Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.
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Reviews by 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.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2008 21:59:33 | More by Zraly
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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.
86 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.