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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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680 Reviews
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Reviews: 680
Hads: 1,666
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 18.9%
Wants: 63
Gots: 146 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Iguana on 10-11-2006

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Reviews: 680 | Hads: 1,666
Photo of neenerzig
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a pretty dark brown color with some nice ruby highlights when held up tot eh light. Certainly not the darkest porter I have ever seen. The tan head is about an inch tick when first poured before settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass, some nice surface coat spots of foam, and pretty good lacing. Aromas of caramel malt along with some fairly strong roasted coffee notes and hints of chocolate. The taste pretty much follows suit, some roasted caramel malt sweetness upfront along with roasted coffee bitterness and hints of dark chocolate. No discernible hop flavor here. Has a crisp, slightly prickly, slightly chewy, frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer should be. A good, solid beer here, but nothing outstanding. Worth a try for sure.


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Photo of secondtooth
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with ruby highlights. Solid head of fine tan foam, and thin tree-line lace.

Nose is mocha with a touch of coffee up front. Maybe a little chocolate.

Taste is where it all comes together -- I get a very coffee-oriented flavor, no doubt due to the Kona coffee infusion. There's a hint of roasty chocolate submerged, but the overwhelming taste is, without a doubt, yummy coffee.

Coffee haters should probably steer clear of Pipeline Porter, but for anyone who appreciates coffee and beer both, this is a worthy marriage. Would drink more of these (and probably will).

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Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, almost black beer. It has brown highlights when he'd to a light source. The aroma has mildly roasty scent, a little malt and some coffee qualities. No real hop smell. More roast and slightly burnt qualities in the taste. Dry. Nice bitterness. The body is of medium heft. Drinkable and enjoyable, but not outstanding.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 9/25/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler.

Poured into a brandy snifter. This Porter (made with 100% Hawaiian Kona coffee) contains 5.3% alcohol. Pours a deep dark brown that is close to black with a 2-finger tan head that disappears quickly. No lacing was seen actually.

The nice aroma of coffee with roasted malts hits you right up front. The taste was even better with some chocolate overtones also. Very smooth and no bitter aftertaste. Sad that I only bought a single bottle to try from World Market in Minneapolis, Minnesota last weekend. Wish I would of bought a few 6-packs for the $8.29 they were asking..

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Photo of thlayli87
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep brown with thin head of coarse tan foam that quickly dissipates. No lacing to speak of.

S - Roasted grain, coffee, and hints of earthy aroma

T - Roast, coffee, hint of chocolate

M - Mouthfeel is a little thin. Mild creaminess. Pleasant.

O - I was expecting more intense roasty flavor since Kona coffee is so strong. The flavors that are there are good, I just wanted a little more depth. Mouthfeel could also have been a little thicker.

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Photo of jesster64
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good color and smell. Head disappears quickly. You really get a great burst of coffee flavor from the first mouthfull. You have to be in the mood for it, but I really enjoyed it. Would buy again, which is my best recommendation. Only drawback is I wouldn't drink more than 2 at one sitting.

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Photo of Profchaos20
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/12/13 12 oz bottle in a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours dark brown with a half finger tan head that dissipates immediately.

S - Roasted coffee beans with roasted malt too. Coffee is the stronger aroma but not overwhelming.

T - Roasted malt upfront, light coffee in the finish and a little bitterness.

M - Light to medium body, medium to high carbonation.

O - I enjoyed the aroma everything else was alright. A little boring for a coffee porter.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black; frothy tan head, long lasting

Aroma: Heavily roasted grains; sweet; coffee

Taste: Thin on start; quick coffee hit that fades into roasted grains; finishes thin and no lingering aftertaste on palate

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of GoldHorde
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


I have found over the years that I prefer the creamier, maltier mouthfeel of stouts over the thinner mouthfeel of porters. Porters are to be desired for other reasons - and I think, number one, that they should always be dry/bitter - never sweet/sour. Lately I've tended to favor the porters that are brewed with a bourbon edge, albeit a slightly sweet accent, I think that it favors the category nicely.

This beer was right down the middle of the porter category but it favored sweet caramel malt. It was brewed with Kona coffee and the flavor was present.

A perfectly drinkable beer BUT I would neither use it as an introductory porter to a novice or as an example of a porter style at an instructional/recreational beer tasting - more at> "an envelope pusher".

