Pipeline Porter | Kona Brewing Co.

very good
1,897 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,897 |  Reviews: 737
Photo of IPAFrankieH
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Beardo
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of jmiah22
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lpayette
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend and fellow BA dbalsock for this brew.

Kona's pipeline porter pours the perfect color for a porter- dark but not pitch black. The head is somewhat lacking as it quickly turns into a thin ring around the perimeter.

The coffee flavor is done flawlessly with a perfect balance that lets you know it's there, yet does not overpower the more subtle flavors of deeply roasted malt (black patent?), and a delicate hopping that suggests a traditional approach.

The mouthfeel is perfect for a porter in my opinion. They've done a great job of keeping this just the right fullness in body to keep it from falling into stout or brown ale territory.

All in all, a great beer that proves to be compelling and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Eastside151
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured an opaque black into my Anchor Porter pint glass. I messed up the straight pour so only about a finger and a half of cappuccino colored head developed before dissipating quickly, leaving a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Very enticing. A toasted coffee aroma dominates, and is well balanced by dark chocolate.

Taste: The coffee from the smell is prominent, but there's no backing as the chocolate has mysteriously disappeared.

Drinkability: Pipeline is smooth and tasty, but I was expecting a lot more after the tempting aroma.

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Photo of Rod_J
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A moderate pour into my .4 liter chalice yielded a two-finger dark tan head over a nearly-opaque brown-black-red body. Head faded pretty quickly to a thin ring, leaving minimal lacing.

Smell is nice! Coffee on toffee. Vanilla and chocolate. Smooth and warm smelling. Coffee aroma is very dominant. Slight hint of cherry pipe tobacco.

Taste is malt and coffee. There *may* be a hint of pine hops in the background. Nice and smooth, though not as pronounced as the aroma.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Nice carbonation spreads the coffee aromas back up into the back side of the nose.

Easy to drink, with a pleasant coffee aftertaste.

Overall, the thin mouthfeel is a bit disappointing, but still this is a good coffee brew. I'd like to have my next one with some dark chocolate.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Opaque darkest brown with a very light brown head that dissipates quickly. Little lace here and there

S - COFFEE! Lots of wonderful coffee with hints of raw sugar

T - Exactly the smell, except a bit of a sour note. Almost like a cup of black coffee that has been sitting out for an hour or more

M - Very acidic, just like drink a good 'ol cup of joe

D - A bit harsh. It is a beer that taste like coffee, you can gather what I mean

Final Thought - While I love coffee and I love beer, this combo is good, not great

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Photo of jordanmckell
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of stript
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of thebooyakid
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akopczyk
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tonistruth
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark brown sporting a 2 finger tan head, good retent, unimpressive lacing though

S- roasted, coffee, semisweet, coffee bean

T- coffee are mellow yet so very obvious throughout entire drinking, bitterness from the beans as well, roasted malts, bittersweet up front, somewhat of a unpleasant staleness at times, loads of coffee flavor and then some

M- medium bodied, carbonation lively, smooth

D- like unsweetened coffee with alcohol. flavor is too much to session, not right type for my taste buds, pretty interesting overall even with its rough spots

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Eddie's Place in St. Peters, MO. Received in a pint glass, and they poured it right, with a thick tan head. Tasted a lot of chocolate especially at the end. At 5.4%, an easy drinking porter that I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Danno48
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Neorebel
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I have been wanting to taste more from Kona Brewing for a while, ever since I tasted the excellent Fire Rock Pale Ale. I finally got around to it... This porter is an appropriate dark shade of brown, nearly opaque, with a bubbly head, similar to Cola. The head diminishes to barely cover the top of the beer after a few minutes. There's some remnants that cling to the side of the glass, but not much. The aroma is very pleasing and fresh - like a cafe mocha topped with whipped cream. The taste trumps the aroma... the 100% Kona coffee flavor is one of the most distinct in any beer I have ever tasted! It's quite toasty and towards the tail end of the flavor there's a tiny hint of hops. The beer is very light, borderline watery. The taste lingers for a few seconds in the finish but disappears in a dry fade. In short, it tastes similar to a lightly sweetened iced coffee. Despite some of the negative sounding things in the review, I really like this and will definitely be buying it regularly! I like to always have a beer around that is satisfying, yet somewhat low calorie. This fits that bill perfectly, with the added bonus of the gourmet coffee aspect.

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3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep roasted coffee brown with reddened highlights. Coffee foam tinted head. Thin film of organic bubbly lace.

Roasted coffee and chocolate. Burnt and toasty wood and brown sugar.

Roasted bittersweet dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. molasses, espresso, burnt sugar, toasty caramel. Pine and coffee bitterness. Great coffee flavor.

rich and smooth, full bodied, somewhat dry, and slightly sticky.

very smooth and drinakable. A dark beer that could easily be drank in wamer weather, an iced coffee. great coffee flavor, they did the right things to make the coffee stand out.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A decent offering from Kona this time with a strong coffee-tasting porter...

Beautifully dark...and that's where it ends. The head quickly dissipates and there is no lacing to mention. There is a distinct coffee smell to it, a little booziness as well, but not overpowering and somewhat difficult to pull out, but it's there. At first the brew sloshed around my tongue clean, but then the carbonation took over and overpowered the slight astringent feel. I did enjoy the taste - strong, dark-roasted coffee flavor with the same boozy taste as it's smell (surprising considering it's only 5.4% ABV.) In the end, I liked it, not overly impressed or overwhelmed (as with most other Kona's) but glad I gave this one a try.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness-branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish-black color with a thick, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells quite strongly of coffee. So strongly, in fact, that it almost smells like a pot of fresh-brewed coffee. Also has subtle hints of baking chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: Has a sweet taste up front that develops into a coffee-heavy flavor at the back of the mouth backed by a bit of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average. I would've like to see a little more body in a porter.

Drinkability: Pretty standard porter fare here. This one is heavier on coffee than most which makes for a tasty experience. Worth a shot...

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Photo of Yesdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of washburnkid
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stein.

A: Finger of frothy, sticky tan head; body is pitch black with some ruby hues in the light. Great head retention and lacing on the stein.
S: Sweet malts; coffee and slight oatmeal aroma.
T: Coffee and sweetness dominates at first but is rounded out and balanced with a nice hop presence. Small amount of bitter chocolate residue left on palate. Beer tastes "watery" at times, like there is a gap in the flavor that can be filled in with...something. Chocolate/nut/coffee would fit well.
M: Creamy, medium-bodied beer.
D: A sessionable porter. Good drinkability. I've already sent this beer off with some friends. I look forward to having some more!

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Photo of drews240
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,897 ratings.
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