Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

302 Reviews
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Reviews: 302
Hads: 1,272
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 6.3%
Wants: 43
Gots: 112 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: julian on 02-19-2011

Is there anything more iconic of the lush tropics than the coconut? The delicious heart of this island treasure has a nutty, toffee flavor and aroma that sends you straight to the beaches of Paradise. Kick back with a Koko Brown, brewed with real toasted coconut, and savor the mahogany color and smooth, roasty malt taste.

28 IBU
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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a thin creamy head that recedes slowly with nice lacing. Color is mostly clear brown with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: toasted coconut dominates the aroma, pick up a little bread dough as well, but only a hint of hops.
Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, quite carbonated with a dry finish.
Flavor: toasted coconut blends with medium roasted barley malt, quite bready flavor. Some mild earthy hops and a little warming alcohol in the swallow.
Overall: nicely crafted brew and certainly a unique offering. Worthy trying. (560 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle @ home. I bought this on a whim. It sounded interesting. The beer looks like a brown should. The aroma was wonderful, like chocolate milk and coconut. Toasted coconut is front and center in the flavor. There’s also a nice hazelnutty, chocolate, caramel malty, and light toffee flavor. A touch watery but overall a good beer that is somewhat one-dimensional. (366 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/12/11

A: Pours a cherry brown ale with absolute clarity. Three finger burnt cream head retires down over five minutes to leave broken quilt of the same. Coarse spider web lacing. Good looker.

S: Smells more like the meat of a coconut, rather than the essence (like many coconut beers, IMO). This of course over a very simple brown ale nose. Hints of clove in there as well, some vanilla.

T: Wow, uber Coconut! Very nice up front. The beer has tones of cocoa and light cinnamon as well. Simple, one dimensional, but nice.

M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Subtle oral slicking.

D: Good beer. surprised by this offering from Kona. Glad they took an apparently unique approach to an up and coming category (coconut) of beer. I like it. (762 characters)

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours reddish/mahogany brown into my snifter with about one finger on tan head that has moderate retention and lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, toasted coconut and mild vanilla and cocoa notes.

T - Sweet malts and coconut are noticeable but fade quickly, toasted nuttiness, mild cocoa and vanilla. Flavors are very muted with the exception of coconut.

M - Fairly light and thin.

O - Overall an easy drinker and people who like coconut most likely would enjoy it. I'd say it's worth trying, but not seeking out. (518 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown color with a one finger light tan head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma has toasted bread, caramel, and coconut.

Tastes just like it smells with toasted bread, coconut, and caramel. Sweet, with no bitterness for balance. Not overwhelmingly sweet, but sweet enough that I am glad it is no sweeter than it is.
Light bodied wit average carbonation, and a toasted bread and coconut aftertaste. A nice effort from Kona. (453 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Different, I'll say that.
Koko brown looks reddish amber and almost no head.
Smells bready with malt husky.
Coconut is quiet apparent on first sip, but tastes out of sorts. There is malty notes as well as vinilla too. A bit harsh feeling.
Perhaps the coconut flavor is a little too strong for me. I'll leave it. (313 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. Bottle does not list ABV but does list BOD.

A: Clear chestnut brown with a half-a-finger slightly off-white head.

S: Strong sweet coconut, malt, and nuts.

T: Sweet coconut, lots of nuts, some roasted malt, toasted smokey notes and slight hops in the finish for balancing.

M: Surprisingly light and dry.

O: Interesting aroma and acceptable flavor. The mouthfeel should be heavier though to match the toasted sweet coconut and smoke. On the other hand, this is a brewery in Hawaii; I doubt a heavy beer would go well there. (563 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a medium brown with tiny bubbles that slowly rise to the top. A small white head slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of coconut cream, toasted nuts, and light caramel.
Taste starts off good but quickly becomes over-ridden with a honey and milky coconut flavor that is hitting me like suntan lotion in my mouth.
Mouthfeel is creamy, semi sweet and bitter at the end with a thin finish. (449 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Very dark brown color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Coconut nose. Flavor is a funky sweet coconut. Not your usual brown. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. Bottled Mar 28, 12. (307 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in the bar at the Polynesian resort in WDW. Pours dark chocolate brown in glass. Little head retention and minimal lacing.

