Koppi Coffee IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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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 vette2006c5r
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coffee IPA pours a brownish cloudy color with a large head. There is a strong floral aroma with weak hints of coffee. The taste is stronger on the IPA side; stronger hoppy floral tastes, that finishes with the coffee flavors; sweeter end. Needs a little more carbonation, but still a good pretty full flavor. Overall an interesting beer, a change from routine IPAs.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is murky. The color is dark amber, almost rust colored. I was expecting it to appear darker. There are some light amber to golden highlights. A rocky, tan head is stacked on top.

S - I immediately notice citrus. I do not notice much of a coffee aroma.

T - The taste has the coffee in it. It has citrus flavor as well. It tastes like a weak black IPA.

M - Medium

O - It is an interesting beer. There is enough flavor to make it quaffable, but not enough flavor to blow anyone's mind. The price is awfully high for a slightly above average beer.

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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 ocelot2500
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with a big, frothy white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of grass and citrus hops.

Tastes of the clean hops upfront with a decent malt base. Hops lead off with grass, citrus, and a bit of pine. Malt base comes through and adds some slight fruit sweetness. Coffee is not particularly noticeable. Ends with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was a bit of a disappointment. The coffee is not present and the price ($13.30 for a 750mL) is not worth it.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Mikkeller Koppi Coffee IPA is a coffee IPA... I'm still not sure whether that is a good idea or not but this beer was a real failure.

A: Cloudy orange colour and no head. 2

S: Not a strong aroma. Sweet with some citrus. 3

T: Malty and a little oxidised with some citrus flavour. Actually not oxidised, I think that is just the coffee. The hops are subdued. The finish is is dry, coffee favoured and crisp. 3.5

M: Flat pretty much. 2

O: 3

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

not as coffee centered as i expected, and i dont think that is a bad thing here. the pours is a darker golden color, more almost amber, with a brown hue from the coffee. airy white head with good lacing. the beer smells like coffee alright, but also some pretty high alpha hops and a morning biscuity malt profile. the flavor is coffee first, hops second, but its a gentle transition such that its hard to tell if the bitterness is coffee or hops. maybe its both. there is a very sticky mouthfeel to this, despite its soda carbonation and only medium body. its sticky to me, not sweet though. caramely maybe. i think the coffee and hops marry well, and this is a beer only mikkeller could pull off. it might not be 16 bucks a bottle good, but its pretty darn tasty.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1; bottle poured into a snifter

The body sat a golden orange with a one finger ecru colored cap. Some small bubbles streak through the liquid. The aroma is of grapefruit rind, coffee grounds, perfumey/soapy, and some bready malt. The flavor profile is fairly similar, except the coffee makes itself a little more pronounced. Candied grapefruit up front with some toffee/bready malt through the middle. A brief rush of coffee grounds mid-palate before some soapy hops take over. The finish is sweet, with a dry bitterness coming out in the end. Medium body, a little chewy, with good carbonation. An interesting mixture of flavors that worked pretty well. The hops were a little sweeter than I would like, but counterbalanced the bitter coffee to a degree. Not overly exciting.

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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 StJamesGate
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky chestnut with honeycombed tawny head that fades to speckles. Orange rind and, yes, a big oily, roasty, herbal coffee scent on the nose - interesting, if nothing else.
Toffee crumb cake for a second before both aromatic coffee notes and aggressive citrus bitterness creep in. Touch of brown sugar in there, too.
Oily espresso bean finish and chalky linger. Light to medium, chewy, slick.

Guji batch.

Mikkeller does nothing by half measures - there is a serious if simple IPA underneath the coffee. And it's not latte or coffee extract or a shot of espresso, it's every aspect of sucking on raw beans. I think the big orange and coffee notes make a nice interplay, enough so I wish there was a touch more body to back it.

An odd one. Only question is: do you like it? I do.

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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 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 AdamBear
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark amber with a very nice and sticky cream colored head

S-aged hops and herbs. Does not smell great at all. Medium strength. No coffee.

T-hmm comes in with a decent taste of coffee and herbal hops. It's actually an okay taste. Has a good after-taste of dark roasted coffee. 

