At this point, I will assume that my readers know the four basic ingredients to beer, as outlined by the German Purity law of 1516, etc. etc. I have come to the conclusion, however, that the fifth basic ingredient to beer is coffee.
Coffee is showing up in beers way more than I had originally seen when I first started the blog, and at this point it’s gone well beyond Porters and Stouts. They’re being found and blonde ales, sour ales, and in this case a Rye IPA from my dear friends at 3 Daughters brewing in St Pete.
3 Daughters is no stranger to coffee beers, and it was their Awake Coffee Blonde Ale (which, by the way, is available in 6-packs statewide) that brought me my first non-dark coffee beer experience. And that non-dark coffee beer experience was quite tasty, let me tell you. So when I got a crowler of Coffee Rye IPA (IPA, 6.7% ABV), I had the feeling that this was going to be tasty, too.
And indeed it was. What’s interesting is the fact that it’s incredibly meaty. The color is golden, just like any other IPA you can find, but the aroma has a little bit of coffee and a little bit of rye. Not so much like you’re smelling a loaf of bread, but it’s a very nutty, almost walnut, sort of aroma.
That big, bold richness comes through in the flavor profile as well. It’s just a good, solid amount of coffee, it’s not like you’re drinking an espresso from Starbucks or another coffee lactose porters. You just get a strong, slightly piquante roasted coffee flavor that is then bolstered by that big, woody rye quality in the malt. Earthy hops round out the flavor profile, making things spicy and a bit on the Alpha side, but it’s not a face melter.
In the end, it’s interesting to taste the very interesting, very unexpected combination of flavors to be seen in a beer. It’s also tap room only, which gives you another reason to go to St. Pete and visit the brewery on 22nd Street, as if you really needed another one.
We will have to see what other interesting combinations comes from 3 Daughters in the near future.
Drink Florida Craft,