Pipeline Porter | Kona Brewing Co.

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Pipeline PorterPipeline Porter

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Iguana on 10-11-2006

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Photo of tillmac62
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOD 9/2/15. Nearly black pour. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of rich dark roast coffee with a hint of roasted barley over a subtle chocolate.

Body is a bit light for the style coming in at heavy light body with a semi-smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is good. It is balanced but not rich in flavor which hurts its complexity. Coffee is present and dominate, but not intense. The middle brings a subtle sweetness and also subtle hop bitterness. The finish is a slow fade of weak coffee.

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Photo of Crumb_Destiny
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Ahh, solid. Taste brings a tall feeling like waves smashing against the rocks of the big island. Looks like half-decomposed macadamia nut husks in the evening. Smells like sun-baked sand and gunpowder. Feels like a puff of smoke.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark brown: Large head (2 fingers), fair lacing.

Smell: Roast, coffee.

Taste: Wow - This thing does deliver on the coffee note: The first sip has me thinking I'm actually drinking it as opposed to beer. A little bitter, but not overly so. No real sweetness of any kind.

Feel: Little thin.

Overall: Interesting beer, but a bit of a "one note wonder," with respect to the coffee; For me at least, there's just not much happening after the initial coffee onslaught. Still, hats off to Kona for delivering on that aspect, as many who advertise coffee in the beers invariably fall short.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Owl House in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark brown, not jet black, though, with a small head, and just a tiny bit of lacing.

Smells like roasted coffee, nuttiness, roasted malt, and unsweetened chocolate.

This is pretty restrained in the coffee department, it's not a coffee bomb like some coffee beers can be. Maybe I wish the coffee was a little more expressive, but it's still definitely there, and it's tasty. With the more subtle coffee, I get some more interesting flavors underneath, roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate alongside chocolate syrup, some earthy nuttiness, and maybe a little bit of caramel sweetness.

This is medium bodied, a tiny bit thin. The lighter body keeps it very drinkable. There's a normal level of carbonation for the style and strength.

This is a good little porter, nothing crazy or out of this world, but very tasty and gets the job done.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pipeline porter pours a black color with a big lacing tan head. There is a very mellow aroma with hints of coffee. The taste is very creamy, hints of coffee. Nice creamy body. Overall, its not a strong coffee beer, but has a nice creamy flavor.

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Photo of dcotom
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a snifter, sampled at cellar temperature. The coffee provides a nice complement to the other flavors in this. Light roasted malts, a slight citrus note. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, but overall well-balanced and highly drinkable.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell: Very creamy, a lot of coffee smell, some maltiness, but the creamy coffee smell dominates.
Taste: A dominant coffee taste at the beginning, then it gives way to roasted malt and hoppiness.
Feel: the aftertaste is more bland than I expect it to be. Medium body.

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Photo of Spacedog666
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter (Avery's 2012 SourFest snifter, in case you were wondering).
Look: Dark. Originally about 2 fingers of head, but has slowly dissipated to half a finger of head over about 20 minutes. Sand colored head. Leaves a nice thick lacing.
Smell: Coffee. Thick musky aroma which is nice, although it could be stronger. Dark chocolate.
Taste: I got more roasted grain in the taste than I did in the smell. Obviously there is some coffee in here which comes through.
Feel: Lighter than anticipated. Slightly watery, but not to the point that it is off-putting. Slightly more carbonated than expected.
Overall: A good beer! If you are at a party with a bunch of dads and want something good to drink, this is the beer for you!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Look: The color of coffee with ruby coming through at the base. A mocha colored head sits on top and only recedes to a thick film -- very good retention. A thick band of lacing follows the beer as it goes down.

Aroma: Roasted grains and more of a dark chocolate aroma more than coffee. There's an interesting spiciness in the aroma as well.

Taste: Charred grains and roasted malts with a nice dose of kona coffee. The coffee really comes through in the taste. The finish confirms the spicy notes in the aroma with a rich chocolate note to conclude the taste profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not too thick or thin.

