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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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very good

1,533 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,533
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 40
Gots: 71 | 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 rfgetz

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with ruby highlights around the edges when held to the light, minimal head and lacing. Smell is of medium roasted grains with a presence of medium roast coffee beans, faint hints of cream and earth. Taste is mellow and contains medium roasted grains and medium roast cofeee beans. The coffee is of high quality, but lacks boldness. The roasted grains also lack any real punch. Faint hints of earthyness and cream are present as in the nose. The body is the best part, amazingly medium to full in body, smooth and creamy for a porter... very nicely done. This is a very nice beer made with high quality ingredients, but lacks a little boldness in the taste and scent areas.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 13:10:59 | More by rfgetz
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights and a fluffy tan head that dissipates slowly. Smells of roasted coffee, hazelnut, slightly earthy hop aroma. I got intense hazelnut when I first poured it, but that gave way to an earthy spicy aroma. Light roasty taste mixed with coffee and hazelnut. Earthy, almost tart or metallic taste mixed in there as well. Lingering coffee and slight fruity sweetness in the finish. Moderate body and carbonation. Creamy/oily mouthfeel. Overall not a bad brew. I could see myself sessioning these easily.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 01:56:43 | More by johnnnniee


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep roasted coffee brown with reddened highlights. Coffee foam tinted head. Thin film of organic bubbly lace.

Roasted coffee and chocolate. Burnt and toasty wood and brown sugar.

Roasted bittersweet dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. molasses, espresso, burnt sugar, toasty caramel. Pine and coffee bitterness. Great coffee flavor.

rich and smooth, full bodied, somewhat dry, and slightly sticky.

very smooth and drinakable. A dark beer that could easily be drank in wamer weather, an iced coffee. great coffee flavor, they did the right things to make the coffee stand out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2010 22:28:26 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of morebeergood


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six pack at Macy's Liquors in WR. Poured into standard pint glasses. Not much head for a porter. Dark brown color. Slight lacing. Smelled like roasted coffee. And taste, that was coffee too. High-end coffee, you can tell. The Kona variety is top notch. Not a lot else going on with this brew though. Not much of a malt backbone, and a somewhat thin but smooth body. An easy beer to drink, but not a beer to eat with dinner due to the intense coffee aroma and flavor. A good bet for an after dinner drink or a dark chocolate dessert.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 03:52:00 | More by morebeergood
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New York

1.3/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I picked this one up today and first my wife took a sip and made a really ugly face and said it was horrible. I tried it and agreed. The aroma was thin but smelled of bitter old cofffee and nothing else. The only detectable flavor was watered down coffee. It wasn't bitter or hoppy, it was just nothing. Very dissapointed in this one. Actually poured it out. I'm glad I only bought one. Lagunitas Cappacino Stout blows this away,

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 10:24:33 | More by Threelittlefish
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (date of Dec 10, 2009 on the bottle)received from Jmoore50 in the Black Booty 3 BIF. Thanks Jordan. Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a deep, rich dark brown with some ruby highlights when held to the light. Minimal head that drops rapidly to a collar of cream colored bubbles. A few islands of sparse, loose bubbles float on the surface.

S - Don't have to read the label to know there's coffee in here. Coffee dominates the aroma with not much of anything else making a contribution. In a blind test, I think I would definitely guess a cup of black coffee. Not at all complex, but does smell inviting (at any time of day?).

T - This might be the most coffee-like beer I've ever had...even more than Coffee Bender. I'm tempted to pour some cream into it...this is definitely a breakfast beer. Very roasty flavors, with a touch of astringency a la coffee (specifically Kona - not overly astringent - but rich and flavorful)...as in the flavor, I'm really not getting anything other than coffee...not very complex, but it does taste good.

M - This is where it is definitely different than coffee. Medium bodied, carbonation medium too. When is Dunkin Donuts going to put out carbonated iced coffee?...I think they are missing something here.

D - This is at least as good as my typical morning coffee...probably better. Quite one dimensional in character (if you don't like coffee, this is not for you), but still very enjoyable. This is coffee as it would be in an ideal world where we can all wake up, not go to work, and relax on a lanai overlooking the Pacific Ocean from sunrise til sunset...

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 00:53:57 | More by portia99
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A deep, dark, slightly murky brown with a thin light brown head that settles to a few thin bubbles.

S- Sweet chocolate and caramel with a coffee kick at the end. Smells very sweet for the style. The roastiness is not the emphasis here.

T- Sweet roasted coffee and caramel. Smooth and sweet. Nice for a little change in the style.

M- Smooth with a carbonation bite. Sweet, but nice.

