Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.
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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
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
Bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A- Black with a very thin off white head, doesn't stick around long but leaves a thin white ring. A little espresso crema. Not much lacing.
S- Coffee, roasted malts, a little lactose and a hint of smoke.
T- Just like it smells, delicious coffee and malt.
M-Very smooth, light carbonation, not too thick, or too watery, just right.
O-A very nice beer, won't blow anyone's socks off but at 5 and a half % a great session beer for the price.
10-09-2011 02:57:55 | More by nassaubeercop
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
Clear dark mahogany with a creamy tan head
Superb coffee flavor and aroma. If you are not already convinced that Hawaiian Kona coffee is some of the best in the world, this beer may convince you. Fantastic coffee aroma and flavor with a perfect balance of sweet and bitter ...meaning less bitter than most coffee beers.
O - best coffee porterI have had.
09-25-2011 05:55:47 | More by chinchill
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
This brew is from last year, botle dated 10/2010
A - Nice soft pour. Head stacks well. Brew is black, black! Head is nice tan colored foam.
S - Most scents have faded, but some nice smooth coffee still remains.
T - Nice smooth coffee and chocolate. Not too much else remains, still awesome flavor.
M - Perfect carbonation. Awesome smoothness without any bitterness.
O - One of my favorite winter seasonal brews.
09-09-2011 01:49:34 | More by chugalug06
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
A – Nice cola color with a dark khaki head that settles into a think halo.
S – Incredible coffee note: a soft, medium roast with no char. Hint of raisin.
T – Taste is about 60% of the intensity I was expecting from the nose, but the flavors are still great. Soft malt into a light roast coffee. Deeper in the profile the coffee plays out as a lingering bitterness. A creamy sweetness counters the roast on the finish, but it's still balance pleasantly in favor of the bitter coffee.
M – Medium body with nice depth through the finish.
09-04-2011 16:35:44 | More by vfgccp
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Average looking. Dark brown in color with little to no head. The little head that was apparent, was light beige in color. No real carbonation here. Smells of straight black coffee. Taste's like pure coffee. Burnt or roasted coffee beans come to mind. I've had tons of coffee beers, but this is one of the most coffee powering beers in my opinion. The down fall is that it's sort of one-dimensional. The body and mouthfeel is average for the style. Worth seeking.
08-28-2011 16:17:52 | More by polisanl
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
Received this beer in a trade w/ mdvatab. Poured from the 12oz. Ducked Tapped bottle, 100% Kona Coffee used here (its states) into a Schlafly Oud Bruin Pint Glass and has 10:51 OR. DEC0210 on the front of the glass.
Aroma- Very strong roasty and malty aroma from the beginning. A bit of a burnt smell also as this may have came from the Kona Coffee in this brew.
Appearance- Pours 2 fingers of off white head that die quickly. Has a dark brown color body that has good clarity. The lacing sticks very well to the glass with this one.
Flavor- Tons of roastiness and high amount of sweet malts. Very light and sweet though. Has almost no bitterness at the finish. More of a dry and subtle finish.
Mouthfeel- Light bodied, Medium Carbonation, and doesn't leave much on the palate or in the mouth...
Overall Impression- Very sweet, malty, roasty, but doesn't give off much of the coffee flavor I noticed in the aroma. Glad I was able to try but needed more body. Will be looking for more from Kona.
08-16-2011 22:23:42 | More by DCon
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
Very dark brown with slight tinges of red around the corner, off white head, not much lacing.
Smells is of coffee, lots of it, and some roasted malts.
Taste is of robust coffee, some malt sweetness to balance it out. Maybe some dark chocolate too. Medium body with medium carbonation.
Not real complex but the coffee flavors are pretty tasty.
08-16-2011 03:37:17 | More by Jerone
3.05/5 rDev -19.7%
On tap at The Front Door here in town. It was a happy hour special, and I always have a hard time turning those down. Served in a pint glass.