Overall: Definitely a decent coffee porter with both coffee and chocolate being represented.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had high hopes for this beer due to the "100% Kona coffee" addition. I definitely got it on the nose, but that was about the best part of this beer. The taste is just lacking. I get a bit of coffee, but it's just not there like it should be. Mouthfeel is thin and subpar as well. I think this beer needs a bit higher ABV to really do it justice. At 5.4%, the flavors just aren't there and it's a bit too thin.

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Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking beer in the Ciney snifter, with a pile of foam on the dark brown brew. Head doesn't last long, but it's quite spritzy on the tongue. Light mouthfeel. On the watery side but refreshing. Kind of a musty aroma.

A touch of chocolate. Just barely bitter in the aftertaste. Some faint charred grain with a pleasant roasty undertone. A touch of dishwater in the finish. There is nothing very interesting about this. From the mixed Craft Brews Alliance 12 pack purchased at The Market in Anacortes, Wash.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant deep dark brown under a very finely bubbled 1” tan foam collar that hugs the glass.
S: coffee and dark malt aromas.
T: Tastes like a cross between a beer and a carbonated iced coffee achieving a balance between the roast malt and coffee flavors and finishing dry.
F: Medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: If you like iced coffee you will like this beer.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from bottle. Cloudy reddish brown color with a 3 finger head that left good lacing. Aroma of flowery coffee with just a little chocolate. Backbone taste of roasted malts with a good presence of the floral coffee and just a touch of cocoa. No alcohol or bitterness. My main gripe is the mouthfeel: medium-light body with medium carbonation. It was just short of watery for a porter.
A nice coffee porter. Something I'll look for again at the end of winter.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought this one on a whim. I had it a while back and since I liked Kona coffee I figured what the hell!

Appearance: Kind of a dark brown with a light amount of head that settles pretty quickly

Aroma: Sweet, coffee notes, pretty much what you would expect.

Taste: Coffee is sweet and not overly bitter, pretty standard for a coffee porter, I have had better for sure, but its not bad, pretty much average. Mouthfeel was a little bit watered down and that is the main complaint.

Overall: For the price point it is a decent beer nothing spectacular compared to other coffee porters or stouts, but still not bad really. I enjoyed it fair enough its a shade above average in my opinion.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "Since 1994, Kona Brewing Co. has been committed to making handcrafted ales and lagers of uncompromised quality."; "We invite you to visit our brewery and pubs whenever you visit Hawaii. Mahalo!"; "Fresh, Responsible, Always Aloha"; "A Wave Like No Other Pipeline Porter is full bodied with a rich, smooth, dark roasted malt flavor. A selection of premium hops and 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee complete this limited brew."; "Liquid Aloha".

I love getting a big, quick pour going, especially with the darker beers since the pseudo-cascade is much more visible. This settled into two fingers of thick, rocky, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose had the deep roastiness of coffee, especially my morning brew, which is not for the faint of heart, along with a dark chocolate bitter-sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely of coffee and some dark chocolate. Man, if you like coffee, you will like this, but it was pretty intense. Finish was bitter and dry and I began to contemplate when I would drink something like this. It might go well with dessert, especially in lieu of coffee. It just seemed like more of a novelty than an everyday beer to me.

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Photo of budgood1
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours out an opaque black colour with a creamy looking thin head. wispy lace. aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and nougat. the taste pretty much follows suit, with bitter black malts and coffee dominating the flavour profile. the combination of these throws off lots of residual choco notes. there is a hoppy aspect to this porter that seems reasonable and appropriate. a light bitter finish and lingering coffee flavour round things out. classic porter body and acrid mouthfeel. nice drinkability, seems to hit the spot on a rainy June evening.

overall a tasty coffee infused porter, striking a balance between malts and java. i definitely will revisit this in the winter months. recommended.

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Photo of matjack85
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this at the Jewel/Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single bottle $1.67. It has a freshness date on it of Aug,13, 2013, but it doesn't say if that's a born on date or an expiration date. I'm hoping the former as this is already May of 2014.

