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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 Beaver13
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange amber with a huge creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a sweet and sour almost bretty twang with some floral earthy hops.

The flavor is sweet malt and some tropical fruit with some floral hop bitterness and a bit of a slight sour/bretty note. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. It doesn't have the hop notes I normally enjoy (piney, grapefruit). I really get no coffee at all from it - I get more Brett notes which are interesting. If you let it warm and really try, there might be a slight coffee note.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a bronze-reddish color with a two finger thick rocky white head. The head has a decent level of retention fading over a moderate level of time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The coffee in the aroma wasn't as strong as I would have expected. The aroma overall was heaviest of citrus grapefruit hop as well as some herbal and piney smelling hops. Along with these smells are aromas of some breadiness as well as a little bit of caramel and some tangerine adding just a touch of sweetness to the smell overall.

Taste – Just as with the nose, the taste is very weak in coffee especially upfront. The main flavors, initially to greet the tongue, are of a IPA nature with flavors of a bready and lightly caramel and tangerine sweet taste mixed with a whole lot of grapefruit hop. As the taste advances, pine hop flavors come to the tongue with the sweeter flavors losing a little bit of ground. At the end, a light coffee flavor dose come to the tongue adding a different bitter dimension to the taste. The coffee combines with the other IPA flavors and a newly arrived herbal hop flavor to leave a rather mixed flavor IPA taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium side in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Rather fitting for the IPA style, but nothing too exceptional.

Overall – A rather easy drinking and tasty IPA overall, but really lacking in the coffee I was hoping it would deliver. Nice, but not really worth the price you will likely pay.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gem from joemcgrath27's Edmonton haul.

A - Pours a murky swamp water copper colour, two fingers of light fluffy head with solid retention and some nice chunky lacing.

S - Unique scent, and reminiscent of a black IPA with nice earthy cedar hops, dark roasted caramel malts and a tart espresso scent on the finish.

T - Surprisingly bitter earthy hops off the top, and the coffee malts, though present, definitely take a back seat. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. A bit disappointing and one-dimensional as I was expecting a much more complex flavour.

M - Medium bodied ale that bubbles up on the tongue, goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - Very drinkable and reminiscent of a toned down cascadian ale. I was expecting more on the coffee side of things and must admit that for the price it was a bit of a disappointment.

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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 lovindahops
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having a glass of this different type of brew on a happily warm and windy Sunday in the cuse

A- hazy firestorm of bright orange colors surrounded by a wicked head of heavy cream foam sailing on top of the brew. Massive lacing all over the glass edges. Certainly no coffee-Esque attributes on this appearance but nevertheless I am impressed

S- a tropical and Carmel candied malty scent with some biscuity presence as well. If you told me that this was just an ordinary ipa, I would never even think to look for coffee. Nevertheless, there might be a dry scent of coffee grounds present

T- very big tendency upwards caramel malt and grassy theme. Pretty good, with a lack of coffee to say the least

M- excellent carbonation and prickly fruit flavors. Dry on the mouth.

O- an enjoyable ipa that was heavy in the caramel malt department. Again, no coffee presence for the most part but this was a nice malt forward ipA

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Photo of drpimento
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
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 russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date on the cap 08/12/12. Picked this up in Jenks at the Biergarten, pleased that Okie has picked up Mikeller & Nogne!

Pours amber with a huge 4+ fingers of pillowy sand colored head. Epic head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness & leafy hops, not much else, a vague pear scent as well

T: Serious piney & woody hop notes, caramel, bready notes & some charred grain/coffee notes on the fringes up front. Leafy & woody hops dominate as this warms, caramel also lurks in the background to provide balance, along with a slight husky grain profile & dryness. Finishes with pear fruittyness, orange peel, herbal & woody hop bitterness with woody dryness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, good balance

Glad I got to try this,a decent AIPA variation, the coffee is really subdued in this one, At this price, a one & done

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Photo of bmwats
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Golden, ruby hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly white head. Settles quickly, but not completely. Thick, persistent lacing. Head renews with force with each new pour.

S: Pine resin, a little roasted espresso, a hint of dark chocolate, and raspberry. All components light.

