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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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1,520 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,520
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 40
Gots: 65 | 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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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with a bottling date of 11-30-10
Poured into a tulip pint

Big frothy 3 fingers of tan head on this black beer with red hues evident when held to the light. Nice amount of lacing followed the head. Smells were as expected, with roasted malts, strong coffee and some chocolate aromas present. No hop aroma

The taste was spot on with the aromas, with a dominating coffee presence. The bitterness of the coffee was offset by some malt sweetness - the overall effect was well balanced. This is a rich porter, with a slight smoky character to it.

Mouthfeel is nice - a medium-full body with light carbonation. Finishes dry with a light bitter aftertaste of coffee. This is a good, smooth drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 05:43:20 | More by sommersb
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with one inch dark tan head. Had great sweet roasty scent with a bit of coffee. Nice delivery on the taste. Good balance. A slight bitterness which was okay with me. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Just what I was expecting. Found it easy to drink and I usually shy away from porters. But, this one got me interested again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 20:56:06 | More by MayLattimore
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3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 Oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours an almost black, dark brown color with mocha-colored head. Decent retention, minor lacing.

S - Pleasant coffee aroma along with the usual roasted malt smell. Also hints of corn and yeast.

T - Good combination of chocolate and coffee flavor. However, the taste could pack more punch. Flavor is a little weak for this style. A little tart/sour on the finish.

M - Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

D - Moderate drinkability. Good taste, but a little too watery for the style and I have to bump down the overall score because of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 01:36:38 | More by bbb099
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Opaque darkest brown with a very light brown head that dissipates quickly. Little lace here and there

S - COFFEE! Lots of wonderful coffee with hints of raw sugar

T - Exactly the smell, except a bit of a sour note. Almost like a cup of black coffee that has been sitting out for an hour or more

M - Very acidic, just like drink a good 'ol cup of joe

D - A bit harsh. It is a beer that taste like coffee, you can gather what I mean

Final Thought - While I love coffee and I love beer, this combo is good, not great

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 08:54:44 | More by whatthehull
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Transparent dark brown. No head whatsoever, moderate lacing.

S: Fresh coffee grinds, mild dark chocolate, honey, malty sweetness. Some small hints of cherry and oak are in the aroma.

T: Nice rich and fresh coffee flavor with vanilla and honey. Dark chocolate, maple, dark sugared fruits and some kind of unfamiliar hoppy and grainy taste are all there. Finish is smooth and creamy.

M: Rich and smooth, with an interesting hop bite. Medium body with carbonation on the high side.

D: Pretty great. The bitter bite throughout the flavor is interesting, but not fitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 02:18:33 | More by YouSkeete
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a different kind of beer. Right now I'm not sure if I like it or not. Smell is intensely of molasses and coffee beans It has a nice dark color and a tan head, taste is where it gets difficult it has 2 flavors I like and a finish I don't really like. The firs one is a smokey porter with a hint of sweetness, the second one is a kona coffee which is mild but then it finishes with that all too famillar cold coffee bitter finish, which doesn't seem to go with porter, overall it seems it's just not the right kind of coffee for this kind of drink as something a bit boulder would probably give it a richer coffee taste and less of that finish. Because of this, wouldn't want to drink more then one of these in a night.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 03:45:57 | More by hdofu
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown into my pint glass with some light brown highlights with about one finger of head that dissipates quickly into small ring around the glass and has moderate lacing.

S - Deep espresso, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, sweet caramel and toffee notes are present as well.

T - I hate to say it after it smelled so great, but the taste leaves a bit to desired. Roasted malts and a mild coffee notes are there, small amount of sweetness and almost no chocolate.

M - Feel is a little thin and a bit off balance.

D - This is a very drinkable porter, one that I enjoyed and will continue to enjoy in the future, just wish it had some more predominant flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 03:16:57 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a really nice roasted malt and coffee scent. It's dry with a bit of chocolate sweetness. The taste is decent. It has a dry, bitter, black malt flavor with a mild coffee character. It goes down easy with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking porter. It's dry and roasted and just plain good.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 02:31:14 | More by chickenflea
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thin off white head that disappeared fairly quickly.

Smells mostly of roasted malt and dark chocolate and a little bit of coffee. Considering it's made from Kona coffee, I was expecting more coffee on the nose.

There's chocolate and roasted malt on the palate again, and there's more of a coffee flavor--there's a bitter coffee finish.

It's a good tasting porter, with a good amount of coffee flavor. Very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 01:37:13 | More by felipe2toes
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a frosted pint glass. Poured almost black with a light tan head that extends to about the second knuckle high. The head disappeared in minutes leaving trace of its marks on the glass.

S- Not so much in this department, the smell of coffee is obviously most dominant, but i also smelled a pinch of cocoa in there

T- I was really surprised at how tasty this beer was the first time I had it - the smell does the beer no justice until it is consumed. Right off the bat I tasted the coffee, blended with a hint of creamy cocoa and smokey, roasted malt. Beautiful combination and a delicious aftertaste.

