Wizards & Gargoyles Hazy Coffee IPA
Stone Brewing

Wizards & Gargoyles Hazy Coffee IPAWizards & Gargoyles Hazy Coffee IPA
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Stone Brewing
California, United States
IPA - American
3.84 | pDev: 9.64%
Oct 05, 2021
Aug 13, 2020
Very Good
Wizards & Gargoyles Hazy Coffee IPAWizards & Gargoyles Hazy Coffee IPA
Notes: Collaboration with Modern Times Beer

It's not just the same hometown that unites Stone Brewing and Modern Times. It's an unceasing drive to create, innovate and challenge convention. (Not to mention the shared obsession with those little green miracles we call hops.) Modern Times / Stone WIzards & Gargoyles IPA is an achievement of collaborative awesomeness between two San Diego craft beer trailblazers. Centennial, Cashmere, Citra, and Azacca hops are joined by two in-development hops, yielding juicy notes of tropical citrus that play beautifully with the robust flavors and aromas of the coffee, supplied by, of course, Modern Times' caffeination masters. The result is a beer as wonderfully unique as its creators.
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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by josanguapo from Spain

De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. Jugando a Fortnite. Con palomitas. Está bien rica, aunque le echo en falta más presencia del café. Desde luego está ahí, pero le da un sabor que si bien es agradable queda un poco raro, no muy natural

Oct 05, 2021
3.25 by leinie13 from Ohio on Sep 18, 2021
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3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by daliandragon from Maryland

Picked this up in Rockville at Rollins Beer and Liquor. Kind of a mix in the nose on top of an electric yellow body. Sweet coffee note and grapefruit hops collide in the nose and taste both but this is labeled an IPA for a reason: the coffee nips at the heels but is mostly outgunned by the citrus and pine. I thought this combo would not work but it is actually better than I thought. Kind of different and I am not sure I would seek it out again but this is a credible effort at a difficult task.

May 19, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by elNopalero from California

Canned in August, enjoyed (unfortunately) in January. Five months old. I’ll try to give this a fair shake. Pours like a modern ipa, slightly hazy.

Nose is all candied citrus notes, and sweetish tropical fruit candy. I don’t get the coffee, on the aroma or sip, but I think that’s due as much to the beers age as anything else.
Honestly, given everything else, this beer held up pretty good.

May 11, 2021
3.89 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Apr 10, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

A- light yellow and orange haze tint. 2 finger foamy frothy head that splashes the inside pint nicely. opaque

S- citra and earthy hops

F- citra dominates with coffee on the faint back end.

M- creamy yet light. nice feel

O- a nice beer and will drink again

Feb 17, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by nicholas2121 from Ohio

Wizards & Gargoyles Hazy Coffee IPA brewed by Stone Brewing, with an ABV of 7.00% This American IPA pours out of a 16oz can into a pint beer glass. This brew has a nice hazy cloudy amber color with a nice white head. This is definitely an unfiltered brew, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness mixed with earthy grains,malts an some coffee notes. So far Wizards & Gargoyles Hazy Coffee IPA is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. The coffee notes stand out more in the taste. Coffee adds to the American IPA. Lots of earthy grains and malts with a honest amount of hop bitterness. The body of Wizards & Gargoyles Hazy Coffee IPA is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this American IPA, it has a super nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.00% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold Hoppy, Coffee, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Wizards & Gargoyles Hazy Coffee IPA, a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity too. Stone Brewing, did a real nice job with this American IPA.

Feb 13, 2021
4.16 by Antyk from Belgium on Feb 06, 2021
3.5 by mpenske from California on Jan 18, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

Poured to a BrewDog snifter glass.

