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Pipeline Porter | Kona Brewing Co.

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3.8/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
konabrewingco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,912
Reviews:
739
Ratings:
1,906
pDev:
11.84%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
263
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,906 |  Reviews: 739
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pure coffee aroma, very fresh , nice soapy head and some lace down the glass. Coffee colour, and medium plus easy drinking understated carbonation mouthfeel. Not much complexity but A good straight up coffee style porter.Sweet dry aftertaste.Thanks for the trade Grub!
On tap 2.5 years later, kind of synthetic in the coffee and chocolate and way too much chocolate.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1.5 finger head with nice lacing on a jet black body. Aroma is mostly roasted malt with some coffee. Flavor is heavily dominated by dry roast coffee bean flavor without too much of a bitter note. Dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Overall this is more stout like than porter. Coffee is heavy which affects drinkability but it's good for my tastes.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8/31/11.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that settles to a thin cap. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and slight cocoa. Taste is of dark roasted malt and some sweetened burnt coffee flavors. There is an acidic quality and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but the coffee flavors I am getting are a bit odd with the roast.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

by all counts a lovely porter. pours a nice dark ale color with very limited transparency and a 1 inch white head. smells like fine hawaiian coffee, sweet chocolate malts, and that north shore evening breeze. flavor is rich but drinkable, plenty of roasted grain here and a delicate sort of coffee finish. not bitter coffee, but like a luxurious cup with a spoonful of raw sugar. no acidity either. mouthfeel is damn near perfect, everything a porter should be. fuller bodied but not filling, still an ale here. highly sessionable with a modest abv, and just enough bubbles to bring out the flavor, no more. overall this is a fantastic porter, one of my favorites actually, and it is infinitely better than kona's longboard lager. almost wrote these guys off, but now i am keen for more. well done here! mahalo!

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Liked a lot of the other beers form this brewery, so purchased this new offering at my local beer store. Pours a nice dark brown, slightly off-white head to it, moderate lacing on the glass. Nice creamy mouthfeel to this one, average body to it which fits the style good. Nice roasty flavor and well balanced... coffee malts complimented by some nice hop taste at the end. A nice all around porter, definitely an above average one and this Kona Brewing Company is putting out some solid offerings.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: When held up to a bright light, this beer is very dark red in color (but black when viewed from afar). It has a light amount of visible carbonation and poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose; these become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee beans and notes of chocolate along with hints of roasted malts. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very easy to drink and balanced porter that has some nice flavors of coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I figured this beer would be pretty good from reading much about it in the past year or so. Turns out to be a very flavorful Porter without going extreme on the gravities. The beer begins convincing enough with a brown appearance and moderate head formation / retention-- light on the lacing. Firm aromas of chocolate malts and nutty coffee dominate the beer, with only a light detection of piney hops hiding closely behind. Flavors prefer the cocoa and coffee as well, giving the beer a rich maltiness, medium nuttiness with vanilla and toasty notes throughout. The hops balance well but don't interfere much with the delicate Porter / Brown Ale balance. The beer is silky smooth to the palate in a similar manner as an Oatmeal Stout. There are no problems with this beer at all-- likely the best of the Kona crop.

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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 kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into dinner glass in high altitude Denver, CO.

A: Pours a creamy one finger head of decent retention. Dark porter brown-black. Pretty standard. Mildly inviting.

Sm: Coffee and caramel. A clean scent of moderate strength.

T: The coffee is incorporated very nicely, but is missing roast. Some caramel. Built well. It's balanced but simple.

Mf: Chewy. Mildly thick. Wet - not the dryness I expect from a porter. I'd prefer it with more dryness especially at the climax. Too wet for its style.

Dr: Well worth a try for a porter fan like me, especially at its relatively low price. I'll reach for it again when I don't feel like trying something new.

[Beer advocate changed the weights of each category relative to the overall score with no notice, so I have no idea what score I originally gave this. Probably a B-.]

***
2nd impression on-draught:

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color with a nice tan head that retains and laces well

Smell: Rich black coffee aroma with undertones of chocolate

Taste: Solid coffee up front that mellows out, mid-palate; after the swallow, some chocolate and roasted notes join in along with a surprising dollop of hops in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice balance between the coffee and porter elements; trying it fresh in 2011, it has a bit more of a hoppy profile than I recalled a few years earlier

Thanks, boolshot, for the opportunity

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a medium black color porter with coke-like carbonation and a very small foamy head that disappeared way too quickly. Aroma of weak coffee notes with some light roasted malt as well. Taste is comprised of weak malt with some roasted bitter notes and some weak coffee notes. Body is way too watery for the style with some low carbonation. I’m not sure if I had a bad bottle but this is definitely not too good.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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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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