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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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very good

1,580 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,580
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 46
Gots: 83 | 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 Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pipeline Porter pours pure black with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is coffee. So far, so good. I'm not the biggest fan of coffee beers because they tend to taste like green pepper to me, but this one manages to stay away from that. It has a nice coffee flavor that pretty much dominates, but really is in nice harmony with the porter flavor. Pretty enjoyable, I probably wouldn't buy it again, but it's worth a try, especially if coffee flavored beer is something you enjoy.

Drew966, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of bradford
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.
Looked very light for a porter during the pour, not all that dark in the glass, very minimal lacing
Smell was rich with roasted malt, vanilla, roasted coffee
Taste was good. Very roasty and coffee-infused, but overall slightly un balanced and quite shy of perfection
Mouthfeel was pretty thin, so much so that it really distracts and detracts from the beer.
Drinkability is okay. It is a rich beer that that could use so more balance in malt. I still enjoyed the beer but probably won't pay $9.00 a six pack for this ever again

bradford, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Gusler
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer decamps the 12-ounce bottle a rich deep brown to black with sparkling ruby highlights, the moderate creamy light tan head, crowns the glass, upon its demise, the lacing forms a surrounding sheet on the glass. Nose has a deep rich coffee aroma, sweet malt and chocolate back it up superbly, Start has a pleasing roasted grain presence, sweet with a nice twang at the back, top is light to moderate in feel to the palate. Finish as a beneficent acidity, the hops delectable, and the coffee like taste carries to the slightly bitter dry end, a fine porter, quite a nice drinking beer this one.

Gusler, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, like a good cup of joe...would have liked to have a frothy head on it...as it was, it was null.
S: Impressive...deep dark and rich aromas of coffee jump right out at you. I feel as if I should drink this in the morning as well. Has a slight sweet toffee smell near the end.
T&M: Just as the smell would indicate. The kona bean comes straight at you and tends to hover throughout the brew. Very satisfying.The beer is also not as heavy as one would think. It's got a perfect balance.
D: I love this brew and have so in the past...I only wish it was brewed year-round!

July2Nov, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having reviewed the '06 batch on tap, I figure I'd review the new '07 in the bottle. Bottle marked that it was packaged on 9/5 (it's actually contract brewed in CA, as it's cheaper to ship full cases of beer to Hawaii than empty bottles). Cool label -- I like the turquoise, brown, and orange color scheme and the logo -- solitary surfer lugging his longboard, looking out to the break.

Beer pours a dark brown with lighter highlights when held to the sun. Initial loose tan head of fades pretty quickly with some light lacing.

Coffee aromas dominate -- very pleasant and appetizing. Tastes sweeter than the tap version, but the coffee does a decent job balancing the malt with its roasted qualities. Mouthfeel would be more appropriate for a higher gravity, higher alcohol brew, but it goes down smooth enough. Just a little big for a warm Hawaii afternoon. I'd like to try this on tap soon and see if my memories of the tap version (brewed on the big island) being drier and better carbonated are accurate... Either way, this is one of my favorite beers made in Hawaii, but it's got Kona coffee in it, so it's not really fair.

jbsteiny, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Seaoflament for this bottle. I have been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pours an opaque brownish-black with a...ooops, I missed it colored head. I could have swore I saw some bubbles rising up on top, but I guess I was wrong.

The aroma is, not surprisingly, of coffee. Strong coffee. There is some lighter chocolate and some burnt toffee as well.

The flavor isn't quite as strong as the smell is. Coffee is the dominant flavor with a hint of bitter chocolate. I was hoping for a little bit more from this one.

Body could be heavier. If the body wasn't as thin and it was a bit more creamier on the tongue this could be a really good beer. Sometimes I find the mouthfeel can really help or hurt the entire beer and I think this is the case here...it hurts it. I wouldn't turn one of these down, as it was still a pretty good beer, but I won't be searching it out anymore.

Imstillthegman, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a medium black color porter with coke-like carbonation and a very small foamy head that disappeared way too quickly. Aroma of weak coffee notes with some light roasted malt as well. Taste is comprised of weak malt with some roasted bitter notes and some weak coffee notes. Body is way too watery for the style with some low carbonation. I’m not sure if I had a bad bottle but this is definitely not too good.

Phyl21ca, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Jedimaster1
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice brew. It encompasses two things I love: beer and coffee!

A: Dark as espresso. Definitely a porter.

S: Smell of coffee. Hint of chocolate.

T: Very good brew. Lightly carbonated with coffee, espresso tasting. It has a hint of kona, but not as much as I was hoping for.

M: A little too thin for my taste. I was hoping that it would be creamy and smooth rather than thin and watery.

D: I would have to say that this is an easy drinking brew, and with the ABV low, it is a good session beer.

Good beer. A definite try. But unfortunately not as good as I was hoping it would be.

EDIT: Had a couple the other night that tasted creamy and sweet. Maybe it needed to sit a while to grow as I picked up one the first shipments of the brew. Tasted much better, so reflective on my score.

