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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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705 Reviews
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Reviews: 705
Hads: 1,782
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 18.9%
Wants: 65
Gots: 207 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Iguana on 10-11-2006

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Reviews: 705 | Hads: 1,782
Photo of Treyliff
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a goblet, bottled 8/27/15

A- pours a deep brown color with some light creeping through, small fizzy off-white head retains shortly before disappearing completely

S- fresh Kona coffee aroma up front, followed by brown malts, brown bread and hints of caramel & brown sugar

T- sweet, nutty and malty base gives way to notes of Kona coffee, that adds some earthy/herbal elements. Notes of caramel & molasses close it out, with a linger of more coffee

M- medium body with low carbonation produces a slightly thin mouthfeel that turns foamy into the finish

O- a nice sessional brown ale with a good balance of coffee, this beers seems to taste twice as good in Hawaii though

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Photo of lastmango
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. Thin tan head that disappeared like a pour of soda. No residual head left. No lacing. Dark ruby brown. Sweet but mild molasses and coffee aroma. Taste of coffee with milk chocolate. Very thin and lightly carbonated. I have had much better. This was a bit disappointing.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Don Quiojte $7.77 6 pack
Dark black color
Smells of chocolate and coffee
Low carbonation
Smooth creamy taste with chocolate and coffee notes
Overall a nice beer that I would drink again

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Photo of jasonbayly13181
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The best Porter I've had, and I've had a lot of them. Very dark through and through, with perfect head when poured correctly. Great blend of coffee and cocoa without either overpowering the beer taste. All ingredients compliment each other very well. Extremely smooth taste with no aftertaste at all. Fuller body taste without being "thick." Wish they'd have this year-round in the mainland. Lucked out and built my own sixer of this at the local Kroger, but they didn't have actual Pipeline sixers. Have recently found it at a local distributor and have put a keg of it in my house. Love it. Huge fan and supporter of the Kona brewery after trying several beers there on many occasions, as well as their great food at their Koko Marina location in Oahu.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black beer with a medium khaki head that disappears quickly with no lace left behind.

Smell: It gives off a faint coffee aroma, which is encouraging. Not the best, but encouraging.

Taste: Malts open up and work hand-in-hand with a coffee flavor. Good, but not excellent. Coffee flavor does stay throughout the taste.

Feel: Smooth feel. Great mouth feel.

Overall: Good impression of this beer. I rather like the bottle and cap. The beer itself is solid.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a tan head that dissipates quickly and doesn't really leave anything behind. The beer itself is an unusually clear dark brown color similar to coffee. Really, the beer strongly resembles coffee here.

The smell is nice and resembles a fairly light coffee. The coffee notes are pretty light but still there and overshadow the other notes a little bit. The hop notes are there and add a bit of extra bitterness to it while the malts add a bit of sweetness and breadiness to the smell.

The taste is a bit of letdown. It has the malt breadiness from the smell and a nice light hop bitterness to it but a lighter coffee taste than one would expect. The coffee note is still stronger than the other notes but it's strength isn't what someone would expect for a style that is normally robust.

The feel is fairly thin for the style. It's smooth but with very little, if any, carbonation. The beer feels like I'm drinking some coffee rather than a beer.

Overall, not a bad beer but you won't be missing anything if you skip it.

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Photo of josansbury6
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from 12 oz bottle.
Great smell of coffee. Taste was smooth and mellow. Went down smooth with a slight chocolate and coffee aftertaste. No bitter bitter kick. Nothing but smooth delicious notes here.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Color is more like a brown, clear brown. Pours delicately with light carbonation and very little head. After letting it rest it can not be swirled vigorously enough to cause any additional foam.

Smell is light roast coffee.

Taste is also like a light coffee, I don't get much alcohol, and if I didn't know any better I'd think I was having a cold brew joe. Not a particularly memorable one at that, light on the flavor and roastiness one would expect.

Feel is thin and slightly fizzy.

Overall this is okay, it's clean and crisp, something different for a porter.

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Photo of stevoj
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Boise Fry Company. Black and smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Chocolate and coffee dominate aroma and taste. Really, really good. much better than anticipated.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Deep brown with finger tan head, fades quickly to thin ring, not much lace. Roasted coffee aroma. Nice smooth chocolate coffee taste, finish is more sweet than bitter. Thin to medium mouthfeel but semi silky. Solid coffee porter.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A fantastic coffee porter, which means it doesn't stand out in the least bit. Every coffee porter I've ever had tastes both phenomenally, and the same.

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Photo of Billolick
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, Sept 02, 2105 on the label

Pour dark and porter like, minor dark khaki cap, leaves fine bubble film and some low strands of lacing.

Light chocolate and rosted malts on the nose.

More of the same on the palate, some chocolate, some roasty notes and then underlying caramel. Nothing amazing, but this is and easy drinking a decent quality porter. would def use some in a chicken or portk marinaide and that is worth something.

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Photo of mark5692
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a fan of porters at all but I love Kona so I had to try it and I was pleasantly surprised. Best Porter I've had. Smells like coffee with some sweetness at tastes the exact same. For being a Porter it had a very sweet (tropical) property to it that I enjoyed and enjoy with all Kona beers.

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Photo of GStone899
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pour was nice with great color. That's where the good ended. Watery taste with no after taste to speak of. Pretty flavorless. Smell was weak as well with mild chocolate n coffee notes. I prefer new castle. Try it if it's on sale but nothing to write home about. Maybe tap is better?

