Pipeline Porter | Kona Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,898 Ratings
Pipeline PorterPipeline Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
konabrewingco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,898
Reviews:
738
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
258
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,898 |  Reviews: 738
Photo of ocelot2500
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of mostly coffee notes.

Tastes of the roasted malts with some sweetness. Roasted malts have an expected coffee character with some slight brown sugar and some chocolate. Sweetness is noticeable, but kept light.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of seand
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep opaque black, with a fair amount of foamy tan head. The head retains pretty well, and leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts, with roasted coffee and a hint of dark chocolate.

T: Smooth malty sweetness, with the roasted coffee note appearing again. Finishes slightly bitter and dry.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth.

D: Very drinkable, quite nice.

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Photo of Mancer
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle poured out a dark brown body with a light reddish brown tint. A two finger high off-white head accompanied the body and dissipated to a lace that coated the beer. The initial aromas were of light coffee, malts and light yeast. The initial flavors were overall watered down, with lightly roasted coffee, and malts. Roast stayed on the tongue for the aftertaste. There was a light to medium body with medium carbonation and light coffee bitterness.

Overall, this was ok but there was not much there. The beer seemed watered down in flavor and reminded me of the ever so disappointing Java Head brew from Troegs. Also worth mentioning is the lighter than usual porter body, however this was made in Hawaii so don't expect heavy.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle on date: 010511

Beautiful black, thick head forms and slowly dissipates but a full coverage remains on top

The aroma is smooth coffee with a sweet malt backing very smooth coffee aroma

The taste is smooth throughout slight carbonation it starts sweet with a roasted coffee taste enter. A smooth malt trails to a dry coffee bitter finish

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Photo of sommersb
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with a bottling date of 11-30-10
Poured into a tulip pint

Big frothy 3 fingers of tan head on this black beer with red hues evident when held to the light. Nice amount of lacing followed the head. Smells were as expected, with roasted malts, strong coffee and some chocolate aromas present. No hop aroma

The taste was spot on with the aromas, with a dominating coffee presence. The bitterness of the coffee was offset by some malt sweetness - the overall effect was well balanced. This is a rich porter, with a slight smoky character to it.

Mouthfeel is nice - a medium-full body with light carbonation. Finishes dry with a light bitter aftertaste of coffee. This is a good, smooth drinking beer.

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Photo of MayLattimore
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with one inch dark tan head. Had great sweet roasty scent with a bit of coffee. Nice delivery on the taste. Good balance. A slight bitterness which was okay with me. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Just what I was expecting. Found it easy to drink and I usually shy away from porters. But, this one got me interested again.

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Photo of bbb099
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 Oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours an almost black, dark brown color with mocha-colored head. Decent retention, minor lacing.

S - Pleasant coffee aroma along with the usual roasted malt smell. Also hints of corn and yeast.

T - Good combination of chocolate and coffee flavor. However, the taste could pack more punch. Flavor is a little weak for this style. A little tart/sour on the finish.

M - Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

D - Moderate drinkability. Good taste, but a little too watery for the style and I have to bump down the overall score because of it.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 YouSkeete
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Transparent dark brown. No head whatsoever, moderate lacing.

S: Fresh coffee grinds, mild dark chocolate, honey, malty sweetness. Some small hints of cherry and oak are in the aroma.

T: Nice rich and fresh coffee flavor with vanilla and honey. Dark chocolate, maple, dark sugared fruits and some kind of unfamiliar hoppy and grainy taste are all there. Finish is smooth and creamy.

M: Rich and smooth, with an interesting hop bite. Medium body with carbonation on the high side.

D: Pretty great. The bitter bite throughout the flavor is interesting, but not fitting.

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Photo of hdofu
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a different kind of beer. Right now I'm not sure if I like it or not. Smell is intensely of molasses and coffee beans It has a nice dark color and a tan head, taste is where it gets difficult it has 2 flavors I like and a finish I don't really like. The firs one is a smokey porter with a hint of sweetness, the second one is a kona coffee which is mild but then it finishes with that all too famillar cold coffee bitter finish, which doesn't seem to go with porter, overall it seems it's just not the right kind of coffee for this kind of drink as something a bit boulder would probably give it a richer coffee taste and less of that finish. Because of this, wouldn't want to drink more then one of these in a night.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown into my pint glass with some light brown highlights with about one finger of head that dissipates quickly into small ring around the glass and has moderate lacing.

