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

A - Pours with a vigorous, two and a half finger head of off-white foam on top of a very hazy, golden-brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace an leaves nice, sticky lace on the glass.

S - An aroma of toffee malt with pungent hop notes of pine and grapefruit. I'm not really getting any coffee in the aroma.

T - Bready malt up front with a bit of juniper and pine. A touch of caramel in the middle with more pungent hop character. The beer finishes with more of the juniper hop character and, finally, a charred note of coffee and smoke. Fairly strong hop bitterness is reinforced by a slightly acidic note of bitter, black coffee.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Unusual, as one would expect from the name. The coffee isn't as prevalent as I might have hoped, but it definitely does make an impact in the finish. The smoky coffee lingers on the palate and is an interesting novelty in a relatively light colored beer. The hop character is nicely done as well and it makes for a pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared between friends and poured into Crown and Rose Pub nonics from 750ml capped bottle. Hazed dark bronze color topped with 3+ finger eggshell froth leaving behind a nice wall of lace marking each sip. Nose leads on to pine and grapefruit peel, but the coffee is right there with it. Not too sure of this. It's foreign territory as far as beer goes. Multiple hop characters - floral, earthy, and fruity. The coffee is not like I expected - it's very robust, but balances out nicely in this beer. I can't believe it's that good. It just works out somehow. There is also a buttery character that adds oil to the medium body making it on the velvety side. For such a strange blend, this beer is full of win. I won't hesitate to buy it again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of May 2014. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. The label states that this is the Tomahawk x Guji Natural version; a blend of hops and Ethiopian coffee.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very hazy orange-amber hue with low carbonation. Yields a huge head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of bitter roasted coffee beans and light notes of citrus hops with a hint of lemon. Underpinned by subtle caramel malt with a faint sweetness. Quite a restrained aroma, though the raw coffee notes comes across.

Tastes of intense roasted coffee beans and mild aromatic hops, with considerable bitterness on the finish. Raw notes of roasted coffee with a slightly 'green' character - very much a whole, unprocessed bean flavour. Underneath this lie subtler hints of pine and faint citrus hops, accompanied by a caramel malt backbone and a spicy quality. Very dry, with a powerful, astringent bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and spicy, with a lovely, velvety body. Undercarbonated and slightly flat. Highly astrigent, with an aftertaste of bitter coffee beans and aromatic hop notes.

This is fantastic. My initial impression was that the coffee and hop flavours didn't go together, but the blend just grows on you as you drink. Intensely raw, bitter coffee with superb depth of flavour, combined with lighter aromatic hop notes - this is an unparalleled drinking experience. The only minor flaws are the lack of carbonation and the rather uninspiring appearance - but the flavour is where true judgement lies. Mikkeller have done it again; a crazy, over-the-top mix that sounds insane but works brilliantly. I'd grab another if they weren't so damned expensive. If you love coffee and/or extraordinary experiences, then this is the brew for you. Don't pass it up.

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Photo of chrisrhoppe
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge 3 inch, slightly porous head leaving impressive lacing. Hazy caramel, cooperish brown color.

Earthy, piney, floral hops with a caramel malt aroma.

Taste is a complete table turner coffee and roasted malt hit up front developing into a hoppy resin filled bitter ending.

The body is light but the flavor lingers as the bitterness sits on the back of the tongue.

10 minutes now as still coved in head. This is a very interesting brew and a great showing on Mikkeller’s creative genius. Would love to have this one again.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding blend. Its an IPA all the way, moderated by the subdued coffee flavour. Every so drinkable, Ken's bottle. Masterful blend. Roasted aromas. Dry hoppy as well. Lacey. Some characteristics of a black IPA.Oneof the better beers as of late that I've had.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber color with a very large, fluffy, light, bubbly, white head. Good retention with a nice layer of lacing.

S - Heavy on the hop aroma with bitter and sweet grapefruit along with a decent amount of pine. Not much coffee aroma but after searching for it there was a slight medium roast coffee along with a light touch of caramel malt. Sweet fruity aroma.

