Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.
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Reviews by GoldHorde:
3.51/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
REVIEWING: PIPELINE PORTER from Kona Brewing Co.
I have found over the years that I prefer the creamier, maltier mouthfeel of stouts over the thinner mouthfeel of porters. Porters are to be desired for other reasons - and I think, number one, that they should always be dry/bitter - never sweet/sour. Lately I've tended to favor the porters that are brewed with a bourbon edge, albeit a slightly sweet accent, I think that it favors the category nicely.
This beer was right down the middle of the porter category but it favored sweet caramel malt. It was brewed with Kona coffee and the flavor was present.
A perfectly drinkable beer BUT I would neither use it as an introductory porter to a novice or as an example of a porter style at an instructional/recreational beer tasting - more at> "an envelope pusher".
A = Opaque dark brown with a nice head and stubborn lacing.
S = Definitely porter style, sharply caramel malt with light hop tang
T = Coffee prominent as expected
M = Porter style thinness (one always anticipates dark = heavy malt)
O = An easily hittable pitch - but left me looking
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2013 03:55:25 | More by GoldHorde
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3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.
From the bottle: "Since 1994, Kona Brewing Co. has been committed to making handcrafted ales and lagers of uncompromised quality."; "We invite you to visit our brewery and pubs whenever you visit Hawaii. Mahalo!"; "Fresh, Responsible, Always Aloha"; "A Wave Like No Other Pipeline Porter is full bodied with a rich, smooth, dark roasted malt flavor. A selection of premium hops and 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee complete this limited brew."; "Liquid Aloha".
I love getting a big, quick pour going, especially with the darker beers since the pseudo-cascade is much more visible. This settled into two fingers of thick, rocky, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose had the deep roastiness of coffee, especially my morning brew, which is not for the faint of heart, along with a dark chocolate bitter-sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely of coffee and some dark chocolate. Man, if you like coffee, you will like this, but it was pretty intense. Finish was bitter and dry and I began to contemplate when I would drink something like this. It might go well with dessert, especially in lieu of coffee. It just seemed like more of a novelty than an everyday beer to me.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 21:57:59 | More by woodychandler
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
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