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%
 
 
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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Al's in a tulip.

A: The IPA is a golden color, amber with a darker hue. Let's chalk the darker hue up to the coffee addition and move on (it's still translucent if not transparent). A thin band of white head laces quietly around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is all IPA, citrusy with tropical fruits in tow. Pineapples and grass are strong. The sharp bite of the hops is balanced by caramel malts, a good balance that keeps the hops in center spotlight.

T: The juicy hops really shine, lush and fruity sweet. Pineapple, grapefruit, resiny pine, all take turns. The bitterness isn't overpowering, rather it delivers a swift punch. Bitterness lasts, sweet and numbing, long after each sip is gone. The coffee is generally absent, appearing mid- and late- in each sip. The coffee isn't imperial like a stout. Instead the darker flavors coalesce around the bitterness, adding a smooth roasted finish.

M: Resiny and oily, the hops are of the American IPA subgenus. They sing in each sip, comforted by the sweet finish of coffee. I really enjoyed the hoppiness.

O: The coffee plays a bit part in the ale, adding just enough vibrancy to be noticeable. The hops are the true star, delivering resins and sweet intensity that can match up to most American IPAs.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy orange with a very large off-white compact creamy head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: The Tomahawk hops gives it rich floral bitter hoppy vibe. Piney, pineapple, citric fruits, grapefruit. Caramell malt with some sweetness. Nice balance.

T: Caramell malt, sweet. Some obvious Tomahawk hops; bitter and floral. Piney; pineapple, grapefruit. After a while the coffee kicks in; strong black. A mild dark bitter chocolate backbone.

M: The aftertaste is really long and holds dry bitterness. Body is medium and carbonation is very mild. A dry beverage.

O: A very nice IPA where the Tomahawk hops and the coffee work great together.

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Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A fingers worth of light brown colored head... Minimal retention gives way a dynamic swirled lacing... A slightly hazed rust color... Some sluggish carbonation can be seen rising throughout...

S - Slightly muttled... Lots of malt... A little hops... A little coffee... Nothing really stands out... Aromas seem to rise to the surface, fade, and then are replaced by another...

T - There is no doubt that this is a complex challenging brew... It's hops at the forefront upon the first sip... They're subtle and slightly European in nature... Next comes a big wave of malts with some faint chocolate notes mixed in... This is followed by a slightly muted, but yet assertive coffee flavor...

M - Medium bodied... Clean... Crisp... Subtle carbonation... Simple, yet effective...

D - I have to give much credit to Mikkeller for even attempting a coffee infused American IPA... Once I saw this on the menu I knew I had to give this one a try... A bit challenging, but very interesting and innovative... Not something I would drink on a regular basis, but worthy of sampling by those who truly enjoy originality in brewing... Definitely grew on me sip after sip...

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Photo of bark
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Odoo Shakiso edition.

The colour is orange-gold-amber. The liquid is hazy like a hefeweizen. The high yellowish head sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy with sweet notes of honey and flowers. A grand bitterness that, at times, leaves room for a dry almost harsh and frowsy coffee flavour.

The taste is a blend of sweet mild coffee and a clean bitter American IPA with notes of grapefruit, pine and bitter herbs. The aftertaste is quite mild with notes of old grinded coffee. In the finish, the citric bitterness returns.

The carbonation is medium strong. The medium sized bubbles are very short lasting. The liquid is dry and quite light.

An IPA with added coffee… The main problem is that the two flavour families never marry in my mouth: It is either a bitter IPA or not-that-fresh coffee flavours.

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Photo of jsh420
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

bottle cap read 08/12/12

pours slightly hazy dark orange with a 2 finger head that left no lacing

smells of fruity hops and nothing else i can pick up on

taste - where is the coffee???? did they use sanka?? well even though i can not pick up on any coffee thats not to say this is a bad ipa because it is not - the flavor is very fruity hops and bready malts

mouthfeel is light medium body with lots of carbonation

overall - yes the name is very misleading (no coffee in the flavor) and it is way over priced for what kind of beer it is - but i did enjoy the flavor - all this said the price kills it $14 a bottle is way too much for a beer that tasted like blvd single wide($7 a sixer)

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color, with a huge 4 finger off white head. Very spongy. Lace is out this world naturally. Aroma has massive pine needle notes, resins, light citrus, and more pine and floral notes. The taste has big piny notes too, a nice malt back bone. The coffee (and I may be wrong here) comes in only on the finish. There’s a bitterness and roasted note that is reminiscent of coffee, but to me, gets lost in the already bitter finish of the IPA. Despite the seemingly odd combination of coffee and ipa, it actually melds a bit too well and becomes a bit indistinguishable. It’s crisp, medium bodied and nice for an IPA. Overall, it’s tough to pick out the coffee notes, but it’s a damn good IPA in and of itself. This really piques my curiosity and I hope someone brews another with more intense levels of coffee....

