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Koppi Coffee IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Koppi Coffee IPAKoppi Coffee IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 15
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 01-27-2011

A coffee-IPA.

Ingredients: Water, malt, barley flakes, Tomahawk hops, coffee and yeast.

The coffee comes from Swedish coffee roasting-house Koppi.

The first batch had Guji Natural organic coffee from Sidamo, Ethiopia.

The second batch had Odoo Shakiso Coffee from Ethiopia.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij, Belgium.
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Ratings: 355 | Reviews: 169
Reviews by MbpBugeye:
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Mikkeller wine-style glass. No freshness dating that I can tell, but 7521103 is stamped on the back label.

Appearance
What a muddy looking beer, but I pretty much expected that. The head is amazingly large and the lacing is copious, but the beer itself is pretty nasty looking. It’s a fully muddied, dirty pond water burnt orange. Quite unlike any other beer I’ve seen, which is a good thing.

Aroma
I’ll give this a score this high for accomplishing what this beer sets out to be. Lots of hops build an aroma of a very mediocre IPA. It smells like its going to be pretty hoppy, but also very piney and overly bitter. Coffee is stronger than I expected. I figured either the hops or the coffee would have to suffer. But as far as the aroma goes, neither of them do. There is a spiced tea quality that is formed as two worlds collide. The coffee smells like a fresh brewed cup of black coffee. Said java becomes very aromatic upon swirling. For the most part the earthy roast of the coffee and the pine and citrus of the hops clash in a violent discord, but every other sniff clicks and the citrus matched up with the acidic, fruitier qualities of the coffee.

Taste
This sure is a strange beast. I almost don’t know where to begin. It seems as if the hops lose out to the coffee here, but not without a fight. There is a little bit of raggedy, bitter pine aggressiveness, which is what I’ve begun to associate with hops like Tomahawk. But this hoppiness falls off very fast, making way for a stale, bland, oil coffee taste. Its pretty gross; like the second running’s of day old grounds. Then, as abruptly as the flavors started, they disappear. The finish is hollow, vapid, and ghosted with only notions of past flavors.

Mouthfeel
Expressively carbonated. This stuff fizzes up way to quickly and sharply. The body is thin, made to feel thinner by the fizz. This beer is very dry as the carbonation seems to keep the beer off of the palate.

Overall
Weird, wacky stuff. I’m glad I got to try it, but I wish it weren’t in 750s, and I wish it were cheaper. IPAs seem best when untampered with.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another interesting concept from Mikkeller.Poured a deep hazy burnt orange with a large blooming head that never really completely subsided,a soapy and citrusy hop blast in the nose,a very subtle roasted note after awhile but its really subdued.Again big citric hops on the palate,very fresh and green tasting,the coffee really doesnt play a part until way in the back end providing a roasty caramel tinge.This is a good beer but I gave it a lower overall score because the coffee doesnt really play a role in the beer in my opinion.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly. I've never heard of a coffee IPA, so I had to try it.

In a snifter the beer was a hazy amber color. There was a medium-sized tan head that left a sheet of lace. A really sticky beer.

Mostly a straight IPA aroma. Citrus, some piney hops, some sweet malt. I think there was some coffee aroma that appeared late.

Very nice taste. Grapefruit and tangerine. A little bit of piney hops. Unsalted Ritz crackers. And the coffee did make more of an appearance.

Hoppy, but not aggressively so. Did the coffee do that?

Weird but interesting. On the fence about having this again.

Photo of Beaver13
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange amber with a huge creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a sweet and sour almost bretty twang with some floral earthy hops.

The flavor is sweet malt and some tropical fruit with some floral hop bitterness and a bit of a slight sour/bretty note. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. It doesn't have the hop notes I normally enjoy (piney, grapefruit). I really get no coffee at all from it - I get more Brett notes which are interesting. If you let it warm and really try, there might be a slight coffee note.

Photo of mverity
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I prefer Mikkeller's Sleep Over Coffee IPA over this particular beer.

Photo of Mora2000
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and bready malt, with some candy hops. I don't get any coffee in the aroma at all, very disappointing.

The flavor is unfortunately more of the same. I get some bread, toffee, grass and candy hops. I also get some sweetness and a light amount of bitterness. If there is any coffee in this beer, I can't taste or smell it. A nice IPA, just not a coffee IPA.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of tednkelly
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mikkeller Coffee IPA is overall unique. Not an everyday beer but worth a try.

A: Cloudy orange color with little head.

S: Slight coffee and citrus aroma.