Jedimaster1, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last time it was around but didn’t get a chance to review it properly, fortunately it’s back and this time I was able to buy a six pack.

PDGD on SEP0507, gotta love it when they have a freshness date.

Pours a nice chocolate color with minimal amount of foam. A very thin ring of white bubbles surround the edge of the glass.

Big, fresh coffee aroma with a good dose of roasted malt. Some hints of chocolate, vanilla, and toffee in there as well.

Taste is of sweet malt upfront with a clean coffee finish. There is some burnt coffee flavors and just a little hop bite. Wish it had more complexity, maybe more malt.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, could use some more body and a creamier texture would really do wonders for this beer. Drinkability is high but it’s not really a beer that one would want to drink more than one or two. It does start to get better as it warms up so that would be recommended.

seaoflament, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kona's brewpub in Koko Marina. Nearly pitch black in color. Nice creamy mocha head. The head seems to fall off a bit quick, but there is a nice patchwork of lace left on the glass.

Strong aroma of medium to dark coffee prsent. Not a whole lot else, but that is what this is all about, right?

Good full coffee flavor, in the medium range, nothing like espresso. A bit of chocolate flavor comes in second. Seems kind of like a chocolate covered coffee bean.

A bit thin. Well balanced, as the coffee is not overwhelming. Very low in alcohol. I fouind this to be very enjoyable. A bit more body and creamy feel could make this outstanding. Nonetheless, certainly worth seeking out if you enjoy coffe brews.

Bierguy5, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark brown sporting a 2 finger tan head, good retent, unimpressive lacing though

S- roasted, coffee, semisweet, coffee bean

T- coffee are mellow yet so very obvious throughout entire drinking, bitterness from the beans as well, roasted malts, bittersweet up front, somewhat of a unpleasant staleness at times, loads of coffee flavor and then some

M- medium bodied, carbonation lively, smooth

D- like unsweetened coffee with alcohol. flavor is too much to session, not right type for my taste buds, pretty interesting overall even with its rough spots

tonistruth, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle received via I Want That BIF from flexabull. Thanks for the opportunity. Packaged on Mar19,07.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, forming a 1/2" tan head over the very dark root-beer brown brew. Head fades gradually, with reasonable slow-falling lace. Aroma is light, with dark malt sweetness and coffee apparent only upon working at it. Expect more on a brew that advertises prominently all about the coffee in their brew. Taste is moderate sweetness upfront, with some coffee bitterness at the close, but no real body to either the brew. Mouthfeel is thin, and drinkability is pretty easy, but nothing really makes me want to search this one out again. Was let down here.

ppoitras, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

A: The porter pours a dark brown-black color, something close to the color of black coffee. A two finger head, on pour, of cappucino colored foam sits atop the beer. Post-pour, the head recedes quickly to a small off-white band.

S: The nose has a wonderful aroma of freshly ground coffee that is nicely mixed with a caramel sweetness. The coffee is very enticing.

T: The emphasis, taste-wise, is definitely the kona coffee addition. It adds a robust flavor that that takes control from the first sip. It is paired quite well with a chocolatey roasted malt that has a strong sweetness. That sweetness is paired with the coffee like a tiramisu and espresso, a damn near perfect combination.

M: The ground coffee is strong without overdoing the bitter aspect, therefore I give this a big thumb's up!

D: The abv is low and the coffee porter flavor is well-mixed, this is a good beer no matter how you look at it.

akorsak, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a goblet at 45 degrees
A - Black as ink with a tan head containing fine pin sized bubbles that generate a nice layer of lace.

S - Smell of sweet medium roast coffee. Nice deep cocoa notes compliment the bean aromas

M - Smooth, mild and creamy with roasted textures and a sweet finish.

T - Roasted Coffee w/ creamy porter in a smooth cocoa like blend. Nutty, but only slightly. Mostly coffee and sweet dark malt tastes in the finish - like sipping cold brewed coffee and porter out of two cups with straws. The flavors blend so well.

D - Very tasty coffee accented beer. Maybe the best beer w/ pure coffee added that I have tasted. I found the coffee flavors to be a plus unlike some other reviewers before me. A bit sweet to consume in multiples, and on the rich side, gut still very drinkable.

Slatetank, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - black, light passes through bottom of glass. Thin tan head forms, and quickly recedes.

S - sweet malt, light roast, clean.

T - thin coffee flavour dominates, almost no roasted malt flavour, low bitterness, yet it's not sweet either.

M - comes across as thin and watery. First couple sips had an extremely dry finish, but gets better.

D - I suppose this would be a nice alternative to iced coffee, but as a beer it is nothing more than a curiousity.

Coffee character totally dominates, but the problem is that it's not even a good coffee flavour. Disappointing.

Thanks to Noxious26 for the bottle!

markaberrant, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep auburn almost the color of cola. Head is fizzy and weak, leaving almost no foam once it dies.

S: Iced coffee, milk chocolate, limestone and vanilla.

