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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

Pipeline PorterPipeline Porter

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very good

1,461 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1461
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:
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(Beer added by: Iguana on 10-11-2006)
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Photo of Auraan


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep blackish brown with a one finger fluffy tan head that receded to a ring of tan foam. It looks excellent, very deep and rich. Scents of roast malt, faint roasted coffee and dark cocoa. A typical porter aroma, with a bit more coffee than usual for the style because of the addition of Kona coffee. The flavor follows the aroma. Roast malt, black coffee, toasted malt and some slight nutty flavors with a roasted, bitter finish and aftertaste. The coffee is a bit more noticeable as the beer warms, and adds to the typical porter flavors, though this is still very much on the lighter side of dark in the intensity of it's flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate-high carbonation and a smooth, slightly watery feel. It's nice and easy to drink, but maybe a tad too carbonated and watery for my mouth. Overall this is a pretty good porter, the coffee definitely adds to the porter base, but it has a few small flaws and there are better porters out there.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 06:24:35 | More by Auraan
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown colored brew with a nice two finger cream head. The head was creamy and light, with it fading relatively fast to leave a great level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt smell. Mixed with these smells are some light coffee as well as some light dark chocolate.

Taste – The taste begins of a nice smooth roasted malt flavor. There is not too much sweetness up front. As the taste moves on some light chocolate and coffee flavors accompanied by some caramel sweetness come to the tongue. More toward the end a light bitter flavor and more roast come to the tongue along with a toasted nut taste. In the end a rather dry roasted flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel begins light but creamy only to become more biting at the end as the carbonation seems to come to fruition while in your mouth. Rather interesting and fairly nice for the flavor profile of the beer.

Overall – While not the most robust porter out there it was a decent more session like porter. A little more sweet flavor and body may have been better for the brew,

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 23:28:27 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown With a decent sized tan colour head.

The smell is roasted malts and coffee.

The taste Is dark coffee and roasted malts.

The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side with medium carbonation.

Overall not perfect but a good coffee porter that I really enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 23:20:52 | More by Dave1999
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

12oz glass at the Big Island brewpub.

This beer appears a murky dark cola colour, with one thin finger of loosely foamy beige head, which leaves a few spouts of seemingly airborne lace at points limited around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of semi-sweet coffee, nutty chocolate malt, and earthy, mildly leafy hops. The taste is moderately sweet nutty caramel malt, a much more subtle coffee grounds essence, a small meaty twinge, and nicely innocuous earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a bit palate lifting, and nothing more, the body a bit airy and light for the style, but still holds it's own, and is agreeably smooth. It finishes nutty, malty, and a tad warming.

A decent porter, especially for time spents in these islands, as I'm getting a strong foreign stout vibe here. Tasty and dark, to distill it down to the vast majority of typical bar server knowledge. Not here, though, I am happy to report.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 04:08:24 | More by biboergosum
Photo of kylehay2004


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

1.5 finger head with nice lacing on a jet black body. Aroma is mostly roasted malt with some coffee. Flavor is heavily dominated by dry roast coffee bean flavor without too much of a bitter note. Dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Overall this is more stout like than porter. Coffee is heavy which affects drinkability but it's good for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 23:45:57 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Lahaina Yacht club and found it a very nice coffee forward porter with a balanced mouthfeel and a good finish. Not as nuanced as the Coconut Porter from Maui Brewing but still a nice change from the lighter beers at most Maui bars or restaurants

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 23:48:36 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Mora2000


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Plano Gingerman. The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has is a strong mix of roasted malt and coffee, with not too much else coming through. The coffee also really stands out in the flavor, but there is also some roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 02:43:42 | More by Mora2000
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into pint glass.
Pours a healthy deep brown black. Creamy looking.
Smell is of coffee and roasted malts...very enticing.
Taste is smooth, full of flavor. It coats the tongue and mouth with a roasted coffee and malt. Really drinkable, and full of flavor.
Very very good porter...surprisingly up there as a new favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 04:28:48 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of jkanavel


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black to dark brown, mahogany around the edges. Medium latte colored head. Not too much lacing.

S: Coffee, roasted barley.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, astringent, kind of over extracted. Some bittering hops, but not very aromatic.

