If You Love Cartel's Coffee, Wait Until You Try The Beer
The Desert Pale Ale's 110 IBUs ensure that it is, in fact, a pale ale, although it is a tad lighter and more citrusy in flavor. Its 5.5 percent ABV will be closer to a solid 6 percent in the coming months, Johnson said. But if you're looking for something a little higher in alcohol content right now, go for the Coffee Brown.
It was stupid of us to question whether they'd brew a coffee beer at Cartel -- what we didn't expect was an ale. Coffee notes are common in porters and stouts, so to get an nut brown ale that's strong in coffee flavor was exciting. Johnson says they went for an ale to let the coffee shine, instead of being merely another aspect of the beer -- and it does! The Coffee Brown is definitely our favorite of the two. After all, why go to Cartel for a brew if you're not going to get a coffee beer?