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Koppi Coffee IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Koppi Coffee IPAKoppi Coffee IPA

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 14
Gots: 31 | 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 Kelly88
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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.

Photo of trappistlover
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Snow81
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of Mora2000
3.21/5  rDev -16%
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.

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.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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)

Photo of dlmccabe1
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of Genghis22
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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.

Photo of steven9000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- A Very dark orange color with a off white 3 finger head.

smell- I get citrus and also a dill smell lol. I get a faint mocha smell also. Smell is overall pretty faint but still nice.

taste- initially i get the coffee at first then the on the middle i get the citrus piny hops then the aftertaste is all coffee with a touch of bitterness. I wish i could get this in 6 packs.

mouthfeel- is light to medium. perfect for the IPA style. the carbonation is spot on. perfect for the IPA style

Overall i thought this was a good beer. Definitely unique and pretty tasty. I do wish this beer was bigger in hop flavor and also bigger in coffee flavor since im a hop head and a huge coffee fan so yeah i really liked this beer.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - murky burnt orange hue, tall tan head had solid retention
S - strong perfumy odour, piney, grainy, slightly sour, and very subtle coffee
T - very perfumy and floral hops up front, some pine, sharp grainy malt, and like the nose the coffee is so subtle its almost not there until the late finish
M - medium body, spicy and slightly astringent dry finish
O - must admit I was very excited for this and a little disappointed by the lack of coffee presence, mad respect for making a coffee beer outside the stout/porter convention though, still a tasty and very drinkable IPA

Photo of cosmicevan
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was extremely excited to find this one locally as it sparked my interest as soon as I heard about it. Bottle cap has the date 08/12/12.

a - Opened the bottle and poured into an oversized snifter. Light orange in color with a big frothy bubbly white IPA head. The head sat on the beer as almost a powder puff that moved as a solid unit when swirling the glass. Lacing was pretty present.

s - Hop forward and sweet. Has an almost belgian tingle to the smell which might be the coffee. In any event if that is the coffee, it isn't coffee in the traditional sense as described when drinking many stouts with coffee. There isn't that big bold roasted or nutty thing, but there is a wonderful sweet hoppy smell to this brew.

t - The hop sweetness is again there, but quite bitter. It sort of dances the line between just right bitter and too bitter for my palette. Again, the coffee is not noticeable.

m - A bit watery and bitter. Good carbonation and a nice tingle.

o - If it didn't say coffee on the label, I'd never know this was brewed with coffee. On the whole, the beer is a pretty tasty IPA, but the experimental addition of coffee...is either such a perfect blend that you don't notice it or it is drowned out by everything else. I wish I had some guji natural coffee to see if I can pick it out since I don't notice any. Not worth the crazy price I paid for it since seems like a good IPA and nothing more. Hits the spot for me tonight though...won't get it again unless priced more competitively like other good IPAs.

Photo of lowendfrequency
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - A hazy copper pour into an oversized snifter with a solid 2" beige head that hung out for a few minutes.

Aroma is sharp citrus with a floral hop character. Not particularly strong There is a hint of sweet malt or honey in the background as well.

Flavor is a bitter grapefruit, honey and pine with a nice grassiness to finish. There is slight caramel and an almost lactose like softness. Milk duds come to mind. Starts somewhat malty but finishes fairly dry with only a little lingering sweetness.

This is a somewhat decent IPA overall but I'm left a bit underwhelmed. I didn't detect anything that I could distinctly identify as coffee, although it did have a strange softness to it amidst the bitterness. Don't get me wrong, drinking this one certainly didn't suck. The hop flavor was nice but nothing stood out as remarkable. For a $12 beer billed as a Coffee IPA, I feel this one misses the mark.

Photo of wordemupg
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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

Photo of vfgccp
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange amber with a huge creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a sweet and sour almost bretty twang with some floral earthy hops.

The flavor is sweet malt and some tropical fruit with some floral hop bitterness and a bit of a slight sour/bretty note. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. It doesn't have the hop notes I normally enjoy (piney, grapefruit). I really get no coffee at all from it - I get more Brett notes which are interesting. If you let it warm and really try, there might be a slight coffee note.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 330 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep hazy coppery amber when held to light, more like a russet chestnut hue otherwise. Tall spongy off-white head with excellent retention.

Coffee, chocolate and hazelnut are first to arise in the aroma, then some dry bready malt and herbal, leafy, spicy hops.

Coffee and dry malt up front in the flavour that is almost immediately eclipsed with herbal, spicy hops. The coffee along with a bit of chocolate returns in the aftertaste to linger on.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation and a creamy smooth texture that hints at touches of oiliness.

No real harmony or unity with this, nor is the juxtaposition unique enough to be truly noteworthy beyond saying you've tried it once. The quality is there, this isn't swill, but the combination just doesn't jive, at least for me.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of TheDTrain
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok let's break this down..

Appearance: Doesn't look like coffee at all. Hazy orangy with high carbonation.

Smell: Doesn't smell like coffee. Not much here. Light hops, slight lemon and grapefruit, mild earth tones

Taste: Doesn't taste like coffee. Not much to it at all. Very dry and drinkable but nothing special about it.

Moral of the story: Nothing about this reminded me of coffee. Yes a coffee IPA sounds awesome and unique, but don't buy into this one...especially for $13.00 like I did. Live and learn I guess.

Photo of homebrew311
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at Durty Nellies.

A: appears orange and clear with a sticky white head, lots of lacing and good retention

S: fruity and spicy hops along with pine notes and earthy noptes, some grapefruit among other citric qualities. Coffee is lost in the aroma. This smells nice for an IPA, but considering that it is billed as a Coffee IPA, I was expecting some coffee aromatics.

T: palate starts smooth and balanced and then turns sweet and syrupy. Big bitterness come in at the end which is the first time that I detect a faint hint of coffee. The finish is slightly roasty with big bitterness. It seems that the coffee primarily adds bitter components but largely gets lost by the assertive hop profile.

MF: thick body, almost syrupy

O: Interesting brew, but I can't help but feel like the addition of coffee is more of a gimmick than anything.

Koppi Coffee IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.