T - Starts with prickly bitter hop flavor. Loads of sweet and bitter grapefruit along with plenty of juicy fruit. Decent pine presence as well. Slight caramel flavor mid sip. Finishes with a slight coffee finish, not a heavy roasted stout flavor but just a light finish.

M - Medium body with slightly above average carbonation. Crisp and fairly spritzy feel.

D - Really drinkable IPA. Plenty of hop flavor with an interesting coffee twist on the finish. Drinkable and balanced IPA that I kept wanting to drink.

Notes: Interesting IPA that on its own is solid. The coffee on the finish is interesting, albeit subtle, but it doesn't add a whole lot to the beer. Solid IPA with plenty of hop flavor. Nice IPA but nothing too outstanding even with the coffee addition.

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Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ken, 750ml into a tulip. Best before 08/12/12 indicated on the cap. Batch 2, with Tomahawk x Guji Natural Coffee.

Pours an opaque golden orange, with a towering creamy and dense head. Mikkel has yet to fail with making every beer I've tasted from him look absolutely fantastic. Sticky lacing. Nose is great, lots of citrus, lemon, pineapple and pine, but not coffee to speak of yet. Taste follows the nose, with citrus and some bitterness. No absolute coffee qualities come through for me but some general roast reminiscent of coffee makes a brief appearance. Malt is not overpowering on the IPA side of things, but mild and appropriate for this beer. Quite a good beer overall in terms of an IPA, but I'm not completely sold on the 'Coffee IPA' tag ascribed to this. I'd be curious to know how the coffee was incorporated into the brewing process. I'm leaning closer towards a 4.25 in the Overall category in this one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a magnificent head; great stickage and a nice patter of lace

Smell: I have tried this a few times without noticing much coffee in the aroma, but on the third try, the nose expands with roast coffee elements, overwhelming the hoppy aspect that I had noted previously

Taste: Very clean opening, with the malt providing a palette for the hops; by mid-palate, the tangerine and pine flavors are quite pronounced; once the beer warms a bit, the coffee starts to be detectable in the middle and, in the finish, there is a pronounced java character

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I have had this both on tap as well as in the bottle and found the coffee more detectable in the bottle, particularly as it warms

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressions: Big rocky slightly off white head, copper color, very attractive pour, although the head's so big it takes a few pours to fill the glass. Nose has a dash of coffee- earthy bitterness and some sweet nutty notes. Just a fleeting impression of these coffee notes on first sip- but it's gone quickly.

1/2 way through, though, I'm getting pretty strong coffee in the finish. As I breathe after the sip, the bitterness of a fresh roast creeps over the tongue. Wow. I was ready to write this off, but I can actually taste the coffee.

Another sip brings me back to the IPA. Then the coffee after the sip. And so on. Strange. The flavors are both here but don't co-exist- they are separate entities.

Mouthfeel is interesting- good balance on the IPA front, no sign of ABV. Really confused/impressed by how the beer is two-faced. The IPA isn't amazing, but it's more than adequate. Resiny and floral hops.

I'm impressed. Better than I thought, this beer took a while to play all its cards. Strange stuff from Mikkeller, but I guess that's the norm.


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Photo of laituegonflable
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery amber colour, quite red with off-white head, small bubbles with a thin crown left behind. Lace is decent but thin. Looks alright, but a bit stagnant, no carbonation to revive head.

Smell is hops mostly, fresh citrus with grapefruit, lime and quince. Sweet caramelly malt and touch of spearmint as well. Marmalade and just a hint of spicy coffee at the back give a slight peppery edge. Extremely appealing, and fresh.

Taste is intriguing. Starts with fresh fruity early hops: citrus and slight vinous character that develops into tangy mid-palate with distinct caramelly malt and touch of vanilla. Intrigue comes through late where the experimental nature of this beer meets fine craftsmanship. Hops flatten out into resinous bitterness that is complemented nicely by the roasty bitterness of the coffee, but the blend is so well balanced that it's hard to tell what you're tasting when; hop oils with phenolic notes, sherbet and lemon zest but roasty espresso hints as well. Strange palate but very enjoyable.

A bit too much carbonation and body is too thin to cover it. More malt for more body would be welcome but it's questionable whether it would throw flavour off balance.

