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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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82
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1,032 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1032
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%


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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oline73

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 01:21:21 | More by oline73
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Bottled on the 15 March 2012.

A - Brown reddish color. Small head with low retention and limited lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted coconut, malty, a bit spicy, and some gentle hop in the back.

T - At first, taste is dominated by coconut and malt. Hop progressively shows up to finish on a gentle alcohol warming touch.

M - Good carbonation. Medium body. Quite smooth on the palate.

O - Aromas and flavors are mild, but too discrete to my taste. Though, it's an unusual and pleasant beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 02:54:57 | More by duracell
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Mosstrooper

California

3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Dark brown color with amber hues and a substantial, fizzy off-white head that dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell: Without going into each flavor in-depth, the smell of this reminds me of Almond Joy.

Taste: Begins with a toasty flavor which rounds out to sweet malt and coconut. Finish maintains the coconut flavor alongside nuttiness and a touch of chocolate. The Almond Joy of beers!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body with subtle carbonation. Finish dries out.

Overall: An interesting beer, to say the least. Not too bad, but also far from great or inspiring. Something is missing here.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 22:15:02 | More by Mosstrooper
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julian

Washington

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

EDIT 2/24/2011. Additional tasting, to check for carbonation difference due to bottle conditioning...see below.

Bought a 6 pack tonight. First review!

A: Dark brown in color, good clarity, about 75% opacity. Lackluster head formation that quickly dissipates. Pours a little thin, almost watery.

S: Lots of sweet coconut on the nose, vanilla, subtle roasty, nutty aroma. Mostly coconut.

T: Lots of sweet coconut up front, almost vanilla like undertones. Mild nutty flavors, and subtle roast. I'd have to say this is an average coconut ale.

M: This is very clearly under-carbonated. I doubt a brown ale should be bottle conditioned for any length of time, so this is a most probably a priming miscalculation. I would prefer it a bit thicker in body, and more roasty but this is a good attempt at a coconut beer. EDIT 2/24/2011: gonna have to give this a few extra points. Tonight's tasting was definitely much more carbonated. So something either happened to the bottle I had, or there's some bottle conditioning going on.

D: Apart from the under-carbonation noted above, I love the coconut taste (as I do in most coconut beers...and coconut in general). Wouldn't be too hard to sling back a 6er.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 03:15:58 | More by julian
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TIAAN

California

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

Poured a smallish clean white head, that in not too long receded to the sides of my glass. The nose is of coconut and caramel malt. Pleasant.

Surprisingly crispy taste for a brown ale. Coconut is apparent, along with malty goodness. A very refreshing beer. Nothing spectacular. Pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 19:29:22 | More by TIAAN
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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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scootny

New York

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

Kinda average in the glass. Clear cola brown with a two finger soapy head. Mild malt and toasted bread notes in the nose. Again a bready sweetness with chocolate and coconut flavors on the tongue. Clean finish with a mild bitterness some notes of charcoal. Light crisp feel with a bit of weight to it. A nice drinkable beer but just that.

Serving type: growler

06-14-2012 00:17:05 | More by scootny
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Took a chance on this because I friggin love coconut.

Served in a Port City shaped glass.

A: Dark, dark reddish brown, with a sticky off-white head.

S: Definitely buttery coconut. Think coconut cream pie with WAAAAYY too much dairy.

T: OMG. This was totally not what I was expecting. Coconut Extractz R' Us. This sort of had a vomit aftertaste to it.

M: Carbonation was fine. Pretty thin stuff. Lots of lacing.

O: This was basically toasted coconut butter in a glass. If that's your thing, knock yourself out. I'm not a vegan, so I only sample the stuff from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 02:35:55 | More by Chaney
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A slightly reddish tint to the overall brown color. A small head, only the slightest bit of lacing lingers on the glass.

S - Smells like shea butter and pina colada. It is hard to sniff out the mild malt under this.

