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Sleep Over Coffee IIPA - To Øl

Sleep Over Coffee IIPASleep Over Coffee IIPA

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87
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 17.83%


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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A collaboration with Mikkeller. Brewed and bottled at De Proef.

(Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 04-14-2012)
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KornWallace

New York

3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Date: 4/15/14
Location: Eagle Provisions
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: The beer pours the darkest amber I have ever seen from an IPA, clearly the adjuncts. The head is a half pinky width and white in color. Very interesting coloring for a beer.
Aromatics: Monstrously strong roasted whole bean coffee flavor. Toffee and caramel flavors. Strong wheats I really get little to no hops in the aroma.
Flavor: More of the coffee flavor in the beginning it's quite strong. Not to say it isn't drinkable, just one big flavor followed by other little ones. I still pick up some caramel flavors but a candied sugar is included in the taste. In the finish I finally pick up some of the hop flavor, I little floral and resinous.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a high carbonation. Little chew. The finish leaves a semi sweet, semi bitter semi roasted flavor that lingers for some time.
Notes: Bottled 9/24/13. Probably where all the hop flavor went the beer is nearly seven months old. I'd give it another try if it was fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 21:40:54 | More by KornWallace
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Adamah_Adonai

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - It pours a deep orange/ light brown color with light head retention.

Aroma- Interesting earthy hops aromas, pine, citrus and the added roasted coffee notes really make it unique.

Taste- The taste is like somebody hopped the hell out of my coffee. It has some real nice bitterness, a little bit of sweetness up front and some umami.

Mouthfeel- It is medium to full bodied and has some warmth to it as well from the high ABV.

Overall- Very good and interesting beer. It’s more like a black IPA than a regular but a beer this unique couldn’t fit neatly into any category.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 01:14:14 | More by Adamah_Adonai
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becktone

Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Done in a horizontal tasting with Koppi Coffee IPA from Mikkeller and Bed and Breakfast from Brouwerij De Molen.

Eye: Starts off with a nice creamy one finger head that eventually falls down to a sheet over the beer. Lacing looks nice as well. Color is pretty much the same as the Mikkeller Koppi Coffee IPA, murky tan/light brown.

Nose: Strong blend of hops and coffee in the aroma here. Earthy hops take the lead and coffee struggles to get through but is there in the background creating an interesting backdrop.

Tongue: Less intense coffee flavor in this one, hops are the much more dominant flavor. The aroma suggests that they'd be nicely balanced but Mikkeller's Koppi Coffee IPA is a much more what I expected from an IPA with coffee in it. Unlike the Mikkeller, this one gets bitterness from hops, very little coffee flavor making its way through, its much more subdued. Pretty green hop flavor, real fresh, real earthy. Alcohol is detectable. Coffee flavor is there, but it supports the hops instead of; like the Mikkeller, taking the stage from the hops and then bringing them back for an encore performed together. This beer has more depth of flavor and isn't as single minded. The more I drink of it the better I like it, its a completely different beast, more complex. Medium body with appropriate levels of carbonation. Definitely an IIPA though.

Drinkability: This one is definitely worth checking out. Different than the Mikkeller because it isn't as single minded and its much more complex. Two very different beers here, can't really choose a favorite because they are so different. Both are better than the Bed and Breakfast though. Depending on what I want I'd have to say go for this one over the Mikkeller just because its a little more complex, but if I want something straight forward and single minded then I'd go for the Mikkeller.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 17:00:17 | More by becktone
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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
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mverity

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a nice orangey-deep tan body with full cream colored head that smells great and has decent retention. Aroma is of floral hoppiness and light sweet coffee, I also get some caramel type sweetness. The taste hides the 10.5% extremely well. I had to look at the bottle again to check the ABV. Again with the caramel/coffee sweetness alongside the great malt balance, and great earthy/floral hop character. Mouthfeel is creamier than most IPAs and it doesn't dance on the tongue like IPAs do. I was worried about this beer being out of date, and I almost cellared this for a year to push it towards a coffee barley wine. The bottle top had a date of 8-2-14, which is over a year away, so I doubt that's a best by date. Anywho, my first Mikkeller offering and I wasn't disappointed. Not a stellar as the Dayman coffee IPA, but still extremely enjoyable. I look forward to coffee IPAs being a standard.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 20:55:10 | More by mverity
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, roasted coffee, brown sugar, and some booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, some resiny bitterness, roasted coffee, brown sugar, and some booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a bitter, sweet, warming finish.

