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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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very good

1,602 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,602
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 50
Gots: 91 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Iguana on 10-11-2006)
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Photo of ProducerBRBeer
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ProducerBRBeer, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Bruin03
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Bruin03, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of icehawk
4/5  rDev +5.3%

icehawk, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev +5.3%

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of datalager
4/5  rDev +5.3%

datalager, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of shuajw
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

shuajw, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mater
4/5  rDev +5.3%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of chilly460
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

chilly460, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

billshmeinke, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Rutager, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of ahq514
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ahq514, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerNoobNC, Oct 30, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

HardTarget, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of mterrence5
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mterrence5, Oct 21, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

calcio360jrd, Oct 20, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

mralphabet, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gmann, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of fountainofyouth
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

fountainofyouth, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of nassaubeercop
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

nassaubeercop, Oct 09, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

chinchill, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

chugalug06, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

vfgccp, Sep 04, 2011
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,602 ratings.