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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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1,558 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,558
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 42
Gots: 75 | 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 Oxymoron


3.2/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

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


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

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


4.55/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

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


3.8/5  rDev 0%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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


2.73/5  rDev -28.2%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

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!

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


4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

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!

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


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

03-02-2008 22:50:05 | More by charlzm
Photo of brdc


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Thanks to JohnGalt1 for this one.

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.
Pitch black, with a thin tan head that shows good retention and lacing.
Aroma is not complex, but a very nice combination of coffee and chocolate.
Medium bodied, the taste is just like the nose suggests, a nice balance between a sweeter milk chocolate and bitter coffee.
Not overly complex, but a very nice porter, with high drinkability that makes it a nice session beer.

03-01-2008 23:07:21 | More by brdc
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet malt and coffee hints. In the taste, small, sweet malt and a nice coffee presence all the way through. A small bitter, yet mainly smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. Big coffee, nice body, balanced with a nice hop presence.

03-01-2008 18:27:42 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of m1ked


3.8/5  rDev 0%

Picked this one up on sale at BevMo, $5.99 a sixer, what the hell. Says Limited Release on the bottles. I am suspicious that it isn't really, but have no idea.

A- Pours like a really dark coca-cola. Practically opaque, a little reddish brown at the edges. A brief head, looks a little greasy on top.

S- As I am pouring this one, the smell of....you guessed it, coffee hits me right in the nose. As I go in for a closer smell, deep dark hints of chocolate squeak through the overpowering aroma of...you guessed it, black coffee. I search for other subtle wafts of anything else....nope.

T- Wow, it is like drinking an iced coffee with a little heat to it. The smell of dark chocolate, is substituted for hints of bitter sweet chocolate, some smokey woodiness. An odd bitter aftertaste to it, probably coffee breath.

M- Definetky notice the carbonation, very fizzy in my mouth, a little oily, but not bad.

d- I feel like this is an excellant after dinner drink, like in the place of an espresso or something. I like it, but was hoping for more.

02-28-2008 03:43:44 | More by m1ked
Photo of rxdrewthejew


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

On tap at Island's in Encino.

Brought out in a frosty mug, which was a shame because it would have been much better had it been a bit warmer. What can you do though. Nice looking stoud with a 3 finger, pitted tan head that had impressive retention. Served to cold to get much of a smell. The taste was big coffee with some chocolate sweetness and plenty of toasted malt. Nothing special about the mouthfeel, pretty average for a porter. Not especially thick or thin. Solid flavor on this one, but nothing out of the ordinary. A nice sessionable porter that I would drink again, but don't think I'd go out of my way for it.

02-25-2008 05:58:01 | More by rxdrewthejew
Photo of jmalex


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

A fitting end to my trip to Arizona. What better way to celebrate being done packing than sitting down with a beer. This will be a new one for me and one that I've hoped to find for a while.

APPEARANCE: Pours a surprisingly black color with maroon highlights into a shaker pint (limited glassware at the in-laws). The head is tan and modest in size. It immediately drops to a medium collar with a hazy, spotty surface covering.

SMELL: Well the coffee is certainly here both in roasted barley aromas and with real coffee. It's pretty much dominant in the smell, but a light bitterness as well as some sweet chocolate-type aromas come out as well.

TASTE: Now the taste is almost the opposite. I find myself searching for the coffee in all the chocolate and bitter black malt. It (the coffee) is mostly present on the finish, if anything. A decent hint of diacetyl comes out as the beer crosses the palate.

MOUTHFEEL: I get the feeling that this beer has more body than I think it does, but it comes across as slightly thinner than I'd like. The lower carbonation may add to that, but it's still well within bounds.

DRINKABILITY: Certainly easy to drink. Get a six pack if you're in it for the long haul with these. No reason to switch to anything else. As for me, given that it's insanely difficult to even acquire this beer, I'd be surprised if I ever have it again. But I'd order one if I ever saw it.

Thanks to friends Adam and Christina for recommending the beer. I'm glad I could try it. Hawaii may not be known for craft beer, but I think they can pull it off anyway.

02-20-2008 22:45:08 | More by jmalex
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with a very dark brown color. Head lasts for a good amount of the session.

Smell is of chocolate malts and coffee beans. Very nice smelling coffee beans at that. Chocolate is very strong and pleasant as well.

Rich chocolate malts mix with coffee beans. This is balanced by a lot citrusy hop bitterness.

Decent creamy mouthfeel, but somewhat watery.

A decent coffee porter that I could session easily.

Thanks to gglwebster for the sample.

02-19-2008 07:04:36 | More by jasonjlewis
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,558 ratings.