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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Ratings: 1,922 |  Reviews: 743
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color with a nice tan head that retains and laces well

Smell: Rich black coffee aroma with undertones of chocolate

Taste: Solid coffee up front that mellows out, mid-palate; after the swallow, some chocolate and roasted notes join in along with a surprising dollop of hops in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice balance between the coffee and porter elements; trying it fresh in 2011, it has a bit more of a hoppy profile than I recalled a few years earlier

Thanks, boolshot, for the opportunity

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid dark brown to black with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, Dark with big bubbles and foamy it left some lace.

The Smell is dark roasted coffee with an odd sweet flowery note.

The taste follows dark espresso, chocolate notes and a flowery spike in the after taste. Nice

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but with a better them medium body, not as thin as most porters, and good carbonation.

The drinkability is great, I like coffee beers done right and this one is easy to recognize that it is good.

Many thanks to IntriqKen. Prosit. MK

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Photo of MiScusi
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark and opaque brown into my New Belgium globe beer glass. No head to speak of unfortunately, although carbonation is very good. The nose has plenty of roasted malts, and although it's brewed with 100% Kona Coffee, I don't get much coffee in the aroma.

The taste is pretty good for a porter, nice roasted malts and a lingering bitterness due to that and maybe a little coffee presence. I was expecting this one to have sort of a stout coffee character to it but not so.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and very smooth. Not too bad overall, in fact, pretty enjoyable, although I was hoping for a more unique porter here.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a local bar....

Poured a dark brown with a fluffy light brown head that had good lasting power. Quite nice to look at.

Aroma of roasted malts, roasted coffee and hints of dark chocolate.

Taste is of coffee, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Nothing too suprising or interesting. Was hoping for some more depth.

Mouthfeel was suprisingly light and a little flat. Lacking the creaminess for the style.

Overall, a good beer that is quite drinkable. Not the best porter, but good to sit around and chitchat.

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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1. "Pkgd on Oct 2006." Probably brewed under license by Widmer rather than in Hawaii.

Poured a dark ebony which took on a ruby-ish hue when held to the light. One inch tan head that dropped after a couple of minutes. Modest sheets of lace.

Smells like what you'd expect of any beer whose label trumpets "made with 100% Hawaiian Kona coffee." There are also elements of dark, bitter chocolate. But the roasty coffee aroma is the star of this show at the olfactory.

The taste is of roasty, rich coffee combined with a dark, bitter chocolaty flavor in the background. There's a slight dry note at the finish.

The mouthfeel of this beer is a little disappointing. I was looking forward to something with a little more of a stick-to-the-ribs quality than what I got. It's not disasterous, but it is a little on the thin side.

This is a pretty good beer, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it great. I would definitely try it again, and have done so on-tap at the Viking.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled September 2006, Sampled November 2006
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan tinted, light brown colored head. The beer is an opaque black color. This certainly smells of roasted grain & coffee beans. There is also an intense at times note that makes me think of burnt berries. This beer has a really bright coffee aroma to it; some beers have components of coffee aromatics in it, but this one actually smells like coffee (makes sense, but I am glad enough was put in to be so noticeable in the aroma). Aromatic notes of sweet, yet dark chocolate are also quite evident.

The beer has quite a creamy mouthfeel to it, which I am relieved by as the large coffee notes in the aroma had me worried that the beer would not be able to stand up to the coffee flavors. My fears are easily allayed though. A solid, and yes creamy, sweetish malt character stands up to and ultimately accentuates nicely the coffee notes. There is perhaps a touch of dark chocolate in the flavor, but mostly creamy coffee notes dominate. Roasted coffee bean notes create provide a nice burnt roastiness here that is quite smoothly integrated. There is a touch of roast derived acidity as well, but only enough to add a roundness to the beer, as it never becomes sharp.

I really like the creamy mouthfeel on this beer, it makes it so smooth and drinkable and really helps to smooth out the harsher coffee notes that could have otherwise dominated the flavor profile. I could definitely drink a few of these in an evening, but I wonder if I would be too wired to go to sleep.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Packaged in Oct 2006

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a pinky of tan head. No head retention or lacing

S: Coffee

T: Chocolate & coffee mingle up front with dryness & toasted/singed grain. Finishes with coffee notes, dry & hints of chocolate

MF: Medium bodied with subdued carbonation

Drinks okay, lacking some style points that prevent this from being a slightly better than a middle of the road porter. Was hoping for more from an old friend from the islands. Still not a bad breakfast or dessert beer

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Photo of rgrace99
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six-pack from Morry's of Naples in Long Beach. Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Very thin head with a little bit of lacing. Mild coffee aroma as expected with some sweetness behind it. Taste was coffee up front with some residual sweetness and some chocolate. This went down very smoothly. A very easy drinking porter.

