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Koppi Coffee IPAKoppi Coffee IPA

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by bark on 01-27-2011

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Reviews: 169 | Ratings: 370
Photo of byrdman16
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like it, IPA's are my Drink-O-Choice and this is different enough to make me want more. Pours the hazy copper-orange that everyone suggests, has a grapefruit like nose that to me is absent of coffee. Good lacing and what not, great mouthfeel with a well balance of sweetness and carbonation. Im really impressed with the taste. Nice fruity IPA that finishes with a hint of coffee. If you're a IPA freak looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, give it a shot. Cheers!

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Photo of DaPan
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from tasting notes. May 2011 with Northyorksammy.

This beer was a beast. Poured with a massive off-white head, dense unfiltered orange brew. Huge hop presence on the nose.

Taste was powerful full IPA, very huge malt structure to support very agressive bittering.

I didn't get very much coffee at all in the flavor, though there was a toasted or roasty character to the beer that didn't belong in an IPA. I'll assume that was from the coffee beans.

Overall, an incredible IPA. Thanks to Ken for sharing this one with us.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy orange with a very large off-white compact creamy head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: The Tomahawk hops gives it rich floral bitter hoppy vibe. Piney, pineapple, citric fruits, grapefruit. Caramell malt with some sweetness. Nice balance.

T: Caramell malt, sweet. Some obvious Tomahawk hops; bitter and floral. Piney; pineapple, grapefruit. After a while the coffee kicks in; strong black. A mild dark bitter chocolate backbone.

M: The aftertaste is really long and holds dry bitterness. Body is medium and carbonation is very mild. A dry beverage.

O: A very nice IPA where the Tomahawk hops and the coffee work great together.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: Deep amber with a khaki colored head.

Smell: Hops, Citrus (orange and grapefruit), coffee.

Taste: Just like the aroma. Amazing.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, medium coarse with a dry finish.

Overall: Awesome IPA character with some coffee added to it. Very cool concept. Love how the coffee is on the end and not overwhelming. Well played Mikkeller. Well played. Cheers.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of codsmith
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark and dirty redish orange with a HUGEcreamy off white foam head that sticks around.

S: takes getting through a little of the foam to get the true smell if this beer. There its a very nice and subtle hip aroma that has wood and citrus flavors. There is a great malt smell too, but could not pick up on the coffee. Really well balanced for a beer, but doesn't go over the line like west cost IPA's.

T: it for sure has its IPA bitterness in there, but its a very late effect after a nice smooth and somewhat creamy taste. You can pick up a good amount of sweetness and a light coffee flavor as the majority taste.

M: a light-to-medium body that goes down exceptionally well. Mayne a tad over carbonated because of the huge foam head during pours.

O: Mikkeller turns out another amazing beer with new flavor profiles and tastes that I haven't found in other beers

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's a mind-blowing concept: Infuse an IPA with hints of coffee. It seems odd but it could just work!

Pours a dark amber color with a thick, fluffy white head into my glass. I can dig it.

Plenty of citrusy hops upfront with a hint of coffee bitterness as well.

Wow.The use of coffee gives this a slick mouthfeel that helps infuse the citrusy hops with the psyche. A slight bit of nuttiness too!

As you can see above, the mouthfeel is very slick and coffee-like. It almost steals away the focus on the hops.

I have to admit, I'm impressed with this beer. It's very creative and very drinkable as well!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Excellent three fingers of head, huge retention, and heavy lacing. A murky amber-brown sort of color.

S: Lots of pleasant hops. I'm mostly getting the Tomahawk (Columbus) here. Citrus and pine. A hint of roasted bitterness on the end is, I suppose, the coffee? All in all, quite pleasant.

T: Holy shit. This is almost perfectly concocted. A bit blast of GREAT IPA flavors is stopped in its tracks by understated but super-obvious coffee. It doesn't actually taste like coffee, the way some stouts do, but instead manages to import that certain variety of dry bitterness associated with roasted coffee beans. The flavors blend superbly, creating a beer that is highly bitter, but immensely drinkable. The resiny grapefruit works with Ethiopian coffee better than I would have thought possible, but, according to Wikipedia, "The most distinctive flavour notes found in all Sidamo coffees are lemon and citrus, with bright crisp acidity," so maybe it makes sense.

M: Well carbonated, moderately thick, and, for only 6.9%, just bursting with flavor.

