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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,261 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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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 mscudder
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a standard light brown, amber color with a pale head.

S A little sweetness and a huge kick of coconut. Given I don't care for coconut I cannot approve of this.

T - A very flavorful brown where coconut just outright dominates all other flavors. If you are one for it, this is outstanding. If not this leaves quite a bit to be had, not horrible for a brown though.

M - Light-medium body with a bit too much carbonation for me. A bit of bitterness on the back end that personally I do not care for.

O - Coconut lovers indulge! Just not for me.

Photo of AnthonyG
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of oline73
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Mildly sweet malt with a strong coconut note. This one is a tad fruity.

Taste: Strong coconut presence, the malt taste is a bit watered down. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I loved the coconut flavor, but it really needs more to back it up. Just about what I expected.

Photo of tfidler
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of kb2250
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- AOH

A- Dark brown cola like color. One finger head that leaves minimal lacing and not as frothy as one would like.

S-coconut and breaded caramel malts and that is about it. Very unique.

F- coconute shaving and caramel mat in the flavor. It tastes more like an extract and can take away at times from the beer itself.

M- carbonated to excess but light bodied.

O- Not ba but i dont think i would try to encourage homebrewers to put coconut in the mix. It is definitly worth a try though.

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Poured into a goblet. Light chestnut in colour, clear and with a half inch of bubbly foam. Survives as a thin ring.

Nose is definitely strongly of a potent coconut syrup, with a bit of caramel, bread and chocolate malt. If I were to imagine a brew from Hawaii this would be it.

The brew certainly tastes of coconut, but rather than being a subtle compliment to the brown ale base, the sweet coconut flavor dominates and becomes quite cloying. Really needs to be turned turned down a notch. Thin bodied, moderate carbonation.

It's tasty and fun, but Im unlikely to want more than a bottle of this.

Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Supersixx
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of yergermeister
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jlindros
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head, that fades semi quickly with touch of lacing, over mostly clear auburn toasty brown colored beer.

Nose has an interesting but weird blend, with toasted coconut right off, coconut butter, a creamy buttery diacetyl, light brown sugar and light brown malts, plenty of nutty malts, caramel, creamy, sweet syrupy fake sugar additions and fake vanilla like.

Taste is more of the same, extract flavorings, fake vanilla, nutty almost hazelnut syrup, and coconut. Coconut butter, toasted coconut but also fake extract again, some sweet syrups, light brown sugar, toasted brown malts, hints of caramel and cocoa butter. Finish is more syrupy malts and fake sweeteners, vanilla, coconut, light brown sugar.

Mouth is med bodied, syrupy, lighter carb.

Overall blech, so artificial tasting, lots of syrups and extract flavors, bad flavorings, sticky sweet and syrupy, no hops, barely drinkable. Seems like something a macro would brew claiming to be micro.

Photo of RedSpecial1
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear mahogany with reddish highlights. A finger of off white head quickly dissipates leaving only some trace foam on top.

S: Lovely aromas of toasted coconut sweet maltiness. Not overly complex, but good.

T: Toasted coconut with sweet malt character dominates the beginning of the flavor, and then fades to sweet toffee notes at the end.

M: Somewhat thin, but not so much that it negatively affects the flavor. It probably makes the beer a bit more quaffable than a heavier mouthfeel would have.

O: A pretty decent beer with some interesting flavors. This would probably go great with some roasted meat or chocolate desserts.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at ShopRite Liquors in Caldwell yesterday since this was the last six-pack of this that they had in stock. This looked intriguing since I had never seen a beer with coconut in it before and the label seemed worthy of my attention as well. While this was not that full a beer, I liked how easily enjoyable it was and how the flavors meshed nicely well together.

Nice pour to this, with a clear mahogany hue, good carbonation, and a decent head that quickly settled. Not a lot of aroma nor lacing to be seen but the nose had just a bit of molasses to it. This faded nicely into a vanilla bitterness, toasted nut, and then the slow faded into coconut. That lingered quite nicely in the aftertaste with the lingering carbonation balancing out the slightly heavier notes of this beer smoothly.

The alcohol was spot-on too as it was present but not distracting. While this isn't as good as Sam Smith's or Newcastle, there was nothing sticky or burnt about this beer. I could easily see myself having one in the dead of Winter or on a nice Summer night and I plan on having one of these with some frozen Thin Mints that I've had in storage for a while. Kona has a subtly nice offering here that's sure to please nearly everyone.

Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Ralph's Monterey Park, Ca April 16, 2012

A light brown color on the first pour into a Steinlager glass. The smell of light coconuts off the glass. First taste is a distinct coconut flavor with a brown ale backend. A light toasted coconut mouthfeel settles on the tongue. Overall, a good interesting beer especially on a hot summer day. A lighter version of a Coconut Porter from Maui Brewing. Think I'll have another.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of QuantumPint
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bradcochran1234
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of anrbot
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of jaybags
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Kona koko brown - pour is dark burgundy with tight tan head. Nose is nice, caramel malt with the toasted coconut blended in well. Some vanilla and fudge notes, toasted marshmellow, behind create a nice balance. The taste is much of the same. Light on the coconut with the nice fudge and vanilla. A hint watery in the finish but well blended malts and sweetness. Lighter body, higher carb probably is what detracts from the finish but smooth and soft on the palate.

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