MF- Medium/Light bodied with kind of a watery feel compared to other porters. No bubbles

DB- Has a wonderful drinkability compared to other porters I've tasted. Goes down VERY smoothly and leaves notes of smoked coffee beans dancing on your tongue.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 23:32:35 | More by PabstLou
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been excited to try this beer. I love porters, especially ones with bitter coffee/espresso flavors. I might be setting myself up for disappointment as the porters I like most do not contain any coffee at all. I suppose the brewers get that flavor from their treatment and selection of malt. Perhaps hops play a role as well.

A born on date of 11/08/10. Made in New Hampshire.

From a bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Good pour with a small, off-white head leaving ample lacing behind. The beer is pretty dark, only traces of red when held to a light.

Not a lot of coffee aroma. More smokey to me. The coffee is more evident in the flavor. There's a little smoke and some sweetness as well (not too much). The body is almost medium so the mouth feel is pretty substantial, not watery (the curse of a porter, in my opinion).

All in all, not what I hoped for, but good in its own way. I would certainly drink another if the opportunity presented itself and I can safely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good porter. I might even pick up a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 20:27:20 | More by airheadmtrcycle
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown consistency while pouring and forms a fluffy light brown head of two fingers with good retention. Spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Light aroma of roasted coffee beans with some of that smokey burnt aroma as well. Dark chocolate and almonds.

T: Hefty coffee flavor indistinguishable from any other coffee but it's a strong profile with some malty sweetness on the back end almost like a cold espresso.

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D: Not the smoothest thing across the palate and there is some acidity from the coffee but still a session porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 04:32:44 | More by rawfish
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4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a bottle brewed in Portsmouth. I'm unsure how widespread the Portsmouth bottles are compared to ones from Hawaii, although a friend familiar with both says they are indistinguishable.

Pours an extremely dark brown with a consistent though shallow light brown head. Carbonation isn't readily easy to see, though the reliable head is evidence of moderate carbonation.

Smells strongly roasty, almost like a Sam Smith's oatmeal stout, with coffee coming out stronger on subsequent smells.

Tastes weaker than it smells, although the coffee taste is more apparent when drinking than when merely smelling. Normally Kona coffee is distinctive. The use of Kona coffee versus any other kind of coffee is indistinguishable in this beer, although I can see this being a negative for only die-hard Kona-philes. Hop flavors are absent, as is any sourness or off flavors. The two most prominent flavors are roasted barley and sweetness, followed by smooth coffee

It has a thinner mouthfeel than most porters, but this couples with the sweet and coffee flavors makes it extremely easy to drink. Moving the beer around in the mouth is unusually pleasant and easy.

Overall this is a highly drinkable session beer. It's strongest flavors do not affect tastebuds over time, and it's smoothness makes it pleasant to swallow.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:39:32 | More by irischmatt
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kona Pipeline Porter is an opaque beer that's the darkest brown. It has a big, fluffy, light brown head that shows outstanding retention. If has a full aroma of roasted coffee, wood and slightly sweet grain. It's medium bodied and very smooth-- almost flat. The finish is chewy and slightly chalky. It's nicely balanced with lots of coffee that's both roasty and wooden. It's just bitter enough. This is smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 20:38:37 | More by yesyouam
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4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with some red highlights. One finger of head that holds on for a nice amount of time before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is one of the best for a coffee beer. The dark malt and coffee marry nicely. Fresh coffee combined with dark chocolate. Smells like one of those overpriced mocha coffees at the coffee shop.

Coffee comes through in the flavor very strong. Would of liked a little more malt but otherwise tastes awesome. Fresh pressed coffee and dark malt makes a great combination. Does not have the roasted aspect that many coffee stouts have. I prefer it this way.

The one minor fault is the body. Maybe I am expecting too much from a porter but I would of liked a little more density. Otherwise it is nicely carbonated.

One of the best coffee beers out there. A coffee beer does not have to be huge and boozy to deliver a wonderful coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 22:49:25 | More by morimech
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown when held to light, nearly black when just peacefully resting on my table. Nose has whopper of a coffee aroma. No ambiguity there. Same on the palate, almost like a cold coffee with carbonation. Some roasty flavors present too. Medium to light bodied and a long coffee finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 04:49:47 | More by yemenmocha
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Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a flat coke, but with beer line spider webbing. Very dark.

Nothin special about the smell, but nothing offensive either.

The taste is a little unique, or at least new to me. Tastes like a porter, but the finish is like you ate a coffee bean. I like coffee, I like beer. Together I though I would like them more, but really not a bad combo.

The mouthfeel is smooth, but not overly special.

Because of the uniqueness of this one, I can't really see myself drinking a six pack in a weekend, let alone a good night. If I were some place that had it on tap, maybe. It's good, and worth having, but not a kick back and drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 00:26:49 | More by birdyone
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours black with a light tan head that builds to about a finger in size. Head appears somewhat creamy and has poor retention. Creamy ring leaves nothing for lace.

S- Faint. I do pick up some weaker notes of roast malt and coffee. Not much going at all.

T- Roast malt lends a nice flavor with some milk chocolate notes as well. Coffee comes in more in the finish and builds with time. Acidic portion of the coffee comes into play. Notes of nutty malt.

