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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,539 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,539
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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jkdrummer

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this "Limited Release" on the shelves of Fred Meyer for $7.99/6

Pours a nice heady thick beige colored head -- but alas, dies into a thin thin ring of lace.

Smells nice! Like a Starbux beer. Roasted coffee dominates the aroma.

Tastes nice -- coffee, again, dominates the taste as well. Nice finish for a porter, no burnt flavors. Hints of chocolate as well.

Kinda sweet but I did detect some bitterness in there.

Recommended - a good porter but nothing like the Sierra Nevada or Deshuettes Black Butte.

Jk

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 22:13:41 | More by jkdrummer
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GimpyCane

Florida

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

A: Poured dark brown with a caramel hue shining through the rim. A nice two finger creamy beige head followed that left a good amount of lacing.

S: Upfront I got the subtle scent of newly open coffee container. Somewhere in the middle cocoa powder shines through. I could not detect any hop aroma.

T&M: Medium body, smooth, small bubble carbonation(subtle) and dry ending. Taste the coffee upfront with a hint of dark chocolate and wheat bread. The hops are very subtle.

D: Well balanced with the coffee, sweetness from the malt, feel, and even subtle hops.

Overall, I like this brew alot. A great and different porter from what's available in Florida. I had it with a waffle,egg and ham topped with brie cheese and syrup for dinner and it was the bomb. Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 01:42:47 | More by GimpyCane
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a bubbly, beige head.

Smell: Coffee-scented nose with notes of dark malts, unsweetened chocolate, and a hint of dark caramel.

Taste: Sweetened Breakfast Blend coffee with traces of chocolate and caramel. Not too terribly much in the way of hops or bitterness, but this serves to allow the coffee flavor to rest leisurely on the palate. Chocolate dosed coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A surprising, subtly tasty treat with a reasonably, sensible ABV. I'll have another, please.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 01:10:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
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BattleRoadBrewer

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cool from a 12 oz twist off brown bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours with a modest off-white head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave lacing. Color is a dark mahogany brown.

Aroma has nice roast and coffee aroma with some mealy dark malt.

Flavor is akin to flat diet cola with a notable old coffee taste, maybe with some subtle chocolate aftertaste. Bitterness seems to come from the coffee more than hops.

Mouthfeel is thin, like a mix of cola and coffee, no hops, no body.

Drinkability is good. This is not too bad and I'd have another, but it's not my idea of a "porter", even a coffee porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 21:16:33 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish/black - coffee colored, with a small 1/8 inch head. Smells of beautiful roasted coffee dominates the malts. First sip is pure coffee heaven. Fairly light bodied, carbonated well. If you like coffee and coffee infused beers, you will not be disappointed with this fine beer from out 50th State.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 21:03:03 | More by ATLbeerDog
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joekfsu

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours pitch black with 1 cm of thick tan head that diminishes into a thin oily layer. Aroma of espresso/coffee, very strong. Initial flavor is smokey malts. Flavor becomes a little more bitter by the end from the coffee. Aftertaste is all coffee and limited in duration. Light to medium body, limited lacing, light carbonation, and limited alcohol presence. Overall a nice coffee porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 21:44:36 | More by joekfsu
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Smoking a pipe porter? Pours a mostly black color with some clarity. Brown hues throughout and around the edge of the glass. The head was limited with help on the pour. An off tan head that had little retention and lacing.

The nose is limited. Some generic malt notes with some astringent and roast notes coming out. Not much on the coffee end. A slight milky note that is boarder line sour. A clean yeast smell and no real hop notes.

The taste comes out more than what the nose indicates. The malt balances out with a more grainy flavor and roasted malt. The coffee is still very subtle but that is ok with me. Some wispy/watery flavors that hurts the body. There is a slight sourness that is noticeable more as it warms. Not really lactic but more of a sour infection note.

The body is between light and moderate. Really would have like to see more body, especially with porters. The watery flavor doesn't help the cause out. Overall would have liked more out of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 21:36:03 | More by Oxymoron
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mhewes

Colorado

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

A : Pours a nice dark brown/black with minimal head, no lacing

S : Strong coffee aroma with some good roasted malt aroma

T : Strong roasted malt flavors with a coffee flavor to it. I was expecting more from the coffee. There's a good hop bitterness on the finish

M : Medium-bodied and smooth

D : It was real drinkable. The smaller than expected coffee flavor helped with that. It's one that I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 15:18:26 | More by mhewes
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice and dark, very black, no head.

S- Sweet coffee mocha smell. Smells creamy and delicious.

T- The coffee taste is very present, very mild and not bitter compared to other coffee porters.

M- Easy to drink, smooth and light.

D- Easy to drink no matter how warm it is outside.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 23:56:51 | More by Wetpaperbag
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Perfectly dark, the head was off-white going on gray, somewhat fleeting.

