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Koppi Coffee IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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370 Ratings
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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Ratings: 370 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of dgilks
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tomahawk x Odoo Shakiso

Hazy deep amber colour with a big, fluffy and long lasting off-white head.

Sharp, piney aroma with a touch of grapefruit. Somewhat sweet. Where's the coffee?

Very interesting flavour with the piney hops hitting up front with some slightly sweet caramel malts. The coffee adds depth and an earthiness to the midpalate and finish that is unique and that grows on me as this glass continues.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good. Crisp and refreshing.

A delightful little beer with a classic Mikkeller IPA malt profile, a solid American hop profile that makes for a good IPA and then the added interest of the coffee which is unique. Very good.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, it's the 2nd batch (Tomahawk x Odoo Shakiso version). Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a murky copper/orange color with a couple inch off-white head after a very slow pour. The head stays around for a long time, and there's a lot of lacing, too. Aroma is mostly citrusy and pine hops, along with some caramel malt and coffee. The coffee aroma was weaker than I expected. However, the coffee flavor is stronger (and gets stronger as the beer warms up). Along with the coffee, I can also taste citrusy hops, caramel malt, and some piney hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit creamy, slick and smooth, and is also well carbonated. Too much carbonation for my liking. I'm still trying to figure out if I like this beer or not. I don't hate it, but I don't think it's great either. I guess I'm just not a big fan of the coffee and IPA combination. It's something that's worth trying once, but at $13.99 a bottle I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Glad to finally get to try this one without having to shell out for a bottle. It pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, light peach, very light leek, caramel, and white grapes. No trace of coffee, but some lovely hop character. The taste brings in more of the same, with some pine thrown in to round the hop notes out and a backbone of mild coffee that increases as I continue to drink. The combination sounds odd, to be sure, but it works somehow. The body is a light-ish medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, a smooth-ish feel, and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a surprisingly solid IPA. Just goes to show what strange combinations beer can successfully utilize.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Mikkeller wine-style glass. No freshness dating that I can tell, but 7521103 is stamped on the back label.

What a muddy looking beer, but I pretty much expected that. The head is amazingly large and the lacing is copious, but the beer itself is pretty nasty looking. It’s a fully muddied, dirty pond water burnt orange. Quite unlike any other beer I’ve seen, which is a good thing.

I’ll give this a score this high for accomplishing what this beer sets out to be. Lots of hops build an aroma of a very mediocre IPA. It smells like its going to be pretty hoppy, but also very piney and overly bitter. Coffee is stronger than I expected. I figured either the hops or the coffee would have to suffer. But as far as the aroma goes, neither of them do. There is a spiced tea quality that is formed as two worlds collide. The coffee smells like a fresh brewed cup of black coffee. Said java becomes very aromatic upon swirling. For the most part the earthy roast of the coffee and the pine and citrus of the hops clash in a violent discord, but every other sniff clicks and the citrus matched up with the acidic, fruitier qualities of the coffee.

This sure is a strange beast. I almost don’t know where to begin. It seems as if the hops lose out to the coffee here, but not without a fight. There is a little bit of raggedy, bitter pine aggressiveness, which is what I’ve begun to associate with hops like Tomahawk. But this hoppiness falls off very fast, making way for a stale, bland, oil coffee taste. Its pretty gross; like the second running’s of day old grounds. Then, as abruptly as the flavors started, they disappear. The finish is hollow, vapid, and ghosted with only notions of past flavors.

Expressively carbonated. This stuff fizzes up way to quickly and sharply. The body is thin, made to feel thinner by the fizz. This beer is very dry as the carbonation seems to keep the beer off of the palate.

Weird, wacky stuff. I’m glad I got to try it, but I wish it weren’t in 750s, and I wish it were cheaper. IPAs seem best when untampered with.

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Photo of chrisrhoppe
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge 3 inch, slightly porous head leaving impressive lacing. Hazy caramel, cooperish brown color.

Earthy, piney, floral hops with a caramel malt aroma.

Taste is a complete table turner coffee and roasted malt hit up front developing into a hoppy resin filled bitter ending.

The body is light but the flavor lingers as the bitterness sits on the back of the tongue.

10 minutes now as still coved in head. This is a very interesting brew and a great showing on Mikkeller’s creative genius. Would love to have this one again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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 DaftCaskBC
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1" tan coloured head that left a slight lacing over cloudy brown liquid.

S: Strange combination of coffee, malt, and floral hops.

