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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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Photo of Heretic42
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber to pint glass. Bottled March 01, 2013

A - Dark amber, clear. Nice lacing and a white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S - Cold coffee grounds, but in a good way. These aren't day old Folger's grounds for sure. A faint sweetness, but nothing really in the way of normal IPA scents.

T - Coffee upfront followed by delicious hops. The bitterness of the hops and coffee play off each other and then you get a bit of the tropical fruits from the hops as well. This is pretty tasty.

M - Relatively thick for an IPA with nice carbonation. Definitely enjoyable.

O - I really like this blend and only wish I could have it more fresh. A couple months in, it's more coffee beer than IPA, so beware of that if you're looking for something hop-heavy.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber with good head retention

S - Very coffee forward. Dark roast. Hardly any IPA characteristics on the nose

T - Follows the smell. Not picking up a lot of IPA in this one. Again, mostly dark roast coffee biterness.

M - Dry finish. Decent carbonation.

O- Not the best Stone collaboration, but worthy of trying. I get all dark roast coffee out of this one. Would be good for an after dinner drink.

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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 ccrida
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Gulden Draak snifter, appearance is clpoear bronze with an olive-tinged off-white head leaving foamy lace.

Smell is roasted beans with some herbal, grassy hops.

Taste is great, really nice low acid coffee, like a pour through. The citrus notes meld in a delicious vanilla like manner. A little graham cracker, decent bitterness. Pure hop flavor creeps out more strongly on the after taste, as well as a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is dry, some creamy carbonation, medium light body.

Drinkability is very high for me. Bold west coast coffee and IPA are by far my favorite drinks, and this melds them gloriously. Loving this, although undeniably, the coffee slowed me down noticably compared to your average DIPA.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear amber with a white half-finger head. Decent lacing.

S: Grainy hops. Coffee. A nice blend of the two.

T: Wow. Love this mix of light coffee and grassy hops. Coffee isn't overpowering as in some coffee flavored beers. Hops are smooth and not biting. A great blend.

M: Medium with smooth and creamy carbonation.

O: Highly recommended. Different, in a very good way.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A medium amber colored body with some highlights of gold and tan. Mostly transparent with a sticky off-white head.

S- Lots of roasted coffee grounds come through first, then there is a wave of juicy, tropical hop aroma. Lot really muddled either, both aromas come through nicely.

T- Really interesting combination of flavors here, but I expected that going in. Again, the coffee and the juicy hops both come through in a big way. Tons of roasty coffee grounds bouncing off of the juicy, hoppy flavors. I get a tiny bit more coffee than IIPA flavors, but the combination is seamless. Tasty, roasty after taste.

M- Medium carbonation, full flavor, very crisp and smooth like most Stone beers.

O- For such an unexpected combination, this one is done incredibly well. Great flavors come through and provide a great experience.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Coffee, biscuitty malt & grapefruit, plus pine

T: Coffee grinds, pine, grapefruit up front. Woody hops, dryness & more coffee as this warms, much grapefruit as well as this warms. Dry with much coffee & grapefruit in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, dry, subtle carbonation, good balance

Coffee IPA doesn't make me think"match made in heaven". This has a good flavor profile, but give me a coffee stout or a hop bomb, mixing them together doesn't float my boat all the way to the promised land. This is about as good as a coffee IPA is gonna get, no need to plow this field again:P

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a dark copper with a 2 finger light beige head. Big bubbly wall of lacing with random bubbles on the glass.

S- caramel, toffee, coffee, toast, pine.

T- toffee, toasted malts, coffee, faint citrus, and pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy with a light dryness.

O- I didn't have much expectations going in, but I have to admit this is a pretty tasty beer. Coffee is very smooth, not overly bitter or ashy, and works well with the toasted malts and pine.

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Photo of LtColFrankSlade
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Served out of a bottle in my dogfish ipa glass

This is an amazing blend of a delicious IPA and coffee. I was extremely skeptical, but since it was Stone I gave it a chance. It is so unique you will not be disappointed. It has an amazing aroma. Overall, it taste like amazingness

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Photo of tdm168
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one

A - amber with a thin, off white head

S - coffee beans, citrusy hop aroma

T - coffee, citrus, woody, earthy

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This was really intriguing. I admit I had my doubts going in. I was really impressed. The coffee beans surprisingly work well with the citrusy hop character. The beer is coffee heavy but has all of the true-to-style IPA hop notes. This is definitely a beer I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly golden amberish color with 2+ fingers of frothy caramel head. Fantastic retention, very nice lacing.

S - Lots light medium roast coffee (not super rich/ sweet) aromas, skunky hops, and some juicy grapefruit/orange aromas. Coffee is well represented.

T - Delicious sweet citrusy hops with a smokey, mild-but-present coffee flavor.

M - Body is very similar to that of ruination, pretty light, very refreshing, and a decent amount of carbonation.

O - The coffee is most impactful in the aroma, but still present within the citrusy tastes as well. Very unique, quite good.

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Photo of dar482
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The color is a orange slightly hazy color. Looks like a double IPA.

