Pipeline Porter | Kona Brewing Co.

very good
1,898 Ratings
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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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin black body that is almost completely opaque, tan that barely rose. Maybe and just maybe 1/10".

Smell: Light coffee and dark chocolate scent that already smells sweet.

Taste: Bitter chocolate combined with a light espresso feel makes this beer a easy go to.

Mouth: Medium carbonation that feels somewhat light. Bitter-sweet after-taste hard to dislike.

Overall: Pretty good brew. Does the job right after dinner. Not the best porter I have had but then again it wasn't designed to be. Drink up and enjoy, Salud!

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured dark brown, almost black. Medium, tan head.

S- Smells of slight hazelnut and light roasted malt

T- Nice roasted coffee, light on chocolate, and a little boozy

M- Nice medium body and medium carbonation.

OK stout, would prefer a thicker more full feel. Nice, roasted malt flavor.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown appearance lets little light shine through. Very little carbonation and no lacing.

Nice coffee and dark raosted malt aroma with some brown sugar. No noticable hop aroma.

Coffee is not as pronounced as one would expect from the nose. Roasted char comes through but not overbearing and just right for the style. Coffee comes through a bit more as this warms. Just a touch of residual sweetness with dark chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily and I can see little oil slicks apparently from the coffee which contributes to the lack of head I would guess. Light carbonation, creamy and smooth.

Overall a decent porter from a new brewery at least in my neck of the woods.

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Kona Pipeline Porter

Date on bottle: Aug 23 12 (4 Months old)

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass at room temperature.

(Appearance) This is hardly what I remember this beer to look like. Pours a fizzy thin head that falls back as quickly as it arrived. Color is very dark brown, almost black but some significant light gets through the bottom, leaving ruby traces behind. There is a significant amount of busy carbonation trickling the sides of the glass. Not a fantastic intro with the poor head quality. 2.5

(Smell) Very subtle aromas of vanilla and coffee bean are most evident in the smell, with trace notes of chocolate and black patent bitterness much more faint. Ever slightly sweet with some faint bitterness beneath the surface from black patent. Hops are not nearly as easy to find but it is possible that there are some earthy tones; there's little aroma conflict as the coffee and vanilla, though mild by comparison are the biggest players. Potency is slightly lower than in the average coffee porter. 3.5

(Taste) Begins subtly sweet coffee bean and vanilla bean with some continued faint chocolate malt tones. Unlike the aroma, the taste is a notch dry and the flavor is lacking a touch in sweetness. The coffee presence is subtle at best but pleasing by its simplicity. The coffee presence is very light and easy to drink, but it is mostly what this beer is about. I would recommend drinking this slowly or having it at a warmer temperature and letting those tastes really warm some to bring out the flavors more, north of 50 degrees. I got a pleasant faint smoky finish in addition to the aforementioned qualities in the 50 degree range. Nothing is overdone, but sadly more could have been done to improve the depth of the flavors without negatively impacting the overall drinkability. Sweetness is lacking, especially in a finish that could have been more gracefully balanced. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) There is a slight airy wisp but the finish is largely slick. Body is light for the style, and light-medium at best amongst all beers. There is a good deal of thinness to this beer throughout. Alcohol is well concealed. Finish is slightly on the dry side, accentuated with the bitter flavors of coffee bean. It is lacking a certain sweetness that would be desirable in this style of beer. This beer could really bring out some of that coffee and cocoa tones that are lightly represented otherwise. I found the vanilla ideal, however and it should remain as subtle as possible. 3

(Overall) A highly drinkable but shallow flavored coffee porter. I found most aspects of the flavor already limited but it could serve as a decent introduction to the popular style for those who infrequently dip their toes into coffee porters and stouts. With its decent ABV and light body, seconds are not entirely out of the question, unless alternative coffee porters come into play. I think that Kona has let the quality of this porter which I had higher regards for in the past fall by the wayside, or perhaps my desire for this porter has faded with time. Hopefully they can beef up the coffee flavor in the near future. 3.5

Vintage Reviews:

Dated Oct 27 2011 (1 year, 2 Months aged): Identical if not worse head quality, fading to a clear surface within moments. Coffee aroma has nearly vanished entirely, what remains is a thin, musty and nutty malt aroma with a puff of vanilla and even some potential funky lactose notes peeking through. The flavor is similar to the aroma, although not as alarming. The coffee has vanished almost entirely and the remaining porter is slightly thinner on flavor, although the profile is a little less dry than the fresh batch, possibly due to the absence of harsh coffee bitterness. Finish is cleaner and devoid of any smoke. Overall, it’s a poor choice to age this beer, as the malt body just isn’t enough to carry this beer through the years after the coffee fades. The best call is to have this beer as fresh as possible and to savor every ounce of coffee flavor, as it is the most fragile component and vanishes quickly as the beer ages, leaving little remaining substance behind.

Recommended age: Fresh

Kona Brewing Company's
Pipeline Porter with 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,898 ratings.
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