Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone Dayman Coffee IPA

Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone Dayman Coffee IPA

Jim Moorehouse, Nate Albrecht and Brad Zeller, Aleman
Jason Ebel & Jim Ebel, Two Brothers Brewing Company
Mitch Steele, Brewmaster, Stone Brewing Co.

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.

March 18, 2013
Coffee IPA
8.7%
22oz Bottles & Draft
42
Cascade & Citra

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
Appearance
Clear amber with a tan head
Aroma
It's difficult to discern which aroma hits first: the wonderful, citrusy tropical fruitiness of the Citra hops or the deep-roasted elegance of the coffee specially roasted for this brew.
Taste
The taste of this beer follows right along with the aromatics. Roasted coffee and citrusy hops play well together as the beer flows across the palate along with hints of toasted malt and a wonderful lingering bitterness.
Palate
Dry with a nice lingering bitterness. The coffee flavors hang on pleasantly after the hop bitterness recedes.
Overall
The Aleman guys developed a wonderful IPA recipe. The addition of coffee brings wonderful layers of totally unexpected roast components that make this beer truly unique. I've never had anything like it and I look forward to enjoying it. It's been a pleasure to put this brew together with Aleman and Two Brothers.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Stuffed portobello mushrooms with blue cheese, pancetta-wrapped shrimp, carne asada tacos, Korean barbecue
Soups
Chili con carne, hot and sour soup
Salads
Arugula salad with vinaigrette
Entrées
Braised pork belly, meatloaf, chile relleno, caul fat-wrapped snapper
Cheeses
Cabrales blue cheese, Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, Bayley Hazen Blue, Rogue Caveman Blue
Desserts
Bitter chocolate, tiramisu, toffee peanut butter brittle, dark chocolate-dipped strawberries
Cigars
Flor de las Antillas Toro, Rocky Patel Decade, Camacho Corojo Figurado