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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,211 Ratings
THE BROS
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okay

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Ratings: 1,211
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 29
Gots: 74 | 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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Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Poured a clear medium brown color with a small cap of off-white head that receded to a thin ringlet. Sweet malt aroma, toasted coconut, brown sugar. The taste was pretty sugary, caramel malts, coconut candy, maybe a bit of milk chocolate. Not as good as it may sound...it was pretty artificial-tasting. Light-medium body, not entirely bad, and definitely worth a try, but not something I'd ever get again.

Rifugium, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Mildly sweet malt with a strong coconut note. This one is a tad fruity.

Taste: Strong coconut presence, the malt taste is a bit watered down. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I loved the coconut flavor, but it really needs more to back it up. Just about what I expected.

oline73, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

mactrail, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of chocolate and toffee notes, exactly what I expect from a big American brown ale. The flavor is more complex. There chocolate and toffee are still present, but the toasted coconuts also really come through and add to the overall flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

Mora2000, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

mendvicdog, May 22, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Rochefort10nh, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear brown with a medium white head. Good retention and strong lace.

S: Coconut cream, perfumy, marshmallow.

T: Some caramel malt with a nice coconut addition. A bit artificial tasting, but it works pretty well here. Toasty, straight up brown ale flavour with the coconut.

M: Crisp carbonation, medium-bodied, pretty smooth, but a little too biting at times.

D: An interesting beer, I think the coconut works well here; I'm dropping the drinkability down a bit because its so unique, not really something I'd want more than one of at once. But it's well worth a try unless you're Angelica Pickles.

Halcyondays, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -17.1%

beernads, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

B-

kojevergas, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

oriolesfan4, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I am almost finished with the last batch of beer that my local, in-person trader, tone77, dropped off for me. It has been an interesting go, with lots of styles that I would otherwise eschew, but which allow me to keep my hand in.

From the bottle: "Koko Brown's distinctive, nutty aroma and flavor comes from real toasted coconut blended into each brew. One sip of this roasty, smooth, mahogany colored ale and you will feel like you are on a warm sun-drenched beach in Hawaii. Aloha!"; "Since 1994, Kona Brewing Co. has been committed to making handcrafted ales and lagers of uncompromising quality. We invite you to visit our brewery and pubs whenever you visit Hawaii. Mahalo!"; "Ale Brewed with Toasted Coconut and Natural Flavor Added".

My pour was creating a good bit of head so I backed off to allow it to settle a little before proceeding. I started with close to two fingers of foamy, light-tan head, but the intense carbonation caused it to bubble and burp its way out of existence. Truth in advertising strikes again! It was, indeed, a mahogany-brown with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see through walls. The neighbors need to let the dog out, apparently. Nose was rich with caramel and coconut and I was reminded of a "Peanuts" strip in which Linus or Lucy had a box of chocolates and inadvertently chose a coconut and then made a face. I remember thinking that I liked coconut as a kid and especially my grandmother's pound cake with coconut frosting. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was initially rich with coconut, but then the caramel and chocolate of the malt began to kick in and it was like liquid candy! Finish was decidedly sweet and you had best like coconut going into it because that was the lingering flavor. I can promise you that this type of thing is not usually my bag, but as an occasional step away from intense hops, I liked it. You have to decide for yourself as to whether it would be to your taste.

woodychandler, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

weeare138, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear deep amber to dark brown in color with hints of garnet red (this basically looks just like a coke). The beer has a half finger tall fizzy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thick film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet toasted coconut, toffee malts, and nuts.

T: This beer tastes very similar to it smells, with strong flavors of toasted sweetened coconut. Additionally there is a solid toffee malt body with some sweetness and nuts. Also, there is a light hint of vanilla.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is very interesting and I think that the addition of the toasted sweetened coconut makes this example of American Brown Ale a little different. A little too sweet too be sessionable but definitely drinkable.

dbrauneis, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +10.5%

drewone, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly dense but clear brown body with a thin film of light tan that soon is gone and a gentle carbonation gliding to the surface.

S- The buttery coconut aroma has a syrup quality that grows as it opens. There is a mellow kona coffee brown malt aroma that grows just a bit as it warms.

T- The kona coffee note and buttery coconut is a bit artificial tasting and the soda pop finish has cola and brown malt flavors that are a bit sweet.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tight full soda pop fizz in the finish.

O- I was really looking forward to a good commercial coconut brown ale and this was not it. Lots of artificial flavors and more like a soda pop than a beer made it a bit hard to finish the bottle.

rhoadsrage, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aloha, Koko Brown. You're up next. On to the beer:

Has the color of wood stained ruby brown. Thin lacing stains the sides of the glass and retains on top. I love the aroma, it's a great use of the coconut, which stands out with a never ending line of toasted and sweet. Could be a little more intense, but I'm just nitpicking that aspect.

If you're expecting a brown ale, you're not going to get much of that character here, as the coconut dominates the round. Lots of coconut upfront; slowly some brown ale character in the way of nutty and light toffee notes remind me that I'm drinking a beer. When I squint my eyes (or is it my ongue in this case?), the brown ale base tastes barely above average. Thanks goodness for the coconut. Light-medium bodied, a little fizzy and watery at times though. Still, a good drinker.

The difference between this and Maui Coconut Porter is that the latter integrates the beer part well with the coconut. With the former, the coconut dominates. If you're looking a sweet brown ale, then this is your beach. If you hate coconut, then you better think twice.

DoubleJ, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell is patent malt with a decent presence of coffee. Toasted coconut is strong in this. Slight sweetness gives this a bit of an Almond Joy candy bar. Not much more than that smells like an almond joy with coffee in it.

Starts out barely sweet with a strong coconut flavor. Coffee with a very slight chocolate flavor, tastes like an Almond Joy with no sugar used.

Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkability is summed up by asking "how much do you like coconut?" Pretty much a ho-hum very basic brown ale with coconut in it.

This is OK but no repeat sale here, pretty much an average at best beer.

Zorro, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

jdhilt, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.1%

ejimhof, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/5/2013. Pours crystal clear ruby brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, chocolate, coconut, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and coconut notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, chocolate, coconut, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, coconut, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, coconut, and light earthy hop flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice brown ale! All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and coconut flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of wrightst
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coco Loco Brown Ale, ontap @ Lulus

Poured into a pint glass, malty brown beer, small head dies down to nothing. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, and just sweet overall. Had a pleasing taste of nutty malts and a rich sweet coconut milk flavor that was very strong. Suggestions of brown sugar and toasted coconut. Almost cloying but a nice change of pace. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and overall, a well brewed beer.

Stinkypuss, Apr 25, 2011
Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,211 ratings.