Koppi Coffee IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Koppi Coffee IPAKoppi Coffee IPA
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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 buschbeer
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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 -20.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

edit: there have been quite a few different coffee and hop combinations in this one now, all of them very solid, but i wish we could find them fresher here in the states, they always seem a little stale and i would suspect the shelf life of this just isnt very long. its a shame, id love to line them all up side by send when fresh and really get the nuances of each...

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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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3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Koppi Coffee IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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