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Pipeline Porter | Kona Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 1,906 |  Reviews: 739
Photo of mark5692
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a fan of porters at all but I love Kona so I had to try it and I was pleasantly surprised. Best Porter I've had. Smells like coffee with some sweetness at tastes the exact same. For being a Porter it had a very sweet (tropical) property to it that I enjoyed and enjoy with all Kona beers.

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Photo of m1ked
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up on sale at BevMo, $5.99 a sixer, what the hell. Says Limited Release on the bottles. I am suspicious that it isn't really, but have no idea.

A- Pours like a really dark coca-cola. Practically opaque, a little reddish brown at the edges. A brief head, looks a little greasy on top.

S- As I am pouring this one, the smell of....you guessed it, coffee hits me right in the nose. As I go in for a closer smell, deep dark hints of chocolate squeak through the overpowering aroma of...you guessed it, black coffee. I search for other subtle wafts of anything else....nope.

T- Wow, it is like drinking an iced coffee with a little heat to it. The smell of dark chocolate, is substituted for hints of bitter sweet chocolate, some smokey woodiness. An odd bitter aftertaste to it, probably coffee breath.

M- Definetky notice the carbonation, very fizzy in my mouth, a little oily, but not bad.

d- I feel like this is an excellant after dinner drink, like in the place of an espresso or something. I like it, but was hoping for more.

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Photo of jpuetz
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chucker17
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furlinator
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated: Sep.12, 2013.

Pours opaque black with cola edges. Head is off-white and settles to a thin film on top that leaves spotty lace.

Smell is of spent coffee grounds, earthy hops and faint molasses.

Taste is of roasted malt, bitter black coffee and faint toffee sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with higher carbonation.

A solid coffee porter; not to heavy, tasty and, at 5.4 ABV, certainly sessionable.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of porters, but this one is nice. Almost black pour with a ring of brown bubbles for a head. Aroma is coffee with some cocoa and malt. Great flavor. Not overpowering coffee, but it is there, with a good balance of sweeter malts and some bitter hops. Dry finish.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark brown, almost black, topped by a quarter inch of khaki-colored head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, with notes of mocha and dark chocolate. Palate is dark roasted malt up front, with fresh roasted Kona coffee taking over mid-palate and dominating all the way to the lingering finish. Aftertaste is a mildly bitter acidic coffee flavor. Body is smooth and creamy on the finish. I'm not really a coffee drinker at all, but I'm a fan of this beer. Well done, Kona.

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Free bottle at a holiday party, the best kind of beer...

Orange bottlecap and blue trim labels, a little color contrast at work here. The beer itself is black in the glass with light reddish brown highlights in the light. Softly textured tan foam leaves behind a few irregulararcs of lacing.

Earthy coffee roast in the aroma, distinct yet fairly mellow at the same time.

Flavors are similar, dark roast coffee, a flash of roasty black malt, slight bitterness in the aftertaste, about the same as a mild cup of coffee. Light bodied, a drinkable porter. Something i'd pick up again for a session to spend more time with.

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Photo of YetiMaas
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beeragent
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A -Pours a deep brown, forming a creamy 1 inch tan head.

S - Coffee aroma dominates the nose, with a hint of roasted malts.

T - Nice coffee flavor in the beginning, followed by a thin roasted malt finish. Not very complex in the taste, but simplicity works here.

M - Lighter in body than expected. Smooth and clean finish.

D - A very good but light tasting porter. I have been wanting to try this porter for years. Not disappointed, but not as exciting as I thought. Still it's a very sessionable porter.

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Photo of aaron205pc
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Notes of coffee and chocolate. Solid porter, wasn’t expecting such a good porter from Kona

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Photo of dnichols
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was poured a pint glass from the tap at Sam's bar in Kennewick, Washington.

A: It poured a dark brown to black body with a modest (less than one finger) head that lingered for a short time before receding to a ring around the collar and leaving a very slight lacing.

S: It had a light coffee aroma with strong whiffs of chocolate. The roasted malts gave a nice sweet base to the aroma profile.

T: It hit early with a sweet dark roasted malt and a slightly bitter coffee. It was creamy and rich with a balanced flavor.

M: It was light to medium-bodied with a smooth refresing taste. The chocololte and coffee are present but not overtly powerful. It finished refreshing and clean.

D: It was a pleasant brew with a medium body, balanced flavors and clean finish.

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Photo of jmiah22
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz glass at the Big Island brewpub.

This beer appears a murky, dark reddish cola colour, with one thin finger of loosely foamy beige head, which leaves a few spouts of seemingly airborne lace at points limited around the glass as things duly drop away.

It smells of semi-sweet coffee, nutty chocolate malt, and earthy, mildly leafy hops. The taste is moderately sweet nutty caramel malt, a much more subtle coffee grounds essence, a small meaty twinge, and nicely innocuous earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a bit palate lifting, and nothing more, the body a so-so middleweight, and maybe a bit too airy and light for the style, but still holds its own, and is agreeably smooth. It finishes nutty, malty, and a tad warming.