T: Bitter up front with a combination of coffee, caramel, malt, and pine hops. Too many competing flavors that do not work well together.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: Even though this beer is better on the warm, thie beer is bitter not not very drinkable. There are too many competing flavours for this to be as enjoyable as it could be.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery amber colour, quite red with off-white head, small bubbles with a thin crown left behind. Lace is decent but thin. Looks alright, but a bit stagnant, no carbonation to revive head.

Smell is hops mostly, fresh citrus with grapefruit, lime and quince. Sweet caramelly malt and touch of spearmint as well. Marmalade and just a hint of spicy coffee at the back give a slight peppery edge. Extremely appealing, and fresh.

Taste is intriguing. Starts with fresh fruity early hops: citrus and slight vinous character that develops into tangy mid-palate with distinct caramelly malt and touch of vanilla. Intrigue comes through late where the experimental nature of this beer meets fine craftsmanship. Hops flatten out into resinous bitterness that is complemented nicely by the roasty bitterness of the coffee, but the blend is so well balanced that it's hard to tell what you're tasting when; hop oils with phenolic notes, sherbet and lemon zest but roasty espresso hints as well. Strange palate but very enjoyable.

A bit too much carbonation and body is too thin to cover it. More malt for more body would be welcome but it's questionable whether it would throw flavour off balance.

You're a weird guy, Mikkel, but I wouldn't trade you back to your home planet for anything. This is a great beer.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 fl oz brown champagne bottle, served in a tumbler.

Hazy, oak with auburn highlights. Two inch high, off-white rocky foam with sturdy retention. Condensed, patchy lacing with good strength.

Fresh citrus and mild tropical fruit hop aromas: lime, pear, and peach. A mellow, bready biscuit-like malt character with a touch of diacetyl and caramel.

Bready, with a caramel sweetness up front with a bit of pleasant diacetyl. The hops contribute a well rounded floral profile; slightly herbal and earthen with touches of pine and lemon zest. A bit of earthen bitterness with a burnt caramel aftertaste.

Medium in body; very smooth for the style, which is most likely due to the remarkable balance between malt and hops.

Certainly much 'darker' than a typical American IPA. Unfortunately, I didn't get much of the coffee flavor, but the 'darker' malt flavors is certainly achieved as is the balance in flavor.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Local Taphouse as part of the Mikkeller Tap Takeover. This was #12 of 20.

Pours a very cloudy hazed orange colour, with a frothy and slightly large-bubbled head of off-white. Decent lacing. Looks pretty good.

Nose is an interesting blend of hops and coffee. The coffee character gives a fruity, slightly underroasted coffee character, along with a big hit of green sharpness from the hops. Some pine comes through, along with a generic biting, cutting hop character.

Taste is interesting, but missing something overall. Certainly a hint of coffee bitterness, along with a fresher hop character. Quite a mildness to it overall, but the darkness gives it an oddity that is intriguing, if not all that awesome. Feel is pleasantly round and full.

A very interesting experiment, but an experiment it remains. It's a curiosity, but not something I really want to drink more regularly than that.

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Photo of drpimento
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is another beer this evening that is very good but not like what the lable proclaims. Let it warm out of the fridge. Poured with a very nice, foamy, frothy, fluffy, slow to settle, cream colored head and lots of lace. Aroma is mainly hop with a little malt and grass. Very little coffee present anywhere. Flavor is where the coffee barely shows up. But, mainly it's just a good work a day IPA. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is fairly long and like flavor. Booze shows up too. Could be a session. Graded it lower cause I don't know where the coffee is.

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Photo of codsmith
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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 Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a hint of pink. Massive 3+ finger, sticky pale orange head that leaves some sexy lacing.

Smell. Citrusy hops, oranges and lightly roasted coffee

Taste. Nice citrus hops with a little earthyness. Earthyness becomes more coffee like with citrus rinds and a hint of pine in the end. The bitter coffee and hops go very nicely together.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Just right.

Overall. An innovative beer that worked out really nicely. I could drink a bunch of these!!!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange/amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows resinous hops, grapefruit, heaps of clean malt with some caramel as well, and a soft, earthy, chocolaty coffee character.
Flavours instead seem to show the roasty, bitter side of the coffee, although the hops are what really stand out. Massive, piney, grapefruit-like bitterness completely dominates, although some alcohol rears it's ugly head in the finish. Way too harsh and bitter.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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 ncfranklin
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Murky orange with golden hints.

S: Big citrus grapefruit and light toasty coffee. Interesting aroma mixture. Opens up after sitting a bit with some slightly sweeter malty smells.

T: Big grapefruit again, but not bitter biting like one would expect. Coffee hits the back of the tongue behind a base of sweet malt.

M: A malty medium body that has some weight to it.