M-medium carbonation with a good dry finish

O-actually surprised this is more like a regular ipa than a black ipa. It tastes like an average ipa with a hint of true coffee. I'm fairly impressed with this and actually want to buy it again some time.

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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 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 Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, a coffee IPA. Let's see how this goes

Nice pour. Big fluffy, dense, rocky head. Light amber. looks good.

Aroma is unique. There is a coffee aspect to it, but more of coffee plant and green-ish than bean or brewed. Fresh. The hops come through as tropical with hints of citrus. Malt is raw biscuit dough.

Taste follows the nose. Coffee up front. It's quick and green. Like walking through a coffee field. Biscuit seems chewy throughout. Most obvious for the hops are on the end. Citrus and tropical. Light passion fruit. Some grassiness.

Overall this IPA is more about flava than feel, although the feel is hoppy. Unique is all I can say at this point. For the size of the bottle, it's a sharing beer.

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Photo of Momar42
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, into a Mikkeller snifter glass at Strangeways in Dalllas, TX. Thanks mattisloco and Eric (proprietor).

A - Medium hazy/cloudy brown with decent amount of off-white head. Creates a respectable amount of lacing through the entire glass.

S - Coffee notes are present but not overpowering. Hops also make a show but mild at best. Not a strong smelling beer by any means but good for what it is.

T - Taste mirrors the smell with the coffee coming on the front end but only mildly. Their is bitterness but hard to decern if it is from the hops or the coffee. Not an overly bitter beer by any means but very enjoyable. Kept wanting more.

M - Good mouthfeel for an IPA. Creamier than most, but finishes well. Not a Mikkeller fan usually but this one works for me. Nothing present makes me want to stop drinking this.

O - A "different" American IPA if you are tired of the gluttony of average or below-average American IPAs out there. Not a tremendous coffee flavor but enough to compliment the style. Not overly bitter either, but its an IPA not an IIPA so it is square in the middle for the style. If you can find this give it a try. There are better American IPAs out there much closer to the true "style" but this one gets marks for its difference to that style.

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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 lovindahops
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having a glass of this different type of brew on a happily warm and windy Sunday in the cuse

A- hazy firestorm of bright orange colors surrounded by a wicked head of heavy cream foam sailing on top of the brew. Massive lacing all over the glass edges. Certainly no coffee-Esque attributes on this appearance but nevertheless I am impressed

S- a tropical and Carmel candied malty scent with some biscuity presence as well. If you told me that this was just an ordinary ipa, I would never even think to look for coffee. Nevertheless, there might be a dry scent of coffee grounds present

T- very big tendency upwards caramel malt and grassy theme. Pretty good, with a lack of coffee to say the least

M- excellent carbonation and prickly fruit flavors. Dry on the mouth.

O- an enjoyable ipa that was heavy in the caramel malt department. Again, no coffee presence for the most part but this was a nice malt forward ipA

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly. I've never heard of a coffee IPA, so I had to try it.

In a snifter the beer was a hazy amber color. There was a medium-sized tan head that left a sheet of lace. A really sticky beer.

Mostly a straight IPA aroma. Citrus, some piney hops, some sweet malt. I think there was some coffee aroma that appeared late.

Very nice taste. Grapefruit and tangerine. A little bit of piney hops. Unsalted Ritz crackers. And the coffee did make more of an appearance.

Hoppy, but not aggressively so. Did the coffee do that?

Weird but interesting. On the fence about having this again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, caramel, and some very subtle coffee aromas. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA but I am getting more caramel aromas and flavors than any sort of coffee.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

P: Huge 3 fingers of yellow tinted creamy head meringue outstanding retention. Relatively clear copper orange body with sparkles of light amber.

S: Big citrus and banana candy, and tropical fruit cocktail that delivers that syrupy sweetness. Spices are present with coriander being the prevalent one but no nose of coffee at all.

T/M: Mild bitterness in a creamy body that reveals wonders of tropical fruit and candied malts. Coffee is still evading my palate. Small amounts of bread and a semi wet finish that dries rather quickly. Subtle coffee finally comes around once warmed.

O: Not really a pronounced coffee flavor in this IPA but a solid IPA none the less. It threw me off a bit because of the lack of coffee but I really enjoyed this beer. Mikkeller did a nice job with this.

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