D - Nice balance, could have had a bit more punch.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 04:30:07 | More by ngeunit1
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kevanb

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a To Øl Teku glass.

The beer pours a super murky brown caramel color, hues of burgundy and tan with a bone colored head, very billowy and soft, nearly 2 fingers high that has nice retention and leaves behind a massive web of lace. The aroma is heavy on fruit forward coffee, citrus hop with a touch of pine and sweet, rich caramel malt with just a touch of subtle roast. On the tongue, the coffee is integrated so nicely with the fruity hops, nice roast, pine, citrus and rich malt that is balanced well and transitions very nicely from coffee roast, to fruity hop to smooth malt. The body is nice, very lively, with crisp carbonation that dances on the tongue nicely with a nice dry finish.

Verdict: A very unusual beer, but quite successful in it's mission to blend coffee and hops. The beans used perfectly compliments the hop profile and aren't overly harsh or roasty, but rather smooth and highlight the fruit flavors in both the beans and the hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:07:46 | More by kevanb
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Mikkayller

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very complex, amazing beer. On first smell I thought sawdust that turned into espresso... a dusty espresso? The color is a light caramel that caught me off-guard, being that it’s an espresso beer. I really loved this beer, it reminded me of reading a really old book (in the smell) and sipping an espresso. The flavor of the beer hung-out with you for a while, but flavors got more complex the longer it hung out in the back of your mouth. I noticed some notes of dried plum through the complex flavors. The body and mouth feel were perfectly matched with the flavor tones. This beer felt like an 8.6% to me. Loved this beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 22:57:13 | More by Mikkayller
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this recent swing to coffee beers that aren't black. this one is a mikkeller collaboration that maintains the heavy coffee and the big hop profiles well throughout. pours an apricot orange color, with a fluffy white head that's not real resilient. it smells like an old man. its weathered and tired, wise but reserved, and somehow timeless. the coffee is there, but its not fresh, its like unroasted beans or something. im not a coffee expert. the hops are bright and floral, and go well with the coffee in both smell and taste. a lot more malt balance than i expected, and a very well hidden alcoholic strength. I am getting a little bit of a caffeine buzz from this, which is much appreciated. I like that its not acidic in feel, even thought the coffee flavors are strong. the body is fuller than medium but not filling to me, although it could stand a little more carbonation. it almost has the same mouthfeel as a cup of coffee, which is an interesting post beer observation. overall I like the way the hops and coffee blend together while each retaining their own spunky identities, and how well hidden the alcohol is. I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 19:59:33 | More by StonedTrippin
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drrone

Utah

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a hazy amber and golden color. One inch of head, with little lacing after.

S - Great coffee smell, but less than I had imagined. Nice dose of hops and pine in the background.

T - Interesting mix of hops, light citrus with a more prominent coffee presence. Bitter, but not excessive.

M - Mild to medium body, nice amount of carbonation and considering the high ABV.

O - Not a bad beer, I wasn't sure what to think of it in theory, but it came together pretty well. I would drink it again, but I don't know if I would search it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 02:55:02 | More by drrone
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jpro

South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mikkeller and Friends in Copenhagen. Served in a 20c Mikkeller glass...

A: Light amber; cream head; impressive lace.

S: Coffee bean; hints of grapefruit rind and pine; big (raw) coffee aroma, though.

T: Piney hops initially... quickly followed by deep coffee flavor - wow, it's pretty huge; maybe a touch of smoked malt, too.

M: Full-bodied; moderate carbonation; a touch viscous on the palate.

O: A doozy of a brew... Imperial IPA + Coffee + 10.5% = maybe a bit too much, but still interesting and glad I tried it!

*from notes 3-31-13

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2013 15:58:32 | More by jpro
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vfgccp

New York

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Big sediment on a murky wheat brown body. Fine white head sits low with ok retention, but leaves a nice lace.

S - Fresh tilled earth, dry coffee, booze, dried leaves.

