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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

335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To preface this review, I am not quite sure what I think about this beer already...but we'll give it a shot. For some reason there seems to be a "house character" to Mikkeller that doesn't seem to "do it" for me, but maybe this one is different. Let's give it a shot:

Appearance: Pours what looks like a cloudy burnt orange, but there are lots of bubbles rising that is giving the appearance that it is cloudier than it is. There is a 3/8" cap of off-white foam on top after the pour and it settles down to about 1/8" and stays there. There is already a bit of lace sticking to the glass. The lacing is pretty decent as the beer is removed, but the beer never gets completely clear.

Aroma: I get lots of citrusy American hops in here along with the expected sweet caramel notes to go with the IPA ensemble, but I am not getting the coffee part. Maybe I am numb or something.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty well with American hops and subtle sweetness being the primary players. The beer has plenty of carbonation for the style, which is good for the beer that it is. The body is medium and the carbonation does it well so that it goes down easily and smoothly. The finish is pretty balanced by the malt, but the hops are the winner in the end. The alcohol is well masked by the rest of the presentation. I am not getting any coffee in the flavor either.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good IPA. I am not sure where the coffee part comes in. I don't drink coffee, so you would think that I would be pretty sensitive to it, but I am not getting it at all. I may be feeling the effects a bit, but that may be the hops. Either way, this is a good beer, and one of the best Mikkeller beers that I have tried to date...and doesn't seem to have the dry house character that I have noticed in other beers, but it may just go better with the IPA style so I don't notice.

SkeeterHawk, May 27, 2011
Photo of Crabbicuss
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jack and Staples Corner for this delicious growler fill! Poured to a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy amber eluding to an awesome 2-3 finger head thick and rich with micro carb bubbles dispersing random bb size toppers. A long lasting head which is thick and frothy providing great retention and heavy lacing.

S - There is a very mild whiff on this beer with some underlying tones of citrus hops and sweet malt(s), but not much on the coffee contributor. A semi sweet aroma stands prevalent.

T - Easy introduction to the palate with mild semi sweet citrus taste followed by a nice balance of malt finishing with some low key bittering and finally that hit of coffee. Though light in it's presence, the coffee finds it's place towards the finish which may be the perp regarding the strong sweet & sour finish.

M - Smooth for a medium bodied beer. Gentle introduction with a semi strong and mildly sour finish. Again, finally the coffee shows up !!! The more this beer leans towards medium room temperature the more the coffee announces it's presence. Perhaps a hidden quality if consumed under the proper circumstances.

O - While the coffee addition may be misleading upfront, this IPA is rather tasty overall. If one allows the beer to settle and gain some temperature the coffee element comes forward exponentially. By itself minus the coffee ingredient it is a very drinkable beer. With some patience, one might find that the "sniper" in this brew (coffee) can be found if the consumer will allow the beer to rest just like a great steak..

My prescription: Though a little pricey, this one is worth a taste. A nice marriage between two basic elements which do not go hand in hand. We mostly ascribe coffee flavors to beer regarding stouts. This one worked well for me as the coffee contribution was not the prevalent up front flavor aggressing or leading the IPA as expected in most stouts similarly titled, but this is an IPA, not a stout. Instead the answer to this label which challenged the beer's description, ended up being the finish which leads to a decent transition wrapping up business sip for sip with the rogue agent revealing it's identity mildly at the end. Since you can't get it all the time I'd say it's worth trying if you have the time.

Crabbicuss, May 20, 2011
Photo of fear025
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL on 4/8/11.

Aroma:Fruity (citrus, orange) with a little bit of coffee.

Appearance:Deep honey colored, very little head.

Taste:Very subtle coffee flavor. On the foretaste, it's mostly grapefruit and orange flavors. In the midtaste you start to taste the coffee, and it continues on to the aftertaste, but it's subtle. The coffee itself is lighter roasted, and just a little bitter.

Mouthfeel:Body is light with low to medium carbonation.

Overall:This is a very pleasant IPA, and I wouldn't think that you could add coffee to an IPA and end up with something like this. I'm betting that this one is better fresh.

fear025, May 13, 2011
Photo of drizzam
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a cloudy amber body, topped by a ridiculous three finger offwhite head. It was a pretty aggressive pour, but the head sported excellent retention and left a nice veil of lacing down the inside of my tulip glass. My pour was just perfect, as a block of head jutted over the lip of my tulip glass, straight up but not losing any beer down the outside of the glass. I love that!

S - The brew carries the beautiful aroma of a fine IPA...grapefruit and pineapple. I smell no coffee whatsoever in the nose.

