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 buns
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do not like coffee I love the smell but the taste is lost on me,but this should not be feared by non coffee lovers. It has a typical IPA feel and general taste with a faint hint of a lightly toasted coffee bean. The coffee in no way interferes with the IPA taste.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at Monks in Philly. I was intrigued by the notion of a coffee IPA because I wanted to be venturous and have a complex style of beer. I was feeling a little bold.
On-tap into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy, cloudy burnt orange color with amber/ruby hints. Creamy lacy head that was ressiliant.
S - There was citrus in the head and no coffee which supprised me. I was looking hard for a few notes and didn't find any. Still the citrus was light and nice.
T & M & D - Citrus clean font on this beer with malty sweetness and a few roast tones. Once again I had to go searching for the coffee and I found a few notes of it on the back end in the back of the palate. Other than that the beer was clean and medium bodied with a mild level of carbination.
The beer was nice, but nothing that popped and made you say wow. A good/decent beer.


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Photo of SFLpunk
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL brown glass pry-top bottle. Cap dated 08/12/12.

Pours a hazy brownish amber with thick white head that stands up creamy and tall.

Nose is sort of oily smelling. Floral is the dominant word. Leafy and herbal hops. Not much citrus.

Palate is aggressively bitter up front with huge amounts of dense, earthy and leafy hops. Not really finding any coffee here... Maybe I could dig and find coffee oil in there, but it's a stretch. Blindfolded, I would never be able to tell.

Good IPA - disappointed by the coffee promise.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey-golden with a thick, off-white head. Strong aroma is predominantly hoppy - but not a hint of coffee. Strongly hoppy, evergreen flavor is quite pleasing and satisfies my liking for hoppy beers - but where's the coffee? Never mind, it's a good IPA nonetheless. Texture is fiercely tingly and fizzy.

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Photo of rarbring
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer is clouded dark amber, has an off-white to tan head with some lacing.

The smell is like old coffee from the brewer, an additional dried pea nuance.

Upfront bread and fudge, then some citric aspects, but the peas and old cold coffee is dominant to me.

Medium carbonation, soft texture and a good body.

I like coffee, warm! I like beer (most of it)! But this combo does not attract me. Coffee stouts are fine. Tasted at a beer sampling at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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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 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 bigfnjoe
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 into a perfect pint. Been looking for this one for awhile...

A- pours a crystal clear shade of orange with a three finger, very puffy offwhite head. Well, it LOOKS fantastic to start...it can only go downhill from here

S- smells very citric...no coffee coming through on the nose. Smells like...the tomahawk hops advertised on the bottle. Not bad, though

T- getting the citrus from the tomahawk, and a little of the coffee...it's VERY subtle. Mainly comes in the aftertaste, and it's very mild

M- a little thick...not syrupy, but toeing the line

D- I'd rate this higher if it weren't marketed as a COFFEE IPA. The coffee is so subtle that you can barely taste it. This would be fine for a standard IPA, but for something Mikkeller hyped up as a coffee IPA, I'm let down

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tomahawk X Guji Natural - 750mL bottle.

Appearance -- Pours a hazed orange, ruby in the heart, with a finger of creamy beige head. Great head retention.

Smell -- Citrus, grass, bready malt, slight musty dankness. Not a whole lot going on.

Taste -- Lemon and tangerine, prairie grasses, bready malt and caramel sweetness. Hop bittering is moderate, though this may be a matter of freshness. While certainly hop-forward as pales go, it is a very mild sipper. No roast coffee flavor whatsoever, unless that grassiness is coming from the beans.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with milder carbonation. Alcohol heat was much higher than expected given the abv.

Drinkability -- Drinkable, but not exciting. My only real quip was the alcohol heat. As far as the coffee was concerned, it was nearly nonexistent. Assuming that the coffee was added green or nearly green (see notes below), it added grassiness and some mild earthy dankness. If this is the case, couldn't Mikkeller have conjured up that character in the hopping? Interesting idea, no follow through.

Additional Notes -- I shared this bottle with no less than FOUR professional coffee roasters. They could detect the Guji within the beer, if only slightly, and all were convinced that the beans had to have been added green (unroasted) or nearly green.

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Photo of JAramini
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a very tasty IPA. The coffee seems to just be a gimmick to get people interested, but the coffee character is all but absent. I'd read the early reviews and thought "my palate will pick up the coffee flavor for sure!" But, really, it didn't. I was looking hard for the coffee and it's possible that lingering somewhere in the aftertaste was the bitterness of coffee, but that could've been me trying to taste something that wasn't really there. If nobody told you it was a Coffee IPA you'd have no idea it contained coffee.

Other than the lack of coffee character, it had a nice hazy orange/amber appearance, smelled of citrus and pine, had an appropriate medium mouthfeel and was a drinkable IPA. I think Mikkeller is exploiting the coffee as a gimmick but that if the beer wasn't marketed as a "Coffee IPA" I'd be giving it a higher score. So, the coffee makes people curious, but it doesn't deliver on the promises of coffee and ends up being a disappointment despite being a very good IPA overall.

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Photo of jonvan04
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This pour a reddish brown with about an inch of head. Not much coffee on the nose, it smelled pretty much just like a regular IPA. The first few sips I still couldn't pick out the coffee part of this beer. After a few sips I think I figured it out, it tastes like they were trying to blend the bitterness of some darker coffees with the bitterness of an IPA. Unfortunately the coffee bitterness masked a lot of the desirable hop flavors. This bitterness blend was all their was to this beer. The mouthfeel was pretty thin and light.

