C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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C4 Double Coffee Brown AleC4 Double Coffee Brown Ale

Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In my opinion, coffee rivals beer for the title of "greatest beverage in the world". I often say that I would rather give up beer than coffee. So it is only natural that we would attempt to make a beverage that incorporates both. If we were to succeed, surely this would then become the greatest beverage in the world? After years of research and trials in the garage, I have come up with what I think is the perfect marriage of coffee and beer: A hoppy double brown ale, that compliments both the roasty and fruity aspects of the coffee without putting up too much of a fight. The coffee was selected in collaboration with the Christchurch institution C4 Coffee and consists mainly of lightly roasted, delicate and floral, Ethiopian beans. Worlds are colliding and, in my humble opinion, greatness is achieved on the other side.

50 IBU

Added by bylerteck on 07-13-2012

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Photo of sprat1960
4.81/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep chestnut brown in color. Pours with a HUGE 3+ finger tan head that dies down leaving a thick, even coating of foam on the surface of the beer. Some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Rich coffee aroma , some chocolate combined with a mild hoppy aroma. Probably the best aroma I have ever experienced from a beer. I couldn't wait to taste the beer!

Taste: Roasted coffee flavor, slightly sweet middle with a mild, hoppy slightly-bitter finish. Delicious.

Feel: Full bodied, velvety feel.

Overall: I loved this beer. An excellent brown ale.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Miorge Mihoublon. Nice mahogany pour with a two finger beige head with great retention and lacing. The nose is pretty huge and dominated by the coffee. Very roasty and nutty with hints of brown bread, caramel, and hops. The taste is bold and rich and also dominated by the coffee, but there's a surprising hop profile as well. I've tasted a ton of coffee beers, but the coffee in this one really is unique and stands out from the pack. I think it's because most have been stouts, and this Brown Ale really complements the coffee perfectly. Also getting hints of toffee, cocoa, nuts, brown bread, and just a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel leans to the thick side and is slightly syrupy with a great dry, subtly bitter finish. Overall, this is definitely top 3 in both coffee beers and brown ales. Incredibly drinkable and really stands out. Hoping I can find it again!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne, and then again several weeks later at the Best of GABS in Sydney (many glasses thereof).

Pours a light red-brown colour, with surprising clarity. Body seems a little light. Head forms a pleasant yellow fine ring which leaves solid lacing in its wake. Minimal carbonation when it's static, but fine and firm when the beer is tilted. Looks good.

Nose is really bright and sharp, all produced with rather deep dark characters. Roastedness is prominent, but the coffee note gives a truly fruity character. Chocolate comes through to provide some basis. Overall, it's a really lovely aroma, and masterfully executed.

Biting front palate gives characters of berry fruit and fresh coffee, followed by more deeper roasted coffee notes and a mild nutty sweetness. Finish has some dusky dry cocoa and chocolate characters. It feels full reaching across the whole palate, side-to-side and front-to-back, meaning it subsides everywhere at once, leaving quite a creamy aftertaste.

The feel is just a little light, but that's about the only weak point to an otherwise excellent brew.

I actually wasn't overly excited by the prospect of this beer when I heard of it, but I must have forgotten who was brewing it. Søren from 8 Wired brings another great beer to the table with this one: it was one of my absolute favourites from the festival.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown colour, clear with foamy creamy beige head. Medium retention. Bit thin-looking, but not bad at all.

Smells spicy and roasty, lightish with decent complexity. Lots of coffee and spicy notes and a sweet touch on the back. Nice.

Spice and roast continue on the palate. Lots of coffee notes and a good toasty warm feel. Coffee, spice and malt with star anise, pepper and cinnamon, plus a nice sweet caramel note finishing off. Beautifully constructed palate, really quite lovely.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry from that spice but not too much. Full body, very nice.

Great brown ale. Didn't expect much from this but it's everything you could want from the style. Big, flavoursome, roasty but not too much. Brilliant drop.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Never heard of 8 Wired before. Traded some Founders Harvest Ale for some Event Horizon and a bottle of this.

Poured from a bottle into an Allagash Tulip glass

Appearance is nice and brown. Big head on this baby. Had to wait a bit for it to go down to fill to the top.

Smell is all coffee. Is it 7 AM? Though it does smell like my wife just shoved a spoonful of sugar in it.

