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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,163 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 1,163
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 28
Gots: 62 | 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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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-12-2012 04:48:45 | More by UltimateLivewire
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wilfonzo

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-10-2012 23:04:47 | More by wilfonzo
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served on tap in a shaker pint glass.

appears a red brown color. minimal head of off-white. very nice sweet smell of nutty aroma and brown sugar. great. taste is similar, although not as sweet as the aroma. malty. thin to medium body, medium carbonation, a bit thinner tasting than expected for the style.

overall - a pleasantly flavored brew, although a bit thin.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 05:28:43 | More by jmdrpi
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TicoCali

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-10-2012 05:03:44 | More by TicoCali
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 20 Dec. 2011 served in a large goblet.

Pours a nice reddish mahogany, clear, but with a small and short-lived head. Leaves some lacing nonetheless.

Aroma: dominated by toasted coconut, there's a hint of malt but not much else.

Taste: fortunately, the flavor is much more balanced than the aroma indicates, with a decent medium-roast malt backbone and plenty of toasted coconut flavor. Some hints of spicing and hops appear in the finish and aftertaste.

M: medium-light body with good carbonation. Smooth.

O: While only slightly sweet (and actually turning a bit bitter in the finish), this beer still seems best suited for use as a desert beer or, I imagine, as refreshment on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 02:37:46 | More by chinchill
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MaddDogg84

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-08-2012 21:03:03 | More by MaddDogg84
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-08-2012 04:18:15 | More by CoryR
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flagmantho

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice medium-brown hue with a haze-free body. There's a low apparent effervescence and a single finger of frothy tan foam. I rather like the color.

Smell: light malt aroma with a little bit of caramel character an a little bit of biscuity character. On top of this is a pretty strong toasted coconut aroma. It doesn't really mesh 100% well, but you do get the idea of where the brewer wanted this beer to go.

Taste: right up front is a surprisingly chocolatey character, which dissipates quickly into a more caramel and biscuity, bready flavor. Again, the coconut is there right through the whole thing. I have mixed feelings about this beer: I like the flavor complexities and the dynamism, but I feel like the coconut just doesn't work in the flavor's favor; it may be simply that the coconut is a bit too strong.

Mouthfeel: medium or medium-light body with a good carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a decent beer that could be better balanced, especially vis-a-vis its signature ingredient, coconut. I also tried this beer paired with a chocolate dessert; in that environment, this beer shines when compared to sampling it alone. I highly recommend having this beer in that context.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 00:06:56 | More by flagmantho
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MurphyMacManus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into mug.

A: Dark brown with a minimal head, resulting from an overly gentle pour. There's some good lace on the top, though.

S: Sweet chocolate, toasted coconut, pastry.

T/M: Sweet, nutty, toasty. Coconut is strong in the finish, while the front is sweet and chocolatey. No bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, which is not surprising for how sweet it is. Tastes like a cake.

Overall: I like it, but it also doesn't resemble any other brown ale I've had. I can see how typical brown ale flavors play off and are enhanced by the coconut. I think the brewers could cut back on the sweetness, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 04:58:35 | More by MurphyMacManus
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date looks like it says feb 17 12.

Pours a very clear mahogany color with a tiny off white head.

Smells like roasty coconut flakes, cocoa powder and vanilla.

I get coconut up front then a dry cocoa flavor. Finishes with a nice sweetness.

Light mouthfeel with low carbonation but it works. Tons of flavor for a lighter drinking beer.

One of the few brown ales I actually enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 01:45:15 | More by IdrinkGas
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Beerme09

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

03-06-2012 21:28:51 | More by Beerme09
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bullcrapp

Texas

5/5  rDev +37.7%

03-06-2012 03:17:31 | More by bullcrapp
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BrownNut

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somehow manages to be both dry and sweet, which is kind of neat. That reminded me of cocoa powder but it's more of a caramel sweetness. It was sort of like I was drinking two different things at once. Very enjoyable.

Update: Now I've had one out of the bottle and it's not the same. It's still pleasant and I enjoyed it but on tap the flavors were so much fuller and richer. Leaving the scoring as the draught scoring.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 18:04:26 | More by BrownNut
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socon67

New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper to light brown. Some foam that settles quickly. Slight carbonation; clear.

S - Initial scents are of a toasted malt. Only after it warms some do you get a faint smell of coconut.

T - Tasty. The flavors of cocoa and fresh coconut are there, along with a roasted malt taste. I like the interesting flavors on this one.

M - Very smooth, and I found the coconut flavor made this an easy drinking ale. Smooth, well-balanced, and subtle.

O - Enjoyed this one, and after looking forward to Koko Brown in NY I wasn't disappointed. For any fans of coconut it is a must try, and really worth checking out just for the nice take on the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 19:27:10 | More by socon67
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truuby536

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-04-2012 19:04:25 | More by truuby536
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cestlavie

New York

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-04-2012 06:49:01 | More by cestlavie
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Copper color with a receding foam collar for a head, no significant lacing, but has good clarity for something that has coconut in it...

S. Smells almost exactly like a Mounds candy bar, before it has been bitten into. (The coconut aroma is somewhat hidden behind the chocolate smell) I cannot seem to pick out any hopping aroma of significance.

T. Some brown malt toastiness flavor is present, but the coconut flavor takes over for the second half of each sip. If only the hopping was stronger to do a better job of balancing against the sweetness, I would be really impressed, but as it is, it comes across as too much like a candy bar for my tastes.

M. Somewhat too watery and thin to support the boldness levels of the flavors presented within.

Interesting stuff and I am glad to have gotten a chance to have tried it while on vacation in the west coast. Makes me wish that more than only a few different coconut beers existed, the 'gimmick' seems like a pretty solid idea to me if it were to be done in a drier manner than this beer presented.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 18:37:22 | More by WastingFreetime
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-03-2012 16:43:36 | More by mdillon86
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bdake

Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-03-2012 04:05:22 | More by bdake
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kiki3drt292

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-01-2012 16:35:39 | More by kiki3drt292
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-01-2012 03:49:17 | More by zekeman17
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far333

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear caramel copper colored with a sizzling head that settles out quickly to nothing. Aroma of toasty malt, some malty sweetness, notes of caramel, and subtle coconut notes.

Strong and noticeable coconut flavor, a little soapy, some toasty malt and caramel sweetness, and a mild offsetting bitterness. Odd notes of vanilla and oak seem to find their way into the mix. There is also a hard edge to the flavor, a bit rough around the edges.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, needs some body. An interesting beer, perhaps a bit gimmicky, tough to have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 19:44:47 | More by far333
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jcmkr


4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-29-2012 18:00:58 | More by jcmkr
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – medium brown in color, clear, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – syrupy/malty smell, but that’s about all I can pick up from the aroma.

Taste – very similar to the smell, but there’s an extra, slightly roasted, chocolate type of taste that shows itself more in the middle of the taste. Bitterness appears more toward the finish.

Mouthfeel – definitely leans more toward the watery side, but still isn’t too far away from being well-balanced.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, but at the taste not terribly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 04:09:33 | More by Nerudamann
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khargro2

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -17.4%

02-28-2012 03:52:31 | More by khargro2
Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.