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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 notchucknorris
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark burnt orange color with a creamy one finger tan head.

S: An insane blend of citrusy hops and dark roasted coffee. Chocolate, tangerine rind and grapefruit in here.

T: Opens with a big hit of dark roasted coffee and some dark citrus flavors. Chocolate covered oranges, hazelnut and some pine here as well. Finish is silky smooth with a lingering coffee bitterness. Somehow, they pulled this off. It's awesome.

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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 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 EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Stone 10th Anniversary stemware.

Poured a clear coppery hue, with an off white heat of a finger, bits of spongy lace.

Aroma had roasted coffee beans, and citrus notes with a lightly malty backing. It jumps back and forth with the coffee and citrusy hops quite nicely.

Predominant coffee flavors in the taste, not too bitter hop wise, but accompanying citrus and piny notes. Feels full bodied, not particularly dry, with a clean bitter finish.

Coffee and hops are my two favorite things, and the marriage of the two fascinates me. This has been the most well-put together marriage of the two, with a great showing of both parties. Wonderful stuff! More, MORE!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

(Chill) hazed amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Very low carbonation.

Sweetened coffee, Tootsie Roll, toffee and pine. Hints of pineapple, apricot and papaya. Smells strangely good.

Papaya along with notes of apricot, mango and pineapple. Sweetened medium roast coffee, toffee, pale candy sugars and touches of Tootsie Roll. Tangerine juice and pine needles along with drops of lemon and orange juice.
Wow! Why does this work? This shouldn't work.

Medium bodied, juicy, smooth and refreshing.

Amazingly quaffable at 8.7%. Extremely well balanced with only a light bitterness. Lots of tropical fruit like "Enjoy By" with an added malt complexity thanks to the coffee. This is really freakin' good!

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Photo of Florida9
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear copper amber in color. Forms a moderate sized, creamy white head. Copious lacing. Decent lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant. Hoppy. Citrus hops, primarily, with a faint bit of coffee in the mix.

T: okay, the coffee is no longer faint by any means. This is full on coffee flavored. Moderate sweetness. There are some hoppy citrus notes, but they seem to come through as coffee nuances more so than individual flavors of their own. I don't know how, but this works.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate bitterness. Mild coffee acidity. Easier carbonation.

O: I've got to admit, I was fully ready to not like this beer by any means, but I was proven wrong. It's a quite good beer with a rather unique character. I really don't know how the coffee works with an IPA, but it does.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a medium to light brown with a nice head that is at least a finger thick. Head has a creamy characteristic. Good lacing. Aroma is dominated by coffee/espresso notes - fresh - and behind that are spicy, piney hops - excellent. Taste is great coffee from front to back but again layered behind the coffee is a clear hop taste. Medium body. Hope to see this brewed again - awesome.

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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 ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2013)

Dark amber with a large light-tan head of big-bubbled foam. Leaves a messy glass behind.

A true combination of bright citrus hop components (grapefruit and mango) with expressive, freshly roasted coffee beans. Interesting, and both elements really shine through nicely.

The flavor, again, is a combination of citrus fruits, bitterness, and roasted coffee beans. It's a strange combination. Some sips seems more hop-forward, while others seem dramatically coffee dominant. Interesting, though the combination isn't a very thirst quenching one. I'd knock this for drinkability, whatever that means.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

The idea or theory behind this beer is fully realized. Whether it's actually all that good or drinkable is for the individual drink to discover on their own. I wouldn't take down a whole bottle of this.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Sweet caramel malts, lots of roasted coffee, grapefruit, citrus, tropical, and pine hops.

T - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, mango, tropical, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, good resiny bitterness, lots of roasted, slightly bitter coffee.

M - Medium-plus bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, roasted, and bitter finish.

D - Excellent blend of IPA with the coffee flavor. Nice and bold.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a copper penny brown in color. Brilliant clarity. Moderate to light head retention. The nose is intently coffee. Auberges just a bit of hops. The mouthfeel is substantial, but not overwhelming. This is a coffee dominated beer with some serious hop flavoring. I'msure there is some hop flavoring, but this is definitely a hop forward beer.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

wow. drank this great beer and then read the comments from Kochm Steele, etal. Never even comtemplated that these flavors would go so well together. Great solid underlying hoppy IPA with a creamy mouthfeel that has just the right amount of coffee bitterness on the finish with a hint of cocoa as well. Talk about a complex mixture that just deifies description. Must say have not been blown away by a beer in awhile and this really rocked my palate. Kudos to these boys for producing this brew.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into stemless wine glass.