T & M - Tastes like a fine IPA as well. Those same citric hop notes that I smelled are present, but the coffee is surprisingly lacking. The hops are balanced nicely with a sweet malty character. This is a medium bodied brew that has a sort of drying character to it...maybe the coffee adds that since it doesn't seem to add a bold coffee flavor like I expected. Actually, as it warms the coffee appears just the slightest...a very mild accent to the hops.

D - This is really a solid brew, and not at all what I expected from a coffee IPA. It's a great IPA, just don't expect alot from the java. As it warmed it added a nice accent, but was far from the main player. I would certainly recommend this to my beer loving friends!

drizzam, May 08, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  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.

BeerFMAndy, May 07, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Sammy, May 06, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.38/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 06, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

liamt07, May 06, 2011
Photo of scarfield
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App- served into a stemmed glass. Copper with a nice head. Uneven lacing.
Smell-spicy hops and not much else. Can pick up a bit of a citrus or pine smell as well. This changes after I have had a taste and just a bit of sweetness comes through
Taste- in the first taste only the hoppy character comes through. Varied to an extent that I cannot get any coffee. There is quite a bit of bread flavor in the finish which gives way to bitterness.
Mouth- not a quaffer. The bitterness stays long enough that it carries over to the next taste.
Overall- drinkable as an ipa but no coffee shows up for me. I really enjoy mikkeller, but I feel that there isn't enough coffee here to warrant inclusion in the name.

scarfield, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressions: Big rocky slightly off white head, copper color, very attractive pour, although the head's so big it takes a few pours to fill the glass. Nose has a dash of coffee- earthy bitterness and some sweet nutty notes. Just a fleeting impression of these coffee notes on first sip- but it's gone quickly.

1/2 way through, though, I'm getting pretty strong coffee in the finish. As I breathe after the sip, the bitterness of a fresh roast creeps over the tongue. Wow. I was ready to write this off, but I can actually taste the coffee.

Another sip brings me back to the IPA. Then the coffee after the sip. And so on. Strange. The flavors are both here but don't co-exist- they are separate entities.

Mouthfeel is interesting- good balance on the IPA front, no sign of ABV. Really confused/impressed by how the beer is two-faced. The IPA isn't amazing, but it's more than adequate. Resiny and floral hops.

I'm impressed. Better than I thought, this beer took a while to play all its cards. Strange stuff from Mikkeller, but I guess that's the norm.

625

ShogoKawada, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of rinhaak
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a muddy brown hue with a big head that gradually recedes over five minutes. The color, which reminds me of Odwalla's Superfood, is actually rather unattractive.

The nose is fabulous with hops and freshly ground coffee mixing to form a fine duet of fragrances.

The taste is truly interesting with lots of citrus hops fighting with dark roasted coffee. The coffee really seems to win this battle, though, as the coffee flavors almost overwhelm those of the hops. The beer is fairly bitter, for the hops and coffee combine for a very bitter taste. That said, there is a hint of sweetness in the background that barely balances out what would otherwise be an overwhelming bitterness. There is a lovely long coffee-malt finish.

Overall a very commendable beer that combines popular flavors in an entirely new way. I only wished those flavors were better balanced.

rinhaak, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Kelly88
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle multiple times into my Bruery tulip. Thanks to j2brew2 for an interesting extra. Thanks Joe.

A- a light pour yields a huge 4 finger head that has since faded to a nice thick cap. Color is dirty gold. Nit much lace at all.

S- very light tropical candied fruits. Syrupy sweet swell is there as well. No coffee to speak of.

T- not very bitter. Has a nice amount of light citrus, apple cider mixed with pineapple and grapefruit. These flavors are Not very strong but they are pleasant. Again no coffee. Gentle hop sizzle with some flower hops bid you farewell.

M- good tingly carbonation. Maybe a little light but that makes it very easy to drink. Really nice feel but I feel something I can't put my finger on is missing.

Overall a good ipa. Everything about this beer seems to be subdued. More sweet than bitter but still flavorful enough to be interesting. No coffee but who cares

Kelly88, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

stakem, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

trappistlover, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Snow81
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Snow81, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Gavage, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA with a subtle coffee touch woven with dexterity around the hop bitterness.

Presentation: 750 ml brow capped bottle. Simple light blue label, somewhat lazy in its design but not too unfortunate. Notes main style and coffee characteristic alongside hop profile. Cap notes best by date (08/12/12). Notes brewing at De Proef and 6.9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold to pale amber pour, rich frothy head with rich retention and lacing. Nice surface memory... Quite a looker.

S - Fresh nose, hop driven, with a nice citric, grapefruit, and grassy touch.