You're a weird guy, Mikkel, but I wouldn't trade you back to your home planet for anything. This is a great beer.

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Photo of rinhaak
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a muddy brown hue with a big head that gradually recedes over five minutes. The color, which reminds me of Odwalla's Superfood, is actually rather unattractive.

The nose is fabulous with hops and freshly ground coffee mixing to form a fine duet of fragrances.

The taste is truly interesting with lots of citrus hops fighting with dark roasted coffee. The coffee really seems to win this battle, though, as the coffee flavors almost overwhelm those of the hops. The beer is fairly bitter, for the hops and coffee combine for a very bitter taste. That said, there is a hint of sweetness in the background that barely balances out what would otherwise be an overwhelming bitterness. There is a lovely long coffee-malt finish.

Overall a very commendable beer that combines popular flavors in an entirely new way. I only wished those flavors were better balanced.

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Photo of drizzam
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a cloudy amber body, topped by a ridiculous three finger offwhite head. It was a pretty aggressive pour, but the head sported excellent retention and left a nice veil of lacing down the inside of my tulip glass. My pour was just perfect, as a block of head jutted over the lip of my tulip glass, straight up but not losing any beer down the outside of the glass. I love that!

S - The brew carries the beautiful aroma of a fine IPA...grapefruit and pineapple. I smell no coffee whatsoever in the nose.

T & M - Tastes like a fine IPA as well. Those same citric hop notes that I smelled are present, but the coffee is surprisingly lacking. The hops are balanced nicely with a sweet malty character. This is a medium bodied brew that has a sort of drying character to it...maybe the coffee adds that since it doesn't seem to add a bold coffee flavor like I expected. Actually, as it warms the coffee appears just the slightest...a very mild accent to the hops.

D - This is really a solid brew, and not at all what I expected from a coffee IPA. It's a great IPA, just don't expect alot from the java. As it warmed it added a nice accent, but was far from the main player. I would certainly recommend this to my beer loving friends!

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Photo of fear025
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL on 4/8/11.

Aroma:Fruity (citrus, orange) with a little bit of coffee.

Appearance:Deep honey colored, very little head.

Taste:Very subtle coffee flavor. On the foretaste, it's mostly grapefruit and orange flavors. In the midtaste you start to taste the coffee, and it continues on to the aftertaste, but it's subtle. The coffee itself is lighter roasted, and just a little bitter.

Mouthfeel:Body is light with low to medium carbonation.

Overall:This is a very pleasant IPA, and I wouldn't think that you could add coffee to an IPA and end up with something like this. I'm betting that this one is better fresh.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a slight haze. Aroma of fresh coffee and hops, and not without some booze. In the taste, rich nutty coffee and some raw citrus, herbal, floral action. Bitter and a bit rough around the edges with the raw coffee flavor, still rather delicious. Medium bodied, well carbonated ale. Overall, a fine brew and proof coffee and hops can be a match made in heaven.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, into a 12oz tulip

A- pours a murky, brownish ruby with a massive 3 finger slightly tanned head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S- citrus, hints of pine, bit of earthyness and roast. The nose is a bit lacking, even as the beer warms, just not a very full body's aroma.

T- Citrus and piney hops of a roasty coffee backbone, this years version seems to have a lot more coffe then last years, nice chocolate notes in there as well, the piney hops blend nicley with the coffe bitterness,

M- creamy, medium body with high sharp carbonation, it seems to work very well for this beer, bit of a bitter long finish

O- a great beer!!! I loved it last year and I swear it has gotten much better this year, another great mikkeller brew!!

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into my glass stein a lightly hazed amber color with enormous fluffy white foam topping for several minutes, large loops of sticky lacing left behind as it slowly recedes....very pretty beer and a lot lighter in color than I had expected for a coffee beer. I can stick a finger in the head and scoop up solid clumps like a merengue!

And there is almost no coffee smell at all in the nose. Seriously. The aroma is a blend of spice and tea, but mostly a melange of savory herbal sort of aromas over the top of light pine resin.

The coffee exists quite strongly in the flavor, despite being absent from the nose. Some toasted bread and pine with earthy noble hopping and a squeeze of grapefruit rind, semi-acrid coffee finishes up.

