Pipeline Porter | Kona Brewing Co.

very good
1,894 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Iguana on 10-11-2006

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Ratings: 1,894 |  Reviews: 736
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rather dark brown with small one finger off-white head.

S- Full of Kona roasted coffee, like cocoa, very nice. Love the coffee taste.

T- Follows up with a full coffee taste, not roasted, more mocha-like. Malty, and full, very nice.

S- Smooth, a little high on carbpnation

Overall- Incredibly good porter, all there is to say

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Johnnyjoe13
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try this beer, but it underwhelmed a bit. Sweet, a bit of wood taste. I liked it, but mouthfeel just felt... Off.

Compared to recent porters, this one isn't the top. I'm not picking up enough of the coffe notes and complexity. The taste was flatter than other porters. Still a good beer, but not upper echelon porter.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of ogasnor
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark red, with not quite a full finger of tan head, which stays decently, never fully disappearing, leaving a thin film.

S - Malty sweetness and coffee, followed by a hint of chocolate. Nothing strong to the nose, though the coffee comes on stronger as it warms.

T - Coffee up front, but not a punch in the mouth. Malty sweetness and chocolate after that, trailing off quickly to a more bitter cocoa taste. Nearly no aftertaste.

M - Thicker than some porters, but a decent amount of carbonation makes the finish dry, which contributes to the lack of aftertaste.

O - This is not a complex beer, nor does it stand out in its style. There are many other coffee porters and stouts out there that are better, but none of them I can pick up at my corner convenience store like I can a six-pack of Pipeline at QT.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a Pilsner glass, just to get a better sense of the appearance. It pours a dark (nearly black) brown with a toasty brown head that retains itself throughout the drink. The smell is predominantly coffee but has some roasted malt too. The consistency is perfect, exactly what you would be looking for in a porter. You can certainly taste the coffee but its impressive how well it is balanced and not dominated by it.

Overall, I think its a great example of an American Porter. Its well balanced and represents that smooth island feel. It doesn't have much of a bite or anything unique that makes it spectacular, but when it comes to a few Porters on the beach, these go down easy.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,894 ratings.
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