The beer poured a really dark brown color and made a 1½-finger tan head that lasted several minutes. Lacing was decent.

The beer smelled like roasted malts and coffee.

This is an absolutely delicious porter. Lots of dark roasted malt flavors combined with caramel sweetness, 100% Kona coffee, and bittersweet dark chocolate. There is also just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

Smooth with a light to medium body and a medium amount of carbonation.

This has moved into my favorite beers list. I'll be going back for full 6-packs in the future.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Opaque amber, with a small tan head, which retains well, with thin, scattered lacing.

Aroma: Strong roasted coffee dominates the aroma, as well as some cocoa and a little molasses.

Taste: The taste opens with roasted coffee, Bitter cocoa, and toasted malt. As the taste progresses, the coffee carries the taste, and the cocoa and toasted malts offer support. There is also a mild undercurrent of sweetness. The taste is remarkable consistent throughout. Finishes with a lingering coffee note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, and full, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very solid and drinkable, well-made.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Cozuma
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:black body with very thin to no head.

S: sweet smokey hickory with mild bitter cocoa

T: Bitter like a stout with a smokey character to it. Deep roast from chocolate malts with some bitter sweet chocolate that's a late arrival. Finishes fairly clean with only some lingering bitterness with a slight nutty character.

M: Clean and smooth easy to drink

O: Pretty good but I'd think of it more on the stout end of the spectrum with roastey flavors similar to guinness. I seem to recall having one with more chocolate coffee character to it but this particular bottle seems lacking.

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Photo of Boggdogg
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First I have to say is wow! Love this beer!

A - nothing special about the appearance which is the only thing wrong with this porter. Pours a typical perfect black color bot small brown head that fades quickly into a very small amount of lacing.

S - terrific with a sweet coffee and roasted malts!

T - almost perfect!! May be perfect!! Definitely into top two. Perfectly balanced for my taste buds sweet honey or caramel prevails with coffee undertones. Best porter I've ever tasted!!

M - full bodied and smooth! No lingering bitterness. Perfection!

O - love it!!!! Great beer. I could drink it every day.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.93/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent porter from Kona. I wish I could find more of the breweries beers Coffee and porter is a good combination and love this beer so addicting as coffee can be. Kudos to Kona Brewing Company for this amazing coffee and porter beer that i love so much

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark almost black, with nice brown head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a nice balance. Can smell the hops, coffee, and roasted malts, but none of the aromas dominate the others.

Taste: A nice mix of hops and malts, and with a hint of roasted coffee. The hops are just enough to balance the malts and provide for some complexity. There are hints of some sweetness from the malt, with a little coffee flavor. There is a nice mix of hop and malt influence in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and with a good body.

Overall: This is an interesting porter. It is better than I expected, and I would buy another case.

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Photo of Bwyard
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Has strong cofee taste. BUt its really good. One of the best ive ever had. Has a nice head and dark color to it.

It tastes very good. I poured into a mug, will probably use a differnt glass next time.

Overall i really like it even though im not a fan of coffee beers.

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Photo of Redrover
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one was part of the variety pack. I really liked everything in it this year and ended up by a couple of the 12 packs.

Poured in to an imperial pint glass, the beer is a dark, dark brown with a skim of tan foam.

It has a nose of dark fruit, roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

Taste leads with dark roasted malts, raisins, brown sugar & coffee. it is slightly bitter from the roast. There is just a whisper of alcohol which is low enough as not to be distracting.
To me the mouth is a touch over carbonated. But it is a bit thick which works.

This is a nice porter and one I'm glad to have had multiple times this winter.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours dark brown with a 1 finger head. Holding it to light reveals a brown color around the sides of the glass, but nearly black in the center cylinder.

S - A coffee smell which I was pleased not to be hit over the head with.

T - Excellent. The coffee is not over powering, not bitter - just right. Very drinkable.

M - A bit waxy in the finish, otherwise good

O - If not the best coffee porter I have ever had, it is right up there. Outstanding. I would recommend this beer highly.

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.