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

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766 Ratings

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 75
Gots: 39 | 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 HuskyinPDX
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

GarthDanielson, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Brad007, Apr 15, 2013
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.

Alieniloquium, May 12, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

drummermattie02, May 05, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

LiquidAmber, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of ccrida
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Gulden Draak snifter, appearance is clpoear bronze with an olive-tinged off-white head leaving foamy lace.

Smell is roasted beans with some herbal, grassy hops.

Taste is great, really nice low acid coffee, like a pour through. The citrus notes meld in a delicious vanilla like manner. A little graham cracker, decent bitterness. Pure hop flavor creeps out more strongly on the after taste, as well as a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is dry, some creamy carbonation, medium light body.

Drinkability is very high for me. Bold west coast coffee and IPA are by far my favorite drinks, and this melds them gloriously. Loving this, although undeniably, the coffee slowed me down noticably compared to your average DIPA.

ccrida, May 04, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

WoodBrew, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -5.7%

chippo33, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of atrocity
4.75/5  rDev +12%

atrocity, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

vfgccp, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

bsuedekum, May 19, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1st March 2013. I picked this up at Belmont Station today.8.7% ABV? Why?

A surprisingly dark red/amber, this beer is capped with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing . The nose has a lot of coffee, a lot more than I was expecting, with the hop character playing second fiddle. Grassy, fruity Citra hops are clear, with some pineapple. The combination of hops and coffee actually works! The coffee character brings to mind hot, steeped coffee grounds. No malt character is noticeable here.

The palate opens with a blend of coffee and fruity hops. I can't think of a better way of making a coffee IPA, but good lord, it does trigger my gag reflex. Once I suppress it, and if I put my mind to it, I can alternate between the hop character (mango, tropical fruit, citrus) and coffee. Bitterness is mild here, but the coffee does make the sweetness a lot more perceptible. The mid-palate has some malt character - a little more caramel malt than most other Stone IPAs, along with some honey. Alcohol is reasonably well-hidden. While the hop flavors are initially more assertive, the more I drink, the more tastes like someone dumped fruit juice in my cold coffee and then spiked it with vodka. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is decent. Incredibly unique, but not something I'd reach out for again.

DefenCorps, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Duff27, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Axnjxn, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

barnzy78, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Gobzilla, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dayman is a coppery dark orange color somewhere between clear and opaque. On top, a creamy tan head develops that never grows especially high but has excellent retention. A still-creamy heavy head of foam never dies off, and it leaves plenty of leggy and mostly patchy lacing to nearly the bottom. The appearance, at least, is essentially that of an IPA.
The nose, though, brings both coffee and hops equally yet separately to the forefront. It just focuses so much on each, so clearly, and yet so distinctly, as to defy explanation. The hops give off fresh bitterness of light pine, grass, and a bit of a perfume note. The coffee is more fresh grounds than pressed, and without the roastier notes of espresso.
The taste is almost exactly identical. Some of the complexity doesn't come off as precisely as it did in the aroma, but again it's impressively put together, with both coffee and hops being present yet distinct.
Crispness is soft but nips from beginning to finish, and there's a soft creaminess in the feel as well. The body is medium, leaning light, and there's a slight dryness underneath.

Brenden, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

KevinGordon, May 02, 2013
Photo of popery
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of sweemzander
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Another thank you to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- a nice profile of roasted coffee with hints of subtle citrus and pine.

(T)- Its a jump. At the start, some good bright citrus, then finishes with a roasted pine and coffee component. Very interesting.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. I like the play of bitter yet citrus driven IPA meets a roasted coffee ground component.

(O)- Definitely a unique take on the style. The coffee does not overpower the base IPA, but rather compliments it in a supporting role in the beer.

sweemzander, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

pathman, May 18, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle $7.99. My first thought was coffee IPA do not go together whatsoever. I was wrong. Color is amber-orange, good lace, nice looking IPA. The aroma is fantastic coffee beans, so rich and layered on top of a bit of citrus hops that sort of dance in and around the coffee. The flavor is nice, delicious coffee beans, bitter hops, citrus. Mouth feel is sort of creamy, nice. Overall this is a winner and I might need another bottle before its gone. Stone has been putting out some quality stuff for a long time and while I might rarely buy the regular lineup I will always check for the one-offs.

ArrogantB, Apr 11, 2013
Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.