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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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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- amber color, medium size head

Smell- piney hops, very nice

Taste- mostly piney hops, very slight flavor of coffee

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was very good. I would love to have it again. Hope I can find it again. Probably won't be able to

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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 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 LittleDon
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear light copper, average head retention and great lacing. Caramel and pine aroma, very West Coast IPA, some coffee as it begins to warm. Coffee up front which quickly fades but is present through the finish. White pepper spiciness. Alcohol is noticeable middle to finish. Medium body, leaning toward the sweet side.

Note: I had this on draft at the Stone Brewery a few months earlier. Considerably less alcohol and more coffee in the draft version.

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - looks like a very nice amber. Copper color, nice clarity. 2inches of dense white / off white foam.

S - coffee dominates. Some toasty almost vanilla type smell. Some pepper and just a tinge of hops.

T - there are a lot of nice elements, they just don't go well. Lots of coffee, some very thin citrusy hop notes. Bitter and dry at the end. I like it, but it seems like everything is fighting everything else.

M - typical creamy medium mouthfeel I expect from stone.

O - you have to give a ton of credit for originality, creativity and generally pushing the envelope. There is no question this is a well put together beer. It just feels like they are mashing together puzzles pieces that don't quite fit. Like it, wouldn't turn another down, but wouldn't order/buy it again.

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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 Hopswagger
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Day man coffee IPA

P: Beautifully crystal clear vivacious pale copper body adorned with a dollop of khaki micro bubbles. A garter of sexy lace wraps the top of the glass.

S: Holly cow! Robust fresh roasted coffee beans swimming in a pool of zesty citrus hops.

T/M: Taste delivers the same as the nose with espresso beans and citrus hops. Tannins, whispers of bitter chocolate and toasted toffee. Vivacious carbonation dances no the palate creating a mellow creamy body. Finish is dry with citrus and ground espresso beans lingering long into the night.

O: This is a masterpiece that wows the taste buds and leaves you wanting more. I have had so called coffee IPA's before but this is actually hugely successful. Simple and straight forward flavors that are perfectly married. This is one of my favorite IPA's to date. Hats off to Aleman, Stone and Two Brothers for a champion brew. Cheers!

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Stone tap house in South Park.

A - Dark amber, almost red with a one finger white head. Very dark looking for an IPA, but wasn't really sure what to expect with this type.

S - Lots of coffee right up front, with a little more coffee catching up the rear. A little bit of citrus in there. Very unique aroma.

T - Bitter coffee up front followed by hops and citrus. The coffee bitterness really compliments the overall bitterness of the IPA.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation. Leaves a pretty bitter after taste which isn't a problem for a hop head.

O - Although I'm not a big coffee drinker, this is pretty delicious. Im' sure a coffee drinker is going to go head over heels for this brew.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.41/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)


Stone / Aleman / Two Brothers Dayman IPA: coffee IPA; Smell: strong coffee smell; Taste/Mouthfeel: medium coffee taste, well balanced by hops; decent/pretty

Sample size portion poured into plastic cup.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with two fingers of off-white foam that clings to the glass.

Smell: The first sniff I got bitter roasted coffee and on the second sniff I got bright aromatic citrus. The two vastly different aromas continued to tag in and out throughout the tasting.

Taste: Unlike the aroma, the flavor stayed the same sip after sip. There's roasted coffee grounds, toasted pine, a little nuttiness, and some grapefruit and orange rind. No alcohol on this one. I never got the sense I was drinking a beer that was almost 9%.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, relatively smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, this was a unique beer drinking experience. I must say I've never had anything quite like it. The coffee aromas and flavors actually complimented the citrus characteristics nicely. Sometimes it tasted like you were drinking an iced coffee and other times the fruity hops really shined through. While this was really interesting to try I can't say that I would ever buy this again. I think it was a fun experiment and really it's about the best a coffee flavored IPA is going to taste but it's really not my thing. Still, I've got to give these three breweries credit for brewing such an unusual but drinkable beer. It's definitely worth trying at least once.

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Photo of MCain04
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a HF glass

A: deep red amber body, 1 finer white head, good lacing

S: Coffee is there but not very strong. Hops are likewise present, grassy and dry, but not strong

T: hops and strong malt presence at first, with a coffee finish adding a lot of bitterness. bitterness and coffee lingers.

M: medium to full body. moderate carbonation. very dry finish.

O: I'm not sure I like coffee and hops together. the ale isn't poorly done but I'm just not the biggest fan. well crafted for what it is though.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful amber golden color. Rich off-white head. Not much visible carbonation to speak of.
Wow smells impressive, in fact exactly like I could hope based on what this beer claims to be. I smell a chocolaty coffee and fresh piney, juicy hops.
Taste follows the smell well enough. The hops poke through like they do typically for this style. As for what the hops are poking through, there is caramel, sweet malts, and the coffee is there, roasted and dry in the finish, but not overly so. A general impression of hopped-up nutty butterscotch is left with me here. Slight bitter burning in the aftertaste. Medium thick feel, moderate to lesser carbonation, somewhat sticky. Not a combination i would desire combined (coffee and an IPA), yet i can't imagine such a concept being executed any better than Stone and company has with this collaborative effort.

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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 Sarlacc83
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle from Belmont Station. Consumed April 18th, reviewed from notes.

A: Copper color with a thick 1/2" brownish-white head. Clean body with drifting carbonation.

N: Both coffee and hops drift up to the nose. Plenty of roast and there's a hint of chocolate. Pineapple and spruce. Malt is running around in the background.

T: Very roasty with those hints of dark chocolate bitterness. Tropical citrus sweetness. It's balanced with some minerality.

