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Beer Styles

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Coffee Beer

As the name suggests, this can be either a lager or ale with coffee added to boost flavor. While stouts and porters are popular base styles for coffee beer, many craft breweries are experimenting with other styles, like cream ales and India pale ales. Brewers may steep the beans in either water or beer to impart java flavor without adding acidity. Barrel-aged or wood-influenced versions may show signs of oxidation, including sherry notes and other advanced flavors.

Category: Specialty Beers

Food Pairings

  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Aged Semi-Hard Cheeses
  • Vanilla Ice Cream

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Nonic Pint
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Pale to Black

Clarity

Brilliant to Opaque

Carbonation (Visual)

Varies

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Varies

Hop

Hop flavor is reflective of aroma and can be low to high depending on the intent of the underlying style. Hop bitterness is very low to medium-high.

Malt

Medium-low to medium malt sweetness helps accent coffee flavors and aromas.

Esters

Can be present.

Phenols

Can be present.

Sensations

Body

Varies

Carbonation

Low to High

Finish Length

Varies

Attenuation

Medium - High

Ingredients

Hops

Varies

Malt

Varies

Water

Varies

Yeast

Lager or Ale

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