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Koppi Coffee IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Koppi Coffee IPAKoppi Coffee IPA

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340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: bark on 01-27-2011)
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

cpinto6, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Krumb, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

bonbini26, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of byrdman16
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like it, IPA's are my Drink-O-Choice and this is different enough to make me want more. Pours the hazy copper-orange that everyone suggests, has a grapefruit like nose that to me is absent of coffee. Good lacing and what not, great mouthfeel with a well balance of sweetness and carbonation. Im really impressed with the taste. Nice fruity IPA that finishes with a hint of coffee. If you're a IPA freak looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, give it a shot. Cheers!

byrdman16, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

prototypic, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Koufax21
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

A - a bit of a haze on this straw colored ale. Nice head retention.

S - muted citrus hops, and a very mild coffee scent. I admit I'm reaching for the coffee smell. Not much there.

T - tastes of sweetness and mild citrus flavors. Once again, not getting much of the coffee here.

M - this a smooth sipping beer. Mellow carbonation and medium bodied.

O - I was expecting a lot more out of this beer. It just didn't live up to my expectations. It tasted like a regular ipa, just a lot more expensive. Glad I got to try it, but will not be purchasing any more of this.

Koufax21, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of rand
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 750 mL bottle to Mikasa pint glass

A: Pours golden-apricot in color, viscous, with a fluffy, cavernous, 2-inch head that leaves thick patches of lacing everywhere. Slightly opaque with a chilled haze, this brew looks damn inviting.

S: Not sure if it needs to be warmer, but there's barely a scent here. Subtle notes of citrusy hops linger, maybe some honey malts and tea like aromas. That's about it. Not a hint of coffee.

T: The palate is much more pronounced than the nose, delivering a fairly traditional West Coast style IPA flavor-profile. Lemon-citrus hops meets honey-laced malts, nicely balanced, with notes of earthy tea and whole grain crackers in tow. Finishes slightly bitter-sweet. Again, not a trace of coffee.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly viscous, but not nearly as much as the appearance would imply. Ample carbonation cleans the palate between each sip.

A pretty solid IPA, I'd drink this again, but it loses some points for the coffee thing (coffee is probably my second-favorite beverage to beer, I drink freshly ground black coffee every morning). I'm not sure coffee and IPA's mix that well in the first place, but I was expecting something a little more adventurous.

rand, Oct 22, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 ml. bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep, cloudy amber/brown. ~3 fingers of tan head, which fades slowly to a nice cap. Excellent retention.

S- Piny, musky, roasty, and a bit earthy/astringent, followed by a subdued caramel sweetness.

T- Earthy, slightly piny hops...bready, lightly acrid coffee note, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Moderate bitterness that seems to build and become more astringent as consumed.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium feel, and a bit dry.

O- Pretty good. This falls into the gray realm of interesting and fairly pleasing, but not great...an oddity that is worthy, if not awe-inspiring.

Future outlook: Didn't know what to make of this when I picked it up off the shelf, and it didn't fail to deliver on the confusion...an unusual brew that I'm happy to have scratched the itch of trying, but don't need to revisit anytime soon.

DoctorDog, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of stewart124
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange. Nice amount of white head in the snifter.

Nose is tangerine citrus and just a bit of vanilla. No coffee to speak of yet.

Lighter in body than I anticipated. Mostly light caramel malts with just a bit of roasted character but it's only as this warms that it is noticeable. Big amounts of buttering hops with grassy, citrusy characters. Really blends well and very easy to drink.

I'm glad I was able to try this on tap at Dutch's. Delicious and again this was very easy to drink. I would have liked a bit more body but everything worked well.

stewart124, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Derek, Oct 17, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max and Joe's here in Omaha. Pours super hazy caramel orange color with a tiny frothy head - for the little amount of foam it leaves some nice stringy lacing around the glass. Sweet caramel and subtle creamy coffee notes mingle with sweet citrusy hops in the nose. The flavor is odd, can't really determine what exactly I'm getting but there is bitter semisweet chocolate notes and a backing of citrus and piny hops, the coffee comes through in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is excellent - soft and smooth, nearly full bodied with moderate carbonation that brings it all together on the palate. Pretty funky beer, wouldn't expect coffee in an ipa to be rounded out and as drinkable as this but it was surprisingly delicious.

Cheers!

antlerwrestler19, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of biggsbowler
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle - I get a light amount coffee in nose. I get some hoppiness in the taste. Sweet flavour with caramel, pine, bread, citrus and coffee notes Quite fullbodied, creamy texture and soft carbonation. The finish is more dry with a pleasant bitterness. Im still not sure what to think about this beers. Coffee in an IPA seems weird, but it a lot better than I thought it would be.

biggsbowler, Oct 07, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. Bottle dated: 7521103, 2nd batch (Tomahawk x Odoo Shakiso)

A: Poured a deep amber, burnt orange color with 2 fingers worth of khaki colored head. The head is tightly packed with small bubbles which recedes leaving behind some spotted lacing.

S: Nose is piney, some floral with some light tropical fruit, and ends with some caramel sweetness that enhances or complements the pine notes. I'm picking up some faint roasted notes, not convinced of coffee though.

T: Taste is bitter upfront, big piney notes that somehow get counter balanced by some malt sweetness. At the back end I'm getting a bitter note, almost like chewing on roasted coffee beans.

M: Light/Medium bodied; Mouthfeel is a bit too light, carbonation was a bit low as well. I didn't feel that the flavors really meshed well at all. Overall, I did not understand the flavors and felt that they were a bit disjointed. My palate never was refreshed nor cleaned. The coffee notes were rarely noticed, except for the end notes of the taste.

lazjuarez, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

BARFLYB, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

dgilks, Sep 17, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

bluejacket74, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.25/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

MbpBugeye, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of chrisrhoppe
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge 3 inch, slightly porous head leaving impressive lacing. Hazy caramel, cooperish brown color.

Earthy, piney, floral hops with a caramel malt aroma.

Taste is a complete table turner coffee and roasted malt hit up front developing into a hoppy resin filled bitter ending.

The body is light but the flavor lingers as the bitterness sits on the back of the tongue.

10 minutes now as still coved in head. This is a very interesting brew and a great showing on Mikkeller’s creative genius. Would love to have this one again.

chrisrhoppe, Sep 09, 2011
Koppi Coffee IPA from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.