I started out very interested in this blend of two different flavors that I love, but sadly this ended up being pretty one dimensional and not all that interesting or good.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours an opaqueish pumpkin shade of orange. It isn't noticeably hazy or cloudy, but you can't really see through it. 2.5 fingers worth of buttermilk colored head sit on top like Omar's grandmother's church crown. Koppi has lacing that looks just like the band logo for Darkthrone (http://www.bopmyspace.com/image_102/darkthrone).

Coffee IPA, eh? In a move reminiscent of Fantome's most recent batch of Chocolat, you can't tell by the aroma that there's any coffee brewed in this beer. Well, there's a faint nutty note that surprises me given what I believe the malt base to be. That is likely coming from the coffee, but it doesn't smell like a coffee beans or a cup of coffee or anything of that nature. The hop character is nice and restrained. Tasteful. The Tomahawk hops are giving off some major tangerine aromas and some mild pine needles. The crystal malts are held in check. Koppi has a focused and very nicely balanced aroma.

The same balance and elegance from the aroma carries over to the palate. Oranges, clementines, and some green/garden flavors hit first from the hops. Crystal malts lend a nicely-light caramel taste; I'm glad that the malts are so balanced here. It's easy to miss the coffee on the palate, too. you have to really trust your palate and be considerate of what you're tasting to get the flutter of fruitiness that accentuates the hop flavors. I don't drink a lot of coffee, but I remember this sort of lemon meets earthy/nutty characteristic from the quality coffee that BA user Turamarth would make in our college dorm room. It's most apparent in the finish, where the orange fruit flavors from the hops give way to a green leafy finish. Nice beer, this.

I like my IPAs to be thin, and this is definitely on the thinnest side of medium-bodied. Perhaps even legitimately thin for the style. It works very well for me. This is one of the more drinkable IPAs I've had in a long time. It's balanced, not that bitter (which may be a turn off for some IPA drinkers, actually), and focused. And at just under 7% ABV, you can polish off the whole 750mL bottle yourself without repercussions.

This might be the most restrained, elegant beer that I've ever seen Mikkeller put out. No, it's not the strange blitzkrieg of flavor that we all imagined when we first read the phrase "coffee IPA," but it'll do. Koppi uses the essential fruitiness of coffee to supplement it's specific hop profile. While subtle for some palates, it takes some good, smart brewing to achieve that.

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Photo of Schracky
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at a nice pub in Pennsylvania this past week. I was surprised to hear of an IPA brewed with coffee beans! It poured an amber color with about a centimeter of head. The aroma was that of a mild IPA. Not an overwhelming hop presence, but definitely there. It was fruity aroma. I did not smell coffee. The taste was decent. I did not taste the coffee at all. The malt character was solid and balanced nicely with the fruity hops. This was a nice beer, but not what I thought it would be. I think that is okay though, I am not sure how a strong coffee taste would go with the hoppiness of an IPA.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at WLV, poured into my De Struise glass... The body shows off as a dark orange, medium cloudiness, more of a copper in the middle. The head is light tan and initially rises several fingers. Great retention and super thick lacing, wow... The aroma is shockingly devoid of coffee, expecting at least a little but I get more of a standard, slightly malty ipa. Toffee, grapefruits, grass, bready... Again no coffee at all on the taste. I can't tell if I'm happy because its not there, or more disappointed because I wanted to see a regular looking ipa taste like a great black ipa, ala GI's A Beer Named Sue which is a great roasty ipa that I love. The aroma is very citrusy, tons of oranges and hint of bitter grapefruit. Pine and grass hops on the finish but they are light, more toffee on the finish than hops. An ever so light hint of coffee on the finish, but you really have to look for it... The finish is piney harsh, a hint of bitter coffee... Pretty drinkable, however with the alcohol I get off this I'm surprised this isn't more like 8%.

This is a pretty decent ipa, however don't come in expecting a coffee ipa or you will be sadly disappointed.

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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 corby112
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Capone's on 2/17/11.

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves sporadic chunks of lacing behind.

Slightly toasted malt aroma with subtle roast character. Hints of toffee, biscuit, caramel and rye but not much coffee. Underneath the malt there is a nice citrus hop character with hints of orange and lemon peel. Subtle notes of biscuit and graham cracker.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a blast of bitter yet sweet hop flavor that lingers throughout over the toasty malt backbone into a nice dry finish. Toasted malt with hints of biscuit, caramel and rye but again, not much coffee. Only slightly roasted with faint graham cracker and biscuit malt notes. Nicely balanced with some lactic cream and citrus orange peel but I was expecting a bit more coffee flavor.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a massive, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of citrus, hops and a little malt thrown in.

T: Tasted of hops, citrus (a little grapefruit), and malt. Maybe it was just me, but I really didn't get much of a sense of the advertised coffee in the flavor. Still, this beer tasted pretty good.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, somewhat watery finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: While it doesn't necessarily deliver on the advertised coffee, this beer is still very drinkable.

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

On tap at Max's today. Given the name of this beer, I was expecting this might be a black IPA... guess again.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light sweet malt and some tea like aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this lightly sweetened beer. This beer is listed as a coffee IPA on the beer menu at Max's, a description that makes no sense at all to me. I get no coffee flavor to speak of, and there is very little hoppy bitterness (though I picked up more and more on the finish as the beer sat in my glass). I've had some pale ales with more of a hop bite than what I get in this beer. Regardless, the flavor profile isn't offensive, though it's a bit light and sort of simple. It tastes like some sort of herbal tea, but with a dash of hops for bitterness that I pick up on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, fairly bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol not the least bit obtrusive or intrusive.

While nothing mind blowing, I thought this an interesting, enjoyable beer. Shrug.

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