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Koppi Coffee IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Koppi Coffee IPAKoppi Coffee IPA

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very good

167 Reviews
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Reviews: 167
Hads: 367
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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 liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ken, 750ml into a tulip. Best before 08/12/12 indicated on the cap. Batch 2, with Tomahawk x Guji Natural Coffee.

Pours an opaque golden orange, with a towering creamy and dense head. Mikkel has yet to fail with making every beer I've tasted from him look absolutely fantastic. Sticky lacing. Nose is great, lots of citrus, lemon, pineapple and pine, but not coffee to speak of yet. Taste follows the nose, with citrus and some bitterness. No absolute coffee qualities come through for me but some general roast reminiscent of coffee makes a brief appearance. Malt is not overpowering on the IPA side of things, but mild and appropriate for this beer. Quite a good beer overall in terms of an IPA, but I'm not completely sold on the 'Coffee IPA' tag ascribed to this. I'd be curious to know how the coffee was incorporated into the brewing process. I'm leaning closer towards a 4.25 in the Overall category in this one.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Local Taphouse as part of the Mikkeller Tap Takeover. This was #12 of 20.

Pours a very cloudy hazed orange colour, with a frothy and slightly large-bubbled head of off-white. Decent lacing. Looks pretty good.

Nose is an interesting blend of hops and coffee. The coffee character gives a fruity, slightly underroasted coffee character, along with a big hit of green sharpness from the hops. Some pine comes through, along with a generic biting, cutting hop character.

Taste is interesting, but missing something overall. Certainly a hint of coffee bitterness, along with a fresher hop character. Quite a mildness to it overall, but the darkness gives it an oddity that is intriguing, if not all that awesome. Feel is pleasantly round and full.

A very interesting experiment, but an experiment it remains. It's a curiosity, but not something I really want to drink more regularly than that.

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Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. Given the name of this beer, I was expecting this might be a black IPA... guess again.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light sweet malt and some tea like aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this lightly sweetened beer. This beer is listed as a coffee IPA on the beer menu at Max's, a description that makes no sense at all to me. I get no coffee flavor to speak of, and there is very little hoppy bitterness (though I picked up more and more on the finish as the beer sat in my glass). I've had some pale ales with more of a hop bite than what I get in this beer. Regardless, the flavor profile isn't offensive, though it's a bit light and sort of simple. It tastes like some sort of herbal tea, but with a dash of hops for bitterness that I pick up on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, fairly bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol not the least bit obtrusive or intrusive.

While nothing mind blowing, I thought this an interesting, enjoyable beer. Shrug.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice amber. Huge, lightly-off-white head. Great retention and lace.

S - Sweet cola. Warm booze. Milk chocolate. Light herbal hop character.

T - Sweet bread, grapefruit, orange, soft caramel. Milky latte. Rolling tarragon bitterness.

M - Med body with a fantastic, well-rounded finish. Lightly sweet with a soft coffee flavor that lingers for a lifetime. Perfectly carbonated.

O - A fantastic beer. The coffee is supper mellow and doesn't jump out and steal the show - instead it slowly builds throughout the profile, showcasing the flavors around it in new lights.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Capone's on 2/17/11.

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves sporadic chunks of lacing behind.

Slightly toasted malt aroma with subtle roast character. Hints of toffee, biscuit, caramel and rye but not much coffee. Underneath the malt there is a nice citrus hop character with hints of orange and lemon peel. Subtle notes of biscuit and graham cracker.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a blast of bitter yet sweet hop flavor that lingers throughout over the toasty malt backbone into a nice dry finish. Toasted malt with hints of biscuit, caramel and rye but again, not much coffee. Only slightly roasted with faint graham cracker and biscuit malt notes. Nicely balanced with some lactic cream and citrus orange peel but I was expecting a bit more coffee flavor.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy orange with a very large off-white compact creamy head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: The Tomahawk hops gives it rich floral bitter hoppy vibe. Piney, pineapple, citric fruits, grapefruit. Caramell malt with some sweetness. Nice balance.

T: Caramell malt, sweet. Some obvious Tomahawk hops; bitter and floral. Piney; pineapple, grapefruit. After a while the coffee kicks in; strong black. A mild dark bitter chocolate backbone.

M: The aftertaste is really long and holds dry bitterness. Body is medium and carbonation is very mild. A dry beverage.

O: A very nice IPA where the Tomahawk hops and the coffee work great together.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-amber with an off-white head, nice retention & hint of lace. Doesn't look at all like coffee (I was expecting more of a Cascadian/black IPA).

