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

Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPAAleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPA
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a coppery amber with a thin off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of coffee, light sweet malt, citrus hops and coffee. Flavor starts with an odd melding of malt and coffee, but ithen the flavors start to blend together into a very interesting drink that was unexpected and quite pleasant. It seemed like a long shot for combining flavors, but they pulled it off. Nice medium, mildy creamy body. An unlikely experiment that turned out very nicely. I was sceptical because the Evil Twin version of coffee IPA was not a great experience (and I'm a big Evil Twin fan). These guys, however, pulled it off and the world is a better place for it.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of John_M
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bierstein the other day.

The beer pours an orange amber color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is pretty impressive in this one, with the coffee aroma definitely front and center. Otherwise, there is some noticeable dry citrus, light pine and a hint of sweet malt. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with once agan the coffee flavor dominating. Still, the beer is fairly hoppy and bitter on the finish, and there's enough sweet malt in the mid palate to keep the coffee and bitterness in check. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, bitter finish. Alcohol is fairly well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell it's up there a bit.

Pretty interesting beer, though I'm not sure how much I like coffee in my IPA. Not sure this is something I need to revisit any time soon.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours orange with a medium white head, leaves some sticky lace, solid head retention.

S: Upfront coffee with an herbal feel, soothing.

T: Nice blend of coffee and the tropicality and citrus of the base IPA. The two flavours work well together and create a delicious overall flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny, soft carbonation, an easy drinking pint.

O: This was a cool IPA experiment to try and it worked well. The bomber price is good, a little up there for an IPA, but certainly worth a buy at least once.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottled 3/1/2013 poured into a Bell's tulip glass and consumed today 4/9/2013. Much thanks to powz87 for setting me up with this bomber.

Aroma: Really unique. It smells like fresh wet coffee grounds would, but there is quite a bit of sweet honeyed toffee and bread in the nose. It's a decently pungent nose and strangely pleasing. From the first sniff of the nose, I can already tell this is going to be a lot of fun to drink. As it warms up, there is more of the IPA characteristics- the sweet toffee, caramel and breadiness along with some grapefruit. (4)

Colour: A very nice looking beer. Pours a dark amber colour with an absolutely beautiful 2cm white head that takes its time to recede into a superbly thick white collar complemented by a very dense white film on top of the beer. The lacing is very sticky and abundant on the drinking side as I drink this beer. This is an extremely great looking beer for an IPA, I honestly haven't seen much better than this. (4)

Flavour: Like the nose, its very unique. I get a kick of coffee grounds in the front, which I can only describe as a bitter, earthy flavour which could also be from the grain bill. It's like cold pressed coffee. Then there is a very nice sweetness that I ascribe to the IPA aspect- honey, caramel and toffee that dominates the middle, with the black coffee coming back at the end leaving a nice balanced, bitter grapefruit finish that isn't too wet or too dry. I'm a fan of this beer. (4)

Mouthfeel: A nice medium bodied beer that's very well carbonated and refreshing. In fact, that's the one descriptor I'd use as it's a refreshing brew that actually quenches my thirst instead of finishing dry like some bigger IPAs tend to do. The aftertaste is a combination of bitter grapefruit and bitter dark coffee and I'm really digging it. (4)

Overall: You'd think a coffee IPA would be a terrible idea but this Stone/Aleman/Two Brothers collab proves me wrong. And I'm happy about that! This is an incredibly refreshing beer that I would drink on my balcony during a hot summer day, no question about it. If I judge it as a pure IPA, it's probably not the best I've had but it's definitely better than most based on the non-coffee characteristics I'm able to detect. It's balanced with a great malt backbone and unmissable hoppiness. The coffee somehow accentuates the grapefruit bitterness in a way that doesn't overload the palate. Two thumbs up to this innovative collaboration- I'm sure this isn't the first coffee IPA that's been made, but I'd imagine its one of the best out there. (4)

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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Another thank you to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- a nice profile of roasted coffee with hints of subtle citrus and pine.

(T)- Its a jump. At the start, some good bright citrus, then finishes with a roasted pine and coffee component. Very interesting.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. I like the play of bitter yet citrus driven IPA meets a roasted coffee ground component.

(O)- Definitely a unique take on the style. The coffee does not overpower the base IPA, but rather compliments it in a supporting role in the beer.

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4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone - Dayman Coffee IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 93.2% out of 100 with 790 ratings
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