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Pipeline Porter | Kona Brewing Co.

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Pipeline PorterPipeline Porter

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Iguana on 10-11-2006

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Reviews: 723 | Ratings: 1,856
Photo of constantine_272
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great dark black with a creamy light tan foam ring. Creamy coffe on the nose. The taste is great. Cocoa truffles with cream and a nice light smooth coffee bitterness. A mellow woody dried coconut husk adds an understated earthy tone. Just a bit of residual brown sugar sweetness and clean light canola bean balances the dry coffee nicely. On the downside the beer felt too light and thin, but halfway through I felt like the dryness made up for the lighter body. The sweet and dry dichotomy is very nicely balanced. Quite tasty low key porter.

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Photo of DrinkClub
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time I've seen this beer here in NY. Drank it right from the bottle so I can't comment on color. Taste is slightly sweet with coffee and just a bit of chocolate aftertaste. Smell is rich and inviting. Mouthfeel is a bit less full than other dark beers.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft poured into plastic cup @ DWorld. This one is hard to find in metro Atlanta so I grabbed the opportunity! Dark pour with modest head. Hints of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and hint of coconut (?). Well balanced with coffee notes very evident and lingering on palate.

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Photo of billybob
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a very dark brown a head that just covered the beer and the small amount of lace that quickly faded away. aromas of roasted malt and coffee. slight roasted malt taste and like drinking cold fresh lightly brewed coffee and light mouthfeel. overall I would pass on this one.

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Photo of ordybill
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a 20 OZ mug at the Taco Mac in Atlanta, GA. The appearance is a dark brown to black color with a small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and a little coffee. The taste was more coffee driven. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Black with dark brown highlights. Brown head with minimal retention, and some spotty lacing.

S: Very pleasant robust coffee, with a backdrop of sweet dark chocolate, toasted to almost burnt bread, and some caramel.

T: Nicely balanced dark toasted, almost burnt bread, and medium-roast robust coffee, along with chocolate, burnt sugar, and caramel pushing some sweetness in.

F: The lighter side of medium. Moderate carbonation. A bit lacking, but drinkability is very high.

O: I really like this. Most coffee porters and stouts are way too bitter, sweet, thick, or strong to drink more than one or two of at a time. This is refreshing and I feel like I could easily crush a six pack. This is a coffee beer I could drink all day long. An excellent beer for heavy coffee drinkers!

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Photo of KevinSku
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark body, with it being a coffee flavor I was almost tempted to throw it on ice with milk.
Smell: Hints of dark coffee beans sprinkled in. Just enough to excite the palate without straying from it's beer origins.
Taste: Slightly bitter, similar to a black coffee. As I fancy bitter drinks it rolls around the mouth smoothly.
Feel: I always have been fond of Kona's bottle look as it's laid back and unique. This brew is no different.
Overall a great beer to try. I'd recommend for a morning after thanksgiving drink with a few pals. Enjoy!

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Photo of MattChiasson
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Out of the bottle poured a deep black, opaque, with a thin lasting tan head. I got notes of coffee, chocolate, cola, sweet roasted malt, and blackstrap molasses. No hops that I could detect, but some slight roasted malt bitterness. Surprisingly light bodied and drinkable.

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Photo of Ferb
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Coconut. I love coconut, but apparently not in my beer. Coconut is in the aroma and the taste, overpowering both. It isn't bad, and I know that this is a good brewery. The coconut isn't always front and center, but it's always there, and I think I might like it without the addition. The coffee addition is there as well, but blends better with the porter style, but really isn't necessary to me. You may like it, and I think for the style it is well done.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The coffee flavor is there, but not in an overpowering way. The flavor definitely smacks of Porter but it's not your typical English Porter, an excellent brew.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, glimmers of red. Tan head, 1/2" deep. Uniform lace. Coffee smack on the aroma tip.

Taste hits with more coffee, not overpowering, but also above being merely complimentary. Truly a porter that is lighter in base and heft than a stout. Its a bitter excursion, likely moreso from the coffee and roasted malt moreso than any hopping, which does not leave a hoppy taste or mouthfeel, merely bitterness that is still enjoyable with everything else going on.

My favorite Hawaiian beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into shaker pint

A: nice dark blackness with very small creamy head with a slightly off white head

