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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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very good

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 AgingWarrior


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Outstanding American Porter. This brew pours a deep dark brown with a one finger reddish brown head with plenty of lacing.

The smell of coffee and malt is prevalent in this drink. Brewed with Kona coffee, the coffee smell is dominant.

The taste is excellent, with a nice malty taste, excellent mouth feel and a great finish. You can definitely drink a few of these at one sitting.

02-10-2008 01:41:55 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of DoubleJ


3.15/5  rDev -17.1%

On-tap at the Goat Hill Tavern, on to the beer:

Served in a plastic mug, the beer's appearance is what you would expect in a porter. The smell brings to the senses cold roasted coffee beans. In the taste, it's mostly one-dimensional and coffeeish. Not much else in the flavor. A bit thin feeling for a porter with little carbonation, kind of like beer that was left out for a little but. The one-dimensional flavor starts to get overpowering and tiresome.

To be honest, I wasn't impressed much. Next...

02-09-2008 19:04:45 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of BMan1113VR


3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Not the biggest fan because of how one-dimensional this brew is. Pours black with kakhi, smallish head that has decent lacing. Aroma is fully kona coffee and the flavor is the same cup of joe. Mouthfeel is like drinking a coffee flavored soda. Okay and original.

02-07-2008 17:13:19 | More by BMan1113VR
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

(Served in an American pint glass)
packaged on Nov1507
A- This beer pours a jet black body that is clear and big bubbles can be seen when they bump into the side of the glass. There is a light tan head that last as a thin film for bit.

S- The smell of roasted black malt is smooth and blends with the distinct Kona coffee smell. There is a slight tartness to the coffee which is a bit odd with the roundness of Kona beans which smells like they have been lightly roasted.

T- The soft taste of dark roasted malt blends with a tangy tartness and a smooth soft Kona coffee flavor that has no bitterness at all. The finish has a hint of dark malt but is pretty clean.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture and a clean finish.

D- There are some nice dark malt flavors but they are light and overpowered by the tangy quality. Kona coffee is not something I really drink but I like the unique smoothness that it adds to this beer, I just wish there was more of it.

02-06-2008 19:55:22 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of cjgator3


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malt and fresh coffee. The taste, much like the aroma, is roasted malts with a bitter finish that produces more of the coffee flavors that were present in the aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy like a good porter should be. Overall, this is a pretty solid porter that is recommended.

02-04-2008 23:17:03 | More by cjgator3
Photo of number1bum


4/5  rDev +5.3%

Got this one from mymrnngjckt. Thanks Kevin.

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, and nearly opaque, with about a finger and a half of coffee colored head. Retains a thin lace and leaves a bit of stick.

Smells of coffee and some roasted malt, a bit of bittersweet chocolate and fruit.

Taste has a light sweetness and bit of fruity flavor that is typical of a porter, and the coffee isn't as pronounced as I had expected. Some chocolate flavor, roasted malt, coffee too. Good balanced flavor, not as robust - especially in the coffee department - as I had hoped but still quite tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat dry through the finish. Carbonation is appropriate.

This is a tasty and very drinkable porter. I'd have this again.

02-03-2008 20:38:41 | More by number1bum
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

This pours jet black, with one finger of creamy off-white head, which leaves a little lacing as I drink it. The aroma didn't suprise me, and it pleasantly mocha. It doesn't smell like a sharp bitter coffee, and seems to err more towards a rich creaminess, accented with caramel and hazelnut. The flavour picks up on all of this, and revels in a smooth coffee creaminess, followed by a slightly sweet, nutty long finish. Very light carbonation and a perfect body for a porter, combined with what I have already mentioned, makes this a very drinkable proposition.

01-28-2008 15:56:39 | More by bobsy
Photo of dbalsock


3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

App: 2 finger vanilla head sits upon a black body. There's some lacing, but it's not super attractive.

Smell: Rich roasted coffee with a nutty caramel background. Definitely an american porter, and a little scent of alcohol.

Taste: Creamy coffee taste, not burnt... which is lovely, but it's definitely deep roasted.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol hints at making a presence and the body is a little thin. The bitterness is flat and comes from the coffee and roasted malts.

Drinkability: I would love to try this on cask, but I'm about done with the six pack I bought. (by done I mean, I don't want any more)

01-28-2008 05:47:57 | More by dbalsock
Photo of athensbeermaster


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

Tried this tasty porter in Venice,Cali. At a cool surfer burger bar. The color was deep dark brown with a dark looking head that remained there for a while. Strong aroma of coffee and roasted malts. The first taste i get is chocholate and hazlenut. The mouthfeel was big and silky.
with a dry coco finish. Overall a classic big body porter with a great coffee taste!

01-25-2008 03:04:19 | More by athensbeermaster
Photo of lpayette


4.18/5  rDev +10%

Thanks to my friend and fellow BA dbalsock for this brew.