D- A nice porter for a change of pace. Sweet, but not too sweet. A well balanced porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 02:48:14 | More by david131
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -One fingers worth of light tan creamy smooth fizzy head... The deepest of dark brown colors... Sluggish small bubbled carbonation crawls up the sides of the glass... Some minor lacing clings to the glass...

S - Simply stellar coffee aroma... If there is one thing better than coffee, it's Kona coffee, and this brew is loaded with it... Also present are ample amounts of roasted malts and chocolate...

T - Really rich... The coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate are in near perfect harmony... Wonderful balance... The flavors are more subdued on the palette, but still bursting with flavor...

M - Medium bodied... Exceedingly thin... Exceedingly creamy given the watery thin nature... Minimal carbonation...

D - This is really awesome and sessionable brew... A little more rich creaminess and this could be a top notch world class American Porter... Even without that, this is one of the best coffee infused offerings out there today... I would welcome this in my glass any day...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 02:51:14 | More by philbe311
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Deep black color, though drak red when held to light. One inch head formed and quickly dissipated. No lacing. Smells of coffee and some roasted malt. Tastes like it smells, mainly coffee and toasty malt. Mouthfeel is rather light, not much carbonation. As a coffee lover, I really liked this beer. Not the best porter I've had, but I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes coffee.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 03:01:21 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick black with more than two fingers of rapidly disappearing brown head. leaves no lacing.

smell has subtle coffee notes but they are obviously competing with a bill of roasted malts and a molasses presence.

taste: the coffee is awesome. not for fans of subtle flavors. this coffee comes on strong and masks all other flavors.

mouthfeel: nice mixture of a syrupy sweet start balanced by a smooth nicely carbonated finish.

drinkability: definite must for coffee beer fans, wouldnt recommend to people with a preference for more subtle flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 21:23:41 | More by northaustin
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3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this an extra from Skuter. Thanks man!

Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head and some decent sheets of lacing. Aroma is nutty, light caramel and earthiness. Not sure how old this bottle is but the coffee seems to be rather lackluster. Taste follows suit with the nose. Dry chocolate at first followed by a light nuttiness, some caramel and just a hint of coffee. No bitterness is really detected. Mild, but pleasant flavor. Medium body with light carbonation. Decent brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 22:23:01 | More by KeefD
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3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown, almost black with small off white head that fades very quickly. Almost no lacing at all.

S: Fresh brewed coffee and toasted malt. Nice aroma but too faint, I really had to search for it.

T: Toasted malt, coffee, dark fruit with notes of raisins and figs. Some chocolate and light hops.

M: Light bodied, I found this to be a little too watery for the sytle.

D: Decent porter but nothing exceptional, the aroma and flavors are bit muted. This beer doesn't have that big punch of coffee I was waiting for. I'll take a BBC Coffeehouse Porter over this one anyday.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 23:27:41 | More by JMD
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a very, very dark brown - almost black with a nice creamy light brown head that slowly dissipated.

S - Nose is bitter dark roasted coffee with roasted malts.

T - Roasted malts with bitter dark roasted coffee flavour.

M - A nice medium body. Typical porter mouth feel.

D - A good all-round porter. The bitterness of the coffee would make it difficult to have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 02:49:58 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-light brown head, creamy and very bubbly. solid retention, no lace. black liquid that allows hues of red pass through and a few bubbles raising up the side.

S-the nose is quite bring and brings a great roasted coffee with notes of vanilla and some sweet candied malt.

T/M-thinner with a medium to light body. the taste follows the nose with a beautful, subtle, roasted coffee malt (i could actually drink coffee with this) a nice vanilla backbone with some dark fruit sweetness, ripe plum and fig. perfectly carbonated and silky smooth, almost creamy.

D-this is quite a solid coffee porter, big flavors well blend, smooth and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 04:28:05 | More by cpetrone84
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a finger's worth of mocha colored foam.

S: The nose has some wonderful coffee notes to it along with some caramel malt sweetness. There is also some nice roasted malt aroma to it.

T: The coffee is not quite as noticeable up front as it is in the nose. The roasted malt and a sweet caramel malt are the primary flavors on the front end with the coffee coming in on the finish with a nice bitterness.

M: The body is a touch thin and watery, which is my only knock on this beer.

D: This is a surprisingly good coffee porter, especially from Kona. I like the coffee flavor, but there's a touch of acidity to it which knocks it down just a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 23:25:26 | More by womencantsail
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a thin off-white head. Good amount of frothy lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S: Pretty much just straight roasted coffee here. Some toasty malts are also detectable, but this pretty much smells like a cold cup of strong coffee.

T: As was to be expected after the aroma, there is a ton of coffee flavor. This balances out with hints of dark chocolate and espresso and some burnt coffee notes in the finish to provide some bitterness.