T: Bitter hops, with oak chips, and a bit of sweet dark chocolate.

M: Grainy and earthy. Bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is okay. Fair head, and some spotty lacing. Nose is a great combination of piny, roasty, and fruit notes. Harsh, bitter hops, with some wood and chocolate. Earthy and bitter. Overall, this is pretty good quaff.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter at my bottle share. Thanks, Jessie.

A: Amber/bronze with a tan half finger head that fizzled out quickly. Lots of lacing.

S: Piney hops. Subtle coffee aroma. Oh my, what do we got here?

T: And it tastes like...whoo, freaky. The grapefruit hops mixed with almost expresso-like coffee give the pallate an unusual sensation. Then you start to process it and it all blends in pretty darn nicely. Some light malts slide in. The finish is dry.

M: Medium with decent carbonation.

O: A great conversation piece, to say the least. A sipper. The double team of flavors sits in your mouth for a while in hop/coffee joy. This could be a pleasant brunch drink.

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Photo of Genghis22
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange marmelade color. Huge frothy off white head, with tons of super sticky lacing.

S - Citrusy and piney hops dominate the nose. There is a bit of a cut grass type of smell. No coffee.

T - Citrus, and pine again. First sip is really sweet, like mandarin orange sweet. There is a malty break and then the hops strike with full force bitterness. Can't seem to really find the coffee in this. Aftertaste is more of the same.

M - Medium body, with a nice level of carbonation. The higher carbonation level satisfies an IPA with a medium body like this one, nicely done. The finish is nice and dry.

O - Meh. I was really intringued by the the idea of IPA with coffee, and I still am, because there was no detectable coffee in this beer. It was tasty, but nothing out of the ordinary. I'll pass on this in the future, 15 bucks could by a lot more of better IPAs.

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

Was very excited to find this one at the village pump in College Park. Split it with a friend right after. Not what I expected, though. Poured a milky amber color with a nice orange tinge and little to no head. No smell of coffee, a lot of hops and bit of sweetness, but no coffee to speak of. Very buried. Tasting doesn't change much. Still have a lot of trouble finding the coffee, but what I think happens is you get some of that coffee bitterness at the end of the traditional IPA taste. Gives the hops a nice little cap-off in the back of the mouth. Other than that, it's a nice herbal and oily IPA. It's almost one of these great understated beers, but there's not quite enough that's buried. I would love to find some other tastes buried alongside the coffee, a little bit more spice, a little apple maybe. I'll be curious to try it one day from another source and see how this compares. Not sure I'll get the chance, but here's hoping.

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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 NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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 MattSweatshirt
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had for IPA Day when in Poland.

Kind of a weird looking IPA. Muddy orange-yellow with a off-white head. Leaves some lacing though.
Cold brew coffee, tropical and dank hop.
Taste is bitter with citrus and piney hop and a hefty coffee edge. Nice balance between the two. Had no idea what to expect.
Medium bodied, smooth and a good level of bitterness.
Interesting beer. Missed the Stone collab coffee IPA so this is my one and only.

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

Thanks to Ratman for sharing some of this one with us the other day. Sorry Don, its much easier this way. 750 ml bottle poured a hazy amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, light grapefruit, light pine and a hint of coffee. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, light coffee, light pine and a hint of citrus with a crisp dry lightly bitter finish. :)

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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 BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Mikeller Koppi Coffee IPA went in the glass with a dirty well water faded brown slop look with sectioned of clumps of brown foam up top, nice legs.

Smell is of the coffee variety and much more bold than batch one. This is the 2nd batch with the Ethiopian coffee within. Smell of light roast, bittering hop musk and a smidge of brown malt, sugars and earth.

A nice mix between the coffee and the hops. The 1st batch tasted like a alt beer gone wrong, this one fits the description. Ripe roast, coffee grind, bittering hops that is more earthy than citrus. Some pine. Some malt in the back.

Feel is at about medium with very active crisp carb. Lively on the tounge, it approaches bitey, yet that may be the hops. I don't think a whole bottle would be my thing but sharing would be ideal. Maybe a smaller bottle with a smaller price tag. Good stuff though, if he can keep up with this batches standards.

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