Big hop aroma, with subtle hints of roasted nut and biscuit.

Definitely leaning towards an IPA, with small hints of light roasted coffee. Solid bitterness.

Moderate body is smooth with only a hint of hop acidity.

An interesting brew and a very nice drinker.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass april2 2011

A hazy orange amber with a solid light tan head that retains to the very bottom of the glass and leaves some random lace

S earthy hops, tea bag and cold sweet coffee, not bad but weird for an IPA

T what I imagine wet spring thaw leaves to taste like with more cold coffee and some booze I couldn't smell

M medium bodied with decent carbonation, flavors linger and so dose a little grit on the gums

O not a combination I look for in an IPA, the coffee mingles poorly with the earthy hops

perhaps with a much darker malt this could work but then of coarse it wouldn't be the worlds first coffee IPA. I like Mikkeller about as much as a man can like a brewer but some of the gimmicks don't work for me but hey at least its not the same old same old

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.37/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

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Photo of bark
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Odoo Shakiso edition.

The colour is orange-gold-amber. The liquid is hazy like a hefeweizen. The high yellowish head sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy with sweet notes of honey and flowers. A grand bitterness that, at times, leaves room for a dry almost harsh and frowsy coffee flavour.

The taste is a blend of sweet mild coffee and a clean bitter American IPA with notes of grapefruit, pine and bitter herbs. The aftertaste is quite mild with notes of old grinded coffee. In the finish, the citric bitterness returns.

The carbonation is medium strong. The medium sized bubbles are very short lasting. The liquid is dry and quite light.

An IPA with added coffee… The main problem is that the two flavour families never marry in my mouth: It is either a bitter IPA or not-that-fresh coffee flavours.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, it's the 2nd batch (Tomahawk x Odoo Shakiso version). Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a murky copper/orange color with a couple inch off-white head after a very slow pour. The head stays around for a long time, and there's a lot of lacing, too. Aroma is mostly citrusy and pine hops, along with some caramel malt and coffee. The coffee aroma was weaker than I expected. However, the coffee flavor is stronger (and gets stronger as the beer warms up). Along with the coffee, I can also taste citrusy hops, caramel malt, and some piney hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit creamy, slick and smooth, and is also well carbonated. Too much carbonation for my liking. I'm still trying to figure out if I like this beer or not. I don't hate it, but I don't think it's great either. I guess I'm just not a big fan of the coffee and IPA combination. It's something that's worth trying once, but at $13.99 a bottle I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of dgilks
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tomahawk x Odoo Shakiso

Hazy deep amber colour with a big, fluffy and long lasting off-white head.

Sharp, piney aroma with a touch of grapefruit. Somewhat sweet. Where's the coffee?

Very interesting flavour with the piney hops hitting up front with some slightly sweet caramel malts. The coffee adds depth and an earthiness to the midpalate and finish that is unique and that grows on me as this glass continues.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good. Crisp and refreshing.

A delightful little beer with a classic Mikkeller IPA malt profile, a solid American hop profile that makes for a good IPA and then the added interest of the coffee which is unique. Very good.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's a mind-blowing concept: Infuse an IPA with hints of coffee. It seems odd but it could just work!

Pours a dark amber color with a thick, fluffy white head into my glass. I can dig it.

Plenty of citrusy hops upfront with a hint of coffee bitterness as well.

Wow.The use of coffee gives this a slick mouthfeel that helps infuse the citrusy hops with the psyche. A slight bit of nuttiness too!

As you can see above, the mouthfeel is very slick and coffee-like. It almost steals away the focus on the hops.

I have to admit, I'm impressed with this beer. It's very creative and very drinkable as well!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Moeder Lambic in Brussels, just looking for a one-pint change of pace from the lambic and gueuze that were the main focus. This was served in a goblet, a hazy beer with light orange color and a few fingers of white foam.

I didn't smell any coffee, but this did have a non-IPA aroma mixed in with the aromatic hops. It may have been more like coffee creamer than coffee, at least that's what I smelled. Maybe musky is a good descriptor.

Subtle for sure, and the same character defines the flavor too. The citrusy hops are balanced by a slightly sweet caramel malt, and flavored throughout with coffee creamer added with a very light touch. Lactic I suppose. Strong bitter bite in the aftertaste.

I liked this quite a bit, an interesting mixture of current styles, it comes across as odd but tasty.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a massive, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of citrus, hops and a little malt thrown in.