M: A smooth and crisp medium body.

D: A solid coffee flavored porter. Nothing really jumps out at me about this brew, but it's tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 06:17:57 | More by MrDanno96
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North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark with a small red tint. Tannish-white head that fades quickly and leaves some, but not a lot, of lace.

S: Not much action here. You can definitely smell the coffee. A very faint accent of chocolate.

T: The first thing I taste is the coffee. Don't really taste the chocolate. Balanced flavor with hoppy finish.

M: Smooth and balanced. Body is light-medium.

D: Pretty easy to drink. Not as great as I was expecting but still good.

This brew isn't bad. I was expecting more from it, but not really disappointed. This beer would be easier for me to fully enjoy if I had a small snack to eat every now and then while drinking it, but that's just me. Overall, I say a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 23:02:24 | More by L337ish
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to find this one...

A: Dark with ruby highlights and little head the quickly disappears. Nothing special here.

S: Not much of a scent. I have to sniff hard to get a good smell of it. Hints of coffee scent. That's about it.

T: Good, but not great. Tastes like coffee and water. Not much else going on.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation. Goes down easy.

D: Very easy to drink.

All in all. This is a decent brew to try at least once if you like porters or breakfast stouts. Reminds me of a poor man's version of Stone Kona Coffee brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 03:46:27 | More by steve8robin
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown, nearly black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Freshly ground coffee, roasted malts.

T: Lots of coffee, but not very strong, the balance between the coffee taste and everything else is quite good. The alcohol is not present at all, this reminds me of an iced coffee in some ways, but with carbonation.

M: Really nice, very smooth and delicate, compliments the taste nicely.

D: Really great, I could drink a number of these with no problem, its incredibly smooth and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 03:46:13 | More by Moonraker7
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear deep brown color w/ a thin lt. beige cap which settles quickly leaving a modest lace in my nonic

S- smell is moslty coffee with notes of burnt toast and prunes, a bit of a vinous wood comes through as well

T- taste follows suit with smell, starts off with dark roasted malts and coffee with some bittersweet burnt toffee and dark fruit, a bit of smoke and mineral towards the finish

M- a light-med. body with a moderate co2 level

D- a very quaffable beer here, not overly impressive but def. a good drinker

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 00:37:18 | More by animal69
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3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured an opaque black into my Anchor Porter pint glass. I messed up the straight pour so only about a finger and a half of cappuccino colored head developed before dissipating quickly, leaving a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Very enticing. A toasted coffee aroma dominates, and is well balanced by dark chocolate.

Taste: The coffee from the smell is prominent, but there's no backing as the chocolate has mysteriously disappeared.

Drinkability: Pipeline is smooth and tasty, but I was expecting a lot more after the tempting aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 07:44:20 | More by TheQuietMan22
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours extremely dark like most porters with a sandy, fluffy head.

S - A very nice roasted coffee with some roasted malt.

T - Coffee, malt, something earthy, an irony, lake water taste that I find in a lot of porters which I am still confused by.

M/D - A fairly thin body which was disappointing. The coffee flavors are great. Overall a very enjoyable beer to drink. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 05:19:18 | More by Gatch
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New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one before. Just got around to reviewing it for the first time. Had this on tap at a bar in a pint glass.

Appearance is dark brown to black and completely opaque. Thin mocha head with almost no retention quickly receded into a lacing. Smell is bitter coffee beans and some slight burnt sugar. Taste follows with this. Bitter coffee dominates with just a little malt in there for good measure. Almost unnoticable hops. Very clean finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather creamy. Drinkability is good thanks to low ABV and a clean finish.

Overall, a good example of a coffee porter available almost everywhere. Not the best, but certainly worthwhile and sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2010 22:42:29 | More by Gosox8787
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this through a trade with natelocc787. Cheers!

A- Pours a deep brown almost black color with a thick creamy off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Similar to wet coffee grounds with a bit of bittersweet chocolate.

T- Full roasted coffee bitterness and smoke initially. A bit of musty hops and toasted malt in the finish.

M- A touch thin with decent carbonation.

D- A decent brew that was a bit of a let down although still very solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 05:15:06 | More by projectflam86
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown-black. A little bit of off white head on top, though not a whole lot.

S: Coffee, possibly coconut, and a little of something else. Almost a little tart something in there.

T: Nice and roasty, backed up by with a great coffee taste. Very nice.. not overwhelming, very nice and balanced.

M: Good body and plenty of carbonation.

D: Pretty good, but not the best porter I have ever had. Certainly has a nice coffee kick to it, which compliments the roasted flavor. Pretty good in general, but does not stand out in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 02:41:01 | More by Beejay
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.