Pipeline Porter | Kona Brewing Co.

very good
734 Reviews
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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Reviews: 734 | Ratings: 1,887
Photo of KYGunner
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm very impressed with Kona' s offering as the porter genre wouldn't seem to fit Kona. The coffee in this is superb and it provides a nice bit of chocolate malt. It is a touch thin but I love the coffee forward flavor.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby body, creamy tan head that leaves an archipelago of lace. The smell... oh yes. Coffee up front with a warm background of sweet caramel and toasted malt, nutty, faint chocolate. The flavor lets on more acidity, fitting for coffee although not my preference, with more roasted malt, more chocolate, and only hints of the caramel. Faint appearance of hops on the late palate, not enough to disturb the warm flavors going on but enough to say hey, I'm still a beer. Very fluid and drinkable body, medium carbonation.
Wonderful beer. The flavor was a bit acidic for my preferences but was otherwise great, and the smell was with the best of them. Aloha indeed.

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Photo of catastrophy
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

tasted dirty at cellar temperature. not a fan of caffeine in my beer. but it's really good tasting caffeine. ..it was watery. it was one note. the one note being the coffee. aftertaste is not the best either. just wish it tasted like it smells.

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Photo of flyinhawaiian
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drank a bottled August 26th, 2015 on February 21, 2106. Pint glass. Low carbonation, lingering aftertaste of coffee and hops. Good looking and smelling beer; better aroma than taste.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a goblet, bottled 8/27/15

A- pours a deep brown color with some light creeping through, small fizzy off-white head retains shortly before disappearing completely

S- fresh Kona coffee aroma up front, followed by brown malts, brown bread and hints of caramel & brown sugar

T- sweet, nutty and malty base gives way to notes of Kona coffee, that adds some earthy/herbal elements. Notes of caramel & molasses close it out, with a linger of more coffee

M- medium body with low carbonation produces a slightly thin mouthfeel that turns foamy into the finish

O- a nice sessional brown ale with a good balance of coffee, this beers seems to taste twice as good in Hawaii though

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown body, mostly opaque, with some transparency around the edge. Light tan head, short, and quick to fade. A bit of lacing.

S - Mostly earthy malt, clay and chocolate. Quiet.

T - Bread, chocolate, and roasted malts. Mild minerality, and a slight, coffee bitterness in the close.

M - Brisk carbonation, slight stickiness, clean close.

O - Smart, easy porter. A bit light, but the coffee needs to be more forward.

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Photo of lastmango
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. Thin tan head that disappeared like a pour of soda. No residual head left. No lacing. Dark ruby brown. Sweet but mild molasses and coffee aroma. Taste of coffee with milk chocolate. Very thin and lightly carbonated. I have had much better. This was a bit disappointing.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Don Quiojte $7.77 6 pack
Dark black color
Smells of chocolate and coffee
Low carbonation
Smooth creamy taste with chocolate and coffee notes
Overall a nice beer that I would drink again

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Photo of jasonbayly13181
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The best Porter I've had, and I've had a lot of them. Very dark through and through, with perfect head when poured correctly. Great blend of coffee and cocoa without either overpowering the beer taste. All ingredients compliment each other very well. Extremely smooth taste with no aftertaste at all. Fuller body taste without being "thick." Wish they'd have this year-round in the mainland. Lucked out and built my own sixer of this at the local Kroger, but they didn't have actual Pipeline sixers. Have recently found it at a local distributor and have put a keg of it in my house. Love it. Huge fan and supporter of the Kona brewery after trying several beers there on many occasions, as well as their great food at their Koko Marina location in Oahu.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black beer with a medium khaki head that disappears quickly with no lace left behind.

Smell: It gives off a faint coffee aroma, which is encouraging. Not the best, but encouraging.

Taste: Malts open up and work hand-in-hand with a coffee flavor. Good, but not excellent. Coffee flavor does stay throughout the taste.

Feel: Smooth feel. Great mouth feel.

Overall: Good impression of this beer. I rather like the bottle and cap. The beer itself is solid.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a tan head that dissipates quickly and doesn't really leave anything behind. The beer itself is an unusually clear dark brown color similar to coffee. Really, the beer strongly resembles coffee here.

The smell is nice and resembles a fairly light coffee. The coffee notes are pretty light but still there and overshadow the other notes a little bit. The hop notes are there and add a bit of extra bitterness to it while the malts add a bit of sweetness and breadiness to the smell.

The taste is a bit of letdown. It has the malt breadiness from the smell and a nice light hop bitterness to it but a lighter coffee taste than one would expect. The coffee note is still stronger than the other notes but it's strength isn't what someone would expect for a style that is normally robust.

The feel is fairly thin for the style. It's smooth but with very little, if any, carbonation. The beer feels like I'm drinking some coffee rather than a beer.

Overall, not a bad beer but you won't be missing anything if you skip it.

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Photo of josansbury6
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from 12 oz bottle.
Great smell of coffee. Taste was smooth and mellow. Went down smooth with a slight chocolate and coffee aftertaste. No bitter bitter kick. Nothing but smooth delicious notes here.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Color is more like a brown--clear brown and red. Pours delicately with light carbonation and very little head. After letting it rest it can not be swirled vigorously enough to cause any additional foam.