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am an avid fan of Kona Brewing, but have only tried their Pale Ale, Lager, and IPA. I was ecstatic to see this porter and saw that it is made with 100% Kona coffee and sports a cozy 5.4% ABV.

Look-When you pour it properly you’ll get a short-lived off tan head that settles to a silky film layer capped atop an almost completely black liquid. The lacing is sparse and wet as well as delicate and off-white tan.

Smell-It smells strongly of burnt malts, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste-It tastes of rich chocolates and coffee as well as milky sweetness and a smoky or burnt marshmallow flavor which is absolutely delicious. It isn’t overly sweet or overpowering in any way.

Mouthfeel-It is silky smooth and rich with a mild carbonation fizz appearing in the middle and lasting through the refreshing sip. There is a slight lingering coating on the tongue. It is medium-bodied I’d say, but with a watery component to tamper it slightly. You wouldn’t want to choke on some thick syrupy sweetness…that wouldn’t be good.

Overall-This is probably the best porter I’ve ever had so far in my life. It is just perfectly executed and well-balanced. It is rich and delicious and doesn’t present itself in a way that makes you think they were trying too hard to get the brew right. Cheers!

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Photo of DoctorD
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Was very excited to revisit this after having it a few years ago. Looks and smells great, but the mouthfeel was not at all like I remembered - very thin. The coffee taste is good and balanced but the thin nature really disappointed me.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Price Paid : $1.49

Pours chocolate brown with a 2 finger head

Smells of fresh coffee, burnt malts, slight chocolate syrup and lactose

Delicious! Chocolate, lactose, coffee, and roast malts all come together harmoniously. The finish is of milky lactose.

Feel is spot on for a porter, thick but not too thick, medium bodied with just enough water to make it crushable, mild yet exciting carbonation.

I'll start buying this in sixers. A great, easy porter. Mai e `inu!!

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Photo of tillmac62
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOD 9/2/15. Nearly black pour. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of rich dark roast coffee with a hint of roasted barley over a subtle chocolate.

Body is a bit light for the style coming in at heavy light body with a semi-smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is good. It is balanced but not rich in flavor which hurts its complexity. Coffee is present and dominate, but not intense. The middle brings a subtle sweetness and also subtle hop bitterness. The finish is a slow fade of weak coffee.

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Photo of Crumb_Destiny
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Ahh, solid. Taste brings a tall feeling like waves smashing against the rocks of the big island. Looks like half-decomposed macadamia nut husks in the evening. Smells like sun-baked sand and gunpowder. Feels like a puff of smoke.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark brown: Large head (2 fingers), fair lacing.

Smell: Roast, coffee.

Taste: Wow - This thing does deliver on the coffee note: The first sip has me thinking I'm actually drinking it as opposed to beer. A little bitter, but not overly so. No real sweetness of any kind.

Feel: Little thin.

Overall: Interesting beer, but a bit of a "one note wonder," with respect to the coffee; For me at least, there's just not much happening after the initial coffee onslaught. Still, hats off to Kona for delivering on that aspect, as many who advertise coffee in the beers invariably fall short.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Owl House in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark brown, not jet black, though, with a small head, and just a tiny bit of lacing.

Smells like roasted coffee, nuttiness, roasted malt, and unsweetened chocolate.

This is pretty restrained in the coffee department, it's not a coffee bomb like some coffee beers can be. Maybe I wish the coffee was a little more expressive, but it's still definitely there, and it's tasty. With the more subtle coffee, I get some more interesting flavors underneath, roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate alongside chocolate syrup, some earthy nuttiness, and maybe a little bit of caramel sweetness.

This is medium bodied, a tiny bit thin. The lighter body keeps it very drinkable. There's a normal level of carbonation for the style and strength.

This is a good little porter, nothing crazy or out of this world, but very tasty and gets the job done.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pipeline porter pours a black color with a big lacing tan head. There is a very mellow aroma with hints of coffee. The taste is very creamy, hints of coffee. Nice creamy body. Overall, its not a strong coffee beer, but has a nice creamy flavor.

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Photo of dcotom
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a snifter, sampled at cellar temperature. The coffee provides a nice complement to the other flavors in this. Light roasted malts, a slight citrus note. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, but overall well-balanced and highly drinkable.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell: Very creamy, a lot of coffee smell, some maltiness, but the creamy coffee smell dominates.
Taste: A dominant coffee taste at the beginning, then it gives way to roasted malt and hoppiness.
Feel: the aftertaste is more bland than I expect it to be. Medium body.

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Photo of Spacedog666
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter (Avery's 2012 SourFest snifter, in case you were wondering).
Look: Dark. Originally about 2 fingers of head, but has slowly dissipated to half a finger of head over about 20 minutes. Sand colored head. Leaves a nice thick lacing.
Smell: Coffee. Thick musky aroma which is nice, although it could be stronger. Dark chocolate.
Taste: I got more roasted grain in the taste than I did in the smell. Obviously there is some coffee in here which comes through.
Feel: Lighter than anticipated. Slightly watery, but not to the point that it is off-putting. Slightly more carbonated than expected.
Overall: A good beer! If you are at a party with a bunch of dads and want something good to drink, this is the beer for you!

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.