Pipeline Porter | Kona Brewing Co.

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86
very good
716 Reviews
Pipeline PorterPipeline Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Iguana on 10-11-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
716
Ratings:
1,818
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
18.9%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
229
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 716 | Ratings: 1,818
Reviews by RoBotGod:
Photo of RoBotGod
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy the weight of this beer. The majority of the coffee infused beers that I have had are way over the top. They are good but so rich that you usually just sit down to have one of them. This porter has a good enough balance that you still get the coffee flavor that you are looking for, but it doesn't weigh so had on the belly. The coffee is good up front and then followed by a thin porter malt. good mix

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a deep cola brown with a thin wispy beige head that was gone ver quickly.The Kona coffee really shines in the aroma along with some roasted nut,mollases,and even a passing shot of piney hop,flavors are heavily roasted and coffee-like with some bitter unsweetened chocolate,finishes with some mollases and a bit of earth.Not overly complex but the coffee is nice and it went well with some bbq smoked sausage I had for lunch.

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Photo of davemarc87
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SuqMadique
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of SmokingmeX
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic tumbler from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Poured a very dark typical porter color, with a paper thin off white head. Lacing was slighty clingly but spotty.

S: Upon opening the flavors were hard to pick up, as it warmed it was sweet with roasted malt and coffee that began to increase.

T: The coffee was present but took a while to characterize itself especially since it is supposed to be coffee infused beer. The malts and coffee were there just not enough as I had expected or wanted.

M: The beer was thinner than I would have liked especially for the style. Much more carbonation than I expected which hurt the overall flavors imho.

D: If you enjoy thinner porters with above average "fizz" you might enjoy this more. I think it is easy drinking but disappointing needs more body.

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Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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

I don't know what I was expecting with this beer, but it turned out to be pretty good. In a pint glass it was a reddish brown color with a thin tan head. It had a sweet, roasted grain aroma. The taste was sweet chocolate and coffee, mostly coffee. Pleasant mouthfeeel, could drink a few of these.
I used a bottle of this in a short ribs recipe, and the ribs were excellent.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a frothy tan head that quickly goes to a ring that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee and some grains.

The flavor is subdued chocolate and coffee with some lactose. The mouthfeel is medium and watery.

Overall, not a bad coffeee porter. It's a nice drinkable brew, but there are better coffee beers out there.

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Photo of generallee
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a bottled on date of "091009" notched on to it and I sampled it on 11-6-09.

Appearance: It pours quite dark with a brown/black color and an average size tan head. The head hangs on well and make nice slippery lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is sweet like brown sugar with some roasted and toasted notes as well. Hop notes are very light and subdued.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor has mellow hints of brown sugar, roasted barley, burnt wood, and roasted coffee with cream. The finish comes quickly with some mellow spicy hops and solid dark roasted coffee notes fading off the tongue. It is a light to medium body porter with a creamy texture and lively carbonation.

Notes: This is a very tasty very sweet and easy drinking stout that would make a great session beer or breakfast beer.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle on date: 010511

Beautiful black, thick head forms and slowly dissipates but a full coverage remains on top

The aroma is smooth coffee with a sweet malt backing very smooth coffee aroma

The taste is smooth throughout slight carbonation it starts sweet with a roasted coffee taste enter. A smooth malt trails to a dry coffee bitter finish

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Photo of jonphilipp
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of VernonKell
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Guden
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a near black, near opaque color with a small tan head which leaves light lacing.

S- Not a whole lot there, some sweet malt and hits of cocoa and coffee but not as much as I had expected.

T- Some roasty almost smoke like character with a nice amount of malt sweetness and very subdued coffee character which is barely noticeable.

M- Feels just how a porter should, fairly low carbonation but enough that its noticeable and moderately high in body it sits in the mouth just the right way for the sweetness.

D- Would love for there to have been a bit bolder characteristics in the nose and especially on the tongue but overall its a solid beer I could drink all night.

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Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a packaged on freshness date.

Billowing light brown head towers over the nearly black liquid, good head retention as well. Smells strong of dark roasted coffee, dark unsweetened chocolate and a hint of wood charcoal. Smooth with a lush medium body. Firm coffee flavor from the start holds on to the palate for a long time, firm but not dominant. Malt sweetness chimes in with a quick but faint burnt sugar flavor, then it all goes towards a mild roasted grain tone. The modest hopping lets the coffee shine. Finishes bitter sweet like an iced espresso.

Good stuff here. Certainly not in your face but it does capture the coffee flavor that most brewers seem to miss by either not having enough or becoming too acrid. Very well balanced.

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Photo of Billolick
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, Sept 02, 2105 on the label

Pour dark and porter like, minor dark khaki cap, leaves fine bubble film and some low strands of lacing.

Light chocolate and rosted malts on the nose.

More of the same on the palate, some chocolate, some roasty notes and then underlying caramel. Nothing amazing, but this is and easy drinking a decent quality porter. would def use some in a chicken or portk marinaide and that is worth something.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to skyhand for this one...
Dark brown, bordering black with less than 1/2 finger of off-white head...thin, spotty lacing as I sip away.
Very nice coffee scent with some caramel and chocolate.
Quite tasty...generous robust coffee addition to this brew and very well balanced with the addition of milk chocolate, sweet malt and a hop bitterness.
Not thin in the m/f for the style...a nice breakfast beer if one was inclined to do so.
Easy, enjoyable drinking here...well worth trying.

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Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, leather brown in color, small head, high carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and coffee

Taste: coffee, toasted malt, dark chocolate and a bit of cream

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sweet, medium-light bodied

Drinkability: This is the best beer I have had from Kona and I wish I could get it more easily here. I could have six. I love the multiple layers of coffee and chocolate. This has a different taste than most in the style.

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
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