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Photo of srandycarter
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beauty apricot, tons of head and lace that last a LONG FRIGGIN TIME>

S - Musky, light coffee grounds, some malt. Don't smell much bitter.

T - Malt is light, bitter much more heavy, coffee blends with the bitter.

M - Medium body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Fun to try, but don't think I really like coffee in my IPA.

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

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured into a tulip glass, a clear golden-orange with a small, dense head. Very crisp aroma of citrus and general IPA hoppiness. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that didn't get any coffee from this supposed "coffee IPA." I got little to no coffee in the aroma or taste. That's not to say this wasn't a good beer, but it didn't exactly deliver what was promised. It did deliver a nice IPA offering though, with crisp citrus taste, apricots, light apple notes, and very woody overall. Medium mouthfeel, and a very drinkable IPA. But yo, goober, where's the coffee? I even let it settle to near-room temperature, but the coffee thing just wasn't happening. Oh well. Still good. I assume the recipe just needs a little tweaking, and I hope they do so, because a coffee IPA sounds like a good idea.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared around last weekend during a night of epic beer tasting.

It appears with a light coppery coloration, a huge creamy head tops it with good retention and leaves fat lacing on the glass as it dissipates.

The smell outputs some bitter hops scents like apple and citrus as well as a malty caramel. It was also described as a green tea like aroma, and it was interesting to note that there were no coffee smells.

The taste is mainly an ipa flavor, a bitter aftertaste with some floral citrus in the fore to start you off. Where is the coffee? We were all kind of disappointed that there was none.

Overall we thought it wasn't a bad beer, just not worth $15

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

To preface this review, I am not quite sure what I think about this beer already...but we'll give it a shot. For some reason there seems to be a "house character" to Mikkeller that doesn't seem to "do it" for me, but maybe this one is different. Let's give it a shot:

Appearance: Pours what looks like a cloudy burnt orange, but there are lots of bubbles rising that is giving the appearance that it is cloudier than it is. There is a 3/8" cap of off-white foam on top after the pour and it settles down to about 1/8" and stays there. There is already a bit of lace sticking to the glass. The lacing is pretty decent as the beer is removed, but the beer never gets completely clear.

Aroma: I get lots of citrusy American hops in here along with the expected sweet caramel notes to go with the IPA ensemble, but I am not getting the coffee part. Maybe I am numb or something.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty well with American hops and subtle sweetness being the primary players. The beer has plenty of carbonation for the style, which is good for the beer that it is. The body is medium and the carbonation does it well so that it goes down easily and smoothly. The finish is pretty balanced by the malt, but the hops are the winner in the end. The alcohol is well masked by the rest of the presentation. I am not getting any coffee in the flavor either.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good IPA. I am not sure where the coffee part comes in. I don't drink coffee, so you would think that I would be pretty sensitive to it, but I am not getting it at all. I may be feeling the effects a bit, but that may be the hops. Either way, this is a good beer, and one of the best Mikkeller beers that I have tried to date...and doesn't seem to have the dry house character that I have noticed in other beers, but it may just go better with the IPA style so I don't notice.

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Photo of Crabbicuss
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jack and Staples Corner for this delicious growler fill! Poured to a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy amber eluding to an awesome 2-3 finger head thick and rich with micro carb bubbles dispersing random bb size toppers. A long lasting head which is thick and frothy providing great retention and heavy lacing.

S - There is a very mild whiff on this beer with some underlying tones of citrus hops and sweet malt(s), but not much on the coffee contributor. A semi sweet aroma stands prevalent.

T - Easy introduction to the palate with mild semi sweet citrus taste followed by a nice balance of malt finishing with some low key bittering and finally that hit of coffee. Though light in it's presence, the coffee finds it's place towards the finish which may be the perp regarding the strong sweet & sour finish.

M - Smooth for a medium bodied beer. Gentle introduction with a semi strong and mildly sour finish. Again, finally the coffee shows up !!! The more this beer leans towards medium room temperature the more the coffee announces it's presence. Perhaps a hidden quality if consumed under the proper circumstances.

O - While the coffee addition may be misleading upfront, this IPA is rather tasty overall. If one allows the beer to settle and gain some temperature the coffee element comes forward exponentially. By itself minus the coffee ingredient it is a very drinkable beer. With some patience, one might find that the "sniper" in this brew (coffee) can be found if the consumer will allow the beer to rest just like a great steak..