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

12oz bottle thanks to IntriqKen.

Looks like black coffee with quickly fading mocha head. Transparent only when held to the light. Roasted coffee aroma, and that's about it, smells like some pretty good coffee though.

Taste dominated by coffee no doubt. A vegetable, beany flavor hits you as it hits your tongue. This seriously tastes like a chilled cup of black coffee. Some rich vinous flavors after the initial shock of the coldness, but then quickly fades to leave only the coffee. Fairly one-dimensional but tasty nonetheless.

Medium body but lightly carbonated. Not too bad, kind of juicy to be honest. Not sure if i'd enjoy more than one of these. It's good but not something i'd like to drink more than one of.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this limited release on a whim. Packaged on Oct 26 06; label states it's a porter brewed with "100% Kona Coffee". Beneath the bottlecap are the words "ONO and "Delicious"...am I learning to speak Hawaiian AND drinking beer? Cool.

A: Very dark mahogany brown. Starts with a frothy tan 2-finger head which reduces fairly quickly to a pencil-thin sheen.

S: Almost all coffee bean. Nicely roasted and not too strong. Subtle hints of chocolate as well.

T: Seems like a fairly average porter with the novelty being the use of coffee beans in the mix. More chocolate sweetness than expected and with a decent lingering coffee bean bitterness. Flavors are good, though they're pretty simple and subdued.

M: Slightly thin. A medium bodied porter. Gentle carbonation makes for a smooth drink and lightly bitter finish (roasted coffee).

D: Likable and drinkable. Certainly went down easily. Would I get it again? Maybe. Worth a try...

By the way, does a beer qualify as being "from Hawaii" if it's a known fact that they outsource alot of their capacity to Widmer Bros. here in Portland? Uncertain if this is one they brew here, but I'm wondering if I may have just drank another Oregon beer wihich happens to have a Hawaiian label.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottles bought in Honolulu at $2 each. The label states "Porter made with 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee". Since they don't bottle their Da Grind Coffee Stout (I had it on tap last night), this bottle is the easiest way to get a similar flavor (but not as sweet, rich, and thick).

The beer is dark brown to black with a head that sinks quickly. The aroma is really nice, mostly coffee and roasted malts but some chocolate also. The flavor is awesome, one of the best porters I've ever had. It's really rich with malt and (of course) coffee.

Get it if you see it.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a frothy tan head that quickly goes to a ring that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee and some grains.

The flavor is subdued chocolate and coffee with some lactose. The mouthfeel is medium and watery.

Overall, not a bad coffeee porter. It's a nice drinkable brew, but there are better coffee beers out there.

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Photo of OldSock
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is nearly opaque black with only a faint red highlight when held up to the light. The tan head disappears before I have a chance to take a sip, leaving only a wispy covering.

Smell – The coffee leads the charge, not overpowering but certainly the primary aroma. Behind the coffee is some chocolate and bread. There are no hops to get in the way.

Taste –The coffee lends a bit of acidity to the front of the beer, but it finishes rich and bready. I like the lighter roasted coffee flavor in this beer more than the charcoal laden flavor of the espresso roast that seems to be so popular in coffee beers. The dark chocolate from the aroma carries through in the flavor as well. The beer leans toward the sweet end of the spectrum, with little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Big body for a 5.4% abv beer, with creamy medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability/Notes – Easy drinking flavor with a great mouthfeel. Pipeline Porter strikes a good balance not forcing the coffee to be the sole flavor and yet stopping it from getting lost behind the dark malts. A really tasty coffee porter, one of the best ones I’ve had.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I have to admit I was excited to see this hit the mainland. I'm not really sure why because I haven't had much luck with the 2 offerings I've had from Kona Brewing. Maybe the 100% Kona Coffee in this brew that got me going. I poured this into a stemmed pils glass and it formed a milky deep tan head that leaves behind a solid coat of lace.

Freshly brewed coffee hits the palate up front. There is also a hershey's chocolate element towards the end and it ends up being a fairly dry finish. I admit I'm not a coffee fan and can't handle caffeine but I can tell this is pretty well put together. The milky smoothness of the body is what really grabbed my attention. Kona really hit the nail on the head as the carbonation is mild enough to let this baby go down with ease.

