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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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705 Reviews
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Reviews: 705
Hads: 1,785
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 18.9%
Wants: 66
Gots: 209 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

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: 705 | Hads: 1,785
Photo of thecheapies
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A shade lighter than black. Very dark. Head is small. Never accrued height. A thin disc of tan foam sits.

Semi-sweet, very roasty, and caressed with a solid coffee note. Earthy, caramelly, and a little chocolatey. Some creme to quell some of the dark roast. Hints of nut flesh and dried fruit.

Rugged porter with a big roast character and some excellent dry coffee flavors. A bit of dusty cocoa, dry toffee, earthy malts, herbal hop, and a touch of spice. A little thin, which is to say that bitterness has too much contrast. Attenuated, but tasty. Easy to enjoy, but the body needs a little more heft to it. Effervescence has some sizzle. A nice porter.

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Photo of mattLummus
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good, solid beer, but not the greatest Porter. Pretty good marks in all categories but nothing that strikes me as great. Has a nice head and a clean, roasted taste. Good finish but fades quickly. Pretty well carbonated but light body. Could use something in my opinion to make it better; more hops or heavier body.

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Photo of mpyle
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

App - large tan head, creamy and long lasting. Nearly opaque with garnet highlights. Stout-like darkness.

Roasty/chocolately aroma, some sweetness. Almost like creamed coffee.

Some malt sweetness, a bit of coffee roastiness. Slightly smokey. Hop character and bitterness is subtle. Finishes with a lingering gentle roast flavor. Has a somewhat unusual flavor, probably driven by the coffee.

Medium body and carbonation. Some creaminess. No astringency or warming.

Overall - flavors are pleasant, but generally subdued.

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

From a mixed six...

Pours dark, almost black into a tulip glass. Light head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves little evidence it was ever there. Bottle shape makes it kinda hard to hold onto, which isn't a big deal if you're just pouring into a glass, but I thought it was noteworthy.

Aroma is of coffee and grain. I've had Kona, pretty recently, and I can't say this leapt out at me as being of that particular bean, due to the overall light nose on this. Flavor is lacking something; more flavor, some structure, more coffee, something. "Coffee-flavored Coors Light" is in my notes on it from tonight. Light mouthfeel, medium to light carbonation, negligible bitterness.

Overall, light and wimpy, and wouldn't get again. Will say it got better towards the end of the glass, but wouldn't recommend over SN or Fullers or something. The coffee wasn't really there, not much smoke, just kind of a mish mash of malts and light abv, wasn't much to latch onto or like here for me.

I do actually like their Longboard lager but this one's a miss in my book.

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Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of coffee, sweet malt, roasted malt, and hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coffee, sweet malt, roasted malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, good appearance, coffee dominate, simple blend, but decent body.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Opaque dark-brown, with a creamy, one-finger, light tan head. Patches of lacing.

S - Strong aroma of black coffee, roasted grains, ash, and bakers chocolate.

T - Matches the nose, with a hint of sweetness to balance the bitter elements. Espresso beans, smoke, brown sugar, and toffee notes. Very tasty.

M - Thin bodied, but with a delightful creaminess that gives the illusion of thickness. Medium to low carbonation. Feels like a porter should.

O - I liked this a lot. Really well executed on almost every level. Not something I would want to knock back a six'er of, but as a one off it's a real winner.

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Photo of Act25
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: OK looking porter. Not much of a head or lacing.

S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans arise along with a perfect blend of hops and sweet malt. Very approachable.

T: The taste follows the flavors of coffee with a great balance of mostly roasted malts and a bit of bitter hops. More sweet than bitter. Nice balance. I like this beer, would like another, and I love this style.

M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. Pleasant, and handles the sweetness well. (but a touch too sweet for me).

O: One of the best coffee porters - a great style - must try.

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Photo of aleamericanreject
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very dark black. Motor oil with big fluffy tan head.

Smell: roasted malt balanced and finishes with coffee tones.