O: All hail Mikkel! He's done it again. I absolutely love this fascinating, tasty, inspired, and incomparable beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice, light amber, with a nice little puff on top. Nice lacing as it drops down the sides leaving a broken crown along the top. Aroma is solid coffee and rich citrus hops that I am finding increasingly common now and really something I did not think would mix but really does quite well, with light notes of lactose and touches of something sweet balancing in there as well. Rich coffee notes with light touches of sugar are the way to go here. Smooth, easy sipper as each taste seems to bring more of the coffee flavor up to the forefront before the hops take over and rule the day Lighter feel then I would have expected but with the more the adequete carbonation it really seems to work here. Easily drinkable as this one went down without a fight and forced me to move on to something else.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a hazy, golden copper color with two fingers of boisterous head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Mellow citrus and peach, a bit on the sweet side, nice.

T: Leads with coffee and then the malts come in quickly underneath. A bit of pine hoppiness emerges on the finish. Hmm, this is pretty interesting. After a while, some sweet nectar joins the coffee in the finish, and later still a hint of toffee.

M: Medium light body with a little cream and a hint of oil.

O: Well, what do you know, this is pretty tasty. Wasn't sure what to expect, it's like a coffee stout in some ways but an IPA in others. On the whole, pretty unique and I would definitely buy it again. Another fine showing for Mikkeller.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 2.5 finger off white head on a nice cloudy copper body. very nice lacing.

S: pine and earthy hops nicely blended with caramel malts and a subtle but nicely included espresso/coffee note.

T: very interesting beer. the hops up front are mostly citrus, earthy and some floral which fade in and out hereafter yielding to a soft but well applied coffee and espresso flavor which also provides a mild grassy bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: not an everyday beer but the transition and complexity of the flavors is certainly memorable.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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)

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Photo of megahurts4
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller koppi Coffee IPA

Appearance: light brown, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: fruity hops and slight roasted malts.

Taste: coffee, fruity hops, and faint roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

There were no aroma hints of coffee, but on first taste, it is prominent. The hops flavor is the most prominent taste.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super cloudy orange color with a thick covering of frothy tannish head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted coffee smells and regular IPA elements including a good punch of citrus hops and some sweet caramel malts.

T - The beer starts off with a mix of bitter slightly roasted coffee flavor and citrus hops with some very noticeable grapefruit. Through the middle, the bitterness of the hops gets stronger and a bit of sweet caramel malts come through. The finish is a mix of coffee and hop bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-mild carbonation. The beer feels smooth and quite dry from the roasted coffee and bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. The coffee and IPA notes really mix together well and are very well balanced throughout. The bitterness is quite nice from start to end.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle aged. A very interesting light coffee ipa, Belgian style. I typically don't love coffee beers (especially of the stout variety), but this one was very interesting. Not like any coffee beer I've ever had. It's light, not overly hoppy and full of flavor. A dessert beer, or late night sipper (if you need to stay awake). I'll grab this one again.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle, average craft label.

Appearance: I made the mistake of an aggressive pour at first, and the head exploded to four fingers before settling to a rocky two-fingers. Poured more carefully and found a two-finger off-white head sitting on top of a hazy orange-copper body. The head very slowly drops past a very rocky two-fingers to a solid ring around the glass. Amazing lacing too. Not much carbonation visible through the haze.

Aroma: after letting it warm out of the fridge for approx. 15 - 20 min, this beer offers up aromas of citric hops (and plenty of them!) and some subtle coffee. Definitely promising.

Taste: I didn't taste the coffee I was expecting with this beer. There was the prolific citric hops with some fantastic bread and biscuit malts backing up. Possibly a touch of coffee, but I would like to think I would notice if it was that strong as I am not a big coffee fan at all.

Aftertaste: lingers nicely, with some of the hop bitterness but not too much, and some malt hanging around. Very nice.

Mouth feel: for a highly-hopped IPA, the Koppi is quite smooth - almost oily in its smoothness. Medium- to- heavier in body with a lower but spiky carbonation. Brings the flavour across brilliantly.

Overall: I must admit that I approached this beer with more than a little hesitation, as coffee is one of the only things I cannot stand (though not so bad as a flavour in beer - go figure). In this IPA however the bread and biscuit malts and plethora of citric hops combine well with the coffee aroma / flavour to produce one of the better AIPAs I have had to date. Pretty damn expensive at over AU$140 a case (2013), but good for a 4-pack now and then.

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, dark amber color. Impressive blanket of lace after each sip. Modest, minute bubbled head.

Strong grapefruit aroma--very impressive even after being poured by the bartender three minutes ago.

Harshly bitter from the hop content and the coffee presence. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild, but bitter and long lasting. The body is as expected for the style. Overall, a very interesting beer.

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Photo of msfoster77
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was pretty good. It got better as it warmed up, seeing as how the coffee wasn't present when it was cold, but it became more and more apparent as it warmed.

