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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,173 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 1,173
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 28
Gots: 65 | 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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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

theres a date on the bottle, DEC 16 11, not really sure what it means though.... 12 oz bottle.

A: a beautiful dark mahogany hue. clear. head is slightly tinted with brown but does not stick around for long. lacing is patchy.

S: vanilla beans. coconut. maybe a little bit of wood. am i drinking something thats barrel aged or just an american brown? i dont really care, cause this is a pretty unique aroma on a brown.

T: really get a lot of vanilla as well as some coconut across the palate. similar to the nose. but not nearly as big. after the sweet coconut subsides, a biscuit-like flavor comes out. finish is a little bittersweet.

M: pretty moderate amount of carbonation. medium body.

D: pretty unique brown here. flavor is distinctively coconut filled as well as loads of vanilla notes. not sure how many of these i could drink, however, one is just fine with me.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:06:34 | More by Jimmys
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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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Arsenal0328

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-10-2013 23:07:55 | More by Arsenal0328
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a darker brown while remaining fairly clear. Nice off white head.

The smell was roasted coconut and little else.

The taste was on par with the smell. It was a roasty coconut with a very little hop bite on the front. Not much in the way of balance but I really enjoyed it none the less.

Not the greatest Brown Ale but pretty tasty. I could see myself getting it again if I sw it around town. Lighter and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 23:22:28 | More by Eriktheipaman
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-24-2014 00:53:10 | More by kvgomps
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a reddish orange amber color 1 finger of white head, no lacing.
S - Big coconut in the aroma, some nice roasty malt, a little vanilla, some nice light hop traits too, a little floral.
T - The coconut against the nutty, roasted flavors of the malt really works here, in the end you get a light bitterness, some mild hop undertones.
M - Kinda sweet but still refreshing, medium body.
O - Unexpectedly good, the coconut is the most pronounced of any coconut infused beer I've had, and it works well in a brown ale. Will have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 02:29:37 | More by Omnium
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Beerlover

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +37.7%

07-02-2013 03:44:16 | More by Beerlover
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.4%

08-05-2013 22:44:41 | More by mpalestino
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-22-2013 20:29:15 | More by dgherm
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deonreds

New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-19-2013 02:58:06 | More by deonreds
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-10-2013 03:36:07 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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csfcmitchell

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

08-22-2013 03:54:33 | More by csfcmitchell
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

05-09-2013 01:37:04 | More by leftoverburrito
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bzach

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

05-18-2013 23:03:12 | More by bzach
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mctizzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

05-06-2013 14:51:06 | More by mctizzz
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-02-2014 23:31:42 | More by jzlyo
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-15-2013 22:45:18 | More by rydev24
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-01-2012 03:49:17 | More by zekeman17
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at ShopRite Liquors in Caldwell yesterday since this was the last six-pack of this that they had in stock. This looked intriguing since I had never seen a beer with coconut in it before and the label seemed worthy of my attention as well. While this was not that full a beer, I liked how easily enjoyable it was and how the flavors meshed nicely well together.

Nice pour to this, with a clear mahogany hue, good carbonation, and a decent head that quickly settled. Not a lot of aroma nor lacing to be seen but the nose had just a bit of molasses to it. This faded nicely into a vanilla bitterness, toasted nut, and then the slow faded into coconut. That lingered quite nicely in the aftertaste with the lingering carbonation balancing out the slightly heavier notes of this beer smoothly.

The alcohol was spot-on too as it was present but not distracting. While this isn't as good as Sam Smith's or Newcastle, there was nothing sticky or burnt about this beer. I could easily see myself having one in the dead of Winter or on a nice Summer night and I plan on having one of these with some frozen Thin Mints that I've had in storage for a while. Kona has a subtly nice offering here that's sure to please nearly everyone.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 07:24:28 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Docer

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a clear and dark cola/tea brown with about a finger of white foamy head which has settled to a very thin layer above the brew, and a slightly bubbly ring on the edges of the glass. Overall not a bad looking beer.

Smell: (3.5)
- Smells like a wonderful bready grainy brown. Subtle sweet notes with some nice yeasty bread. Light brown sugar and coconut sweetness. Overall the smell is good.

Taste: (4.0)
- Nice beer. Balanced, lightly sweet brown sugar and malt, nice light roasted coconut flavors, just the right grassy bittering hops and a fantastic fresh and smooth finish. A very solid brew.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Light to medium bodied brew, well carbonated with tiny bubbles, and is just a touch chewy and cloying.. but still thin and sessionable. Easy to drink.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is a tasty hit of a beer, and one I am sure to buy again. It's taste is its best trait, and it is very balanced and good. I was expecting a mediocre brown like so many, but was pleasantly surprised with the light sweet coconut flavors, and the perfect use of hops in this beer. Go try it!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 05:50:34 | More by Docer
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

05-07-2012 00:03:01 | More by TheBigBoy
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erialbill

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-30-2014 14:21:47 | More by erialbill
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-05-2013 18:28:51 | More by Cramerican
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

07-06-2013 03:50:33 | More by apasternak
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Copper color with a receding foam collar for a head, no significant lacing, but has good clarity for something that has coconut in it...

S. Smells almost exactly like a Mounds candy bar, before it has been bitten into. (The coconut aroma is somewhat hidden behind the chocolate smell) I cannot seem to pick out any hopping aroma of significance.

T. Some brown malt toastiness flavor is present, but the coconut flavor takes over for the second half of each sip. If only the hopping was stronger to do a better job of balancing against the sweetness, I would be really impressed, but as it is, it comes across as too much like a candy bar for my tastes.

M. Somewhat too watery and thin to support the boldness levels of the flavors presented within.

Interesting stuff and I am glad to have gotten a chance to have tried it while on vacation in the west coast. Makes me wish that more than only a few different coconut beers existed, the 'gimmick' seems like a pretty solid idea to me if it were to be done in a drier manner than this beer presented.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 18:37:22 | More by WastingFreetime
Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.