M: Thin, carbonation is aggressive but doesn't add to the body. A little thin for a porter.

O: While this porter has great flavor, I feel it has more in common with a dry stout than a really great porter. I'd buy it again, but only if the price was right.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2011 06:01:48 | More by jkanavel
Photo of 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
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Brown head. Black body. Good retention, low stick.

Smell - Dark roasted coffee and cream. Luxurious.

Taste - Dry. No bitterness. Coffee.

Mouthfeel - Light. Fluffy. Almost no astringency or solvency.

Overall Drinkability - One of the best porters I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 08:22:08 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of harpo111


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All I have to say is if you like porters...this a a wonderful brew!
A: Dark...with a little reddish tint if you hold it up to the light
S: coffee...malt...bitey
T: coffee, nutty, malty...chocolatey with lickerish overtones...yumm
M: not too heavy..since it is a porter...
O: I like it a bunch...must say I really enjoyed it....when you don't really want something as heavy as a stout...this is it...

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 23:44:31 | More by harpo111
Photo of mkotsayfan


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass. Pours a dark black/cola like color with a finger of tan head. The aroma has the kona coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate notes. The taste, similar to the aroma, has the coffee, malts, and slight chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, maybe a little too light for a porter, but too light is better than too heavy for this porter.

overall a solid porter, and good for sessioning because of the lightness to it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 22:35:11 | More by mkotsayfan
Photo of mterrence5


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Am I at a bar or Starbucks?

Very dark. There is not much of a smell beside coffee. If you are familiar with Kona coffee you can catch the smell of it right away.

The taste is strong coffee a little chocolate. Sweet and malty. Smokey and slighty bitter. Hits you like a cup of strong kona coffee black and stays with you.

The finish is a bit strong. You really get the Kona flavor with a hoppy kick. The finish was my least favorite part of the beer. I wish it had a more delicate kick.

Had two glasses amongst a few other beer and this was the second and last I had. It's fairly drinkable for as strong as the flavor profile is but a bit heavy. If felt like I was walking out of the bar with a belly full of coffee beans.

I would however drink it every morning for breakfast.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 13:55:57 | More by mterrence5
Photo of Jerone


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with slight tinges of red around the corner, off white head, not much lacing.

Smells is of coffee, lots of it, and some roasted malts.

Taste is of robust coffee, some malt sweetness to balance it out. Maybe some dark chocolate too. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Not real complex but the coffee flavors are pretty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 03:37:17 | More by Jerone
Photo of eclipse54


3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Front Door here in town. It was a happy hour special, and I always have a hard time turning those down. Served in a pint glass.

It pours a dark black with about a finger's breadth of khaki head; leaves considerable lacing. The smell is what throws it off, with the roasted malts being overpowered by what appears to be pineapple; there are definitely strong fruit aromas present, and perhaps a touch of coconut. Weird. Tastes exteremely sweet for a porter, obscuring everything else. Lots of fruit coming through in front of the roasted malt, tinge of caramel, and grassy hops. Kind of tastes like an over-grilled pineapple for lack of a better comparison. The extreme sugar presence is a bit overwhelming in the mouth, but otherwise it has a decent mouthfeel. I would choose other, more traditional porters over this, though it certainly is a unique offering that should probably be tried once just in case it does appeal to your tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2011 03:35:37 | More by eclipse54
Photo of Stinkypuss


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pipe Line Porter - A seasonal/rotating offering

Pours a dark brown, small off white head. Smell of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor follows suit with a strong roasted malt/coffee presence. Little hop bitterness is percieved. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decent level of carbonation and smooth. Overall a good solid porter and worth getting ontap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 05:02:04 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Backstage in Torrington, Conn.

A: Black in color with a two-finger head of frothy, espresso-like foam which retained fairly well and left some decent, sticky lace.

S: Sweet roasted black malt aroma up front with deep, herbal and earthy hop resins floating about.

T: Rich, full-bodied and slightly creamy roasted malts up front with a bit of weak coffee and bittersweet chocolate to boot. A slight anise and charcoal flavor shore up with slight, dark fruity esters before washing down bittersweet and smooth with minimal lingering bitterness.