My prescription: Though a little pricey, this one is worth a taste. A nice marriage between two basic elements which do not go hand in hand. We mostly ascribe coffee flavors to beer regarding stouts. This one worked well for me as the coffee contribution was not the prevalent up front flavor aggressing or leading the IPA as expected in most stouts similarly titled, but this is an IPA, not a stout. Instead the answer to this label which challenged the beer's description, ended up being the finish which leads to a decent transition wrapping up business sip for sip with the rogue agent revealing it's identity mildly at the end. Since you can't get it all the time I'd say it's worth trying if you have the time.

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Photo of fear025
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL on 4/8/11.

Aroma:Fruity (citrus, orange) with a little bit of coffee.

Appearance:Deep honey colored, very little head.

Taste:Very subtle coffee flavor. On the foretaste, it's mostly grapefruit and orange flavors. In the midtaste you start to taste the coffee, and it continues on to the aftertaste, but it's subtle. The coffee itself is lighter roasted, and just a little bitter.

Mouthfeel:Body is light with low to medium carbonation.

Overall:This is a very pleasant IPA, and I wouldn't think that you could add coffee to an IPA and end up with something like this. I'm betting that this one is better fresh.

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Photo of drizzam
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a cloudy amber body, topped by a ridiculous three finger offwhite head. It was a pretty aggressive pour, but the head sported excellent retention and left a nice veil of lacing down the inside of my tulip glass. My pour was just perfect, as a block of head jutted over the lip of my tulip glass, straight up but not losing any beer down the outside of the glass. I love that!

S - The brew carries the beautiful aroma of a fine IPA...grapefruit and pineapple. I smell no coffee whatsoever in the nose.

T & M - Tastes like a fine IPA as well. Those same citric hop notes that I smelled are present, but the coffee is surprisingly lacking. The hops are balanced nicely with a sweet malty character. This is a medium bodied brew that has a sort of drying character to it...maybe the coffee adds that since it doesn't seem to add a bold coffee flavor like I expected. Actually, as it warms the coffee appears just the slightest...a very mild accent to the hops.

D - This is really a solid brew, and not at all what I expected from a coffee IPA. It's a great IPA, just don't expect alot from the java. As it warmed it added a nice accent, but was far from the main player. I would certainly recommend this to my beer loving friends!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
6.9% ABV, 08/12/12 printed on the cap.

Thanks to TheDTrain for sharing! (and by sharing, I mean taking the pricy hit for this beer...)

A - The hazy golden orange is a good color topped by a dense off-white head. Good retention and thick lace left on the glass.

S - No real coffee in the aroma, it's actually pretty bland with a low aroma of earthy hops. Plain amber malts. A swirl brings out a hint of hops.

T - The otherwise mild hop flavor is underlined by faint coffee notes in the back. Grassy, earthy, and lightly lemon citrusy.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a moderately dry, slightly bitter finish. Nicely balanced.

O - Lacking in aroma but decent in flavor, there's almost no coffee in this one. Overpriced and average.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
2.37/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Whoa, pours orange. . . never had a coffee beer pour orange, was expecting brown. Aroma doesn't have coffee in it, starting to wonder if there was a mislabled bottle or something. Smells just like a pale or ipa without coffee.

Taste, again, where's the damn coffee? Mildly hoppy. This seems neither an ipa, nor a beer with coffee. What the hell? Lame attempt at explanation from shop keeper was that its the mild Ethiopian coffee and our American palates aren't in tune with it. Yeah, I call bullshit.

As the beer warms, you can find the ever so slight coffee nuance. Extremely disappointing. And to pay $12 for this bottle is even more bullshit. Would not recommend. Says coffee & tomahawk hops on the label, you really have to search the palate to find either one.

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Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ken, 750ml into a tulip. Best before 08/12/12 indicated on the cap. Batch 2, with Tomahawk x Guji Natural Coffee.

Pours an opaque golden orange, with a towering creamy and dense head. Mikkel has yet to fail with making every beer I've tasted from him look absolutely fantastic. Sticky lacing. Nose is great, lots of citrus, lemon, pineapple and pine, but not coffee to speak of yet. Taste follows the nose, with citrus and some bitterness. No absolute coffee qualities come through for me but some general roast reminiscent of coffee makes a brief appearance. Malt is not overpowering on the IPA side of things, but mild and appropriate for this beer. Quite a good beer overall in terms of an IPA, but I'm not completely sold on the 'Coffee IPA' tag ascribed to this. I'd be curious to know how the coffee was incorporated into the brewing process. I'm leaning closer towards a 4.25 in the Overall category in this one.

