Pipeline Porter | Kona Brewing Co.

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Pipeline PorterPipeline Porter

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

Pipe Line Porter - A seasonal/rotating offering

Pours a dark brown, small off white head. Smell of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor follows suit with a strong roasted malt/coffee presence. Little hop bitterness is percieved. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decent level of carbonation and smooth. Overall a good solid porter and worth getting ontap.

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Photo of Sudsy89
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours black, with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, not too much. It has a medium mouthfeel, and the carbonation is more than I expected. Taste is mostly coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, hops aren't very noticeable. A very tasty porter that has a good coffee taste without being overly burnt or bitter tasting. The flavors seem to be more pronounced as the beer warms up a bit, you don't have to drink it really cold like a lager. This is another good Kona beer, not my favorite porter but I'd buy it again.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Completely opaque brownish black with a healthy two finger fluffy light brown head. The head persists, and there is some nice sticky lacing.

S - Light hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and malt, but not much else. Subtle aroma on this one.

T - Initially sweet with a wallop of coffee taste that rides out to a creamy finish with dark chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. Slightly smoky and dry finish with a touch of grassy hops.

M - Creamy but a tad overcarbonated which leads to a harsh feeling on the throat.

D - Very drinkable but I usually drink coffee flavored beers just to get the night started. I probably wouldn't be able to handle more than 2.

Overall, pretty solid coffee porter but there are much better coffee beers out there. Worth a try.

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Photo of JMad
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was almost black with just a glimpse of light shining through the edges of the glass. The was lofty, rocky and the color of coffee with cream. The smell is mostly roasted coffee beans and some sweet chocolate. The taste is mild with flavors of coffee and roasted malt, there is a slight bitterness at first that gets washed over with some sweetness. The beer is light and silky with low carbonation. I thought this was a solid beer, it's dark but still light enough to enjoy in warm weather.

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Photo of SandieBeaches
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm impressed with this seasonal brew. Smoky java smell, but a lighter taste. My only real complaint with this porter is that the flavor is not quite as rich as the aroma. I expected a slightly more pronounced coffee flavor but wasn't too disappointed with it.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in tall ale glass.

A: black, little carbonation, healthy head dissipates relatively quickly
S: slight, sweet, malty, but otherwise nondescript
T: roasted barley and coffee taste are prominent; not very sweet and not bitter either; very strong bass notes in the flavor profile; hops not evident

Really a pretty solid beer overall, with a dark, roasted profile

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Photo of emmasdad
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up recently as part of a mixed six pack at Lukas a while back. Poured a dark brown/black color, with a thin tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee and cocoa. On the palate, this one is light to medium bodied with flavors of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of supernuke
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, nice color.

S- Strong roasted smell of coffee and chocolate. Very impressed.

T- Similar to the smell, just less strong. Roasted coffee beans, etc.

M- Pretty watery, not as much as a stout though.

Overall, this is a very good beer. It impressed me with the strong coffee smell. The only thing that I had issues with is that the coffee in the taste isn't as strong as the smell, but it is still strong. Its a solid 4.0 in my book- very impressive beer.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany with a wisp of coffee colored head.

S - Coffee, mostly. More pronounced coffee than a typical porter. Hints of sweet chocolate.

T - First thing I notice is an odd bitterness or maybe tartness from the taste. Not the expected coffee bitterness, something different. This taste pretty much dominates. It isn't an awful taste, but it's a peculiar one that I can't get over.

M - Fairly watery for the style. I was expecting more pronounced flavor, but I'm kinda taken aback by this odd flavor...

Overall, the appearance and the smell of this beer is great, but the taste is off. Can't say I'd buy this again.

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Photo of azdback
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my "dead man's hand" pint glass. Dark, dark, dark. It does have some off black edges. Head is coco white and about one finger. The lace is sticky.

The smell is of roasted coffee with a bit of a smoke smell. Not any sweetness or hop.

The taste is about like the smell. Roasted malt flavors mixed with some coffee. It has maybe a hint of tart sweetness, but very minor. Another minor taste is vanilla.

The mouth is pretty on line with a porter. As much as I want all beers to have the mouth of an Imperial Stout or Barleywine, I understand I should grade on the style. This is a bit watery and hollow, but like I just said it is just a Porter, and I will judge accordingly.

Overall I really enjoy this one every time I drink it. It is an easy drinking session beer that should be purchased if you get the chance.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Backstage in Torrington, Conn.

A: Black in color with a two-finger head of frothy, espresso-like foam which retained fairly well and left some decent, sticky lace.

S: Sweet roasted black malt aroma up front with deep, herbal and earthy hop resins floating about.

T: Rich, full-bodied and slightly creamy roasted malts up front with a bit of weak coffee and bittersweet chocolate to boot. A slight anise and charcoal flavor shore up with slight, dark fruity esters before washing down bittersweet and smooth with minimal lingering bitterness.