S - Deep espresso, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, sweet caramel and toffee notes are present as well.

T - I hate to say it after it smelled so great, but the taste leaves a bit to desired. Roasted malts and a mild coffee notes are there, small amount of sweetness and almost no chocolate.

M - Feel is a little thin and a bit off balance.

D - This is a very drinkable porter, one that I enjoyed and will continue to enjoy in the future, just wish it had some more predominant flavors.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a really nice roasted malt and coffee scent. It's dry with a bit of chocolate sweetness. The taste is decent. It has a dry, bitter, black malt flavor with a mild coffee character. It goes down easy with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking porter. It's dry and roasted and just plain good.

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Photo of felipe2toes
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thin off white head that disappeared fairly quickly.

Smells mostly of roasted malt and dark chocolate and a little bit of coffee. Considering it's made from Kona coffee, I was expecting more coffee on the nose.

There's chocolate and roasted malt on the palate again, and there's more of a coffee flavor--there's a bitter coffee finish.

It's a good tasting porter, with a good amount of coffee flavor. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of PabstLou
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a frosted pint glass. Poured almost black with a light tan head that extends to about the second knuckle high. The head disappeared in minutes leaving trace of its marks on the glass.

S- Not so much in this department, the smell of coffee is obviously most dominant, but i also smelled a pinch of cocoa in there

T- I was really surprised at how tasty this beer was the first time I had it - the smell does the beer no justice until it is consumed. Right off the bat I tasted the coffee, blended with a hint of creamy cocoa and smokey, roasted malt. Beautiful combination and a delicious aftertaste.

MF- Medium/Light bodied with kind of a watery feel compared to other porters. No bubbles

DB- Has a wonderful drinkability compared to other porters I've tasted. Goes down VERY smoothly and leaves notes of smoked coffee beans dancing on your tongue.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been excited to try this beer. I love porters, especially ones with bitter coffee/espresso flavors. I might be setting myself up for disappointment as the porters I like most do not contain any coffee at all. I suppose the brewers get that flavor from their treatment and selection of malt. Perhaps hops play a role as well.

A born on date of 11/08/10. Made in New Hampshire.

From a bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Good pour with a small, off-white head leaving ample lacing behind. The beer is pretty dark, only traces of red when held to a light.

Not a lot of coffee aroma. More smokey to me. The coffee is more evident in the flavor. There's a little smoke and some sweetness as well (not too much). The body is almost medium so the mouth feel is pretty substantial, not watery (the curse of a porter, in my opinion).

All in all, not what I hoped for, but good in its own way. I would certainly drink another if the opportunity presented itself and I can safely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good porter. I might even pick up a sixer.

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Photo of rawfish
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown consistency while pouring and forms a fluffy light brown head of two fingers with good retention. Spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Light aroma of roasted coffee beans with some of that smokey burnt aroma as well. Dark chocolate and almonds.

T: Hefty coffee flavor indistinguishable from any other coffee but it's a strong profile with some malty sweetness on the back end almost like a cold espresso.

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D: Not the smoothest thing across the palate and there is some acidity from the coffee but still a session porter.

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Photo of irischmatt
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a bottle brewed in Portsmouth. I'm unsure how widespread the Portsmouth bottles are compared to ones from Hawaii, although a friend familiar with both says they are indistinguishable.

Pours an extremely dark brown with a consistent though shallow light brown head. Carbonation isn't readily easy to see, though the reliable head is evidence of moderate carbonation.

Smells strongly roasty, almost like a Sam Smith's oatmeal stout, with coffee coming out stronger on subsequent smells.

Tastes weaker than it smells, although the coffee taste is more apparent when drinking than when merely smelling. Normally Kona coffee is distinctive. The use of Kona coffee versus any other kind of coffee is indistinguishable in this beer, although I can see this being a negative for only die-hard Kona-philes. Hop flavors are absent, as is any sourness or off flavors. The two most prominent flavors are roasted barley and sweetness, followed by smooth coffee

It has a thinner mouthfeel than most porters, but this couples with the sweet and coffee flavors makes it extremely easy to drink. Moving the beer around in the mouth is unusually pleasant and easy.