The aroma is full of coffee roast in the front end with the malt and pine hops peaking in from the background. If I had to guess on the type of roast, it would be much like the Starbucks medium House Blend. The taste follows suit with the bold coffee roast up front. The IPA serves more as a foundation with notes of both pine and citrus. Both take a back seat to the coffee presence, but they're there.

Overall, didn't know how these flavors would gel together and had no idea what to expect. One of the few times where the outcome was a pleasant and different experience. A definite must-try for any BA, especially if you're a java head. I would seek this out again, just cause it's bit unique. I wonder what the caffeine level is on this one?

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

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip-snifter-type glass. Body is orangey-amber with a smallish white head. Leaves some decent lacing behind.

S: Coffee - like day-old coffee - with a hint of juicy hops. But mostly coffee. It's odd given that most coffee beers are dark.

T: Coffee and juicy, citrusy hops. The coffee predominates, but at the finish there's a wash of juicy, citrusy hops, and it finishes with that hoppy, fruity bitterness. The combination works a lot better than I thought it would, to be honest.

M: Medium in heft, creamy feel.

O: Very good, though different and unique. Not sure I'd want to have a lot of these, but one is good.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep golden yellow body with a brown tinged one and a half finger white head.

S: Coffee dominates the aroma. There are subtle citrus and pine aromas on the back end. Not much malt present.

T: Very interesting, unfortunately this beer is not for me. There is a simultaneous bitter hop and deep coffee flavor in the front and it is very strange. There is some caramel malt on the finish.

M: Great body and perfect carbonation.

O: Good beer, but I would not get it again. The got what they wanted out of this beer but I just disagree with the style choice.

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

Glad to finally crack this after a recent trade

The beer pours a deep light brown/amber/rust with 1/2 an inch of an off-white head that fades into a thin blanketing while lacing. The nose is potently citrus-hoppy and packs a punch in the face of roasty, slightly cedar-y coffee as well. Wow, very impressive harmony. The taste is also this crazy concoction that works better than any coffee IPA I've had (although I've only had a few). I enjoy this much more than the coffee sublimely self-righteous. It's initially a sweet and roasty with a bold citrus hoppy, malty backbone. It carries itself well in the mouthfeel with juicy citrus hops nuzzling alongside some potent roasty coffee beans and leaves your palate with a "wtf?" type of sensation. Sweet, medium bodied, well carbonated, masked alcohol, lingering roast and bitterness. I definitely think this style has potential and wish more breweries would get on their respective interpretations.

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Photo of charlzm
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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 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 babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark amber with two fingers of cream colored foam, settles to a thin cap with a thick sheet of lace for an inch or two. Smell: coffee aromas upfront... dusty, earthy, medium roast. Light sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes beneath. Taste: orange, grapefruit peel, sugary with mild tropical fruit flavors, then into earthy, herbal coffee flavors. More sweet citrus in the sticky finish. Interesting... has the coffee components of a good coffee stout... somehow they're pretty harmonious overlaid on a moderately hopped citrusy IPA!

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

A: into a pint, center-style pour, solid amber beer, slightly hazy, with 2 fingers of tan head, left some lace motes behind

S: ground coffee and earthy, resinous hops - didn't pick up so much on the citrus others have mentioned, but my bottle is near the 3 mos best by date, so I'm just glad to get the coffee as clearly as I do

T: husky malts with slight caramel sweetness infused with dry ground coffee - mildly bitter hops suggest dark grapefruit pith and old flowers - very mellow; interesting combination with the coffee and IPA-style hops - like when you put the lemon rind in the espresso - very well-integrated flavors, and still allows the malt to come through

M: smooth, medium body, mild carbonation, slight stick, sweet and dry flashes on the finish, then a fade out

O: another reason to love Stone. Their collaborations are always interesting, and I think I've enjoyed them all. I only wish I'd gotten this beer fresher. I'm presuming a March bottling date, and I'm drinking this in June, so I'm at the end of this beer's life cycle. I think it was relatively well-preserved - no doubt the coffee and the hops have married and mellowed more than they would have closer to the bottling date, but the beer is still very enjoyable and interesting.

Thanks to jdhowe for putting this in my hands before it was too late!

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Photo of portia99
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into an Alchemist tumbler.

A - Pours a rather neutral amber color, maybe a bit on the darker side. Body shows good clarity and a finger of dense cream colored foam sits on top with good staying power and plenty of webby lacing on the glass.

S - Interesting blend...I pick up more hops than coffee but both are there. Hops are citrusy and full of grapefruit, but more than anything I get a strong grassy aspect as well. Roasted coffee comes on behind the hops but works its way forward in the profile on each sniff becoming the dominant aroma.

