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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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very good

1,556 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,556
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 42
Gots: 74 | 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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Photo of Durge


4/5  rDev +5.3%

This porter shows an opaque brown color with a decent sized tan head and good lacing. The aroma brings an obvious and tasteful coffee malt idea that invites the first mouthful. The flavor offers a woodsy malty coffee, with a medium body and silky feel. Carbonation is light but works well. Very good stuff that goes down very easy for the style. Recommended!

11-16-2011 06:44:21 | More by Durge
Photo of beerandcycling88


3.8/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

A Pours a dark brown topped off with a mocha colored head.

S Some nice notes of milk chocolate with a lot of coffee. Kind of sweet smelling almost like an iced mocha.

T Lots of coffee with just a hint of chocolate and roast. Its pretty much like drinking coffee.

M Kind of thin with little carbonation.

Overall I really like this beer, if Starbucks made a beer I'm pretty sure it would be like this one. But since I love coffee this worked quite well for me.

11-16-2011 04:04:34 | More by beerandcycling88
Photo of virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-16-2011 04:00:16 | More by virinow
Photo of ProducerBRBeer


3.38/5  rDev -11.1%

A - Dark brown with a reddish tint. Decent Light brown head retention. Lace is light but sticks well.

S - Roasty smell with a hint of molasses. Chocolatey

T - Can definitely taste the coffee. Malty in the beginning going up to an almost sweet chocolate with a bite at the drop off from the crystal malts. Almost if I had just ate a coffee bean. After taste sticks.

M - Smooth and medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

O - Very drinkable and something that can be enjoyed by the few.

11-16-2011 00:45:30 | More by ProducerBRBeer
Photo of Bruin03


5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-16-2011 00:00:33 | More by Bruin03
Photo of icehawk

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-15-2011 19:17:38 | More by icehawk
Photo of Exiled


4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-15-2011 02:01:18 | More by Exiled
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-15-2011 01:09:29 | More by Lawnboy33
Photo of Adamostella


4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-14-2011 23:16:27 | More by Adamostella
Photo of AlexM


4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-14-2011 19:05:16 | More by AlexM
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-14-2011 17:42:19 | More by datalager
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-14-2011 14:10:23 | More by shuajw
Photo of mater


4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-14-2011 11:59:12 | More by mater
Photo of chilly460


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color with a nice 2-finger light tan head on it. The head has good retention and leaves light lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of toasted malt with quite a big chocolate presence. There is also some nuttiness, caramel, and of course heavy coffee

T - The taste starts off with some light roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Finishes a bit sweet.

M - This has a medium/light body and medium carbonation. A bit fizzy for my tastes.

O - Nice easy drinking porter, lacks depth of some of my higher rated porters, but this is an easy one to hand to a "non" craft drinker.

11-11-2011 13:59:16 | More by chilly460
Photo of Butzen


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

A medium-bodied, espresso-colored ale topped by a dark-tan, well-laced head. The aroma is of dark-chocolate-covered coffee beans with a hint of campfire smoke. The flavor is pretty mellow, some sweetened coffee at the forefront followed by a touch of burnt popcorn. There isn’t any noticeable hop character in the aroma or flavor, but a little bit of bitterness at the end helps to balance what is essentially a pretty sweet beer (sweet in the literal sense but also sweet like "Road House" is). The carbonation is a little high and the mouthfeel a little light for me.

(Read the full review and find out how Patrick Swayze factors in at http://vittlesandbrews.blogspot.com)

11-07-2011 23:50:01 | More by Butzen
Photo of billshmeinke


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured into a nonic.

Dark brown almost black. Two fingers of off white head. Retention and lacing are solid.

The aroma is all coffee grounds. Not much else to say, just pure fresh ground kona coffee. Nice.

Tastes of dark roasted malt, some coffee, hop presence is minimal.

Mouthfeel is kinda thin and watery. Decent acidity from the coffee. Really little carbonation, definitely hurts the beer.

11-02-2011 04:51:00 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark brown with almost a finger of thick tan head that fades fairly quick and leaves sojme decent bands of lace.

Smell. Nice sweet coffee, dark chocolate, roasty malts and a bit of toffee.

Taste. Sweet chocolate and caramel, roasty malts a nice lighter-roast coffee finish. Yum

Mouthfeel. Medium-light in body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Good coffee porter here. Just a little too sweet for me, but very nice flavours and being an easy drinker won't make me hesitate in trying this again.

10-30-2011 22:23:37 | More by Rutager
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a nice chocolate brown color. Relatively small head that ends up being a light film atop the beer. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Some solid lacing occuring.

Nose is filled with coffee. Smells like an iced coffee. Some chocolate and slightly sweet smelling. Not much in the way of hops.

Coffee isn't over the top, instead it serves as a nice complement to the beer. Its a fairly solid porter, although fairly mild. Light roasted grains, little bit of chocolate and obviously coffee. Very light detection of some earthy hops.