The smell is all hops and you can definitely tell that it is Tomahawk hops, not that I know what they smell like, but it is not the usual complexness you get from mutliple kinds of hops. There was lots of head with an aggressive pour. The smell in the glass was the same as the smell in the bottle, which is not always the case. The taste was deliciousness.

Overall this beer was a good buy and I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of shigg85
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle of this from the Tobu department store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. This is a beautiful looking dark IPA, and the smell was outrageously tempting. A bitter hop with a coffee coat covering it. The taste was a little flat for me, to be honest, while it was still delicious. Overall, I really enjoyed this complicated, intriguing beer, and I would love to try it again sometime!

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Photo of vince4953529
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 cc for $15, okey dokey...

Koppi IPA drank very smooth for an IPA. The taste was very smooth with adequate bitterness and nice presentations. Like other said, the coffee flavor is unnoticeable if you're not looking for it. I suspect the mild malty taste contributing to the smoothness was due to the infusion of coffee.

Again, this is a very good IPA, but not when the "coffee" aspect was emphasized. I finished the bomber with swift. If this is an US IPA came into six-packs I'll drink it a lot because it's so smooth and flavorful. But I am highly unlikely to purchase this again due to how pricey it is.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus hops. Also present are hints of grassiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Moderately sweet pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by bright tropical fruit flavors. Midway through the sip the hops dry out a bit with the addition of deep citrus and hints of earthiness. Near the end of the sip just a hint of nuttiness comes into play before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but got absolutely no coffee out of either the aroma or the flavor profile - the closest component was the faint nuttiness on the back end of the sip. A very good IPA as long as you don't expect any coffee influence.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color, with a huge 4 finger off white head. Very spongy. Lace is out this world naturally. Aroma has massive pine needle notes, resins, light citrus, and more pine and floral notes. The taste has big piny notes too, a nice malt back bone. The coffee (and I may be wrong here) comes in only on the finish. There’s a bitterness and roasted note that is reminiscent of coffee, but to me, gets lost in the already bitter finish of the IPA. Despite the seemingly odd combination of coffee and ipa, it actually melds a bit too well and becomes a bit indistinguishable. It’s crisp, medium bodied and nice for an IPA. Overall, it’s tough to pick out the coffee notes, but it’s a damn good IPA in and of itself. This really piques my curiosity and I hope someone brews another with more intense levels of coffee....

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Brewed & bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium. This is the Citra x Michiti version.

Appearance: Pours a wort-colored soupy brown, with a thinner off-white head. Looks like a glass of iced tea.

Smell: Phenomenal hop aroma bursting out of the bottle (I love Citra hops!) Once in the glass, the Michiti coffee aroma takes over and is also amazing.

Taste: Tastes like iced coffee, brewed with citrusy, tropical fruit flavored hops. This is really nice!

Mouthfeel: Perfect mouthfeel to complement the coffee and hop flavors. Not too thin, not too thick, but with a surprising amount of carbonation, which adds an interesting layer of complexity.

Overall: Not being a regular coffee drinker, but always loving the aroma/flavor of coffee, I wasn't sure what to expect. I already mentioned my love of Citra hops. This is a great combination. I just hope it doesn't keep me up all night!

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Al's in a tulip.

A: The IPA is a golden color, amber with a darker hue. Let's chalk the darker hue up to the coffee addition and move on (it's still translucent if not transparent). A thin band of white head laces quietly around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is all IPA, citrusy with tropical fruits in tow. Pineapples and grass are strong. The sharp bite of the hops is balanced by caramel malts, a good balance that keeps the hops in center spotlight.

T: The juicy hops really shine, lush and fruity sweet. Pineapple, grapefruit, resiny pine, all take turns. The bitterness isn't overpowering, rather it delivers a swift punch. Bitterness lasts, sweet and numbing, long after each sip is gone. The coffee is generally absent, appearing mid- and late- in each sip. The coffee isn't imperial like a stout. Instead the darker flavors coalesce around the bitterness, adding a smooth roasted finish.

M: Resiny and oily, the hops are of the American IPA subgenus. They sing in each sip, comforted by the sweet finish of coffee. I really enjoyed the hoppiness.

O: The coffee plays a bit part in the ale, adding just enough vibrancy to be noticeable. The hops are the true star, delivering resins and sweet intensity that can match up to most American IPAs.

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Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a hint of pink. Massive 3+ finger, sticky pale orange head that leaves some sexy lacing.

Smell. Citrusy hops, oranges and lightly roasted coffee

Taste. Nice citrus hops with a little earthyness. Earthyness becomes more coffee like with citrus rinds and a hint of pine in the end. The bitter coffee and hops go very nicely together.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Just right.

Overall. An innovative beer that worked out really nicely. I could drink a bunch of these!!!

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