Stimulus
Eagle Rock Brewery

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From:
Eagle Rock Brewery
 
California, United States
Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
ABV:
7.75%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 12.97%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
26
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 14, 2016
Added:
Aug 22, 2011
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  8
SCORE
84
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Notes: Stimulus is a 7% Belgian Amber made with Intelligentsia Coffee. The idea was to make a coffee beer that wasn’t black in color, and did more than just accentuate a “roasty” flavor. The coffees produced by Intelligentsia are so nuanced and flavorful that we wanted to accentuate those flavors and find complementary components we could draw on in the beer.
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Reviewed by WorldFoodTraveler from California

3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
The appearance of this beer is of clear light amber to crisp copper orange with a medium head maybe one-inch off-white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves splotches on top and spots of lace.



The aroma of this beer has Subtle coffee notes with malt, pear, green apple, tobacco, navel orange, coffee cherry, yeasty, floral like of dandelion, caramel and toffee malts.



The flavors of this beer are of coffee probably a Colombia, tart citrus like of white grapefruit, light coffee, yeast, prune, red apple, white pepper, vanilla extract, malt, allspice, and organo. Finishes with notes of caramel and toffee.



This is a light body, like a pale ale or IPA, but a nice rich creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low to medium.
Nov 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.75 by Vylo from New Jersey

May 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.01 by ewhiting87 from California

Dec 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.61 by OGdirty from California

Jun 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by nathanmiller from New York

May 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.88 by ESEbrew from California

Jan 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3.48 by Nickgiraud

Jan 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.59 by mig100 from Texas

Jan 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.62 by Rollzroyce21 from California

Jan 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4.31 by Buzz3d from California

Dec 31, 2014
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Reviewed by xxxxxxxxxxxxx from California

3/5  rDev -18.9%
This beer had low foam. This beer had a strong taste of espresso. Medium carbonation within this beer. People who seek a beer that tastes like espresso will enjoy Stimulus.
Nov 25, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by orange85 from California

Nov 18, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by LakerLeith from California

Jun 13, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Kramerwtmf from California

Apr 17, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by notchucknorris from California

Feb 19, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by EchoParker from California

Feb 18, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Chuggernaut00 from California

Feb 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by xdtfx from Illinois

Feb 08, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Hanzo from Virginia

Feb 01, 2014
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Reviewed by mudboneINla from California

3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
This beer delivers on the coffee flavor. I'm more accustomed to coffee stouts with higher abv but this is a welcomed change of pace.
Carbonation and mouthfeel is more enjoyable with each sip. Almost like a coffee flavored champagne.
I wish I bought more than one. I could imagine this being a great beer to have for brunch....
Feb 01, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Fern13 from California

Jan 29, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by Modernrickk from California

Dec 31, 2013
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Handsome amber color like a single malt Scotch. Pure, clean coffee aroma. Modest head with plenty of spritz on the tongue. Tangy and light bodied. Light malty taste. More on the dry side, but with a hint of toffee.

The Belgian flavors are rather subdued. Some drying out toward the finish. Just a slight coffee-tinged bitterness. Different from the usual dark coffee brews, but throughly drinkable. Better than average coffee flavor. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.
Dec 18, 2013
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a coffee presence that works well with the base beer in my opinion.
Dec 16, 2013
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Reviewed by wethorseblanket from California

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: Pours from a bomber clear light amber with a one-inch off-white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves rings, splotches, and spots of lace.

N: Fruity, fresh coffee berries. I'm a sucker for coffee and therefore somewhat biased I admit. Yeasty, floral, biscuity, caramel and toffee malts, very slight roast and some faint citrus.

T: Yeast and coffee up front with an herbal and earthy middle followed by caramel and sweetish toffee. Somewhat grainy and bready with a good balance.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Smooth, grainy and yeasty with a mild fruity coffee finish.

O: Interesting, eclectic and slightly on the edge, but I like it.
Dec 01, 2013
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Reviewed by jeff1973 from California

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Marin Brewing pint glass. Bought at Whole Foods Newport Beach CA for $9.99.

A - A dark honey yellow-orange. Off-white head leaves decent lacing.

S - Coffee big time, but also toffee and vanilla. Also a vegetal smell. Very pungent.

T - Lots of iced coffee with cream and vanilla. Not a lot more to this. As it warms, you get a little of a Belgian amber taste in the finish. Enough hops to make sure it finishes dry.

M - Definitely light in body, like a pale ale or IPA, but a nice creamy mouthfeel still. Carbonation is medium and fits the creamy taste.

O - This is a pretty good beer on the verge of being great. I would like to a see a bit of a darker, creamy beer and even more of a Belgian influence would be nicer. Also the price point is a little high on this one.
Nov 21, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by GRG1313 from California

Nov 19, 2013
 
Rated: 2.5 by AApparel from California

Oct 21, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by EB1 from California

Oct 20, 2013
 
Rated: 3 by redleg411 from Wisconsin

Jun 28, 2013
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Reviewed by oggg from California

3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at The Factory gastropub in Long beach.

Listed as a Belgian amber on the chalkboard. (also listed at 9.3% abv but maybe that was a mistake)

When I first saw the beer, it was a orangish amber hue, so I was expecting some sort of estery, sugary Belgian style beer. I took a sniff and did a double take, as the aroma was vanilla and coffee. Coffee cake. No fruitiness, no florality, no banana, no bubblegum, nothing but coffee. Intriguing, to say the least.

I then proceeded to drink the beer and look at the beer in disbelief. Repeat ad Infinitum. no sign of your typical Belgian style array of flavors. Hops present only enough to keep it dry. The coffee flavor is amazing, but totally dominant. Pretty clean finish. Medium bodied. Alcohol well hidden.

Pretty interesting and unique. Pale but with dominant coffee flavor. Overall I liked it. I think a lot of people will expect some sort of typical Belgian style components and call this beer unbalanced with the coffee. Perhaps it was a brewing mistake, but it definitely tastes good.
Nov 21, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by Nerdypunk from California

Dec 12, 2011
 
Rated: 4 by alwaysanswerb from California

Dec 07, 2011
 
Rated: 4 by jlb502 from California

Nov 15, 2011
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Reviewed by Halcyondays from California

3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a dark goldenrod with a lightly fizzy white head. Some lace.

S: Coffee city, light malt character, but the coffee runs the show. Pungent and complex.

T: Coffee dominates again. The beer gets quite spicy almost to the point I think there's cayenne in there although there isn't. Malt and hop flavours are kept to a minimum, a true coffee explosion.

M: Light-bodied, thin at times for me. Weird to get this flavour profile out of a pale beer.

O: A fun beer to drink. Definitely a unique experience. Support a local brewer and try this one out.
Oct 14, 2011
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Reviewed by ehammond1

2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
On Tap

Stone 15th Anniversary Brewers' Reception
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

Clear copper and bronze with a thin off-white head. Spotted and lined lacing down the glass.

Musty aroma of brewed coffee that's been sitting in the pot for too long and is now a touch scorched and stale. Some sweet elements of toffee and caramel improve the aroma some, though the coffee isn't particularly grabbing or enticing.

While the aroma hinted at it, the flavor was poorer than I expected. The coffee seems old, scorched, and watered down. There's a touch of toffee sweetness, though there's also an unpleasant flavor throughout that reminds me of sitting dish water.

Thin to medium mouthfeel. This beer could perhaps use more body and higher carbonation--seems a bit lifeless.

A pale coffee beer that is better on paper than in the glass.
Aug 22, 2011
Stimulus from Eagle Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 36 ratings