Taste is coffee and some nice sweetness. Bitter in the back.

Mouthfeel is a bit carbonated, but not too much

Overall I love this f'ing beer. I need to get more of it. Thanks to Rob at Common Market for this baby. I will be revisiting this soon.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A lot of coffee in the aroma, but also some malt as well. A good nose.

T: The taste was dominated by the coffee, but there were also some other interesting ingredients as well: A good amount of hops, malt, and that nutty quality of brown ales. The flavor in this beer is big, much bigger than other browns, and it's also complex and extremely tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: If you're looking for a classic American Brown Ale, look elsewhere. This is an unusual beer, but completely drinkable.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in Ohio back in June when stopping in Cleveland on my way back from Firefly in Dover. I had never heard of this brewery before, but I was intrigued by the specific style, and the fact it was from New Zealand. Naturally, I had to give it a go.

Appearance: Gorgeous. Not as dark as I had anticipated. Copper colored with excellent clarity. Two finger, creamy head on top that dies down to half a finger that lingers, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strangely fruity, with plums and dates/prunes actually being somewhat prominent. Underneath that there's a complimentary light roast coffee that really fits in well. There's a slight "dirty" aroma to it that I tend to pick up in brown ales as well. Doesn't SMELL like it's 8%, but it does smell very nice.

Taste/feel: Like the nose almost perfectly, but with a little more coffee, thankfully. Starts with plums and dates/prunes with some sweetness, before there's a really clean and pure coffee flavor with just a bit of bitterness. The finish is bittersweet, tasting of malt, light roast coffee, and dried fruit. The feel is silky, but with a great prickly carbonation at the same time that opens up the taste buds -- the mouthfeel may be the best part of this beer, and it's a pretty damn good beer already. I don't taste or feel the 8% at all on this... I feel like it could very well be 6% and I'd have no idea.

Very, very good... I didn't know what to expect from a craft beer from New Zealand, but I was pleasantly surprised, and would definitely buy this again. I don't remember what I paid for this, though... but still, it's good enough that I'd say it probably warrants a slight premium price. If you happen to see this around, give it a go.

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Photo of cvm4
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours brown, like some weak brewed coffee. Eggshell head that doesn't leave a trace.

S - Lots of coffee and some light brown sugar. Very aromatic.

T - Toffee and caramel malts, develops into dominant coffee with a slight bitterness on the end.

M - One of the thickest brown ales I've had. Great carbonation & not over done.

O - For a brown ale, one of the best I've had so far.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into an imperial pint. Poured a deep ruby red with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, bread, coffee, and nutty. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, and nutty. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really surprised at what I found in this one especially for this style. The coffee note going on in this one was quite excellent and seemed to fit right in on a style I would have normally never thought it would. For this alone, I was quite impressed. The flavor was very well balanced and inviting making it extremely easy to drink. If I hadn’t been meeting another BA later, I definitely would have had quite a few of these that evening. I suggest you get this on your palate if you get the chance.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy brown with some red-orange mixed in and a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee, brown sugar, fruity yeast esters, nuttiness, some citrus hops, and a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts, fruity yeast esters, and some citrus hops. Through the middle, roasted coffee comes through with a touch of hop bitterness, some nuttiness, and some more fruity yeast character. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee, coffee bitterness, some mild citrus hops, and some fruity esters.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a roasty, bitter, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good brown ale with the coffee adding some nice complexity and depth.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a room temperature pub glass.

A: Pours a lovely red-brown, producing an almost perfect head that maintains well into the drink. Nice lacing after each sip.

S: Not much in the nose; the slightest hint of caramel notes were all that came through for me, which is fine as browns aren't known for being all that aromatic.

T: While the coffee flavor wasn't as prominent as I thought it might be for the name "Double Coffee Brown", the taste is a nicely balanced brown ale. Smooth, easy pulls travel over the palate, leaving a slight toast and coffee taste without any lingering bitterness.

M: A medium-bodied ale that fits the bill for a typical brown, lending flavor without the heaviness of a porter.

