Pipeline Porter | Kona Brewing Co.

very good
734 Reviews
Pipeline PorterPipeline Porter

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Iguana on 10-11-2006

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Reviews: 734 | Ratings: 1,887
Photo of mustang70
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass.

A. pours a thick black you can't see through. has a creamy 2 finger tan head that stays for a good while.

S. I am smelling some coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts. maybe even some sweet malts in there.

T. wow this beer is good. I am getting coffee right from get go. the coffee isn't too strong either. I can still taste dark chocolate, toasted bread, roasted malts and some sweet malts.

M. this beer felt good on the palate. I love porters and this one is worth multiple buys. I am a big coffee drinker and the fact that I could taste the coffee, but I could also taste the other ingredients. some of the other coffee porters/stouts I have tried it was like drinking straight coffee. I very much enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Lupe
4.94/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to tayner for sending this my way in Beer Powerball

Pours jet black with some traces of brown around the edges. No head or lacing. The appearance is what held this beer from getting a perfect score from me.

Wonderful coffee laced aroma that is sweet and seductive. Lots of chocolate maltiness with a hint of hazelnut.

Awesome dark malt flavors - chocolate, light roast, and strong (yet smooth) coffee. Flavor is not too heavy and amazing creaminess that is present in the flavor and mouthfeel. Nice balance between the sweetness, coffee, and roastiness. Absolutely delicious.

Medium-full in body, silky smooth, creamy, but not too big or cloying. So easy to drink, and enough to keep you interested an coming back for more. I could drink this everyday (mmm....breakfast beer).

Just about a perfect porter.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.93/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent porter from Kona. I wish I could find more of the breweries beers Coffee and porter is a good combination and love this beer so addicting as coffee can be. Kudos to Kona Brewing Company for this amazing coffee and porter beer that i love so much

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.84/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: Very intense smell of coffee is the only thing I got out this one. I couldn’t pick up anything else but it was very nice.

T: Just like with the smell, a heavy flavor of coffee dominates the taste. There’s background of roasted malt and a pretty decent hops presence as well. After-taste is very sweet and leaves the feeling that you just had a shot of coffee syrup.

M: Very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, this is a beer that I could just keep on drinking and drinking. The best comparison I can make is to Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter, which I love. This beer is VERY close to it. IntriqKen is the man for throwing this one into the trade. Thanks again, Ken!

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Photo of KingJason
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm thinking about the taste that this beer has compared to the signified trance it gives to the audience that has masked another defeat through sarcasm and playa-hatin' ! Only a freshman would suspend an inferiority complex enough to clone it with another inferiority complex to hate this beer if it was a Doctor Doom>LLO,<<,

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Photo of mbenthall
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: small tan head pours dark brown to black

Smell: Sweet with hints of coffee and caramel.

Taste: Woderfully malty with undertones of rich coffee and roasted malts slight notes of choclate too.

Mouthfeel: rich and creamy with a medium body. smooth finish.

Drinkability: Ahh one of my favorite beers. It is the perfect marriage of coffee and porter. Love this with a beef dinner or just sipping after.

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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 calcio360jrd
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This year batch, bottle poured into my DFH snifter.

I remember last year, seeing this bottle at the supermarket, and remembering how boring the other kona brewing beers were.

Saw that this one actually was brewed with kona coffee, decided to give it a try, and proceeded to by 6 pack upon 6 pack last year of pipeline. Glad to see it back again this year, and its arguably better. Wonderful roast coffee smells, but not burned coffee like a lot of lesser porters and stouts tend to have. Easy drinking, very smooth, a little thin i guess. After first smell, its hard not to think and rate this like a big 10% stout, it is only a 5.40% porter after all.

Now if kona can just improve on their regular lineup of other beers...

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Photo of JesseBlanco
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Whenever I travel to Hawaii, I usually have one of these with breakfast instead of coffee. The caffeine level in it is enough to give you a nice boost and still have a cool drink. Lately, in Los Angeles; you can buy 6 packs at a cheaper price than you can get it for in Hawaii.

