More madness from the master
A Review of Koppi Coffee IPA (Tomahawk x Odoo Shakiso) by Mikkeller
Posted on 4/29/2012 by Brew's Your Daddy
When it comes to debates in the better beer world, there are several topics that could instigate arguments for days. Questions like ''Who makes the best IPA?'' or ''What brewery produces the best stout?'' or ''Who is the most reliable brewery?'' could stir up such heated discussions that bar stools could end up being thrown. And while those arguments are all grounded in justifiable opinions, there is one topic in our land that I feel as though no longer has grounds for discussion. Ask anyone with some beer experience under their belt who the most creative, outside the box, style shattering brewer is, and one answer comes to mind: Mikkeller. Recently I was able to get my hands on one of his Koppi Coffee IPA creations and take it for a spin. Just off the name alone, one has to figure that its creator is certifiably nuts. Coffee flavor is for stouts, which are polar opposites of IPAs. Why in the world would someone want to mix these two worlds together. The answer? Because he is a genius and he can.

The specific offering that I got was the ''Tomahawk x Odoo Shakiso'' version, which pretty much means that of the Koppi Coffee IPA line, these were the hops(Tomahawk) and coffee(Odoo Shakiso) used in this particular batch. When poured, it takes on a cola brown coloration with a bit of an amber tint when held up to a light source. A light tan colored head forms with a regular pour and has good retention and lacing qualities throughout the session. Getting your nose in close to the glass allows you to pick up on a big citrus hops profile with orange and grapefruit being most noticeable. There does seem to be some lighter notes of earthy pine resin just beneath the citrus layer, but they are very docile in comparison. A decent malt profile can be found after a few moments, but other than some faint caramel and honey notes, it remains pretty basic. And then after a few moments of digging you can pick up on a very light and dry coffee smell. It isn't anywhere near as bold as you might expect considering the source, but it is definitely there.

The initial taste of it offers no surprises, as the flavor train follows very closely to the nose. The hops are very upfront, as one would expect from any good IPA. They remain very citrus based, but the pine resin taste does come across a little more pronounced than the nose suggested. The malts come through a lot more in the taste department, and the caramel sweetness really lends itself well in balancing the bitterness of the hops. As it warms, the malts do seem to take on a bit of a toasted bread quality, and they do well in bringing in the light roasted coffee layer that again lays buried deep under everything else. For such a quality IPA the finish is surprisingly clean and dry, with only the smallest after taste of pine hanging around at the very end of things.

So here is one of those occasions where as a beer in general, the Koppi Coffee IPA should easily garner an extremely high rating. It has a great IPA base with an added flavor twist for kicks. But in knowing that it is a Mikkeller offering, it is understandable that one might expect just a bit more. A great way of explaining it would be to say that if one were blindfolded and had it placed in front of them, after tasting it they would probably say it was an awesome beer. However once the blindfold was removed and they saw it was a Mikkeller offering, they might feel a slight bit of a letdown. But don't let that deter you. As I said earlier, it is still a great beer, and I could see where most anyone could easily enjoy it. Just go into it knowing that sometimes even the masters are cursed by the expectations created by their reputations. If it leaves you wishing there was just a little something more in the glass, you are not alone.

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