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:
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Added by Iguana on 10-11-2006

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.19/5  rDev +10%
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 -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -16.8%
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 -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color that allows a little light to pass through the edges of the body, if only barely. The head is a two finger mocha color with a thinner texture. After a short time, it turns into a thin film.

S: Unsurprisingly, it's full of coffee - it isn't LOADED with coffee per se, but it's not a weak aroma by any stretch. The aforementioned coffee has a nice hazelnut quality to it, and it's also slightly chocolaty.

T: The coffee profile comes on slightly strong here, but gets a little green and vegetal tasting near the finish. It doesn't offer much depth beyond coffee and a little hazelnut, but what's here is pulled off with aplomb.

M: It's lightweight yet rather coarse in texture. The bone dry finish and moderately high carbonation makes this very easy to drink, but it means that there isn't much of a lingering aftertaste.

O: This one is more of an everyday drinker than a beer to be analyzed carefully, and it's all the better for it. C'mon Kona, make this one year round already!

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bought in a 6pack locally. (DC area)

Poured into a snifter...its what i had nearby.

Color is great for the style. Midnight. None of that semi-translucent porter garbage!! good start. Head was thin as one would expect.

Smell is straight coffee. Walking into Starbucks level. Dash of malts

Taste is coffee, malts and powdered cocoa like for cooking.

Mouthfeel was disappointing. thin. I think this could be on purpose but its not my favorite aspect in a porter.

Overall its pretty solid. drinkable and enjoyable. If you have a friend who your trying ease them into the world of dark beers this has a home. Easy for a porter.

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