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Photo of drseamus
4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the brewery while I was on vacation there. This has a dark ruby color which is very similar to the Black Sand Porter that Kona makes as well. Very little sunlight is able to penetrate the glass. The aroma from the pint glass is extremely powerful. As my nose approached the glass, I was got strong dark roast coffee aromas; almost like an espresso. The espresso flavor was present as well. This beer had a very heavy coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate on the back end. I love how this medium to heavy bodied beer tastes on my tongue. This is one of my favorite Kona brews. Although the bottled beer is not made at the same brewery as the kegged beer, I would highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes robust porters.

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Photo of jetfansam
4.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I normally don't like heavy beers, especially porters but this beer is exceptionally good. If you don't pour it out of the bottle you honestly would never know how dark and heavy it is. It has a great coffee taste without losing any of its beer integrity. I higly recommend this beer to anyone that is looking to try something new and a bit different.

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Photo of Phatz
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Adam Korsak. BA akorsak. YOU DA MAN!!! This is the BOMB yo!! Holy shiznat. I was not expecting all that. I was just checking off Hawaii with a beer you gave me and... I didn't know what to expect. I'd give you my first born son for this beer (but as two days ago you have two sons so ... you don't need him;-) just kidding anyway back off my kid. LOL. Seriously this was so much better than expected. Thanks for hookin me up.

I was very pleased to have gotten a chance to share this with my good friend weeare138 who was surprisingly pleased as well.

I am of coarse biased by coffee beers. I do consume a ridiculous amount of coffee on a daily basis and so I have made it a quest to seek good coffee. This beer Is good coffee. I mean beer. Or rather coffee beer. cofbeer.

Appearance: My pour may have been too gentle because the head was initially small but some swirling revitalized the head. The light brown frothy head leaves little, still noteworthy, lacing.

Smell: Bold sweet Kona coffee aroma powers through the nasal cavity. The sweet sugars and the coffee remind me of that Pepsi Drink PepsiKona (with a splash of Kahlua) if anyone remembers that. mmm. Malty, creamy, sweet cocoa, dark malt, but more than dominantly coffee coffee coffee in the nose.

Taste: The same glorious flavors in the taste as was in the aroma. Dark toasted malts, Kaluah, creamy milky chocolate and coffee coffee coffee. A roasty espresso bitterness lingeres in the aftertaste. Overall: this is a coffee mans dream. It got me in the mood for a Péché Mortel!

Mouthfeel: Medium body light weight but exceptionally smooth across the palate. All though creamy coffee flavors sent me into state of awe while the light dryness of the roasted coffee tickled the throat. very nice.

Drinkability: I want cases of this stuff. Damn. Why Hawaii. I can't even drive out there. Well, if you can get your hands on this beer, and if you like coffee as I do, don't waste time with one get a bundle it's a drinkable beer. I certainly wanted more.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of josansbury6
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from 12 oz bottle.
Great smell of coffee. Taste was smooth and mellow. Went down smooth with a slight chocolate and coffee aftertaste. No bitter bitter kick. Nothing but smooth delicious notes here.

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Photo of BudweiserFan
4.69/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Date on bottle: 8-25-12

Appearance: Dark amber brown. Can't see my finger through glass.
Smell: A sweet coffee caramel with some bitterness.
Taste: Sweet. Hard to describe exactly but pleasant.
Mouthfeel: Good rich mouthfeel.
Overall this is a solid beer and I would recommend it.

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Photo of matjack85
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this at the Jewel/Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single bottle $1.67. It has a freshness date on it of Aug,13, 2013, but it doesn't say if that's a born on date or an expiration date. I'm hoping the former as this is already May of 2014.

The beer poured a really dark brown color and made a 1½-finger tan head that lasted several minutes. Lacing was decent.

The beer smelled like roasted malts and coffee.

This is an absolutely delicious porter. Lots of dark roasted malt flavors combined with caramel sweetness, 100% Kona coffee, and bittersweet dark chocolate. There is also just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

Smooth with a light to medium body and a medium amount of carbonation.

This has moved into my favorite beers list. I'll be going back for full 6-packs in the future.

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Photo of lflesh
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

wow, this $hit kicks a$$. pours black and beautiful. tan head fades away. coffee in your face! ive always wanted to try their imperial stout; this may be as close as it get ( i missed last time i was in hawaii). pour this in the right glass and it is heaven. it is my new night cap.

