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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Peacehammer (622) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2013
pours a pretty dark orange. Nice cold coffee on the nose, balanced with citrus. Easily the most unique aroma in a beer I’ve ever experienced. Flavor up front is mostly coffee, with hints of citrus, and then a fresh, bitter hop finish. Seriously an amazing beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Orange/amber pour with a white head. Weird aroma. Mild coffee, some grassy hops, and pine. Sweet caramel, toasted bread, hints of citrus, and a touch of peach. There’s a weird sweetness to the flavor, kind of almost creamy. Coffee character is moderate. Some grass, a fair amount of pine, light herbal quality, citrus, and a hint of sweet fruit. I guess I’m alone in not really caring for this all that much.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2013
22oz bomber, no date from Olive Tree Market in OB for $6.49. Clear amber medium orange with a creamy 1 1/2 finger off-white head, good retention. Cold coffee up front that switches gears with the bright tropical fruity hops, and then kinda blending together to a spicy jalapeño green pepper Flavor follows suit with the coffee again dominating, a little earthiness added. Nice fruity coffee notes work pretty well. Towards the finish the coffee and sweet malt give a Tootsie-Roll note, which is nice. Semi-dry finish, bitterness peaked at a 5. Alcohol masked pretty well. Full body with moderate creamy carbonation. Pretty tasty, though I could see this being a love it or hate it kind of beer.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
The smell is freaking amazing on this one. Such a rich coffee smell, caramel, and very nice supporting hops. The flavor is messier, the bitterness needs to be amped up and the coffee flavor needs better meshing with the bold hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2013
The bitterness in both the hops and the coffee really work well together, slightly unexpected. A few brewers have tried the coffee IPA thing and nothing has really stood out. This is an exception, well done.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Drink now, drink fresh! Light amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is coffee and citrus fruits. The hops is dominant in the pour and the coffee is dominant as it sits. Taste- the coffee is prominent and deliscious in this beer. A real kick ass tasty beer. Roasted coffee, dry aftertaste, light cirtrus fruity hops. These flavors meld together for a unique tasty brew. I must/will buy more of this soon, Sio good fresh. The hops and coffee are meant to be together in this beer. What a joyous experience. Nice lacing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Floral hops and drip coffee aroma with grainy notes. Tastes of coffee, cream, citrus, caramel, and cereal grain with a sweet earthy finish and a moderate bitterness. Bright medium bodied palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
(Draught) clear medium gold, lasting filmy offwhite bubbles. Nose of rich coffee, toffee, piney/resinous ipa, and cream. Taste is mostly hops, pine, honey, candied citrus zest, medium body, quite dry with a coffee linger.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mystiksc (60) - los angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Solid marriage of coffee and hops. Pours a nice reddish copper. Aroma is of coffee and hops. Taste is coffee upfront with a hop bite immediately after. Medium mouthfeel. Moderate lacing. Very well balanced for the style. Overall, a solid ipa I wouldn’t mind enjoying again in the future.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2013
On tap at Toronado in San Diego, served in a shaker. Pours clear amber with a tiny, off-white head that quickly fades. On the nose, there is a huge note of espresso, along with more subtle caramel and hops. The flavour is well balanced between medium malty sweet and medium coffee-hoppy bitter. As it evolves, it develops more complex malty notes but the coffee persists. It closes with a long coffee-bitter finish. On the palate it is medium in body with a milky texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is a completely unique pale ale with a surprising coffee note. Initially jarring, it really seems to work. 2013-03-21


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