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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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82
good

1,227 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,227
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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Ratings: 1,227 | Reviews: 299 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of GallowsThief
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The House of Brews.

A – Poured out a dark brown with about a finger of off white head that drops to a thin lacing.

S – Pretty sweet smell with roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. Coconut.

T – Had a fairly large coconut flavor right out of the gate. Pretty standard brown ale after the coconut fades. Has some chocolate and coffee flavor along with a touch of roasted malt. Nutty at the end.

M – Medium bodied and fairly good carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O – I liked this beer but I love all things coconut. I think it’s a fairly average brown but the coconut is my cup of tea. If you are not a coconut fan its not for you. I will take it anyday.

GallowsThief, Jan 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Dizbro21, Jan 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

tvanr, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Hughlegit
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Hughlegit, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

TrickkyGangsta, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of jsurfs82
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jsurfs82, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of daedalusfinch
4.5/5  rDev +24%

daedalusfinch, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A short-lived whitish cap topped the coppery brown beer. Nice clarity, a bit of lacing. Roasted, toasted aroma with coconut and floral character, some coffee. Similar flavour profile, with malt sweetness more prominent than bitterness. Lots of toast, coconut and roast, some nuttiness mid-palate. Lingering floral bitterness. Medium bodied and on the dry side, moderate carbonation, but thinned out a little in the finish. Decent overall, as long as you don't mind coconut.

DrJay, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Ryan1423
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Ryan1423, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of MetaSteve
1/5  rDev -72.5%

MetaSteve, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

BrewtalAlement, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

JayS2629, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

OtsegoAmigo, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of debuscher22
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

debuscher22, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Anew
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Anew, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

codynevels, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TippySelenoid
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

TippySelenoid, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Beaver13, Sep 09, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

zrab11, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
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.

Eriktheipaman, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 09, 2011
Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.