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

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765 Ratings

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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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Photo of vande
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

vande, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of coz
4.75/5  rDev +12%

coz, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Fresh
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Fresh, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of cclark67789
5/5  rDev +17.9%

cclark67789, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Kendo
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip-snifter-type glass. Body is orangey-amber with a smallish white head. Leaves some decent lacing behind.

S: Coffee - like day-old coffee - with a hint of juicy hops. But mostly coffee. It's odd given that most coffee beers are dark.

T: Coffee and juicy, citrusy hops. The coffee predominates, but at the finish there's a wash of juicy, citrusy hops, and it finishes with that hoppy, fruity bitterness. The combination works a lot better than I thought it would, to be honest.

M: Medium in heft, creamy feel.

O: Very good, though different and unique. Not sure I'd want to have a lot of these, but one is good.

Kendo, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Tomhet
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Tomhet, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Pours a dark burnt orange color with a creamy one finger tan head.

S: An insane blend of citrusy hops and dark roasted coffee. Chocolate, tangerine rind and grapefruit in here.

T: Opens with a big hit of dark roasted coffee and some dark citrus flavors. Chocolate covered oranges, hazelnut and some pine here as well. Finish is silky smooth with a lingering coffee bitterness. Somehow, they pulled this off. It's awesome.

notchucknorris, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of BBrewington
4.75/5  rDev +12%

BBrewington, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BAsbill, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
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
Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

nickfl, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%

I find it hard to review this as an IPA. As a coffee infused IPA sure.

Pours a deep orange with a very nice, two inch head. Solid lace follows the beer down the glass.

All I smell is roasted coffee, even as it warms. This might be the one minus to brewing an IPA with coffee, no caramel or chocolate malts to round out the nose. Smells like some amazing roasted coffee though, no Folgers.

The taste starts with some top notch, fresh roasted java. I taste a nice bit of bitter citrus (cumquat), and a touch of malt near the finish. Very light going down with a touch too much in the carbonation department.

Overall, a very nice example of what hops + coffee can do. Very worth at least a try. I don't think I enjoy this as much as coffee stouts or porters.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +8%

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.

vfgccp, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of chanokokoro
2.41/5  rDev -43.2%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone branded pairing glass (short stemmed goblet)

Pours a light amber with golden and orange highlights capped by a one finger slightly off-white head. Decent retention, a bit of lacing here and there. Roasted coffee clashes with grapefruit and pineapple on the nose. The nose is completely unappealing. Unfortunately, the taste follows suit. Fairly strong roasted coffee clashes with pineapple, tangerine, and subtely bitter grapefruit rind. Lighter side of medium body, slick with some silkiness. I'm not sure what the breweries that collaborated on this brew were trying to accomplish, however this brew is nothing short of disjointed mess. For anyone wondering what the result of pouring cold, stale coffee into a citra-centered IPA would taste like, Dayman provides the answer. This brew is a perfect example of the overuse of coffee by American craft brewers that is now reaching ridiculous levels.

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

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

tstigz, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of timc100
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%

A: Pours a bright blood orange - darker than the average IPA. Great foamy white head - fantastic creamy lacing and retention.

S: Cold coffee dominates the citrus/pine hops. Not a very roasted or robust coffee aroma, but still overwhelms. Needs more hops.

T: Who put coffee in my IPA? The coffee is not very rich, but stale and has a dampening affect on the juiciness of the ale.

P: A bit under-carbonated. Medium body.

O: Not a fan, glad I tried it though. The coffee added nothing, only took away from what was probably a great base juicy IPA.

timc100, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of dailyminefield
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

dailyminefield, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of imperiallibations
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

imperiallibations, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Nrhurd
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Nrhurd, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of DerekDudley
3.86/5  rDev -9%

Grabbed a bottle on Good Friday '13 and cracked it right open. Poured into a 12oz snifter for me and a taste into a 6oz snifter for the wife.

A - Great color. Deep, burnt orange. Clear. Very nice. Medium to low head with a moderatly aggressive pour. Virtually no lacing.

S - I get a subdued coffee aroma with some good sweetness. The citrusy, fruity hops fight the gentle coffee. It really is interesting.

T - Starts with hops and the coffee quickly washes it away and lingers. Not very strong coffee though, subtle. Well balanced.

M - Medium, creamy. Low carbonation. Goes down easily.

O - Very unique. I was afraid there would be too much coffee but it blends nicely. Some will like this and some definitely will not. I'm not a huge fan of Two Brothers but I think they did well to get in on this one.

DerekDudley, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of BeastLU
4/5  rDev -5.7%

BeastLU, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of angrybabboon
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%

Consumed 3/29/13

Thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for letting me know this was available at Craft Beer Cellar. Despite buying it absurdly fresh, I sat on it for almost a week because I have grown paranoid of coffee beers screwing up my ability to sleep.

Appearance: Clear, medium amber with an emphasis on copper - some gold around the edges - pours with a very minimal, off-white head - fades to a virtually nonexistent head, but it's pretty easy to drum up some carbonation - leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Tropical citrus and coffee beans - the citra should be quite obvious (and charming) to anyone that has smelled it in the past - coffee is a bit unusual, smells like roasted beans, kind of like chocolate covered espresso beans (without the sweet chocolate) - roasty, dark chocolate, and nuts - tropical orange and grapefruit - very strange, kind of works, but the smells kind of clash

Taste: Perhaps even weirder than the aroma - tropical, floral citrus - sweet tangerines, orange flesh, and ruby red grapefruit - fresh, fruity flavors somewhat meld with the coffee, but also clash - I'm honestly not sure if it's interacting with the bitterness from the hops, but the coffee flavor is oddly acrid and astringent, not unlike biting into a coffee bean, complete with tannins - nutty, almost akin to hazelnuts - some citrus bitterness and piney notes round out the bitterness - simultaneously good and not good

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes a bit oily but otherwise clean

Overall: Excuse me waiter, there's coffee in my IPA

I must admit I am a little disappointed. I love IPAs, I love citra, and I love coffee. I even love combining random leftovers to create snacks that could be considered abominations by some (corn and diced tomatoes covered in hot sauce, mmm). So why don't I love this beer? The flavor profile just doesn't work for me. Something about the combination of fresh citrus and roasty coffee utterly baffles my palate and my brain. I'm honestly surprised that this doesn't have polarized reviews.

angrybabboon, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

smakawhat, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of popery
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a medium to medium-dark amber. Quite clear. Nice beige head. Good lacing and retention. Aroma is heavy on the coffee, nice and fruity. Quite strong. Good dose of tropical fruit flavor from the hops. Some solid caramel in the background. The coffee is probably a bit too strong, and I'd probably like it better if the DIPA notes came through a bit more. However, it's still a very good coffee flavor. It's just that the DIPA flavors are also quite nice and remind me of the very enjoyable Enjoy By. The taste starts off with lots of sweet DIPA flavor, big tropical fruit hops and sweet caramel, but slowly more coffee takes over and the finish is quite strong with fruity coffee bitterness. Seems a bit more caramel malt-heavy than Enjoy By and most of Stone's other DIPAs. Not much hop bitterness but lots of flavor. Pretty normal mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. There's sort of an odd coffee dryness to the feel in the finish. Not bad, just unusual for beer. Very interesting beer. As previously mentioned, I'd prefer if the IPA came through a bit more. I was so impressed by Enjoy By recently that I was hoping that it was a coffee-tinged version of that, and while the DIPA side does taste like a slightly more caramel malt-forward version of that beer, the coffee is quite strong.

popery, Mar 29, 2013
Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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