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Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPAAleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPA

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

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

Added by Rollzroyce21 on 03-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 789
Photo of Oakenator
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a medium to light brown with a nice head that is at least a finger thick. Head has a creamy characteristic. Good lacing. Aroma is dominated by coffee/espresso notes - fresh - and behind that are spicy, piney hops - excellent. Taste is great coffee from front to back but again layered behind the coffee is a clear hop taste. Medium body. Hope to see this brewed again - awesome.

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Photo of Qwest_35
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a few bomber's of this ale today right off the truck, after it was recommended to me from a Brown Distribution employee. I never thought in a million years that a coffee Ipa would be this damn good!! Wow this beer is blowing me away! Pours a nice amber-clear glow, minimal head and lacing. The aroma of this beer is insane! Like when you walk into a place where you grind your own coffee beans, almost no hop aroma to be had, it's all freshly ground coffee, with a slight vanilla trying to come through. I was very curious about the flavor, it sounds like it would not work, but boy was I wrong! The hops compliment the coffee flavor perfectly, well balanced between bitter and sweet. Overall a win in my book, well done Stone, 2 Bros., and Aleman. I would buy this beer again and again, if was in 6er's, I would always have this in my fridge.

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Photo of Kjanisch7
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Clear orangy brown with a light head. A bit darker than I thought it was going to pour.

S: Smells like I thought it would. Brown sugar with hits of coffee wrapped up in the classic IPA hoppy smell.

T: Unbelievably well done. Tastes like your normal Stone IPA. Super hoppy. As the beer passes, you begin getting the coffee. I did not think this combo would work out well, but damn these guys nailed it. It wasn't that artificial coffee taste that people who don't drink coffee imagine coffee to taste like, but it was legitimate aroma and tast of a solid cup of joe. I got the majority of the taste on the exhale. It was awesome.

M: Fresh fresh fresh and well hopped. Medium carbonation. Alc is covered well.

O: GET THIS. It was amazing. If I could find more bottles (or buy more than 1 per customer) I would buy cases and cases.

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Photo of mverity
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My computer died half way through my previous review, so this one will be abridged. Great coppery amber color. Aroma is fairly floral and hoppy, but I mostly get the coffee, this is a good thing. The taste is wonderful, a bit under hopped, but I love the use of malt, and it couples really well with the coffee. The mouthfeel is a not like a typical IPA, a touch less carbonation. Anywho, this beer is delightfully surprising.

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Photo of capnamerica
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. 

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Photo of BeerBarron
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer. This beer has elements of flavor and smell that I didn't ever imagine would be appropriate for beer. Mixing coffee and the floral hops is the worst idea ever...but it works so well. Get this beer. Enjoy this beer.

Appearance - copper, which is funny considering that i was expecting something much darker. It looks like an IPA.

Smell - iced coffee, black. just the right amount of bitter coffee with the floral hops.

taste - brilliant. try it. Its spiced coffee with elements of bitter and floral mixed in. It's balanced like you can't imagine. It's also new, if thats your thing, and you want to try something that, as this BA can attest to, is unique, drink this beer.

Overall - drink it, buy it, trade for it. It's worth it to enjoy the beautiful balance of this beer. It's worth it if you hate it and want to try something that is unique and conversational.

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured from bomber to pint, with a thumb sized off white head and copper in color. Beer left lacing all the way down the glass too.

S: The smell is pretty subdued mainly coffee with a dash of hops at the end.

T: The taste is right on the mark, great coffee flavor shines through nicely with fairly light hop presence for an IPA.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation

O: A very good beer for any occasion as long as you like coffee.

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Photo of brurevu
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From my tasting notes from a 2 month old bottle: The beer poured a copper brown with minimal tan head with a strong coffee aroma with hints of citrus and floral hops. There was a deep rich coffee flavor on the front end that faded nicely into a citrus and floral hop bitterness that was well blended and balanced. A great surprise of a beer and one they need to bring back in the future. Finally an IPA for breakfast!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Enjoyed this down at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT as part of a Father's Day lunch with our neighbors, was a great time, the ladies drove and the men imbibed.

Look - Pours a hazy caramel brown with a small foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves chunks and rings of lacing. You can't tell there's a coffee element from the appearance in the least bit.

Smell - Smooth malt and resiny/citrus hop overlay with coffee on top. Mouth-watering and super unique. The coffee is like straight coffee, not espresso or anything like that, just regular coffee.

Taste - Rich, malty and coffee with hop blended in to perfection. Subtle but forward.

Mouthfeel - Cream,y medium to heavy-bodied, low carbonation. Bready, malty, and cofee in all the right ways. Exceptional drinkability. Slightly boozy but expected at almost 9%.

Overall - Phenomenal brew, I was blown away by this, exceptional fusion of almost what felt like a light coffee stout and an IPA.

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Photo of Thurgoft
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz into a Duvel tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear bright, bold, orange/amber with a thin off white head that recedes to the sides of the glass leaving a nice bit of lacing. Really beautiful looking beer.

