Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
It pours a deep deep brown, with a tight head that fades fairly quickly and decent lacing.
The smell is first second and third a roasted coffee (no big surprise considering that is what this brewing company associates itself to). Thsi roasted coffee malt gives way to some creamy and smoky tendencies edge through.
The taste follows in the aroma's footsteps, unsurprisingly. The hops are decidedly a roasted espresso bean, which is kind of nice (even though I'm not usually a big coffee drinker in general). has moments of thinness, but overall a positive impression. Spices I can't quite place and a slight bitterness round this brew out, overall I really like the flavour of this beer.
It is not overly heavy, in fact, my biggest complaint would bet hat sometimes it feels little thin, and the carbonation levels seem appropriate.
I could probably drink a couple of these in a row, it's not overwhelming, doesn't coat the mouth, but does settle into the stomach and feels heavy. Or maybe I'm just full.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2008 05:01:13 | More by kemoarps
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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 1,539 ratings.