Lots of toasted malt and coconut in aroma.

Taste is toasted malt, nuts and coconut. Coconut flavor is present throughout. Mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

Overall this was good. Enjoyed the coconut very much. (364 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A short-lived whitish cap topped the coppery brown beer. Nice clarity, a bit of lacing. Roasted, toasted aroma with coconut and floral character, some coffee. Similar flavour profile, with malt sweetness more prominent than bitterness. Lots of toast, coconut and roast, some nuttiness mid-palate. Lingering floral bitterness. Medium bodied and on the dry side, moderate carbonation, but thinned out a little in the finish. Decent overall, as long as you don't mind coconut. (473 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottling date of JAN1014 on bottle.

Cola brown body with a fizzy, ultimately thin head; rapid carbonation. Big sweet and nutty aroma; toffee and caramel with a tad bit of coconut. Deep roasted grain flavors right off and then it switches over to a bitter and slightly phenolic finish. Medium-light body; semi-dry finish.

A brown ale that looks good on paper but pretty much fails to live up to the hype. The malt and hop marriage doesn't quite gel and seems to have a slightly off-flavor in the aftertaste. The body feel lacks depth and feels watered down. Sure, you get some deep roasted grain flavors with some chocolate and cocoa notes, and there is a noticeable (though not overbearing) coconut element to the flavors, but things just don't seem to mesh well. Not bad but hardly a strong representative of a good brown ale. (829 characters)

Photo of ujsplace
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker.

This is a brown mohagany colored brew with hints of amber along the edges, topped off with a tan colored, one finger thick head that fades to a thin layer.

Smells of sweet, toasted caramel malts, vanilla, coconut and a hint of chocolate.

Tastes of sweet roasted malts, coffee, toasted coconut with a nice subtle hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, nice carbonation.

A different twist on a American brown ale. Definitely worth a try in my opinion. I have been having some brews from Kona lately and for the most part, they do a good job, which holds true here as well. (600 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear dark brown with a very thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Toasted malt and toasted coconut.

T: There is a sweet toasted coconut flavor mixed with a nutty toasted malt flavor. There's also a peach-like fruit flavor in the finish with a bit of hop.

M: Very thin and watery. Almost like a somewhat flat soda.

O: Not a bad little flavored brown ale. (357 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nicer color than most browns, with a bright copper cast. Decent head in the wine glass. I don't detect any aroma, but there is plenty of toasted coconut in the nose. Well, a little nuttiness in the smell as it warms up.

Nutty flavors with a little butter. The malty sweetness is pleasant, and then some bitterness sneaks up. Caramel and modest roasted malt flavors. Watery body.

An amiable oddity, and a deal at $3.39 for the 22 oz bottle. Seems to be a wife pleaser, so who am I to judge. (492 characters)

Photo of Hawksfan79
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Glass: Nonic pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown with a creamy light brown head.

Smell: the only thing I'm getting here is coconut.

Taste: Toasted coconuts, slightly nutty, notes of baker's chocolate, and a malty caramel finish. Lots and lots of coconuts.

Mouthfeel: Thin light bodied with strong carbonation.

If the chocolate flavor in this brew was sweeter I think it would taste kinda like an almond joy. (410 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The basics: 5.5% ABV and super cheap for a sixer...

Actually it pours exactly what I would call a Koko Brown in color...Very clear...Very light carbonation...Thin ring of foam and no real lacing. A bit "mehh" at first glance...

The aroma is super cool. It's kind of like an Almond Joy candy bar, but a subtle version of it. There's a slight hop component, but it's faint. I also get a touch of cinnamon. Pretty cool but not very complex.

