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Sleep Over Coffee IIPA - To Øl

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Sleep Over Coffee IIPASleep Over Coffee IIPA

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 121
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 16.54%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 04-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A collaboration with Mikkeller. Brewed and bottled at De Proef.
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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
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!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.07/5  rDev -45.7%
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-

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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.


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Photo of Tone
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of coffee, chocolate, slight roasted malt, slight caramel malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight alcohol, sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of caramel malt, hint of pale malt, hint of chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Overall, too sweet, too little coffee, and weak on hops.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a cloudy orange amber, I may have poured all the yeast in, making it more cloudy than normal. Two finger yellowish cream colored head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of European hops, earthy, piney and citrus, mild coffee, light bready malt. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, piney, resinous hops with citrus notes, cream and coffee; more of a latte taste than brewed coffee. Well balanced. Lingering spicy hop bitterness with a mild, sweet coffee note. Nice creamy medium body. A very distinctly flavored ale, the coffee flavor is lightly done and melds with the hops excellently. They did a superb job of integrating the coffee and hops flavors. Not intensely hoppy, but with a great balance of flavors. I really like the taste of coffee in dark malt beers like stouts, but often find the coffee in lighter styles too stark. Not in this case, everything is in synch. A really well done coffee IPA and a top notch collaboration

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Photo of aasher
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a medium bodied, very cloudy, dark dirty orange n color with a one finger, very soapy beige head. It's not the best looking beer in the world. Luckily the nose is as promised. There is plenty of coffee bean, sweet malt, citrusy hops, soap, and mild hop bitterness. I really dig it. The flavors are both complex and interesting. There is the coffee up front but still plenty of citrusy hop character and a moderately sweet malt backbone. There is a decent amount of sugar in this DIPA. The coffee hides it pretty well though and makes the alcohol content unnoticeable. I really appreciate the coffee being the primary aspect of the after taste. It drinks full in body for a DIPA with residual sugar but doesn't really drink like most of the style. It's kind of chewy. Overall this was a really nice beer. I didn't know what to expect from this Mikkeller/To Ol collaboration but it really impressed me. Tis beer is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 FL OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours hazy and a deep amber color. It is topped with several inches of creamy, tan head that clings to the side of the glass.

The coffee aroma hits my nose first misleading me into thinking of a stout. Then the citrus pops up with some orange and grapefruit.

The first taste is of coffee. Then, much like the smell, the citrus comes into play. However, the more I drink, the more the coffee flavor asserts itself on my tastebuds leaving a lingering coffee aftertaste.

It is full and creamy not unlike a stout.

This is an interesting beer. The balance of the coffee and citrus flavors agrees favorably with my palate. I am enjoying this beer. The next logical step is a bourbon barrel coffee IPA.

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Photo of beergoot
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Moose90
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.7oz bottle into snifter

A – Dark rich amber, toffee colored creamy head, sticky beautiful lacing.

S – Muted, dark and rich malty notes, some coffee is hiding in here, but very subdued.

T – Sweet dark coffee, bitter hops, light malt sweetness.

M – Medium body, long lingering finish, proper carbonation.

O – One of the best coffee beers I've ever had. Excellently balanced.

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Photo of jaasen64
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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. 

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never imagined this beer would ever exist – a coffee DIPA? As crazy as it sounds, I am really excited to try this one out.

A: Looks more like a DIPA mixed with coffee than a DIPA with coffee flavor, pouring a dark amber-orange with a dirty brown haze. Reminds me of dull carrot juice. The head is just as unique: it starts as a foamy two fingers, tan and creamy. And as the bubbles pop, the texture beings to look like cappuccino cream; it collapses in a churning, thickening manner. It seriously reminds me of coffee, which is a great thing for this beer.

S: Now that’s an odd mix of scents; there’s a huge blast of fresh-ground coffee at the start, though without the strong roast scents that are normal for coffee stouts. This is more of a strong cinnamon, bitterness, mineral, and acidic fruit, sort of like you would get from a dried out coffee-filter. It’s different, as expected. Hops are barely apparent, but you can make out a faint oil aroma of pine. A layer of malt shows a chocolate, roast, and caramel syrup with an herbal note of unanticipated anise; not too thick, though, giving this a bit of a thin profile under the initial coffee.

T: Rich, flavorful – its malt backbone is a bold, caramel-heavy thickness, a familiar DIPA taste. Toffee and maple make up even more syrupy sweetness, with a dedicated taste of toasted malt underneath. The bitters are lively and complex: iced coffee, thick, sticky pine, citrus rind, and an espresso bean kick. Delicious. Any fan of Stone’s black IPAs would enjoy this palate: I’m getting thick, chewy tastes of licorice and malty darkness, tobacco and fig. The aftertaste is incredibly earthy – coffee with sugar, walnut, mineral water, and vanilla – with a lasting sting of peppery American hops. Impressive!

M: This is the only place you feel the alcohol presence, drying as it builds a strong coating effect. The hops pepper the feel with intensity, balanced nicely with the warmth of the booze and the chewy grain presence. Much more drinkable than a coffee stout, but with all the boldness of a DIPA.

O: A pleasant surprise, most definitely. While the bottle was pretty expensive, it was a worthwhile investment; I may even pick a few up to age, just to see how much of the American DIPA character comes out from underneath the darkness of the coffee. The perfect morning alternative to a cup of Joe…just make sure you don’t have anywhere to be, because the 10.5% alcohol will knock you out.

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Photo of kevanb
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of becktone
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of mverity
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of jpro
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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

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Sleep Over Coffee IIPA from To Øl
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.