elihapa (1553) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3/25/13 notes: bottle, $6. Pours clear gold-light orange, with a white head, typical of Stone-affiliated IPAs these days. Aroma is cleanly citrusy and grassy, bits of mikan blended with nuanced coffee aromas. Really an interesting interplay with expressively hoppy notes and background fresh coffee over a clear body. Flavor is again primarily hops, with mid-palate black coffee elements. I myself almost wishing for a bit more coffee punch, but in its absence settled to savor the beautiful hop notes. Well crafted and original IPA, they make this hybrid look easy which is perhaps the beer’s best trait. SilentGlory (8) - - MAR 27, 2013 does not count
I was really disappointed with this brew. The coffee aroma and flavor wasn't really present, but you could definitely tell there was something different about it. The flavor of the coffee came out only once the brew was room temperature, and even then it had an over-roasted, almost cigar-taste and aftertaste. The IPA flavor on the other hand was phenomenal. Leave out the coffee on this one and it's a winner in my book. I'll try it once more, but if it's not any better than the first, I call this brew a flop.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mrtripod (34) - USA - MAR 27, 2013
Beer and coffee are some of the best stuff on Earth. Excited to try this new collaboration - sounded interesting. Unfortunately the idea is better than the product. Hoppy flavor with the taste of an old filter filled with used budget coffee grounds. Could have been a decent hoppy brew without the budget coffee ground flavor. The combo just does not work. Look elsewhere. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Thought this was really good, and very unique. Pours translucent brown. Big coffee/citra nose. Palate is a lot of coffee on the front, witha bitter back and finishes like an IPA, crisp and clean. Very drinkable too; previous stone collabs have been 12oz, this was 22oz, and I had no problem finishing it. Peacehammer (624) - 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.
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, 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. iowaherkeye (2703) - 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. crossovert (12934) - Chicago, 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. 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. GranvilleTim (1855) - 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.