Flavor is very similar to the aroma - kind of like drinking an Almond Joy...The initial burst of flavor seems sweet, but it's not. I also get a macadamia nut type flavor in the late middle and finish...Finish has an off bitterness which I can only attribute to the hops that MIGHT be present, but I can't be sure. The main fighter in this match is coconut and chocolate, as the name implies. It delivers exactly what it says it will, but it's otherwise uneventful.

What I like most: The interesting Almond Joy notes in the flavor and nose.

What I like least: The rather pedestrian beer that backs it all up.

Verdict: Worth the price, and that's to say it's cheap. (1,107 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled December 5th. Poured into a shaker pint. I enjoyed Big Wave a decent bit and thought I'd try another beer from Kona. $2 single.

Appearance: A completely filtered mahogany/ruby-black kind of color. Not much head on it, but a nice wall of lacing through most of the drink. Unfortunately, this is the best part about this brew.

Smell: Well, it smells like a coconut brown, but something about it seems slightly off? Artificial almost? It smells waxy or something along those lines. I've noticed some people say it smells nutty, and maybe it does, but it's still distinctively coconut at the same time. Pretty nice. Not bad. Intriguing. Just something a bit "off" about it.

Taste/feel: First thing I notice is the feel... super watery with a fairly mild carbonation. Very, very thin. The flavor is like the aroma with quite a lot of coconut. People say it's more in the background, but I pick up plenty of it. Slight roast from the malt, but it doesn't give off a particular sort of flavor. No coffee or chocolate, it just tastes like a roasted malt -- faintly. Not bitter nor sweet. Easy drinking to be sure.

Overall, Koko Brown is an average-at-best brown ale. If you like coconut, this would be a nice choice... especially on a very hot day, as it isn't at all heavy, and it would be easy to have a few. I'm not sure I'd buy it again, but I certainly wouldn't say no to a bottle or a pint. 3.5/5 overall just because I could see this being a solid choice on a hot summer day. (1,486 characters)

Photo of moysauce
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown in color. Really small head - less than one finger - that dissipated a little too quickly. Almost no lacing. Kind of disappointing, really.

S: Toasty nut aroma. You can easily pick up hints of coconut. I wasn't getting coconut per say, but my friends I was drinking with were raving about the strong coconut scent. Maybe I just don't know what coconut tastes like, but I wasn't getting much coconut.

T: Hmm. Trying to figure this one out. Again, I get a roasted nut flavor, but not necessarily coconut. You get a huge malt profile. Not necessarily complex. Very rich, robust toffee flavor, but that's really the overpowering flavor in this brew, to me anyways. Not very bitter at all, but at 28 IBUs I wouldn't expect that. Completely different from the beers I'm used to drinking.

M: Very crisp on the mouth. Not too dry. Most of the time when I think of browns or darker, heavier beers, I get the feeling of the beer blanketing my tongue. Not the case here. Pretty smooth and easy drinking. Starts to coat the back of the mouth, but for most of the drink it goes right down.

Overall: Maybe it's because I'm still not the biggest brown ale fan, but this beer just wasn't my jam. I wouldn't say this is a bad beer, but it's not necessarily one I enjoy. Very very malty. I'm really trying to expand my beer repertoire and want to start drinking things other than APAs and IPAs and start appreciating browns, stouts, and porters. This wasn't too daunting to me. I honestly think I just have to get used to not being assaulted by hops with each drop. I don't think that would really change my opinion of the beer, though. I don't want to say it's a bad beer, because it's not. This is one of the few browns/darker I've been able to finish. I just don't think I'm fully able to appreciate this beer yet. Hopefully one day I'll be able to really appreciate browns and darker.

