Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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86
very good

1,613 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,613
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 51
Gots: 93 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Iguana on 10-11-2006)
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Photo of TheQuietMan22
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.

Photo of Gatch
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.

Photo of Gosox8787
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.

Photo of projectflam86
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.

Photo of Beejay
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.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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).

Photo of elgiacomo
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of jwillcourt
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of vpipkt
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall I am very impressed with this porter. Very unique, but really gets elements of the style right on. The packaging is nice, except for the 'limited release' label (rather a permanent offering). The pour is pretty nice with a thick head falling tto a constant ring of dusty tan atop the dark liquid. The beer has a deep ruby hue against the light.

The smell is great; roasty with coffee notes. The taste is similar, but with more complexity, a bit more sweetness, and a stronger coffee flavor throughout. It is also distinctively a porter to my taste, but also you could pick it out of a lineup of porters! Very unique.

Mouthfeel is good - what you want in this style of beer. The drinkability is rated pretty high here just due to the great taste. I think this is a winner even among people who aren't 'beer geeks'. It is a lot of flavor and a big beer, but I think it has a lot to keep you coming back!!

Photo of towersfall
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown (duh!) with a hint of ruby when held up to a light. A thin white head appears but then dissipates slowly. Lacing is seldom and spotty all around the glass.

Smell: Smells like you just walked into your favorite coffee store down on the corner in the heart of a lively town.

Taste: Coffee attacks first with the hops starring as the cavalry.

Mouthfeel: Thick and rixh with a great aftertaste.

Drinkability: Heavy on the coffee, but if you're a fiend for the bean like me you'll really enjoy this one. Just like a normal cup o' coffee, I could put a pot of this stuff back like it's nothing. This is easily one of the best coffee brews I've tried for sure.

Photo of erosier
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice dark brown color with a medium sized and light to medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, caramelized malts, chocolate, and a big coffee aroma that takes over the nose pretty well.
T: Similar to the nose with more roasted malts coming through then a slight caramel/chocolate taste finished up with a huge coffee flavor that is really nice.
M: Very crisp, light bodied, easy drinking, perfect amount of alcohol and carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, this is an easy going coffee porter.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness-branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish-black color with a thick, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells quite strongly of coffee. So strongly, in fact, that it almost smells like a pot of fresh-brewed coffee. Also has subtle hints of baking chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: Has a sweet taste up front that develops into a coffee-heavy flavor at the back of the mouth backed by a bit of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average. I would've like to see a little more body in a porter.

Drinkability: Pretty standard porter fare here. This one is heavier on coffee than most which makes for a tasty experience. Worth a shot...

Photo of Torps
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, black with a thin white head. Looks like black coffee. And... This really just tastes like mild black coffee. I know Kona coffee is revered for it's smoothness and natural sweetness but this is so thin. I'm a coffeegeek as much as a beeradvocate and I've tasted coffee with more complexity than this beer. I may be just used to all the BIG beer I drink nowadays but this tastes like the bud light of coffee porter/stouts.

Photo of PintOHops
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared a very dark brown with a touch of ruby red when held to light, and a fairly aggressive pour produced a 1 finger slightly off white head with poor retention, left very little broken lace. Smelled of nutty & bready porter notes with mildly roasted coffee notes throughout, as it warmed, soft chocolate & a bit more coffee notes became pronounced.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted of semi robust, roasted malts upfront, very nutty, a bit of dark chocolate towards the finish, and a nice coffee flavor throughout. Surprisingly not very sweet at all, and the coffee flavor wasn't very big either. As it warmed however, it became better with bigger coffee & chocolate notes! Mouthfeel was moderately carbonated offering some nice crispiness, a bit thin I suppose, and lite-medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final Thoughts - This beer was extremely drinkable! Thinner than expected but it was nice because it allowed me to drink a few without getting full. This beer offered rich coffee & porter flavors without being to rich & desert like, I really enjoyed this one, and I will definitely be having it again. Cheers!

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. into a pint glass/ bottled on date Sep. 03/09

P: Garnet lit brown with a milk chocolate head of frothy foam perched on top. Showed good retention then deflated to a wispy collar of froth while leaving some light lace on the walls.

A: Aroma consists of lightly roasted malts, good quality coffee, chocolate cake mix, and a handful of nuts for good measure. It smells okay, but nothing real special to report on here.

T: Once again, you can immediately tell that the coffee is of good quality. It's not like burnt, acrid, generic black coffee that becomes wearisome after the second sip. It's got more of an espresso character that tastes good and doesn't dominate the rest of the profile, but it's the leader of the pack for sure. I was really hoping to find a boatload of chocolate here to play off of the coffee, but that's not the case. It's there in smaller quantities than I would prefer, and it tastes real powdery and chalky like chocolate cake mix instead of rich, creamy chocolate which I think would've worked better. There also some nutty flavors in here with a slight hop bitterness noticed as well.

My main gripe with this beer is the malt bill, or lack thereof. It's seriously undermalted and causes the wave of flavor to just die before ever meeting it's full potential. Each mouthful starts with promise, but it just falls flat before the swallow and causes the flavor to fall off a cliff on the aftertaste.

M: The bottle claims that this beer is full-bodied, I beg to differ. I'd say it's medium-bodied to be generous. The lack of malts makes it feel thin and almost watery in spots as the beer just doesn't stick to the task at hand. No creaminess or chewiness to speak of, and never really allows the flavor to get any traction on the taste buds.

Notes: I'm really underwhelmed with this beer considering the fact that I love coffee beers. I was hoping for a kick-ass coffee porter with beefy malts and plenty of chocolate to go around. Instead, I ended up with a slightly above-average porter that kind of reminds me of Flying Dog Gonzo in the way that the profile feels shallow and offers nothing to discover underneath. No need to seek this one out again.

Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,613 ratings.