Koppi Coffee IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Koppi Coffee IPAKoppi Coffee IPA

Brewed by:
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 Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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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Koppi Coffee IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.77 out of 5 based on 370 ratings.
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