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Oskar Blues Brewery | Hotbox Coffee IPA

Oskar Blues Brewery | Hotbox Coffee IPA
Chea Franz

Featured photo courtesy of Oskar Blues Brewery

ABV: 7.2% | IBU: 70

Stouts and porters are most often the base styles for coffee beers and so my ears perked up when I heard about Oskar Blues‘, Hotbox Coffee IPA. The pairing of a hop heavy brew and coffee seem to be just the jolt I need out of a Spring Seasonal this year .

Following the success of their Hotbox Coffee Porter, Oskar Blues teamed up with Hotbox Coffee Roasters again. This cold brew extract comes from Ethiopian beans from a family farm in the East African nation.

I had coffee on my mind, so out of the can and into the glass, I expected a darker color.  Instead, the beer poured a golden honey hue with a fluffy white head. In the aroma, there is a waft of a comforting cup of coffee that sits on the table next to fresh fruit.

In the taste, I anticipated that competing flavors would come to the forefront; perhaps the roasty bitterness of coffee would clash with tropical, citrus notes coming from Simcoe hops. Instead, what I experienced was a beautiful symphony of quickly dampening earthy coffee and then lingering pine and citrus flavors.

Oskar Blues’ Hotbox Coffee IPA is available now through May in all 50 states on draft and in four-pack 12 oz. cans. Visit the brew near you. Cheers!

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