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Coffee Brown – Saint Archer

starcher_coffee_bttl6% ABV
Purchased at Taylor’s Market ($4.99/22 oz. bottle) and poured into pint glasses.

Brewed by San Diego upstarts Saint Archer, Coffee Brown pours a black coffee color with a mid-sized, sawdust-colored head.  The nose is more sweet than roasty, not unlike coffee candy, with aromas of coffee, amaretto, milk chocolate and toffee.  Coffee Brown gets sweet on the first swallow as well, with a flavor that feels a little too artificial, and although it finishes with a nice coffee and cream richness, the aftertaste is a little thick and syrupy.  There is some nuttiness from the brown ale base, but I would have preferred more bitterness, and a coffee flavor that was slightly more authentic.  We have really enjoyed some of the hoppier offerings from Saint Archer, but this one just misses.

   2.5 Toasts



   3 Toasts


Linchpin White IPA – Green Flash/Founders Collaboration

7.0% ABV
Purchased at Corti Brothers ($5.29 /22 oz. bomber) and poured into pint glasses.

His Notes:

This collaboration beer between San Diego stalwart Green Flash and Michigan-based Founders pours butterscotch yellow with a fluffy, bright white head.  Linchpin has a nose of zesty citrus, especially lemon and grapefruit, and a prominent yeastiness that it gives it the overall aroma of a lemon cookie.  That bready quality does not extend to the taste, which offers grapefruit bitterness on the first swallow, backed by even more citrus on the retreat.  It’s refreshing at first, but one sip goes a long way, and Linchpin’s mouth-coating citrus aftertaste (apparently only produced by the blend of hops) actually left me parched.  This one is for hardcore fans of the white IPA style only.

  2.5 Toasts

Her Notes:

   3 Toasts

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