A decent New World porter, especially for time spent in these islands, as I'm getting a strong foreign stout vibe here. Tasty and dark, to distill it down to the vast majority of typical bar server knowledge, though not here, I am happy to report.

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Photo of Beernoobie
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 13:47-3-NOV0513. Sampled on December 2, 2013 so that may be beyond it expiration date if that is what the Nov 5-13 stamp implies.

It is attractive looking dark brown pour to about black with a modest beige head that settles down after a moment. Opaque.

The nose is coffee and spent coffee grinds all the way with only the vaguest note of earthy hops in the background.

Thin to medium body.

Like the aroma the flavor is alive with coffee grinds that taste like they've been collecting in the bottom of a coffee pot with the burner still on. But then there is this moderate dark fruit bitterness at the end that lingers for some time, usurping the coffee character.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$7.99 for a six pack of 12 oz. bottles at LaBodega in Riverside, CA.

Pours a deep chocolate brown-black with reddish-copper highlights on the side of the glass when backlit. No real head to speak of, in fact, what is there has no retention. Pretty common to most porters I have tried- not sure why.

Aroma of roasty, toasty coffee. A not small amount of semi-bitter chocolate too. Flavor is the same, but wet. More astingent than the aroma. Actually pretty tasty, even though I may not make it sound that way. A little bit of sweetness kicks in.

Fairly drinkable, but I agree with another user that suggested this is a fair once-in-a-while treat.

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Photo of cbur914
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DCon
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this beer in a trade w/ mdvatab. Poured from the 12oz. Ducked Tapped bottle, 100% Kona Coffee used here (its states) into a Schlafly Oud Bruin Pint Glass and has 10:51 OR. DEC0210 on the front of the glass.

Aroma- Very strong roasty and malty aroma from the beginning. A bit of a burnt smell also as this may have came from the Kona Coffee in this brew.

Appearance- Pours 2 fingers of off white head that die quickly. Has a dark brown color body that has good clarity. The lacing sticks very well to the glass with this one.

Flavor- Tons of roastiness and high amount of sweet malts. Very light and sweet though. Has almost no bitterness at the finish. More of a dry and subtle finish.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, Medium Carbonation, and doesn't leave much on the palate or in the mouth...

Overall Impression- Very sweet, malty, roasty, but doesn't give off much of the coffee flavor I noticed in the aroma. Glad I was able to try but needed more body. Will be looking for more from Kona.

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Photo of flaskman
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased an older 6 pack from my favorite ghetto grocery store for 3.99. Brewed date is 8/13 and today is 2/4. It poured the expected dark brown with a nice tan head The head dissipated quickly with less than average lacing. The smell was almost non-existent but what I did pick up was odd smelling. The porter itself was delicious. It was coffee forward but did not overtake the porter in the background. The mouth retention reminded me of a Starbucks dark roast. I have to admit that I was surprised at how good it was. It feels a little thin but I have to admit i am spoiled by bigger beers. for a 5.3 ABV it had plenty of punch and I really enjoyed it. For a coffee porter it was mission accomplished - in my opinion.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phillyduke
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz. bottle with a "Packaged On" date of Dec. 01 '07. Beer is thick and a completely opaque dark brown/black. A weak, one-finger head quickly recedes to nothing more than a few stray bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S: Well, not surprisingly, it smells of coffee. There is also a strong scent of sweet prunes/figs with a hint of licorice.

T: Thankfully it doesn't taste like prunes. Dark roasted malts dominate the palate. The coffee taste, while noticeable, is definitely a supporting player here. An understated sweetness blends with a nice balanced hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Light carbonation, smooth and creamy, though a little on the thin side.

D: This is a very nice porter, though nowhere near as unique as I thought. I wish the coffee was a little more prominent, and the prune juice scent brought back less-than-pleasant reminders of childhood home remedies. Still, it is easy enough to drink and enjoyable enough that I would have one again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of KAP72
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbsteiny
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having reviewed the '06 batch on tap, I figure I'd review the new '07 in the bottle. Bottle marked that it was packaged on 9/5 (it's actually contract brewed in CA, as it's cheaper to ship full cases of beer to Hawaii than empty bottles). Cool label -- I like the turquoise, brown, and orange color scheme and the logo -- solitary surfer lugging his longboard, looking out to the break.

Beer pours a dark brown with lighter highlights when held to the sun. Initial loose tan head of fades pretty quickly with some light lacing.

Coffee aromas dominate -- very pleasant and appetizing. Tastes sweeter than the tap version, but the coffee does a decent job balancing the malt with its roasted qualities. Mouthfeel would be more appropriate for a higher gravity, higher alcohol brew, but it goes down smooth enough. Just a little big for a warm Hawaii afternoon. I'd like to try this on tap soon and see if my memories of the tap version (brewed on the big island) being drier and better carbonated are accurate... Either way, this is one of my favorite beers made in Hawaii, but it's got Kona coffee in it, so it's not really fair.

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,906 ratings
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