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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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1,229 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,229
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 30
Gots: 79 | 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:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not being a big fan of either brown ales in general, or coconut as a flavour, I saved his one for a thirsty night after a hot day. Dark brown colour, with slightly sweet aroma (not as sweet malt as many other browns I have tried). The result: a pretty drinkable brown ale, toasty with some complexity. A bit assertive carbonation. Sweetish with a tad of bitterness.

Sammy, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Flatbread Company in Paia, Maui, Hawaii.

Pours an amber color with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a thin film. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nuts, and some coconut aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, nuts, slight vanilla, and toasted coconut. A mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good mouthfeel with a crisp carbonation level. Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale that the coconut works with but I have had better coconut beers before.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

djrn2, May 18, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

acurtis, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear and very deep amber in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that gradually died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are interesting aromas of coconuts, nuts and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of coconuts (similar to the coconut flakes that are used in cake frosting) along with notes of toffee and sweetness and some hints of vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The addition of coconuts to this beer definitely makes the smell and taste very unique. It is also rather easy to drink, although I wouldn’t call it sessionable given the sweetness.

metter98, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Texasfan549, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany with an impressive three fingers of foam; great retention and lacing action

Smell: If Mounds were made with walnuts, the aroma would be identical to this beer's

Taste: Toasted wheat bread and walnuts, up front, with cocoa powder and coconut arriving in the middle; a bit of nutskin bitterness, after the swallow; the finish is sweet, however, with the chocolate and coconut prominent

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I happen to like coconut and Mounds are one of my favorite candies (not that I am a big candy eater) so I rather enjoyed this beer; I would prefer it if it were a coconut porter but it is what it is

brentk56, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The palate just melts as the beer engulfs the mouth and seduces the taste buds with terms that are best reserved for romantic encounters. Succulents, sweet, rich, and fortified are just a few of the G-rated words that come to mind.

Pouring a deep mohogany hue, the lable describes it accurately as the brilliant clarity really shows off the masculine color. The beer builds a creamy light tan head that reluctantly settles to an intermittent sheet that skirts the surface with islands of lace left behind. The beer does all that a brown ale asks.

Aromas cause the senses to step back as the powerfully rich aromas of toffee, toasted nuts, chocolate, heavy cream, vanilla, and the most subtle of coffee undertones push through with strength and determination but without becoming a bully.

The flavors can't possible deliver the delight that was found by the nose. But it does! Strong but hearty sweetness of maple syrups are backed by the strong and succulent flavor of hazelnut, coconut, chocolate, light coffee, and medium toast in such a way that conveys the sense of becoming Nutella in an alcoholically induced glass. Vanilla, butter cream frosting, and savory starchy flavors offer the perfect delicately placed pillow to support the regal and masculine taste that leap off the page with confidence and artistry. Any bitterness is broad, earthy, and takes the shape of walnut oils and tannin.

Creamy with the starch creaminess of malt, but also with the right touch of carbonation that provides structure and roundness to the otherwise cloyingly sweet ale. The beer takes its own sweet time developing into the semi-sweet, semi-dry finish of woody hop dryness, medium alcohol warmth, and slowly fading malt richness.

Amazingly savory and deliciously smooth, this is one of those beers that you take shorter sips in order to let the beer last longer in the glass. But then there's the greedy part that wants to devour it all way too quickly. With only 12 ounces in my glass, I have quite a quandary!

BEERchitect, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown in color with a finger of off-white head. The coconut certainly comes through on the aroma. Nice and nutty as well. There's also a hint of vanilla to it. Quite sweet with plenty of toffee and caramel, too. Lots and lots of coconut flavor with the toast, nuts, and sweet malt taking a bit of a back seat on this one. Nice balance of sweetness and toast/roast malt flavors to prevent it from being cloying.

womencantsail, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger off white head, excellent retention on a deep amber and clear body. Some lacing.

S: sweet caramel malt, moderate degree of aroma strength. Mild burnt toast note.

T: I was immediately shocked at how strong the milk and coconut flavor was at the start.
This one actually tastes like toasted/dried coconut and immediately transitions to what I have experienced from drinking milk straight from a freshly opened coconut.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation:

Overall: Not so much good but interesting. The finished is a little watery but this one has a lot of coconut flavor. Definitely worth giving it a try if nothing more than for its uniqueness.

kylehay2004, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking clear brown color with a nice looking off white head. The smell of the beer gives off some really nice notes of coconut and vanilla. The beer smell sweet for the most part. The taste of the beer is very nice in my opinion. I like the smoothness of the coconut how it comes into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little on the creamy side and yet light and dry. Overall I was really impressed by this beer. I actually want to get a few more of these to have on hand for a little. Very good stuff in my opinion here.

Knapp85, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled Dec 20, 2011.

Appearance: Pours out a dark, brown-reddish body with a sudsy, ecru head that steadily thins, though never fades away.

Smell: Toasted loaf bread, chocolate powder, toasted coconut shavings, maybe a light, addition fruitiness. It's a brown ale flavored with coconut, what do you expect?

Taste: Soundly toasted Munich malt given a layer of semi-sweet chocolate and small but reliant hint of brown sugar. Lightly herbal hops with a soft, low level of bitterness. Sweetish, semi-dry finish with the maltiness lingering gently into the aftertaste. It's a brown ale flavored with coconut, what do you expect?

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Indeed, it is a brown ale flavored with coconut. If any part of that statement gives you pause, then this isn't for you.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear mahogany brown body with a sticky, lasting beige head.

The beer has little aroma when it's cold. As it warms, I pick up brown sugar, toasted malt and sweet coconut. Simple and a bit sweeter than I'd like, but not bad.

