly.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Stone 10th Anniversary stemware.

Poured a clear coppery hue, with an off white heat of a finger, bits of spongy lace.

Aroma had roasted coffee beans, and citrus notes with a lightly malty backing. It jumps back and forth with the coffee and citrusy hops quite nicely.

Predominant coffee flavors in the taste, not too bitter hop wise, but accompanying citrus and piny notes. Feels full bodied, not particularly dry, with a clean bitter finish.

Coffee and hops are my two favorite things, and the marriage of the two fascinates me. This has been the most well-put together marriage of the two, with a great showing of both parties. Wonderful stuff! More, MORE!

Photo of Paramecium
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.