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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,231 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,231
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 flexabull
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright and clear brown color with a very nice off white head, good lacing too. Looks really good in the glass.

Aromas are odd, very roasted notes of fruit, not really getting a whole lot of coconut. Grainy, grassy, vegetal, and kind of floral. Some sniffs I like this, others, not so much.

Taste starts out with roasted sweet coconut, light cocoa, and slightly roasted malt flavors. While this beer tastes good, the added flavors adds almost an artificial taste and not typical sweetness to this beer.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth with pretty good carbonation.

Overall? Ehhh... Not a fan, tastes like a bland brown ale with lots of non beer flavors added. Not a terrible beer, but I wont be buying this one again,

flexabull, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up about a week a go at BevMo.

Appearance- brown color, thin head that dissipates fairly quickly

Smell- malt, coconut

Taste- a lot of coconut flavor

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Pretty good. I would drink it again. Definitely has a lot of coconut.

jeffjeff1, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of qchic
3/5  rDev -17.4%

qchic, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Docer
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!

Docer, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium clear orange-brown with a good chunky tan head, some foam clinging to the edge. Head dissipates to nothing.

You really get the toasted coconut in the nose, a nutty sweet aroma that is not overpowering. But, I'm looking for malt, and get none.

The long lingering aftertaste of coconuts and toasted nuts. A little cocoa somewhere, or maybe I'm looking for an Almond Joy in a glass. So, coconut up front, mild bitterness and some malt in the middle, a bit toasty but there. Malt and light bitterness in the finish. The surprise is the mildness of the coconut in the finish. Well played - this works.

Medium bodied. Some decent carbonation.

Overall, not bad. I cannot see sessioning this, probably 2 would be my limit. But for a gimmick brew, they did this right. No real overkill. Interesting burps!!!

OtherShoe2, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Kromes
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear dark brown with a very thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Toasted malt and toasted coconut.

T: There is a sweet toasted coconut flavor mixed with a nutty toasted malt flavor. There's also a peach-like fruit flavor in the finish with a bit of hop.

M: Very thin and watery. Almost like a somewhat flat soda.

O: Not a bad little flavored brown ale.

Kromes, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Feb 01, 2011 13:30 WA.

Bottle to a NBB Globe.

A - The beer pours a translucent brown that is so thick you aren't able to see through. A nice 2 finger white head but not much retention, decent lacing.

S - A malty sweetness on the nose immediately. The toasted coconut comes in a little on the back end, though the dominant aroma is malt.

T - The beer starts with a definite sweetness from the toasted malts. The sweetness lasts throughout the draw. Mild bitterness. The coconut comes through on the middle to back end and meshes nicely with the malty sweetness. The beer finishes with a lingering sweetness and a nice coconut flavor.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Better than average though it'd be hard to put a lot down as it's so sweet.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-16-2011 01:24:06

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear copperish brown color with a small, even cap of beige head. Not much for retention and lacing.

Nose definitely shows some coconut, also a fair amount of nutty maltiness. Moderately sweet and just a bit of chocolate. Smells real good, I am a total coconut fiend though.

Not as sweet as I thought it would be, which is a good thing in this case because the coconut (along with the malts) gives off plenty of sweet impressions. Id say the coconut is just as apparent in this as the Maui CoCoNut Porter. I think I actually like this one more, not to mention it is a dollar cheaper and you get 50% more! Very easy to drink, nice and smooth. I wouldnt mind a silkier, richer mouthfeel...but other than that I am pleasantly surprised by this beer. I foresee a few more six-pack purchases in my future.

twiggamortis420, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev +10.2%

rogerthegill, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of jvillefan
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium/dark brown with red hues. It has a one finger head that lasts for a couple of minutes.

S: Sweet. It has aromas of caramel, malt, and coconut.

T: Very smooth and very sweet. The coconut is there but not overpowering. The dominate flavor is the caramel.

M: It has good carbonation and retention.

O: I think it is worth trying if you have never had a coconut beer but this type of beer is not my style.

jvillefan, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours reddish/mahogany brown into my snifter with about one finger on tan head that has moderate retention and lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, toasted coconut and mild vanilla and cocoa notes.

T - Sweet malts and coconut are noticeable but fade quickly, toasted nuttiness, mild cocoa and vanilla. Flavors are very muted with the exception of coconut.

M - Fairly light and thin.

O - Overall an easy drinker and people who like coconut most likely would enjoy it. I'd say it's worth trying, but not seeking out.

StoneBrewFanatic, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of tirlzx
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

tirlzx, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of DrBwser
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DrBwser, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of bcostner1
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

bcostner1, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip.
Pours a chocolate color brown..almost like a coke.
No head, but a bit of lacing is present.
Smell is so good. Toasted coconuts and malts dominate.
Taste is wonderful. Again, toasted coconut is present, but works so well with the toasy malts. I taste a bit of chocolate as well.
Slightly dry finish but crisp, fresh, and refreshing. I really like this brew. This is my first one since having it at the Brewery in 2010...and I loved it then. So glad to see it here on the east coast. I will be buying this for sure again and again. One of, if not my actual favorite brown...and I usually dont love brown ales...
Cheers!

DrinkSlurm, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of electtodefer
3/5  rDev -17.4%

electtodefer, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +24%

sukwonee, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of beerjustin
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

beerjustin, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. Bottle does not list ABV but does list BOD.

A: Clear chestnut brown with a half-a-finger slightly off-white head.

S: Strong sweet coconut, malt, and nuts.

T: Sweet coconut, lots of nuts, some roasted malt, toasted smokey notes and slight hops in the finish for balancing.

M: Surprisingly light and dry.

O: Interesting aroma and acceptable flavor. The mouthfeel should be heavier though to match the toasted sweet coconut and smoke. On the other hand, this is a brewery in Hawaii; I doubt a heavy beer would go well there.

ianjsullivan, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of PthPndr
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

PthPndr, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of ricksrealm
3/5  rDev -17.4%

ricksrealm, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
4/5  rDev +10.2%

JustinQ, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of ScreamForMe
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ScreamForMe, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Doppelbockulus
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells about like a typical brown ale. I get yeast and a bit of mild malt, but no coconuts.

Dark ruby appearance, clean and clear.

Not really any coconut on the tongue, either. It just tastes like a brown ale. There is a presence of toasted malts, but thankfully not burned malt. Hops are lightly present, more so in the after taste.

Typical mouthfeel, about like a Newcastle.

Doppelbockulus, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of IPAguy2009
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this 6 pack for 8 bucks. Had it last year and liked it.

A-clear brown slight red tint color. Very little lacing.

S- slight malt sweetness, with lots of toffee and coconut smells, I love coconut so its really good!

T-pretty mild brown ale taste with the coconut in the background. Yum!

M- pretty light and small amount of carbonation

O- I like its, its not great, but I like it. I'd recommend it. Nothing to really flip over but its tasty and well done! Prost!

IPAguy2009, Jan 20, 2012
Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,231 ratings.