Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,272
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 40
Gots: 110 | 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 StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

im almost ashamed to admit it, but this beer tastes great! pours an innocous looking brown ale color, and has the same smell as a basic american brown ale, with that roasty malty sweetness and body, but this has a hint of fresh coconut in the nose, not milky and sweet and artificial, but islandic and raw. flavor is pronounced coconut up front. like drinking the water from one in a tree in south india, or like a mounds bar. touch of cocoa in there too, this feels more drinkable than it should. its not deserty at all, and is lighter than it looks in feel. overall one of kona's best beers that i have had. very unique and very memorable. definitely buy this if you like coconuts

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of dfillius
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger tan head with good retention. Reddish brown clear liquid.
S: Coconut is a tad too intense to be naturally occurring. Slight citrus hop. lactose?
T: Generally sweet caramelly malt with notes of coconut and macadamia nut. Tasty, but artificial/natural flavors overwhelm actual ones and seem a but forced. Not heavy-handed by any means, but it makes for a bit of 1-dimensionality. Tasty. Slight earthiness - from coconut?
M: Rich and creamy. Full. Sweet open, dry finish.
O: Tasty. I would have another, but probably not buy 6. Decent.

Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep red brown. Head is a one finger thin slick. Retention is mediocre, but the lacing is very prominant.
S- The aroma is mild but is malty with a bit of chocolate aromas. Not picking up much coconut on the nose.
T- Coconut is much bigger on the tongue. Very chocolatey and a fair bit of coconut. Caramel is there too. Very big flavors here, surprising conssidering the nose.
M- Body is medium-full, a touch chewy. Carbonation is low, could use just a bit more.
O- It's a bit of a novelty with the chocolate and coconut flavors, but if those are your things you should try it. Not an everyday beer, but a good one nonetheless.

Photo of hosehead83
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark copper in color, with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, subtle coconut
Taste-Toasted coconut, toasted malt, a nice little bite in the finish seems to balance everything out. a bit thin-bodied but nice flavor and balance. Sessionable. Good with a burger or BBQ wings.

Photo of Lemke10
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a medium brown color with a slight beige head. There isn’t much to the aroma but a slight scent of coconut. The flavor is dark, complex, and full of coconut. This is pretty unique and the best part is it tastes good too. A well made brew from that far south-west state!

Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber brown with a two finger off-white head that fades quickly but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma was of toasted nuts, cocoa, caramel, vanilla and faint hints of coconut.

the flavor was a good solid brown ale with chocolate, vanilla, toasted biscuit, and caramel flavors. faint hints of coconut subtly come in. Not enough to be called a coconut beer.

Creamy, medium body, good

Overall a very easty drinking, tasty beer.

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

Pours a dark, lightly hazed and reddish tinted brown, minimal cap of off white head. Scent leads with toasted coconut, hints of vanilla and toasted crusty bread, mellows into notes of toasted nuts and grain, light brown sugar and caramel. Taste of toasted coconut is quite intense in the first sip, brings more vanilla, rounds into a full toasted bread profile with light brown sugar notes. Medium bodied, slightly low in carbonation, lacing heft found in the style. Im torn with this beer, the idea is better than the execution, I love coconut and this beer has more of it than many similar beers, but a few short commings.

Photo of zrab11
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark reddish brown with a 1 finger off white head

S- Has a nice roasted malts flavor to it also get some coconut and coffee notes as well

T- The coconut comes out first and is wonderful then its followed by a nice coffee roastedness and some molasses also comes out in the flavor

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall i was quite pleased with this.. it felt thin at times but over all i thought all the flavors came out nicely and was balanced well

Photo of seano107
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the Aloha Series variety pack from Walmart of all places. Price was good, didnt realize it had a brown ale until I popped it open..I have been looking for a brown ale to replace the discontinued one at my bar I tend at.

light appearance, carmel color, light carbonation. appeares less than it is.

smell, same fairly light, carmel and coconut rule, but not bold or bursting

At first sip, I was like whoa that's pretty good. A light to medium body, not overwhelming in flavor (mostly coconut, maple, hazelnut and toffee/coffee but light) it sits fairly flat, but when you take a nice sip it opens up and is very creamy and burst in your mouth, and fully opens up washes down clean and refreshing, and leaves your mouth wet and ready for more. Not overly swee or filling and is very drinkable. I'll have another..

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Clear, dark reddish-brown color. Two fingers of off-white head that had average retention and some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Coconut is the forerunner of the aroma. Supported by a bit of roasted malt and coffee. Rather interesting.

Taste: Once again, the coconut is very much the star of the taste, though it doesn't dominate everything. Tied together by some molasses/caramel in the front, a nutty quality in the middle, and a coffee-like back end. Quite good, I think.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but a little overcarbonated I think. Makes for a rather prickly feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability/Overall: Drinks like a fizzy soda due to the carbonation. Good flavors, and very sessionable. Not too filling.