It pours a dark black with about a finger's breadth of khaki head; leaves considerable lacing. The smell is what throws it off, with the roasted malts being overpowered by what appears to be pineapple; there are definitely strong fruit aromas present, and perhaps a touch of coconut. Weird. Tastes exteremely sweet for a porter, obscuring everything else. Lots of fruit coming through in front of the roasted malt, tinge of caramel, and grassy hops. Kind of tastes like an over-grilled pineapple for lack of a better comparison. The extreme sugar presence is a bit overwhelming in the mouth, but otherwise it has a decent mouthfeel. I would choose other, more traditional porters over this, though it certainly is a unique offering that should probably be tried once just in case it does appeal to your tastes.
07-15-2011 03:35:37 | More by eclipse54
2.75/5 rDev -27.6%
hanks to Abecall98 for providing this in a recent trade. We exchanged 12 packs of local singles and this was one that came my way
Pours with very little head even after some coaxing. Dark shoe leather brown in color. NO lacing at all. Looks like Root Beer without the ice.
Aroma is all coffee, in fact there were Pearson’s coffee candies when I was a kid. Reminds me exactly of that.
I can’t believe I mentioned a soda in the visual area. As I taste it, it also reminds me a little of a soda. Perhaps an artificial sweetness coming through. It’s coffee, but not a great taste. Almost burnt/stale coffee. Hmm, this one isn’t working for me.
Body seems a little thin for my liking and the flavor profile. Carbonation is fine.
A little disappointed here.
07-13-2011 21:45:19 | More by Reagan1984
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
3.3/5 rDev -13.2%
My mom brought me 2 bottles of this after her recent vacation....
Served in a DFH signature snifter.
Enjoyed while sitting around a bonfire with my kids on the 4th of July. We already did the beach, the pool, grilled dinner, and lit $65 in fireworks...
Time to relax a bit.
Thin looking reddish brown body with a 1.5 finger head. Pretty weak lacing, but the retention was impressive enough to make up for that.
Smells of rich roasty malts and chocolate... Watery coffee notes.
The taste is sweet and malty with caramel and chocolate malts leading the charge. The coffee is there, but it is kinda weak, like the way coffee smells 6 hours after you make it.
The body is thin and rather lifeless.
Overall, this isn't bad... But I'm glad I didn't trade for multiple bottles... I will drink the other one, but won't be looking for more.
07-05-2011 02:18:42 | More by AleWatcher
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
Picked up a 32oz. Growler of this from Whole Foods Bowery.
A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a nice 2-finger light tan head on it. The head has good retention and leaves some specs of lacing behind on the glass.
S - It smells of toasted malt, and it has quite a big chocolate presence. There is also some nuttiness, caramel, coffee, and a touch of hops.
T - The taste starts off with some toasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. There are also flavors of caramel and hops. The finish leaves lingering notes of toasted malt and coffee.
M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down easy and has a very smooth quality to it. It is creamy, and there is some lingering coffee flavor.
O - This has good drinkability. It goes down good and flavor is very nice. I could easily drink a few glasses of these in a sitting. Overall, I thought this was a really nice brown ale, and I would definitely buy more.
06-20-2011 06:59:19 | More by JizackFH
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pours a translucent dark brown.
S: Immediately smells rife with coffee. It’s very pleasant but not burnt and not overdone.
T/M: Coffee is prominent in the flavor as well and is accompanied by a little bitterness as well as a bite similar to cola. It’s pretty potent for a porter, but that’s what I like.
This is a very welcome, very flavorful brew and is right up there with my top porters. The bottle is perfect for skeet shooting as well.
06-16-2011 02:51:44 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
12oz brown bottle, bottled Jan. 24, 2011, into pint glass.
A: Dark chocolate brown with a short-lived head. Head leaves a layer of off-white lace on the surface of the beer.
S: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Rounded sweetness in the aroma, like good bittersweet chocolate.
T/M: Roasted bitterness, coffee, chocolate, slight sweetness. Medium to full body, with a slightly acidic finish. Some dark fruit starts to come through as it warms.
Overall: great porter.
