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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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very good

1,619 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,619
Reviews: 678
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 56
Gots: 107 | 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:
Beer added by: Iguana on 10-11-2006

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods on North Central in Phoenix. 12oz into a chalice, bottled October 11, 2011.

Poured black with a bit of burgundy at the edges of the glass, light tan head with pretty dense lacing and mild retention. Nose has some light powdered cocoa, a bit of milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee that's somewhat rich, creamy and 'soft' in nature. Flavour has some creamy and light coffee notes as the mainstay, minimal roastiness. Light caramel and a bit of lactic sourness. Coffee again in the finish, but not in large amounts. Lightly roasty and bitter finish. Body is disappointingly thin for my liking, medium to thin with a light medium carbonation. OK overall, but not enough overt coffee flavour to make this a standout 'coffee' porter in my eyes - left me a tad disappointed with my first opportunity to 'try' some Kona coffee!

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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Chocolate with reddish highlights on the pour. Standard issue deep black in the glass with a fizzy, spongy tawny head that was slight in both statue and retention. Lacing was clean.

S: Freshly roasted kona beans with some rich chocolate highlights. Piney roast with a moderate strength and some roasted chestnuts thrown in for good measure. The flavor is light clean coffee roast, slightly sweet, with some pine and spruce. Very smooth flavor wise sweetened milky chocolate roast with a soft finish.

M: oily, malty coffee roast with a quiet carbonation. Clean exit with exception of a very soft clean touch of licorice/chocolate beans.

O: Overall very easy to manage. One I might be tempted to claim as a session porter. Nice balance with a emphasis on drinkability that just begs you to drink more. Six pack worthy.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a dark brown body that showcased some ruby highlights...a one finger head was light brown in color...it fell to a thin, bubbly cap and left some lacing

S - Coffee is very present...fresh, whole bean coffee...roasted chocolate...an underlying hint of dark fruit...cream sweetness

T - The flavors aren't very deep, but they are go well together...sweetened coffee is resounding through the beer...the vanilla/cream is adding a nice dose of sweetness to the freshly brewed tasting coffee...the chocolate also comes across as being sweet...it also brings across a roasted aspect...the roasted bitterness lingers to the finish

M - Medium bodied...thin at points, coffee and chocolate roast

O - My boss brought a bottle from Hawaii and I have been hooked since...it's nice to be able to pick this up in Maryland...the coffee addition to this porter is spot on

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

Fresh beer. Bottled on December 7th and poured into a tulip on January 1st. Pours a dark color with a finger size head with the head color of mocha coffee. Smells of coffee grains and maybe some banana? Taste is rich with a full body that sticks around seconds after a gulp.
Overall it is a good beer. Will buy again.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to themaniacalone for this one.

A - Deep brown, black with thin tan head.

S - Black coffee, roasted malt and faint chocolate.

T - Bittersweet bakers chocolate, black coffee, slight astringency to the coffee, roasted malts.

M - Medium body, slightly watery.

D - Tasty, straightforward coffee porter.

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3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated Sep. 26th 2011. Sampled about 3 months old

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. decent 1 inch head after pouring into a snifter glass. low head retention along the sides of glass

Smell: Deep roasted malt aroma. Very inviting.

Taste: nice chocolate and roasted malt flavor. quick to dissipate. malt profile seems to be well balance

Mouth-feel: Medium body on pallet. quick to dissipate. leaves me wanting a little more residual. easy to drink

Overall: Very easy drinking American Porter. decent aroma and likeable flavor profile. non threatening to into beer drinkers.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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

Pours a dark brown almost black, with cinnared highlight while pouring. Big light mocha head makes this a darn fine looking beer.

Smells of coffee with a malt undertone.

Tastes nicely of coffe and an understated malt presence, other than that, not much.

Feels a bit thin, very smooth with a tiny hops bite.

I am no porter expert, but this seems a little thin to me. It delivers excellently on the coffee aspect, but that's about it.


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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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.

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3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.