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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,602 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,602
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 50
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Iguana on 10-11-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Zraly:
Photo of Zraly
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black with a thinnish tan head. Wonderful aroma of coffee (and something akin to the way a chocolate wrapper smells when you first open it).

One word: delicious. Smooth, balanced flavor profile with a light to medium body. Rich flavors of brown sugar, espresso, and a nice smattering of bittersweet baker's chocolate. Silky, creamy body, and just enough carbonation to not be cloying. That is, this is not so rich that you can't have more than one. A great session ale for dark beer lovers.

If you don't care for coffee, do not be intimidated: the coffee flavor is part of, rather than a dominant feature of, this ale. With that said, if you love coffee and beer (as I do), then this is an ale you must try!

Try it with anything you'd have coffee with! And unlike coffee, it might even go well with a nice grilled strip steak.

Zraly, Dec 21, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a deep cola brown with a thin wispy beige head that was gone ver quickly.The Kona coffee really shines in the aroma along with some roasted nut,mollases,and even a passing shot of piney hop,flavors are heavily roasted and coffee-like with some bitter unsweetened chocolate,finishes with some mollases and a bit of earth.Not overly complex but the coffee is nice and it went well with some bbq smoked sausage I had for lunch.

oberon, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of davemarc87
4/5  rDev +5.3%

davemarc87, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of SuqMadique
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

SuqMadique, May 13, 2012
Photo of SmokingmeX
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic tumbler from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Poured a very dark typical porter color, with a paper thin off white head. Lacing was slighty clingly but spotty.

S: Upon opening the flavors were hard to pick up, as it warmed it was sweet with roasted malt and coffee that began to increase.

T: The coffee was present but took a while to characterize itself especially since it is supposed to be coffee infused beer. The malts and coffee were there just not enough as I had expected or wanted.

M: The beer was thinner than I would have liked especially for the style. Much more carbonation than I expected which hurt the overall flavors imho.

D: If you enjoy thinner porters with above average "fizz" you might enjoy this more. I think it is easy drinking but disappointing needs more body.

SmokingmeX, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ricksrealm, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +25%

markallmon, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what I was expecting with this beer, but it turned out to be pretty good. In a pint glass it was a reddish brown color with a thin tan head. It had a sweet, roasted grain aroma. The taste was sweet chocolate and coffee, mostly coffee. Pleasant mouthfeeel, could drink a few of these.
I used a bottle of this in a short ribs recipe, and the ribs were excellent.

lordofthewiens, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a frothy tan head that quickly goes to a ring that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee and some grains.

The flavor is subdued chocolate and coffee with some lactose. The mouthfeel is medium and watery.

Overall, not a bad coffeee porter. It's a nice drinkable brew, but there are better coffee beers out there.

Beaver13, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a bottled on date of "091009" notched on to it and I sampled it on 11-6-09.

Appearance: It pours quite dark with a brown/black color and an average size tan head. The head hangs on well and make nice slippery lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is sweet like brown sugar with some roasted and toasted notes as well. Hop notes are very light and subdued.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor has mellow hints of brown sugar, roasted barley, burnt wood, and roasted coffee with cream. The finish comes quickly with some mellow spicy hops and solid dark roasted coffee notes fading off the tongue. It is a light to medium body porter with a creamy texture and lively carbonation.

Notes: This is a very tasty very sweet and easy drinking stout that would make a great session beer or breakfast beer.

generallee, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle on date: 010511

Beautiful black, thick head forms and slowly dissipates but a full coverage remains on top

The aroma is smooth coffee with a sweet malt backing very smooth coffee aroma

The taste is smooth throughout slight carbonation it starts sweet with a roasted coffee taste enter. A smooth malt trails to a dry coffee bitter finish

bishopdc0, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +5.3%

SmellsofMahagony, May 22, 2013
Photo of jonphilipp
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jonphilipp, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of VernonKell
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Guden
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a near black, near opaque color with a small tan head which leaves light lacing.

S- Not a whole lot there, some sweet malt and hits of cocoa and coffee but not as much as I had expected.

T- Some roasty almost smoke like character with a nice amount of malt sweetness and very subdued coffee character which is barely noticeable.

M- Feels just how a porter should, fairly low carbonation but enough that its noticeable and moderately high in body it sits in the mouth just the right way for the sweetness.

D- Would love for there to have been a bit bolder characteristics in the nose and especially on the tongue but overall its a solid beer I could drink all night.

Guden, Apr 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

JakerLou, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Beerswag, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a packaged on freshness date.

Billowing light brown head towers over the nearly black liquid, good head retention as well. Smells strong of dark roasted coffee, dark unsweetened chocolate and a hint of wood charcoal. Smooth with a lush medium body. Firm coffee flavor from the start holds on to the palate for a long time, firm but not dominant. Malt sweetness chimes in with a quick but faint burnt sugar flavor, then it all goes towards a mild roasted grain tone. The modest hopping lets the coffee shine. Finishes bitter sweet like an iced espresso.

Good stuff here. Certainly not in your face but it does capture the coffee flavor that most brewers seem to miss by either not having enough or becoming too acrid. Very well balanced.

Jason, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of warriorsoul
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to skyhand for this one...
Dark brown, bordering black with less than 1/2 finger of off-white head...thin, spotty lacing as I sip away.
Very nice coffee scent with some caramel and chocolate.
Quite tasty...generous robust coffee addition to this brew and very well balanced with the addition of milk chocolate, sweet malt and a hop bitterness.
Not thin in the m/f for the style...a nice breakfast beer if one was inclined to do so.
Easy, enjoyable drinking here...well worth trying.

warriorsoul, Feb 04, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mctizzz, Dec 05, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, leather brown in color, small head, high carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and coffee

Taste: coffee, toasted malt, dark chocolate and a bit of cream

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sweet, medium-light bodied

Drinkability: This is the best beer I have had from Kona and I wish I could get it more easily here. I could have six. I love the multiple layers of coffee and chocolate. This has a different taste than most in the style.

tigg924, Jan 04, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

reitzbrewing, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

stlkerry, Aug 02, 2013
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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,602 ratings.