T - Hoppy, softly fruity, with a nice citric touch, gently malty dash… And there is the coffee.. what a nice touch! It is subtly woven with the bitter and grassy end of the hops… This works! Almost undetectable and yet there adding a beautiful extra touch completely in sync with the brew.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth flow with a gentle bite.

O - Very pleasantly quaffable, nicely rounded IPA with that soft enticing bitter/coffee touch.

Notes: Maybe not a brew for the ages but the idea works very well, with a nice sense of purpose and balance in the palate. I would not mind at all to have a few more of this around. (Had a taster on tap as well some time ago and while good I did not feel the nuances. It might be bottle quality but more likely operator error i.e. me)

Daniellobo, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of dlmccabe1
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't know what to say here. I was really excited about this as I hadn't seen very many (any?) coffee IPA's around. And for $16 for a 750ml bottle, I figured the uniqueness would be there. Unfortunately, I didn't detect any hints of coffee in this IPA. Not in the color, not in the aroma or the flavor. As an American IPA at 6.9% abv, it was fine. Nice, even. But I can drink an American IPA anytime and there are better examples out there.

If you're looking for coffee in your IPA, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a drinkable American IPA from Mikkeller, try this.

dlmccabe1, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was very excited to find this one at the village pump in College Park. Split it with a friend right after. Not what I expected, though. Poured a milky amber color with a nice orange tinge and little to no head. No smell of coffee, a lot of hops and bit of sweetness, but no coffee to speak of. Very buried. Tasting doesn't change much. Still have a lot of trouble finding the coffee, but what I think happens is you get some of that coffee bitterness at the end of the traditional IPA taste. Gives the hops a nice little cap-off in the back of the mouth. Other than that, it's a nice herbal and oily IPA. It's almost one of these great understated beers, but there's not quite enough that's buried. I would love to find some other tastes buried alongside the coffee, a little bit more spice, a little apple maybe. I'll be curious to try it one day from another source and see how this compares. Not sure I'll get the chance, but here's hoping.

petacutlasaurus, Apr 16, 2011
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.

biboergosum, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO. $14. Cap says 08/12/12. Into an old school NB Globe.

A: Hazy amber color with a dense tan head that foamed up to about an inch that has collapsed to a cap of bubbles leaving some huge gobs of lacing. Really a nice looking beer.

S: Really getting a lot west coast hops here, not a lot of coffee in the nose at all. Resinous citrus hops and a bit of a caramel malt profile smells like a pretty standard IPA.

T: Hops dominate the overall flavor, but there is a pretty decent malt profile as well, citrusty hops fade into a nice lingering bitterness. Coffee is pretty much non existent. I try and find it, but man there is nothing standing out as a decent coffee note. I get a kind of weird flavor I cannot place, but it is unlike any cup of coffee I've ever experienced. Decent IPA though.

M: Nice amount of body, and the carbonation is spot on, finishes dry. Not bad here.

O: Well, its labeled as a coffee IPA, and I definitely get the IPA, and its a pretty good IPA, but I get zero coffee in this beer. Not even the slightest whiff of coffee, or the slightest taste of coffee, which kind of pisses me off when spending $14 on a bottle of it. I guess I just don't get it. Disappointing.

pokesbeerdude, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Genghis22
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange marmelade color. Huge frothy off white head, with tons of super sticky lacing.

S - Citrusy and piney hops dominate the nose. There is a bit of a cut grass type of smell. No coffee.

T - Citrus, and pine again. First sip is really sweet, like mandarin orange sweet. There is a malty break and then the hops strike with full force bitterness. Can't seem to really find the coffee in this. Aftertaste is more of the same.

M - Medium body, with a nice level of carbonation. The higher carbonation level satisfies an IPA with a medium body like this one, nicely done. The finish is nice and dry.

O - Meh. I was really intringued by the the idea of IPA with coffee, and I still am, because there was no detectable coffee in this beer. It was tasty, but nothing out of the ordinary. I'll pass on this in the future, 15 bucks could by a lot more of better IPAs.

Genghis22, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gem from joemcgrath27's Edmonton haul.

A - Pours a murky swamp water copper colour, two fingers of light fluffy head with solid retention and some nice chunky lacing.

S - Unique scent, and reminiscent of a black IPA with nice earthy cedar hops, dark roasted caramel malts and a tart espresso scent on the finish.

T - Surprisingly bitter earthy hops off the top, and the coffee malts, though present, definitely take a back seat. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. A bit disappointing and one-dimensional as I was expecting a much more complex flavour.

M - Medium bodied ale that bubbles up on the tongue, goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - Very drinkable and reminiscent of a toned down cascadian ale. I was expecting more on the coffee side of things and must admit that for the price it was a bit of a disappointment.

andrenaline, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

TurdFurgison, Apr 10, 2011
Koppi Coffee IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.