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Koppi Coffee IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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167 Reviews
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Reviews: 167
Hads: 365
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, caramel, and some very subtle coffee aromas. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA but I am getting more caramel aromas and flavors than any sort of coffee. (516 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 2.5 finger off white head on a nice cloudy copper body. very nice lacing.

S: pine and earthy hops nicely blended with caramel malts and a subtle but nicely included espresso/coffee note.

T: very interesting beer. the hops up front are mostly citrus, earthy and some floral which fade in and out hereafter yielding to a soft but well applied coffee and espresso flavor which also provides a mild grassy bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: not an everyday beer but the transition and complexity of the flavors is certainly memorable. (572 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the initial taste has flavors of citrus hops and hints of caramel. Notes of coffee flavors become apparent afterwards and stand out in the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness. The flavor of coffee becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied with some crispness and smoothness on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is a very balanced IPA and with an interesting twist of coffee added to it, which is subtle and lends a bit of complexity to the taste. (742 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not as coffee centered as i expected, and i dont think that is a bad thing here. the pours is a darker golden color, more almost amber, with a brown hue from the coffee. airy white head with good lacing. the beer smells like coffee alright, but also some pretty high alpha hops and a morning biscuity malt profile. the flavor is coffee first, hops second, but its a gentle transition such that its hard to tell if the bitterness is coffee or hops. maybe its both. there is a very sticky mouthfeel to this, despite its soda carbonation and only medium body. its sticky to me, not sweet though. caramely maybe. i think the coffee and hops marry well, and this is a beer only mikkeller could pull off. it might not be 16 bucks a bottle good, but its pretty darn tasty. (765 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a magnificent head; great stickage and a nice patter of lace

Smell: I have tried this a few times without noticing much coffee in the aroma, but on the third try, the nose expands with roast coffee elements, overwhelming the hoppy aspect that I had noted previously

Taste: Very clean opening, with the malt providing a palette for the hops; by mid-palate, the tangerine and pine flavors are quite pronounced; once the beer warms a bit, the coffee starts to be detectable in the middle and, in the finish, there is a pronounced java character

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I have had this both on tap as well as in the bottle and found the coffee more detectable in the bottle, particularly as it warms (799 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I saw this one at Abe's I was pretty stoked to try it. This brewery usually impresses me quite a bit and since I've never seen a Coffee IPA before I knew I had to try it. The beer poured out as a light brown color with a pretty nice looking head on top. The smell of the beer was hoppy, I struggled to get the coffee aromas at any point while having this one. The taste was the same way... All I got was hops, I tried blowing my nose and everythig to possibly clear my senses a little and still no coffee in this one for me. The mouthfeel was decent, I feel that it was just about average to most IPA's. Overall I found this one to be a little bit of a disappointment. (673 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with light dry coffee notes is quite singular. Taste is also an interesting mix between some piney and light citrus undertones mix in with light dry coffee notes. Malt presence can be felt though doesn’t’ play a huge role. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting experiment with a good balance between the coffee and the hops notes. (502 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden amber color with a two-finger, off white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled grassy and not much else. No coffee aroma. Hmmm, a coffee IPA?

T - It tasted grassy with a sweet caramel backbone. It was nice bitter but there was still no coffee taste.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. I still didn't get any thing remotely coffee-like. (483 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice, light amber, with a nice little puff on top. Nice lacing as it drops down the sides leaving a broken crown along the top. Aroma is solid coffee and rich citrus hops that I am finding increasingly common now and really something I did not think would mix but really does quite well, with light notes of lactose and touches of something sweet balancing in there as well. Rich coffee notes with light touches of sugar are the way to go here. Smooth, easy sipper as each taste seems to bring more of the coffee flavor up to the forefront before the hops take over and rule the day Lighter feel then I would have expected but with the more the adequete carbonation it really seems to work here. Easily drinkable as this one went down without a fight and forced me to move on to something else. (794 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a finger of white foam to go with it.

S: Coffee IPA, eh? Interesting as I don't really smell any coffee. Maybe a touch of a roast but otherwise it's grassy hops, some mild citrus, and quite a bit of caramel malt (and perhaps a touch of brown sugar).

T: No coffee flavor either, but I think I'm grateful for that. Sweet fruit, especially citrus. Plenty of brown sugar and caramel sweetness. A decent amount of bitterness and a little bit of grassy hop flavor.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: No coffee character at all, and just a mediocre IPA is what you get from it. (632 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a vigorous, two and a half finger head of off-white foam on top of a very hazy, golden-brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace an leaves nice, sticky lace on the glass.

S - An aroma of toffee malt with pungent hop notes of pine and grapefruit. I'm not really getting any coffee in the aroma.

