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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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1,600 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,600
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 50
Gots: 89 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Iguana on 10-11-2006)
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Photo of srandycarter
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

srandycarter, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

stumac, Oct 14, 2008
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.

popery, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Tolnik
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Tolnik, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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

tai4ji2x, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Haybeerman, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

djeucalyptus, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of righlander
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

righlander, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

bkilpatr, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark opaque black tinged with mahogany with a nice frothy cocoa colored head which leaves nice oily lacing.

The nose has the expected coffee scent, with chocolate and soy tones and a touch of clean hops.

Taste is somewhat bitter on the palate initially though with a nice malt presence too. The taste of rich dark coffee develops but doesn't overwhelm the clean finish. Nicely balanced!

Mouthfeel is medium, a touch oily and somewhat chewy, carbonation is low which seems just right.

One of my favorite porters now, rich with roasted malts and dark coffee overtones and I find very drinkable. Kona's pale ale is my stand by right now and this dark seasonal is right up there too.

BlackBearForge, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this beer had a black color and a pretty thick texture. Not a whole lot of head, but some good lacing.

S: Very strong smell of coffee, more than anything else, but also some malt and a tiny bit of hops.

T: Like the smell, the coffee element dominated the taste. Also had some maltiness. An oddly pleasing taste.

M: A fairly high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Pretty full-bodied.

D: This is one of those odd beers that despite its lack of complexity in the taste department, it's still quite drinkable. An interesting beer.

avalon07, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of jkdrummer
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this "Limited Release" on the shelves of Fred Meyer for $7.99/6

Pours a nice heady thick beige colored head -- but alas, dies into a thin thin ring of lace.

Smells nice! Like a Starbux beer. Roasted coffee dominates the aroma.

Tastes nice -- coffee, again, dominates the taste as well. Nice finish for a porter, no burnt flavors. Hints of chocolate as well.

Kinda sweet but I did detect some bitterness in there.

Recommended - a good porter but nothing like the Sierra Nevada or Deshuettes Black Butte.


jkdrummer, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of GimpyCane
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown with a caramel hue shining through the rim. A nice two finger creamy beige head followed that left a good amount of lacing.

S: Upfront I got the subtle scent of newly open coffee container. Somewhere in the middle cocoa powder shines through. I could not detect any hop aroma.

T&M: Medium body, smooth, small bubble carbonation(subtle) and dry ending. Taste the coffee upfront with a hint of dark chocolate and wheat bread. The hops are very subtle.

D: Well balanced with the coffee, sweetness from the malt, feel, and even subtle hops.

Overall, I like this brew alot. A great and different porter from what's available in Florida. I had it with a waffle,egg and ham topped with brie cheese and syrup for dinner and it was the bomb. Enjoy

GimpyCane, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a bubbly, beige head.

Smell: Coffee-scented nose with notes of dark malts, unsweetened chocolate, and a hint of dark caramel.

Taste: Sweetened Breakfast Blend coffee with traces of chocolate and caramel. Not too terribly much in the way of hops or bitterness, but this serves to allow the coffee flavor to rest leisurely on the palate. Chocolate dosed coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A surprising, subtly tasty treat with a reasonably, sensible ABV. I'll have another, please.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cool from a 12 oz twist off brown bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours with a modest off-white head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave lacing. Color is a dark mahogany brown.

Aroma has nice roast and coffee aroma with some mealy dark malt.

Flavor is akin to flat diet cola with a notable old coffee taste, maybe with some subtle chocolate aftertaste. Bitterness seems to come from the coffee more than hops.

Mouthfeel is thin, like a mix of cola and coffee, no hops, no body.

Drinkability is good. This is not too bad and I'd have another, but it's not my idea of a "porter", even a coffee porter.

BattleRoadBrewer, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish/black - coffee colored, with a small 1/8 inch head. Smells of beautiful roasted coffee dominates the malts. First sip is pure coffee heaven. Fairly light bodied, carbonated well. If you like coffee and coffee infused beers, you will not be disappointed with this fine beer from out 50th State.

ATLbeerDog, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of joekfsu
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours pitch black with 1 cm of thick tan head that diminishes into a thin oily layer. Aroma of espresso/coffee, very strong. Initial flavor is smokey malts. Flavor becomes a little more bitter by the end from the coffee. Aftertaste is all coffee and limited in duration. Light to medium body, limited lacing, light carbonation, and limited alcohol presence. Overall a nice coffee porter.

joekfsu, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Oxymoron, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of mhewes
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mhewes, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Wetpaperbag, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Goldorak
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Goldorak, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of sulldaddy
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

sulldaddy, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of RobH
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

RobH, May 10, 2008
Photo of Phillyduke
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Phillyduke, May 06, 2008
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

YonderWanderer, Apr 26, 2008
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,600 ratings.