Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
Pure coffee aroma, very fresh , nice soapy head and some lace down the glass. Coffee colour, and medium plus easy drinking understated carbonation mouthfeel. Not much complexity but A good straight up coffee style porter.Sweet dry aftertaste.Thanks for the trade Grub!
On tap 2.5 years later, kind of synthetic in the coffee and chocolate and way too much chocolate.
05-18-2007 23:37:20 | More by Sammy
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
Bottled on 8/31/11.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that settles to a thin cap. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and slight cocoa. Taste is of dark roasted malt and some sweetened burnt coffee flavors. There is an acidic quality and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but the coffee flavors I am getting are a bit odd with the roast.
02-06-2012 05:59:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a tulip glass. Color is a very dark brown with a light tan head. Nose brings pretty much a straight shot of coffee. Also some light chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is coffee, roasted malt, and some mild chocolate. Good roasted feel and drinks fairly well overall. The best beer of theirs that I've had.
11-12-2010 12:13:16 | More by Thorpe429
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
A: When held up to a bright light, this beer is very dark red in color (but black when viewed from afar). It has a light amount of visible carbonation and poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose; these become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee beans and notes of chocolate along with hints of roasted malts. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very easy to drink and balanced porter that has some nice flavors of coffee and chocolate.
11-17-2012 15:44:26 | More by metter98
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
Roasted coffee bean black with generous red-gold accents. Bright sunlight is barely visible on the opposite side of the pint glass. I love the creamy cap. It's coffee-with-cream in color and has a great deal of character, both after the pour and as it melts. A modest amount of sea foam lace does nothing to dampen my enthusiasm.
The nose can't quite keep pace with the appearance. It's roasted malty with a considerable coffee presence (100% Kona coffee, to be exact), but it fails to grab me for some reason. More power would probably help. I didn't expect there to be any accessory aromas, and there aren't.
Pipeline Porter has potential. I wish the brewers had seen fit to use enough malt because the outlines of a very good coffee porter are easy to see... er... taste. Just when I'm expecting the pleasant flavor to crest the wave and begin the wild ride to the beach, it washes out into something acceptable, but well short of spectacular.
I feel like I'm being too hard on a pretty well-brewed beer that balances its porterness with its coffee exceptionally well. I'm glad to see that it's a coffee-accented beer rather than alcoholic iced coffee, as some versions tend to be. I keep dreaming about what it could be like with more chocolate and roasted malt guts.
Obviously, the mouthfeel falls short of greatness as well. I'll be kind since it's acceptable for a porter, but a little viscosity would be a wonderful thing. I have no such complaints about the low-key carbonation. I'm not asking for the mouthfeel to 'hang ten', but it could at least 'hang five'.
Maybe it was the 'Limited Release' on the neck label, but I expected Pipeline Porter to be a better beer. Although it's a good, balanced, sessionable coffee porter, it fails to top Kona's own Fire Rock Pale Ale as far as I'm concerned.
04-03-2007 14:21:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Appearance: Pours a black coffee color with a nice tan head that retains and laces well
Smell: Rich black coffee aroma with undertones of chocolate
Taste: Solid coffee up front that mellows out, mid-palate; after the swallow, some chocolate and roasted notes join in along with a surprising dollop of hops in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A very nice balance between the coffee and porter elements; trying it fresh in 2011, it has a bit more of a hoppy profile than I recalled a few years earlier
Thanks, boolshot, for the opportunity
12-22-2006 22:56:04 | More by brentk56
2.33/5 rDev -38.7%
Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a medium black color porter with coke-like carbonation and a very small foamy head that disappeared way too quickly. Aroma of weak coffee notes with some light roasted malt as well. Taste is comprised of weak malt with some roasted bitter notes and some weak coffee notes. Body is way too watery for the style with some low carbonation. Im not sure if I had a bad bottle but this is definitely not too good.
