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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,172 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 28
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: julian on 02-19-2011)
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(best by Jan 20 2014 - it was about a month past that at time of consumption, yet had been chilled for months prior)

A: perfectly clear, tawny in color.... pearl-white sudsy foam, open-structured, medium bubbles, holds a cap.... love the bottle label design - reminds me a bit of some of Uinta's designs

S: beers like this (those with fancy, exotic or nontraditional ingredients) really aren't my thing, but this beer smells (relatively) damn fantastic.... a display of toasted aromas: coconut, hazelnut, amber malt(?)... the coconut doesn't smell artificial or like suntan oil, its inviting scent does fade noticeably after a few sips while, curiously, becoming more apparent in the taste...

T: the taste is good - doesn't quite live up to the promise of its scent.... bold toasted nut and grain flavors, kissed by coconut oil.... fair amount of hop bitterness and a mild, late hint of milk chocolate.... thankfully not sweet - they could've easily erred in that direction.... sure does have a nutty brown ale foundation, med-dark grains.... long-lasting toasty dry and bitter

M: not oily at all, only marginally smooth... probably could have a bit more body... actually, this is pretty darn dry with a bit of a bite.... it seems to approach medium-bodied, however, the dryness and carbonation (I do sense a club-soda like carbonic acid feel and taste) taper that off enough

O: a well-made, quaffable brew.... depth in flavor and body is unfortunately held back.... the one time I've had this on tap the flavors were more bold and the feel smooth and more fulfilling, so I suppose the carbonation in this particular bottle hurt it...

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 23:17:00 | More by Bouleboubier
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.39/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 17:47:40 | More by Alextricity
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phuzphreak

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-10-2014 20:14:05 | More by phuzphreak
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-09-2014 19:45:49 | More by DanGeo
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Karibourgeois

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-08-2014 23:21:14 | More by Karibourgeois
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BumpyAZ

New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: medium brown, virtually no head, a few white bubbles along the glass

S: bready malts, nuty, coconut

T: general nuty taste, mild toasted coconut, malty

M: medium, a little dry and bitter

Overall a good beer but nothing special. Wish the coconut stood out a little more and had more sweetness, seems more of a general roasted nut taste to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 04:36:18 | More by BumpyAZ
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mpenske

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-07-2014 04:00:32 | More by mpenske
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-06-2014 19:03:07 | More by JakerLou
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-06-2014 07:30:03 | More by warpedrevolution
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Weekiwachee

Antarctica

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-06-2014 03:10:32 | More by Weekiwachee
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-05-2014 03:53:43 | More by millerbuffoon
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mszpara

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-04-2014 01:41:01 | More by mszpara
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Jlabs

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-03-2014 19:25:24 | More by Jlabs
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SuperMario

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-03-2014 05:00:57 | More by SuperMario
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Recless7

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-03-2014 02:56:31 | More by Recless7
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Danielr26

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -38%

03-03-2014 01:02:35 | More by Danielr26
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Drs3

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-02-2014 19:02:17 | More by Drs3
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JKingWood

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this a three different times and each one was different, don't know if that speaks to my taste at the time or just the brew.
Dark tea in color.
Not a lot going on with the nose, slight hops, roasted malts, but nothing strong.
Nice khaki colored head, when swirled leaves an oil like cohesion to the side of the glass that slowly lets go.Good.
Taste- at its best, the toasted coconut shines through, sometimes dryer than I expected and never in a Mounds bar sweet kind of way. If you like coconut, this is a great beer for you, dark enough so that the coconut doesn't seem out of place, just right to let the toasted coconut star, but as part of the team.
A rare specialty beer that works. Brown drinkers, coconut fans, and someone looking for a dark that doesn't have the same old profile will find something to enjoy here.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 18:57:11 | More by JKingWood
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-01-2014 22:54:22 | More by AudioGilz
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ryanmcd

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +24%

03-01-2014 19:34:30 | More by ryanmcd
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Bob_Rhoades

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-01-2014 02:07:53 | More by Bob_Rhoades
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rlb49

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-28-2014 22:15:58 | More by rlb49
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BeerBeast

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-28-2014 19:40:07 | More by BeerBeast
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NoProblem

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-28-2014 19:02:20 | More by NoProblem
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Or80rowley

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't get the low reviews on this one, I see it different

A. Dark amber, one finger kakhi color head

S. Bitter hop, coffee, sweet

T. Coconut, coffee, sweet brown sugar

M. Medium body, nice carbonation, clean finish, roasted aftertaste

O. Great beer, I'm a fan

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 00:39:22 | More by Or80rowley
Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,172 ratings.