Bed Head Imperial Coffee IPA - Monday Night Brewing

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Bed Head Imperial Coffee IPA
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Monday Night Brewing visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: khargro2 on 05-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by MasterfulIdiot:
Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Riedel tulip. The liquid is a dark amber - much darker than an IPA, but much lighter than all other beers with coffee I can think of. So I guess this is exactly what I would guess if you mixed coffee with an IPA. It's not the most appetizing color though, but I suppose that comes down to preference. The pour kicks up a really nice khaki head that lingers for a while and leaves really nice lacing on the glass.

Not really sure what to make of the aroma - I definitely get some sticky, resiny hops, and there's a big time malt profile, but I don't get all that much coffee per se. There's some dark fruit underneath that could be a super fruity African bean if I really think about it. There's also a weird "off" sourness that I'm not sure was intended. There are definitely some good things in the aroma, but they don't really work that well together...

The flavor is also very, very strange. It starts out with some citrusy and resiny hops, but they quickly take a backseat to the coffee, which, like the nose, is very dark and fruity, rather than roasty and bitter. The hops do add some bitterness on the back of the tongue, and I keep feeling confused to have some coffee flavors and some bitterness, but almost no roast character. Still, the dark fruit from the coffee and the citrus fruit from the hops do make some interesting harmonies. Unfortunately, the "off" sour flavor is lurking on the palate as well, bringing the overall experience down a bit.

The mouthfeel is moderately thick, with a decent amount of carbonation. About what I would expect from an imperial IPA, and the coffee doesn't really change it much.

Overall, it's a really interesting beer, and I'm happy it's there, but hopefully they can iron out the kinks and put it out again. The hops and the coffee do go together surprisingly well, but I thought they wouldn't go together at all, so almost anything would have been surprising. The coffee character is my favorite thing about this beer - even if it doesn't go as well as it could with some of the other stuff, they really got the coffee right here, and I am a coffee snob. I will definitely be on the lookout for future coffee beers from Monday Night.

More User Reviews:
Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a very pleasant surprise, and I'd like to see other brewers take a stab at a coffee IPA.

I'm a fan of coffee based stouts, but I was unsure how a coffee profile would mix the piney hoppy citrusy-ness of an IPA. The combination actually works very well. You get the light bitterness of the hops blended with a coffee bitterness, but still with that nutty coffee flavor. It's a very nice balance actually. The mouthfeel was also very light.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: handsome, clear copper-gold. Full off white head that leaves loads of lingering lacing.
Smell: pungent coffee and hops up front, both holding their own. This is truth in advertising....May not be it's on category but it's a bonafide coffee ipa.
Taste: hops take over here. Coffee trying but no match for the hops on their turf. Still, and interesting taste.
Overall: very nice.

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bed head imperial coffee ipa
Monday night brewing
Double ipa
8.4 % ABV
75 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear dark amber. Instantly reminded me of the color of sun tea my mom used to brew on our porch when I was a kid. A big fluffy, frothy kaki colored head with a ton of retention.

AROMA: Was expecting to get a huge hit of coffee but surprisingly I get none at all. Instead I get a nice malty bouquet that breaks open into a resiny pine hop profile. A little bit of dark fruits I'm picking up as well. Not what I was expecting from a coffee ipa but still a very nice nose.

TASTE: This is such a strangely unique beer. Starts off tasting like a proper dipa with a nice west coast flavor profile. Get the grapefruit, and piney hop right away with a nice bit of floral bitterness then when you swallow it's literally tastes like an ice coffee. There is a slight bready malty backbone that kinda introduces that crazy iced coffee finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and medium carbonation. The coffee addition adds a nice dry bitter finish.

OVERALL: Such an interesting beer I really had no idea what to expect. The coffee and hops really do go well together with the earthy and floral flavors that are mixed in. The alcohol is hidden so well. Very easy drinking and for sure recommended for ipa and coffee lovers!

RATING: 4/5 Zombie Heads!

Photo of ThickNStout
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.99. No bottling date but this is a fresh May 2014 release. Served in a Monday Night snifter.

Pours a deep but clear ruby chestnut with two and a half fingers of ecrue head which linger before eventually settling to a thin haze, leaving only a few specks of lace.

A strong whiff of coffee dominates the nose with aromas of earthy floral and slightly piney hops and some soft bready malt mixed in.