T - Toast, biscuits, shea butter and coconut. Aftertaste is very mild grassy hops bitterness and bit of lingering malt.

M - Buttery, thick, smooth, waxy, moderately refreshing.

D - Not bad. The flavor is exotic, but it feels less substantive than I would want. I'd have again if offered, but I don't think I'd buy it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 07:04:31 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a clear medium coffee brown. The white bubbly head builds no more than one finger high and dissipates fast, leaving little lacing.
The smell is a combination of coconut , roasted malts and a little coffee.
The taste is pretty much the same, the malts dominating the end.
This is a medium to light bodied beer and was a little to shallow for my taste. It is very drinkable, but I probably won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 04:36:01 | More by Hopfenpeter
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

12oz picked up at the COOP over the weekend... poured into my small tulip.. barely existent white head atop a very clear brown brew.

Nose is actually a pretty standard American Brown sans hops... the coconut is there, but hard to pick out.

More coconut shows in the flavor, but barely. The coconut sorta shows on the outer periphery of my tongue and moves inward.... but do NOT expect to be bombarded with coconut cake.. This is beer forward first with coconut added. A little bit of nutty notes from the brown malt come about with warmth. I believe a little bit more malty sweetness would help bring the coconut out... and maybe a "cleaner" yeast profile.

Body lite/medium with the same in carbonation... It is okay... I have another bottle in the fridge, but I doubt I will buy another after today.

3/3.5/3.5/3/3

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 05:18:03 | More by JohnGalt1
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kola

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark amber (pretty much brown) translucent color. The head is not large and dissipates quickly, but leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S - The promise of roasted coconut comes through strong, with some ambient breads and something akin to caramel.

T - The flavor of coconut does not come through as cleanly as it appears in the nose, but it is there. Some malts back up what seems to be a somewhat thin flavor, and there is a touch of bitterness from the roasting (virtually no presence from hops).

M - The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, with not quite enough carbonation to excite the toungue.

O - I love coconut, and the smells given from this beer satisfy the nose, but I had to work to find it in the flavors. This would make a nice late spring / early summer beer - a bit lighter and thinner than I had expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 20:38:17 | More by kola
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark amber/light brown, good head.

Smell: Sweet roast malt, coconut oil, vanilla.

Taste: Artificial vanilla, coconut come through strong. Mild roasted flavor and very light coffee. Kind of weird tasting.

Overall: Kona recently showed up in MN so I picked up a single of this. The coconut flavor does come through but there's an artificial vanilla flavor that just takes over too much of the palate. Having a little more roast or coffee base with the coconut could be very good. Just missed the mark here.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 13:12:47 | More by Mdog
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Deep mahogany brown in color. A quarter inch of of white foam rests on top. Brussels lacing. The aroma is of coconut and caramelized malt. There's definitely a sweetness that dominates. The mouth is a bit carbonated and warm. There's bit of a cloying aspect between the caramelized malt and the intense sweetness from the coconut. The taste is an intense dark maltiness that is quickly overwhelmed by the sweet coconut.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 01:10:42 | More by Franziskaner
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MCain04

Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Acquired as an extra in a trade. Thanks hilgart1. This was poured into a stella artois glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Dark amber, clear, 0.5-1 finger head that is grey/off-white, quickly dissipating with no lacing.

Smell: Toasted coconut. Surprising apple-brandy aroma. Smells almost like a barrel-aged brew, though this is far from it.

Taste: Thin, mild coconut, mostly tastes like a thin weak brown ale. Like Newcastle Brown Ale, with a hint of toasted coconut.

Mouthfeel: Thin, moderately carbonated, wet.

Overall: An average brown ale that doesn't really bring much to the table in terms of coconut. I don't really go for brown ales to begin with, so this didn't wow me. Average at best.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 03:21:24 | More by MCain04
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ocelot2500

Arizona

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

Pours a clear, burnt sienna with a small, tan head that leaves a solid amount of lacing.

Smells of the toasted coconut and some toasted malts.

