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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of lurpy1
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Zinfandel Cafe in Sacramento, which otherwise does not impress with its beer list.

Starts off with a dark brown pour, as expected, single finger of quickly fading beige head.

The smell comes at you with malt, coffee, great, but it's fighting for time with something bitter and troubling in the aroma though. Fortunately, does not come through in the flavor, as the taste is decidely (Kona?) coffee. There is a nice sweetness permeating,but while the sweet sensation is tasty, it's also slightly artificial.

Mouthfeel is good, definitely not a lot of alcohol. On one hand, it makes for easy drinking, but on the other hand, the kick is a little insubstantial for a porter. Not sure what the last time I had a porter so decidely un-alcoholic.

Very good drink, stops short of being great. In the good old days of BA scoring, this gets a B+.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin brown head that quickly fades. The nose has notes of roasted malts and faint coffee. The flavor is predominantly coffee with roasted malts and faint chocolate notes coming through in the finish. There is also a decent bitterness that lingers in the finish as well. This is a medium to full bodied beer with good carbonation that is smooth, rich, and easy to drink.

This is a solid porter. I like the fact that it's rich, full flavored, and nears full bodied. In a cookie cutter market with thin porters abounding this one shines.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a whim. Really into porters right now.

1cm mocha colored head after an incredibly vigorous pour, in which some beer landed on my crotch. Very dark. Hints of ruby shine through when help up to a light.

Roasted chocolate, tons of coffee dominate nose.

Coffee, chocolate on the mouth. Maybe a hint of vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel is just a tad light for the style. Proper porters should be almost chewy. This one just dissolves off the palate.

Overall a really tasty beer. Lacking balance in certain areas, but highly worth checking out. This won't be my last 6 pack of this beer.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a super deep brown with a small, tan head. The middle is nice and blacked out, but carbonation is noticeable around the very edges.

The smell is pretty light and simple. Chocolate, coffee and a hint of vanilla.

Bittersweet chocolate, earthy hops and slight grain start this brew off. The coffee is at the finish, light and smooth. Very well balanced. Super crisp on the palate. Easy going down.

Great session porter. I could easily go through a six pack.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Brown head. Black body. Good retention, low stick.

Smell - Dark roasted coffee and cream. Luxurious.

Taste - Dry. No bitterness. Coffee.

Mouthfeel - Light. Fluffy. Almost no astringency or solvency.

Overall Drinkability - One of the best porters I've had.

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3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was coffee black. About an inch of head. Light lacing on the top that dissipated in almost a second. Light film on the sides.

Smelled of coffee, chocolate, toffee and caramel.

Tasted of roasted chocolate malts up front, followed by dark chocolate with a coffee finish. Went from dark to darker. Charcoal pit late.

Full body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.

A nice, smooth porter. Good way to end the Kona variety pack.

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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