Notes: Sign me up for a six pack a year but thats about it. This is a very smoooth porter. I thought the coffee element needed to be a stronger force and other than the chocolate side of this there is little balancing. Nothing to wipe the slate or make me want to have another pull. Plenty to chew on for a few minutes I'll get back to ya.

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Photo of johnbonham1980
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to pint glass, half an inch of head which diminishes almost immediately. Very dark brown in color

Aroma is mostly coffee and cream, with quite a bit of malty sweetness present as well.

I was fairly disappointed in the taste of this beer. I suppose it has something to do with my taste in coffee as well but I felt that this brew was entirely too sweet. A ton of molasses and raisin in this beer, which really clashes with the dark roast coffee character. Reminds me of Starbucks Coffee Liqueur which isn't good in this case.

Coffee flavor diminishes and roasted, sweet malt character increases as the beer warms. Leaves a strange chalky aftertaste.

Fine drinkability, but a bit thin.

Not a horrible beer, but not one that I'd seek out.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark brown, almost black, topped by a quarter inch of khaki-colored head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, with notes of mocha and dark chocolate. Palate is dark roasted malt up front, with fresh roasted Kona coffee taking over mid-palate and dominating all the way to the lingering finish. Aftertaste is a mildly bitter acidic coffee flavor. Body is smooth and creamy on the finish. I'm not really a coffee drinker at all, but I'm a fan of this beer. Well done, Kona.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful black amber with a nice half finger tan head that melts to a ring of lasting lacing.
Aroma is definitely coffee...pure coffee...fresh coffee...strong coffee.
Taste is <surprise> strong Kona coffee...not bitter in the least...just strong and assertive with a touch of sweetness to it. A light smokiness is present throughout the taste...more so when it is cold, but there as it warms as well.
clean mouthfeel as it leaves your mouth with just a taste of the coffee behind.
This is a nice, rich porter...with a great coffee base that makes it a great after dinner or desert accompanying beer.
I will try to age some but doubt it will hold up well...still I would like to enjoy these as long as I can.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz single has "LOLO" under the cap..Hawaian for crazy! Nice chocolate ,aroma with black coffee hints, good,. Great looking beer dark brown almost black with a nice sized small bubbled tan head. Flavour has a good deal of the coffee flavour, good too but very little else to show, the malts seem Ok bitter but not great and there is a slight bite of hops. Pretty average for a porter on the palate, thin but not highly carbonated. Over all a nice middle of the road porter embellished well by the coffee.

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Photo of lflesh
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

wow, this $hit kicks a$$. pours black and beautiful. tan head fades away. coffee in your face! ive always wanted to try their imperial stout; this may be as close as it get ( i missed last time i was in hawaii). pour this in the right glass and it is heaven. it is my new night cap.

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Photo of rowew
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck twist, Nice Hawaiian themed graphics on the label - "Porter made with 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee." Packaged date printed on the neck (Oct 04).

Appearance: Pours very dark brownish black with just a hint of ruby around the edges. Very thin head, just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Very dark roasted coffee aroma. Coffee definitely dominates this one. Just a bit of malt sweetness.

Taste: Medium thin bodied, coffee is definitely the main flavor too. Enough malt backbone to keep it from being overpowering.

Overall impression: Nice beer - highly drinkable and interesting enough to keep coming back to.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six-pack of Pipeline Porter at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a black walnut color and is nearly opaque. A small one-finger tan head forms and dissipates quickly. There is a little lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is fairly strong, and smells of coffee, charcoal and dark roasted grain

The taste is fairly strong, coffee flavors dominate, perhaps with a little black licorice, some dark roasted malt and a little chocolate. There is a bitter hop and coffee aftertaste.

The mouth feel is smooth and full-bodied.

This is a drinkable beer. It’s not real thick or heavy, and is very quaffable. The coffee angle may be a bit overdone, and could give way to some other flavors, but this is a nice porter just the same.

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Photo of Iguana
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this one today at the store and figured I had to try a couple. Limited Release Porter made with 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee according to the label. Poured a jet black color with a nice 1 inch beige head that receeded rapidly to nice lacing. Smell is huge, lots of coffee, hints of chocolate in the background. Taste is all coffee, tastes like porter put through a coffee filter. Just massively coffee tasting. Mouthfeel is full, creamy, nice coffee/hop bitterness in the finish. Drinkability is high, this is a tasty brew, if you see it, give it a try. I know I am gonna go back for more.

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,922 ratings