Oldhand Coffee IPA – Ravens Brewing Company (Abbotsford, BC, Canada)

Oldhand Coffee IPA – Ravens Brewing Company, 6.0% ABV – 70 IBU, 650ml, (Abbotsford, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

on the front-left label:

“THE SKINNY: Combining two worlds into one, the bright, juicy tropical flavours and aromas of Galaxy and Amarillo hops are presented alongside a delicately roasted Honduran coffee which provides caramel and fruit characteristics. With an assertive bitter back bone, this IPA is unexpected, but deliciously satisfying.”


  • Style: (flavoured – coffee beans) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Roasted coffee malt background citrus acidity toasty toffee barley malt burnt astringent bitter hopped finish
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: Pours almost clear pale orange-brown with a small 1cm head, a thin spotty layer of retention, mostly sticky lacing, clusters of tight micro streams emerging from the base.

Nose: light roast coffee mixed with toffee sweet barley malt, background alcohol (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp-almost creamy

Mid-palate: coffee malty, subtle background coffee acidity, (lvl-4-sweetness), roasted toffee barley malt, orange/tangerine citrus

Finish: caramel, roasty dry coffee exhale, light burnt cocoa bitter, astringent lingering dry grapefruit citrus hopped bitter

Summary: Decent mouthfeel and coffee malty flavour but I’m not liking the astringent rough bitter finish. The hops are a bit harsh and gives the impression of mistakenly burnt malt. I had Rogue’s Cold Brew IPA several weeks ago and this IPA just pales in comparison.