Taste: nice coffee flavor. Even got some chocolate undertone and maybe even a slight citrus intrusion

Mouth feel: nothing too heavy but definite bold flavor that sticks on the palate. Enjoyable

Overall: good beer. Rather dark but is not overbearing or too heavy-bodied. Nice flavor that works

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Photo of Swim424
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is my first review in some time, very excited for this. My buddy told me about a year ago this is possibly his favorite beer, so have been looking forward to trying it. Last time I bought one I spilled it all over the carpet (ha) before I got to taste it. So anticipation is high.

Poured from 12oz bottle into a proof brewing company pint glass.

A-Real dark brown. Cannot see through it even when put up to light. Not quite black, but very dark. Head was poor but I believe that was partially due to a bad pour by me. The head was a nice light brown. The little head it had fell real quick (again I poured it poorly), leaving a nice light brown coating over the top though.

S-Smells real good, but kinda weak. Gotta really smell to get it. Mostly coffee. Well pretty much all coffee. Smells a bit sweet as well, not really chocolate, just sweet. Does make me real excited to taste it though.

T-A bit disappointing. Taste is very similar to the smell. Tastes of coffee. Seems a bit weak in the flavor department. The flavor is real good, just a bit watery. Needs a bit more kick. Not bad though. Mostly just a weak, but pleasant coffee flavor, with a nice little sweetness to it.
No real bitterness on the finish, which is good, wouldn't work well with this one.

MF- Lighter body than I was expecting from the look. Again seems a bit watery. Not bad, something you could easily sip on all day, or slam if thats what you prefer (not me though).

O-A bit of a let down for what I was hoping for, but still a nice beer. Will definitely enjoy the entire 6 pack (though not tonight, gotta study). A very good beer for someone wanting to try a coffee beer, but not a coffee fan. Maybe my review is a bit skewed being that I had my first founders breakfast 2 days ago and that blew my mind. But Overall this is a nice, pleasant beer, that I think most beer lovers would thoroughly enjoy.

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

Bottle dated: Sep.12, 2013.

Pours opaque black with cola edges. Head is off-white and settles to a thin film on top that leaves spotty lace.

Smell is of spent coffee grounds, earthy hops and faint molasses.

Taste is of roasted malt, bitter black coffee and faint toffee sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with higher carbonation.

A solid coffee porter; not to heavy, tasty and, at 5.4 ABV, certainly sessionable.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 13:47-3-NOV0513. Sampled on December 2, 2013 so that may be beyond it expiration date if that is what the Nov 5-13 stamp implies.

It is attractive looking dark brown pour to about black with a modest beige head that settles down after a moment. Opaque.

The nose is coffee and spent coffee grinds all the way with only the vaguest note of earthy hops in the background.

Thin to medium body.

Like the aroma the flavor is alive with coffee grinds that taste like they've been collecting in the bottom of a coffee pot with the burner still on. But then there is this moderate dark fruit bitterness at the end that lingers for some time, usurping the coffee character.

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

12 oz .bottle, with August 27, 2013 printed on the label. I'll assume that is a brewed on date, but whatever. Another new beer to me from Kona Brewing Co. My bottle lists a 5.30% abv rather than 5.40% listed on BeerAdvocate. Expectations are moderately high; a porter with Hawaiian coffee sounds delicious.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours just under two fingers of creamy mocha head on top of a dark chocolate colored body. Just a hint of ruby passes through the glass when held to the light.

S - Smell is of dark roasted malts. Bitter coffee beans. Vanilla. Very bitter baking chocolate. Cream. Some liquid smoke / char. Smells very dark and bitter.

T - Taste is of dark malt roast, creamy vanilla, bitter powdery chocolate, coffee beans, smoke, and an earthy herbal hop presence. Hints of dark fruits like figs, dates, and raisins come out in the mix also.

M - Feel is creamy and smooth, with some dark coffee bitterness lingering on the palate. Medium bodied with high carbonation, that wouldn't hurt to be toned down just a tad.

