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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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Photo of kojevergas


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Hi-Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, California.

Served refrigerator cold and side-poured with standard vigor.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent dark amber-copper. No visible yeast particles. Interesting for a brown ale.

Sm: Light nice coconut, nuts, cream, and tropical fruit esters (very buried). Intriguing. What does toasting coconut really do? I hope to find out. A moderately strong, pleasant aroma.

T: Pretty strong coconut tones, some cream - particularly on the open, light nuts, and clean, layered lightly toasted malts to help lend it a full body and round out the flavour profile. Slight tropical fruit ester hints are present, but timid. Well balanced and nicely built, though I'd prefer the coconut truncated a bit on the finish. Unique but not complex or particularly subtle. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with adequate thickness and carbonation. Some cream. Suits the flavours pretty well.

Dr: A very unique brown ale that I'd certainly get again - preferably on draught. The coconut is well-executed, contrary to my expectations. I'd recommend it to friends merely because it's unique. If you want to see the style successfully experimented on, give this one a try. A solid offering from Kona brewing.


03-25-2012 03:20:32 | More by kojevergas
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5/5  rDev +38.1%

03-25-2012 00:52:15 | More by bona2vada
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-25-2012 00:32:17 | More by KnightRider
Photo of mgoffee


4.83/5  rDev +33.4%

Great beer. Nice sweet but not overbearing taste. Great to accompany food.

Would buy this again and would advice others to do so. Not too strong either, so can be enjoyed without worrying about the strength.

I actually think the caramel tastes are stronger than the coconut.... That said there is a nice mellow coconut after taste.

03-24-2012 22:58:53 | More by mgoffee
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

03-24-2012 21:37:57 | More by Jim_DemonDeacon
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-24-2012 02:24:19 | More by BlakeL
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4.6/5  rDev +27.1%

A - Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Half finger of light tan head. Nut brown amber coloring. Clear.

S - Dark malts, coconut and chocolate come through in the nose.

T - Starts as an excellent brown ale. Moves into a light coconut flavoring. Clean finish with lingering notes of coconut.

M - Smooth and creamy with light carbonation.

O - This beer would be great without the coconut flavoring, just as a brown ale. With wonderfully abundant coconut notes in the nose and a touch of coconut in the finish, this beer is taken to the next level of craft beers.

03-23-2012 15:46:07 | More by TheBigE5
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5/5  rDev +38.1%

03-22-2012 23:45:20 | More by KristaHall
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4.48/5  rDev +23.8%

I will say, I am a fan of all of Kona Brewing's offerings. That being said, I'd never had the Koko Brown until now. I poured it from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Small off white/tan head, with a nice dark copper color. First sip was a nice carmel and coffee note, with slight hops on the finish. The glass laces nicely, and it's quite refreshing. Great drinkable beer. Not thick or heavy, but a good drinkin beer!

03-22-2012 17:36:36 | More by poriggity
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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper, with a couple fingers of thick off-white head. This retains with a foamy smoothness that skims the surface, soaping the sides of the glass with patchy swathes of lace. The aroma smells of straight up toasted coconut, with extra underlying notes of green citrus, light toffee, and a bit of nutty dough along the back.

The taste is earthy green hops up front, with caramel and some light coffee flavor shoring up the middle, before a big flush of coconut milk floods out across the back of the profile. Hops finish this with a dry leafy bitterness that sticks to the tongue a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft and bubbly feel that lays a mellow crispness on the tongue and is generally pretty easy feeling in the mouth.

This wasn’t too bad if you’re looking for something a little lighter for the palate. You really have to let this warm up a bit too really get those coconut flavors to show and even then it seemed a bit overdone at times, but I was glad to at least find some other hop and malt flavors here to keep this mildly interesting. It’s certainly very drinkable for what it is.

03-21-2012 19:21:40 | More by Kegatron
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

A: single finger off white head, excellent retention on a deep amber and clear body. Some lacing.

S: sweet caramel malt, moderate degree of aroma strength. Mild burnt toast note.

T: I was immediately shocked at how strong the milk and coconut flavor was at the start.
This one actually tastes like toasted/dried coconut and immediately transitions to what I have experienced from drinking milk straight from a freshly opened coconut.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation:

Overall: Not so much good but interesting. The finished is a little watery but this one has a lot of coconut flavor. Definitely worth giving it a try if nothing more than for its uniqueness.

03-21-2012 00:30:58 | More by kylehay2004
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

03-20-2012 02:37:52 | More by pshelto
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

03-19-2012 02:27:21 | More by TDRudy
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-18-2012 21:26:00 | More by wrath98
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New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -18.5%

Remarkable color and clarity. Transluscent light brown with a tinge of red. Small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a bit of lacing.

Aroma is weak. Should be fruitier and maltier with more toasted coconut presence. Smells like Sam Adams Irish Red... bready, light caramel, old crystal malt.

Flavor is much better than the aroma. Nice and smooth. Not overbearing with the coconut. Just the mildest notes remain. Easy drinking with a good balance of bitterness. I could drink a few of these at a party. It is rather balanced with not too much sugar and therefore it doesn't give me a headache.

The mouthfeel is thin and lackluster. With better aroma and mouthfeel, this would be a very solid coconut beer.

03-18-2012 19:21:47 | More by aficionado
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-17-2012 23:19:56 | More by Perilousleigh
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of toasted malts, some coconut. Taste is coconut up front, some toasted malts, easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique beer worth checking out.

03-17-2012 13:46:30 | More by tone77
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-17-2012 05:21:44 | More by blake58
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

03-16-2012 06:51:24 | More by grubefresh
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

03-16-2012 04:59:09 | More by optimaul
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

A: The beer is clear and very deep amber in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that gradually died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are interesting aromas of coconuts, nuts and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of coconuts (similar to the coconut flakes that are used in cake frosting) along with notes of toffee and sweetness and some hints of vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The addition of coconuts to this beer definitely makes the smell and taste very unique. It is also rather easy to drink, although I wouldn’t call it sessionable given the sweetness.

03-16-2012 00:19:24 | More by metter98
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-15-2012 22:25:42 | More by robieobie1
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +16%

A. Copper in color with a mild head.

S. Fragrance of chocolate, coconut, and malt.
Smells like a chocolate coconut cake...could
it taste as good as it smells?

T. I was pretty surprised when I took my first
sip of Koko Brown. I've had some other
of kona's offerings and they weren't that
memorable. When I first started drinking
beer, I got introduced through red and
brown ales. Like most people my taste in
beer changed as I discovered other
types of beer, so it had been quite some
time since I sat down to a brown ale. This
is by far one of the better ones I've had.

M. Creamy, not overly thick.

O. I really liked this beer. Not many beers can
taste as good or better than they smell.
Drink up!

03-15-2012 02:56:57 | More by leviathanhops
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-14-2012 03:44:48 | More by randomjazzr
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4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

A-nice brilliant amber with a nice dark cream colored head

S-caramel, grains, nothing special. has some toastyness to it. smells good for a brown ale

T-comes in with a good taste of toasty grains and coconut. it actually has a great flavor that sticks to the tongue with a decent bitterness. has a faint after-taste.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is a very tasty and very drinkable beer. i could get a lot of this and always enjoy it. the coconut isn't too pronounced but it is noticeable, and appreciated. definitely one of my favorite brown ales out there

03-13-2012 15:51:11 | More by AdamBear
Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,193 ratings.