Smell is brewed coffee right up front and its good coffee at that. You can smell it the instant its poured. After a good whiff you get a lot of the dank, tropical citra hops--- and they meld INCREDIBLY well with the coffee! Pineapple, mango, sweet orange, all the flavors you'd expect from a citra heavy IPA and its balanced and tied to the coffee flavor with some very nice caramel malt and maybe just a hint(?) of sweet vanilla. Delicious smelling beer!

Taste again is coffee upfront but not as dominant as it was in the nose. Also up front: some typical Stone bracing hop bitterness which is amplified a bit from the bitterness of the coffee, but it recedes into a sweetness from the malt while retaining great hop flavors. Some caramelly, bready malt in the background which really goes along way to keep it from being TOO hoppy. A little bit of astringency that actually works and a bitter finish that lingers as sort of green flavors on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy, kept light and refreshing by a good dose of carbonation. Bubbles are delicate but prevalent and a very good fit for this beer. Pretty light on the tongue considering the alcohol. Great drinkability.

Overall I was pretty much floored by this beer. When I first heard about it, it struck me as mostly gimmick. I didn't think coffee could do anything but clash with an IPA, but I was completely wrong. Both the coffee and the hops play off each other extremely well so much so that they come together to create something greater than the sum of the parts. I finished an entire bomber of the stuff of the course of an hour and a half and I'm already wishing I had more. Truly an excellent beer and kudos to the teams at Aleman, Stone, and Two Brothers for bringing this beer to market.

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Photo of mjc3151
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had it on-tap at Two Brothers Tap House in Warrenville, IL

I had to drag my dad to try it because he usually hates coffee beers, but I knew it was a limited edition beer so I wanted to try it and I persuaded him to come with. Man, am I glad we tried it! My dad hates coffee beers and he LOVED this beer, and so did I.

They used actual coffee beans and it has coffee in the name, so I was expecting a huge onslaught of coffee and roasted malts. Nope. I mainly detected a hop presence. It tasted like an IPA, but a little different. The coffee beans changed the taste, for the better. It had a very unique taste to it, tough to describe. It was very good. I highly recommend people try this beer.

Warning: This review is coming from a guy who loves IPAs and detests strong coffee flavor in beer. If you love coffee stouts and dislike hops, you may not like this. But still try it because you never know if you will like it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Usual yellow and gold pour, small head on it, less than a quarter inch, and it quickly vanished into thin air. The smells, oh my lord, the smells. Coffee and hops just land an overhand right square on the nose. So much coffee, but the hops are second place, but its a very strong second.

Continues to blast you with hops and coffee on the palate. Ever had MIkkeller's coffee ipa? Well that sucks compared to this. Seriously, one of the best and most unique ipas I've ever had. Citra hops and coffee, together at last. Not all that bitter either.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark burnt orange color. Above average carbonation. Lacing on the edge of the glass is left behind but in more of a random fashion over thick layers.

Smell: Oh wow this is outstanding. A light roasted coffee aroma bursts out of the glass. The coffee aroma is really powerful but there is some hop sweetness on the undertones of this brew. Light honey and some oak seem to come off as well.

Taste: This follows the aroma toe for toe. The light coffee aroma has a little more darkness then I expected but still comes off in a much different way then the coffee in a stout does. The finish has some subtle hops and mixes well with the coffee accents. The flavors here do not hide and combine to make a truly wonderful drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: Very dry feeling left on the palette, more due to coffee presence then hops.

Overall: A wonderful brew. I hope this is an innovator for this style of beer because I could get very used to it. Hats off to Stone/Two Brothers/Aleman

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden pour, almost 1/4" head, offwhite, not much in the lacing and retention department. Aroma was just awesome. Coffee was pungent and brought a smile to my face. Hops came in second place in the aroma category.

Taste, blew me away, the hops jump up into their respective spot while coffee just crushes it. Mouthfeel is phenomenal. Perfect really it blends everything in the right ratios. My all time favorite ipa that Stone makes.

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Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The coffee comes right through the nose and there is a fruitier smell to the bean which balances with the citra hop which comes in as you get to drinking it. I wonder if this is a cold press, and what kind of bean. My guess is it's a fruitier bean and a medium roast of it because it smells like whatever they are using would make an excellent iced coffee. Very enjoyable and served in a goblet if I recall right. One that grows with a little time in the hand. A sort of copper hue in the pour. Very good beer, and looking forward to checking it out again.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

wow. drank this great beer and then read the comments from Kochm Steele, etal. Never even comtemplated that these flavors would go so well together. Great solid underlying hoppy IPA with a creamy mouthfeel that has just the right amount of coffee bitterness on the finish with a hint of cocoa as well. Talk about a complex mixture that just deifies description. Must say have not been blown away by a beer in awhile and this really rocked my palate. Kudos to these boys for producing this brew.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before eventually residing at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and plentiful surface foam. Resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass leaving thick streaks behind.

