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Stimulus - Eagle Rock Brewery

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24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Eagle Rock Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Stimulus is a 7% Belgian Amber made with Intelligentsia Coffee. The idea was to make a coffee beer that wasn’t black in color, and did more than just accentuate a “roasty” flavor. The coffees produced by Intelligentsia are so nuanced and flavorful that we wanted to accentuate those flavors and find complementary components we could draw on in the beer.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 08-22-2011)
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Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mudboneINla:
Photo of mudboneINla
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer delivers on the coffee flavor. I'm more accustomed to coffee stouts with higher abv but this is a welcomed change of pace.
Carbonation and mouthfeel is more enjoyable with each sip. Almost like a coffee flavored champagne.
I wish I bought more than one. I could imagine this being a great beer to have for brunch....

mudboneINla, Feb 01, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On Tap

Stone 15th Anniversary Brewers' Reception
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

Clear copper and bronze with a thin off-white head. Spotted and lined lacing down the glass.

Musty aroma of brewed coffee that's been sitting in the pot for too long and is now a touch scorched and stale. Some sweet elements of toffee and caramel improve the aroma some, though the coffee isn't particularly grabbing or enticing.

While the aroma hinted at it, the flavor was poorer than I expected. The coffee seems old, scorched, and watered down. There's a touch of toffee sweetness, though there's also an unpleasant flavor throughout that reminds me of sitting dish water.

Thin to medium mouthfeel. This beer could perhaps use more body and higher carbonation--seems a bit lifeless.

A pale coffee beer that is better on paper than in the glass.

ehammond1, Aug 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

EchoParker, Feb 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

GRG1313, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

LakerLeith, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Kramerwtmf, Apr 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

xdtfx, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours from a bomber clear light amber with a one-inch off-white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves rings, splotches, and spots of lace.

N: Fruity, fresh coffee berries. I'm a sucker for coffee and therefore somewhat biased I admit. Yeasty, floral, biscuity, caramel and toffee malts, very slight roast and some faint citrus.

T: Yeast and coffee up front with an herbal and earthy middle followed by caramel and sweetish toffee. Somewhat grainy and bready with a good balance.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Smooth, grainy and yeasty with a mild fruity coffee finish.

O: Interesting, eclectic and slightly on the edge, but I like it.

wethorseblanket, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Modernrickk, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Chuggernaut00, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of jeff1973
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Marin Brewing pint glass. Bought at Whole Foods Newport Beach CA for $9.99.

A - A dark honey yellow-orange. Off-white head leaves decent lacing.

S - Coffee big time, but also toffee and vanilla. Also a vegetal smell. Very pungent.

T - Lots of iced coffee with cream and vanilla. Not a lot more to this. As it warms, you get a little of a Belgian amber taste in the finish. Enough hops to make sure it finishes dry.

M - Definitely light in body, like a pale ale or IPA, but a nice creamy mouthfeel still. Carbonation is medium and fits the creamy taste.

O - This is a pretty good beer on the verge of being great. I would like to a see a bit of a darker, creamy beer and even more of a Belgian influence would be nicer. Also the price point is a little high on this one.

jeff1973, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Hanzo, Feb 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

EB1, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

notchucknorris, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Handsome amber color like a single malt Scotch. Pure, clean coffee aroma. Modest head with plenty of spritz on the tongue. Tangy and light bodied. Light malty taste. More on the dry side, but with a hint of toffee.

The Belgian flavors are rather subdued. Some drying out toward the finish. Just a slight coffee-tinged bitterness. Different from the usual dark coffee brews, but throughly drinkable. Better than average coffee flavor. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

mactrail, Dec 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Fern13, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a coffee presence that works well with the base beer in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

AApparel, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

alwaysanswerb, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of oggg
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Factory gastropub in Long beach.

Listed as a Belgian amber on the chalkboard. (also listed at 9.3% abv but maybe that was a mistake)

When I first saw the beer, it was a orangish amber hue, so I was expecting some sort of estery, sugary Belgian style beer. I took a sniff and did a double take, as the aroma was vanilla and coffee. Coffee cake. No fruitiness, no florality, no banana, no bubblegum, nothing but coffee. Intriguing, to say the least.

I then proceeded to drink the beer and look at the beer in disbelief. Repeat ad Infinitum. no sign of your typical Belgian style array of flavors. Hops present only enough to keep it dry. The coffee flavor is amazing, but totally dominant. Pretty clean finish. Medium bodied. Alcohol well hidden.

Pretty interesting and unique. Pale but with dominant coffee flavor. Overall I liked it. I think a lot of people will expect some sort of typical Belgian style components and call this beer unbalanced with the coffee. Perhaps it was a brewing mistake, but it definitely tastes good.

oggg, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a dark goldenrod with a lightly fizzy white head. Some lace.

S: Coffee city, light malt character, but the coffee runs the show. Pungent and complex.

T: Coffee dominates again. The beer gets quite spicy almost to the point I think there's cayenne in there although there isn't. Malt and hop flavours are kept to a minimum, a true coffee explosion.

M: Light-bodied, thin at times for me. Weird to get this flavour profile out of a pale beer.

O: A fun beer to drink. Definitely a unique experience. Support a local brewer and try this one out.

Halcyondays, Oct 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Nerdypunk, Dec 12, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
Stimulus from Eagle Rock Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.