M: Sweet, smooth and full-bodied porter with nice balance and a slightly creamy finish.

D: Very nice balance and tons of sessionable flavor at 5.4% ABV. Pipeline porter is smooth, sweet and a bit smoky with nice roasted herbal and chocolaty notes to pair well with a chocolate or raspberry dessert or perhaps even with a hickory pulled pork sandwich. Very good on it's own though.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deeeep dark brown with very low clarity and a moderately sized tanish head that does not stay for a while but leaves good gobs of lacing behind.

Smells of delicious coffee and a touch of piney hops. Very roasty and a mild residual toffee like sweetness.

The strength of the flavor subsides in comparison to what the aroma would imply. The strong roastyness in replaced with an almost frappuccino like lack of coffee punch and the toffee more or less just gets watered down. It almost tastes like club soda was added. Still a sharp roasty bite at the beginning though. Almost no trace of hops to be tasted.

The body is thin and slightly watery while still retaining a lot of spritzy carbination to add quite a bit of weight in otherwise. A very dry finish.

A bit foamy in my belly but still fairly light and drinkable.

I like kona brewing so far and this is my second beer from them and, though not as impressed as I was with the fire rock, I find this beer very enjoyable.

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Photo of Preismj
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: a golden black hue...very dark beer but when held to the light gives off the color of a freshly brewed batch of coffee. Nice half inch creamy mocha colored head. Good retention. very sticky.

s: coffee...and lots of it. This has a strong kick of coffee...smells a little like burnt coffee but this seems to be more from roasted malts. I am getting a surprising burn of alcohol in the nose.

t: coffee, caramel and a bite of wood. A light malty sweetness in the middle of this one, though the coffee is potent and all over the palette. While I can tell the difference between Kona coffee and regular store brand coffee I wouldn't know this was Kona...though this certainly is the strongest coffee flavor I've ever had in a beer (may be attributable to the Kona beans). Walks the line between great taste and cloyingly sweet.

m: creamy and smooth. Little to no carbination (maybe not a fresh enough bottle at the time of this review...remember this having much more fizz when I had on draft). Wish there was a little more though it fits the style. covers the palette and didn't leave me dry.

o: a good coffee brew. The best I have had to date for a good rich coffee taste. Slight burn of alcohol on the larger sips, though for the most part you would never know you weren't drinking a chilled cup of coffee. The sweetness of the malts takes the place of sugar and the creamyness and lack of carbination takes the place of dairy. Very good, a unique and strong coffee taste.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a deep opaque brown with a creamy thick head and significant lacing.

S: A rich brewed coffee smell is accompanied by sweet malt. This is a good smelling beer but not as rich and complex as some others of this style.

T: Strong rich coffee flavors burst onto the tongue at the onset of the sip, followed by crisp maltiness and a slightly bitter finish.

M: The beer feels thick and creamy in the mouth with sufficient carbonation.

Overall, this is a good beer, probably the best that I've had from this brewery. The coffee flavors are some of the deepest and richest that I have had in the style, what else would you expect from a beer that come from a region that prides itself on its kona coffee. The beer exhibits a fairly complex taste, but lacks some of the sweet cream flavors that can be found in other offerings.

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Photo of kneeland
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the best coffee beers I've ever tried. A very malty taste, they did a great job to bring out the coffee flavor. A really nice aroma makes it go down smooth. The appearance is really dark,which is to be expected, with a decent foamy head.

The only bad thing I can say about this is that it's hard to pair with any food, since it has such a distinct heavy flavor. Oh well

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Photo of Hoops4life511
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up at Marine Corps Base Quantico with 01--05-11 punched into it poured into snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown, translucent mahogany when held to the light. Small off white head quickly fell quickly to a spotty cap. Some spotting left after a sip, but disappears while you aren't looking.

Smell - Slight coffee and sweet sugary smells, but not very forward in the nose.

Taste/Mouth - Taste is easily the strong point of this beer. Light on the palate with a good malt sweetness and coffee finish. A little high on the carbonation.

Overall - Easy drinker with a lot of flavor without killing you with a high ABV. Would gladly drink this regularly if it was available around me.

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Photo of FoamyMustache
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a dark molasses brown with a light brown head...little retention or lacing.

S - Rich coffee notes, chocolate, smooth. Awesome! I want to drink now.

T - Definitely get the coffee beans this beer is built around with a perfect balance of chocolate and a lot of roasted malt. Bit of a coffee bitterness at the end that lingers in the mouth...not a bad thing.

M - Medium-bodied, not as heavy as its appearance may lead. Not overly carbonated, but if i had to critique one aspect of the beer I would like to see it a little creamier.

