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Koppi Coffee IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Koppi Coffee IPAKoppi Coffee IPA

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very good

347 Ratings
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 15
Gots: 30 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into my glass stein a lightly hazed amber color with enormous fluffy white foam topping for several minutes, large loops of sticky lacing left behind as it slowly recedes....very pretty beer and a lot lighter in color than I had expected for a coffee beer. I can stick a finger in the head and scoop up solid clumps like a merengue!

And there is almost no coffee smell at all in the nose. Seriously. The aroma is a blend of spice and tea, but mostly a melange of savory herbal sort of aromas over the top of light pine resin.

The coffee exists quite strongly in the flavor, despite being absent from the nose. Some toasted bread and pine with earthy noble hopping and a squeeze of grapefruit rind, semi-acrid coffee finishes up.

Creamy smooth texture and medium-high carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of AdamBear
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark amber with a very nice and sticky cream colored head

S-aged hops and herbs. Does not smell great at all. Medium strength. No coffee.

T-hmm comes in with a decent taste of coffee and herbal hops. It's actually an okay taste. Has a good after-taste of dark roasted coffee. 

M-medium carbonation with a good dry finish

O-actually surprised this is more like a regular ipa than a black ipa. It tastes like an average ipa with a hint of true coffee. I'm fairly impressed with this and actually want to buy it again some time.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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

On tap, into a Mikkeller snifter glass at Strangeways in Dalllas, TX. Thanks mattisloco and Eric (proprietor).

A - Medium hazy/cloudy brown with decent amount of off-white head. Creates a respectable amount of lacing through the entire glass.

S - Coffee notes are present but not overpowering. Hops also make a show but mild at best. Not a strong smelling beer by any means but good for what it is.

T - Taste mirrors the smell with the coffee coming on the front end but only mildly. Their is bitterness but hard to decern if it is from the hops or the coffee. Not an overly bitter beer by any means but very enjoyable. Kept wanting more.

M - Good mouthfeel for an IPA. Creamier than most, but finishes well. Not a Mikkeller fan usually but this one works for me. Nothing present makes me want to stop drinking this.

O - A "different" American IPA if you are tired of the gluttony of average or below-average American IPAs out there. Not a tremendous coffee flavor but enough to compliment the style. Not overly bitter either, but its an IPA not an IIPA so it is square in the middle for the style. If you can find this give it a try. There are better American IPAs out there much closer to the true "style" but this one gets marks for its difference to that style.

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4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Excellent three fingers of head, huge retention, and heavy lacing. A murky amber-brown sort of color.

S: Lots of pleasant hops. I'm mostly getting the Tomahawk (Columbus) here. Citrus and pine. A hint of roasted bitterness on the end is, I suppose, the coffee? All in all, quite pleasant.

T: Holy shit. This is almost perfectly concocted. A bit blast of GREAT IPA flavors is stopped in its tracks by understated but super-obvious coffee. It doesn't actually taste like coffee, the way some stouts do, but instead manages to import that certain variety of dry bitterness associated with roasted coffee beans. The flavors blend superbly, creating a beer that is highly bitter, but immensely drinkable. The resiny grapefruit works with Ethiopian coffee better than I would have thought possible, but, according to Wikipedia, "The most distinctive flavour notes found in all Sidamo coffees are lemon and citrus, with bright crisp acidity," so maybe it makes sense.

M: Well carbonated, moderately thick, and, for only 6.9%, just bursting with flavor.

O: All hail Mikkel! He's done it again. I absolutely love this fascinating, tasty, inspired, and incomparable beer. Highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of lovindahops
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having a glass of this different type of brew on a happily warm and windy Sunday in the cuse

A- hazy firestorm of bright orange colors surrounded by a wicked head of heavy cream foam sailing on top of the brew. Massive lacing all over the glass edges. Certainly no coffee-Esque attributes on this appearance but nevertheless I am impressed

S- a tropical and Carmel candied malty scent with some biscuity presence as well. If you told me that this was just an ordinary ipa, I would never even think to look for coffee. Nevertheless, there might be a dry scent of coffee grounds present

T- very big tendency upwards caramel malt and grassy theme. Pretty good, with a lack of coffee to say the least

M- excellent carbonation and prickly fruit flavors. Dry on the mouth.

O- an enjoyable ipa that was heavy in the caramel malt department. Again, no coffee presence for the most part but this was a nice malt forward ipA

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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.

Koppi Coffee IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.