Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.

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very good

1,613 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,613
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 51
Gots: 94 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of bensbeers
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Moose90
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,613 ratings.