Smell: Freshly roasted beans, exactly what I like (and expected). Even if I don't like coffee per se I still enjoy that good coffee house smell.

Taste: Lightly carbonated, the coffee flavors are there but do not overpower. The only slight downside is the perceptable ashy finish. Very low on the hop side, but there's nothing wrong with that. Went really well with a vanilla washed cheese I had.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 22:18:59 | More by Goldorak
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle from the recent BIF race. Thanks Jgaston!
Poured into a snifter I get a fizzy tan head that fades quickly to an edge layer. Color is deep cola brown with no light passing through.
Aroma is coffee bean, chocolate, some brown sugar. No hops that I can detect.
First sip smooth silky texture and average body with fine fizzy carbonation.
Flavor starts with roast malt and coffee bean and some caramel and brown sugar in the background. Again no real hop presence.
easy drinker that has a very nice feel to it. My first Hawaiian beer and I look forward to the next.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 02:02:57 | More by sulldaddy
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RobH

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very respectable porter. The genuine Kona coffee is what makes it for me with this one.

I'm not a coffer drinker, but I like coffee ice cream and this Pipeline porter. Some folks who drink coffee say they can't detect the coffe flavor in this beer. I can definitely smell and taste it. This isn't cream and sugar coffee, this is black coffee.

Medium bodied and highly drinkable, I recommend that this beer be tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 23:47:32 | More by RobH
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Phillyduke

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz. bottle with a "Packaged On" date of Dec. 01 '07. Beer is thick and a completely opaque dark brown/black. A weak, one-finger head quickly recedes to nothing more than a few stray bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S: Well, not surprisingly, it smells of coffee. There is also a strong scent of sweet prunes/figs with a hint of licorice.

T: Thankfully it doesn't taste like prunes. Dark roasted malts dominate the palate. The coffee taste, while noticeable, is definitely a supporting player here. An understated sweetness blends with a nice balanced hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Light carbonation, smooth and creamy, though a little on the thin side.

D: This is a very nice porter, though nowhere near as unique as I thought. I wish the coffee was a little more prominent, and the prune juice scent brought back less-than-pleasant reminders of childhood home remedies. Still, it is easy enough to drink and enjoyable enough that I would have one again if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 01:42:55 | More by Phillyduke
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark brown, borderline black, with a decent layer of light tan foam on top. Smell is largely of roasted/burnt malts, with a hint of coffee behind it. Flavor follows the smell, with the roasted malts being the dominant flavor. Coffee is present and tasty, but not nearly as up front as I would like it to be. More like a standard porter than a coffee porter, but still solid. A little thin on the mouthfeel, I'd definitely like a bit more thickness to it. Very drinkable though, could easily be a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 17:07:33 | More by YonderWanderer
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

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

Dark, obviously, with not much head. Scent mostly of burnt malts, with a mild hint of coffee.

Nice. Subtle, but nice. Mild toasty malts, undercurrent of coffee. Not particularly full bodied, but nice enough. Smooth, with a touch of pucker at the end. Overall, a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 01:18:42 | More by hustlemuscle
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BrewmasterNPB

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pipeline Porter has a deep brown color, with very little head retention. I couldn't get much out of the aroma, which was very dissapointing because I was hoping at least for a thick coffee smell, but nothing. The beer tasted great though, a subtle roast flavor that combined with a coffee flavor that was a little to subtle for my tastes. I also tasted some lactic sourness in the background, not unpleasant though. I would have liked more flavor out of this beer, but perhaps it's beauty lies in it's subtlety, which also makes it easier to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 05:53:24 | More by BrewmasterNPB
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tayner

Arizona

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

12 oz bottle with package date on neck of 9-12-07.

Poured into a snifter and it looks black, but with back lighting some red tones come out. small khaki head that disappears very fast.

Smell was coffee mainly, but not the oh so bitter burnt coffee aroma alot of coffee infused beers have, this one smells more like a nice cup of fine grade hawaiian Kona coffee. there are also sweet roasted grains in the nose, but nothing smells burnt.

Taste follows smell pretty much. It brings back memories of when, a long time ago, when i was young and working the graveyard shift i used to mix coke and coffee together to drink for the caffeine and sugar high to stay awake. I can taste the nice, medium bodied coffee with the sweetness and carbonation of a coke. I know it sounds weird, but that is exactly what this reminds me of, in a good way.

The body is light for a porter, most likely due to the pretty high carbonation level, but i enjoy this fact alot as if i wanted something heavy i would have went for a stout instead. I like that this porter is what it should be, a level between an ale and a stout with all the roastiness and flavor but not the heaviness.

