Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPA | Stone Brewing

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

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 790 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best coffee beers I have had, well integrated. Would like more IPA bitterness, still nicely done for what it is. A lighter coloured beer, with a lasting head. Coffee aroma surpasses the hop aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, roasted coffee beans, brewed coffee, and some slight citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with coffee and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite surprising in terms of how well the coffee and citrus-forward hop aromas and flavors compliment each other.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Talking about hops and coffee residing in the same bottle is a lot like cats and dogs living together. Its unnatural, yet sometimes it works. But not so fast... there's a lot of contemplating to be done here...

With very little of a coffee-infused demeanor to the beer's appearance, the IPA pours like many of its style- medium amber and amply carbonated. Its somewhat slim structured head and short longevity suggests that the coffee oils are impeding the head character that I expect in highly hoppy ales.

With one whiff, the beer is all coffee. With the next, its all hops. This alternating effect shows a schizophrenic character about the beer that's surprisingly separated although the scents mingle quite a lot. Both are supported by the most supple support of caramel and grain. With no real fruit (outside of citrusy hops) and no spice (outside of coffee additions), the beer becomes all about the hops and coffee beans.

Each sip alternates between the expected IPA tones of grapefruit, orange peels and pine resins and the inquisitive hazelnut, chicory and earthen robustness of coffee. Although they are both frayed together loosely, they don't seem to get into each other's way even though the taste is Dr. Jekyll in one sip and Mr. Hyde the next. They battle each other 'til the bitter end with the dry caramel malt underpinnings that keep the flavors rooted in a Pale Ale base.

Quite light on the palate, the beer certainly isn't an imperial version at all- in keeping with drinkability and somewhat refreshment; the ale's textures don't get wrapped up in all the battle-rapping that's going on in taste. Instead the beer is dry, fresh, and crisp on all fronts.

It's an ale like no other- if you look for an IPA, then that's all you'll taste. But if you look for a coffee beer, then that does likewise and with the same confidence. It's less of "what's great" but more about "what's possible" in beer taste and palate profiling. Its the most inquisitive beer I've had in a long, long while

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4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Congrats to local brewers Aleman for winning Iron Brew, and brewing this beer!

All coffee and even some slight chocolate in the aroma. Amber orange body, bright clarity, layer of creamy foam on the surface that has a parchment hue to it. Flavors are big on coffee, the IPA seems like more of a coffee delivery vehicle. Soft and bitter with some pale malt sweetness buried in there, some light citrus peel accents. Firmly bitter aftertaste, seamlessly blended and very smooth across the palate. Overall a winner, a creative beer that makes me excited to see what Aleman brews next.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a two finger head; decent retention and a scattering of dots are left behind

Smell: Really juicy and citrusy with a distinct mocha tone - very different and enticing

Taste: A bit of cracker malt buttresses the citrusy hops but the coffee arrives in the middle and blends remarkably well; the finish is balanced between all three elements

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Having been disappointed in Mikkeller's Koffee IPA, I wasn't sure what to expect but this beer blew me away; the balance is incredible and all of the flavors come together in complementary fashion

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with TopsecretWaffle. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/1/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big roasted coffee, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, light pine, caramel, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with coffee; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, roasted coffee, caramel, pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine and coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, roasted coffee, floral, caramel, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of coffee and hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent coffee IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of coffee and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear slightly reddish copper in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation as well as some orange +amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and caramel malts underneath some moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/mango hops. There are also moderate to strong aromas of freshly brewed espresso.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready and caramel malts that have just the lightest hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of freshly brewed espresso which brings the coffee flavors and the espresso bitterness. Moderate notes of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/mango hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: The coffee is really well integrated into both the smell and taste of this beer- the coffee flavors are not sweet and contribute wonderful elements of bitterness. Really enjoyable and easy to drink - especially for a coffee lover. Definitely one I will get again.

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3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm, interesting idea. I was not sure how well coffee and intense hops would mix, and after trying this mix I'm still not sure. As expected given the involvement of Stone, there was no reduction in the strong hop aromatics and flavor, and I had the distinct impression that the IPA 'base' was excellent. I had two reservations about the coffee contribution, however. First, the coffee component smelled, and to a lesser extent, tasted too much like used coffee grinds, despite the use of "fresh roasted coffee". Second, and perhaps due to the particular hop and bean mix, the coffee did not blend with the other flavors or aromas as well as it does in many porters and stouts.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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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