T - Super unique. Bone dry burnt coffee and dry wheat. Stellar, soft ash note. Juicy orange is pretty much overwhelmed by the dry coffee, but still manages to hang around in the background and balance things out a bit.

M - Nice, smooth medium frame. Ok carbonation.

O - A really unique, dry take on an IPA with incredible drinkability for 10%+ ABV. The only knock is that it's not quite as bitter as I would expect for a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 19:32:59 | More by vfgccp
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tasteegood

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bell's tulip glass from a 11.2 oz bottle. This was a gift but I snagged a look at the price tag...yep Mikkeller. 7.49.

A- Hazy amber, retains a 2 inch head. As I drink, the amber color becomes watered down in appearance.
Sniff- Lacks the coffee kick that I look for in a coffee beer or coffee; not sure if the aroma is battling the IIPA smell with it. Either way, aroma is weak for me.
M- I like the carbonation in it. Light yet prominent
T- Now here is where I get the coffee. robust. The coffee flavor is a little bit sweet and lingers longer than the bitterness. Both coffee and citrus blend well at finish, but coffee remains supreme.
O- A nice treat, if you are a fan of IPAs and coffee beers. Definitely worth a try. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 04:45:59 | More by tasteegood
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange-amber in color (somewhat resembling apple cider when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit stands out in particular—along with some notes of coffee. The coffee becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the coffee flavors are more prominent. There is also a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The addition of coffee makes this IPA very unique compared to other beers in the style. I wasn't initially sure if coffee and grapefruit would be the best combination (except for breakfast) but this is a beer that grows on you.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 03:57:19 | More by metter98
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky dark amber, burnt orange with a fluffy white head and big spotty patches of lace.

S - Coffee aroma of unground coffee beans or maybe even green coffee beans. I also get a chili pepper spice note. Pine and grapefruit hop oils with sweet caramel malt.

T - Caramel and toffee with citrus, pine and grapefruit hops. The coffee is present but not as obvious as the aroma. As with the aroma it is almost a green coffee bean flavor. Earthy with tobacco notes and a touch of chili pepper spice.

M - Medium body, maybe a bit chewy, low carbonation and a dry finish with a touch of alcohol.

D - Very interesting. I am wondering how they added the coffee as if has much more of a raw/green coffee presence than a cup of black coffee.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 23:46:50 | More by brewcrew76
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky dark golden yellow with hints of orange in color and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of grapefruit/citrus hops and freshly ground coffee - with some lighter notes of green coffee beans.

T: Very light amounts of caramel malts upfront but the flavors of this beer are dominated by the coffee and grapefruit/citrus hops. The coffee tastes like a combination of espresso and green coffee beans. Moderate amounts of bitterness that lingers but not for too long.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of gentle carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: First coffee DIPA but this is a trend that I could really dig - combines too things that I really enjoy. I'm impressed with this beer and it might be a little past it's prime - definitely one to try if you come across it. Alcohol is quite well hidden and this feels like it could be sessionable - though I think it would really kick your butt.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 21:53:15 | More by dbrauneis
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busternuggz

California

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle in to a snifter.

Opaque burnt orange color with a light tan 1/2" head. Recedes to 1/8", comes back nicely with a swirl. Leaves wide spotty curtains of lacing. Looks a little odd for a DIPA but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt since it's made with coffee.

Roasty, nicely bitter coffee comes out most on the nose with some orange and lemon zest. A little white pepper. Not too complex but it's nice how well the coffee and hops come together.

The taste reverses the nose, with juicy orange, lemon zest, and a little pine coming on first, followed by rich, smooth, roasty coffee. The finish is all coffee with a slight hop bitterness. Nicely balanced. Again, the hops and coffee go together well. Hides the ABV well.

The texture is excellent. Medium bodied, smooth, creamy in the middle but ends drier, lets the coffee and hops linger in the aftertaste.

Not your normal IPA but I liked it a lot. They made the coffee and hops come together better than I would have imagined. Unique, balanced, and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 21:05:08 | More by busternuggz
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AgentMunky

California

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Cap stamped 08/02/14...best before 2 August 2014? Guessing American date, rather than European based on this appearing in August.

A: Murky yellow-brown topped by a head with enormous bubbles, we're talking marble sized. It looks bizarre, but kind of cool. Fades rather fast. Largely opaque.