This is one i could drink winter, summer, fall, spring... all the time. It is very nice and easy to drink. The bottle says limited release, guessing for the winter... so come next winter i will seek some of this out for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 22:22:49 | More by tayner
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ubermick

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard 12oz pint glass from a bottle stored in the fridge, then allowed to rest slightly at room temperature for about 15 minutes.

Typical of other stouts and porters, it looks almost black, but on holding to the light, the redness shows through. The scent of malt and coffee hit the air immediately as I poured. It's rather carbonated, and formed a small head, surprisingly thin for a porter.

It's a very tasty beverage. The coffee shows through, but is certainly not overpowering. Malts are evident, but not strong, with a slight hint of hoppiness. For a porter, it's VERY drinkable, which I suppose is a throwback to it's Hawaiian heritage!

All in all, a good beer. Worth drinking as an everyday beer during the cooler months, but still accessible in the summer. I wouldn't go out of my way for it if I weren't in Kona's distribution zone, but if you see it at the store and want something a little different, I'd say give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 02:19:15 | More by ubermick
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SmokingmeX

California

2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic tumbler from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Poured a very dark typical porter color, with a paper thin off white head. Lacing was slighty clingly but spotty.

S: Upon opening the flavors were hard to pick up, as it warmed it was sweet with roasted malt and coffee that began to increase.

T: The coffee was present but took a while to characterize itself especially since it is supposed to be coffee infused beer. The malts and coffee were there just not enough as I had expected or wanted.

M: The beer was thinner than I would have liked especially for the style. Much more carbonation than I expected which hurt the overall flavors imho.

D: If you enjoy thinner porters with above average "fizz" you might enjoy this more. I think it is easy drinking but disappointing needs more body.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 04:59:00 | More by SmokingmeX
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

12oz bottle poured into a nonic. The color is solid black with a short, off-white head. The smell is definitely coffee but subtle and not overdone. The flavor is a sweet, coffee porter that again is done very subtly. This is a solid beer and I don't usually like coffee-infused beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 00:18:47 | More by ArrogantB
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JDV

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Las Vegas.
Pours Pours black with ruby edges and a nice foamy tan head. Smell is cream and coffee all the way. Very espresso like and very noticeable, but not over the top. Taste is smooth, roasty, creamy and coffee with no burnt, charred or acidic notes from the coffee. Could be a slight bit thicker but as is, it is a very nice drinkable porter. Very balanced and one of the nicer coffee beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 19:56:26 | More by JDV
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dnichols

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was poured a pint glass from the tap at Sam's bar in Kennewick, Washington.

A: It poured a dark brown to black body with a modest (less than one finger) head that lingered for a short time before receding to a ring around the collar and leaving a very slight lacing.

S: It had a light coffee aroma with strong whiffs of chocolate. The roasted malts gave a nice sweet base to the aroma profile.

T: It hit early with a sweet dark roasted malt and a slightly bitter coffee. It was creamy and rich with a balanced flavor.

M: It was light to medium-bodied with a smooth refresing taste. The chocololte and coffee are present but not overtly powerful. It finished refreshing and clean.

D: It was a pleasant brew with a medium body, balanced flavors and clean finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2008 01:05:37 | More by dnichols
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Packaged 12/01/07
Appearance - fully black on the pour, almost a finger of finely bubbled light tan foam, almost like a nitro head. Thin sheets of lacing all around.

Aroma - roasted malts and coffee, though not the overwhelming nose I was prepared for. Still, it's pretty good.

Taste - good roasted malt and again, good coffee presence. Flavorful, fresh, the coffee flavor complements the malt without taking it over. The swallow has some greenish, earthy notes, more in the aftertaste really. Coffee comes out much better as it warms.

Mouthfeel - pretty bubbly stuff, body is about medium in weight.

Drinkability - a fine session porter from our 50th state. Mahalo!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 04:26:18 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Pehlman

California

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black. What else can I say? Very dark. Head fades quickly and left slight spotty lacing.

Smell: Very nice smell if you like coffee. Coffee is pretty much all you smell with this beer. But I like that.

Taste: Again very heavy coffee flavor. Nice smokey aftertaste. Leaves a very subtle coffee flavor in your mouth. Just enough to keep enjoying the flavor for a while after youre done drinking.

Mouthfeel: Great! Carbonation is perfect. Not too much but it doesnt have that flat feel to it either that some porters give.

Drinkability: I could drink this anywhere any time!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 09:32:29 | More by Pehlman
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charlzm

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Joey's Smokin' BBQ in Manhattan Beach on 01/19/08.

Dark brown, almost cola like appearance with small head and lots of bubbles clinging to glass sides. Notes of nuts and maybe even black licorice in aroma. Well carbonated in mouth. Flavor is roasted coffee bitterness with a citrus thing going on in background. Aftertaste is mostly clean with just a memory of bitter roasted character.

Better than I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2008 22:50:05 | More by charlzm
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,539 ratings.