05-19-2011 07:45:21 | More by MurphyMacManus
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
I love porters and I love the smell of coffee. This beer had it all for me. The first time was after having some sweet scotch and needed a beer, it really complimented the sweetness of the whisky we were drinking. A nice dessert beer without being sweet. The coffe has a nice aroma but not overpowering on the taste. Not an every day drinker but I would visit again soon.
05-12-2011 22:19:02 | More by dhartogs
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.
A - nearly opaque dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. one inch tall tan head which reduces to a thin film at the top. some sudsy lacing.
S - sweet malts, some coffee beans and a very light hint of cocoa.
not much else.
T/M - roasted and sweet malts complimented nicely by equally roasted coffee. there are some light hints of chocolate and caramel. very modest hop character that provides some bitterness and dryness on the back end. creamy, medium bodied and medium carbonation.
Overall this is an average porter. tastes how a porter should but nothing too special or exciting. Good drinkability, goes down easy.
05-12-2011 03:35:09 | More by patreely12
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
Another Seattle selection. Got married in maui so this one has some additional meaning beyond the brew.
A: Pours a nice dark brown color in the glass with a slight tan head on the top of the beverage.
S: Nose is malt, coffee
T: Taste is a bit of soy sauce up front, with a nice coffee presence, malt
M: Mouthfeel is light carbonation, not thick at all
O: A good porter - not amazing - could be better.
05-08-2011 02:17:02 | More by beerman207
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
A- Pours a near black, near opaque color with a small tan head which leaves light lacing.
S- Not a whole lot there, some sweet malt and hits of cocoa and coffee but not as much as I had expected.
T- Some roasty almost smoke like character with a nice amount of malt sweetness and very subdued coffee character which is barely noticeable.
M- Feels just how a porter should, fairly low carbonation but enough that its noticeable and moderately high in body it sits in the mouth just the right way for the sweetness.
D- Would love for there to have been a bit bolder characteristics in the nose and especially on the tongue but overall its a solid beer I could drink all night.
04-29-2011 03:39:36 | More by Guden
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Pipe Line Porter - A seasonal/rotating offering
Pours a dark brown, small off white head. Smell of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor follows suit with a strong roasted malt/coffee presence. Little hop bitterness is percieved. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decent level of carbonation and smooth. Overall a good solid porter and worth getting ontap.
04-25-2011 05:02:04 | More by Stinkypuss
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
12oz. bottle, chilled.
Pours black, with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, not too much. It has a medium mouthfeel, and the carbonation is more than I expected. Taste is mostly coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, hops aren't very noticeable. A very tasty porter that has a good coffee taste without being overly burnt or bitter tasting. The flavors seem to be more pronounced as the beer warms up a bit, you don't have to drink it really cold like a lager. This is another good Kona beer, not my favorite porter but I'd buy it again.
04-18-2011 02:59:47 | More by Sudsy89
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
04-17-2011 01:18:28 | More by BeerPhan86
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...
The beer was almost black with just a glimpse of light shining through the edges of the glass. The was lofty, rocky and the color of coffee with cream. The smell is mostly roasted coffee beans and some sweet chocolate. The taste is mild with flavors of coffee and roasted malt, there is a slight bitterness at first that gets washed over with some sweetness. The beer is light and silky with low carbonation. I thought this was a solid beer, it's dark but still light enough to enjoy in warm weather.
04-14-2011 00:09:13 | More by JMad
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
I'm impressed with this seasonal brew. Smoky java smell, but a lighter taste. My only real complaint with this porter is that the flavor is not quite as rich as the aroma. I expected a slightly more pronounced coffee flavor but wasn't too disappointed with it.
04-11-2011 06:54:41 | More by SandieBeaches
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured chilled in tall ale glass.
A: black, little carbonation, healthy head dissipates relatively quickly
S: slight, sweet, malty, but otherwise nondescript
T: roasted barley and coffee taste are prominent; not very sweet and not bitter either; very strong bass notes in the flavor profile; hops not evident
Really a pretty solid beer overall, with a dark, roasted profile
04-10-2011 00:33:36 | More by Arithmeticus
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
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