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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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very good

1,627 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 679
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 56
Gots: 112 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Iguana on 10-11-2006

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Ratings: 1,627 | Reviews: 679
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.

Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dense almost black color, medium size tan head with little head retention. Good thick lacing on the glass. The smell is very mild - malty and a little coffee.

Taste is very impressive. Rich and malty at the start with strong coffee and semi-sweet chocolate following. The finish is a mild roasted, almost smoky malt.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Drinkability is very good. The combination of interesting flavors and a rich mouthfeel are winners. This would be a great winter time session beer.

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

Appearance: Dark, semi-translucent brown with creamy, tan head. Head is a bit loose, but retains pretty nicely. Slight lacing.

Smell: Black, Kona coffee with a touch of sugar. Not at all surprising or complex, but definitely "good."

Taste: Kona coffee, toasted malts, sugar, and a touch of cream. Mild hop bitterness picks up around mid-glass; at the same time, toasted malt flavor steps in front of coffee. Wish I could give this a 3.75.

Mouthfeel: Light body with low carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy, though the crispness seems to kick in as the session progresses.

Drinkability: Very easy, light, and refreshing, though I could definitely imagine myself getting bored with this. Taste seems to change from sweet coffee to toasted malts, becoming more bitter and crisp as well, as the session goes on.

NOTE: One of Wiseman Justin's favorite beers. This review will surely be ammended when he finally gets around to reviewing it.

Photo of champ103
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black. A two finger beige head forms and gently recedes. Good lace is left behind.
S: Lightly roasted sweet malt aroma. Almost no coffee and metallic. Not impressed.
T: Much better. Much more robust roasted malt and coffee. It also has a strange sweet chocolate milk flavor. It is a bit off putting.
M/D: A medium body that is kind of watery and thin. Though well carbonated for the style. Easy and smooth to drink.

A pleasant porter to drink. If the aroma was more robust, and the chocolate milk flavor was toned down this would be a really good beer.

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

Poured into a standard pint a deep cola brown with a thin wispy beige head that was gone ver quickly.The Kona coffee really shines in the aroma along with some roasted nut,mollases,and even a passing shot of piney hop,flavors are heavily roasted and coffee-like with some bitter unsweetened chocolate,finishes with some mollases and a bit of earth.Not overly complex but the coffee is nice and it went well with some bbq smoked sausage I had for lunch.

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ The Ginger Man, NYC:

Pours black with a thick light brown head that descends to a thin patch, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of light roast, some light coffee, some fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet berry-like fruitiness with coffee. Iced coffee finish.

Hits medium-body. Smooth.

Not a bad coffee-ish porter at all, though not as rich as other coffee-accented brews I've had - a bit too sweet - not crazy about the smell or flavor of the coffee in this one, though I liked it well enough. Good - but nothing "great", IMO.

Photo of Onenote81
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is beautiful! Pours a jet black with a nice two-finger tan head resting comfortably on top. Retention is lacking, but the lacing is superb. Perfect rings around the glass after each sip.

Smells of toffee, espresso, and buttered bread. Smells good.

Taste mimicks the smell as I'm tasting coffee, and dark chocolate. Pretty mild bitterness. Fairly balanced throughout.

I like this porter. High drinkability due to its creamy smoothness. Recommend.

Photo of skillerified
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark with some hints of red and brown on the edges. Half-finger head that fades to a lasting cap, creamy looking and off-white colored. Pretty sticky lacing too.

Lots of good scents going on here. Strangly, what jumps at me first is a fruity smell. Hard to place exactly, but a distinctly, non-citric fruit smell. Very sweet. Also layers of chocolate (baked, not really candy-like), bread and, of course, coffee. The coffee is not at all overwhelming. It's only a hint, not the dominant trait as might be expected from a brew that touts its addition of 100% pure Kona coffee. Reasonably complex and very tasty smelling.

The coffee flavor does hit home on the first sip, however. It's strong, but smooth. Tasty all around, but lacking the complexity that the scent had. The fruit and chocolate from the nose don't make it to the palate, which is disappointing. Still tasty, but not as much as one would hope for.

Pretty uneventful mouthfeel. It's light and pretty smooth. A little carbonation bite, but not quite enough to be considered refreshing.

Pretty high drinkability all around. It's reasonably tasty and goes down easy. Should be good with any food that coffee is good with, a lot of breads and maybe some chocolates come to mind immediately. Still a sort of unexciting brew in the end.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black, chocolaty color with a small tan head, decent lacing. Light carbonation. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste is that of Kona coffee (if you know the taste) and chocolate with a slight hop taste as well. No heavy coffee/mocha aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pure heaven, smooth and crisp. An awesome beer. I suggest you try some Kona coffee before you try this beer so you can truly appreciate it.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a rich, chocolaty, opaque brown with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is strong and mainly of coffee with hints of unsweetened chocolate. Roast, smoky coffee taste dominates the flavor, which has a subtle undertone of chocolate. Texture is smooth, and finish leaves a flavor of mocha.

Photo of dippy
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like flat coke, it may have been a poor pour as there was no head. However, look are deceiving.

The smell is straight folgers. All coffee.

Same with the taste. It is all coffee, but it isn't obnoxious. I kept on talking about how this would be the perfect breakfast brew. There was a slight metallic tinge at the finish.

Light carbonation medium body porter but delicious.

Loved this brew. I want it for breakfast everyday.

