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Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

Pipeline PorterPipeline Porter

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very good

1,462 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1462
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,462 | Reviews: 673 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Furlinator


3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 21:10:36 | More by Furlinator
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 22:53:03 | More by puboflyons
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 00:50:11 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Flounder57


4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 00:38:37 | More by Flounder57
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3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 23:38:12 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of KingJason


4.84/5  rDev +27.4%
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,<<,

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 05:16:20 | More by KingJason
Photo of hosehead83


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 17:04:08 | More by hosehead83
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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 01:23:43 | More by joe1510
Photo of Auraan


4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 06:24:35 | More by Auraan
Photo of patre_tim


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 12:47:04 | More by patre_tim
Photo of Ryan_Graham


3.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 22:40:16 | More by Ryan_Graham
Photo of abeeronthebeach


3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 11:43:14 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of Brenden


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 15:17:43 | More by Brenden
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3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 07:29:46 | More by serspecv
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United Kingdom (England)

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 07:41:35 | More by Hoppsbabo
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:20:33 | More by superspak
Photo of neenerzig


4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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.


Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 02:39:25 | More by neenerzig
Photo of secondtooth


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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).

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 15:25:24 | More by secondtooth
Photo of Suds


3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 19:45:35 | More by Suds
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4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
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..

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 21:37:58 | More by BeerWithMike
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New Jersey

3.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 00:09:45 | More by thlayli87
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New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 22:18:33 | More by jesster64
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3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 01:17:32 | More by Profchaos20
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3/5  rDev -21.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:00:19 | More by IchLiebeBier
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3.51/5  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

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 03:55:25 | More by GoldHorde
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,462 ratings.