10-10-2007 16:57:44 | More by Phyl21ca
4.47/5 rDev +17.6%
I figured this beer would be pretty good from reading much about it in the past year or so. Turns out to be a very flavorful Porter without going extreme on the gravities. The beer begins convincing enough with a brown appearance and moderate head formation / retention-- light on the lacing. Firm aromas of chocolate malts and nutty coffee dominate the beer, with only a light detection of piney hops hiding closely behind. Flavors prefer the cocoa and coffee as well, giving the beer a rich maltiness, medium nuttiness with vanilla and toasty notes throughout. The hops balance well but don't interfere much with the delicate Porter / Brown Ale balance. The beer is silky smooth to the palate in a similar manner as an Oatmeal Stout. There are no problems with this beer at all-- likely the best of the Kona crop.
10-24-2008 17:10:07 | More by BEERchitect
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
very dark, but obviously clear brown, almost black. Very large tan head graced the top, eventually faded down to just a slight ring around the outside of the glass. No glass lace and little carbonation,.Smell very sweet, lots of caramel and roasted coffee, a touch of chocolate perhaps. Very nice light feel. Good carbonation kept it feeling alive and allowed the flavors to really pop. Nice burnt caramel sugar and a touch of chocolate. Very nice dry piney hopped finish. Very drinkable, in fact I had alot more of this alot quicker then I intended to. Overall a really great beer and a fine sessionable porter.
07-11-2011 03:08:11 | More by mikesgroove
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
A: The pour is a dark brown color with a finger's worth of mocha colored foam.
S: The nose has some wonderful coffee notes to it along with some caramel malt sweetness. There is also some nice roasted malt aroma to it.
T: The coffee is not quite as noticeable up front as it is in the nose. The roasted malt and a sweet caramel malt are the primary flavors on the front end with the coffee coming in on the finish with a nice bitterness.
M: The body is a touch thin and watery, which is my only knock on this beer.
D: This is a surprisingly good coffee porter, especially from Kona. I like the coffee flavor, but there's a touch of acidity to it which knocks it down just a bit.
02-15-2010 23:25:26 | More by womencantsail
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
03-18-2012 23:45:57 | More by kylehay2004
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a bubbly, beige head.
Smell: Coffee-scented nose with notes of dark malts, unsweetened chocolate, and a hint of dark caramel.
Taste: Sweetened Breakfast Blend coffee with traces of chocolate and caramel. Not too terribly much in the way of hops or bitterness, but this serves to allow the coffee flavor to rest leisurely on the palate. Chocolate dosed coffee in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A surprising, subtly tasty treat with a reasonably, sensible ABV. I'll have another, please.
09-20-2008 01:10:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured into a standard pint a deep cola brown with a thin wispy beige head that was gone ver quickly.The Kona coffee really shines in the aroma along with some roasted nut,mollases,and even a passing shot of piney hop,flavors are heavily roasted and coffee-like with some bitter unsweetened chocolate,finishes with some mollases and a bit of earth.Not overly complex but the coffee is nice and it went well with some bbq smoked sausage I had for lunch.
11-13-2008 18:15:49 | More by oberon
3.79/5 rDev -0.3%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
Whatever happened to that proposed trans-Eurasian pipeline? Regardless, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of dusty brown foam. The nose comprises mild coffee, roasted malts, light cola, and a splash of cocoa powder. The taste brings in more of the same, with the coffee and cola taking full command of the situation. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though it's a bit on the thin side, this is a highly enjoyable coffee-forward porter. Good times.
02-01-2013 23:25:32 | More by TMoney2591
3.8/5 rDev 0%
Free bottle at a holiday party, the best kind of beer...
Orange bottlecap and blue trim labels, a little color contrast at work here. The beer itself is black in the glass with light reddish brown highlights in the light. Softly textured tan foam leaves behind a few irregulararcs of lacing.
Earthy coffee roast in the aroma, distinct yet fairly mellow at the same time.
Flavors are similar, dark roast coffee, a flash of roasty black malt, slight bitterness in the aftertaste, about the same as a mild cup of coffee. Light bodied, a drinkable porter. Something i'd pick up again for a session to spend more time with.
12-15-2012 04:35:34 | More by emerge077
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
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