Magic Beans (Coffee Amber Ale) – Brassneck Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


Magic Beans (Coffee Amber Ale) – Brassneck Brewery, 6.5% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (local beer)

Brassneck’s description on their website:

“Seems that when most breweries make a coffee beer it’s Espresso Stout or Porter.

We wanted to try something a little different. We brewed a base beer deep amber in colour with natural malt sweetness & delicate fruit character. Instead of adding espresso, we “cold brewed” the coffee beans in the beer.

This gave us some wonderful acidity balanced with delicate fruit character rather than the big roasty flavours many of us are accustomed to tasting in other coffee beers.

The final result was a real tribute to the quality of the beans provided by Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters in Victoria BC & the creativity of our Head Brewer.”

  • Style: (coffee) Flavoured Amber Ale
  • Taste: Clean coffee bean fruity malt caramel fizzed ale
  • How much: $8 (tax incl.) – 1L, bring your own bottle (May 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: quite good if you like coffee

Visual: (growler fill) Pours cloudy cola brown with a nice very cream lasting head, a nice 2mm layer of retention, sticky lacing, lots of steady streams.

Nose: ground coffee beans, light burnt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, soft fizzy, cacao nibs

Mid-palate: immediate coffee beans, (lvl-5)-sweetness, light-med acidity, (MAIN) coffee, caramel, malts, non-descript grape/cherry fruitiness

Finish: malt-caramel, coffee bean exhale, partially lacking -> flat finish.

Summary: Excellent clean coffee bean entry and fruity light bitter-soft sweet mids lend this one to be an easily appreciated beer. It’s like a cold brew coffee with fizz and buzz.