The aroma is wonderful. Big juicy orange and grapefruit. Huge hop character, but then with a watered down coffee aroma. Not a huge punch of deep rich dark espresso like stouts, a more gentle smell.

The flavor has this complex mix of the IPA and coffee. The coffee really doesn't hit like the aroma does. Reminds me of Ruination. There's lingering coffee that plays around with this dank hop bitterness IPA flavor. There's juicy orange, grapefruit, and peach.

This is my first coffee IPA. I don't really know how it would be done differently. I do wish that the aroma matched the flavor a bit more. It's a strange beer. Somewhat worth a try if you like coffee and IPAs.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, copper coloring with a thin, low profile, off-white head that clings to the glass and coats the surface of the brew. Aromas of resiny and citrus hops abound, with an undercutting backbone of roasted, bitter coffee. Without the coffee characteristics, this beer would be a floral hop bomb...with the coffee, this smells like one of the more interesting brews I've been exposed to in quite some time. There is a heaviness to the dry and hoppy dynamics on the nose. Flavors of used coffee grounds first and foremost, and the bitter, roasty coffee characteristics hang over the palate throughout your drinking. It's like an IPA with a Starbucks shroud over it. The caramel backbone and citrusy hops do shine through in spurts, which help to make this a light and heavy beer all at the same time. Grapefruit and resiny bitterness uplift the heavy roast of the coffee character, all the way into a roasty and bitter aftertaste, with the coffee profiles outlasting anything else, leaving a linger more typical of a Stout or Porter. Clean, dry finish with the aforementioned long linger. This is a really good beer, both dynamic and intriguing. Well done!

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Photo of n2185
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear honey orange with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: A heavy hit of rich, robust coffee at first. When it fades, grapefruit and pine citrus aromas come through from the hops. It's a bit unusual at first, but becomes a really pleasant mix of aromas.

T: The hops kick in first here with earthy pine and citrus rind flavors. Robust, roasted coffee flavors come through next, blending well with the bitterness from the hops. The finish is lightly bitter with just a little sweet citrus flavor.

M: Medium body and carbonation that accentuates the hops and coffee well, this beer is neither watery nor oily.

O: A surprisingly good beer. It's an unusual combination, but the flavors blend well to produce a unique and tasty IPA.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Red-amber in color. Good clarity. One inch of eggshell-white head settles after a short time. Thin scraggly rings of lacing and a few scattered spots are all that remain in its wake.

S: Tangerine, orange marmalade, lemon peel, hop oils. Fresh coffee beans. Biscuity malt is hard to pick out beneath all the hops and coffee. The coffee and the hops vie for attention rather than melding together. They remain two distinct entities, and only one or the other comes through at a time.

T: Oily and citrusy up front. Tangerine, lemon peel, marmalade, slight herb. Pine resin, ganja. Unlike the nose, the fresh coffee tastes do mingle with the hops. Eventually they blanket the citrusy hop tastes and take center stage. Pineapple and tropical ester. As in the nose, the malt base is very hard to pick out beneath the dominance of hop and coffee. Perhaps just a bit of biscuit and toast. Joint finish of coffee and hop as freshly roasted coffee beans and citrus and hemp seed ride it out into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy. Crisp carbonation. Oily.Warming alcohol. Good.

O: Dayman comes across as a bit too gimmicky for me. It's not a bad beer by any means, but it's frustrating to drink. There's a top-notch IPA in my glass, but the coffee is distracting me and preventing me from enjoying it. The IPA by itself would be delicious, and the coffee would be a fine addition to any beer with a darker malt bill. Together they just feel forced. Square peg in a round hole. Craft beer is all about experimentation and innovation, but let's not jump the shark just yet.

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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of Sludgeman
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/1/13. Purchased for $7.99. Poured into a chalice.

A different IPA. Unique, but not mind blowing. The citra hops are very evident. Lasting coffee in the finish. Coffee really exerts itself as the beer warms.

A - Pours a cloudy light honey color with a rocky half-finger head. NIce lacing.

S - Floral hops, slight sweetness, pine/resin beneath the floral.

T - Starts like a super fresh floral IPA, finishes with lots of coffee. Some roasted maltiness.

MF - Finishes with a sharpness and moderate bitterness. A coffee-like finish.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rusty cognac coloring the head was light and fleeting.

The scent is quite strong, almost an odor. Very earthy scents with a kitty litter, wet dog aroma. This sounds disgusting but it melds pleasantly with a coffee scent. Amongst the most aromatic of beers.

The taste is nuanced and diverse with rich meaty tones, leather, earth, leaves and coffee. Roasted malt and burnt or char is found but distant near the roof of the mouth. This is a very interesting beer with so many elements/diversities that it has to rank high.

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Photo of arizcards
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Managed to score a bomber from the Glendale BevMo yesterday for $6.29. Bottled on 3-1-13.

Beer poured a brownish orange with an OK head on the initial pour.

Nose is fresh ground coffee and citrus hops.

Taste is fresh coffee, citrus, and tropical fruits melded quite well together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated for a big beer.

