Total Score: 7.05/10
Didn’t get to this Mikkeller the other night, but I’m back to right wrongs and give this fine brew a good old Doctor Hops “Bruview”, this is Mikkeller’s: Koppi Coffee IPA Citra & Simcoe. Pretty excited about this one, TBH I wasn’t a fan of Coffee IPAs till I tried Stone Mocha IPA, TBH I hadn’t tried a Coffee IPA until I tried Stone Mocha IPA. That’s not really the point, the point is I didn’t think the combination of coffee and IPA flavours would work and I was more than happy for Stone to prove me wrong, THANKS STONE! Stone Mocha IPA weighed in at a meaty (and frankly borderline DIPA) 9% ABV, whereas this Mikkeller is, at 5.4%, much closer to APA territory. What I liked about Mocha IPA was the BIG flavour hit, hopefully Mikkeller can bring it to the table with Koppi Citra & Simcoe (awesome hop choice BTW).
Poured from a 500ml can into a Duvel tulip.
A: Cloudy AF, pleasing orange-tinted yellow body with a billowy titanium white head that rapidly drops back to a thin lace ring. As we all know – I do love cloudy beers, and this brew has a delightful body colour too, nice. 9/10.
S: Top-notch IPA aroma: Lemon [ahhh, Citra my old friend, your busy day is at an end – because I’m going to drink you down right now], floral, peachy, and honeydew melon hop notes round at a brill IPA fragrance. One thing I’m not getting is, you guessed it, coffee. Fear not dear reader – this doesn’t necessarily mean the coffee won’t be present in the flavour, beer aromas can be pretty complex at times, fingers-crossed. 9/10.
T: Nope – barely a hint of coffee in this brew. The overriding flavours are as listed above: Lemon/floral/peachy and honeydew melon hops, an earthy/peppery note, aha! Rye malt in the ingredient list. Still, bit of a disappointment the coffee character is so minuscule, a background whisper. Finishes with a slight citric/melon bitter/sour combo. Flavour-wise it’s also a bit muted, must be the low(ish) ABV. 6/10.
M: Mid to light, almost medium-bodied (thanks for the oat flakes brother!) with a medium/dense carbonation. S’alright. 7/10.
D: Overall the flavour of Koppi Coffee IPA Citra & Simcoe definitely suffers from the middling ABV and lack of coffee character – this is probably one of the blandest beers I’ve had from Mikkeller [I’m looking at you Cream Ale!]. That said there is still a flash of brilliance in the aroma though… TL;DR: Koppi needs more of that koppi goodness, and some malt sweetness, and more ABV. 7/10.
Food match: Something light/fresh and citrus-driven, like a kingfish ceviche.