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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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1,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,212
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 29
Gots: 74 | 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 pintofparadise
3/5  rDev -17.1%

pintofparadise, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An amber-brown with ruby highlights and excellent clarity. The light-tan head of creamy bubbles dissipates to a cap after a minute.

S: A moderate malt and moderate toasted coconut dominate the aroma. The malt has a moderate chocolate and low caramel, toasty and nutty notes. There is a low citrus hops note as well. There is a slight unpleasantness about the mix of coconut and low diacetyl but it goes away and on the whole still a good smelling beer.

T: A moderate malty flavor that is toasty with chocolate notes balanced with a medium-high bitterness. There are moderately-low citrus hops and coconut flavors and a low fruitiness. The there is a low sweetess in the middle giving way to moderately off-dry finish with a bitter, slightly malty and coconut finish.

M: This beer has medium-full body, a moderate level of carbonation and a very light astringency.

O: A dry than average version of an American Brown with a light touch of coconut. The base brown style is better than average with some great toasty malt aromas of chocolate and caramel that is complimented with the addition of toasted coconut.

MadScientist, Aug 10, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a chestnut colored body that was semi-clear...two fingers worth of bubbly white head formed and stayed pretty full...nice lacing

S - The nose was very nutty with toasted notes standing out...it had a semi-sweetness to it with burnt caramel leading the way

T - Sweeter flavors start things off before the toastiness kicks in...the toasted flavors are coconuts and other nuts...there is an earthy hop presence towards the finish...the caramel comes back to add more sweetness and take the edge off the toastiness...the finish tastes like cream soda

M - Medium bodied...sweet and toasty, soft carbonation

O - I was looking forward to this coconut beer, but I was left with a little disappointment...a little too sweet and overly toasted...I prefer the other coconut flavored beer from Hawaii...MAUI!

thain709, Aug 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Woodysbeard, Aug 06, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Orion1, Aug 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Trevormcraig, Aug 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

BeerBadger, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not being a big fan of either brown ales in general, or coconut as a flavour, I saved his one for a thirsty night after a hot day. Dark brown colour, with slightly sweet aroma (not as sweet malt as many other browns I have tried). The result: a pretty drinkable brown ale, toasty with some complexity. A bit assertive carbonation. Sweetish with a tad of bitterness.

Sammy, Jul 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

OldTime, Jul 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Sjorge3442, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of davebray
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The appearance of a label can get my attention and this one did. Poured into a glass, it had a short-lived head. The color is brown and appears attractive. I never was into coconut, and the taste is, without a doubt, dominated by coconut. So, I didn't go much farther than a few tastes.

davebray, Jul 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

gointhefridge, Jul 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

BlackDogs, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of Kona Brewing Company's newest Seasonal offerings (the "Aloha Series"), Koko Brown is an American Brown Ale brewed with toasted coconut. According to the label: "Koko Brown's distinctive, nutty aroma and flavor comes from real toasted coconut blended into each brew, one sip of this roasty, smooth mahogany colored ale and you will feel like you are on a warm, sun-drenched beach in Hawaii. Aloha!" This sample was bottled on April 03 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Kona pint glass. Served at 44º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy cream white head that retains poorly. Body color is a mahogany-light brown. Carbonation is light and relaxed. Appearance is not impressive. 2

(Smell) The coconut and toffee is most certainly up front, dominating the majority of the nose. Lesser includes a medium caramel malt, a grassy and spicy hop arrangement and a slight whiff of alcohol. Should one enjoy coconut in their beer, this is certainly an appropriate option, with plenty of coconut up front. 3.5

(Taste) Toffee and coconut again make up most of the flavor, with a much darker caramel than the nose suggests, imparting mild bitter and burnt flavors in the finish. Coconut itself doesn't come off as being toasted, instead imparting a bitter and raw flavor to the beer. Overall the beer finishes dry with coconut bitterness. The beer is likely a hit-or-miss, depending on the consumer's preference of flavors, but overall it settles very average for me. 3

(Mouthfeel) Slick with too little air. Could benefit from a creamier texture. Body is medium, alcohol presence is light/medium. My biggest criticism for the flavor is the overall flatness which doesn't match or pair well with the flavors, accentuating the flaws even more. It's an off pairing. 2.5

(Overall) The intentions of this beer are good, and there aren't too many other coconut brown ales around to compete. The flavors of this beer are a bit harsh on the bitterness and a touch too dry. A creamier texture would do well at balancing the more roasted sweet coconut flavors while masking some off-flavors, of which a few thrive in this specific beer. As is common with many major-brand craft beers, the head quality is lacking and the body is light, indicating that there is room to expand on the body. With some tweaks to the recipe, this could do much better. 3

Kona Brewing Company's
Koko Brown Ale

Jadjunk, Jul 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

rolltide8425, Jul 17, 2012
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

KONA KOKO BROWN IS THE MOUNTAIN DEW OF BEERS. You know, like when you want something to drink, but you don't really know what you want but you know you want a soda, and you see the Mountain Dew and you're like "Fuck Yeah! Mountain Dew!!!" Thats what its like when I want beer and I see it sitting in the beer fridge.

A: Wtf, are they paddle boarding? It's hawaii, hit up some waves, fags. Greg Noll up in this mother

S- my first thought is port-o-potties. This beer makes me really happy, but ive never smelled it until this review, and it doesnt smell very good! Damn you BeerAdvocate, you ruined this beer for me by making me sniff it.

T_ Sooo sweet and rich. Think like BBQ'd coconut. Minus the BBQ sauce. Plus beer.

M= cant feel my mouth right now. must have drank too manies

O# i fucking love this beer. never let it go. stay in my life forever. but not like married. like one of serveral girlfriends that i can call upon antime.

PENISBEER, Jul 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

hopsolutely, Jul 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

bbreneman, Jul 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

juicebox, Jul 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

bcsbeer, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of leaddog
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from ABC store in Honolulu.

Appearance- Pours a light mahogany with a half finger width of bubbly head.

Smell- Nutty aromas, hint of toasted coconut, caramel, and toasted grains.

Taste- Starts with nutty and caramel flavours. There is a hint of citrus in there. Finishes with toasted grains.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. A tad thin.

Overall- A nice twist on the brown ale by Kona Brewing. I would have preferred more coconut in the beer, but otherwise it has some nice warm flavours.

leaddog, Jul 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

MikalMick, Jul 08, 2012
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2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer pours a crystal clear deep garnet color and is topped with a ½” of off white head that leaves faster than it appeared.
Smell I was not expecting a typical brown ale when I got this beer and by the first whiff it doesn’t seem to be. I get coconut and some roasted notes not much else.
Taste: The taste is not something that I am really enjoying it just seems just a bit off. There isn’t much to the flavor as I would expect out of a brown, it is just kind of blah.
Mouthfeel: This appear to pour on the thin side and my palate agrees with the pour rather thin and weak.

raznug, Jul 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

hophopandaway14, Jul 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

caverog, Jul 05, 2012
Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,212 ratings.