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Photo of vpipkt
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall I am very impressed with this porter. Very unique, but really gets elements of the style right on. The packaging is nice, except for the 'limited release' label (rather a permanent offering). The pour is pretty nice with a thick head falling tto a constant ring of dusty tan atop the dark liquid. The beer has a deep ruby hue against the light.

The smell is great; roasty with coffee notes. The taste is similar, but with more complexity, a bit more sweetness, and a stronger coffee flavor throughout. It is also distinctively a porter to my taste, but also you could pick it out of a lineup of porters! Very unique.

Mouthfeel is good - what you want in this style of beer. The drinkability is rated pretty high here just due to the great taste. I think this is a winner even among people who aren't 'beer geeks'. It is a lot of flavor and a big beer, but I think it has a lot to keep you coming back!!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a rich, chocolaty, opaque brown with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is strong and mainly of coffee with hints of unsweetened chocolate. Roast, smoky coffee taste dominates the flavor, which has a subtle undertone of chocolate. Texture is smooth, and finish leaves a flavor of mocha.

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Photo of derekge
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites for the coffee taste. The texture of the beer could be thicker and it does feel too carbonated but this is my favorite beer of 2008!

This is only available at Los Angeles Bevmo's between winter and spring. I usually buy at least two sixers when I find it. I'm still undecided if this is a session beer or not.

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Photo of RobH
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very respectable porter. The genuine Kona coffee is what makes it for me with this one.

I'm not a coffer drinker, but I like coffee ice cream and this Pipeline porter. Some folks who drink coffee say they can't detect the coffe flavor in this beer. I can definitely smell and taste it. This isn't cream and sugar coffee, this is black coffee.

Medium bodied and highly drinkable, I recommend that this beer be tried.

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Photo of Zorro
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very dark brown colored beer with a light brown head.

This smells strongly of Hawaiian coffee. This is sweet and very strongly smelling of a medium grind cup of coffee without any associated chocolate scents. Fairly spicy this has a little cinnamon kick to it.

The taste begins sweet and bitter like coffee and not hops. Quite a nice coffee flavor in this beer is very much the beer version of Kahlua liqueur. Lots of roasted coffee taste along with a tart wine like aftertaste this captures the taste of coffee extremely well.

Mouthfeel is good.

Extremely drinkable and a natural extension of the coffee stout concept to the porter. I have not been very impressed by the beers of Kona brewing until I tried this beer. About as perfect as a low alcohol coffee based beer can be.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant deep dark brown under a very finely bubbled 1” tan foam collar that hugs the glass.
S: coffee and dark malt aromas.
T: Tastes like a cross between a beer and a carbonated iced coffee achieving a balance between the roast malt and coffee flavors and finishing dry.
F: Medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: If you like iced coffee you will like this beer.

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Photo of bgraney
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, darker than expected. Half finger cocoa head.
Sweet aroma, caramel is dominant. Expecting to pick up more coffee.
Delcious, fantastic flavor. Coffee is there, malts are robust, some chocolate hints and even some noticeable hop flavor. All very well balanced.
Leaves behind a great after taste of roasted coffee and caramel maltiness. The flavors linger for a long, long time.
It may be a bit overwelming for a few glasses but I thoroughly enjoyed two in a sitting.
I like coffee/chocolate porters/stouts a lot and I think this is one of the best.

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Photo of zdk9
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours out the color black with dark dark ruby highlights. A beautiful finger of cocoa cream covers the beer and leaves a touch of lacing.

S- Whole coffee beans are enveloped by a touch of milk chocolate. While the aroma is delicious, it's rather weak.

T- A delicious taste. The perfect amount of coffee flavor adds just enough, slightly above subtle, to bring it's party to the mouth without even getting close to dominating. There are hints of sweet Dutch cocoa, and milk, blending together into a milk chocolate. Roasted malts form the backbone. With some intense slurping I can detect some rum raisin type flavors, touches of alcohol and rich dark fruit.

M- Not light, and not supercreamy. There's enough heft to make you stop and appreciate the beer without weighing it down. The perfect mouthfeel for a porter in my opinion.

O- A truly great beer, held back only slightly by the weakness of the nose, but the taste is incredible, with the coffee incorporated so well. I need to get some more of this one.

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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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