Creamy smooth texture and medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tomahawk + Guji. Pours a murky amber with billowing soap bubble head, settles in a minute with small blobs of lace strewn about the glass. Smell: coffee over fruity... bitter chocolate...jammy - apricot, orange marmalade; resiny hopping. Taste: apricot jam, berry note and a "green" floral pop, then biscuit with jam and a bitter cocoa note that stays through the tangerine heavy finish. Medium bodied, creamy, active carb... sticky citrusy finish. Nice!

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass, copper colored with a large off white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: west coast hops, citrus, grapefruit, lemon

T: cirtrus hops up front mixes with a pronunced coffee bitterness, it actually works well together

M: medium to full with good carbonation

O: worth seeking out for the unique blend of flavors

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Photo of adman08
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy slightly copper colored gold with tons of fluffy slightly golden foam. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. Fades to a nice layer of foam on the surface of the beer.
S-Strong citurs hop aroma, slightly sweet.
T-Hops dominate with a slightly citurs flavor and some resiny/pine hop bite. There is a very nice malt balance to the hop flavor. I really don't taste coffee in this.
M-Slightly sweet with a fairly full body. Lots of carbonation. Finishes a little dry.
Overall, this is a good IPA, actually a very good IPA. It's very tasty with a great malt/hop balance. I'm not sure where the coffee comes in because I didn't smell or taste any.

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Photo of tednkelly
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mikkeller Coffee IPA is overall unique. Not an everyday beer but worth a try.

A: Cloudy orange color with little head.

S: Slight coffee and citrus aroma.

T: Presence of malt. Finish is dry with slight coffee aftertaste. Light hops taste.

M: Not much carbonation.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a recent tasting by myself. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a vibrant orange with a minimal pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine, pine resin, and subtle coffee. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, and very subtle coffee. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The coffee aspect of this one was quite subdued unfortunately. However, this was a fairly solid IPA in both aroma and flavor. The hop characters definitely dominated on this one, just wish the coffee would have shined through. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a long stemmed Mikkeller tulip.

Cap dated: 08/12/12

A: Pours a hazy, golden-peach with 1 1/2 creamy fingers of light tan head. Retention was excellent, carbonation was adequate, and the lace left behind was sticky and webby.

S: Not really picking up any coffee aroma. On the other hand, the aroma of Tomahawk is strong with notes of mild citrus and piney bark. In the background lurks some toasty malt.

T: Again, no coffee. Citrus and pine mix it up with toasty malt, rye, and herbal fresh-cut grass. I picked up a minty flavor that I could attribute to the hops.

M: Ok, here's the coffee. Dry, pine resin hops in the beginning and middle that lead into the astringent coffee bitterness of the finish. Quite tingly and spicy throughout, espesially the finish.

D: I was hoping for more (any) coffee presence, and in that regard I was a little let down. However, this is a pretty solid IPA and as always, I appreciate their experimentation!

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Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy amber color with a couple fingers of white foamy head that retains very well an laces amazingly

S - piney resin hop aroma with some very very slight hint of coffee and a handful of caramel malt... Hops not as fresh as I would like (but the bottle did come from far away)

T - piney hops to start... Somewhat stale, with some heavy caramel malt. Finishes with a hint of coffee bitterness... I really enjoy the coffee and the hops mixed together to round out the bitter party in my mouth

M - nicely balanced carbonation, not harsh at all. No lingering effects, finishes clean

O - I really enjoy this beer... Wonder what it's like fresh though.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, big citrus hops to a mellow pine. In the taste, dry pine to citrus hops and quite yeasty, no flavors of coffee at all. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry yeast, hops, and a small alcohol like aftertaste. A nice hop and a bit yeasty, but I was expecting some coffee, but it was still good.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-amber with an off-white head, nice retention & hint of lace. Doesn't look at all like coffee (I was expecting more of a Cascadian/black IPA).

Big hop aroma, with subtle hints of roasted nut and biscuit.

Definitely leaning towards an IPA, with small hints of light roasted coffee. Solid bitterness.

Moderate body is smooth with only a hint of hop acidity.

An interesting brew and a very nice drinker.

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Koppi Coffee IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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