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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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1,616 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,616
Reviews: 678
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 53
Gots: 100 | FT: 1
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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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.

Photo of RoBotGod
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy the weight of this beer. The majority of the coffee infused beers that I have had are way over the top. They are good but so rich that you usually just sit down to have one of them. This porter has a good enough balance that you still get the coffee flavor that you are looking for, but it doesn't weigh so had on the belly. The coffee is good up front and then followed by a thin porter malt. good mix

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

Pours a dark, cola-like brown. Thin tan head. Smells strongly of roasted cofee. Taste: again, delicious coffee, some mild chocolate notes, and a bit of malt with a definite roastiness. Not the thickest mouthfeel, but palatable.

Surprisingly good. I mean, I was pretty shocked. There were more Hawaiian brews sitting right next to it on the shelf. I could drink this every day.

Photo of srandycarter
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, great head, about 1 inch off white. Webby lacing.

S - Shazam! Huge bitter coffee, earthy, a little skanky (in a good way).

T - Disappoints that taste is thin only lightly mirrors smell.

M - Same complaint for MF - so promising from smell, then very average.

D - No worries there. Very drinkable.

Photo of stumac
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours black. I'm in dim lighting so maybe its dark brown. quickly fading off white head. good lacing. it has a delicious aroma! coffee bean, nutty, cocoa bean, amazing coffee aroma! the taste is coffee bean, roasted malts, subtle spicy hop balance, sweet malts. medium to light body, low carbo. A super badass beer! I dig it....My new fave session Porter!

Photo of popery
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark brown with a light brown head. The smell and taste are both primarily coffee and malt. It is the truest coffee taste of any beer that I've had so far, but it's ultimately a bit sweeter than I'd prefer. The sweetness isn't particularly cloying for the flavor of the beer, but it's still prevalent and a bit unbalanced. The beer tends to the sweet end of the spectrum without enough balancing bitterness. It's enjoyable as an occasional treat but too sweet coffee-dominant without enough beerishness from malt or otherwise.

Photo of Tolnik
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The port pours as a deep dark brown with wisps of brown. When poured from the bottle it gives a good steady head that recedes to wisps of trail.

The smell gives a good earthy coffee aroma.

While the taste also agrees with the earthy coffee it is one that tastes of a black with no sugar nor milk added in.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

found this in beijing, china. imported by ACBP www.realbeer.com.cn

importer label says bottled jan 17, 2008. poured into tulip

dark brown with slight amber hue, almost opaque, but clear amber brown on edges. some head, but soon fades to just a thin ring. no lace.

some roasted malt aroma peeks through, with earthy and mineral/metallic whiffs. hint of caramel. hint of acidity? coffee is very faint.

some charred malt and coffee/stout-like acidity start things out, with mild to moderate bitterness and earthy character. underlying dextrins give some sweetness, savoriness and smoothness. all a bit subdued however, and the actual coffee flavor is similarly quite weak.

slightly watery, but smooth with just touch of acidity and astringency. mild to moderate carbonation gives bite up front but quickly gives way.

drinkable, but not too impressed

Photo of Haybeerman
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, opaque brown/black color; some reddish tones when held up to the light. Poured less than a one finger thin, light tan head. Light, inconsistent lacing.

S: Big roasted malts and strongly bitter cofee. Probably too cold when I started as it got mellower as it warmed.

T: Coffee was definitely there but wanted/expected it to be more prominent. The coffee imparted a unique finish to bees of the style.

M: Not too thin and not syruppy; think they struck a nice balance. Silky smoot; carbonated just right.

D: If you like porters for variety, you shouild try it. It was a very pleasant beer in gulps or sips and probably a little less filling than some.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember not being overly thrilled with this one a few years ago, so I decided to revisit it and give it another shot. Poured from a 12oz bottle.

a. dark oily brown color with some mahogany accents. It's a bit lighter and more caramel coffee colored than I had anticipated. A decent one-finger mocha colored head slowly faded leaving minimal oily and sticky lacing.

s. strong aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans dominates. Rich ground coffee undertones carry, with some subtle sugary sweetness and a bit of light malt breadiness at the tail of the nose.

t. Coffee is still pretty strong, and almost masks many of the malt flavors. As it warm, rich toasted malt comes through stronger, and a bit of more roasted malt rears its head, as does an unfortunate burnt-coffee taste. Bitter hops are practically non-existent, replaced by a slightly bitter, slightly salty coffee-malt. Not as deep or rich as I was hoping, this is definitely a light porter with some decent coffee flavors.

m. A bit on the light and thin side for a porter. Smooth with medium carbonation makes it easy drinking and relatively light, which kind of works with the less-than-powerful flavors... but I feel like a bit thicker could have done wonders for the flavor profiles.

d. Mouthfeel and smoothness are there to make this one easy drinking, but there's a bit of salty toast and bitter coffee (a la burnt starbucks) that makes it a bit of a task to drink. I can't say I was craving a second.

It's not bad, and I'd recommend it to those not too well versed in coffee porters/stouts, and those looking for something a bit different. But in the Northwest, where coffee and beer reign supreme, I feel like this one falls behind a bit into just a step above mediocrity.

Photo of righlander
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a straight black with little head. Decent sticky lace.
Smell is almost straight coffee.
Taste is very coffee like... good coffee though. Mild hop presence, creamy and oatmeal maybe.
Carbonation is very light. It has almost a flat feel to it. Not as full bodied as most porters but not too offensive.
Drinkability is hmm... i can't picture drinking more than one of these, there's this weird creamer taste going on too.
Basically- it tastes like iced coffee. This is a beer you would have to be in the mood for to drink.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/28/08.

Pours a very dark brownish black with about two fingers of light brown head, no lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of milk and dark chocolates, roasted malts, and dominated by dark roasted coffee. Smells delicious. Darn good for something that came out of a six pack at the grocery store.

The taste, unfortunately, is much more subdued than the aroma. The coffee taste is definitely there, but it's much lighter than the aroma hints at. The chocolate and roasted malt are also there, just not as much. The finish is fairly bitter.

Feel is decent for a porter. It's a bit thin and watery. Carbonation is very low - it has just enough to keep it from being flat. Drinkability is relatively poor. After awhile it just feels like I'm drinking a cold cup of coffee. And cold coffee isn't exactly the most appealing thing to me. Finishing the bottle was rather difficult.

Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,616 ratings.