MF- Light body with more of a watery feel to it. High carbonation is smooth. Some coffee bitters.

DB- Has a nice porter feel to it. The coffee has too much of an acidic feel in my opinion but it still goes down decently.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 01:15:28 | More by cbutova
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4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a dark brown, almost black, body with red highlights. On top is a small tan head that quickly disappears to bits of island foam.

S: Rich coffee aroma with a strong malty backbone.

T: A smooth and creamy flavor of rich roasted coffee with chocolate malts and finishes a bit dry.

M: Loads of carbonation, medium to full body, and a creamy texture.

D: Before I knew it I drank 6 of these. Good price, good beer, & easy to get.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 03:13:47 | More by BrewCrew2010
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein.

Look - black with about a finger's worth of a dark khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - the coffee beans are pretty obvious, with a touch of caramel..maybe even mocha? Works for the theme.

Taste and mouthfeel - malt taste is a little more prevelant than the coffee bean taste, that is until the late middle and finish. If there's any aftertaste, it's mostly a sweetness lining the mouth. Texture isn't too badly unbalanced, but lies more on the creamier side.

Drinkability - quite drinkable..would work a little better in a colder environment, I think..which ironic in that the brewery is from Hawaii.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 04:25:24 | More by Nerudamann
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Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is a dark black with just a small amount of dark maroon highlights and a thin finger of foamy brownish head. No lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit malty with a coffee bean aroma that was a promising but doesn't to get much stronger from there. There is a small amount of chocolate kicking around in the back as well.

The taste is sweet and inviting. A mellow roasty malt flavor mixed with a nice coffee flavor slides in and caresses your tastes buds then slides out before much of a notice. This sips really well and a very nice coffee flavor pops more when slowly sipped. The warmer it gets more of a creamy flavor comes out.

The feel of this beer medium bodied and has a smooth feel going down. It is pretty drinkable and has only a small aftertaste that is gone in the shortest of time.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 03:04:18 | More by Duhast500
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights around the edges. Frothy off-white head that gets to about half an inch thick before dissipating, leaving lots of stringy, sticky lacing. Coffee completely dominates the smell, along with some subtle milk chocolate nuances and just a touch of maltiness at the end. Wow, this is almost on par with some of the other coffee-styled beers I've had. Really quite enticing.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell, though. The coffee is there right off the bat, but it's a bit thin and subdued. It's followed by the sweetish malts and just a hint of that cocoa detected in the nose. Finishes with just a slight burnt whisper. Hops are non-existent and there's little bitterness of which to speak. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. It goes down with a little bit of carbonation and a slick finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. Great smell with an above average taste make this a very easy brew to knock back with some friends. I just wish that the flavors could have followed up on the very promising nose, but oh well. Quality brewing from Kona, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:31:24 | More by r0nyn
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, tan head, recedes to a minimal ring.

Roasted malt in the smell, with coffee and dark chocolate notes.

Pretty standard roasted malt portery taste, with a subtle blend of coffee, cocoa, and dark chocolate.

Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

I enjoyed this, nicely balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 04:27:42 | More by Strix
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Dark ruby, borderline black in color (reminiscent of light roast coffee, actually) with a very small light brown head. The head only lingered for about 10 seconds until it completely faded, leaving light bubbly lacing around the edges of the glass. Retained bits of splotchy webbing throughout the glass.

S: Immediately evident notes of dark roast coffee come off of the nose followed by lighter notes of chocolate and roasted malts. Quite a pleasant smell in all.

T: Thick and robust taste of dark roasted coffee beans upfront well balanced with a roasted malt profile. Very roasty but not overly stressing on the palate. Finishes lightly dry with a slight bittersweet chocolate taste and minor notes of raisin and dark stone fruit.

M: Thick, chewy, and overall smooth all the way down. Light carbonation which is well balanced for the style and the beer leaves a very pleasant coating of the palate after sipping. I did not find this beer to stress the palate as some other roasty porters tend to do which was a welcome surprise.

D: Extremely drinkable with a well balanced and delicious flavor profile alongside a surprisingly easy to drink mouthfeel. Combined with the low abv, I could see this being a very easy beer to knock back a few of without batting an eyelash.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 02:50:28 | More by RossCain
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this badboy as one of the last few winter beers that was on the shelf here in Orlando.

Served into a Southern Tier Pint Glass at 49ºF.

Pours a dark walnut color, similar to coffee. Forms a very small light creamy tan head ontop that dissipates rather quickly with little to no lacing.

Smells strongly of coffee, caramel and slight roasts, hints of hoppy goodness.

Initial tastes aren't primarily coffee, leaning more towards the malts and hops with a heavy coffee aftertaste. Hints of dark chocolate are also very prevalent. Carbonation seems rather heavy.

It isn't as heavy as heavy as it's thick color gives off, but it'll do. The mouthful feels somewhat watery.

Overall a fairly drinkable beer, but not a favorite amongst the coffee porters and stouts that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 02:45:58 | More by rivalrome
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,520 ratings.