T: Presence of malt. Finish is dry with slight coffee aftertaste. Light hops taste.

M: Not much carbonation.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of May 2014. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. The label states that this is the Tomahawk x Guji Natural version; a blend of hops and Ethiopian coffee.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very hazy orange-amber hue with low carbonation. Yields a huge head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of bitter roasted coffee beans and light notes of citrus hops with a hint of lemon. Underpinned by subtle caramel malt with a faint sweetness. Quite a restrained aroma, though the raw coffee notes comes across.

Tastes of intense roasted coffee beans and mild aromatic hops, with considerable bitterness on the finish. Raw notes of roasted coffee with a slightly 'green' character - very much a whole, unprocessed bean flavour. Underneath this lie subtler hints of pine and faint citrus hops, accompanied by a caramel malt backbone and a spicy quality. Very dry, with a powerful, astringent bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and spicy, with a lovely, velvety body. Undercarbonated and slightly flat. Highly astrigent, with an aftertaste of bitter coffee beans and aromatic hop notes.

This is fantastic. My initial impression was that the coffee and hop flavours didn't go together, but the blend just grows on you as you drink. Intensely raw, bitter coffee with superb depth of flavour, combined with lighter aromatic hop notes - this is an unparalleled drinking experience. The only minor flaws are the lack of carbonation and the rather uninspiring appearance - but the flavour is where true judgement lies. Mikkeller have done it again; a crazy, over-the-top mix that sounds insane but works brilliantly. I'd grab another if they weren't so damned expensive. If you love coffee and/or extraordinary experiences, then this is the brew for you. Don't pass it up.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.37/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Whoa, pours orange. . . never had a coffee beer pour orange, was expecting brown. Aroma doesn't have coffee in it, starting to wonder if there was a mislabled bottle or something. Smells just like a pale or ipa without coffee.

Taste, again, where's the damn coffee? Mildly hoppy. This seems neither an ipa, nor a beer with coffee. What the hell? Lame attempt at explanation from shop keeper was that its the mild Ethiopian coffee and our American palates aren't in tune with it. Yeah, I call bullshit.

As the beer warms, you can find the ever so slight coffee nuance. Extremely disappointing. And to pay $12 for this bottle is even more bullshit. Would not recommend. Says coffee & tomahawk hops on the label, you really have to search the palate to find either one.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus hops. Also present are hints of grassiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Moderately sweet pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by bright tropical fruit flavors. Midway through the sip the hops dry out a bit with the addition of deep citrus and hints of earthiness. Near the end of the sip just a hint of nuttiness comes into play before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but got absolutely no coffee out of either the aroma or the flavor profile - the closest component was the faint nuttiness on the back end of the sip. A very good IPA as long as you don't expect any coffee influence.

Photo of JFrank78
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle aged. A very interesting light coffee ipa, Belgian style. I typically don't love coffee beers (especially of the stout variety), but this one was very interesting. Not like any coffee beer I've ever had. It's light, not overly hoppy and full of flavor. A dessert beer, or late night sipper (if you need to stay awake). I'll grab this one again.

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Nice how, through beer, I am learning some Danish!

This beer pours a cloudy dark, shadowy golden brown hue, with a multitude of dense foamy, billowy pale beige head, which leaves some quasi-random, sudsy drooping lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of musty, dusty citrus hops, biscuit malt, and faint bitter coffee. The taste is more musty, bitter, leafy citrus hops off the top, with some mild fruity coffee maltiness following up. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight for an IPA, and fairly smooth. It finishes with a diminishing bready malt, the coffee and leafy hops bitterness taking up the cause.

The IPA-ness of this offering gets kind of muddled by the coffee influence, which I've seen happen before. It ends up seeming more like a pale ale with a decent, if fairly understated, coffee kick. Which, given the trade-off, is fine by me.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the batch brewed with Ethiopian Odoo Shakiso coffee.

Pours a fluffy, dense, tightly-packed off-white head that lasts a long while before going anywhere. The liquid is remarkably hazy and a kind of copper-sunset in color. Good bit of lace is left as well. I'm giving a 4.5 mostly for that beautiful looker of a head.

Nose is definitely IPA all the way, some bright, leafy, green-smelling hops, while the coffee nudges in slightly with earthy, nutty, almost coarse sorts of tones. Not much malt coming into the aroma, and this shows several signs of being plenty edgy, in terms of bitterness. Let's see.