Overall, while this isn't your usual bourbon barrel aged stout brewed with coffee, it is definitely one of the best choices for your average everyday American style porter, especially at only 5.30% abv. Clearly the best beer I've had from these guys yet, and I do hope they choose to continue brewing it.

Kona Brewing Pipeline Porter ---4/5.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer was served in a pint glass at The Avenue in Allston.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a small layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super nice lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, smoke, roasted, chocolate, and a little molasses.

Taste: Smoke, spiciness, roasted, vanilla, chocolate, and a little bitterness in the end. Very tasty porter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, balanced, drinkable, low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid beer from Hawaii or wherever it is made now. Probably NH. Anyways, will be enjoying more.

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

An average pour yields half a finger of thin, tan head. The body is cola brown, and difficult to make out light coming through.

This smells malty, with a little vanilla and smoke. Coffee is also present.

Malty, with a big smoke presence. Coffee makes an appearance on the back end. Simple but good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It clings to the tongue in a pleasant manner, and leaves it a little sticky.

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Photo of KingJason
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm thinking about the taste that this beer has compared to the signified trance it gives to the audience that has masked another defeat through sarcasm and playa-hatin' ! Only a freshman would suspend an inferiority complex enough to clone it with another inferiority complex to hate this beer if it was a Doctor Doom>LLO,<<,

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Photo of hosehead83
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black with ruby highlights. Dense cloud-deck of tan foam. A looker.
Aroma-Coffee, light roasted malt
Taste-Roast coffee, dark chocolate, nice little hop bite. Very well-balanced with excellent flavor and character. Not overdone, just right. A great match for a big burger or a plate of beef fajitas. Gulpably good!

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Photo of joe1510
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$7.49 6-Pack
Herman's - Ottawa, IL

"Liquid Aloha"

Bottled: 9/7/13

Pipeline Porter pours with a cola colored body. Mahogany highlights blaze through when directly backlit. A root beer brown head fizzes up to a finger in height on the pour then settles at into a respectable, silky cap. Thin sheet lacing coats the glass with each tilt.

A soft roast gets the nose moving before expressive vanilla wafts in and out. Mild coffee and a ripe dark berry medley bring things to a conclusion. As this porter warms the roast and vanilla become more pronounced. The coffee, 100% Kona apparently, gets lost in the mix unfortunately. Even as the coffee dissipates the aroma is that of a well made porter.

The flavor matches the smell but shows more depth. The roast is snappier and moderate as opposed to mild. Coffee is noticeable but still mild and of the cold variety with cream. The roast pushes through to the finish where it's met by the berry medley again, overripe and slightly earthy. Slightly bitter roast and soft vanilla linger on after each drink.

When I first started drinking this beer I took the mouthfeel as a little lighter than I would have liked. As I drink it seems to thicken up slightly showing a little viscosity and weight while finishing lightly dry. The bitterness of the roast grows but nowhere beyond mild.

Pipeline Porter is a well put together beer. A nice roasty base set the foundation for a solid accompaniment of fruit, vanilla, and coffee. The pricetag make this beer even better. I'll certainly grab more of this in the future, good to see it around these parts.

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

Poured a deep blackish brown with a one finger fluffy tan head that receded to a ring of tan foam. It looks excellent, very deep and rich. Scents of roast malt, faint roasted coffee and dark cocoa. A typical porter aroma, with a bit more coffee than usual for the style because of the addition of Kona coffee. The flavor follows the aroma. Roast malt, black coffee, toasted malt and some slight nutty flavors with a roasted, bitter finish and aftertaste. The coffee is a bit more noticeable as the beer warms, and adds to the typical porter flavors, though this is still very much on the lighter side of dark in the intensity of it's flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate-high carbonation and a smooth, slightly watery feel. It's nice and easy to drink, but maybe a tad too carbonated and watery for my mouth. Overall this is a pretty good porter, the coffee definitely adds to the porter base, but it has a few small flaws and there are better porters out there.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a slight amber tinge when held to the light. Lots of soda like carbonation, little beige foam fades fast.

