1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Pipeline PorterPipeline Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,620 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,620
Reviews: 678
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 56
Gots: 107 | 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:
Beer added by: Iguana on 10-11-2006

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pipeline Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,620 | Reviews: 678 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of hawkseven
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Maybe I bought a bad six of this style. Totally not impressed....could not find the coffee taste, thought the overall taste was thin and watery. Would choose this only if it was the only Porter available. I will probably give it another chance seeing it is available at a good cost at my location.

Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very tasty every day coffee porter. Pours black with a thin tan head and some lacing. The nose has roasted malt, sweet malt and a strong coffee aroma. Taste is excellent, with a malt sweetness in the front, balanced by a roasted malt flavor and a rich coffee taste in the finish. Light to medium bodied, this is a nicely drinkable brew.


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

One of my favorites for the coffee taste. The texture of the beer could be thicker and it does feel too carbonated but this is my favorite beer of 2008!

This is only available at Los Angeles Bevmo's between winter and spring. I usually buy at least two sixers when I find it. I'm still undecided if this is a session beer or not.

Photo of beersheppard
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black/brown, fleeting tan head, very little lacing.

Smell: coffee, roasted malts, chocolate.

Taste: coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. Flavors are subtle, good, but a little too subtle for my liking.

Mouthfeel: a little light on the palate for the style.

Drinkability: pleasant tasting, but again a little too subtle. The coffee taste especially on the aftertaste is nice.

Photo of jsp2
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Born on date on the bottle, Advertises on that bottle that it's made with 100% Kona coffee. Perfect color and head for the style. Smell is not too strong, mostly coffee, earth, and malty sweetness. Tastes of watery carbonation with a hint of malt sweetness and coffee that has somewhat of an acidic presence. Not very chewy compared to some porters. Not too heavy to be able to drink quite a few.

Something going on between the carbonation, malts, and acidity of coffee isn't doing it for me flavor and body wise. Not bad by any means, but I would prefer my coffee either by itself or in a more fortified, complex beer with a less prominent place in the overall flavor profile. I think the acidity of the coffee sort of takes over this one.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with a thick light tan head. Aroma of lots of coffee and roasted nuts. Flavor of bitter coffee grinds, lots of iced tea. Aroma is better than the flavor because I don't like the taste of iced tea in beer. It's an ok porter, but could use improvement in the flavor.
7/4/6/3/13 (3.3/5)

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

Pours as black as a stout with a light brown foam that leaves nice lacing.

It has a deep roasted aroma with coffee and chocolate notes.

The roasted flavors carry over into the taste. The coffee flavors are very apparent, but I also note some molasses and cream flavors.

The body is also creamy, but a little light.

It's hard to mess up a porter, and Pipeline Porter is just fine.

Photo of rgrholmes168
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice two finger head that left plenty of lace along the sides of the glass. I know this sounds odd, but the color seems to be a lighter shade of black than maybe a dark stout.

The aroma was one of the strongest of any beer that I have sampled and for that I have to give it high marks. The Kona coffee that this is brewed with gives it a distinctly coffee smell. Leading up to the taste which is definitely a heavily bordering on coffee. A very nice tasting beer. Fairly rich, but still medium bodied. Another good effort from Kona.

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

Pours a nice deep dark brown. Head is coffee colored and go figure it smells like a nice cup of good coffee.

Taste is bitter chocolate, strong coffee notes and some hop spiciness/bitterness.

Very easy drinking coffee beer, nothing over powering. I'd love to try this on nitro as it would be smoother and probably a more full tasting beer.

As far as bottled coffee beers go, this is one of the better ones that I've had. It also has a pretty cool label...IMO.


Photo of Zraly
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black with a thinnish tan head. Wonderful aroma of coffee (and something akin to the way a chocolate wrapper smells when you first open it).

One word: delicious. Smooth, balanced flavor profile with a light to medium body. Rich flavors of brown sugar, espresso, and a nice smattering of bittersweet baker's chocolate. Silky, creamy body, and just enough carbonation to not be cloying. That is, this is not so rich that you can't have more than one. A great session ale for dark beer lovers.

If you don't care for coffee, do not be intimidated: the coffee flavor is part of, rather than a dominant feature of, this ale. With that said, if you love coffee and beer (as I do), then this is an ale you must try!