O: A great example of my favorite beer style, I would make this a staple in my stable. A thoroughly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into chalice 8/3/14 from notes

A slight haze in a maroon body that's almost purple when held to the light, a finger of mocha foam falls rather quickly leaving a thick ring where it existed

S more hops then expected, some orange and maybe even a little melon, light milk chocolate, some coffee but I was expecting more, brown sugar and a hint of floral and herbal hops

T coffee comes out a little more, very faint pine, still lots of fruit, brown sugars turning to caramel, everything I smells still there just a little more of it, a slight improvement over the smell

M medium bodied but ends up quite creamy making it fell heavy, no booze going down, light roast lingers on the finish

O not exactly what I expected but I enjoyed it start to finish, mild coffee notes work well with the brown ale aspect and throw in a pile of hops for good measure

something different is always nice and when different works that's even better, 8 wired continues to impress

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Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice reddish brown hue with a good light brown creamy one finger head. Fades to leave thin lacing and a light blanket.

S - Aromas are full of coffee and some light roasted malts. Coffee really dominated here.

T - Taste is more of those coffee notes, light toasted malts, there is some faint spice notes to this, a star anise type flavour. Nice caramel notes with a solid bitter coffee finish.

M - Mouthfeel is a touch on the drier side, light carbonation, slightly creamy.

O - Overall, a solid brown ale. Love just how coffee heavy this beer is. Very good!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I read the brewer's excerpts about both beer an coffee being the best beverages ever known, who am I to argue? Although I imbibe in both equally, one is meant for day while the other is reserved for night- but both come together with a taste that's best meant for either brunch or that late relaxing pick-me-up.

Its simple brown color is actually less simple as its bright clarity shines through tawny and garnet-red highlights. Building above is a creamy coffee-like creme that laces the surface and the glass with appearances of heavy whipping cream.

High coffee aromatics actually start out earthy and sweet, but with that deeper whiff a much more vibrant columbian coffee scent reveals nutty, scorched earth, butter and brittle. Much softer than "espresso" richness or burnt qualities, the base scent of toffee, chocolate and toast allow the base beer underneath to control its late scent.

To taste, there's a semi-sweet chocolate flavor that rises first. But a quick follow-up of nuts, dark wood, and cream round out a smooth and java-forward initial taste. It's middle is even more rounded with malt sweetness as well as a hoppy herbal note. It's earthen with grain, coffee spice, and chicory. Loving how the beer comes together, its coffee, chocolate and nut character is alive and well from sip 'til finish.

Medium-full, there's a "bigness" to the beer that suggests a fuller palate sensation, but the coffee and semi-dry late palate keeps things smooth, highly drinkable and delicately bitter.

Its final impressions are all about chocolaty "standout" character. Though reserved, I'm not quite sure whether the beer is bigger on brown or bigger on coffee- and that is all of its charm: Its a masterful ale that finds favor in any beer lovers glass!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light clear brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coffee is pretty intense with loads of floral notes without any astringency. Taste is also dominated by floral coffee notes with light caramelized notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good offering with great balance and no astringency

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Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to the OBD as usual.

A- Medium deep brown pour from the 500ml into my wine glass. Light tan head with a foamy texture and decent retention. Spotty lacing is somewhat common.

S- Coffee beans, hops and moderately caramelized sugars. A mix of espresso and cocoa nibs comes to mind with toffee, caramel, nutty and toasted tones. Interestingly large note of hops.

T- A lot like the aroma but the sweetness becomes apparent with the deep malty tones. Fresh coffee medium roast, earthy and somewhat fruity leads to toffee, caramel, toast and slight dried fruits like raisin. Hope hint at citrus, earth and pine.

MF- Frothy medium body that is slightly slick and oily. Carbonation comes in at a medium level and is fairly smooth. Ends with a coffee bean bitterness along with that from the hops.

Coffee forward with plenty of complex brown malts. Hops are a surprise but for me they work out nicely. Feels a bit think at time but the complex malt flavors make up for it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown body coupled with a thick, creamy, light tan head; lots of clumps of foam on the glass. Brown sugar, charred grains, coffee and mocha aromas. Flavor follows the aroma with a pronounced presence of coffee grounds and an alcohol edge. Medium bodied, very smooth, semi-sweet.

A top-notch and easy drinking caffeinated brown ale. Excellent blending of dark grain sweetness with a healthy dose of coffee elements. A very pleasant eye-opener!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, so named after the local coffee shop from whence they procured the java - got it.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and pretty bubbly tan head, which leaves some random snow rime lace around the glass as it swiftly abates.

