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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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1,261 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,261
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 33
Gots: 97 | 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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Photo of marct
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of marikoangel
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into a pint at Amsterdam In SF. It pours a clear mahogany - reddish brown. It has a small tan head with fine lacing and small carbonation running up the beer.

S: It smells like coconut! Like the candied coconut - like the kind you get in an Almond Joy candy bar. I also get sweet milk notes a hint of chocolate. It's mainly coconut though.

T: The taste is predominantly roasted sweet coconut, with some light malts, a hint of nut, and a touch of hops to balance the milky sweet.

M&O: The mouthfeel is not too heavy, more of a medium light body. The sweetness in it is light making it drinkable and easygoing. Not a terribly complex beer. The coconut is so predominant that it makes this just a simple beer that you can easily drink without much thought.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark, ruby brown with a nice head which dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind a very thin lace.

Smell - Light coconut, floral notes. Very faint.

Taste - Beautiful shredded coconut, lightly roasted cocoa malts... is that a menthol note playing in the background?

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with a decent amount of carbonation to tingle the senses.

Overall - This is a great spring beer. It just might be my favorite Kona offering. This and pipeline are neck and neck. Why Kona doesn't offer both these beers year-round is beyond me, because they are by far Kona's best two beers.

Photo of sd123
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the Kona Brewing Company's Koko Brown Ale, their coconut-influenced nut brown ale. The Koko Brown pours out a dark brown color, not quite as dark as the picture suggests. The foam on top is a light cream color, that starts fairly thick but fades quickly.

The aromas are subtle, dominated by roasted malts with a just a touch of nutty aromas. With some vigorous swirling in the glass I can pick up a little bit of that coconut I've heard so much about, but really only as an underlying layer.

The flavor profile is equally subtle. It's a soft brown ale, dominated by roasted (nearly burnt) malts with just a small influence of coconut and nut flavors. I let the brew come closer to room temperature to see if I get a little more, but I'm unfortunately disappointed. Actually as the Koko Brown comes up to temperature, it's becoming somewhat less drinkable. Sorry, but I'm not excited about this one.

Photo of flexabull
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
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,

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of qchic
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Docer
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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!!!

Photo of Kromes
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

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.

Photo of tirlzx
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DrBwser
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bcostner1
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

Photo of electtodefer
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of beerjustin
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Photo of PthPndr
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,261 ratings.