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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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82
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1,264 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 35
Gots: 98 | 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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Ratings: 1,264 | Reviews: 300
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint consumed on-tap at the 2-7 Public House on Spokane's south hill for $2.

Pint was dark brown in color, and took on a rubyish hue when held up to any sort of light. Not much head to speak of, and very little lace.

Brown sugar and coffee hit the nose. Seems like a sweeter version of the style.

Rather sweet tasting, but coffeeish at the same time, in the sense that the coffee in question is like coffee ice cream.

Medium bodied, with a slightly coating mouthfeel.

One of the sweeter brown ales I've had, but it's not a massive bash-you-over-the-head sweetness, which makes it more drinkable than some. Not a standard brown ale, but it will do, especially when being sold for $2 per pint.

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper to light brown. Some foam that settles quickly. Slight carbonation; clear.

S - Initial scents are of a toasted malt. Only after it warms some do you get a faint smell of coconut.

T - Tasty. The flavors of cocoa and fresh coconut are there, along with a roasted malt taste. I like the interesting flavors on this one.

M - Very smooth, and I found the coconut flavor made this an easy drinking ale. Smooth, well-balanced, and subtle.

O - Enjoyed this one, and after looking forward to Koko Brown in NY I wasn't disappointed. For any fans of coconut it is a must try, and really worth checking out just for the nice take on the style.

Photo of Bartos
4.5/5  rDev +24%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of secondtooth
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby brown, with a nice head of fine, off-white suds. lovely and attractive lace.

Nose is full of toasty coconut. A hint of cocoa or chocolate in there as well. I really like this -- unique and distinctive.

Taste is very coconutty-- with more of the chocolate hint featuring alongside. Very enjoyable. There's also a slight hint of hops late in the finish, bringing this around full circle. I dig this brew and will be revisiting.

Photo of rawfish
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky brown with a thin film of off white lace, held up to the light it's clear mahogany with some ruby highlights. Thin head doesn't hold up well nor does it leave much more than a couple spots of lacing.

Malt bill combined with floral coconut is pretty impressive. Chocolate malt, no toastiness but a pleasant, sweet nuttiness also comes through. Though I know the coconut flavor is added it does a good job mixing vanilla and coconut shavings, very floral and nice.

Malt bill is a bit more roasty in the flavor, caramel malt with chocolate and some coffee. Quite artificial but there's quite a bit of coconut milk, macadamia nut and vanilla. To say this tastes like a very sweet Hawaiian coffee blend would not be too off. Hops come in to balance at the end tasting slightly of pine. Dries well.

Medium body for a brown and with prickly carbonation, toning it down some would make the drink smoother and creamy.

I can see how anyone not a fan of sweet would find this immediately cloying and too much to handle. I think that while the novel ingredient is quite artificial it works for this style. If you are into the novel ingredient or sweeter beers this is well worth seeking out.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of shand
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a fairly clear brown color with a decent head. Aroma is sweet malts, grains, and coconut. The taste is a nice mix of coconut and sweet malts. The malts really start to take over on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium level of carbonation, and the drinkabilty is good. Overall, a solid brown ale with just a bit of a twist.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Omnium
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.