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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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 yearís 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 thatís well balanced and intensely flavored thanks to the felicitous blend of hops and fresh roasted coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
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 IPAís before but this is actually hugely successful. Simple and straight forward flavors that are perfectly married. This is one of my favorite IPAís to date. Hats off to Aleman, Stone and Two Brothers for a champion brew. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (7873) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2013
this beer is awesome!! .. . 22oz bottle both times .. . pours a deep copper gold .. . purdy head, splattered lacing .. . the play between the grassy hops and the coffee is amazing, one of the best ipaís ever made!! .. . . my cans! my precious antique cans!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (914) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Starts off with an unusual vegetal, green coffee bean aroma (which is nothing like a roasted coffee bean). Hazy orange/amber with a thin light tan heas. When a beer has coffee in the name, you generally expect a dark roasted coffee flavor. But here the coffee is like a medium roasted Columbian or something. The vegetal aroma follows into the taste with earthy bitterness which Iím guessing is a combination of the coffee and the hops. That vegetality really sticks to the tongue and while itís interesting and unique, it gets to be a bit overwhelming after awhile. The caramel malt flavor in the background is just barely enough to keep this together and a bit more sweetness might have benefited this. Finishes with a lasting earthy, vegetable bitterness. I held on to this for awhile so Iím wondering if some of the fresh tastes might have become a bit stale over time. Iíd definitely like to try this again fresh to find out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2013
A Mes rate. Typically excellent Stone looks. Crystal clear amber gold with a good white head. Inviting coffee aroma. Actually the coffee really dominates. Thereís a hint of IPA and booze underneath but itís mainly a good roasty bitterness. Similar in the mouth. Itís a tough one to describe. Itís a coffee IPA. Itís a little more balanced in the mouth with the coffee being superbly integrated into what is unsurprisingly a solid base beer. Excellent bitter finish that is equal parts IPA and coffee. Lovely stuff. It also has the bonus points of reminding me of one of my favourite Always Sunny episodes. "Dayman, fighter of the nightman, youíre a master of karate and friendship for everyone..." Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maddmatt639 (331) - Pacifica, California, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Good retention and strong lacing. Strong scent of coffee beans and slight hop presence. Coffee notes right up front and all the way through. Not very bitter or hoppy. Nice leftover flavor left on the tongue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8040) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a clear copper body that has gold edges and supports a light tan head of foam. The aroma is full of thin coffee notes mixing with, to a lesser extent, some citrusy grapefruit in the background. The taste is smooth and rich with malt sweetened grapefruit, yummy pine hops and a mild coffee note that blends in seamlessly. The hops head off into a tasty finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lognar (33) - - SEP 30, 2013
(8/26/13) Pours a cloudy amber with a bit of bubbly head. The nose is a bit of citrus and floral hops and fresh ground coffee. The bottle is about 6 months old so imagine the aromas might have faded a tad, but still the nose has got a lot going for it. The hops and the coffee compliment surprisingly well. The taste is a huge burst of black coffee that leans towards espresso. The hops take a backseat but their bitterness adds complexity to the coffee bitterness. Whereas the coffee is a dry earthy bitterness, the hop bitterness is a mix of floral and slight pineyness. The mouthfeel is fairly typical aside from a very coffee like smoothness, almost a french press grittiness as well. This one is definitely medium bodied for an IPA. I was intrigued by this one and now, after finally having it, I really enjoyed it. The coffee and IPA characteristics work really well together. The coffee is definitely more pronounced that in most coffee stouts. Where coffee enhances the roast characteristics in stouts, the coffee enhanced the hop bitterness in this IPA. It wasnít as refreshing and palate cleansing as a normal IPA but it was definitely enjoyable. This would make a really fine IPA to drink in the winter. Breakfast IPA anyone?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2013
(bottle - 22 oz) Clear amber pour with an off-white head. Citrus hops at the start of the aroma and then you get a rich coffee ground aroma right after. Flavor starts off the same way. You get a touch of citrus and then you get hit with the coffee. Like garnishing an espresso with a few fresh hop buds. Light sweetness from the hops but really you get coffee for the rest of the taste. Nice and bitter roasted finish. Different and quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (4203) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Donít know if this was on tap or someone shared a bottle - but it was up at Proof. Aroma is floral, citrus and roasty malts. Tastes are coffee and more of the floral bitterness. Interesting experiment for sure. 7.2

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