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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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very good

1,538 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 40
Gots: 71 | FT: 2
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-19-2013 07:04:37 | More by nick_asian
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-12-2014 16:40:06 | More by netshark
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-05-2013 22:13:09 | More by PieOhMy
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

10-08-2013 16:13:43 | More by ImperialStout
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-15-2012 22:07:34 | More by VernonKell
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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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4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, exhibits a brown grayish head atop a dark brown body with a reddish tinge as I hold it up to the light.

Aromas are similar to an English Porter, but include the Kona-flavored coffee and what smells like macadamia nut. Quite refreshing.

Flavors include coffee, some creamy vanilla and the aforementioned macadamia nuts, with some espresso bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly thin and a little disappointing. The flavors almost make up for this deficiency.

Overall, I enjoy the Pipeline Porter. It exhibits a great balance between the tradition of the English Porter (the rich coffee flavors) and the innovation of an American Porter (the Kona coffee and creamy flavors). Despite the lack of fullness in the mouthfeel, I would return again and again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 03:31:00 | More by jminsc76
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-29-2011 22:45:04 | More by codon2004
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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kona Pipeline Porter pours an almost-black with a thin little bit of fizz on top that quickly evaporated

the smell is weak dark malts and coffee.

taste is dominated by coffee bitterness, some dark malts, and a certain creamyness to it. the coffee accents this porter well. it's not very bold or complex, but satisfying nonetheless.

mouthfeel good, if a little light. nice coffee in the aftertaste.

drinkability good. i could put a few of these back. it's nothing spectacular, but a pretty good and readily available porter

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 03:09:10 | More by vdread
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-04-2013 05:31:30 | More by xk6m6m5x
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-22-2013 00:04:11 | More by PaulD
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-11-2012 05:40:57 | More by jds8411
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-01-2012 01:56:15 | More by Peller80
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United Kingdom (England)

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black body with a chunky off-white head.

S: Predominantly chocolate, some coffee, a bit smokey.

T: Not bitter, but it's dry and needs some sugar to balance what bitterness it has. There's lots of chocolate and a smokiness but like I said, it needs a bit of sugar. There's not really any fruit in the aftertaste.

M: Is it greasy or is it silky? I'm not sure.

O: I wouldn't turn it down but the bitter aspect makes it unfriendly. I'm yet to be wowed by this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 07:41:35 | More by Hoppsbabo
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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
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-28-2012 15:07:38 | More by MidtowneMarket
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had this on draft this summer at the brewery's Oahu brewpub, where I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by this and several other Kona brews... this review will be on a bottle that I picked up down in Maryland, bottle dated 9/2/2010 and poured into a standard curved-shaker pint glass.

A: Pours a dark dark brown with a lively, bubbly quarter-inch head on top that faded quickly.

S: The smell is of roasted malts and sweet coffee.

T: Taste follows the nose, rich semi-sweet roasted malts and coffee beans.

M: Beer runs smooth and creamy in the mouth and is *lighter* than I would expect a porter to be. It starts roasty, then the carbonation and coffee moves in, and it finishes dry, creamy, and semi-sweet. Enjoyable.

D: This is very drinkable. Goes down smooth, has a moderate, pleasant coffee flavor to it, and the semi-sweet dry finish means I think I could hit this for an entire evening and be a happy man if it was the only option available to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 18:23:11 | More by psuKinger
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pipeline Porter is very dark in color with a light brown head that did not last long. No lacing left on the glass.

Lightly carbonated. The mouthful is watery for a porter.

It has a nice coffee flavor. Very easy to drink.

Nothing spectacular, but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:28:29 | More by JohnFatAss
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2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kona Pipeline Porter: Some friends brought this brew over for a dinner party. Up front, I want to be clear that I am not a fan of flavored beers. The Pipeline Porter is brewed with coffee. My preference would be to have a Porter, then let me add coffee to my liking (or not). So you may like this Porter, but due to the strong coffee properties, it does not get high marks from me. The color is black, the head is thin, offwhite and fades quickly. Aroma is primarily coffee, with some roasted malt backing it up. Flavor is the same, lots of coffee and big roasted malt. There may be a great porter hidden under all of the coffee flavor, but I just cannot tell.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 15:03:40 | More by iSip
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:52:54 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Completely opaque brownish black with a healthy two finger fluffy light brown head. The head persists, and there is some nice sticky lacing.

S - Light hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and malt, but not much else. Subtle aroma on this one.

T - Initially sweet with a wallop of coffee taste that rides out to a creamy finish with dark chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. Slightly smoky and dry finish with a touch of grassy hops.

M - Creamy but a tad overcarbonated which leads to a harsh feeling on the throat.

D - Very drinkable but I usually drink coffee flavored beers just to get the night started. I probably wouldn't be able to handle more than 2.

Overall, pretty solid coffee porter but there are much better coffee beers out there. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 01:18:28 | More by BeerPhan86
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice brown body and nice tan head.

S- Smell of coffee and dark malt

T- Taste of coffee and dark malts in the beer.

M- Chewy with the coffee and malt. Flavors linger through out sip.

D- Good beer. Love the kona coffee and it works in this beer perfectly.


Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 14:19:52 | More by SamuelJackson45
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-15-2014 04:45:51 | More by TBarJr
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4.93/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent porter from Kona. I wish I could find more of the breweries beers Coffee and porter is a good combination and love this beer so addicting as coffee can be. Kudos to Kona Brewing Company for this amazing coffee and porter beer that i love so much

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 14:58:38 | More by yuenglingfan101
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-30-2013 23:48:27 | More by Doppelbockulus
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.