A = Opaque dark brown with a nice head and stubborn lacing.
S = Definitely porter style, sharply caramel malt with light hop tang
T = Coffee prominent as expected
M = Porter style thinness (one always anticipates dark = heavy malt)
O = An easily hittable pitch - but left me looking

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Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On nitro at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with amber edges below a two finger frothy off white cap. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured dry cocoa and a touch of caramel.

The taste consisted if an initial roasted barley that was rounded out by a secondary lactose sweetness.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style.

Overall a tasty porter.

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Photo of socon67
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a brown foam that settles. Some patchy lacign is noted. Slightly carbonated.

S - Up front smell of coffee that has notes of licorice and dark fruit. Not much in the way of malt but overall a nice aroma that is better as th ebeer warms.

T - Sweet flavors of candy and fruit that ends with a slight bitteness of coffee beans. Some rasoty feel in the taste. Not as strong as some of the big porters bit this does the trick.

M - Easy drinking, and a sessionable porter that would be easy to enjoy. Minimal amount of carbonation. Leaves a warming coffee bite on the palate.

O - I think Koko Brown is my favorite of the staple Kona lineup, but this is a good #2. An easy to get sessionable porter that you can enjoy year round.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate brown with ruby glints and a beige head that doesn't hand around but leaves speckles.
Smoke, meat and espresso off the nose.
Big cold coffee hit, suggestions of licorice and blackberry, a slight roasty hit and mild branchy hops.
Birch beer finish and tightening linger.
Light to medium, some chew, clingy.

Well, it sure is coffee. Not sure there's enough of a porter underneath. Still, nice easy sipper.

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Photo of bensbeers
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich black; not much light penetration; a light 1/2 inch that dissipates quite quickly. Smells of roasted coffee beans; caramelized sugar; a bit smokey with a hint of fruity sweetness-bananas maybe? Taste is mostly rich, roasted coffee; not as much sweetness on the tongue as there was on the nose, but it's not unpleasantly bitter. Mouthfeel is lightly effervescent; light bodied; taste of coffee and bittersweet chocolate lingers on the tongue; highly drinkable.

Overall, I would not call this a smooth porter, but rather a beer-drinker's porter. This sometimes carriers a negative stigma, but don't let that mislead you. Pipeline Porter has rich and distinguished flavors and scents, but is incredibly easy to drink. Since the coffee flavor was a bit too strong for my liking, I will not likely seek this out again; however, I would be interested in trying this on tap. I'd also recommend to someone who enjoys coffee porters/stouts. Cheers.

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Photo of Moose90
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Packaged On: Aug 18 12 @ 15:04
Tasted On: Feb 17 13 . . . Quite Old I Suppose

A – Pours a deep dark yet translucent brown, not black. 1" head dissipates rather quickly in retreat, lacing is okay, but nothing too nice.

S – Musky, sweet, and earthy. Almost scotch ale aromas, sweaty malts, though some sweet chocolate malts come through here.

T – Dry bitter deep roasted coffee notes, some light cocoa powder as well. Not as earthy as the nose would suggest.

M – Medium body, perhaps a bit thin for the style. Crisp and dry, more so than anticipated.

O – Nice, light coffee notes, the nose is misleading, but it is absolutely a coffee beer, very easy drinking.

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Photo of hardy008
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a 3 finger tan head, with good retention and spotty lacing. the aroma has coffee and dark roasted malt.

The taste has coffee, dark roasted malt, and a small amount of chocolate. Not really bitter or sweet, just some place in the middle. Not bad, but at the same time too generic.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Nothing really good or bad stands out. Kind of average. I wish the body had not been as thin, and that there was more chocolate flavor.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I have been wanting to taste more from Kona Brewing for a while, ever since I tasted the excellent Fire Rock Pale Ale. I finally got around to it... This porter is an appropriate dark shade of brown, nearly opaque, with a bubbly head, similar to Cola. The head diminishes to barely cover the top of the beer after a few minutes. There's some remnants that cling to the side of the glass, but not much. The aroma is very pleasing and fresh - like a cafe mocha topped with whipped cream. The taste trumps the aroma... the 100% Kona coffee flavor is one of the most distinct in any beer I have ever tasted! It's quite toasty and towards the tail end of the flavor there's a tiny hint of hops. The beer is very light, borderline watery. The taste lingers for a few seconds in the finish but disappears in a dry fade. In short, it tastes similar to a lightly sweetened iced coffee. Despite some of the negative sounding things in the review, I really like this and will definitely be buying it regularly! I like to always have a beer around that is satisfying, yet somewhat low calorie. This fits that bill perfectly, with the added bonus of the gourmet coffee aspect.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pipeline appeared a deep, dark red (almost brown) colour and smelled heavily of coffee and malt. Tasted just like cold coffee; great clean coffee flavour for those who can enjoy and experience the flavour sans heat. Coffee flavours lingered throughout aftertaste but not overwhelmingly.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Kona Aloha Series Pipeline Porter, Porter with 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee.

