Mexican Chiapas Cold Pressed Coffee Ale – Howe Sound Brewing (Squamish, BC, Canada)

Mexican Chiapas Cold Pressed Coffee Ale – Howe Sound Brewing, 5.5% ABV – 22 IBU, 1L., (Squamish, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

on the front-left label:

This smooth amber ale is conditioned with cold brewed coffee to give a bold aroma and flavour of fresh coffee with roasted, earthy, caramel, and nutty notes.


  • Style: (flavoured – Galileo cold brew coffee) Amber Ale
  • Taste: Sweet heavy nutty caramel roasted barley malt muddled coffee soft bittersweet finish
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $11 CAD (after 5% off) – 1L., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, cold brew not integrated well enough

Visual: 1L bailer top bottle. Pours clear copper brown with a very small dissipating 1mm head, singular fast streams.

Nose: clean aromatic roasted cold pressed coffee (lvl-8)-intensity

Attack: light crisp, light fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: nutty (lvl-8-sweetness), sticky caramel roasted barley malt heaviness, background subtle coffee sour, muddly coffee astringency

Finish: nutty coffee exhale, soft bittersweet roast

Summary: Lots of caramel barley sweetness but I find the cold brew coffee notes to be out of key and slightly astringent. The amber ale base is also too thin and doesn’t possess enough carry. Far better examples of cold brew additions are Central City’s Imp Coffee Stout [A-] and Rogue’s Cold Brew IPA [3.9/5].