Seems to have a little bit more carbonation than other porters. Little bit heavier than a medium body.

This is good porter overall, especially with coffee. The coffee taste is very evident, but not overpowering which seems to be the case with many coffee beers. This is my second time having it, could see this as being a winter staple if it were regularly available to me.

10-30-2011 05:28:13 | More by ahq514
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark black color typical of any porter. It left a small amount of brown colored lacing on the glass.

The beer had a pronounced coffee smell that is very inviting. The taste has a very pronounced coffee taste as well. This beer presents exactly what is desired in a coffee porter, that many others have disappointed with. You could almost drink this beer with breakfast it's so good. However, its not so strong on the coffee that it only reminds of you of the terrible early mornings.

Overall, this is the best coffee porter I have ever had. This is exactly the level of coffee taste I expect when I see mocha and coffee porters and stouts. This is the first one to truly satisfy that expectation. I would highly recommend this beer if you like coffee or the awesome coffee/beer mix. If it's not really your thing, I would still recommend trying it at least once due to its outstanding coffee flavor.

10-29-2011 23:38:25 | More by BeerNoobNC
Photo of HardTarget


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

Raised date of 012611 (sampled 102811), I'm a little late to the party.

Appearance: Black, solid black with a hint of edge. Impressive. Holds a thin tan head that laces well.

Smell: Chocolate malt sweetness, a hint of cold coffee. a bit of earthy hop.

Taste: Charred grain roast goes quickly to a sweet base. Mild overall flavor, light fruity flavors; white grape. No coffee flavor here.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected given the color, firm, almost too high carbonation borders on fizzy. Slightly oily finish.

Overall: Not a bad beer. Nothing wrong here, but not much to write home about.

10-28-2011 21:48:22 | More by HardTarget
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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

10-21-2011 13:55:57 | More by mterrence5
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4.78/5  rDev +25.8%

This year batch, bottle poured into my DFH snifter.

I remember last year, seeing this bottle at the supermarket, and remembering how boring the other kona brewing beers were.

Saw that this one actually was brewed with kona coffee, decided to give it a try, and proceeded to by 6 pack upon 6 pack last year of pipeline. Glad to see it back again this year, and its arguably better. Wonderful roast coffee smells, but not burned coffee like a lot of lesser porters and stouts tend to have. Easy drinking, very smooth, a little thin i guess. After first smell, its hard not to think and rate this like a big 10% stout, it is only a 5.40% porter after all.

Now if kona can just improve on their regular lineup of other beers...

10-20-2011 04:01:30 | More by calcio360jrd
Photo of mralphabet


3.33/5  rDev -12.4%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very dark brownish with a nice 2 fingers worth of tan colored fluffy head that settles to a thin layer and ring... Good lacing from start to finish.

S: Strong coffee right up front maybe a little chocolate and malt and not much else.

T: A touch of sweetness upfront then quickly turns to a huge hit of coffee and it keeps coming... There are a few other things floating around here.... a little chocolate and cream smokiness that I like.. Finish is a little on the bitter side.

M: No where near as creamy as I was hoping. This one is more light to mid bodied... I think the carbonation is a little to lively for the style.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, ABV is good and it you like coffee you might really like this...

10-20-2011 03:56:58 | More by mralphabet
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a dark brown color, cola like, wtih a small moderate bubbled head that settles into a solid cap.

The aroma is of brown bread, perhaps some toasted pumpernickle. A nice shot of ground kona coffee and light chocolate notes. Not strong aromas but are quite nice.

The taste has a good coffee flavor, fresh grounds. A hint a milk chocolate. A nice lightly roasted malt body with subtle metalic notes.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Definitely on the light side for a porter but I like it, though it might be just a bit too light. Good balance with a light coffee bitterness in the end.

A very good coffee porter. I appreciate that it drinks light and has a lower ABV. Surprised I didn't review this earlier.

10-16-2011 02:15:56 | More by Gmann
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District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottle from a six-pack. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: It pours dark, but held up to light, you'll see it's actually dark ruby red and translucent -- not pitch-black like it appears at first. Pours a two-inch tan head that settles fairly quickly. Leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Both malt and hops are apparent, although neither in overwhelming quantities. The empty bottle has a wonderful smoky-coffee aroma, but the glass is less interesting. Some crystal malt and citrusy hops in equal doses. Not remarkable.

Taste: Almost all of the flavor is coffee grinds, with the nice smokiness you smell in the bottle. Great and authentic-tasting. What is especially excellent about the coffee flavor in this beer as opposed to, say, a Long Trail Coffee Stout or Founders Breakfast Stout, is that the flavor doesn't overwhelm and mix with high ABV to create astringency. Very pleasantly dosed.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with carbonation on the lighter side.

Overall: Perfect beer for certain moods, an acceptable beer otherwise.

10-10-2011 04:37:58 | More by fountainofyouth
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
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