Freaking Delicious. I wasn’t to sure what to expect when I cracked this thing open. I’ve had one other coffee IPA (Mikkeller Koppi) in the past and it was a decent brew but I didn’t get that much coffee flavor out of it; it wasn’t the hit of coffee that I was expecting. So I didn’t expect much from this beer because of my previous experience with this style and man I am happy to report that this coffee IPA was the shit. Wow. Now when I poured this thing it was a little funky looking with a cloudy orange and tan body but it had nice foamy head (the color in the pic above doesn’t look quite the same as it did in person). When I shoved my nose in there it had an interesting aroma of coffee and Worcestershire sauce; it smelt good though, just kinda meaty in a good way. At this point I was getting a little concerned as to what I was getting myself into. But like any good adventurer I said “fuck it” and gave it a taste. I made the right choice. My palate was blasted with smooth notes of lightly roasted coffee that was balanced with a bright tangerine hoppyness. Those flavors make for a wonderful combination. This brew left me wanting another one and yearning to try some more coffee infused IPA’s. This is not currently a hugely popular beer style so who knows how long I’ll have to hunt to find another. But when I do find one, if it is even half as good as Sleep Over it will have been worth the search.
I hope everyone had the chance to drink some hoppy and heady beers yesterday for International IPA Day. I managed to make some time for a few tasty beverages throughout the day. I started IPA Day off right with a pint of Hopgasm from 5 Seasons Brewery Prado accompanied by a tasty pulled pork Cuban sandwich with french frys. I love some Hopgasm, it is big and hoppy with just the right amount of bitterness and malt. Yum. I want one right now. I wish the brewpub could sell growlers of that tasty shit… And we’re back.
Later in the evening I sat down with a buddy of mine to check out some bigger IPA’s that I’ve been meaning to drink. We started with the Moebius IIPA by Omnipolo brewery from Sweden. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. It poured a nice hazy golden color that hinted at a fuller bodied drinking experience. When you smelt the beer your senses were slammed with giant pine and grapefruit aromas. Your nostrils do not lie because this beer beats up your pallet with pine needles and grapefruits. Loads of ’em. The bitterness is right on point too just when you think it might be to much it plateaus but keeps you hanging on the edge. This might have been my favorite of the beer of the evening.
The next beer in the tasting line up was a 2013 Bell’s Hopslam IIPA that has been aging for many months. This big ass IIPA is brewed with honey to off set some of the bitterness. It is a tasty brew but this one had sat around just a little to long. I don’t want to say that the age on this beer made it malt forward but it certainly lost lots of its hoppy appeal. On the nose there was a hint of spicy hop aroma that was dominated by a sweet malty fragrance. Once you dove in there was a muted hop presence as the sweetness from the honey took center stage. All in all it was still a tasty treat but not the hop bomb I was looking for.
The final beer in the IPA Day tasting lineup was a heavy weight. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IIPA is a giant IPA clocking in at 17.5% abv. From start to finish this beer was a battling for your senses. The bouquet slammed your nose three different ways. Super boozy, super hoppy, and super malty. This theme continued throughout the drinking experience as it turned my taste buds up to 11. This thing is a sipper if I have ever seen one. It is hard to say what aspect stands out most about this beer as your palate just gets hit with repeated overwhelming waves of tasty booze, hops, and malty sweetness. Either way it was a monster and I enjoyed it.
I hope you folks had a hoppy IPA Day too!