The base of this beer is clearly American-style IPA. The hops have a leafy, drying sort of bitterness, with some tart citrus peel elements coming in and pretty much any fruity type of sweetness totally left out. The coffee does exactly on the tongue what it does in the aroma, and that's provide a slight but significant edge to the flavor. Not too bitter, not too acidic, not too nutty, but a little bit of each. Mildly roasty, but you probably wouldn't know this was made with coffee if you didn't know beforehand. The malt seems to be working here as a shadow component. You know it's there, if only just from the color of the beer (and the fact that most beers are, uh, made with malted grains), but between the hops and the dash of coffee personality, they're nearly invisible. Leaves me with a "west coast IPA" finish, and overall vibe. Just has that particular kind of leafy, aggressive bitterness, if lacking just a bit of the citric sweetness that usually comes with them. Most interesting.

A pretty dry IPA, with the body being on the lighter side (but hardly watery) and slightly sticky, with the carbonation trying to come on strong but only merely caressing the tongue and not slapping it around.

"A+" for effort here, as it's a successful enough experiment with what is now a well-worn (but still wonderful) style. It's just that most of the malt character (and yes, you want some malt character in your IPAs, don't you?) is edged out by the coffee's subtleties and assertiveness of hops. Some sweetness and a slightly more pronounced coffee presence could have done wonders, but is that asking too much? Mikkeller, along with BrewDog, have definitely established themselves as the Dogfish Head of Europe -- long may they meddle!!!

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding blend. Its an IPA all the way, moderated by the subdued coffee flavour. Every so drinkable, Ken's bottle. Masterful blend. Roasted aromas. Dry hoppy as well. Lacey. Some characteristics of a black IPA.Oneof the better beers as of late that I've had.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fine I.P.A. Not as strong a coffee taste as I expected. Different and worth a try.

Photo of Snow81
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours cloudy with a lot of sediment with a dirty orange color

Head: Big frosty cream colored head

Smell: Big citric with a sweet maltyness

Taste: Way big bitter citric hop with toasted malt and no coffee on the palate

Weight: Medium to heavy body with a low carbonation

Finish: Bitterness in the cheeks with stickiness on the lips

Photo of prototypic
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Koppi Coffee IPA pours an orange stained copper color. It’s very hazy and has a distinct orange tint when held to light. It’s topped with a really nice cream colored head that stands about two and a half fingers tall. It’s very slow to dissipate and leaves thick, sheets of sticky lace behind. Looks good!

The nose is interesting. It’s not bad, but not quite what I expected. First off, I’m not getting any coffee at all. Disappointing for a coffee IPA. There’s definitely a good bit of sweet caramel malt. Not my favorite thing. Hops are relatively strong in the mix. I’m getting a good mix of earthy, grassy hops, as well as some light pine and citrus. Pretty diverse mix. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t seem strong. It’s not bad, but isn’t very good either.

The flavor’s pretty good. It’s definitely not what I’d hoped. I’m still not getting any coffee and am quite disappointed about that. Caramel malt certain anchors things down and adds quite the sweet flavor to the overall mix. Hops are definitely diverse. I’m getting grass, pine, and citric notes of orange and grapefruit. It’s a little bitter, but is balanced quite a bit by the malt presence. Nonetheless, it definitely leans in the hop direction. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Finishes a little bitter and dry.

The body is medium. Carbonation feels active and a tad buzzy. It’s not quite smooth. It still goes down alright though. I should finish off the 750 without much trouble. Honestly though, I think a 500 ml bottle might have been the better choice.

Koppi Coffee IPA is interesting. As an IPA, it’s not bad. I could deal with a little less malt and perhaps a few less bubbles. I like it alright though. On the other hand, it is not quite the coffee IPA is holds itself out as. In fact, there’s nothing here to suggest coffee’s present other than the label. If you’re in the market for a pretty good IPA, it’s not a bad choice. If you’re looking for a true coffee IPA…keep searching.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: Deep amber with a khaki colored head.

Smell: Hops, Citrus (orange and grapefruit), coffee.

Taste: Just like the aroma. Amazing.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, medium coarse with a dry finish.

Overall: Awesome IPA character with some coffee added to it. Very cool concept. Love how the coffee is on the end and not overwhelming. Well played Mikkeller. Well played. Cheers.

Photo of maltstress
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber appearance. Hazy, though wondering if the degree is due to the fact that this was a hopped beer brewed a few months ago, and it was imported. Frothy head. Effervescent. Smell and taste: pine, and sweet citrus. Very faint caramel? Bitter, dry finish. It's a great IPA, and I would definitely drink it again. A little disappointed I didn't pick out any roasted or coffee notes. Perhaps I'm not in the right mood or my palate wasn't clean enough. But I've been waiting for this beer to hit the shelves since January expecting to taste something totally unique and mind blowing. Great beer, but I think my fantasies of what this beer was going to taste like hindered my actual experience of it.