Poured this into my snifter because my pint glass was no where to be found :( (1,970 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean, deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet caramel and a small citrus note. In the taste,cocoa powder and a small caramel roast. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. Big cocoa in taste, lots of orange citrus, but just above average. (328 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a mahogany brown with a head of medium sized soap bubbles on top that bubble and fizzle into a scrim over the beer. The beer’s body is clean and clear, though dark from the malts. On the nose, the beer smells chocolaty, almost to a syrupy level. There is a nice gentle roast that reminds the nose of coffee, caramel, and just a light hint of coconut nuttiness, but chocolate seems to be the big player in the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and slightly savory with a lot of “synthetic-like” flavors coming through. In flavor the beer begins as light chocolate and moves into a slight coconut flavor that gives slightly plasticy flavors. These flavors crescendo into a short finish of mediocre chocolate, caramel, plastic-coconut, and slight biscuity malts. The aftertaste is light and slightly roasty with hints of chocolate. To me, the flavors suggest a watered-down English Brown Ale with very slight hints of coconut. In the mouth the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a weak carbonation that simply peppers the tongue and then washes away. The mouth is left slightly dry with a touch of wet saliva. Overall, I am underwhelmed by this beer. I want more coconut flavor, and I want a thicker beer. The flavors are not disgusting, but just come off as “meh.” (1,313 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown color with just over one finger of head that did not stick around for very long before settling to a film of suds. A little bit of sticky lacing is left behind on the glass.

Definate aroma of toasted coconut. Unfortunately that is the only going on in the aroma.

Likewise that is mostly true in the flavor. Just a little bit of nutty malt that comes in the finish. Pleasant enough flavor albeit slightly gimmicky. If there was more malt flavor, they would really have something going on.

And more malt would also help this beers weakest aspect. Feels thin bodied and watery. Decent enough carbonation.

It delivered what the beer is advertising. Just not enough going on to warrant a good score. Just slightly above average. (739 characters)

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed after warming to about ten below room temperature. Straight from the fridge was just kind of bland.
A - brown with thin little head and slight lacing. Fine traces of floaters throughout, coconut?.
S - sweet coconut overlying some malts. The coconut smell is not unlike a bag of flaked bakers coconut. Nice if your a coconut fan.
T - shockingly sweet coconut milk, I'd assume this is from the "natural flavor added". Long lasting coconut taste sort of like having a coconut flavored candy.
M - medium malty smooth body with moderate carbonation.
D - too out of the ordinary to be an easy drinker unless you chug it cold.

Smelled interesting but the taste just came through as too confectioner's coconut to be really good.

Definitely let this one warm up to get the full coconut experience. (799 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of the best month's of my life was spent in Hawaii with a girlfriend who was then living their. Amidst our island hopping, we stopped upon Kona Brewing Company beers which provided a significant amount of liquid refreshment during our trip.

Into my small, Firestone Walker pint nonic glass, this brew yields a clear copper color, forming a large off-white head that squats down to around 1 finger high but holds up well during the session. Toasted coconut aroma is first faint then stronger as the beer warms. Some toasted malt is there, too but having trouble locating hops. Toasted breads, coconut control most of the flavor profile and the beer finishes dry with just a hint of astringency. Hops seems to be whispering which isn't typical of an American Brown Ale. Medium body, moderate high carbonation level.

Thankfully, I bought this beer as a single. Certainly glad to have tried it but it lacks the complexity I'd like to see from the style. coconut adds a decent touch. Something makes me think it'd taste a hell of a lot better were I relaxing on a beach in Maui... (1,083 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Hi-Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, California.

Served refrigerator cold and side-poured with standard vigor.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent dark amber-copper. No visible yeast particles. Interesting for a brown ale.

Sm: Light nice coconut, nuts, cream, and tropical fruit esters (very buried). Intriguing. What does toasting coconut really do? I hope to find out. A moderately strong, pleasant aroma.

T: Pretty strong coconut tones, some cream - particularly on the open, light nuts, and clean, layered lightly toasted malts to help lend it a full body and round out the flavour profile. Slight tropical fruit ester hints are present, but timid. Well balanced and nicely built, though I'd prefer the coconut truncated a bit on the finish. Unique but not complex or particularly subtle. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with adequate thickness and carbonation. Some cream. Suits the flavours pretty well.

Dr: A very unique brown ale that I'd certainly get again - preferably on draught. The coconut is well-executed, contrary to my expectations. I'd recommend it to friends merely because it's unique. If you want to see the style successfully experimented on, give this one a try. A solid offering from Kona brewing.

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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.