S: roasted coffee, nuts, light roasted malts

T: nice coffee, roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate

M: medium to a little bit full

O: nice drinking porter nothing stand out but what it does do it does well

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Photo of erk0607
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Almost opaque brown, with some head with lacing
S: Sweet, chocolate notes overpower the coffee. The sweetness leads itself to almost a bit of fruityness.
T: Definitely the sweet aspect is the first thing you notice, followed by a nice roasty malt. You get the coffee in the aftertaste which also provides a bitterness. Low to no hop character, as it should be. Does not have the "punch" that a typical porter has due to the sweetness factor.
F: Medium body with enough carbonation to make it interesting. Smooth drinking but not creamy or foamy.
O: Good, would drink again, might not directly search out though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kona Brewing Co. "Pipeline Porter"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded "14:38 3 SEP 02 15"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Kona's Pipeline Porter is a typical American porter with a clean yeast profile, medium-rich chocolate notes, and a good bit of coffee flavor from 100% Hawaiian Kona coffee. It's nicely balanced with a moderate bitterness, allowing just a little bit of sweetness from the malt to remain; and the hop flavors are kept well in check so as not to distract from the coffee. It mainly expresses chocolate, toasted nuts, golden caramel and coffee, with the coffee being quite clean and straightforward: gently roasty and somewhat toasty and nutty. It's surprisingly fresh tasting, and not acidic at all, without any brashness or harshness to the roasted edge. It's really quite drinkable in its great balance, and it's got enough depth of flavor and complexity to keep it interesting without becoming challenging.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm very impressed with Kona' s offering as the porter genre wouldn't seem to fit Kona. The coffee in this is superb and it provides a nice bit of chocolate malt. It is a touch thin but I love the coffee forward flavor.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby body, creamy tan head that leaves an archipelago of lace. The smell... oh yes. Coffee up front with a warm background of sweet caramel and toasted malt, nutty, faint chocolate. The flavor lets on more acidity, fitting for coffee although not my preference, with more roasted malt, more chocolate, and only hints of the caramel. Faint appearance of hops on the late palate, not enough to disturb the warm flavors going on but enough to say hey, I'm still a beer. Very fluid and drinkable body, medium carbonation.
Wonderful beer. The flavor was a bit acidic for my preferences but was otherwise great, and the smell was with the best of them. Aloha indeed.

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Photo of catastrophy
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

tasted dirty at cellar temperature. not a fan of caffeine in my beer. but it's really good tasting caffeine. ..it was watery. it was one note. the one note being the coffee. aftertaste is not the best either. just wish it tasted like it smells.

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Photo of flyinhawaiian
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drank a bottled August 26th, 2015 on February 21, 2106. Pint glass. Low carbonation, lingering aftertaste of coffee and hops. Good looking and smelling beer; better aroma than taste.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a goblet, bottled 8/27/15

A- pours a deep brown color with some light creeping through, small fizzy off-white head retains shortly before disappearing completely

S- fresh Kona coffee aroma up front, followed by brown malts, brown bread and hints of caramel & brown sugar

T- sweet, nutty and malty base gives way to notes of Kona coffee, that adds some earthy/herbal elements. Notes of caramel & molasses close it out, with a linger of more coffee

M- medium body with low carbonation produces a slightly thin mouthfeel that turns foamy into the finish

O- a nice sessional brown ale with a good balance of coffee, this beers seems to taste twice as good in Hawaii though

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown body, mostly opaque, with some transparency around the edge. Light tan head, short, and quick to fade. A bit of lacing.

S - Mostly earthy malt, clay and chocolate. Quiet.

T - Bread, chocolate, and roasted malts. Mild minerality, and a slight, coffee bitterness in the close.

M - Brisk carbonation, slight stickiness, clean close.

O - Smart, easy porter. A bit light, but the coffee needs to be more forward.

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Photo of lastmango
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. Thin tan head that disappeared like a pour of soda. No residual head left. No lacing. Dark ruby brown. Sweet but mild molasses and coffee aroma. Taste of coffee with milk chocolate. Very thin and lightly carbonated. I have had much better. This was a bit disappointing.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Don Quiojte $7.77 6 pack
Dark black color
Smells of chocolate and coffee
Low carbonation
Smooth creamy taste with chocolate and coffee notes
Overall a nice beer that I would drink again

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Photo of jasonbayly13181
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The best Porter I've had, and I've had a lot of them. Very dark through and through, with perfect head when poured correctly. Great blend of coffee and cocoa without either overpowering the beer taste. All ingredients compliment each other very well. Extremely smooth taste with no aftertaste at all. Fuller body taste without being "thick." Wish they'd have this year-round in the mainland. Lucked out and built my own sixer of this at the local Kroger, but they didn't have actual Pipeline sixers. Have recently found it at a local distributor and have put a keg of it in my house. Love it. Huge fan and supporter of the Kona brewery after trying several beers there on many occasions, as well as their great food at their Koko Marina location in Oahu.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black beer with a medium khaki head that disappears quickly with no lace left behind.

Smell: It gives off a faint coffee aroma, which is encouraging. Not the best, but encouraging.

Taste: Malts open up and work hand-in-hand with a coffee flavor. Good, but not excellent. Coffee flavor does stay throughout the taste.

Feel: Smooth feel. Great mouth feel.

Overall: Good impression of this beer. I rather like the bottle and cap. The beer itself is solid.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a tan head that dissipates quickly and doesn't really leave anything behind. The beer itself is an unusually clear dark brown color similar to coffee. Really, the beer strongly resembles coffee here.

The smell is nice and resembles a fairly light coffee. The coffee notes are pretty light but still there and overshadow the other notes a little bit. The hop notes are there and add a bit of extra bitterness to it while the malts add a bit of sweetness and breadiness to the smell.

The taste is a bit of letdown. It has the malt breadiness from the smell and a nice light hop bitterness to it but a lighter coffee taste than one would expect. The coffee note is still stronger than the other notes but it's strength isn't what someone would expect for a style that is normally robust.

The feel is fairly thin for the style. It's smooth but with very little, if any, carbonation. The beer feels like I'm drinking some coffee rather than a beer.

Overall, not a bad beer but you won't be missing anything if you skip it.

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