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date on the cap 08/12/12. Picked this up in Jenks at the Biergarten, pleased that Okie has picked up Mikeller & Nogne!

Pours amber with a huge 4+ fingers of pillowy sand colored head. Epic head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness & leafy hops, not much else, a vague pear scent as well

T: Serious piney & woody hop notes, caramel, bready notes & some charred grain/coffee notes on the fringes up front. Leafy & woody hops dominate as this warms, caramel also lurks in the background to provide balance, along with a slight husky grain profile & dryness. Finishes with pear fruittyness, orange peel, herbal & woody hop bitterness with woody dryness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, good balance

Glad I got to try this,a decent AIPA variation, the coffee is really subdued in this one, At this price, a one & done

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - murky burnt orange hue, tall tan head had solid retention
S - strong perfumy odour, piney, grainy, slightly sour, and very subtle coffee
T - very perfumy and floral hops up front, some pine, sharp grainy malt, and like the nose the coffee is so subtle its almost not there until the late finish
M - medium body, spicy and slightly astringent dry finish
O - must admit I was very excited for this and a little disappointed by the lack of coffee presence, mad respect for making a coffee beer outside the stout/porter convention though, still a tasty and very drinkable IPA

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a recent tasting by myself. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a vibrant orange with a minimal pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine, pine resin, and subtle coffee. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, and very subtle coffee. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The coffee aspect of this one was quite subdued unfortunately. However, this was a fairly solid IPA in both aroma and flavor. The hop characters definitely dominated on this one, just wish the coffee would have shined through. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of trappistlover
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle from Bruery Provisions). Pours cloudy apricot color with a white head. Aroma has peaches, mango, papaya along with some dank hops (the brighter hops, though are prominent). Flavor is light bitterness with some sweet malts and a bit of coffee. Medium bodied with an oily texture. This is a nice beer, although the coffee is quite subtle and hard to find at times. Its a very tasty IPA.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- Cap dated BB 8/12/12. Consumed 3/23/11.

A: The first pour yielded one of good clarity, sunset orange with a strong raging effervesce inside. A foamy tan head sits monstrously ontop, almost to the point of filling half a glass worth with a lasting effect leaving a snake band lacing of good coverage. A second pour sent a ice-berg of foam breaching forth and upward, sturdy and dense in nature while the clarity became a bit cloudy.

S: Fresh citrus and grapefruit, nice level of strength at first out of the bottle, slowly diminishes there-after. No signs of the coffee just yet.

T: Hoppy fresh grapefruit with a touch of peppery citrus and pine are forth-right and of good strength. Fresh grassiness comes in on the close perhaps with a slight indication of ice coffee mingling with a flowery citrus. Had my doubts about a coffee ipa, though it would come off more as a hoppy stout, but his is an ipa first, hoppy with just the right amount of ice cold coffee hints mixing with a caramel grain sweetness makes this a delight.

M: Medium bodied, flowery citrus with a peppery spice touch. Active carbonation, dry finish with floral hops rounding things out on the tongue.

D: Nice drinkability, kept me interested and looking forward to each sip to the very last. Great drinking ipa, solid recommend, expected nothing less from this brewer.

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Al's in a tulip.

A: The IPA is a golden color, amber with a darker hue. Let's chalk the darker hue up to the coffee addition and move on (it's still translucent if not transparent). A thin band of white head laces quietly around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is all IPA, citrusy with tropical fruits in tow. Pineapples and grass are strong. The sharp bite of the hops is balanced by caramel malts, a good balance that keeps the hops in center spotlight.

T: The juicy hops really shine, lush and fruity sweet. Pineapple, grapefruit, resiny pine, all take turns. The bitterness isn't overpowering, rather it delivers a swift punch. Bitterness lasts, sweet and numbing, long after each sip is gone. The coffee is generally absent, appearing mid- and late- in each sip. The coffee isn't imperial like a stout. Instead the darker flavors coalesce around the bitterness, adding a smooth roasted finish.

M: Resiny and oily, the hops are of the American IPA subgenus. They sing in each sip, comforted by the sweet finish of coffee. I really enjoyed the hoppiness.

O: The coffee plays a bit part in the ale, adding just enough vibrancy to be noticeable. The hops are the true star, delivering resins and sweet intensity that can match up to most American IPAs.

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Koppi Coffee IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.