Smell is light roast coffee.

Taste is also like a light coffee, I don't get much alcohol, and if I didn't know any better I'd think I was having a cold brew joe. Not a particularly memorable one at that, light on the flavor and roastiness one would expect. A little sweet cherry and amaretto are present with this tingly, sharp finish.

Feel is thin and slightly fizzy.

Overall this is okay, it's clean and crisp, something different for a porter.

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Photo of stevoj
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Boise Fry Company. Black and smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Chocolate and coffee dominate aroma and taste. Really, really good. much better than anticipated.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Deep brown with finger tan head, fades quickly to thin ring, not much lace. Roasted coffee aroma. Nice smooth chocolate coffee taste, finish is more sweet than bitter. Thin to medium mouthfeel but semi silky. Solid coffee porter.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A fantastic coffee porter, which means it doesn't stand out in the least bit. Every coffee porter I've ever had tastes both phenomenally, and the same.

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Photo of Billolick
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, Sept 02, 2105 on the label

Pour dark and porter like, minor dark khaki cap, leaves fine bubble film and some low strands of lacing.

Light chocolate and rosted malts on the nose.

More of the same on the palate, some chocolate, some roasty notes and then underlying caramel. Nothing amazing, but this is and easy drinking a decent quality porter. would def use some in a chicken or portk marinaide and that is worth something.

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Photo of mark5692
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a fan of porters at all but I love Kona so I had to try it and I was pleasantly surprised. Best Porter I've had. Smells like coffee with some sweetness at tastes the exact same. For being a Porter it had a very sweet (tropical) property to it that I enjoyed and enjoy with all Kona beers.

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Photo of GStone899
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pour was nice with great color. That's where the good ended. Watery taste with no after taste to speak of. Pretty flavorless. Smell was weak as well with mild chocolate n coffee notes. I prefer new castle. Try it if it's on sale but nothing to write home about. Maybe tap is better?

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am an avid fan of Kona Brewing, but have only tried their Pale Ale, Lager, and IPA. I was ecstatic to see this porter and saw that it is made with 100% Kona coffee and sports a cozy 5.4% ABV.

Look-When you pour it properly you’ll get a short-lived off tan head that settles to a silky film layer capped atop an almost completely black liquid. The lacing is sparse and wet as well as delicate and off-white tan.

Smell-It smells strongly of burnt malts, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste-It tastes of rich chocolates and coffee as well as milky sweetness and a smoky or burnt marshmallow flavor which is absolutely delicious. It isn’t overly sweet or overpowering in any way.

Mouthfeel-It is silky smooth and rich with a mild carbonation fizz appearing in the middle and lasting through the refreshing sip. There is a slight lingering coating on the tongue. It is medium-bodied I’d say, but with a watery component to tamper it slightly. You wouldn’t want to choke on some thick syrupy sweetness…that wouldn’t be good.

Overall-This is probably the best porter I’ve ever had so far in my life. It is just perfectly executed and well-balanced. It is rich and delicious and doesn’t present itself in a way that makes you think they were trying too hard to get the brew right. Cheers!

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Photo of DoctorD
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Was very excited to revisit this after having it a few years ago. Looks and smells great, but the mouthfeel was not at all like I remembered - very thin. The coffee taste is good and balanced but the thin nature really disappointed me.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Price Paid : $1.49

Pours chocolate brown with a 2 finger head

Smells of fresh coffee, burnt malts, slight chocolate syrup and lactose

Delicious! Chocolate, lactose, coffee, and roast malts all come together harmoniously. The finish is of milky lactose.

Feel is spot on for a porter, thick but not too thick, medium bodied with just enough water to make it crushable, mild yet exciting carbonation.

I'll start buying this in sixers. A great, easy porter. Mai e `inu!!

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Photo of tillmac62
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOD 9/2/15. Nearly black pour. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of rich dark roast coffee with a hint of roasted barley over a subtle chocolate.

Body is a bit light for the style coming in at heavy light body with a semi-smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is good. It is balanced but not rich in flavor which hurts its complexity. Coffee is present and dominate, but not intense. The middle brings a subtle sweetness and also subtle hop bitterness. The finish is a slow fade of weak coffee.

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Photo of Crumb_Destiny
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Ahh, solid. Taste brings a tall feeling like waves smashing against the rocks of the big island. Looks like half-decomposed macadamia nut husks in the evening. Smells like sun-baked sand and gunpowder. Feels like a puff of smoke.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark brown: Large head (2 fingers), fair lacing.

Smell: Roast, coffee.

Taste: Wow - This thing does deliver on the coffee note: The first sip has me thinking I'm actually drinking it as opposed to beer. A little bitter, but not overly so. No real sweetness of any kind.

Feel: Little thin.

Overall: Interesting beer, but a bit of a "one note wonder," with respect to the coffee; For me at least, there's just not much happening after the initial coffee onslaught. Still, hats off to Kona for delivering on that aspect, as many who advertise coffee in the beers invariably fall short.

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,887 ratings.
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