Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.
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3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
It's time again to rescue long-forgotten beers from the back of the gaping maw of my fridge. This arrived long, long ago courtesy of skuter, who likely doesn't even remember the trade.
Pours black. Smell is strong & luxurious for such a low ABV event, thick, sweet malts & mild coffee.
This bottle of Pipeline Porter has been sitting in the fridge for probably a year & hasn't missed a beat; pretty impressive. Strong black coffee is the theme, with an additional slab of roast bitterness to assure the drinker gets the point. Faint milkiness, too. If they were aiming to get a thicker version of coffee, they hit the nail on the head.
Good beer. Nothing extraordinary for a coffeed-up porter, just a solid drinker.
02-12-2011 00:38:32 | More by maximum12
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours dark brown with a decent off-white head. Some lacing.
Where is the goddamn smell. Light coffee notes, some darkened bread/toasted malt. That's it.
Decent coffee and dark malt flavors. What i like is that this is clean. Nothing sour or unpleasant in the finish. Coffee comes thru, but not over the top. A little malt sweetness in the initial sip, then the carbonation begins to clear the palate, and this dries out to a coffee finish. Not alot of strength in flavor, but it aids in drinkability. A little thin in mouthfeel, and this is one that could use a bit more body.
This works because it transcends all seasons. A good warm-weather porter. The more I drink this, the more I like it.
02-12-2011 00:36:27 | More by OtherShoe2
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours a deep ruby with two fingers of light tan head that drops slowly leaving some nice lacing.
Aromas of coffee, actually like an iced coffee, roasty, sweet, hints of cocoa and roasted grains.
First sip is of iced mocha coffee, roasty, sweet malt, light cocoa dusting. No real hop bitterness stands out. Finish is short with a dry roastiness that fades quickly.
Mouthfeel is light, with a good level of soft carbonation.
Very drinkable beer, nothing too aggressive. Easy drinking. Good sessionable beer.
02-11-2011 03:47:38 | More by JamnesCameron
4.78/5 rDev +25.8%
I normally don't like heavy beers, especially porters but this beer is exceptionally good. If you don't pour it out of the bottle you honestly would never know how dark and heavy it is. It has a great coffee taste without losing any of its beer integrity. I higly recommend this beer to anyone that is looking to try something new and a bit different.
02-10-2011 17:02:44 | More by jetfansam
British Columbia (Canada)
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
Not a bad porter, though with the coffee taste it might be misconstrued as a stout.
Dark ruby, thin head. Big malty, coffee scent and a strong coffee flavour. Not much else for taste - roasty, and very coffee-ish almost stout-like.
Carbonation is a bit much when cold, but eases as it warms. A great session porter. I'd love to have this on tap.
02-08-2011 02:29:51 | More by BDTyre
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
Color is dark brown--not quite black, with a tan colored head. Aroma is (as advertised) coffee, and lots of it! Taste is coffee and loads of malts. The hops don't really come though at all in aroma or taste. Body is medium with a very smooth and creamy mouth feel. It's lightly carbonated and leaves a lingering coffee & malt aftertaste, which is appropriate. The malt heavy profile of Pipeline provides a nice change of pace from the hop laden beers I usually drink.
02-07-2011 07:50:10 | More by notsoprobeer
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.
Smells of mostly coffee notes.
Tastes of the roasted malts with some sweetness. Roasted malts have an expected coffee character with some slight brown sugar and some chocolate. Sweetness is noticeable, but kept light.
Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.
02-06-2011 02:25:39 | More by ocelot2500
4/5 rDev +5.3%
A: Pours a deep opaque black, with a fair amount of foamy tan head. The head retains pretty well, and leaves nice sheets of lacing.
S: Sweet caramel malts, with roasted coffee and a hint of dark chocolate.
T: Smooth malty sweetness, with the roasted coffee note appearing again. Finishes slightly bitter and dry.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth.
D: Very drinkable, quite nice.
02-06-2011 02:24:23 | More by seand
3.4/5 rDev -10.5%
The bottle poured out a dark brown body with a light reddish brown tint. A two finger high off-white head accompanied the body and dissipated to a lace that coated the beer. The initial aromas were of light coffee, malts and light yeast. The initial flavors were overall watered down, with lightly roasted coffee, and malts. Roast stayed on the tongue for the aftertaste. There was a light to medium body with medium carbonation and light coffee bitterness.
Overall, this was ok but there was not much there. The beer seemed watered down in flavor and reminded me of the ever so disappointing Java Head brew from Troegs. Also worth mentioning is the lighter than usual porter body, however this was made in Hawaii so don't expect heavy.
02-06-2011 01:12:00 | More by Mancer
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
Bottle on date: 010511
Beautiful black, thick head forms and slowly dissipates but a full coverage remains on top
The aroma is smooth coffee with a sweet malt backing very smooth coffee aroma
The taste is smooth throughout slight carbonation it starts sweet with a roasted coffee taste enter. A smooth malt trails to a dry coffee bitter finish
02-06-2011 00:55:52 | More by bishopdc0
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
02-03-2011 05:43:20 | More by sommersb
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
01-31-2011 20:56:06 | More by MayLattimore
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
01-29-2011 01:36:38 | More by bbb099
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
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
01-27-2011 08:54:44 | More by whatthehull
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
01-26-2011 02:18:33 | More by YouSkeete
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
01-24-2011 03:45:57 | More by hdofu
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-23-2011 03:16:57 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
01-23-2011 02:31:14 | More by chickenflea
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
01-23-2011 01:37:13 | More by felipe2toes
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
01-22-2011 23:32:35 | More by PabstLou
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
01-22-2011 20:27:20 | More by airheadmtrcycle
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
01-22-2011 04:32:44 | More by rawfish
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
01-22-2011 01:39:32 | More by irischmatt
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
01-20-2011 20:38:37 | More by yesyouam
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
01-19-2011 22:49:25 | More by morimech
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,555 ratings.