T: Begins with subdued coffee flavor, but it definitely dominates all the other flavors right off the bat. Creamy milk chocolate comes in next as the coffee dwindles but never goes away. Good amount of vanilla with sort of an unfortunate artificial aspect to it. As this flavor wanes, the chocolate juts up, as does the coffee. Finishes mildly roasted with lingering iced coffee flavors.

M: Thin and hard.

D: Really tasty brew…too bad it didn’t have more body. With a bit more mouthfeel, this could have been a decadent treat.

Westsidethreat, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved this bottle somewhat unexpectedly from flexabull (thank you). Served at just about cellar temperature, into a snifter, from a twelve ounce bottle. Poured a deep brown that looked black in the glass. About a finger and a half of thick, soapy, light tan colored head rose up from the glass with a somewhat vigorous pour. Head retention was decent and some thick lace was left on the glass. Smell: A very pronounced roasted coffee aroma filled my nose, followed by some sweet chocolate notes. Smell was split between bitter and sweet. Taste: bitter rich coffee, smokey roasted malt, and a small hop bite mixed with more coffee in the finish. Pretty smooth and clean porter. Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery with minimal carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good as well.

jaxon53, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a review of the bottled version. Bought this on the Big Island, Hawaii.

Pours a deer dark brown, almost black color, with a nice white head.

Aromas are of dark wet ground coffee beans, with a bit of malty sweetness.

Flavors are dominated by the coffee. If you don't like coffee, you will not like this beer. There is also a slightly burnt/roasted malt like quality, some creamy malts, and a slightly bitter finish. Nice clean porter.

Mouthfeel is ok. A bit too lean on the finish, but still decent.

Drinkability is good. A very nice easy drinking, yet full flavored porter. Very session worthy.

flexabull, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to msubulldog25 for the brew.

Pours a nice clean dark brown color, nice carbonation, quick fizzy little tan head, no sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, lots of toffee/coffee going on. The taste is of roasted malts, and toffee/coffee, the finish is dry. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, my first Kona/Hawaii brew, not bad at all, recommended.

Wasatch, Jun 07, 2007
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my shaker glass. Appears a dark translucent brown color with about a finger of tan head that vanishes rather swiftly. Smells of sweet caramel, milk chocolate and roasted coffee. Tastes initially of bittersweet coffee and cocoa, followed by sweet caramel malts. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but still pretty decent with medium carbonation. A well done porter that I would seek out again.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of bgraney
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, darker than expected. Half finger cocoa head.
Sweet aroma, caramel is dominant. Expecting to pick up more coffee.
Delcious, fantastic flavor. Coffee is there, malts are robust, some chocolate hints and even some noticeable hop flavor. All very well balanced.
Leaves behind a great after taste of roasted coffee and caramel maltiness. The flavors linger for a long, long time.
It may be a bit overwelming for a few glasses but I thoroughly enjoyed two in a sitting.
I like coffee/chocolate porters/stouts a lot and I think this is one of the best.

bgraney, May 20, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Talisker for the trade! Pours a deep black with a thin tan head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is dominated by coffee with dark malts not far behind. The beer is quite tasty for a coffee porter, I still prefer coffee stouts, but this one is very well done. The beer is light to medium bodied and very crisp. This is a very enjoyable beer.

atsprings, May 20, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pure coffee aroma, very fresh , nice soapy head and some lace down the glass. Coffee colour, and medium plus easy drinking understated carbonation mouthfeel. Not much complexity but A good straight up coffee style porter.Sweet dry aftertaste.Thanks for the trade Grub!
On tap 2.5 years later, kind of synthetic in the coffee and chocolate and way too much chocolate.

Sammy, May 19, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at the Kona Brewpub on 4/29/07. Pours a dark, not quite opaque black color with some streams of ruby and purple toward the bottom of the glass. Decent sized tan head forms and stays awhile but leaves no lacing.

Aroma is mostly coffee followed by chocolate and burnt and toasted malts. Some bready aromas as well. The Kona coffee certainly comes through here and I think it is just right: not too much, not too little.

Flavor profile mimics the aromas. Nice coffee flavor that is strong in the beginning but fades rather quickly from the palate. Toasted malts and more bready and oatmeal flavors.

I really liked this beer. Very interesting and the first coffee porter I have had. I had this in the bottle as well but the draft version seemed fresher and more aromatic. Both were delicious and recommend both.

SaCkErZ9, May 07, 2007
Photo of Naerhu
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleasantly surprised to find this beer at the National Azabu Market in Tokyo.

A - Pitch black with, disappointingly, no head.
S - Coffee with soft notes of chocolate and sweet maltyness.
T - Light coffee flavors, mixed with lightly roasty, slightly sweet oaky barley flavors,. It has nice depth of flavor but nothing too forceful. I could see knocking back a six back of these with a rack of bbq'ed baby back ribs.
M - Light body, with average carbonation.
D - My first craft beer I had in a half dozen weeks, I loved every second of it.

Naerhu, May 05, 2007
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,580 ratings.