A: Body is opaque yellow to orange, showing a bright coloration. Head is white and presents reasonable retention.
S: Aroma is very fresh and interesting to powerful hops with tons of citric and exotic tones. In the back, a slight profile of coffee.
T: Taste begins with a citric to mango profile that evolves to a powerful hoppy Citra and Mosaic (?) flavours. After the bitterness of the hops, the bitterness of the coffee comes into play with a majestic transition that is one of the most interesting things I've had in a while in beer. Pretty cool. For a beer that I'd believe it'd be kinda weak, this is instead a favorite.
M: Body is medium high. Carbonation is spot on. Alcohol is unnoticed. Bitterness is high and crisp.
O: Coffee Hazy IPA - not something I'd think it'd be interesting but instead it's a very versatile beer. I'll for sure have it again in the future.

Jan 09, 2021
3.8 by Sellen from Connecticut on Jan 06, 2021
4.03 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jan 05, 2021
4 by Gobzilla from California on Dec 19, 2020
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beerthulhu from New Jersey

Canned 07.30.20 Consumed 12.03.20. Coffee IPA.

A: A dirty pineapple pour settles to a dank and juicy orange juice coloring in the vessel. The head builds rapidly on the pour, standing a positive two fingers, cream white in color, and a marshmallow texture. Quick rush of effervesce with long sticky strands of lace bonding to the glass. Love the deep, dank orange juice color.

S: Really fresh mixture of lemon and dry coffee grounds that go surprisingly well together. The coffee accent is perfect, freshly grounded, dry, settling in the background and growing in strength leading to a beautiful lingering finish. There is a touch of fruitiness about, pineapple, wet apricot with some citrusy orange highlights. Ultimately it is the dry ground coffee finish that really comes through here defining the aroma leaving a favorable impression.

T: Nice accents of citrus-orange and coffee. Juicy citrus, dripping wet, against a fresh and dry coffee ground finish mesh perfectly together as with the nose. Some tart lemon and grapefruit pulp, provide nice touches. As with the nose it is the subtle and dry coffee accents that come through the pale crisp grains, where sometimes less is more. Dank oranges and alcohol round out.

M: Light bodied, earthy dry coffee grounds and citrus peel feel on the tongue. Good amount of carbonation, creamy and milky soft body.

O: Overall sometimes less is more, the subtle dry and freshly ground coffee grounds are nicely accented against the pale grains. Always find it fascinating when you get a good wiff of dry coffee from such pale grains, it's wizard sorcery I tell you.

Dec 19, 2020
3.68 by zknight from Korea (South) on Dec 17, 2020
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3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is hazy gold, off white to light tan head with fine to small bubbles, head presents 1+ inches thick and lingers well and laces nicely.

Smell is mix of hops and light sweet coffee, maybe some malt; hops are earthy and woodsy.

Taste is similar coffee/hop/blend that comes out sweeter than expected with less coffee oomph or hop bitterness than anticipated but considering the haze base it works. Malt is light caramel and hint of toffee, coffee is a lighter roast with nutty lead in flavors, hops are earthy, piney forward then lighter citrus rind, some background creaminess comes through with warmth.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, moderate sweetness, lower/moderate bitterness.

Overall a brew that comes through as a sweetened coffee IPA - hops/coffee are subdued by the background malts and sweetness.

Dec 16, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by BucannonXC5 from California

Type: 16-oz. can
Reviewed as: New England IPA
Glass: North Park 16.5-oz. Munique glass
Price: $3.49
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Aug. 12, 2020
Consumed: Aug. 16, 2020
Misc.: Canned on July 30, 2020; Enjoy by Nov. 27, 2020

Was really interested in this one, which was labeled as a hazy coffee IPA. Was not expecting a lot going in, but still wanted to try it. Stone’s website called this, “It's not just the same hometown that unites Stone Brewing and Modern Times. It's an unceasing drive to create, innovate and challenge convention. (Not to mention the shared obsession with those little green miracles we call hops.) Modern Times / Stone Wizards & Gargoyles IPA is an achievement of collaborative awesomeness between two San Diego craft beer trailblazers. Centennial, Cashmere, Citra, and Azacca hops are joined by two in-development hops, yielding juicy notes of tropical citrus that play beautifully with the robust flavors and aromas of the coffee, supplied by, of course, Modern Times' caffeination masters. The result is a beer as wonderfully unique as its creators.”