S: Cold coffee. Grapefruit peel. They combine pretty evenly, but not without some dissonance. Bitter coffee grinds and strong hops. Obviously a coffee IPA...

T: Mmmm! Yay! It's tasty! It's no Koppi Coffee IPA, which was almost a perfect beer, but it definitely works. Well-carbonated, with strong, bitter, resiny hops. This is the main flavor, until the latter half of the beer that finishes with distinctive coffee bitterness. It tastes almost like coffee was added to the beer after brewing...

M: Sparkly and compelling, it more than counters any sort of feeling of stale coffee.

O: Apparently I really enjoy coffee IPAs, and I will look for more. I'd recommend this interesting and pleasant beer to all.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 06:14:56 | More by AgentMunky
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

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
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beergoot

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance makes you take notice instantly - diry, cloudy, hazy soft yellow body. The head is white and sticky with relatively large carbonation bubbles. Coffee grounds dominate the smell. Coffee grounds again dominate the taste, but since that's the theme of this beer, I'd say that's acceptable.

A very different beer. Not bad, as it comes across like its name implies, but definitely one-dimensional overall. Coffee over-dominates everything, leaving nothing else on the palate. This got a 3.0 overall average score only because it's billed as a 'coffee iipa", otherwise this would get about a 2.0 overall at best.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 23:56:27 | More by beergoot
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grudgingly paid $7 for this at Bier Thirty... My homeboy Chris said it was "interesting"... good enough for me.

Poured into my slim tulip... a light tan big bubble head dies back noisy and quickly.. the brew is hazed amber.

The nose shows decent coffee that combines with a piney hoppiness that is soooo of the charts odd..

Flavor is much more all about the coffee.. the beans shine with a background IPA note... hints of hops are blown out by the coffee... There is more than enough malt leftover too help deliver both the coffee and the hops... again, this is a very weird one... beans and cones linger on the finish..

Body is a standard DIPA, but there seems to be a "slickness" that adds to the drinkability.

So surprised I liked this one... I passed at Bier Thirty for a couple of weeks... But honestly, this is a very interesting brew and only going to get worse as it sits on shelves... buy it now.

3/3.5/4/4/4

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 06:45:26 | More by JohnGalt1
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shoppe (Marietta, GA). 5.99. 8/2/14 stamped on the bottle cap- I assume a best before date. Served in a Southern Tier snifter. 

Pours hazy light orange with a dense, lively, pour-stopping near yellow head. Pillows of lace up top, finer lacing towards the bottom.

Very different nose. Hop coffee? Seemingly equal parts piney hops and roasted coffee. Unique. 

As in the aroma, the taste is a balanced blend of hops & coffee. Cheap coffee (but it really works), pine, cut grass, mild citrus and wood. Nice blend overall and really hides the over 10% abv well. 

Medium feel with moderate carbonation. A long coffe hop bitter aftertaste. 

A truly unique imperial IPA experience. A great blend of flavors without going over the top. I'd recommend trying it at least once. 

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 18:42:13 | More by ThickNStout
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Marriage of coffee and double IPA? They did it! Not wholey convinced it's a good thing, but if anybody had a chance to do it right, this is it. Poured at a good temperature with a mammoth, foamy, frothy, light tan head that settles down and lots of lace. Color is a cloudy/hazy amber. Aroma is hop, malt, coffee. Flavor's much like nose with bitter & sweet on top, balanced with some carbonic tang and coffee showing up much more. Body is full and carbonation good, but some clashes between extreme bitterness and tang. Finish is like flavor, long, and boozy. Interesting, but one is enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 22:10:06 | More by drpimento
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

High D-

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 23:48:57 | More by kojevergas
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brown-orange color and a dirty, murky consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: Literally the moment you open the bottle the coffee aroma hits you. Also hints of hops and citrus as well.

T: Tasted of coffee (a big helping of it), a good amount of hops, citrus (a little grapefruit), and light malt. Unlike Mikkeller's Koppi, this beer delivers with the coffee in the flavor. It's surprisingly balanced and flavorful.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A completely enjoyable, easy to drink DIPA. An unusual beer that won't please everyone, but well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 21:35:49 | More by avalon07
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Sleep Over Coffee IIPA from To Øl
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