Coffee stout is a relatively common beer style that has been around for as long as beer lovers have sought to integrate their favorite beverage into their morning routine. The match makes sense: Stouts and coffee often share a similar flavor profile: dark, roasted, chocolate notes.
But modern brewers are the creative and adventurous types who will add coffee almost anything, even beers with flavor profiles that may seem less likely to mesh – cream ales, pale ales, even lagers and pilsners – with occasionally brilliant results: New York’s Peekskill Brewery nails a coffee pale ale with their surprisingly delightful Wakeup Call; New Jersey’s Carton Brewing makes an Irish Coffee Imperial Cream Ale that tastes more like an Irish coffee than some Irish coffees I’ve had.
And while Rogue Ales new Cold Brew IPA is certainly not the first coffee IPA, the beer still stands out from the (growing) crowd in a number of ways. First, more than just a “coffee beer,” this is a “cold brew beer”: the coffee is cold brewed separately from the IPA and then the two are blended together. Second, this isn’t just any cold brew: It’s Stumptown – the legendary Portland third-wave roaster known for selling some of the country’s best cold-brewed coffee. It’s two of Oregon’s biggest names coming together in a big way. Rogue even pulled three of the beer’s four hop varieties – Liberty, Rebel and Freedom – from its own Oregon farm. But as with new beer experiment, the real question is: How does it taste?