Poured a light amber hazy color with 5-to-6 fingers of rocky white head. Lots of fast-moving bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. World-class foamy lacing. Perfect retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled coffee, caramel, toffee, espresso, Citra, Azacca, Centennial, lemon, lime, pine, mango and red grapefruit. A little better out of the can. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted roasted coffee, caramel, toffee, espresso, Citra, Centennial, pine, lime, lemon, mango and red grapefruit. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Really liked this. More like a coffee IPA than coffee hazy IPA, but just outstanding. (Overall - 4.00)

4.10 | 92 | A-

Dec 14, 2020
3.84 by rangerred from Tennessee on Dec 06, 2020
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3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by Brew_42 from Massachusetts

L- super pretty beer. Cloudy golden orange with a big fluffy head that leaves HEAVY lacing.

S-Coffee and hops. Not well balanced. They seem to cancel each other out a bit. I can detect both, but neither is center stage.

Taste-Follows the nose. It’s not bad, but a bit of a letdown. I taste coffee and hops but they aren’t balanced well. Kind of clash.

Feel is medium with medium carbonation.

O-letdown from a collar of two awesome breweries.

Nov 28, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

This is one of those beers that I am simply CANurious to try as part of The CANQuest (tm). I am a coffee drinker since my time in Deck Department aboard the U.S.S. Fulton (AS-11), where one of my duties was to keep the coffee mess running during working hours. I have long been a Stone Brewing supporter & I met the Modern Times brewer through my cousin during a visit to CAN Diego. This all seems to have potential.

From the CAN: "Stone + Modern Times Wizards & Gargoyles Hazy Coffee IPA"; "India Pale Ale Brewed w/Coffee"; "A Collaboration Between Stone Brewing & Modern Times Beer".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. This produced a massive two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was more tropical fruit than coffee, although the latter was present, albeit in a muted sense. I beCANe afraid that this might be a dud in terms of its coffee-ness, despite its receiving semi-top billing in the beer's name. I CANtinued by taking my first sip - mouthfeel was medium. Okay. The taste was MUCH more like it with the coffee being more assertive than on the nose while remaining restrained enough for the fruitiness of the hops to be discernible. You might think that this would not be appealing to a Navy coffee drinker, but au CANtraire! I like to blend in flavored coffees with my more robust coffee to create different flavor profiles & this was kind of evocative of something that I may have brewed up at one point. It was tasty, but somehow unfulfilling. I really wanted a higher degree of bitterness out of/from/in it. Finish was semi-dry & satiating, but I still found myself wishing for more bitterness, especially in a coffee-infused beer. YMMV.

Nov 24, 2020
4.07 by Antg8989 from New Jersey on Nov 22, 2020
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3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Picked up a 4 pack of this. Needed a rubber match, previous Stone coffee ipas have been great and not good.

Pours a light amber color and the texture is cloudy. 1/2" white head, decent retention. Aroma is mild coffee and bittering hops. Not really impressed with how the coffee barely peeks out here. So this is more like mocha ipa than dayman ipa.

Taste, yeah, there is a mild coffee contingent here, but there seems to be a woody maltiness to it I didn't see coming. The hops are mild for Stone, almost entirely bittering and not much in the way of aroma and flavor. So in a coffee ipa, if you guessed that a crystal malt woodiness would be the most prominent flavor (not hops or coffee), you win on some real long shot odds. Hard to imagine a coffee ipa that really doesn't taste like coffee or hops, but here it is, they did it. Its a lot more like their meh mocha ipa for sure. If there was any hop that stood out it was Centennial with the bitter woody notes, but the other 4 or 5 just had little to no impact.

Nov 19, 2020
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3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

On draught at Gaslight Social.

Pours a lightly hazy orange gold with almost no head of foam.

Smell is light coffee, some sweet malt, light hop bitterness.