T - Definitely an IPA in flavor profile with big citrus notes in the flavor. Noticeable coffee notes play off of the hops but never really give the big roasty notes typically associated with coffee. Lightly sweet malt base that smooths everything out. The coffee effect is really subtle...I know it is there on every sip, but it gives just a complementary, mild and fleeting flavor.

M - Aggressively carbonated with lots of tingle on the tongue. Body is medium and a bit creamy.

O - This is a beer with a lot of character. At the beginning of the bottle (colder temps?) I would say this was almost all IPA with assertive citrus notes and hoppy bitterness. As the bottle progressed, this became more and more a coffee beer. Coffee never dominates, but becomes more pronounced in the flavor and aroma profile. Didn't really know what to expect from this beer...hopefully I can find more, because this is really very enjoyable.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Have had this a few times now. Trying to get some of these 'Hads' replaced with reviews!

Pour into a snifter is light brown/amber in color. A big puffy off-white head tops it off, pretty impressive retention and lace left behind.

The smell is pure, fresh coffee grounds. Very potent and not unlike sticking your nose in a bag of coffee beans. More sweet than roasty. There is some fruit+piny hops present but this is pretty coffee forward.

Taste brings more of an IPA feel but coffee has the advantage. Like the scent, it is very much a coffee ground/bean flavor, and on the sweeter side. Some cream, caramel and nutty malts perhaps. The hops bring flavors of citrus, grapefruit and earthy pine, some tropical fruit. It is a noticeably odd combo of flavors but it is pulled off decently.

Slick and well-carbonated with lingering coffee tastes and oily hop bitterness. Just a bit of alcohol heat.

I think by nature the flavors clash, but it is well done here. The coffee flavors definitely dominate a bit but overall it's flavorful and unique, not sure more hops would improve this anyway.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color, gradiating to almost clear around the rim, with some quickly fizzling white head, which recedes in short time to a ring.

S: Medium roast coffee powder with sugar dominates the aroma but is not overpowering by any means. Reminds me more of smelling lady fingers or something than a cup of coffee. A little citrus as well.

T: Medium roast coffee and a little juicy tangerine, with a drying sensation and more coffee on the longish finish. No discernible bitterness.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Slightly milky mouthfeel. No alcohol is detectable, although it is a little warming.

O: Wow, my initial reaction is that this is really interesting and delicious. At first glance, to me this doesn't seem like a flavor combination that would work, but it's enjoyable. That being said, the flavors are fatiguing enough that I don't think I could drink more than 10oz or so. It would pair well with dessert.

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

Clear amber color with great cascading lacing down to the last sip.

Smells of tropical and citrus, specifically mango and orange. Light notes of coffee with a touch of honey.

To be honest, I was expecting somewhat of a mess with the coffee and citra, but it works well. The coffee is subtle and adds an earthy and berry note to the otherwise dominant orange and mango.

The mouthfeel is smooth with ample carbonation. I feel like the coffee may have added an effect similar to oats in a stout because this is very soft for the style.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. I was somewhat hesitant coming into it but it turned out great. It's one of my favorite collaboration beers Stone has made thus far.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 3/29/13

Thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for letting me know this was available at Craft Beer Cellar. Despite buying it absurdly fresh, I sat on it for almost a week because I have grown paranoid of coffee beers screwing up my ability to sleep.

Appearance: Clear, medium amber with an emphasis on copper - some gold around the edges - pours with a very minimal, off-white head - fades to a virtually nonexistent head, but it's pretty easy to drum up some carbonation - leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Tropical citrus and coffee beans - the citra should be quite obvious (and charming) to anyone that has smelled it in the past - coffee is a bit unusual, smells like roasted beans, kind of like chocolate covered espresso beans (without the sweet chocolate) - roasty, dark chocolate, and nuts - tropical orange and grapefruit - very strange, kind of works, but the smells kind of clash

Taste: Perhaps even weirder than the aroma - tropical, floral citrus - sweet tangerines, orange flesh, and ruby red grapefruit - fresh, fruity flavors somewhat meld with the coffee, but also clash - I'm honestly not sure if it's interacting with the bitterness from the hops, but the coffee flavor is oddly acrid and astringent, not unlike biting into a coffee bean, complete with tannins - nutty, almost akin to hazelnuts - some citrus bitterness and piney notes round out the bitterness - simultaneously good and not good

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes a bit oily but otherwise clean

Overall: Excuse me waiter, there's coffee in my IPA

I must admit I am a little disappointed. I love IPAs, I love citra, and I love coffee. I even love combining random leftovers to create snacks that could be considered abominations by some (corn and diced tomatoes covered in hot sauce, mmm). So why don't I love this beer? The flavor profile just doesn't work for me. Something about the combination of fresh citrus and roasty coffee utterly baffles my palate and my brain. I'm honestly surprised that this doesn't have polarized reviews.

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