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Photo of scarfield
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App- served into a stemmed glass. Copper with a nice head. Uneven lacing.
Smell-spicy hops and not much else. Can pick up a bit of a citrus or pine smell as well. This changes after I have had a taste and just a bit of sweetness comes through
Taste- in the first taste only the hoppy character comes through. Varied to an extent that I cannot get any coffee. There is quite a bit of bread flavor in the finish which gives way to bitterness.
Mouth- not a quaffer. The bitterness stays long enough that it carries over to the next taste.
Overall- drinkable as an ipa but no coffee shows up for me. I really enjoy mikkeller, but I feel that there isn't enough coffee here to warrant inclusion in the name.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressions: Big rocky slightly off white head, copper color, very attractive pour, although the head's so big it takes a few pours to fill the glass. Nose has a dash of coffee- earthy bitterness and some sweet nutty notes. Just a fleeting impression of these coffee notes on first sip- but it's gone quickly.

1/2 way through, though, I'm getting pretty strong coffee in the finish. As I breathe after the sip, the bitterness of a fresh roast creeps over the tongue. Wow. I was ready to write this off, but I can actually taste the coffee.

Another sip brings me back to the IPA. Then the coffee after the sip. And so on. Strange. The flavors are both here but don't co-exist- they are separate entities.

Mouthfeel is interesting- good balance on the IPA front, no sign of ABV. Really confused/impressed by how the beer is two-faced. The IPA isn't amazing, but it's more than adequate. Resiny and floral hops.

I'm impressed. Better than I thought, this beer took a while to play all its cards. Strange stuff from Mikkeller, but I guess that's the norm.

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Photo of rinhaak
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a muddy brown hue with a big head that gradually recedes over five minutes. The color, which reminds me of Odwalla's Superfood, is actually rather unattractive.

The nose is fabulous with hops and freshly ground coffee mixing to form a fine duet of fragrances.

The taste is truly interesting with lots of citrus hops fighting with dark roasted coffee. The coffee really seems to win this battle, though, as the coffee flavors almost overwhelm those of the hops. The beer is fairly bitter, for the hops and coffee combine for a very bitter taste. That said, there is a hint of sweetness in the background that barely balances out what would otherwise be an overwhelming bitterness. There is a lovely long coffee-malt finish.

Overall a very commendable beer that combines popular flavors in an entirely new way. I only wished those flavors were better balanced.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle multiple times into my Bruery tulip. Thanks to j2brew2 for an interesting extra. Thanks Joe.

A- a light pour yields a huge 4 finger head that has since faded to a nice thick cap. Color is dirty gold. Nit much lace at all.

S- very light tropical candied fruits. Syrupy sweet swell is there as well. No coffee to speak of.

T- not very bitter. Has a nice amount of light citrus, apple cider mixed with pineapple and grapefruit. These flavors are Not very strong but they are pleasant. Again no coffee. Gentle hop sizzle with some flower hops bid you farewell.

M- good tingly carbonation. Maybe a little light but that makes it very easy to drink. Really nice feel but I feel something I can't put my finger on is missing.

Overall a good ipa. Everything about this beer seems to be subdued. More sweet than bitter but still flavorful enough to be interesting. No coffee but who cares

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Photo of stakem
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle best by date of 8/12/12 poured into a snifter. This brew appears a clear color of orange with 3 fingers worth of white fluffy head. It leaves a lacin pattern on the glass with webbing, lines and patches. A swirl revives more than a finger of large bubbles which forms a yellowish stained froth that holds strong.

The smell of this brew is citrus, grassy hops, some mineral aspect and quite a lot of sulfur. The coffee addition seems to be missing from the aroma, about the only characteristic I smell that is vaguely reminiscent of coffee is a bit of a musty tang to the backend. More sniffs reveal a scent of rindy fruit and pulp.

The taste includes quite a bit of mineral character, sulfur and modest bitterness. There is no coffeeto be found in the flavor of this brew, as I take more sips I struggle to come up with something and it's just not there. Vaguely on the backend is an earthy aftertaste maybe coffee-like with a stetch of the imagination. The majority of this brew's flavor though is citrus hops and other bitter rindy flavors with an increasingly musty aftertaste as the brew warms up beyond ideal temperatures.

This is a medium bodied brew with a very lively level of carbonation that is a bit excessive initially but it calms down. The drinkability of this brew is decent but would not be a selection I would make if I was in the mood for a really good ipa or if I wanted a beer with coffe inclusion.

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

(750ml bottle from Bruery Provisions). Pours cloudy apricot color with a white head. Aroma has peaches, mango, papaya along with some dank hops (the brighter hops, though are prominent). Flavor is light bitterness with some sweet malts and a bit of coffee. Medium bodied with an oily texture. This is a nice beer, although the coffee is quite subtle and hard to find at times. Its a very tasty IPA.

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Photo of Snow81
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours cloudy with a lot of sediment with a dirty orange color

Head: Big frosty cream colored head

Smell: Big citric with a sweet maltyness

Taste: Way big bitter citric hop with toasted malt and no coffee on the palate

Weight: Medium to heavy body with a low carbonation

Finish: Bitterness in the cheeks with stickiness on the lips

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