Coffee flavors rule the roost here. Followed by floral bitterness, grapefruit peel, earthy pine, caramel, mildly nutty, a roastiness slightly akin to burnt pie crust and a tiny nip of booze. The coffee is the real star but there are a good bit of seemingly English style hops on a solid malt base. Very little perceivable alcohol.

Medium full, almost sticky feel with moderate carbonation. Coffee, floral hops and slight caramel finish.

To me this is a coffee beer first and foremost. There are definately a good bit of hops in here but they are not of the citrus, fruity and piney variety that I prefer in my imperial IPAs. I do enjoy the robust coffee flavor and this is probably my favorite of Monday Night's "hoppy" releases thus far. Try it if you're a fan of coffee but not to get your hop fix.

Photo of bmeGT
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My two favorite things: Coffee and Hops. Delicious!

Photo of Sludgeman
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have you ever brewed tea in pot in which you normally brew coffee? You get a slight coffee taste in the background of the tea. That's what I get here. I really like this beer. Better than Stone’s Dayman. 4.25

A – Pours a clear garnet brown. A double IPA but slightly darkened with coffee. Some good lacing. 4.5

S – Nice alluring hoppy nose with a slightly faint coffee aroma. 4

T - Coffee but not overwhelming. Still a well balanced double IPA with good malt and hop flavors. Hops are predominately herbal in nature. Not too bitter. 4.5

MF - Medium bodied. Dry finish. A little sharp on the palate. 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"That tousled, frizzy hairstyle isn't fooling anyone. You woke up, threw on some clothes, and headed out the door. Your coworkers stare at your bed head and snicker. But you embrace it, grinning smugly as you sip on your morning coffee. Unfortunately we don't make coffee, we make beer. So we turned to our local coffee roaster, Batdorf & Bronson, to roast us up something special. A limited batch of Tanzania peaberry, an earthy, single estate coffee that is the perfect match for a veritable mound of hops. Coffee isn't just for breakfast. And beer isn't just for non-breakfast. Wear that bed head proudly." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA with coffee added. The third entry in Monday Night's Black Tie Series, available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Monday Night Brewing pint glass. Served above 60º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a light tan head of a creamy, foam consistency over a caramel amber body, both head and body are a few shades darker and more robust than the standard Eye Patch Ale. Carbonation is plentiful and moderately assertive. Retention is very good, lacing is moderate and streamed. 4.5

(Smell) Biscuity caramel malt with a slightly spicy malt presence, tied with a moderately bitter spicy and fruity hop profile. Coffee notes are mellow in the aroma, somewhat herbal, mildly earthy, and not too assertively roasted, it falls alongside the other ingredients instead of coming out on top. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) The coffee comes through much clearer in the flavor, moderately roasted, clean, herbal and flavorful beans up front with some herbal, piney hop undertones. Bitterness is mellow, keeping the focus on the coffee character. A soft, clean bread malt base forms a solid enough body for a the coffee and hop profiles to balance out. Finishes dry and slightly grainy. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, mildly oily, chewy. Carbonation creates a smooth frothiness for a subtle, creamy mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is very slightly earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light for a Double IPA, off characters are minimal. 4

(Overall) It's a shame that Monday Night can't take production for a beer like this to a year round status, as the style by itself is fairly unique and could really catch on. My favorite part about this beer include the balance of flavors, the coffee impact being very flavorful and not overly roast, keeping the balance in check, and remaining light on the palate for nice drinkability. Bed Head is a beer by Monday Night worth seeking out. 3.75

Monday Night Brewing's
Bed Head Imperial Coffee India Pale Ale

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - Empire Package Store in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, reddish-amber body with an inch of off-white froth. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: Toasty pale maltiness dunked in roasted coffee chased by the green, resiny hops smelling of oily, moist citrus peels.

Taste: Pale malts, moderately toasted grains and a lightly sweet thin glaze of blonde caramel. Juicy, citric, resinous piney hops with a robust amount of accruing bitterness. You've got a pleasing coffee addition, though, greedy me, I'd hoped for a bit more. Always more, with me (well, at least when it comes to coffee). A little more caramel, but, like the opening, it's pretty subtle. Slight warming alcohol. Bitterish, citrusy, coffee-toned finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some thickness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: Might've preferred a bit more coffee in the final flavor, but, still an enjoyable beer.

Bed Head Imperial Coffee IPA from Monday Night Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.