M: Chalky, resinouse, with a medium body. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Different and tasty when you get used to it. I have to applaud the creativity and the balanced, but I'm not sure I'd want to have this again, either.

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Photo of chanokokoro
2.43/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone branded pairing glass (short stemmed goblet)

Pours a light amber with golden and orange highlights capped by a one finger slightly off-white head. Decent retention, a bit of lacing here and there. Roasted coffee clashes with grapefruit and pineapple on the nose. The nose is completely unappealing. Unfortunately, the taste follows suit. Fairly strong roasted coffee clashes with pineapple, tangerine, and subtely bitter grapefruit rind. Lighter side of medium body, slick with some silkiness. I'm not sure what the breweries that collaborated on this brew were trying to accomplish, however this brew is nothing short of disjointed mess. For anyone wondering what the result of pouring cold, stale coffee into a citra-centered IPA would taste like, Dayman provides the answer. This brew is a perfect example of the overuse of coffee by American craft brewers that is now reaching ridiculous levels.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a crystal clear deep orangey amber with hints of mahogany. 2 fingers worth of off-white to light tan foam quickly dissipate but leave a thick ring around the rim. So thick it looks like the head hasn't dissipated at all.

S - bright and vibrant nose. Very intense notes of dusty coffee grinds and oily espresso beans mixed with pleasant pithy and rindy citrus. Hints of pine and toast in the backround.

T - toasty malts and flaky coffee grinds up front. Slighty sweet notes of caramel give the coffee a 'starbucks' syrup kick. Hoppy citrus character swells mid palate with notes of bitter orange peel, grapefruit rind and pine needles. Finish is long with lingering coffee and pine flavors.

M - lighter side of medium bodied. Medium carb.

O - amazing beer. Truly one of a kind. Want to have again!

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Photo of QuentinCall
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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 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 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 tut2528
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: whoaaa.... pour is a highly transparent rust color (not exactly what I was expecting for a brewed made with coffee). created about 1 fingers worth of head that was slightly off-white in color. moderate carbonation

S: huge coffee grounds and hops blast the nose! and it's in great balance too. i'm also picking up strong hazelnut. this is quite a unique brew

T: much more subtle than the nose. again, coffee grounds and hops blend together in a unique fashion that's quite nice. hazelnut presence is still there also with a touch of caramel sweetness and the finish is slightly bitter from the hops, yet creamy at the same time.

M: solid medium bodied brew, not as carbonated as it should be in my opinion. leaves a slight hop bitterness on the palate and an ever so slight coffee presence

O: A+ for uniqueness as this is nothing like I have ever tasted. I had my doubts about the "Coffee IPA", but I must say that this is rather enjoyable.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Review is from notes.

Slight chill haze through a deep amber-colored body. Good clarity otherwise though, with active carbonation supporting a peach-colored foam on top that has a soft texture and good retention. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong but not overbearing. Predominantly fresh coffee beans, but also shows of some interesting citrus notes. The coffee and the hops play nice and intermingle without really competing, however its clearly leaning towards the coffee.

Bitterness is a bit stronger than I expected but knowing this is Stone, I should have figured it would be real bitter. Smooth full body. Excellent carbonation that plays the hops well. Green coffee flavors are up front on the palette but quickly allow the hops to take the stage with a bright fruit character in the mid-palette and finish. In my opinion, the coffee clouds the hop flavor (Citra hops) but doesn't overpower them completely.

It's a strong beer. It's unique. It is paving the way for better beers. I am glad I tried this, but I will not buy again because it was not worth the money. It just isn't offering anything that great. I am somewhat let down, since there was a lot to expect from this, but no worries because I know Stone doesn't give a shit.

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Photo of army01
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the bomber bottle into a Samuel Adams glass...

Pours copper in color with an off white head.

The floral scent from the hops is nice to the nose, followed by a dose of coffee.

Taste is much like the nose - a nice IPA bitter in the beginning, with a coffee aftertaste. A very interesting concept.

The stickiness of the hops is present in the mouth, but the coffee tends to wash the sticky down.

Overall, a great beer. I'd be interested to try more variations of the Coffee IPA if I can get my hands on them.

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Photo of Braseltonage
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bottle, poured into a Blvd Smokestack tulip.

A - Deep golden, border lining on copper. Bright and clear. White head quickly dissipates, but nice lacing lingers.
S - Very nice and rich coffee aromas upfront, certainly doesn't fall in line with the appearance. Some sweetness creeps in, faint tropical fruits. IPA-ness shows up a bit more as it warms.
T - Coffee dominates the initial sip, sweetened, almost caramel, hazelnut. Hops make their prescience known, but not overwhelmingly so. Sort of a resinous feel, tangerine, subtle pine. Intriguing.
M - Appropriate. A little sticky, but not too much. Smooth carbonation.
O - Interesting blend of flavors. They don't seem to be totally at ease together, but it is a nice departure from the typical IPA experience.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber courtesy of Gabor the Penn Station Beer man into a tulip.

A: Rich copper with a fair amount of clarity and a scuddy eggshell head. Nice coloring, but maybe the pour was not robust enough.

S: Fresh coffee dominates the nose. Much more that I would have anticipated. Citric hopping in the back. Rich and enticing, and unusual.

T: Creamy and flavorful, the nose is a good proxy for the taste. Coffee mixes with a bit of ashtray and settles into an astringent hop bitterness. Refreshing and somewhat more bitter than I would have imagined, although I really didn't know what to expect. Enjoying this.

M: Medium bodied with a bit of cream feel in the fore. Astringent and drying at the back end.

A: Solid, worthy collaboration. Get ye some.

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