Overall this is a bold innovative beer taking two things i never think would have worked but it does. A well crafted brew for sure. Give it a try if you can find a bottle.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright, clear copper color with one finger of dirty white head. Very little lacing with this one.

Aroma of coffee, vanilla, toffee and just the slightest hint of citrusy hops.

The taste was predominately coffee, orange peel, vanilla, and roasted malts. Finished surprisingly clean.

Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

One of the most interesting IPAs I've tried. Hard to describe, but easier to drink.

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Photo of YieldToNothing
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very very interesting and unique beer. Bomber into a pint glass pours a copper orange with barely any head. Smell is of coffee and dark chocolate. Extremely thick mouthfeel. Tastes of coffee with a little bitter citrus as the endnote. Overall a well done beer, very unique. I just can't get into coffee mixed with an ipa

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Photo of jdhowe
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, but tasted earlier this evening to lead off a session. I was pretty excited to get into this and feeling a certain exigence because with something like a coffee IPA I feel like there's probably no better day to have it than yesterday. It's not like something's going to step up and age well in this brew.

A: Clear, amber color, thin off-white head that dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing

S: coffee! No, really... lots of fresh-roasted coffee. A little bit of hop as expected, but overwhelmingly the coffee gets me here, mostly because I'm not used to coffee in such a light-colored beer. I guess that's really what they've got going for them, but it's a cool thing and the nose does punch you with coffee right up front.

T: Again, lots of coffee. The roast is fresh-tasting and well balanced, and I don't even like coffee. But I like this. A bit of malt and hop in the finish (followed by more coffee), but a great balance overall. That's the strongest thing about this beer, for me -- they achieve a remarkable balance between fresh coffee and IPA that doesn't give up too much ground from either end and really does make this a coffee IPA. A little citrus shows through, but the coffee puts up a strong showing. It feels a little lighter in alcohol than it is (but not by much), but I'm not particularly sure where the misdirection is happening.

M: Nothing exceptional, but nothing offensive. It feels like an IPA. It's got good carbonation and is pretty refreshing to drink.

O: I can't say I'm shocked, but I'm very happy to have had this beer. I have found myself chronically underimpressed by Stone's brews, and this one actually impressed me quite a bit. I was initially a little unsure about my decision to buy 3 bottles of this (one was to be gifted but plans changed), but I am very happy now that I'll be able to revisit this twice more in the coming weeks. I'm much more excited about this than the rest of that 4-pack of Ruination IPA, to be sure.

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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 gillagorilla
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: A pretty nice clear amber that yellows depending on the light source, like if you hold it up to the light. It isn't completely clear, but not very cloudy or hazy. Minimal half a finger head that diminishes to nothing but leaves a decent lacing.

S: There is a very nice melding of hops and coffee, which I would expect from a Stone IPA. Take a regular stone IPA (or even Ruination) and then add a faint whiff of coffee that melds and blends to it, but doesn't hurt the hop scent, merely aids and enhances it. Sometimes you get more of a good high-quality coffee blend that you brewed yourself and know is good, and sometimes you get a more hop forward scent with a lingering coffee scent. It smells like freshly ground coffee, or a just opened barrel of ungrinded beans. This is a new smell for me that is quite unique.

T: This is a surprisingly hoppy IPA with only 42 IBUs, but that isn't surprising coming from Stone's masterful abilities when it comes to hops. It is mainly piney resin notes, that meld well with and balance with the fresh black coffee taste. There is a hint of citrus right in the center before you swallow. The aftertaste is like that of a strong black coffee, but with a hint of hops that is quite nice. As it warms, it seems that the coffee subsides a bit.

M: It has a nice mix of smoothness and crispness, that comes standard with their IPAs. The crispness from the light carbonation stands out but it really aerates and conveys the coffee taste.

O: I think this will be a love or hate it IPA, but it seems the lovers are winning out. A lot of people like hops and coffee, and this combines them masterfully. I am not a big fan of black coffee, but this is still a good IPA at its core. Also, I realize that this is an excellent representative for its style (which is quite new), but I again I am not a big coffee man (tea is more my thing). They have breakfast stouts, and I would say this is a breakfast IPA, you might even skip the coffee or add some to it. Through the bomber it has grown on me more.

p.s. This is definitely my longest review to date. I guess Stone's lengthy bottle writings are wearing off on me when I review them.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into SN ipa glass. Bottled 03/01/13.

A: Pours a honey-amber color with a huge, thick, and oily light tan head that stuck around forever.
S: An interesting blend of coffee grounds and hoppy ipa. Pine, weed, and leafy herbal hops blend well with coffee beans and freshly discarded grounds.
T: Definitely more ipa flavors than coffee. Coffee is much lighter than the nose suggested. It’s also much lighter in hop power than expected. Hops dominate though, with a touch of bitter coffee and sweet malt in the finish. The aftertaste is leafy and bitter with hops.
M: Lighter than I expected but very refreshing and smooth. Medium body, soft even carbonation, refreshing and quenching body.
O: Better than I expected. Coffee and hops work well together and the mouthfeel is great. Definitely recommended if you’re on the fence.

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