Final Notes: A rather interesting experiment by Kona, but it paid off. This Brown Ale is both interesting and unique, and tastes great. The coconut adds a little something special, I think, and would serve to make it a great semi-sweet beer to pair with some dessert. I dig it.

Photo of I3eck
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle -> Craft Beer Glass

A: Rich dark brown with a nice red hue, 3/4" creamy tan head that hangs for a while, thick web lacing.
S: Bittersweet cocoa powder, roasted coffee, vanilla.
T: There's the coconut..., dark chocolate, toasty malts, creamed coffee, nice subtle bitter finish.
M: Medium-bodied, higher CO2 which adds to the creaminess, nice rich coating effect.
O: Tasty brew. I love coconut in brews - it adds a smoothness and cuts the bitterness in dark ales and leaves you with a creaminess & great drinkability. Not overdone, but well done.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coco Loco Brown Ale, ontap @ Lulus

Poured into a pint glass, malty brown beer, small head dies down to nothing. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, and just sweet overall. Had a pleasing taste of nutty malts and a rich sweet coconut milk flavor that was very strong. Suggestions of brown sugar and toasted coconut. Almost cloying but a nice change of pace. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and overall, a well brewed beer.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a thin pint glass, color is more amber than brown, witha a thinner head but it laces nicely.

Smell is heaviery on the cocunut, but some light malt sweetness comes through.

Taste is pretty clean, nice toasted coconut flavor, with solid malt sweetness and backone, toasted nutty and some light toffee as well. Hops are there, but just compliementary.

Mouthfeel is pretty well balanced, some nice lingering malt and coconut flavors.

Overall, I like this beer, I think the malt backbone is balanced and a nice complimentary coconut note.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a ruby brown color with a off white minimal head and lace. Smell has a dominant sweet roasted coconut aroma with some grain in the back. Taste, again of sweet roasted coconut, grain with a good hop balance. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. My first brown ale with coconut is very enjoyable,

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 DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aloha, Koko Brown. You're up next. On to the beer:

Has the color of wood stained ruby brown. Thin lacing stains the sides of the glass and retains on top. I love the aroma, it's a great use of the coconut, which stands out with a never ending line of toasted and sweet. Could be a little more intense, but I'm just nitpicking that aspect.

If you're expecting a brown ale, you're not going to get much of that character here, as the coconut dominates the round. Lots of coconut upfront; slowly some brown ale character in the way of nutty and light toffee notes remind me that I'm drinking a beer. When I squint my eyes (or is it my ongue in this case?), the brown ale base tastes barely above average. Thanks goodness for the coconut. Light-medium bodied, a little fizzy and watery at times though. Still, a good drinker.

The difference between this and Maui Coconut Porter is that the latter integrates the beer part well with the coconut. With the former, the coconut dominates. If you're looking a sweet brown ale, then this is your beach. If you hate coconut, then you better think twice.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of chocolate and toffee notes, exactly what I expect from a big American brown ale. The flavor is more complex. There chocolate and toffee are still present, but the toasted coconuts also really come through and add to the overall flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
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.

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

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, nuts, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with strong and sweet flavors of maple and caramel followed by a hearty malt character and a touch of honey. However, I didn’t pick up any of the coconut flavoring. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s very solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/5/2013. Pours crystal clear ruby brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, chocolate, coconut, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and coconut notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, chocolate, coconut, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, coconut, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, coconut, and light earthy hop flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice brown ale! All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and coconut flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of thegodfather1076
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very eye-catching label with awesome graphics, color scheme, and font that gives a real tropical island feel. Label gives a small description of the beer, web info, a bit of brewery info, states “Aloha Series”, and bottled on date 3/12/2013. Neck label gives a description of the beer, backstory on the brewery, and states “ Aloha Series”.

Appearance: Allowed to warm for 10min before aggressively poured from its 12oz brown bottle into a 16oz nonic pint led to a 3 finger light tan head of a light airy density that was the very rocky and resting atop a slightly chill hazed chestnut brown beer. Head retention was 3min 16sec before fading to a thick rocky rink and coating with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of nutty maltiness with hints of milk chocolate sweetness and a toasty coconut aroma with hints of caramel.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of roast nutty malts along with a toasted coconut flavor on the front-end. Milk chocolate, caramel, and toasty coconut dominate midpoint before turning to a toasted coconut finish and roasty aftertaste. The coconut comes out as this warms.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a low carbonation. Very drinkable and tasty.

Overall/Comments: A very good brown ale that is very drinkable with a tasty flavor profile that is worth a try. I would def drink again but wouldn't seek out and buy this. Classified as an American Brown Ale @ 5.5%. Consumed 9/8/2013.

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

A - Cola brown, nice small whitish brown head. Some persistent cling.

S - Roasty. I want to attribute the malt, but I think it is the coconut...

T - Definitely pronounced coconut. Works well with the brown to give a toasty nut dimension to the flavor.

M - Light to medium body, good carb and fair balance.

D - Yum. Different, but I could session it!

Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
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