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 QuentinCall
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, well carbonated and the color of the wood floors in my childhood home or burnt bronze or, maybe, the sky over a West Virginian hay field at dusk -- not quite gold or red but with moments of both -- and capped by vibrant foam that settles rather quickly. I've seen other examples of the style [coffee IPA] negatively referred to as smelling like garbage and while I understand the point (the dank, reedy, raw, overpowering greenness of the hop aroma set against the roast and dirty savoriness of the coffee certainly being something that could engender the idea of refuse) its not a stance I can share. There aren't any surprises taste-wise, this is definitively a Citra IPA with coffee added. That said, these two elements are remarkably, aggressively, interconnected. Neither side ends or waits or supports the other, they work in tandem or symbiosis, sharing weakness and, eventually, attaining greatness. Mouthfeel is wet, refreshing and big enough. Definitely a beer you should consider picking up, probably a beer you should drink soon (it can't imagine it staying this wonderfully balanced for long), and hopefully a beer that will be remade for 2014.

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Photo of marqoid
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance - Burnt orange. Nice white head. Great lacing and good retention.

Smell - Grassy hops. Lots of coffee. Vanilla. The coffee blends surprisingly well.

Taste - Coffee is stronger here. The hops are still of the grassy persuasion, but the coffee flavor tempers it. Nice malt. Slight astringency. Bitter finish from the hops, not the coffee.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and just a bit bitter. Medium body.

Overall - I like this combination. The coffee lends the IPA flavors a nice smooth and cream feel.

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Photo of t8dd
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of marshmeli
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of take_it_sleazy
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Cvescalante
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of carrionricardo
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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 FishPondManager
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of bryang002
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of justforrazors
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dwerner
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of JustinMatthew
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of charlzm
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed May 8th, 2013 in a standard pint glass starting at 50 degrees F and warming throughout consumption.

Appearance is on the dark side of a medium yellow-amber. Very clear. Makes a nice two-finger white head that provides some clingy suds during the drink-down.

The aroma is the first hint that this beer is something special: rich, roasted coffee mingles smoothly with citrus hop character. Intriguing...

The flavor starts with some light caramel malt before seguing smoothly into nutty, roasty coffee territory. In a split second, hops cut through with a citric edge and perfectly tolerable bitterness lets the drinker know it's time to swallow. It shouldn't work, but it does.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp with a little creaminess and good carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Overall, I thought going in that this was going to be an utter abomination. I have since learned to temper my expectations. Well, where beer is concerned, anyway.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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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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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of chugalug06
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full straw colored foamy head on top of a amber colored clear liquid. Missing much lacing...

Tons of hazelnut in the nose, but not fabricated hazelnut. Nuts almost overwhelm...

Smooth, bitter, shockingly hazelnut, but not in a frangelic mountain way...It's the most enjoyable experience I've ever had with hazelnut. Lots of caramel, bittering hops, pineapple, evergreen branches, high carbonation.

I'm a bit torn on how to rate this beer, 1/2 of me loved it and 1/2 of me disliked it. I don't care for the hazelnut, but it was melded in with other nice agreeable flavors. The IPA aspect is near flawless, the coffee aspect is nice, but could stand to be bettered.

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Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 790 ratings
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