M: Sweet, smooth and full-bodied porter with nice balance and a slightly creamy finish.

D: Very nice balance and tons of sessionable flavor at 5.4% ABV. Pipeline porter is smooth, sweet and a bit smoky with nice roasted herbal and chocolaty notes to pair well with a chocolate or raspberry dessert or perhaps even with a hickory pulled pork sandwich. Very good on it's own though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 02:21:38 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of beertunes


2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a light black color with 1/4 inch of light tan head that had low retention and OK lacing, a fairly average looking beer.

The aroma had mostly malts and just a hint of roast, blandly typical. The flavors were a bit more pronounced, the malt a bit fuller and the roast a touch more noticeable, but was also blandly typical.

The body and drinkability were both typical and average for the style. Overall, this was a slightly below average beer, not terrible by any means, but also not note-worthy or memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 22:53:06 | More by beertunes
Photo of Devehf


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coffee flavor makes me think this might be a good breakfast of champions. I'm awake now!

Very dark with a little froth clinging to the glass. Sweet and chocolately aroma.

More chocolate than coffee on the tongue. Enough bitter to satisfy but not offend the lightweights.

An easy drinker with tons of body.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2010 04:32:26 | More by Devehf
Photo of Scotchboy


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Spagetti Factory. Also sold in 6 packs here. Have tried both variants.

Looks like a rich Porter on the pour, very deep brown/black with a small head and little bits of lacing. Head has very small bubbles, looks soft. Some carbonation present.

Smells very good, coffee tones right away followed by rich malts.

Taste is good, but thin in a way. As it warms up the taste doesn't change much for me, mostly coffee and an ever-so-slight bitterness. Roasted dark malts follow. Bitter chocolate flavors as well. Not as deep and rich as I would hope but still good.

Feel to the palette is thin as I said above. Not as thick as some Porters and other dark beers. Feels light and more drinkable.

Drinkability is high in my opinion. I've had it as a session beer before and its great whether your sipping and savoring or downing three pint glasses.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 21:26:38 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish black color with a thin white head and a generous amount of lacing. Smells of coffee and roasted grain. Tastes of roasted malts, honey like sweetness, and tons of coffee in the front and also in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick with a nice medium body and drinkability is high.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2010 23:17:55 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of WhiteOak


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep black-brown color with a tan foamy head.

S- Moderate coffee aroma with a faint note of chocolate.

T- The coffee predominates and is very pleasant, with a distinct quality and freshness usually not seen in coffee-flavored beer. There may be the very slightest fresh coffee bitterness but it is in very good balance with the malt.

M, D- Medium bodied. Thankfully there is absolutely no detectable sourness/acidity therefore the Pipeline is quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 12:57:03 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of bagpiper2005


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Really dark, nearly opaque brown. Small ring of tan colored head that retained well and laced the glass nicely.

Smell: Roasted malts and coffee are the stars here. Slight hint of chocolate present as well.

Taste: This beer is absolutely delicious. A roasted malt and creamy bittersweet chocolate flavor kick things off up front. The back end finishes up with a very definite coffee flavor that's only slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium bodied, and very creamy texture.

Drinkability: About the easiest drinking porter I've had. Slides down the throat. Chuggable.

Final Notes: An all-around delicious beer, and definitely a beer that the coffee lovers should check out. Relatively sessionable, and would be a good choice with a variety of food.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 16:14:20 | More by bagpiper2005
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even though I know this Porter is one of the few Kona varieties that is widely distributed across the country, I still wanted to try it at the source (or rather at Kona's Koko Marina Pub on Oahu). This one has an opaque dark brown color with a lighter brown glow around the edges and a thin, creamy tan head. The aroma is a mild combination of a light caramel malt sweetness with a smooth coffee finish. The flavor is likewise smooth and subtle, with a nutty sweetness from the roasted malts, and the coffee flavor being noticeable but mellow, much like the 100% Kona coffees I had been tasting around the island. The texture is smooth, creamy, and again quite mild. Overall, this one is smooth, easy, and relaxed with just enough intrigue from the local coffee to make me want to buy more of this porter when I get back home.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 20:27:17 | More by devilben02
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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
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