BelgianBeerGal (4313) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2018
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2018 Fresh bottle from the Asheville brewery. This had me worried but turned out great. A nice base IPA with light bitterness but also a creamy, lightly sweet coffee flavor. Enjoyable. TBone (18895) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2018
Tap at SN NC. Clear amber colour, small steady white head. Hay and coffee in the nose. Light to medium-bodied. Coffee, tropical fruits, hay. Wellmade coffee ipa, elements are in balance. BeerInHeaven (520) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2018
clear amber pour with a medium off white head. mostly hoppy citrus aroma. maybe a hint of coffee. A little more coffee on the taste. Mixed with the usual citrus hops. An odd combination no doubt, but not bad. moderate bitter finish and linger. Ok. PhillyBeer2112 (2958) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2018
I love Sierra Nevada, and think I've come to the conclusion they are my favorite brewery. I've yet to encounter any beer I think they failed at. I write this because it pains me to say the exception to that has occurred with this coffee IPA. It is the 2nd coffee IPA I've had, and this is the better of the 2, by a good margin, but in the end, the idea of coffee and hops just doesn't work, at least not for me. It is a terrible clash. It smells interesting, there is a nice cold brew coffee nose, which eventually gives way to citrus and piney hops, with maybe a hint of pineapple. The flavor features a coffee dominated middle, covering the malts, and then a citrus hop around the sides of the palate and a medium bitter finish. Copper color. DocJitsu (2096) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2018
Pours a dark golden with a medium-tan colored head. Coffee (most prominently) and hops on the nose. The hop profile is more notable in the flavor, though the coffee is still very expressive. Full mouthfeel. Mostly slick, becoming mildly astringent toward the finish.
Rumbero (95) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2018
From 4-way IPA Variety Pack (bottle packaged 12/27/17)
Appearance: pours a pale to medium amber with a thick frothy tan head of about an inch which has very good retention. Decent lacing was observed.
Aroma: lots of fruity, citrusy, and grassy aromas from the hops. Just a hint of coffee there (interesting for what comes later...)
Taste: a blend of coffee and bready malt flavors combined with a bold bitterness that earns its IPA cred! Coffee flavors dominate and bitterness defies its 50 IBU rating.
Palate: medium body with oily rich texture (as expected). Crisp carbonation and pronounced astringency on the palate. The finish is long, hoppy and mostly bitter but without any harshness.
Overall: I was never convinced that this idea of a Coffee IPA could work. This beer proves me wrong. Being a coffee and beer lover, I am totally on board with this beer. I want one of these with my brunch on a Sunday! ChainGangGuy (4954) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2018
Appearance: Pours a gently, everso slightly hazed, coppery body with a medium-small, white head. Lovely lacing throughout.
Smell: Lightly toasty pale malted barley and citrusy hops with a nose of discarded coffee grounds. Though fully present, the coffee aroma is not of an inviting, ingratiating manner.
Taste: Pale malts, toasty with a thin layer of toffee/caramel sweetness applied to it. Some incoming graininess with muddled citrus underneathe the less than desirable coffee quality, which is earthy, roasty, acidic. Bold, yet coarsely simplistic. Some wayward orangey, grapefruity citrus hop hints trying to emerge. The acidity adjoins to the moderate bitterness leading one into the drying, bitterish, acidic finish with some lingering overdone coffee roast.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I've given each and every bottle of the Middle Ground within the IPA pack a try and... it just isn't doin' it for me. I have no qualms with a coffee beer, even a coffee IPA, but this isn't the one for me. BeerdedDave (2093) - Beckley, USA - MAR 7, 2018
nice clear, copper color with a thick white head; citrusy hop aroma with light coffee grounds in the aroma; lots of coffee in the flavor, along with citrusy hops; the coffee and citrusy hops actually blend together pretty well; medium bodied, bready malt Chudwick (3533) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2018
12oz bottle from the IPA seasonal pack - nose is coffee and not as fruity as it was when I sniffed the beer out of the bottle. Smooth. Packed with flavor: more coffee, light chocolate, pine and citrus zest. Kind of cloys. 45 IBUs? I would have guessed less. Mango/apricot finish with remnants of the coffee. Much more of an IPA than the other hoppy coffee drinks I've had AKA the blonde coffee (Golden) ales. crossovert (14359) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2018
355ml bottle. Very coffee-forward ipa, more of a coffee beer honestly, fresh ground coffee notes, some hops and light malt lingering behind.