Kona's pipeline porter pours the perfect color for a porter- dark but not pitch black. The head is somewhat lacking as it quickly turns into a thin ring around the perimeter.

The coffee flavor is done flawlessly with a perfect balance that lets you know it's there, yet does not overpower the more subtle flavors of deeply roasted malt (black patent?), and a delicate hopping that suggests a traditional approach.

The mouthfeel is perfect for a porter in my opinion. They've done a great job of keeping this just the right fullness in body to keep it from falling into stout or brown ale territory.

All in all, a great beer that proves to be compelling and highly drinkable.

01-24-2008 01:22:43 | More by lpayette
Photo of josiahschlender


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into a pint glass from the tropical themed bottle, this porter had a medium tan head that faded moderately fast. Just a little bit of lace. Dark in color. Typical porter!

I'm not exactly sure what a typical porter smell is, because it seems like there's a lot of variation in the style. Kona says it all though. This beer smells like coffee. Not quite a french roast black, but middle of the road coffee roast with some sweetness. That sweetness and touch of toasted bread is faint but there. Very little hops that I'm noticing.

Taste is also dominated by the coffee. I like the focus and execution of it. The dark roast flavors of coffee and malts go great together. Sweetness is balanced by subtle hop bittering.

Viscosity reminds me of a strong french press. Not as weak and watery as a cup of drip, but not quite the espresso crema that I was hoping for. More quantity of malts to fill out the taste and fill out the mouthfeel would take this to an outstanding beer. Not bad in it's own right, but it could be improved upon.

01-17-2008 04:41:28 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of Natural510


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured on-tap without much head, but a very dark color which was not transparent when held to light.
Smells & tastes like a sweet cup of coffee. Taste similar to one of those bottled Starbucks Cappuccino drinks...very sweet coffee & malted aftertaste. Not very hoppy, which is probably good given the flavors going on here.
Went down very smooth, almost like a nitro-stout (Guinness/Murphys). Best served as an after-dinner drink. Would order again.

01-14-2008 07:50:49 | More by Natural510
Photo of Halcyondays


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown, with a medium off-white head, which leaves some rim lacing.

S: Coffee beans and more coffee beans.

T: Coffee definitely, but has a full malt character as well, and a nice burnt sugar mixed with mocha capuccino note in the aftertaste.

M: Light enough to drink quickly, but as a porter I think it needs more robustness.

D: A nice beer from Kona, might pick up a six-pack later, a nice, tasty drinking beer.

01-13-2008 06:28:17 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of HotterThanHell


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Drank this little brew from a Pint glass sitting in the hot tub. Nice dark color with a fairly creamy head which was a khaki color but didn't last very long.

The aroma of this beer is fantastic. Coffee prevails as the dominant source, but a bit of sweet malt comes through so you know it is actually a beer.

Taste is a bit bitter but very good. The coffee flavor is there but no longer dominant as the dark roasted malt flavor is in the forefront.

Overall a nice coffee/porter that I enjoyed quite a bit.


01-12-2008 20:30:32 | More by HotterThanHell
Photo of BretSikkink


3.8/5  rDev 0%

12 oz. bottle poured into chilled handle mug at Islands Restaurant.

Opaque, decent tan head looks pretty alright, even if it's got a few too many larger bubbles. Retention and lacing are a bit spotty, docked a half point for that.

Aroma is terrific; strong of coffee, retaining good bitterness and richness of nose. Well done. Flavor loses a little in translation as the coffee is still present but not as in your face as I'd hoped.

Mouthfeel is decently thick, not terrific, but very serviceable. Nicely drinkable, I enjoyed it with a BBQ burger and it held up without overpowering either that flavor or the wonderful fries. Solid, dependable porter, easy to drink, but not quite the home run I was hoping for from Kona.

01-07-2008 03:34:14 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of wagenvolks


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Split w/ trep.

The pour isn't overly spectacular: a dark brown body, semi-opaque, with a thin chestnut cap. Retention is mediocre and lacing is absent. The aroma is one of the highlights of this beer, with its earthy, coffee bean smell.

The first taste brings about a sensation of cold, dark coffee. On second sip, it's not that strong, but it does conjure flavorful java notes. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a good carbonation level and a near lackluster finish. The coffee just doesn't carry through like it should. Drinkability is decent for a porter: it's complex and quite tasty, but not one I'd go nuts over if i came across it again.

01-06-2008 08:20:23 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of NDPDuke


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint. 12 oz bottle straight from excellent trader Nitrogen.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a thin head. Head rescinds quickly. Looks like a porter, a beautiful porter at that.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, malts all come to mind when I took a smell of this beer. Enjoyable. If the beer tastes like it smells, I'll be happy.

Taste: Like the smell, I quickly taste the coffee and roasted malts. Not too strong, not too faint. A rather enjoyable taste through and through.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Good feel in the mouth. The taste stays the whole way.

