Sleep Over Coffee IIPA - To Øl
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3.18/5 rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
11.2 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Lucky's in Woodstock, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clouded, dark orange body with a sea foam spray-type, lightly yellowed head.
Smell: Resinous, citrus oils commingled with wafting, stinging alcohol and brewed (and subsequently chilled) coffee ahead of the sweetish malt notes failing to make much of an impression.
Taste: A toffee and caramel syrup maltiness with a quick pop of sugary sweetness. This upfront sweetness is swiftly knocked aside by a full rush of pithy citrus, resinous hops and a bold bitterness, as well as the coffee flavor and peppery, punchy alcohol qualities. Drying, bitter finish that's a bit hot. Lingering astringency and alcoholic harshness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: I didn't really like it. Not that I have a beef with the concept, as I quite enjoyed BHB's recent Wrong Em Boyo. Now c'mere and give me a hug!
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2013 01:23:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.25/5 rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
11.2oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. This should be interesting- never had a coffee imperial ipa before. Cap says 8/2/14, I'm assuming this is the best by date.
A- Pours an opaque caramel brown with about 2-3 fingers of slightly off-white frothy head that has decent retention. Leaves thick layered frothy lacing. About average carbonation. The appearance of this beer is the closest you can get to a caramel appearance.
S- Coffee grinds that have been sitting around for awhile, hops, some chocolate, and malts. Lots of conflicting flavors that give this beer a terrible aroma. Literally smells like garbage.
T- Coffee grinds, light hops, some malts, finishes with more coffee grinds. Definitely a little bit better then the aroma, but the taste is still very off putting.
M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, abv actually decently well hidden, not too bad to put down once you get past the off putting taste.
O- I was kind of skeptical of a coffee IPA from the start. First of all this beer actually poured with a nice appearance, but it definitely went downhill from there. The aroma smelled like garbage- old coffee grinds that had been sitting in the trash for awhile mixed with some light underlying hops. The taste was a little bit better but not by much- the coffee and hops in this beer definitely didn't balance very well. The mouthfeel actually wasn't bad- for a 10.5% beer it actually went down pretty easily once you got past the rancid taste. Overall this beer was very unique, but there is no way I could recommend it. Actually had to drain pour it and I hardly ever drain pour beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2012 01:34:53 | More by jaasen64
2/5 rDev -48.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Acquired at Total Beverage in Thornton, Colorado. Expectations are above average; Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world but the style seems off for Mikkel (and for me). 10.5% ABV. Brewed and bottled by To Øl at De Proef Brouwerij. Best before 08/02/2014.
Served warmer than refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor initially as no carbonation issues were anticipated, but poured with additional vigor after noting the absence of development of a head.
A: Pours a three finger thin white head of horrid thickness, no real cream, decent foam, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a murky hazy nontransparent dark copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not vibrant or particularly inviting, but standard for the style.
Sm: Java/coffee is notable on the front end, with floral and bittering hops hiding behind. Coffee is dominant, but comes off somewhat weak and stale. Not a particularly appealing aroma. Moderate in strength. No yeast or alcohol comes through.
T: Foamy up front with stale badly handled coffee notes throughout, covering up the otherwise refreshing and enjoyable floral hop notes. The coffee and hops clash pretty roughly, ruining the balance. A rather poorly built IPA, and a huge disappointment - especially considering Mikkel was involved. This one's one of his worse offerings to be sure. Neither complex nor subtle. Certainly experimental, but highly problematic. No alcohol or yeast comes through.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequately carbonated. Luckily it's not coarse or dry - because I don't want the unappealing flavours brought out more than they are. Thick enough.
Dr: Hard to drink on account of its low quality. This is a miss for Mikkeller - and a pricey miss at that. Leave this one on the shelf; I love Mikkeller but this is just not worth trying - even for fans of the style. I wouldn't get this again, even on draught. If it were watery, I'd give it an F.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2012 23:48:57 | More by kojevergas
1.35/5 rDev -65.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
It's been a while since I posted a review, but after tasting this beer, and then looking at what others had to say, I needed to throw my two cents in.
This appearance is murky brown, and not very appetizing.
This beer smells like trash, and I mean that literally. If you blindfolded me, put this beer in front of my nose, and told me that if I accurately guessed what I was smelling I'd get a hundred bucks, I'd say I was smelling a plastic bag filled with trash and day old coffee grinds.
The taste is a little better, and there are indeed some tropical hops flavors, mixed with coffee. However, the aftertaste is the same as the nose - straight trash. I could only muster a two sips and then I had to pour out the rest.
It seems that I may of had a spoiled bottle, although I've never tasted an infection like this. Not sour in any way, just rancid. I can't remember having a worse beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2012 00:32:58 | More by quinnsi
Sleep Over Coffee IIPA from To Øl
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