Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.
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Reviews by lurpy1:
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at the Zinfandel Cafe in Sacramento, which otherwise does not impress with its beer list.
Starts off with a dark brown pour, as expected, single finger of quickly fading beige head.
The smell comes at you with malt, coffee, great, but it's fighting for time with something bitter and troubling in the aroma though. Fortunately, does not come through in the flavor, as the taste is decidely (Kona?) coffee. There is a nice sweetness permeating,but while the sweet sensation is tasty, it's also slightly artificial.
Mouthfeel is good, definitely not a lot of alcohol. On one hand, it makes for easy drinking, but on the other hand, the kick is a little insubstantial for a porter. Not sure what the last time I had a porter so decidely un-alcoholic.
Very good drink, stops short of being great. In the good old days of BA scoring, this gets a B+.
Serving type: on-tap
12-24-2011 18:15:26 | More by lurpy1
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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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