Drinkability: I could drink a bunch of these in a row. This beer is wonderful and easy to get through. It is a decently strong porter that could even be a good session beer. Unfortunately I got this through a trade. I do not know when I will be able to enjoy this again.

01-06-2008 01:10:44 | More by NDPDuke
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4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

Pours pitch black and thick out of a 12oz bottle. One finger of tan head stays for about half the beer. Nice lacing.

Smells good, roasted malts, caramel, molasas, coffee dominates.

I love the flavor of this beer. Dark roasted malts start, sweet caramel/cream leads into a strong coffee finish. The addition of coffee really compliments the roasted malts. Creamy finish leaves you wanting more.

Beer is heavy and creamy in the mouth like a porter should be. Nice amount of carbonation, overall a great texture and mouth feel.

Overall this is a fantastic porter, one of my favorites. This is the first time I've had it from a bottle, I was happy to find it and I bought five sixers of it ;). Try this beer!

12-26-2007 02:57:31 | More by GAPit
Photo of Dogbrick


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to mmmmBEEEER for sharing a bottle. This Porter is a deep dark brown color with a medium thin tan head that has decent retention. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee and hops, plus some roasted grain. Medium body with a nice coffee character. Roasted malt, hops and chocolate flavors are all present. The finish is maintains the coffee flavoring with some burnt malt and leaves a lingering hops aftertaste. This beer is pretty solid all around.

12-19-2007 20:59:35 | More by Dogbrick
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New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours with a light brown, two-finger head that goes quickly to a thin layer, leaving a trace of lace. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Deep mahogany color. Nose is roasted coffee. Flavor is smooth, slight sweetness with
strong coffee, clean finish. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Haggens Beaverton, OR.

12-14-2007 06:02:33 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Tolann


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Pours syrupy into the glass. Little head that disappears quickly. Nearly opaque black/brown in color.

S - First smells of a typical sour porter. Roasted malts and espresso I think will come out more as this beer approaches room temperature. (It did get better as it warmed)

T - bright and somewhat earthy coffee. Slight sourness and bitterness of the porter.

M - rich coffee on the exhale. The coffee really comes thru. very pronounced coffee feel.

D - Good, not too heavy, enjoyable. But not the best coffee porter I've had.

I'd like to have a pound of this coffee every month.

12-12-2007 04:35:42 | More by Tolann
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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

P: 12oz bottle

A: Dark brown/black itha finger of off-white foam that quickly lowered to a minimal cover and lacing.

S: Roasted sweet vanilla and roasted malt.

T: As a coffee geek the roasted malt then burst of coffee and slight vanilla and sweet malt is a great and refreshing ‘pick me up’ beer!

M: The ‘thin’ porter profile is helped with the roasted coffee really engages the entire mouth that I have been enjoying since I ‘stumbled’ upon this at this past GABF.

D: I have stocked up on this, along with DFH 60, Old Rasputin as my ‘go to’ beers of choice.

12-09-2007 06:55:08 | More by NitroGen
Photo of BeerManDan


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

When poured, it was a very dark brown, on the verge of black. No foam or lace to speak of. The smell of sweet roasted malts filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. Also, there was a hint of coffee bean. The flavor was of mild roasted malts and coffee, with a hint of chocolate. Nicely balanced, another winner from Kona Brewing! I'd give it another extra half point if I was in the islands, sitting on the lani looking out at the ocean.

12-07-2007 00:38:33 | More by BeerManDan
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a thick tan colored hed that has pretty good retention and leaves a bit of lace. Aroma is of coffee of course along with some chocolate. Smell is a bit faint. Taste is of coffee obviously as well with a nice roasted bitterness. I think the coffee presence here is nice. Not overpowering but you still get a nice coffee flavor as you would expect from a coffee beer. I would however, like a little more malt character. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than you would like. Nicely drinkable beer for someone who enjoys coffee such as myself.

12-03-2007 03:28:08 | More by hckyfn9999
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for $1.50.... shared with my fiancee ... my half enjoyed out of a red wine balloon.

Pour is nice.. lite tan head floats on top of a bubbly cold cup of coffee... little lacing, but sticks around for a while.

Smell is fantstic... coffee and porters go hand in hand. Smell is deep and fresh ground and fresh brewed coffee. Roasted grains are easily mistaken for the coffee and no real hops to mention. Could use a little sweetness... but oh well.

Taste is the same... big rich java.. roasty grains are also all over the place... Coffee acidity is easily mistaken for a good bracing of American hops. A little watery on the mouthfeel... needs some sweetness... lactose (milk) ... or caramel malts (sugar) ... still very nice... I like this brew a bunch. Also, just my opinion, this brew could do with a little less carbonation ... mine was prickley to the point that other flavors were stripped away before identification.

That being said, it is every bit as good and a much better value than the Meantime.

12-01-2007 07:25:07 | More by JohnGalt1
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,558 ratings.