D - Awesome...could easily put down a 6er.

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Photo of ocdiver
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an average to good porter. A pleasant aroma with hints of the Kona Coffee. Taste is neither bland nor overly aggressive. The coffee flavor is very pleasant with out being over bearing. The subtle flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms into the 40s. this beer has a mild slightly acidic finish, pleasant. While very drinkable, this wouldn't be my choice for a session brew.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Intrigued to try this for its kona injection. Got that injection and then some.

One of the darkest, straight-up brown colors on a beer you will see. Good 1/2" off-white head on pour, but visually the bubble don't stick.

Awesome roast coffee aroma busting out, dominating. Firm malts supporting chocolate. Toasty with hops woven into the fabric. Just lovely.

A porter? As an extra stout this works quite well. Overarching coffee flavor with a little acidic tang on the finish. Citrus and piney hops in the background, mild chocolate flavors. Roasty? You bet. But bitter? Surprisingly, not so much.

Overall, it's quite a quaffable coffee porter - maybe the best I've had? Its middle of the road body with a grainy (could it be the carb?) and lightly chalky feel doesn't lend as much smoothness or substance as could be desired in a porter, but I liked it just fine.

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Photo of chefelf
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'd like to try some other beers from this brewing company. After trying a few different coffee porters I've determined that this is just not my favorite style of beer. I'm trying to be fair in my ratings despite this prejudice of mine.

I always like the idea of a coffee porter but there's something about the beany coffee taste that always puts me off.

It's kind of like hot buttered rum. It sounds so delicious but then when you have some you realize there's just some butter floating in your rum.

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Photo of engagechad
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was purchased as a build your own from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - bottled in october 2010 - poured into a victory tulip.

Poured wonderful with great carb and massive head. When held to the light it shines a deep walnut color. Put your nose in this one.. man.. I effin LOVE coffee so this is a dream. There are all sorts of stouts and porters out there that claim to have coffee in them but THIS is a coffee beer.. lemme tell ya.. Awesome nose and even more awesome taste. The bitterness from the coffee balances the malt perfectly, although there isn't much hop presence It is made up for with the coffee bitter. Feels a little thin on the mouth but is very very drinkable.

Seek it out folks - I have bought this on more than one occasion. That means a lot coming from a guy that is all about trying NEW things.. this is the kind of beer I come back to.

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Photo of mnrider
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. brown bottle. made with 100% Kona coffee.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost pitch black with a light brown head and little retention and lacing.

S: Strong roasted coffee, dark chocolate and roasted wood.

T/M: Smooth carbonated coffee. Slight mixture of sweetness and roasted malts. Hops are faint, yet the balance is still pretty good.

D: Average Porter, which is close to being really good. The coffee needs to be much stronger. It just falls flat for me. Maybe it's just the kind coffee being used? Needs to be richer with a bigger body.


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Photo of mntlover
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black at a glance more dark brown with red highlight when held up , thumb sized dark tan head falls slow laces well.

Aroma is roasted malts medium coffee notes, some chocolate or sweetness and light smoke.

Taste is light roasted malts, some coffee notes lingering liquorice like flavors with hints of vanilla. Taste is not as good as nose seems little lighter and washes out some in the finish. Still its not bad just not something I would go out and pick up again.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium level of carbonation also seem lighter in the finish.

Drinkability is say average, defiantly worth a try just might be the mood I am in today.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally finishing up a 6-pack of this I got for Christmas.

Body is just about black, slight orange highlights when held to the light. Beige head falls to a decent cap leaving some lacing.

Smell is pleasant...coffee with cream, dough, some hops, slightly piny.

Coffee is more present in the taste, but there's not much to it other than the coffee. Some roasted malt, lactic notes, some light fruit and pine from the hops. Bready graininess. A bit spiky on the carbonation.

As far as coffee beers go this was a little tame for me. Not bad but pretty dull overall.

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Photo of camp0474
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/27/11

A: Pours dark red brown to black with tan head.

S: Heavy roasted malts with slight smokiness. Notes of smooth Kona coffee and bitter chocolate and cacao. Faint sweetness like vanilla or caramel.

T: Roasted malt blends with sweet malty flavors. Fairly balanced between bitter and sweet. The Kona coffee is more mellow than most and makes a good appearance in the middle. This smooth coffee flavor helps keep the beer from being bitter. Notes of cacao and vanilla blend with the coffee near the finish.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation. Not overly dry. Good finish for a porter. Somewhat silky.

D: Fairly drinkable coffee porter. Not to bitter or dry. A little bitter sweet. Pretty well balanced.

Overall decent beer. Good showing of coffee without being overpowering. Good flavors but not to complex. Enjoyable and glad I tried it. Good colder, like an iced cappuccino.

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,936 ratings