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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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1,209 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,209
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 29
Gots: 74 | 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 TempeBeerMan
3.73/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A – Crystal clear medium brown with a one-finger head of soapy cream colored bubbles. Patchy/clumpy lacing.

S – Toasted malts and coconut. Overall aroma is medium strength.

T – The taste almost exactly follows the nose, with nutty, roasted grains and lots of coconut, however the coconut flavor is not overwhelming, which is nice. Slight bit of earthy hops in the finish. Some fruit sweetness (would you believe me if I said pineapple?) comes out as it warms. Not terribly rich or complex, but still pretty tasty.

M – Thin bodied bordering on watery, with medium carbonation. The carbonation works, but the thinness doesn’t. Could definitely use a little more fullness.

O – Coconut; surely a gimmick, right? Well…actually this is a pretty decent beer, although definitely not something I would want to drink a six'er of. Who knew coconut and beer would make a drinkable combo? This one should get props for originality, as the coconut makes it pretty unique.

TempeBeerMan, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Vasko5m
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Vasko5m, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Heff19
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Heff19, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of SohoSD
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

SohoSD, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The brew has a light brown colored body with a large billowy head formed upon pouring. The head had some persistence and faded slowly to give a light amount of lacing.

Smell – Coconut is the most potent aroma present. There is a lighter caramel aroma and an ever so light roasted malt aroma mixed in as well.

Taste – The taste is of roasted malt up front. There are flavors of caramel and coconut that mix well with the originating roasty flavor. While it starts out a little lighter, the coconut really comes on more toward the end of the taste and leaves a rather nice, slightly sweeter, coconut flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the light to medium side with a slightly below average carbonation level. The carbonation is very fitting as it allows the smoother tastes to really permeate the tongue. The body however is a little too thin and could use a little boost in thickness.

Overall – This is a very easy drinking brew with a great aroma and flavor. While the body is a little weak, it definitely should not keep anyone from trying this one.

Darkmagus82, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Brown120
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Brown120, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of seanbren
1/5  rDev -72.4%

seanbren, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

Nicer color than most browns, with a bright copper cast. Decent head in the wine glass. I don't detect any aroma, but there is plenty of toasted coconut in the nose. Well, a little nuttiness in the smell as it warms up.

Nutty flavors with a little butter. The malty sweetness is pleasant, and then some bitterness sneaks up. Caramel and modest roasted malt flavors. Watery body.

An amiable oddity, and a deal at $3.39 for the 22 oz bottle. Seems to be a wife pleaser, so who am I to judge.

mactrail, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear tawny color. Bubbly white head has modest retention. Thin, spidery lacing.

S: Coconut shavings, caramel, toffee, grassy hops, and an underlying sweet malty scent that I can't pinpoint. Vague fruitiness. The coconut is very fragrant.

T: Fresh coconut up front, with caramel, toffee, and that same aforementioned sweetness. It almost tastes like pilsner malt, though I don't think that's actually it. Coconut goes toasty mid-palate. Slight nutty taste underneath is barely perceptible. Fruity tastes reminiscent of dates and figs. Hop tastes of hay and lemongrass. More chewy caramel. Abrupt finish of toasted coconut and sweet caramel.

M: Light bodied. Slight chewy/viscous feel, yet it remains foamy and creamy too. Modest carbonation is sharp and has a bit of a scrubbing effect.

O: Simple, but pleasing. You come for the coconut and, well, you stay for the coconut. There isn't too much else going on, the base beer is a little bland. An easy drink for a breezy summer night. Part of me wants to test this out as a mixer, but I think it would be easily overwhelmed.

ryan1788a5, Mar 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

ChaseTheAce, Mar 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

milkbone_underwear, Mar 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

2dogbrew, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of rah1734bones
5/5  rDev +38.1%

rah1734bones, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear dark brown color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, a touch of chocolate and coconut. This beer smells very tropical, almost like a mix between a brown ale with a slight whiff of Hawaiian Tropic suntan oil. 

T- The taste is a lot of sweet malt and caramel with a touch if bitterness in the finish from the hope.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I like a good brown ale and this one has a nice little twist with the coconut. The coconut is not a distraction like I was worried about, it is very well placed in the brew.

cjgator3, Mar 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

hunnybunny, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

Reviewed after warming to about ten below room temperature. Straight from the fridge was just kind of bland.
A - brown with thin little head and slight lacing. Fine traces of floaters throughout, coconut?.
S - sweet coconut overlying some malts. The coconut smell is not unlike a bag of flaked bakers coconut. Nice if your a coconut fan.
T - shockingly sweet coconut milk, I'd assume this is from the "natural flavor added". Long lasting coconut taste sort of like having a coconut flavored candy.
M - medium malty smooth body with moderate carbonation.
D - too out of the ordinary to be an easy drinker unless you chug it cold.

Smelled interesting but the taste just came through as too confectioner's coconut to be really good.

Definitely let this one warm up to get the full coconut experience.

Beer4Baltimore, Mar 25, 2012
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.


kojevergas, Mar 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +38.1%

bona2vada, Mar 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

KnightRider, Mar 25, 2012
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.

mgoffee, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Jim_DemonDeacon, Mar 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

BlakeL, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of TheBigE5
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.

TheBigE5, Mar 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +38.1%

KristaHall, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of poriggity
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!

poriggity, Mar 22, 2012
Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,209 ratings.