The palate presents more of the same: toasted malt, coconut and brown sugar in equal portions. It's fairly thin, simplistic and sweet. There's some slightly astringent graininess in the finish along with more brown sugar sweetness. A clean and fairly drinkable beer, but not particularly good.

largadeer, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Sounds like the name of a bad blaxploitation flick... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear ruby-copper topped by a finger of sandy cream foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted coconut and very little else, if anything, though a hint of wet grass may or may not find its way through at some points. Despite this not being the strongest of smells in the world, it does get to be a bit much at times. The taste adds in a bit of caramel-y toffee, but this is still mostly drowned out by the coconut. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, this beer seems to deliver on one of its promises: it certainly has some coconut in it. Beyond that, though, not much else is going on. It's a sad excuse for a brown ale, with nearly none of the characteristics of the style, and its one note song gets to be tiresome after a relatively short while.

TMoney2591, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, available at every little convenience store and up in Waikiki - awesome.

This beer pours a clear medium brewed tea colour, with two fingers of foamy, frothy beige head, which leaves some random specks of lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of earthy, nutty, creamed caramel malt, and some roasted, fibrous fruity character - coconuts well represented. The taste is fairly prominent nutty coconut, sweet caramel malt, and mild leafy hops.

The bubbles are nice and sedate, the body a solid medium weight, and genuinely smooth. It finishes still nutty, still very coconut-falling on yo' damned head. And a bit sweet.

A nice enough brown ale, though one duly overshadowed by the guest coconut fruitiness, but as a first-time visitor to this tropical locale, that seems a-ok to me, though I would be limited to a couple, as the balance does suffer somewhat.

biboergosum, May 10, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, mahogany color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of toasty coconut. Lots of coconut aroma.

T - The toasted coconut is less strong in the taste. Nice toffee and caramel flavors. Slightly bitter.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a unique brew. I'm not a huge fan of coconut but it works.

zeff80, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

im almost ashamed to admit it, but this beer tastes great! pours an innocous looking brown ale color, and has the same smell as a basic american brown ale, with that roasty malty sweetness and body, but this has a hint of fresh coconut in the nose, not milky and sweet and artificial, but islandic and raw. flavor is pronounced coconut up front. like drinking the water from one in a tree in south india, or like a mounds bar. touch of cocoa in there too, this feels more drinkable than it should. its not deserty at all, and is lighter than it looks in feel. overall one of kona's best beers that i have had. very unique and very memorable. definitely buy this if you like coconuts

StonedTrippin, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with a small head of off white foam on a clear, amber brown body. The head fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S - toasty amber malt with some toffee and a hint of fruity coconut.

T - dark caramel and toasted grain up front. Some dark sugar in the middle with a nutty character and light bitterness balancing in the finish.

M - A medium-thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a subtly sweet finish.

D - not bad, it is clearly a well made brown ale at heart. The coconut definitely has an effect, though I can't decide if it helps or hurts in the end.

nickfl, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, nuts, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with strong and sweet flavors of maple and caramel followed by a hearty malt character and a touch of honey. However, I didn’t pick up any of the coconut flavoring. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s very solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, May 23, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper, with a couple fingers of thick off-white head. This retains with a foamy smoothness that skims the surface, soaping the sides of the glass with patchy swathes of lace. The aroma smells of straight up toasted coconut, with extra underlying notes of green citrus, light toffee, and a bit of nutty dough along the back.

The taste is earthy green hops up front, with caramel and some light coffee flavor shoring up the middle, before a big flush of coconut milk floods out across the back of the profile. Hops finish this with a dry leafy bitterness that sticks to the tongue a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft and bubbly feel that lays a mellow crispness on the tongue and is generally pretty easy feeling in the mouth.

This wasn’t too bad if you’re looking for something a little lighter for the palate. You really have to let this warm up a bit too really get those coconut flavors to show and even then it seemed a bit overdone at times, but I was glad to at least find some other hop and malt flavors here to keep this mildly interesting. It’s certainly very drinkable for what it is.

Kegatron, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good to see an old Friend has made it to Mizzou (Kona!) Bottled/Brewed in Oregon or Washington I'm guessing. Bottled on date ( I think ) of 1-29-13

Pours a scarlet tinged brown with a thumb of tan colored head. Stellar lacing, above average head retention

S: Toasty coconut & hazelnut

T: Toasty coconut, walnut shell dryness, a touch of hazelnut up front. Some general toasty malt as this warms, along with hazelnut & coconut. Finishes toasty, dry with coconut sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation, thins out a touch once warm

Very drinkable, found this an enjoyable brown with decent flavor. I could see me buying this again

russpowell, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of jlindros
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head, that fades semi quickly with touch of lacing, over mostly clear auburn toasty brown colored beer.

Nose has an interesting but weird blend, with toasted coconut right off, coconut butter, a creamy buttery diacetyl, light brown sugar and light brown malts, plenty of nutty malts, caramel, creamy, sweet syrupy fake sugar additions and fake vanilla like.

Taste is more of the same, extract flavorings, fake vanilla, nutty almost hazelnut syrup, and coconut. Coconut butter, toasted coconut but also fake extract again, some sweet syrups, light brown sugar, toasted brown malts, hints of caramel and cocoa butter. Finish is more syrupy malts and fake sweeteners, vanilla, coconut, light brown sugar.

Mouth is med bodied, syrupy, lighter carb.

Overall blech, so artificial tasting, lots of syrups and extract flavors, bad flavorings, sticky sweet and syrupy, no hops, barely drinkable. Seems like something a macro would brew claiming to be micro.

jlindros, Apr 20, 2012
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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.