D: Hm. Interesting beer. All the grapefruit citrus of an IPA with none of the bitter, a dry hint of coffee on a big malty base. Flavors are simple and well defined.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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 ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This comes across as an interesting one i mean a coffee IPA is new to me but i like the idea and hope it delivers and it pours a murky orange brown hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head with heaps of sticky clingy lacing,the smell is bubble gum,herbal hops,pine cones,liquorice and antiseptic and the coffee smell is nowhere to be seen its just exactly like a nice AIPA,the mouthfeel is light bodied and has tastes of piney hops,passionfruit,a touch of liquorice,grapefruit,boiled candy and finished with a mouthpuckering fresh ripe Navel orange bittersweetness and overall this was one nice AIPA but unfortunately the coffee was nowhere to be seen and to be quite honest that dissapointed me as i really like the idea of a Coffee AIPA and think someone needs to perfect it as it would be a style id be most interested in cheers.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the batch brewed with Ethiopian Odoo Shakiso coffee.

Pours a fluffy, dense, tightly-packed off-white head that lasts a long while before going anywhere. The liquid is remarkably hazy and a kind of copper-sunset in color. Good bit of lace is left as well. I'm giving a 4.5 mostly for that beautiful looker of a head.

Nose is definitely IPA all the way, some bright, leafy, green-smelling hops, while the coffee nudges in slightly with earthy, nutty, almost coarse sorts of tones. Not much malt coming into the aroma, and this shows several signs of being plenty edgy, in terms of bitterness. Let's see.

The base of this beer is clearly American-style IPA. The hops have a leafy, drying sort of bitterness, with some tart citrus peel elements coming in and pretty much any fruity type of sweetness totally left out. The coffee does exactly on the tongue what it does in the aroma, and that's provide a slight but significant edge to the flavor. Not too bitter, not too acidic, not too nutty, but a little bit of each. Mildly roasty, but you probably wouldn't know this was made with coffee if you didn't know beforehand. The malt seems to be working here as a shadow component. You know it's there, if only just from the color of the beer (and the fact that most beers are, uh, made with malted grains), but between the hops and the dash of coffee personality, they're nearly invisible. Leaves me with a "west coast IPA" finish, and overall vibe. Just has that particular kind of leafy, aggressive bitterness, if lacking just a bit of the citric sweetness that usually comes with them. Most interesting.

A pretty dry IPA, with the body being on the lighter side (but hardly watery) and slightly sticky, with the carbonation trying to come on strong but only merely caressing the tongue and not slapping it around.

"A+" for effort here, as it's a successful enough experiment with what is now a well-worn (but still wonderful) style. It's just that most of the malt character (and yes, you want some malt character in your IPAs, don't you?) is edged out by the coffee's subtleties and assertiveness of hops. Some sweetness and a slightly more pronounced coffee presence could have done wonders, but is that asking too much? Mikkeller, along with BrewDog, have definitely established themselves as the Dogfish Head of Europe -- long may they meddle!!!

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Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker orange with some brown color. Head is quite tall with a good light tan color. Great stick.

With a little malt character, this one definitely focuses on hop aromas. Tangerine and other citric notes.

Initial flavor is strongly leaning toward citrus, very flavorful. Pine and menthol sneak in here as well. In the middle, a caramel malt note emerges, and finishes with a dry roasted note.

Coffee is apparent only in passing, but the beans do come through in the aftertaste. In my opinion it adds a heft and complexity to an otherwise merely solid IPA. Ethiopian beans tend toward a dry, subtle pepper flavor that doesn't have an impact the way South American or Southeast Asian coffee does. In that sense, this is a good choice to add a touch of interest and complexity, without dramatically altering the hoppy character.

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Photo of BDTyre
2.46/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Really not sure how I feel about this. Really light, traditional IPA colour with a big white head. Okay - fits IPA, but no trace of coffee in the appearance. Ground coffee, chocolate and fruit in the nose. Really tart, bitter taste with a fruity acidity. The coffee really doesn't translate well to the taste. Acidic, bitter and muddled. Fruits, hops, malts...nothing strong really comes through. Good carbonation, but I really don't think I could stand more than one.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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 msfoster77
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was pretty good. It got better as it warmed up, seeing as how the coffee wasn't present when it was cold, but it became more and more apparent as it warmed.

The smell is all hops and you can definitely tell that it is Tomahawk hops, not that I know what they smell like, but it is not the usual complexness you get from mutliple kinds of hops. There was lots of head with an aggressive pour. The smell in the glass was the same as the smell in the bottle, which is not always the case. The taste was deliciousness.

Overall this beer was a good buy and I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Koppi Coffee IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 370 ratings
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