Try it with anything you'd have coffee with! And unlike coffee, it might even go well with a nice grilled strip steak.

Photo of hoplover82
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black with a tan creamy medium sized head that slowly dissapates to nothing, but leaves very little sinking delicate lace.

Aroma of coffee and a little chocolate. Very balanced. Not dominated my coffee or choclate. Roasty malts shine through. Very nice aroma.

The flavor is a mirror of the aroma. But the roastiness shines through even more. Mmmmm... Alcohol shines a little when cold, but if you let it warm up, the alcohol fades totally. There is just a hint of hops in the aftermath.

This medium bodied, creamy porter really suprized me, (compared to their other offerings) this is their best by far. The malt coats my mouth fully and stay forever.

Very drinkable. I highly suggest this one.

Photo of dewalt
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crack open a bottle of Pipeline and pour it into a glass, and you'd think you just brewed a nice cup of java. Kona mixes coffee beans right in with the malt, and you can tell; a glass of the porter smells like coffee grinds, with a hint of chocolate and malt sweetness. The taste is smooth and creamy, like a mocha frappucchino, but not so sweet that you can't detect the dark malt.

My one complaint would be the mouthfeel -- for such a smooth, creamy beer, I'd expect a little more thickness, and Pipeline tends to be thin. That's good in the sense that the beer is highly drinkable, and not overpowering, but my own taste would tend towards something a bit more robust.

Photo of RunDWP
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's a good standby porter that Í've had over the past couple of years, and I like the way they tie it to the big island of Hawaii. Pours a dark brown in the glass with a somewhat fizzy, thin head. Not much aroma on the noise. Standard porter flavor of roasted malt and you can taste the rich, Kona coffee in the brew. Not a lot of bitterness here, which actually works for this brew. A bit of a thin, watery mouth feel for a porter. In addition, most porters aren't this type of easy, smooth drinking beer. Doesn't go for the big flavor and so doesn't hit the home run in terms of flavor, but the good news is that it's very drinkable.

I can see why it's popular, but it just isn't quite my speed.

Photo of Spikester
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown opaque with a modest tan head, minor lacings.
Aroma is rich coffee, some malts.
Taste is a smooth rich kona coffee flavor, slightly sweet from the malts, and nice bitter dry finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.
Drinkability is very good if you enjoy good coffee.
This is the third Kona Brewing Co. product I have tried. They have all been very enjoyable. This might give me an reason to take a vacation in Hawaii!

Photo of kemoarps
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep deep brown, with a tight head that fades fairly quickly and decent lacing.

The smell is first second and third a roasted coffee (no big surprise considering that is what this brewing company associates itself to). Thsi roasted coffee malt gives way to some creamy and smoky tendencies edge through.

The taste follows in the aroma's footsteps, unsurprisingly. The hops are decidedly a roasted espresso bean, which is kind of nice (even though I'm not usually a big coffee drinker in general). has moments of thinness, but overall a positive impression. Spices I can't quite place and a slight bitterness round this brew out, overall I really like the flavour of this beer.

It is not overly heavy, in fact, my biggest complaint would bet hat sometimes it feels little thin, and the carbonation levels seem appropriate.

I could probably drink a couple of these in a row, it's not overwhelming, doesn't coat the mouth, but does settle into the stomach and feels heavy. Or maybe I'm just full.

Photo of magictrokini
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of porters, but this one is nice. Almost black pour with a ring of brown bubbles for a head. Aroma is coffee with some cocoa and malt. Great flavor. Not overpowering coffee, but it is there, with a good balance of sweeter malts and some bitter hops. Dry finish.

Photo of Beernoisseur
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured from 12 oz brown bottle into a pint pilsner glass.

A - I LOVE pouring stouts and porters. They are gorgeous, and this one is no exception. It poured thick, dark and syrupy. Two fingers worth of ivory head retention, Good head retention, spotty lacing. How do you describe the color of this brew? Hmmm, Espresso? (fitting) Root beer? Either way, it's friggin dark.

S - Glorious. I love the smell of coffee, but besides that, there are smoky notes, and something mellow in there like warm cream. Yum!

T - Love it. Definite coffee (obviously), but also a little of a hoppy twang, and a zip of charcoal.

M - Soft and mellow. Only a bit of carbonation in this one. Creamy, round and chewy.