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

Appearance: Deep, dark, black, like a good cup of premium coffee. So dark you can't see through the beer. Head disappears fairly quickly, leaves minimal lacing behind.

Smell: A sweet, heavy coffee scent with notes of honey and malts. There is a slight aroma of dark chocolate as well.

Taste: Like a cup of weak joe! I can taste the malt and the kona coffee for sure. After a second or third drink I get a hint of hops but its very mild. Leaves an aftertaste similar to my coffee-mouth after my morning espresso.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than I anticipated. The darkness gives an impression that they beer will be heavier than it is. Has light carbonation, any more and it would detract from the smoothness.

Drinkability: Goes down real smooth, nice in the afternoon after a long day. We'll have to wait and see if the coffee in the beer causes caffeine jitters! Toss this beer in with some ice and blend it up for a nice frappuccino that even Starbucks would enjoy!

Photo of Rayek
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep burnt sienna color with a fizzy tan head. The head doesn't stick around long and leaves minimal lace.

S: Smells like espresso and chocolate without much else.

T: Tasted to me like a fizzy cup of espresso. Coffee, chocolate and burnt malt flavors all happen at once. The burnt malt flavor makes up the bitterness, as the hops add no discernible flavor. Finishes with a lingering bitter coffee taste.

M: Medium light body is a bit grainy. A high level of carbonation bites at the tongue.

D: This beer simply didn't do much for me. A good Porter is one of my favorite beers. Throwing coffee into the mix is a clever idea, but is it necessary?

Photo of mbenthall
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: small tan head pours dark brown to black

Smell: Sweet with hints of coffee and caramel.

Taste: Woderfully malty with undertones of rich coffee and roasted malts slight notes of choclate too.

Mouthfeel: rich and creamy with a medium body. smooth finish.

Drinkability: Ahh one of my favorite beers. It is the perfect marriage of coffee and porter. Love this with a beef dinner or just sipping after.

Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Even with a quick smooth pour, there is little head to speak of. Color is very dark brown with a thin layer of white head.

Aroma is sweet carmel and slightly roasty like coffee.

Flavor is smooth and sweet, not too bitter. There is a slight acidic roasted coffee flavor similar to an iced coffee. It's pleasantly mild because it's enough to know it's there without being overly dominant.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a good level of carbonation, if not a little under-carbonated.

Drinkability is very good because it's not too heavy, bitter, or high in alcohol.

Overall a good porter and a very decent coffee beer.

Photo of Lupe
4.94/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to tayner for sending this my way in Beer Powerball

Pours jet black with some traces of brown around the edges. No head or lacing. The appearance is what held this beer from getting a perfect score from me.

Wonderful coffee laced aroma that is sweet and seductive. Lots of chocolate maltiness with a hint of hazelnut.

Awesome dark malt flavors - chocolate, light roast, and strong (yet smooth) coffee. Flavor is not too heavy and amazing creaminess that is present in the flavor and mouthfeel. Nice balance between the sweetness, coffee, and roastiness. Absolutely delicious.

Medium-full in body, silky smooth, creamy, but not too big or cloying. So easy to drink, and enough to keep you interested an coming back for more. I could drink this everyday (mmm....breakfast beer).

Just about a perfect porter.

Photo of apaltrineri
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with short tan head. Little lacing, head dissipates quickly.

Wonderful sweet, chocolately malt aroma, hazelnut tints stand out too. Some earthy leafiness to the hops in the background. Super.

Great balance of dark malt flavors and strong coffee impression too. Not too heavy either. Towards the end of the glass the coffee stands out a bit too much on the palate, the only drawback from this solid American porter.

Slick and smooth taste, with a moderate level of carbonation which doesn't distract.

Overall, a solid entry into the pantheon of porter - with a little less pronounced coffee flavor, this would be a top-notch brew. Would definitely recommend to porter enthusiasts.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I figured this beer would be pretty good from reading much about it in the past year or so. Turns out to be a very flavorful Porter without going extreme on the gravities. The beer begins convincing enough with a brown appearance and moderate head formation / retention-- light on the lacing. Firm aromas of chocolate malts and nutty coffee dominate the beer, with only a light detection of piney hops hiding closely behind. Flavors prefer the cocoa and coffee as well, giving the beer a rich maltiness, medium nuttiness with vanilla and toasty notes throughout. The hops balance well but don't interfere much with the delicate Porter / Brown Ale balance. The beer is silky smooth to the palate in a similar manner as an Oatmeal Stout. There are no problems with this beer at all-- likely the best of the Kona crop.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (thanks Randy) into a pint glass.

Appears near black with a three-quarter inch tan head that sinks down to a skim fairly quickly. A bit of spotty lacing is left behind.

Aroma is coffee, what a surprise. Smells kind of like when you walk down the coffee aisle in the grocery store. Not overbearing, but definitely makes itself known. A faint chocolatey presence is there as well.

Taste is roasty with some chocolate and more of the coffee. It's not quite as intense as I was hoping it would be though. Finish leaves a bitter roast taste in the mouth with a very slight hoppy flavor even.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice for a porter. Smooth and creamy with a medium body.

From the wonderful aromas of coffee in the aroma I was expecting the same in the taste but it's a bit more subdued. Still, it's a good porter and some might find it easier to drink because of the lighter coffee taste. I, however, love the taste of coffee in beer.

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.