S: Black olives, vanilla, slight sweetness.

T: Coffee, slight sourness, dark malts, slightly watery. Coffee aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body, lots of soda like carbonation.

O: Love that its from Hawaii, love the label. Got it in Asheville NC, drinking it in China Oct 30, 2013, it was produced August 27, 2012. Kona coffee is awesome, and this beer is a great idea. The coffee comes through more as it warms.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown. Nice head. I wouldn't really associate porters with Hawaii but this beer wasn't bad. It has little to no smell. It starts out smooth with chocolate notes and finishes with a coffee aftertaste. It's a little too carbonated for my taste. I felt that the taste left a lot to be desired. Overall it's a decent beer. It's worth a try.

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

A - Poured a very nice shade of charcoal brown while retaining a sudsy head of caramel-cream foam.

S - Booyaaa! I'm not a coffee drinker by any means, in fact I loathe the stuff, but this smelt damn good. Definitely smelling the beans, as well as the malty-roasty goodness you'd expect in a porter.

T - Lovely. Less coffee than on the nose which suits me down to the ground. Hardly any discernible alchol, yet was still rich and smokey. Not much variance between first sip and after taste, so couldn't attribute it great complexity.

M - Smooth, thick and nicely carbonated.

O - Honestly I thought this was a really solid brew. Tasty, nicely balanced coffee flavour and well measured carbonation and viscosity on the tongue. Nothing earth shattering here but this could well be my go-to beer while I'm on the Islands. Would definitely take 6 of these over 4 Maui CoCoNuts.

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Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A medium-tan head 3/4 of a finger tall forms on a dark brown brew. It fades after a few moments but not completely, and it leaves spotty lacing in moderation.
The nose is what I hope for and expect, plenty of roast from both malts and fresh coffee grounds with a light vanilla sweetness to it. It's strong, nice and firm for a porter in the American style while holding some balance. In the taste, there's a hint of bittersweet chocolate, and both the aroma and flavor hold the slightest hint of char.
It's semi-dry as the roast and coffee draw that light char out onto the palate. The body is medium. Crispness is light and falls off a little as it goes, thinning out the end of each sip later in the session.

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Photo of serspecv
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up for $2.99 for a 22oz.

Pours dark brown down the glass and produces a gorgeous caramel-colored, 3-finger frothy head.

Has a predominant coffee bean smell with nuts and light toasted malts. A very faint hop aroma, if any. It's enough to get your salivary glands ready for tasting.

Again, the coffee has a heavy presence. The coffee is earthy which gives way to the toasted malt and finally the hops are allowed to (hardly) make a cameo. Could be a bit bolder in taste in my opinion, but it would make a very good session beer. Almost no alcohol bite.

Very light for a porter, closer to an ale (think Newcastle). I was in the market for a porter but to be honest, it's not what I had in mind. Not as thick of a beer as say Black Butte. Just a tad bit dissapointed.

Overall it's a good beer at a bargain price, but if you like heavy porters this won't satisfy you. It's a good coffee beer, but if you want extraordinary brew, try Epic Brewery's Bug Bad Baptist.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black body with a chunky off-white head.

S: Predominantly chocolate, some coffee, a bit smokey.

T: Not bitter, but it's dry and needs some sugar to balance what bitterness it has. There's lots of chocolate and a smokiness but like I said, it needs a bit of sugar. There's not really any fruit in the aftertaste.

M: Is it greasy or is it silky? I'm not sure.

O: I wouldn't turn it down but the bitter aspect makes it unfriendly. I'm yet to be wowed by this brewery.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/14/2013. Pours crystal clear nearly opaque reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, nuttiness, biscuit, light roast, light floral, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, nuttiness, biscuit, light roast, light floral, and toasted earthiness. Light floral/coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light roast, and light nuttiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with coffee; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice coffee porter! All around good balance and complexity of malt and coffee flavors; with good robustness and very smooth drinking. A very enjoyable offering.

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.