D - I loved this beer, but I wouldn't drink to many. I have a rough time with caffeine.

Photo of armock
2.46/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap at the Houston Gingerman without being told about the coffee in it. I'll just say it now that I don't like cold coffee or those iced coffee things.

A - Poured a black color with a thin tan head that quickly fades

S - Smells like a pint of cold watered down coffee

T - Has a very strong black coffee flavor that nothing else really came through to me

M - This beer has a thin watery body with medium carbonation to it

D - I can say that I won't be revisiting this beer anytime soon it was very hard for me to drink this beer stay away unless you like cold black coffee

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a packaged on freshness date.

Billowing light brown head towers over the nearly black liquid, good head retention as well. Smells strong of dark roasted coffee, dark unsweetened chocolate and a hint of wood charcoal. Smooth with a lush medium body. Firm coffee flavor from the start holds on to the palate for a long time, firm but not dominant. Malt sweetness chimes in with a quick but faint burnt sugar flavor, then it all goes towards a mild roasted grain tone. The modest hopping lets the coffee shine. Finishes bitter sweet like an iced espresso.

Good stuff here. Certainly not in your face but it does capture the coffee flavor that most brewers seem to miss by either not having enough or becoming too acrid. Very well balanced.

Photo of aval89
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a 12oz bottle linto a pint glass. Poured a nice dark brown with a nice thick head.

S: smells of rich coffee, but not too much. also of maple syrup and a bit of a hoppy smell.

T: rich coffee taste with just the right amount of bitterness.

M: a bit creamy at first, then you get the hops flavor. the coffee flavor is dominant.

D: The drink ability is very good. I would drink this every morning haha. If u like coffee, its for you. Has just the right amount of coffee flavor.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark mahogany with red tints at edges, almost no head and what does form quickly dissipates.

S = The smell of roasted coffee beans is very strong in the nose, although that is the predominant smell, there are also notes of maple syrup, some bitter herbs.

T = Taste is creamy strong coffee of a medium roast, some sweet cinnamon notes and a light bitterness to balance the flavors. The only negative comment is that at mid-palate it seems a little watery and thin in taste.

M = Creamy, heavy body, very good mouthcoating. A great luscious feeling beer.

Photo of jzsams
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a faint ruby red that just peaks through. Head is light brown and about 3 fingers high from a vigorous pour. Head doesn't stick around long and carbonation struggles to the top of the glass.

Aroma is dominated by toasty chocolate and coffee, 100% Kona. Molasses and toasted malt is bullied to the back. Coffee is king in this one.

Mouth feel is creamy at first and hops come through for some pleasant bitterness. Toasted coffee and rich dark chocolate malt dominate. Hugh malt backbone keeps the coffee from being too acidic. Hops are well balanced and linger on the palate.

If you enjoy coffee like I do you will love this beer. A limited release offering that should be available year round.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark with a dark tan head. Translucent at the edges.

S: Great whole bean coffee aroma. I hate when coffee porters don't smell like coffee. This one gets it right.

T: Pop a bean in yr mouth. That is the flavor. Good bitterness.

MF: Maybe a bit to thin. I wanted thicker mouthfeel, too wet.

D: Pretty solid. This one actually surprised me. I truthfully was not expecting much, but it far exceeded expectations for sure. The coffee is well apparent...just like my cup of black coffee in the morning.

Photo of babaracas
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with small khaki head, little retention, lacing all the way down. Smell: not particularly strong black coffee, cocoa. Pretty mild. Taste: predominantly coffee, with roasted, burnt flavors, touch of chocolate. Not much in the way of hops. Mouthfeel: there's a creaminess yet it's pretty thin, finishes like coffee. Pretty good for the coffee end of the porter scale, but there are much better porters out there.

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

12oz bottle into nonic.

Pitch black with a touch of ruby edges at the bottom of the glass. A one finger tan head slowly settles to a thin even cap.

Lots of burnt malts with a little bit of chocolate and plenty of roasted coffee.

The roasty malts are there along with a lot of coffee. A lot of sweet flavors like toffee are in there as well. Very little bitterness. Full bodied.

I really like the coffee-stout/porter combinations that are coming out these day. They go well together. This one does a good job of mixing the two. Recommended.

Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,620 ratings.