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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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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 ThePawtucketPatriot
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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 -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JesseBlanco
4.75/5  rDev +25%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled 10 September 2012.

A: Half-finger of creamy off-white head. Black-brown, dark and opaque.

S: Rich, sweet, creamy, and chocolatey. Strong and excellent. Touch of coffee.

T/M: Very nice porter. Not thin at all. Substantial, creamy, and rich, with a hint of roasted malt. Almost like a milkshake. Flavors are a bit light and it's more milky sweet than bitter, but all and all an exceptional effort. I'd have liked a bit more of the Kona coffee, but it is noticeable, especially right at the beginning.

O: On of the best porters I've encountered. Drinkable, thick, tasty, and flavorful. Recommended. A touch too sweet for me, but I would have again.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, 10/06/12
Central Waters tulip

A: Looks pretty pitch black in glass, but poured more deep dark brown with reddish hues. Initially finger and a half of light tan head. Tight bubbles. Some alcohol feet. Lacing.

S: Nose is of fresh coffee grounds. Really appeasing coffee hints. Beneath it some chocolate and roast.

T: Tip of the tongue is a tingle of dark roast coffee. Very nice. Then the roast malt and chocolate come into play. It's fairly smooth and easy drinking. I like it.

M: Big medium to full due to body.

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3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours into a glass with a one finger off-white head. Dark amber brown with little light passing through edges. Lace throughout entire drink, little of it sticking to the glass.

S: Malt, coffee, and chocolate smell.

T: Although the coffee flavor tasted similar to old coffee it seems to lead well into the hop bitterness. Malt profile is lacking.

M: Thin and lacking carbonation. Has a slight astringent aspect.

O: Decent porter, don't think i'll be buying this one again anytime soon.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,909 ratings
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