It smells of rich, dark-roasted earthy coffee, bready, grainy caramel malt, brown sugar-ensconced nuts, and fairly bitter weedy, leafy, and mildly piney hops. The taste is likewise led off by the heady African coffee, with a gritty, somewhat biscuity caramel malt sweetness, oily bar-top nuts, a fading dark sugary character, and more leafy, earthy, and faintly citrusy hops. No real sign as of yet in terms of the 16-proof booze.

The carbonation is decently active in its alternatively fizzy and frothy presets, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee coffee and hop-borne acridity stepping a little too firmly on the roses here. It finishes off-dry, the base malt parrying the artisanal java well enough, as the hops keep on keepin' on, whatever it is they are doing.

A pleasant melding of the cuppa joe and hoppy brown ale worlds, overall, and with an expertly integrated big ABV. Full-flavoured, and robust, yet not letting any particular essence run away with things. That said, the more you like fancy coffee, the more you're gonna like this.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a fading head.
Nose shows hefty coffee, seemingly a mix of fresh and spent grounds though. Underneath that is roasted malt, dark chocolate and oats.
Flavours are dominated by coffee throughout, but again, it does seem a little old. Underneath is some sweet malt and soft alcohol before the roasty bitterness takes over.
Could benefit from a thicker body.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours reddish brown with light lacing. Nose is weak with hints of coffee. Taste is coffee and caramel. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

interesting take here, like coffee ice cream. huge huge white head thats either a product of elevation change or time in bottle, but it starts slow and rises just off white well above the rim and takes some ten minutes to settle. the beer itself is hazy, thick, and milk chocolate in color. there is some yeast floating around too, clouding things up. the nose here is coffee first, rich chocolate malt second, not too much acidity or sweetness though, and a rather round complexion. the taste mimics the nose rather well, with a coffee front end, roasty and bitter, and a chocolaty malty backbone. no alcohol to taste at all, and not much caffeine going on here. thick and creamy feel, maybe some lactose sugar in this? honestly a lot like ice cream that you taste with coffee in it, or an affogato. lovely. a little pricing at some 11 bucks a bottle, but a very well made brew, and an excellent use of coffee.

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Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Pours a dark ruby red hue with a tan two finger head and sporadic lacing, the smell is coffee, toffee malts, a touch of chocolate and herbal hops, the mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated with tastes of coffee on the forefront followed by sweet toffee malts and finished with a nice hop bitterness to balance it all out and overall definately a solid drop thats worth a crack cheers.

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Photo of dgilks
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear mahogany colour with a small off-white head. There is a lot of chocolate aroma on this and plenty of sweet malt. Very nutty. The flavour falls apart a bit. I get lots of burnt coffee competing with rich maltiness. The Ethiopian beans appear to be the problem and were not a good choice here. The main flavour is just burnt. The body is also thin with a moderate carbonation that doesn't really work. Overall, the base beer is very good but the coffee doesn't work in it.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/8 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a snowflake-like pattern of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Chocolate, caramel, a little bit of alcohol and even less coffee.

T- Standard brown ale flavor with notes of caramel, toasty malt, some milk chocolate...and no coffee. There's a noticeable hop bitterness in the aftertaste and the alcohol is decently concealed.

M- Once again, standard fullish body with medium-low carbonation.

O- Nothing exciting and the lack of coffee notes is surely a letdown. Maybe an old bottle? Can't tell since there's no freshness date.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fresh 8-Wired can be hard to come by, so this being coffee-laden and hoppy, is one I'm glad to try at probably a couple months old.

A - 500ml poured to a large snifter. Somewhat dark brownish-red pour with a half-finger of off-white head. A thick ring and a few dots for a cap remain at the end.

S - Big mocha scent, pretty nice quality-coffee cocoa combo. Some nutty and caramel malt tones set the brown ale-ness. Pretty strong citrus, earthy, piny hops with some warmth.

T - Hops actually take over a bit here with some intense herbal, citrus and earthy/pine. Coffee, cocoa, toast and light roasted malts provide a decent but kind of clashing/lacking backbone.

M - Bit thin for a brown, could use a bigger body and some malty lushness. Highish bitterness with coffee flavors makes this feel a bit abrasive. Pretty good carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

O - Feels like a brown IPA to me, not bad but the coffee/hoppy balance came through much better in the scent than the taste where it felt more like a clash and the coffee took a backseat. Definitely got a bit tiring after ~8oz or so.

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C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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