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Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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82
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1,147 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,147
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 28
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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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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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Latarnik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.4%

05-29-2014 22:38:53 | More by Latarnik
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A short-lived whitish cap topped the coppery brown beer. Nice clarity, a bit of lacing. Roasted, toasted aroma with coconut and floral character, some coffee. Similar flavour profile, with malt sweetness more prominent than bitterness. Lots of toast, coconut and roast, some nuttiness mid-palate. Lingering floral bitterness. Medium bodied and on the dry side, moderate carbonation, but thinned out a little in the finish. Decent overall, as long as you don't mind coconut.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 19:21:42 | More by DrJay
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

05-16-2014 21:24:10 | More by LXIXME
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-12-2014 11:35:06 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-04-2013 20:20:00 | More by Kelp
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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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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-12-2012 20:48:39 | More by sendbeer
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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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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, ruby, deep bronze color. About two fingers of head after the pour. Centric island of off-white foam in the middle. Looks good I'd say.

Toffee, toasted, mildly roasted mlats. Hints of chocolate and maybe a hint of brown sugar. Just a hint of shaved cocomut. Smells enticing.

Toffee with a hint of coconut. Plus a little chocolate powder, toasted and roasted malt flavors of biscuits and pumpernickel bread crust. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but smooth and easy the rest of the way. Easy to drink, and you can taste just enough coconut, which is a big plus for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 22:20:55 | More by scruffwhor
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-17-2012 20:48:07 | More by rolltide8425
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-11-2013 17:19:52 | More by GraduatedCashew
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

04-29-2012 18:13:52 | More by HuskyinPDX
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A somewhat underplayed aroma of cocoanut, malt, and the brown ale nuttiness.

T: Tasted of cocoanut, vanilla, malt, and the aforementioned nuttiness. Definitely not your typical brown ale flavor - this is much sweeter - but pretty enjoyable nonetheless.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer does have some bumpy spots, it's still a drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 12:03:36 | More by avalon07
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/13/12
*From notes

A: Rich, robust bootstrap brown. A standard pour yields a 2.25 finger head that lingers for a while. Decent lacing and a colid collar follow.

S: It smells like it's been aged in bourbon barrels for months. Warm toasted coconut is king, and it's all over the bouquet. I get some vanilla and brown sugar as well. Lovely, lovely stuff.

T: The Brown Ale base is a great way to deliver what is all coconut all the time. The malt isn't too toasty, and it's easy to pick up on what the brewmaster wanted: toasted coconut. It's pretty prevalent from top to bottom, but then I dig coconut. If you do too, then you should peep this asap. A bit like a liquid Mounds bar.

M: Thick enough, sure. The carbonation is spot on, and the weight is surprisingly generous. Plenty of density and complexity.

O: What a find. I grabbed a sixer to share with my Pops, and he now proclaims this his favorite beer of all-time. Me? It may not be my GOAT, but it's worlds better then I was expecting. You can bet your ass that I'll be reaching for this one anytime I wanna split a beer with my Dad. My thumbs are certainly up for what is Kona's finest bottled brew to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 19:47:11 | More by Rhettroactive
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium mahogany brown with a thin light tan head that dissipates to patchy foam and a ring around the glass. Aroma of coconut, caramel malt, slightly nutty. Flavor is biscuit malt, sweet coconut, nuts with a light grassy hop finish. Light to medium bodied. A light bodied brown ale with a well balanced, but assertive coconut flavor which has a slightly artificial taste. A pleasant, fun to drink ale that definitely leaves a tropical feeling.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 21:46:44 | More by LiquidAmber
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean, deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet caramel and a small citrus note. In the taste,cocoa powder and a small caramel roast. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. Big cocoa in taste, lots of orange citrus, but just above average.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2012 19:46:28 | More by OWSLEY069
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice deep brown, deeper than most brown ales with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that quickly turns to a thick lace ring.

S - Initial smells mostly of brown ale qualities, sweet nuttiness and some good coconut meat in their as well. Hope its balanced.

T - Very weird since the first taste is straight up coconut, which mixes pretty well into the overall taste of the beer. You obvious get mild brown malts, a tad of nutty flavors, sweet malts, and a mildly hoppy finish (which gives a weird twang mixing with coconut taste. Kind of medicinal) Not a bad beer.

M - Not sure of it's session ability but it drinks well with a medium body.

Overall really not as good as the porter but not bad either. The clash of the hops in the finish really ruins a overall sweet beer for me.

Edit: seems this is a winter release so I assume March 19th was a "best by" date. Still not a bad expired beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 01:15:47 | More by DrDemento456
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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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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-04-2014 00:33:29 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear copperish brown color with a small, even cap of beige head. Not much for retention and lacing.

Nose definitely shows some coconut, also a fair amount of nutty maltiness. Moderately sweet and just a bit of chocolate. Smells real good, I am a total coconut fiend though.

Not as sweet as I thought it would be, which is a good thing in this case because the coconut (along with the malts) gives off plenty of sweet impressions. Id say the coconut is just as apparent in this as the Maui CoCoNut Porter. I think I actually like this one more, not to mention it is a dollar cheaper and you get 50% more! Very easy to drink, nice and smooth. I wouldnt mind a silkier, richer mouthfeel...but other than that I am pleasantly surprised by this beer. I foresee a few more six-pack purchases in my future.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:04:41 | More by twiggamortis420
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of toasted malts, some coconut. Taste is coconut up front, some toasted malts, easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique beer worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 13:46:30 | More by tone77
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-03-2014 02:09:47 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A-Burnt orange tinged brown color...nice off white head with good lacing on glass

S-Excellent coconut aroma. Nothing subtle here. I also note vanilla, nougat, and caramel.

T-Coconut is strong here as well but not quite as dominant as on the aroma. Still a nice almond joy type flavor to this with coconut, nougat, some light milk chocolate and some light almond like notes....

M-This is the only drawback. I know it is just a brown ale but I wish it had just a little more heft in the body. Despite the wonderful flavors it has a very light body and comes across as "watery" on the finish.

O-This might not be for everyone but it is for me. A top notch flavored brown ale. I would love to have this and Tyranena's Rocky's Revenge (bourbon barrel aged brown) on hand at all times for my brown ale's in my dream bar.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 05:58:19 | More by ZAP
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vfgccp

New York

4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - White head with ok retention and low lace. Beautiful mahogany maple brown.

S - Soft, shaved, lightly toasted coconut and brazil nuts. Touch of brown sugar.

T - Super smooth. Soft coconut, hazelnut, and brazil nut. Just a hint of herbal hop in the center. Light caramel finish.

M - Medium body to style. Nice smoothness.

O - Very drinkable. Great coconut flavor without overpowering the brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 23:04:46 | More by vfgccp
Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,147 ratings.