Taste matches the smell. Pretty boring. Not enough coffee, the IPA elements are a mish mash.

Light body. Not much going on here.

Nov 19, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 9-2-20 for $2.99. Canned 8-5-20; best by 12-3-20; consumed 11-18-20. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a hazy golden orange with a very nice white head that has some really good hang time.

Nose is a combination of citrus and coffee with the coffee neutralizing the hops.

Taste is really well done. A nice light pale malt base allows the orange and mango to display while the coffee compliments and does not takeover. Finishes with a decent bitterness and a touch of astringency from the coffee which is a bit of a distraction; 7/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and very refreshing.

Overall a very fun beer to try that was executed in a good way!

Nov 18, 2020
Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mothman from Minnesota

Can. White head. Lace. Haze bright yellow gold.

Interesting blend of coffee and hops. More bitter than a typical hazy. Lemon and grapefruit citrus. Floral and pine.

Nov 13, 2020
3.75 by robebo44 from Virginia on Nov 10, 2020
3.75 by TLA from Pennsylvania on Nov 09, 2020
3.69 by dsshuck from Delaware on Nov 01, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

A hazy orange color with a small white head. A bit of lace.
Mostly citrus aroma. Coffee present, but subtle.
Taste begins and ends with coffee. A lot of grapefruit.
Fairly hoppy.

Nov 01, 2020
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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours hazy yellow-orange with a slightly off white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has a combination of citrus and coffee aromas to start. The citrus has some strong mango with other melons.

Taste: The flavors start off with coffee. There is also a mango element with some citrus and rinds. The coffee tends to dominate the flavor with the citrus coming across in small elements.

Feel: It has a medium full body. It is somewhat sweet with a a coffee bitter finish.

Overall, it is quite smooth with mostly coffee in the finish and some citrus elements being low in the background.

Oct 31, 2020
3.5 by Brushkanna from New Jersey on Oct 30, 2020
4.05 by Jcreek from Illinois on Oct 27, 2020
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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the can, it pours a hazy thick amber with a nice white head that lasts and leaves lacing. In the nose, it is a bit citrus and a bit coffee. In the mouth, it is an intriguing collaboration of coffee and hops, making for an almost appealing brew. The final taste you get is of the coffee in the mouth.

Oct 25, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a nice hazy golden color with a generous head and lacing
Aroma has generous hop and coffee hints
The taste follows the nose with a nice creamy hop and coffee flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A well done IPA

Oct 24, 2020
4.05 by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania on Oct 18, 2020
3.67 by bankboy66 from New Jersey on Oct 17, 2020
3.84 by DaveCash from New York on Oct 17, 2020
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3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

boy how stone has fallen, but i still love modern times, and i had to try this one, glad to have found it on draft, but its really lackluster and only shows promise for what could have been. its over the top hazy, like milk mixed with beer, unappealing looking even though it has a nice creamy almost nitro looking head with great retention, this looks too thick and unrefined to really even be passable. it smells okay, robust coffee in the nose, and like so many stone beers, more hop bitterness than character, a same, but the coffee seems fresh and the ferment actually smells fairly clean despite the look. the flavor really drags for me, some out of nowhere sweetness like confectioners sugar up front, with a light citrus hop note through the rest of it and the coffee, which has dry cocoa, hazelnut, and light smoke notes to it, with an emulsified oil texture pushing through and taking some of the hops with it. its soft feeling, likely wheat based, but starchy and heavy to drink even with decent carbonation. the whole thing just seems really unrefined, like no need for it to be so hazy and dense, and whatever flavor synergies between the coffee and hops that exist are covered up by the lack of overall quality here, which is shockingly sad. im close to done with stone, everything is moving in the wrong direction from these guys over the last few years, more a pr operation than a brewery at times too, just not feeling it. such a missed opportunity for something awesome here...

Oct 15, 2020
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Oct 15, 2020
4.03 by FrankCastle from California on Oct 11, 2020
Wizards & Gargoyles Hazy Coffee IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 102 ratings