Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.
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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
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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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.