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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,462 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1462
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%


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)
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sweetbrew82

California

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. into a pint glass/ bottled on date Sep. 03/09

P: Garnet lit brown with a milk chocolate head of frothy foam perched on top. Showed good retention then deflated to a wispy collar of froth while leaving some light lace on the walls.

A: Aroma consists of lightly roasted malts, good quality coffee, chocolate cake mix, and a handful of nuts for good measure. It smells okay, but nothing real special to report on here.

T: Once again, you can immediately tell that the coffee is of good quality. It's not like burnt, acrid, generic black coffee that becomes wearisome after the second sip. It's got more of an espresso character that tastes good and doesn't dominate the rest of the profile, but it's the leader of the pack for sure. I was really hoping to find a boatload of chocolate here to play off of the coffee, but that's not the case. It's there in smaller quantities than I would prefer, and it tastes real powdery and chalky like chocolate cake mix instead of rich, creamy chocolate which I think would've worked better. There also some nutty flavors in here with a slight hop bitterness noticed as well.

My main gripe with this beer is the malt bill, or lack thereof. It's seriously undermalted and causes the wave of flavor to just die before ever meeting it's full potential. Each mouthful starts with promise, but it just falls flat before the swallow and causes the flavor to fall off a cliff on the aftertaste.

M: The bottle claims that this beer is full-bodied, I beg to differ. I'd say it's medium-bodied to be generous. The lack of malts makes it feel thin and almost watery in spots as the beer just doesn't stick to the task at hand. No creaminess or chewiness to speak of, and never really allows the flavor to get any traction on the taste buds.

Notes: I'm really underwhelmed with this beer considering the fact that I love coffee beers. I was hoping for a kick-ass coffee porter with beefy malts and plenty of chocolate to go around. Instead, I ended up with a slightly above-average porter that kind of reminds me of Flying Dog Gonzo in the way that the profile feels shallow and offers nothing to discover underneath. No need to seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 16:36:26 | More by sweetbrew82
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A:black body with very thin to no head.

S: sweet smokey hickory with mild bitter cocoa

T: Bitter like a stout with a smokey character to it. Deep roast from chocolate malts with some bitter sweet chocolate that's a late arrival. Finishes fairly clean with only some lingering bitterness with a slight nutty character.

M: Clean and smooth easy to drink

O: Pretty good but I'd think of it more on the stout end of the spectrum with roastey flavors similar to guinness. I seem to recall having one with more chocolate coffee character to it but this particular bottle seems lacking.

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4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First I have to say is wow! Love this beer!

A - nothing special about the appearance which is the only thing wrong with this porter. Pours a typical perfect black color bot small brown head that fades quickly into a very small amount of lacing.

S - terrific with a sweet coffee and roasted malts!

T - almost perfect!! May be perfect!! Definitely into top two. Perfectly balanced for my taste buds sweet honey or caramel prevails with coffee undertones. Best porter I've ever tasted!!

M - full bodied and smooth! No lingering bitterness. Perfection!

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4.93/5  rDev +29.7%
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An excellent porter from Kona. I wish I could find more of the breweries beers Coffee and porter is a good combination and love this beer so addicting as coffee can be. Kudos to Kona Brewing Company for this amazing coffee and porter beer that i love so much

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark almost black, with nice brown head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a nice balance. Can smell the hops, coffee, and roasted malts, but none of the aromas dominate the others.

Taste: A nice mix of hops and malts, and with a hint of roasted coffee. The hops are just enough to balance the malts and provide for some complexity. There are hints of some sweetness from the malt, with a little coffee flavor. There is a nice mix of hop and malt influence in the after taste.

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,462 ratings.