T: Tasted of hops, citrus (a little grapefruit), and malt. Maybe it was just me, but I really didn't get much of a sense of the advertised coffee in the flavor. Still, this beer tasted pretty good.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, somewhat watery finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: While it doesn't necessarily deliver on the advertised coffee, this beer is still very drinkable.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at WLV, poured into my De Struise glass... The body shows off as a dark orange, medium cloudiness, more of a copper in the middle. The head is light tan and initially rises several fingers. Great retention and super thick lacing, wow... The aroma is shockingly devoid of coffee, expecting at least a little but I get more of a standard, slightly malty ipa. Toffee, grapefruits, grass, bready... Again no coffee at all on the taste. I can't tell if I'm happy because its not there, or more disappointed because I wanted to see a regular looking ipa taste like a great black ipa, ala GI's A Beer Named Sue which is a great roasty ipa that I love. The aroma is very citrusy, tons of oranges and hint of bitter grapefruit. Pine and grass hops on the finish but they are light, more toffee on the finish than hops. An ever so light hint of coffee on the finish, but you really have to look for it... The finish is piney harsh, a hint of bitter coffee... Pretty drinkable, however with the alcohol I get off this I'm surprised this isn't more like 8%.

This is a pretty decent ipa, however don't come in expecting a coffee ipa or you will be sadly disappointed.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Max's.

Hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with nice retention and lacing. The nose is dominated by caramel, hop character that makes me think of Centennial hops. There's a subtle coffee character as well, a sweeter, lighter roast. Not nearly as aggressive as I was expecting, given this beers pedigree. Too sweet, but the hop character is nice.
The palate opens with candied oranges and plenty of bitterness. Coffee is obscured, peeking through in the mid-palate and also in the finish. Bitterness is high, as is the carbonation. Too big in body for an IPA, this is not a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
6.9% ABV, 08/12/12 printed on the cap.

Thanks to TheDTrain for sharing! (and by sharing, I mean taking the pricy hit for this beer...)

A - The hazy golden orange is a good color topped by a dense off-white head. Good retention and thick lace left on the glass.

S - No real coffee in the aroma, it's actually pretty bland with a low aroma of earthy hops. Plain amber malts. A swirl brings out a hint of hops.

T - The otherwise mild hop flavor is underlined by faint coffee notes in the back. Grassy, earthy, and lightly lemon citrusy.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a moderately dry, slightly bitter finish. Nicely balanced.

O - Lacking in aroma but decent in flavor, there's almost no coffee in this one. Overpriced and average.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey-golden with a thick, off-white head. Strong aroma is predominantly hoppy - but not a hint of coffee. Strongly hoppy, evergreen flavor is quite pleasing and satisfies my liking for hoppy beers - but where's the coffee? Never mind, it's a good IPA nonetheless. Texture is fiercely tingly and fizzy.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1; bottle poured into a snifter

The body sat a golden orange with a one finger ecru colored cap. Some small bubbles streak through the liquid. The aroma is of grapefruit rind, coffee grounds, perfumey/soapy, and some bready malt. The flavor profile is fairly similar, except the coffee makes itself a little more pronounced. Candied grapefruit up front with some toffee/bready malt through the middle. A brief rush of coffee grounds mid-palate before some soapy hops take over. The finish is sweet, with a dry bitterness coming out in the end. Medium body, a little chewy, with good carbonation. An interesting mixture of flavors that worked pretty well. The hops were a little sweeter than I would like, but counterbalanced the bitter coffee to a degree. Not overly exciting.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange/amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows resinous hops, grapefruit, heaps of clean malt with some caramel as well, and a soft, earthy, chocolaty coffee character.
Flavours instead seem to show the roasty, bitter side of the coffee, although the hops are what really stand out. Massive, piney, grapefruit-like bitterness completely dominates, although some alcohol rears it's ugly head in the finish. Way too harsh and bitter.

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Photo of drpimento
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is another beer this evening that is very good but not like what the lable proclaims. Let it warm out of the fridge. Poured with a very nice, foamy, frothy, fluffy, slow to settle, cream colored head and lots of lace. Aroma is mainly hop with a little malt and grass. Very little coffee present anywhere. Flavor is where the coffee barely shows up. But, mainly it's just a good work a day IPA. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is fairly long and like flavor. Booze shows up too. Could be a session. Graded it lower cause I don't know where the coffee is.

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Koppi Coffee IPA from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.