Sleep Over Coffee IIPA - To Øl
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3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
10-11-2012 03:57:19 | More by metter98
3.18/5 rDev -18.9%
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!
06-27-2013 01:23:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.88/5 rDev -1%
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.
05-13-2013 19:59:33 | More by StonedTrippin
2/5 rDev -49%
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.
05-31-2012 23:48:57 | More by kojevergas
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
10-07-2012 21:53:15 | More by dbrauneis
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
06-08-2012 06:45:26 | More by JohnGalt1
4.43/5 rDev +13%
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.
05-21-2012 21:35:49 | More by avalon07
4.4/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
11-24-2012 19:32:59 | More by vfgccp
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
06-01-2012 22:10:06 | More by drpimento
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
05-17-2012 02:37:43 | More by aasher
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
08-22-2012 06:14:56 | More by AgentMunky
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
05-17-2013 04:30:07 | More by ngeunit1
Sleep Over Coffee IIPA from To Øl
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