T - Bready malt up front with a bit of juniper and pine. A touch of caramel in the middle with more pungent hop character. The beer finishes with more of the juniper hop character and, finally, a charred note of coffee and smoke. Fairly strong hop bitterness is reinforced by a slightly acidic note of bitter, black coffee.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Unusual, as one would expect from the name. The coffee isn't as prevalent as I might have hoped, but it definitely does make an impact in the finish. The smoky coffee lingers on the palate and is an interesting novelty in a relatively light colored beer. The hop character is nicely done as well and it makes for a pretty good beer overall. (1,068 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Glad to finally get to try this one without having to shell out for a bottle. It pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, light peach, very light leek, caramel, and white grapes. No trace of coffee, but some lovely hop character. The taste brings in more of the same, with some pine thrown in to round the hop notes out and a backbone of mild coffee that increases as I continue to drink. The combination sounds odd, to be sure, but it works somehow. The body is a light-ish medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, a smooth-ish feel, and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a surprisingly solid IPA. Just goes to show what strange combinations beer can successfully utilize. (763 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
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 (835 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured into a tulip glass, a clear golden-orange with a small, dense head. Very crisp aroma of citrus and general IPA hoppiness. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that didn't get any coffee from this supposed "coffee IPA." I got little to no coffee in the aroma or taste. That's not to say this wasn't a good beer, but it didn't exactly deliver what was promised. It did deliver a nice IPA offering though, with crisp citrus taste, apricots, light apple notes, and very woody overall. Medium mouthfeel, and a very drinkable IPA. But yo, goober, where's the coffee? I even let it settle to near-room temperature, but the coffee thing just wasn't happening. Oh well. Still good. I assume the recipe just needs a little tweaking, and I hope they do so, because a coffee IPA sounds like a good idea. (839 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served into a Westvleteren goblet in Stockholm, Sweden. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head of nice lovely cream lacing and great thickness. Retention is excellent. Colour is a murky cloudy off-copper.

Sm: IPA bittering hops, caramel, and ever-so-slight fruit ester hops, maybe raspberry. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Bittering hops, light cream, and maybe raspberry. Very simple actually. A disappointment from Mikkeller. No coffee comes through whatsoever. It's a fruity IPA. There's not even roast. Mikkeller's me favourite brewery in the world, but this is lackluster. I expected coffee at least. Built alright and balanced decently, but fails to be special.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a lot of IPA-typical coarseness. Doesn't perfectly match the flavours of the body, but it's close.

Dr: Relatively high ABV, false advertising, limited quality, and a disappointment from me favourite brewery. Only hardcore fans of the style need apply. (955 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, dark amber color. Impressive blanket of lace after each sip. Modest, minute bubbled head.

Strong grapefruit aroma--very impressive even after being poured by the bartender three minutes ago.

Harshly bitter from the hop content and the coffee presence. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild, but bitter and long lasting. The body is as expected for the style. Overall, a very interesting beer. (402 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle best by date of 8/12/12 poured into a snifter. This brew appears a clear color of orange with 3 fingers worth of white fluffy head. It leaves a lacin pattern on the glass with webbing, lines and patches. A swirl revives more than a finger of large bubbles which forms a yellowish stained froth that holds strong.

The smell of this brew is citrus, grassy hops, some mineral aspect and quite a lot of sulfur. The coffee addition seems to be missing from the aroma, about the only characteristic I smell that is vaguely reminiscent of coffee is a bit of a musty tang to the backend. More sniffs reveal a scent of rindy fruit and pulp.

The taste includes quite a bit of mineral character, sulfur and modest bitterness. There is no coffeeto be found in the flavor of this brew, as I take more sips I struggle to come up with something and it's just not there. Vaguely on the backend is an earthy aftertaste maybe coffee-like with a stetch of the imagination. The majority of this brew's flavor though is citrus hops and other bitter rindy flavors with an increasingly musty aftertaste as the brew warms up beyond ideal temperatures.

This is a medium bodied brew with a very lively level of carbonation that is a bit excessive initially but it calms down. The drinkability of this brew is decent but would not be a selection I would make if I was in the mood for a really good ipa or if I wanted a beer with coffe inclusion. (1,434 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a very thick surface covering.

Smell: grapefruit, grass, and some soft fruit sweetness is all you can detect.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, green apples, and a hearty bitterness are the main flavors. The coffee only shows up very late and it is barely noticeable. I expected a bit more coffee punch with this.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, lightly crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the graperuit and bitterness linger a while.

Overall: decent IPA, but based on the idea of a coffee IPA, this one just doesn't deliver the coffee part of it. (666 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Mikeller Koppi Coffee IPA went in the glass with a dirty well water faded brown slop look with sectioned of clumps of brown foam up top, nice legs.

Smell is of the coffee variety and much more bold than batch one. This is the 2nd batch with the Ethiopian coffee within. Smell of light roast, bittering hop musk and a smidge of brown malt, sugars and earth.

A nice mix between the coffee and the hops. The 1st batch tasted like a alt beer gone wrong, this one fits the description. Ripe roast, coffee grind, bittering hops that is more earthy than citrus. Some pine. Some malt in the back.

Feel is at about medium with very active crisp carb. Lively on the tounge, it approaches bitey, yet that may be the hops. I don't think a whole bottle would be my thing but sharing would be ideal. Maybe a smaller bottle with a smaller price tag. Good stuff though, if he can keep up with this batches standards. (924 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, a coffee IPA. Let's see how this goes

Nice pour. Big fluffy, dense, rocky head. Light amber. looks good.

Aroma is unique. There is a coffee aspect to it, but more of coffee plant and green-ish than bean or brewed. Fresh. The hops come through as tropical with hints of citrus. Malt is raw biscuit dough.

Taste follows the nose. Coffee up front. It's quick and green. Like walking through a coffee field. Biscuit seems chewy throughout. Most obvious for the hops are on the end. Citrus and tropical. Light passion fruit. Some grassiness.

Overall this IPA is more about flava than feel, although the feel is hoppy. Unique is all I can say at this point. For the size of the bottle, it's a sharing beer. (710 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a slight haze. Aroma of fresh coffee and hops, and not without some booze. In the taste, rich nutty coffee and some raw citrus, herbal, floral action. Bitter and a bit rough around the edges with the raw coffee flavor, still rather delicious. Medium bodied, well carbonated ale. Overall, a fine brew and proof coffee and hops can be a match made in heaven. (387 characters)

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Koppi Coffee IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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