Overall this is a highly drinkable session beer. It's strongest flavors do not affect tastebuds over time, and it's smoothness makes it pleasant to swallow.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kona Pipeline Porter is an opaque beer that's the darkest brown. It has a big, fluffy, light brown head that shows outstanding retention. If has a full aroma of roasted coffee, wood and slightly sweet grain. It's medium bodied and very smooth-- almost flat. The finish is chewy and slightly chalky. It's nicely balanced with lots of coffee that's both roasty and wooden. It's just bitter enough. This is smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of morimech
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with some red highlights. One finger of head that holds on for a nice amount of time before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is one of the best for a coffee beer. The dark malt and coffee marry nicely. Fresh coffee combined with dark chocolate. Smells like one of those overpriced mocha coffees at the coffee shop.

Coffee comes through in the flavor very strong. Would of liked a little more malt but otherwise tastes awesome. Fresh pressed coffee and dark malt makes a great combination. Does not have the roasted aspect that many coffee stouts have. I prefer it this way.

The one minor fault is the body. Maybe I am expecting too much from a porter but I would of liked a little more density. Otherwise it is nicely carbonated.

One of the best coffee beers out there. A coffee beer does not have to be huge and boozy to deliver a wonderful coffee flavor.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown when held to light, nearly black when just peacefully resting on my table. Nose has whopper of a coffee aroma. No ambiguity there. Same on the palate, almost like a cold coffee with carbonation. Some roasty flavors present too. Medium to light bodied and a long coffee finish.

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Photo of birdyone
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a flat coke, but with beer line spider webbing. Very dark.

Nothin special about the smell, but nothing offensive either.

The taste is a little unique, or at least new to me. Tastes like a porter, but the finish is like you ate a coffee bean. I like coffee, I like beer. Together I though I would like them more, but really not a bad combo.

The mouthfeel is smooth, but not overly special.

Because of the uniqueness of this one, I can't really see myself drinking a six pack in a weekend, let alone a good night. If I were some place that had it on tap, maybe. It's good, and worth having, but not a kick back and drink beer.

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Photo of cbutova
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours black with a light tan head that builds to about a finger in size. Head appears somewhat creamy and has poor retention. Creamy ring leaves nothing for lace.

S- Faint. I do pick up some weaker notes of roast malt and coffee. Not much going at all.

T- Roast malt lends a nice flavor with some milk chocolate notes as well. Coffee comes in more in the finish and builds with time. Acidic portion of the coffee comes into play. Notes of nutty malt.

MF- Light body with more of a watery feel to it. High carbonation is smooth. Some coffee bitters.

DB- Has a nice porter feel to it. The coffee has too much of an acidic feel in my opinion but it still goes down decently.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a dark brown, almost black, body with red highlights. On top is a small tan head that quickly disappears to bits of island foam.

S: Rich coffee aroma with a strong malty backbone.

T: A smooth and creamy flavor of rich roasted coffee with chocolate malts and finishes a bit dry.

M: Loads of carbonation, medium to full body, and a creamy texture.

D: Before I knew it I drank 6 of these. Good price, good beer, & easy to get.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein.

Look - black with about a finger's worth of a dark khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - the coffee beans are pretty obvious, with a touch of caramel..maybe even mocha? Works for the theme.

Taste and mouthfeel - malt taste is a little more prevelant than the coffee bean taste, that is until the late middle and finish. If there's any aftertaste, it's mostly a sweetness lining the mouth. Texture isn't too badly unbalanced, but lies more on the creamier side.

Drinkability - quite drinkable..would work a little better in a colder environment, I think..which ironic in that the brewery is from Hawaii.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is a dark black with just a small amount of dark maroon highlights and a thin finger of foamy brownish head. No lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit malty with a coffee bean aroma that was a promising but doesn't to get much stronger from there. There is a small amount of chocolate kicking around in the back as well.

The taste is sweet and inviting. A mellow roasty malt flavor mixed with a nice coffee flavor slides in and caresses your tastes buds then slides out before much of a notice. This sips really well and a very nice coffee flavor pops more when slowly sipped. The warmer it gets more of a creamy flavor comes out.

The feel of this beer medium bodied and has a smooth feel going down. It is pretty drinkable and has only a small aftertaste that is gone in the shortest of time.

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,898 ratings.
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