Tastes of a moderate dose of coconut with some of the toasted malts as a base. Coconut makes it presence at the start followed by coffee and chocolate notes, along with some nuttiness. Somewhat sweet, but little to no bitterness. Has a bit of a German chocolate cake feel to it minus sugar. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth, light amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 02:26:29 | More by ocelot2500
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

Average dark brown ale, 3/4" head on the top, a mild tan head, decent lace on it. Aroma was the usual suspect brown malt, I didn't really pick up much in the way of coconut, but the packaging kept making me look for it and think I may have found it, but really, I don't know, but the mild chocolate it had going for it was nice.

Taste, maybe the coconut is the lactose like aspect in the mouthfeel. A pretty smooth beer. Consistent throughout, some additional sweetness grows out of the lactose-ishness. Its decent, but at the same time conventional like most brown ales aim to be. I'd like to see a thicker version of this, not necessarily higher alcohol, but bigger, more coconut, vanilla, but stick with the brown malt.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 04:22:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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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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HalfFull

California

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium brown with some notable highlights and with good clarity in the light. Half an inch cap settles out in a couple minutes.

Rather roasty aroma through the foam, thinning out as the cap settles and offering a notable coconut aroma quite reminiscent of Coco Lopez.

Flavor follows with a sweet coconut punch which overpowers the malt notes initially but does allow for an interesting finish as the coconut fades and some malt flavors become more evident and giving a longer finish than expected. Coconut factor is rather significant through the palate. Feel is a bit thin but works given the sweet coconut to balance things out.

Overall a bit cloying and singular in nature though a small glass with dessert might fit the bill. A better balance, aka less coconut and or more dark malts would kick this up a notch for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 05:21:06 | More by HalfFull
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 03:33:23 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 17:57:02 | More by Dodo2step
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DavidST

Texas

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass, bottled on April 03, 2012. This pours a clear light brown color with a short lived off white head. The smells are of coconut, nuts, other malts. The feel is medium to light. The taste is pretty sweet and not too bad, lots of sweet coconut, it overpower everything else.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 03:25:23 | More by DavidST
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Mistro

Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass, this beer has a beautiful red glow. The coconut is obvious on the nose, dominates the aroma, however it is much harder to actually taste. As far as ales go, there is not much that sets this one apart. That being said, this is still a very drinkable drink that grows on you.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 19:20:22 | More by Mistro
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tmm313

Georgia

3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear brown with quickly dissipating, soapy head. OK lacing.

S- Smells more like sweet vanilla candy when its cold. Coconut becomes more pronounced as it warms, but never really becomes true. Some slight breadiness and caramel malts.

T- Cold, it was mainly burnt cracker with a touch of coconut. I found it needed to warm a few minutes for the flavors of caramel, light citrus and slight earthy hop to come out, but as it warmed further, those flavors dissipated away, leaving a warm version of what I tasted cold. Weak flavors.

M- Light bodied and semi drying. Burnt, bready aftertaste.

O- I'm a big coconut fan, but this really wasn't what I was hoping for. The coconut never quite tasted like coconut, and every aspect being graded was weaker than I prefer. I don't want to dis Kona; Fire Rock Pale Ale is one of my go-to's, but this one just didn't measure up for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 19:52:25 | More by tmm313
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morimech

Minnesota

3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown color with just over one finger of head that did not stick around for very long before settling to a film of suds. A little bit of sticky lacing is left behind on the glass.

Definate aroma of toasted coconut. Unfortunately that is the only going on in the aroma.

Likewise that is mostly true in the flavor. Just a little bit of nutty malt that comes in the finish. Pleasant enough flavor albeit slightly gimmicky. If there was more malt flavor, they would really have something going on.

And more malt would also help this beers weakest aspect. Feels thin bodied and watery. Decent enough carbonation.

It delivered what the beer is advertising. Just not enough going on to warrant a good score. Just slightly above average.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 17:55:03 | More by morimech
Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,032 ratings.