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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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very good

1,577 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,577
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 46
Gots: 82 | FT: 1
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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Photo of unclejazz
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been curious about this beer for awhile. I am glad I had a chance to try some since NY does not get the stuff. It pour a classic porter dark-brown with a nice 2 finger head. I could smell sweet sweet Kona coffee and a bit of cocoa. The coffee carried thru, not too sweet not too bitter. For the price, if I could get it all the time, this would be my coffee beer. Not a strong or syrupy as Founder's Breakfast stout, but darn good.

unclejazz, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Antonius08
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Antonius08, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

whartontallboy, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Catchy_Name
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Catchy_Name, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of debuscher22
4/5  rDev +5.3%

debuscher22, Dec 26, 2011
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.

jkanavel, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of bigdaddyvoodoo
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

bigdaddyvoodoo, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of beerhorn12
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

beerhorn12, Dec 25, 2011
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+.

lurpy1, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Coplains
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Coplains, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of PowDay
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

PowDay, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of wltr28
5/5  rDev +31.6%

wltr28, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Sinewave
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Leftofthedial
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Leftofthedial, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin brown head that quickly fades. The nose has notes of roasted malts and faint coffee. The flavor is predominantly coffee with roasted malts and faint chocolate notes coming through in the finish. There is also a decent bitterness that lingers in the finish as well. This is a medium to full bodied beer with good carbonation that is smooth, rich, and easy to drink.

This is a solid porter. I like the fact that it's rich, full flavored, and nears full bodied. In a cookie cutter market with thin porters abounding this one shines.

tdm168, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Smile
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Smile, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of dowen44
4/5  rDev +5.3%

dowen44, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of HungarianCount
4/5  rDev +5.3%

HungarianCount, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jrohrbacher, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a whim. Really into porters right now.

1cm mocha colored head after an incredibly vigorous pour, in which some beer landed on my crotch. Very dark. Hints of ruby shine through when help up to a light.

Roasted chocolate, tons of coffee dominate nose.

Coffee, chocolate on the mouth. Maybe a hint of vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel is just a tad light for the style. Proper porters should be almost chewy. This one just dissolves off the palate.

Overall a really tasty beer. Lacking balance in certain areas, but highly worth checking out. This won't be my last 6 pack of this beer.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Loveyourbeer, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a super deep brown with a small, tan head. The middle is nice and blacked out, but carbonation is noticeable around the very edges.

The smell is pretty light and simple. Chocolate, coffee and a hint of vanilla.

Bittersweet chocolate, earthy hops and slight grain start this brew off. The coffee is at the finish, light and smooth. Very well balanced. Super crisp on the palate. Easy going down.

Great session porter. I could easily go through a six pack.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Elfastball7, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Capmech1
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Capmech1, Dec 12, 2011
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.

ZenAgnostic, Dec 11, 2011
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,577 ratings.