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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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1,520 Ratings
very good

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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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Photo of cpetrone84


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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
Photo of womencantsail


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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
Photo of MrDanno96


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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
Photo of L337ish

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
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
Photo of steve8robin


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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
Photo of Moonraker7

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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
Photo of animal69


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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
Photo of Gatch


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -1.6%
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
Photo of Beejay


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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
Photo of KrisPaulk77


3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I first tried this brew on a trip to Hawaii around Christmas 2008. It was enjoyable, so when I saw it again on a recent trip to Florida, I decided to get a sixer to bring home with me.

The beer poured a medium brown, rather full looking. Red highlights noted at the edge of the glass when held to light. The head was pretty and creamy, but faded fast. Very minimal lacing noted.

The nose was upfront with a big coffee aroma, not overpowering, but definately solid. Chocolate and caramel notes are present, as well as a roasty aroma.

Taste follows suit, with roasty coffee flavor,, punctuated with some chocolate, a nuttiness, and a bitter hop finish.

The feel is thin and fairly bubbly. Nothing outstanding, but not overly terrible.
One or two of these in an evening would be about all I would care to drink. A decent porter for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 12:20:38 | More by KrisPaulk77
Photo of bluejacket74


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

12 ounce bottle, a buddy brought some island brews back for me on a recent trip to Hawaii. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there is a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, and bittersweet chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some hops. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has decent carbonation but it does seem a bit thin. Drinkability is good, I thought it was easy to drink. I like this beer a lot, it's a good all around brew that I would definitely pick up again if I come across it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 00:40:18 | More by bluejacket74
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Kona Pipeline Porter poured black with a thick coffee and cream colored head. It left a good amount of lace.

The smell and taste were like very roasted bitter coffee. The taste is near-dead on coffee porter flavor. The biggest weakness is the feel, which lacks substance. It's too bubbly and thin.

Despite the weak feel, Pipeline Porter is a delicious roasted coffee porter that is an absolute treat with a dark chocolate dessert. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 21:19:52 | More by MetalHopHead6
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Liked a lot of the other beers form this brewery, so purchased this new offering at my local beer store. Pours a nice dark brown, slightly off-white head to it, moderate lacing on the glass. Nice creamy mouthfeel to this one, average body to it which fits the style good. Nice roasty flavor and well balanced... coffee malts complimented by some nice hop taste at the end. A nice all around porter, definitely an above average one and this Kona Brewing Company is putting out some solid offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 00:46:59 | More by oriolesfan4
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, poured black with one finger of khaki head, which collapsed immediately and didn't lace very well. The smell, not surprisingly, was punctuated by coffee beans, vanilla, and molasses. The taste was similar; coffee which dissolved to a vanilla/semi-sweet flavor, and then a very subtle finish. Medium and spritzy. A little too much coffee flavor for me to session.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 05:47:30 | More by donniecuffs
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Very dark mahogany with very thin head that disappears, leaving a fairly flat looking beer behind.

Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts. The coffee smell is not too overpowering.

Taste: Bitter coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Overall, fairly subdued for a Coffee Porter.

Feel: Low carbonation, relatively light body, dry finish. A little too flat and thin (not a good combination).

Drinkability: Easy drinking coffee beer. Nice, but could use a little more body and pizzaz.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 16:54:25 | More by bsp77
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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was curious as to why I can only find this Hawaiian beer in New Hampshire and Rhode Island, but not in Mass. Lo and behold it's contract brewed by Redhook. Bottled on 12/28/09. Cap underside states "Mahalo," which means "thank you," in Hawaiian. That's neat.

Dark brown color. Hearty, 1 finger, beige head stays for awhile and leaves splashy lace. Smells like unlit firewood, Kona coffee, and a sour nuttyness. Tastes like coffee--a light and unassuming coffee flavor (read: wimpy) with mild tart/woody sour in back.

Definitely not an aggressive, full of roast flavor coffee beer. More like 7-eleven coffee that's been sitting out for awhile. It's not bad but there are so many better coffee beers out there (Meantime, Wolaver's, etc., that I couldn't imagine picking this up again).

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 22:26:28 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dec 23, 2007

10/16/07 12oz. bottle thanks to my sister in Seattle. Pours a very dark brown with a slight fizzy head that quickly gives way to one of the least carbonated beers I've had.

Strong coffee in the aroma & flavor. Nice roasted malts. Slightly bitter, but overall mild brew.

Somewhat thin if not oily mouthfeel. Smooth & easy drinking.

Overall a good, unique porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 23:31:36 | More by elgiacomo
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark roasted chestnut colored beer pours thinly into my seidel. The head is soda like fizzy, tan and evaporates to nothing as quickly as it bubbles up. This beer looks more like a sugary root beer then an interesting porter.

The nose is a giant step in the right direction. Warm caramelized grains and fresh roast coffee beans compliment each other and make an appealing scent. To me it has the lingering scents of a decent coffee house. Not to shabby.

Taste is a slight step back from the nose but not by much. The rich dark flavors from the nose are present in the taste but they aren't as bold. A touch of burnt coffee bitterness is an unwelcome addition but it doesn't last through the finish, which is more malty and caramel. A decent tasting coffee porter but not one that I would call exceptional.

Mouthfeel is thin and there is a sizzle from the carbonation. I'd prefer a little more body and a little less bubbles but it's not that far off and doesn't ruin the experience of this beer. This is a solid coffee beer and should be tried by anyone who appreciates the mix of beer and joe.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 22:43:16 | More by jbphoto88
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium to dark brown with a hint of deep red when held up to a light. Nice faint brown head but fades rather quickly and not much lacing that sticks.

S - Has a great mixture of coffee and chocolate in the immediate aroma and then fades out to a more malty/roasted note. Very sweet from beginning to end which complements all the smells nicely.

T - At first it's a very pleasant and not too powerful coffee flavor, not has a mellow texture to it and not as bitter as most coffee infused beers. The roasted malts kick in quickly but don't overpower the coffee and blend nicely. It finishes with a hint of bitterness from the java and hops. Aftertaste is a nice mocha-ish flavor, very pleasant on the palate.

M/D - Average amount of carbonation volumes but has a nice velvety medium body. Very smooth to drink whether it is right from the fridge or if it warms a bit. No weird adjunct flavors in this beer, just coffee, dark roasted malts, and subtle hints of chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 04:40:01 | More by VaTechHopHead
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle into a wine glass.

A - Dark brown/black color. Quarter-inch tan head that dissipates faster than expected given the fine bubble size. Little to no lacing.

S/T - Coffee dominates the smell and taste. Faint coconut smell. Dark roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate upfront with roasted coffee finish. Slight nutty/coconut flavor. Aftertaste is like iced coffee.

M/D - Fairly light body, as foretold by the weak head and lack of lacing. Enjoyable and I would have it again, but I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting due to the strong coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 05:43:03 | More by jwillcourt
Photo of tigg924


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, leather brown in color, small head, high carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and coffee

Taste: coffee, toasted malt, dark chocolate and a bit of cream

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sweet, medium-light bodied

Drinkability: This is the best beer I have had from Kona and I wish I could get it more easily here. I could have six. I love the multiple layers of coffee and chocolate. This has a different taste than most in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 16:26:00 | More by tigg924
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 22:08:17 | More by WesWes
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,520 ratings.