S- Bright, citrusy, fresh hops with some sweet coffee in the back. Wow, that actually works well together.

T- I can barely explain it. The coffee pretty much dominates over the hops but there's enough citrusy hop flavor to complement the fresh coffee taste that surges out and balances just perfectly. Like nothing I've ever had before. So tasty, so unique. Not necessarily complex since what you have is a hop-tinged coffee beer but it's in a class all its own.

M- A bit dry with medium carbonation and a standard body.

O- It's not often that I'm straight up dumbfounded by a beer being so original and awesome at the same time. Dayman accomplishes just that. Bravo Stone (and Two Brothers and Aleman). You've conjoined two styles that I didn't think were compatible.

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Photo of carrionricardo
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is much better than it sounds,and that comes from a non coffee drinker.smell was a Lil alarming but taste was so well balanced its scary.very refreshing yet comforting. Never had a coffee ipa so maybe bias when I say the best I had but definitely worth a try. Had both on tap bottle.I truly hope stone produces more of this absolutely shockingly delicious.

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Photo of brewtus
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I scored a bottle of this once brewed ale. Had mikkellers coffee ipa about a year ago so I had high expectations

A- poured orange, slightly hazy, single finger head.
S- lots of brewed coffee smell (opposed to roasted coffee), sweet hops, almost tastes like a coffee with some sugar and cream in it, only earthier and more floral
T/M- starts with tons of brewed coffee, that leads into a creamy, Carmel flavor. Finishes with some earthy hop profile, piney west coast style hops, some tropical fruit.... But still tons of coffee. Texture feels creamy and enjoyable.
O- The flavor of the coffee is much smoother than I would have expected, not bitter at all which is weird because hops and coffee tend to be bittering ingredients. The hops give the beans a sweet compliment that isn't usually present in coffee stouts, and it's extremely drinkable. Now if you don't like coffee, you'll hate it. Much better than mikkellers. I love unique brews and this combines two of my favorite things in life and for that, I thank you Stone!

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a fantôme tulip. Classy.

A: medium orangey brown color. Nice cream color head that develops a hummocky look after a minute or two. Seems a bit darker than most IPAs. no haze. All around a pretty great looking beer.

S: roasted coffee smell upfront. Minimal hop aroma coming through, but it's present.

T: coffee and hops. At first I didn't know how well the coffee would blend with the resin and citrus, but they work together extremely well. Flavors are a bit disjunct, coffee upfront with a hoppy finish... I'm a fan.

M: light to medium bodied. Warms the throat on its way down but refreshing simultaneously. Nothing really standing out in the mouthfeel department, but it's solid.

O: I would drink this for breakfast if I had the stomach. A great in your face brew that doesn't hold much back. Absolutely worth picking up if your a fan of IPAs and are looking for something with a twist.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: High clarity with little head and no legs. Pours like an IPA surprisingly
T: Strong hops at the front with a good deal of finishing hops; traditional Stone IPA. the unique aspect is at the end with a bitter coffee left on the tongue. Nothing crazy on the taste outside of the good traditional with a coffee kick.
M: medium mouthfeel and medium-heavy carbonation.
O: One of the best hybrids I have ever enjoyed. Keeps IPA at the front but finishes with a bitter coffee back. Another remarkable creation from Stone

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Photo of melliott
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a fast-fading head that lingered on the edge of the glass long after I'd emptied it.

S - oh the coffee smell is there, but there's some hops in there too.

T - The high point is the balance of coffee and hops. Both IPAs and coffee-flavored beers usually go full-tilt on flavor, but the reason this one excels is because of the way they play together. Hops, Coffee, and back to hops.

M - clean, warm

O - balanced bold flavors.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Ridel stemmed beer glass vigorously producing almost 3 fingers of a dark tan head after 2 minutes its still at about a half finger.

A- First thing I noticed was the color of this IPA, right away I was visually reminded of the coffee because the color of this beer is a unique clear light red brown and the head now at 5 minutes after pouring is still a very thick dark tan lacing.

S- Being a coffee fan I love this nose, its got a great nose full of resinous hop oils right beside fresh roasted beans, something sweet that I can't quite put my finger on(perhaps the malt) whatever it is it really ties the whole nose together

T- Wonderful IPA, hoppy tropical notes sitting on the shoulder of the fresh roasted coffee bean aroma. Amazing how this could be such a harmonious combination. Instead of this beer being a one off IPA with coffee added its morphed into something different, something great. The hops come up first and fill your mouth with familiar flavors, then a medium bodied coffee flavor cleans up after the hops then very last is a finish of malt.

M- lighter side of medium, lightly coating but the coffee really thins it out and makes it amazing, carbonation is there but not in the way, fully complementary to this style.

O- A mind opener, just another reminder that unusual flavor combinations can meld to make something amazing. I want another one of these bombers, if I can find one its mine.

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