Solid black appearance, under a small roasted tan head, leaving lace.

Malty nose, minor coffee notes. Not getting much out of it.

Taste: malt-driven, roasty, fullish-bodied….with the coffee at last coming through on the palate. But it doesn't do much. What can I say? It sits in my mouth and I'm left wanting. Wait, it's getting better. More coffee flavor coming through. Porter base is adequate, a little roasty. coffee coming on strong.

Nice. But…

Hey, what do they say? "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."

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Whatever happened to that proposed trans-Eurasian pipeline? Regardless, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of dusty brown foam. The nose comprises mild coffee, roasted malts, light cola, and a splash of cocoa powder. The taste brings in more of the same, with the coffee and cola taking full command of the situation. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though it's a bit on the thin side, this is a highly enjoyable coffee-forward porter. Good times.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label bottling date of Nov 30, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish black with a hint of amber. Lots of rising bubbles and a big five finger tan head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very nice roasty and sweet dark aroma. Dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate and coffee beans. Also hints of burnt toast, biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, nuts, milk, and yeast. Some brown sugar sweetness. Subtle scents of earthy and floral hops. A really solid dark aroma that is rich and fairly sweet and nutty. Nice roast coffee scent.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a solid mix of sweet dark malts and roast coffee flavor. Dark roasted malts with a nice taste of dark chocolate, coffee beans, grains, biscuit, milk, toast, hazelnut, caramel, toffee, and yeast. A fair amount of sweet brown sugar mixes in with the bitter roast. Decent undertones of floral and earthy hops in the background. Nicely creamy and balanced. Very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth with a moderate slickness.

Overall: A very good Porter. More coffee forward than typical for the style which is a nice twist. Up there with the better American takes on the style.

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Photo of Louis_Toschner
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may not be the best judge of beers, but I rather enjoyed the taste. It had a pleasant dark coffee aroma and flavor. As with many porters, It tasted better after warming to a glass. Not much of a head when poured.Nice color as well as great feeling on the palate. Practically no bitter after taste. Not as strong as others but still a great drinking beer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured inta a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Very dark brown-black color, opaque. A frothy British tan colored head that settles to a film.
Lava-like lacing!

S-Bittersweet coffee notes, dark roasted. A faint floral hop presence.

T-Strong coffee up front, then dark roasty malts. The malts must have been roasted to the very limit prior to 'burning'. Well done.

M- Quite light and thin for the look and taste. The good strong flavors fade fast. Slight hop tang at the end.

O- For this review, this beer is finishing the evening with a piece of 85% cocoa dark chocolate. It's a good combo.

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Photo of BudweiserFan
4.69/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Date on bottle: 8-25-12

Appearance: Dark amber brown. Can't see my finger through glass.
Smell: A sweet coffee caramel with some bitterness.
Taste: Sweet. Hard to describe exactly but pleasant.
Mouthfeel: Good rich mouthfeel.
Overall this is a solid beer and I would recommend it.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Full of dark roasted malt flavor, with chocolate and coffee predominate. It’s brewed with Kona coffee, so that’s not too surprising. The lack of bitterness is a bit surprising though. Kona isn’t one of my favorite brands, but there’s nothing to complain about here.

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Photo of beergoot
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown body, almost black, with a nice tan head on top. Strong roasted coffee and charred grain aroma; burnt toast. Silky smooth sweetness tames the coffee and roasted grain flavors; bittersweet chocolate; subdued hop bitterness. Medium-body, clean, smooth and sugary feel; a tad too much carbonation.

A really rich and flavorful porter, loaded with tons of coffee and chocolate tastes. Everything seems to fall together nicely with the exception of a slightly over-carbonated feel, but that's such a minor thing in the grand scheme of things. It's the well-put together malts, coffee, and hops that make this a great little porter, and these are the flavors that will stick with you. Delicious!

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.