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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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1,193 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,193
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 28
Gots: 69 | 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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Ryan1423

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

01-02-2012 22:38:07 | More by Ryan1423
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MetaSteve

Texas

1/5  rDev -72.4%

01-02-2012 13:32:44 | More by MetaSteve
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BrewtalAlement

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-30-2011 02:10:55 | More by BrewtalAlement
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours an amber brown with a two finger off-white head that fades quickly but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma was of toasted nuts, cocoa, caramel, vanilla and faint hints of coconut.

the flavor was a good solid brown ale with chocolate, vanilla, toasted biscuit, and caramel flavors. faint hints of coconut subtly come in. Not enough to be called a coconut beer.

Creamy, medium body, good

Overall a very easty drinking, tasty beer.

12-29-2011 16:53:26 | More by JayS2629
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OtsegoAmigo

California

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-28-2011 19:08:58 | More by OtsegoAmigo
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debuscher22

Montana

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

12-26-2011 15:19:57 | More by debuscher22
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Anew

Washington

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-13-2011 21:17:05 | More by Anew
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.73/5  rDev +3%

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.

11-30-2011 07:12:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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codynevels

California

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-18-2011 01:53:10 | More by codynevels
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Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-14-2011 23:17:46 | More by Adamostella
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AlexM

California

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-14-2011 19:52:34 | More by AlexM
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TippySelenoid

Missouri

2.88/5  rDev -20.4%

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a weizen glass.

It's chocolate brown with a tan head that lasts all the way to the bottom.

Very sweet coconutty smell, almost like a candy.

This beer tastes like suntan lotion. The coconut seems artificial and is overpowering. It was more htan I expected and found it to be too much by the time I got to the bottom of my glass.

It's a creamy beer with a nice amount of bubbles.

This was my last beer on my vacation. I was sad to be heading back to Missouri. My wife and I had these at the Kona Grill in the Honolulu airport.

11-06-2011 22:02:39 | More by TippySelenoid
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.6/5  rDev -28.2%

12oz bottle, dated 2/22/11. Pours a light brown with a medium creamy off-white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet (almost buttery) toasted coconut and lots of it with a little acidic chocolate.

The flavor is sweet brown sugar and coconut with some buttery chocolate and a very slight acidic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is rather light bodied and watery.

Overall, interesting with lots of coconut but it's too one-dimensional and way too sweet.

09-09-2011 01:55:39 | More by Beaver13
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zrab11

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

A- Pours a nice dark reddish brown with a 1 finger off white head

S- Has a nice roasted malts flavor to it also get some coconut and coffee notes as well

T- The coconut comes out first and is wonderful then its followed by a nice coffee roastedness and some molasses also comes out in the flavor

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall i was quite pleased with this.. it felt thin at times but over all i thought all the flavors came out nicely and was balanced well

07-02-2011 16:45:16 | More by zrab11
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Coconut in beer? Where else would we expect this but from a Hawaiian brewer ... subtle extreme beer as well! Quick-forming head drops down almost as quickly to a thin lacing. Brown and clear. A bit of coconut and dark chocolate, a bit of a candy bar nose here. Body stands a little thin, and coconut flavor is quite prevalent. Maltiness does not really come forward—a quick smattering of toasted and very faint roasted malt. Balancing hoppiness does just that. Coconut flavor fades quick and a drink of toasted graininess is all that’s left. Not much to this Brown Ale other than the element of coconut, which perhaps saves this beer from being entirely pedestrian.

06-09-2011 13:33:15 | More by BeerAdvocate
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DoubleJ

California

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

06-04-2011 05:49:58 | More by DoubleJ
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liveandletdie

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

I've boughten this one a few times, and usually enjoy it. I've given it to some friends who typically all enjoyed it except for those who did not like coconut. It is very sweet, and crisp with the coconut. I do not recomend drinking a whole bunch of these but the first one is great but the sweetness can become too much after drinking more then a couple. Great for a celebration, something new and sweet.

05-31-2011 23:28:05 | More by liveandletdie
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Pour: Clear, dark reddish-brown color. Two fingers of off-white head that had average retention and some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Coconut is the forerunner of the aroma. Supported by a bit of roasted malt and coffee. Rather interesting.

Taste: Once again, the coconut is very much the star of the taste, though it doesn't dominate everything. Tied together by some molasses/caramel in the front, a nutty quality in the middle, and a coffee-like back end. Quite good, I think.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but a little overcarbonated I think. Makes for a rather prickly feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability/Overall: Drinks like a fizzy soda due to the carbonation. Good flavors, and very sessionable. Not too filling.

Final Notes: A rather interesting experiment by Kona, but it paid off. This Brown Ale is both interesting and unique, and tastes great. The coconut adds a little something special, I think, and would serve to make it a great semi-sweet beer to pair with some dessert. I dig it.

05-30-2011 22:22:13 | More by bagpiper2005
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rawfish

California

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

05-21-2011 19:09:01 | More by rawfish
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beerman207

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

Found this one in Seattle as well. Loving that this one is from Maui since the Mrs. and I got married there.

A: Dark brown with a nice tan skim coat on the top - leaves a good lacing in the glass

S: Nose is quite interesting - coconut comes through right away and a malt plus nuttiness

T: coconut, malt, and some nice bitter hops in the finish,

M: carbonation is medium - not too harsh

O: I really dig the coconut in this beer. I plan on using this element in a future brewing project with my favorite brewmaster.

T:

05-14-2011 02:28:59 | More by beerman207
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear dark brown mahogany color with a decent off white head and ok lacing.

Aroma is the best part IMO. Nice semi toasty caramel with a touch of chocolate.

Taste is good. The coconut is a bit fake but not bad. The flavors go well together. Caramel and a bit of chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Good carb.

Overallan ok beer. Would get it again but no need to seek it out if you can't get it.

05-02-2011 00:54:49 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

04-25-2011 04:58:59 | More by Stinkypuss
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LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

A great looking chestnut brown with a beige foamy head. The scent of toasted coconut really comes through and there is a slight boozyness in the background. There is alot of cocnut here, maybe more than I would like. Its a bit sweet but there is enough other stuff going on to keep you interested. It has a light body and retained a fair amount of chunky lacing. This is a good picnic beer or a beer for those that dont like beer? An interesting brew and one that should be tried, especially for desert with maybe some fried bananas and vanilla ice cream.

04-25-2011 04:14:10 | More by LazyL
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echoes

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a dark brown. Held to the light, a mahogany (dark red-amber) color is apparent. Sandy-colored head dissipates very slowly and leaves moderate lacing. Very little-to-no carbonation visible.

S: Smells of chocolate, roasted coffee with a slight hint of coconut in the background. Also smells a bit sweet, perhaps from molasses.

T: Same as smell. A blend of roasted coffee, chocolate and coconut. Brown sugar and/or molasses may also be present and hence has a somewhat sweet element to it. It all blends well. One of the best tasting beers I've had in a while.

M: Medium-bodied. No carbonation.

O: Overall one of the best beers I've had since Samuel Adams Noble Pils. This has become one of my new favorite beers. Reminds me a bit of Quilter's Irish Death. If you see this one, definitely give it a try!

04-23-2011 04:03:27 | More by echoes
Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,193 ratings.