Rogue’s Cold Brew IPA provides enough coffee to wake up any dead guy while simultaneously offering plenty of old-fashioned west coast hops to please any hop head. The Rogue Cold Brew IPA includes just enough coffee taste to remind one of a good porter or stout, but this medium-bodied brew is remarkably “easy drinking.”
Interestingly, this writer continues to find himself drinking coffee-flavored beer, despite possessing a serious disdain for the morning brew. Somehow, brewers continue to demonstrate their skill and artistry by deftly incorporating coffee into their recipe, allowing it to exist as an ingredient, rather than tasting like someone poured beer into their cup of Starbucks. Rogue’s Cold Brew IPA embodies that knack for brilliant beer crafting. As a result, this writer who thinks the best part of waking up is chocolate milk in his cup found himself saying, “I really like the coffee in this beer.”
The customary hops aroma that one gets from the Rogue Farms’ special breed of hops is somewhat hidden in this IPA because the coffee exists as the prominent aromatic within this Rogue creation, notably if poured into a snifter or any type of glass that one can sink one’s nose into upon engaging the drink. Nevertheless, the hops flavor is prevalent with each taste – full of floral and bitter notes, as well as a smidgen of citrus. The hops provide for a great aftertaste, too -not a palate killer, but certainly noticeable. It’s not quite heterogeneous, but the interplay of the coffee and IPA work harmoniously so that the taste of coffee and IPA arrive with every sip.
Leave it to Rogue to produce a fine beer that transforms a coffee hater into one that not only accepts the coffee into his IPA, but celebrates it. Back in the early 2000s, Rogue Dead Guy Ale served as one of first crafts I ever drank. Alongside Sierra Nevada, Shiner, Pete’s Wicked, Anchor Steam, Bells, and New Belgium – there was Rogue Dead Guy Ale. In fact, Dead Guy was the first beer bottle that ever adorned my bachelor-pad garage-sale-purchased dresser like a craft-beer trophy.
Today, I’m a beer connoisseur and writer that drinks more craft beer than I can even keep track of, but I’ll always remember Rogue Dead Guy, and I’ll remember this one, too. Dead Guy helped turn me into a beer geek, and Cold Brew IPA helped me enjoy coffee in my beer. It’s that good.