Koppi Coffee IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Koppi Coffee IPAKoppi Coffee IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
370
Reviews:
169
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
12.73%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
34
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 370 |  Reviews: 169
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 Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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 GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I saw this one at Abe's I was pretty stoked to try it. This brewery usually impresses me quite a bit and since I've never seen a Coffee IPA before I knew I had to try it. The beer poured out as a light brown color with a pretty nice looking head on top. The smell of the beer was hoppy, I struggled to get the coffee aromas at any point while having this one. The taste was the same way... All I got was hops, I tried blowing my nose and everythig to possibly clear my senses a little and still no coffee in this one for me. The mouthfeel was decent, I feel that it was just about average to most IPA's. Overall I found this one to be a little bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the initial taste has flavors of citrus hops and hints of caramel. Notes of coffee flavors become apparent afterwards and stand out in the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness. The flavor of coffee becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied with some crispness and smoothness on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is a very balanced IPA and with an interesting twist of coffee added to it, which is subtle and lends a bit of complexity to the taste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Nice how, through beer, I am learning some Danish!

This beer pours a cloudy dark, shadowy golden brown hue, with a multitude of dense foamy, billowy pale beige head, which leaves some quasi-random, sudsy drooping lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of musty, dusty citrus hops, biscuit malt, and faint bitter coffee. The taste is more musty, bitter, leafy citrus hops off the top, with some mild fruity coffee maltiness following up. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight for an IPA, and fairly smooth. It finishes with a diminishing bready malt, the coffee and leafy hops bitterness taking up the cause.

The IPA-ness of this offering gets kind of muddled by the coffee influence, which I've seen happen before. It ends up seeming more like a pale ale with a decent, if fairly understated, coffee kick. Which, given the trade-off, is fine by me.

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

Bottle served into a Westvleteren goblet in Stockholm, Sweden. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head of nice lovely cream lacing and great thickness. Retention is excellent. Colour is a murky cloudy off-copper.

Sm: IPA bittering hops, caramel, and ever-so-slight fruit ester hops, maybe raspberry. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Bittering hops, light cream, and maybe raspberry. Very simple actually. A disappointment from Mikkeller. No coffee comes through whatsoever. It's a fruity IPA. There's not even roast. Mikkeller's me favourite brewery in the world, but this is lackluster. I expected coffee at least. Built alright and balanced decently, but fails to be special.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a lot of IPA-typical coarseness. Doesn't perfectly match the flavours of the body, but it's close.

Dr: Relatively high ABV, false advertising, limited quality, and a disappointment from me favourite brewery. Only hardcore fans of the style need apply.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with light dry coffee notes is quite singular. Taste is also an interesting mix between some piney and light citrus undertones mix in with light dry coffee notes. Malt presence can be felt though doesn’t’ play a huge role. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting experiment with a good balance between the coffee and the hops notes.

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Photo of zeff80
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden amber color with a two-finger, off white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled grassy and not much else. No coffee aroma. Hmmm, a coffee IPA?

T - It tasted grassy with a sweet caramel backbone. It was nice bitter but there was still no coffee taste.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. I still didn't get any thing remotely coffee-like.

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Photo of largadeer
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another interesting concept from Mikkeller.Poured a deep hazy burnt orange with a large blooming head that never really completely subsided,a soapy and citrusy hop blast in the nose,a very subtle roasted note after awhile but its really subdued.Again big citric hops on the palate,very fresh and green tasting,the coffee really doesnt play a part until way in the back end providing a roasty caramel tinge.This is a good beer but I gave it a lower overall score because the coffee doesnt really play a role in the beer in my opinion.

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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 ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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