The chain announced the launch of its first beer, the Espresso Cloud IPA, which is one part coffee and one part craft beer. The foamy, ice-shaken espresso is layered on top of the freshly-poured IPA, and it’s served with an extra shot of espresso. You can knock back the shot separately or you can pour the espresso into the beer to get that Instagram-worthy “cloud” effect.
It’s an unexpected combination that promises a fresh “flavor punch, with complementary citrus notes in both the hoppy IPA and vanilla orange-infused espresso,” Starbucks writes in a blog post. Customers can order it at locations serving the Starbucks Evenings menu.
Here’s a video of barista Justin Burns-Beach, who developed the drink under a Starbucks R&D project to develop creative new drinks and beverage pairings.