Hotbox Coffee IPA

American IPA Oskar Blues Brewery

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Hotbox Coffee IPA, an American IPA by Oskar Blues Brewery

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Hotbox Coffee IPA is an American IPA brewed by Oskar Blues Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a can.

Appearance

Pours a hazy, burnt orange with a thick head of white, soapy foam that offers modest retention. Droplets of lace and a ring of residue cling to the glass.

Aroma

Aroma softly suggests coffee roast backed by tropical fruit. Toffee asserts itself as the beer warms.

Flavor

The palate begins mildly with malt and coffee roast, coasting towards a bite of citrus and pine. Finishes with a lingering sweetness of orange and caramel.

Mouthfeel

Mouthfeel has a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

Considering the name of the beer, I expected more coffee flavor. But its subtle use does allow the rest of the palate its place. Give the style, hops could have a greater presence but otherwise, the Hotbox Coffee IPA is easy to drink and enjoy.

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About the American IPA

The American IPA is the most popular craft beer style in the United States. And for good reason, too. When well crafted, its hoppy goodness delivers intense aromas and flavors that can be citrusy and fruity; floral and piney; earthy and herbal. The hops are complemented by a wide range of malts and other ingredients. It’s a popular playground for brewers to express their creativity and a veritable cornucopia for craft beer connoisseurs.