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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Iguana on 10-11-2006

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Reviews: 723 | Ratings: 1,859
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Owl House in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark brown, not jet black, though, with a small head, and just a tiny bit of lacing.

Smells like roasted coffee, nuttiness, roasted malt, and unsweetened chocolate.

This is pretty restrained in the coffee department, it's not a coffee bomb like some coffee beers can be. Maybe I wish the coffee was a little more expressive, but it's still definitely there, and it's tasty. With the more subtle coffee, I get some more interesting flavors underneath, roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate alongside chocolate syrup, some earthy nuttiness, and maybe a little bit of caramel sweetness.

This is medium bodied, a tiny bit thin. The lighter body keeps it very drinkable. There's a normal level of carbonation for the style and strength.

This is a good little porter, nothing crazy or out of this world, but very tasty and gets the job done.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pipeline porter pours a black color with a big lacing tan head. There is a very mellow aroma with hints of coffee. The taste is very creamy, hints of coffee. Nice creamy body. Overall, its not a strong coffee beer, but has a nice creamy flavor.

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Photo of dcotom
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a snifter, sampled at cellar temperature. The coffee provides a nice complement to the other flavors in this. Light roasted malts, a slight citrus note. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, but overall well-balanced and highly drinkable.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell: Very creamy, a lot of coffee smell, some maltiness, but the creamy coffee smell dominates.
Taste: A dominant coffee taste at the beginning, then it gives way to roasted malt and hoppiness.
Feel: the aftertaste is more bland than I expect it to be. Medium body.

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Photo of Spacedog666
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter (Avery's 2012 SourFest snifter, in case you were wondering).
Look: Dark. Originally about 2 fingers of head, but has slowly dissipated to half a finger of head over about 20 minutes. Sand colored head. Leaves a nice thick lacing.
Smell: Coffee. Thick musky aroma which is nice, although it could be stronger. Dark chocolate.
Taste: I got more roasted grain in the taste than I did in the smell. Obviously there is some coffee in here which comes through.
Feel: Lighter than anticipated. Slightly watery, but not to the point that it is off-putting. Slightly more carbonated than expected.
Overall: A good beer! If you are at a party with a bunch of dads and want something good to drink, this is the beer for you!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Look: The color of coffee with ruby coming through at the base. A mocha colored head sits on top and only recedes to a thick film -- very good retention. A thick band of lacing follows the beer as it goes down.

Aroma: Roasted grains and more of a dark chocolate aroma more than coffee. There's an interesting spiciness in the aroma as well.

Taste: Charred grains and roasted malts with a nice dose of kona coffee. The coffee really comes through in the taste. The finish confirms the spicy notes in the aroma with a rich chocolate note to conclude the taste profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not too thick or thin.

Overall: Definitely a decent coffee porter with both coffee and chocolate being represented.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had high hopes for this beer due to the "100% Kona coffee" addition. I definitely got it on the nose, but that was about the best part of this beer. The taste is just lacking. I get a bit of coffee, but it's just not there like it should be. Mouthfeel is thin and subpar as well. I think this beer needs a bit higher ABV to really do it justice. At 5.4%, the flavors just aren't there and it's a bit too thin.

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Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking beer in the Ciney snifter, with a pile of foam on the dark brown brew. Head doesn't last long, but it's quite spritzy on the tongue. Light mouthfeel. On the watery side but refreshing. Kind of a musty aroma.

A touch of chocolate. Just barely bitter in the aftertaste. Some faint charred grain with a pleasant roasty undertone. A touch of dishwater in the finish. There is nothing very interesting about this. From the mixed Craft Brews Alliance 12 pack purchased at The Market in Anacortes, Wash.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant deep dark brown under a very finely bubbled 1” tan foam collar that hugs the glass.
S: coffee and dark malt aromas.
T: Tastes like a cross between a beer and a carbonated iced coffee achieving a balance between the roast malt and coffee flavors and finishing dry.
F: Medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: If you like iced coffee you will like this beer.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from bottle. Cloudy reddish brown color with a 3 finger head that left good lacing. Aroma of flowery coffee with just a little chocolate. Backbone taste of roasted malts with a good presence of the floral coffee and just a touch of cocoa. No alcohol or bitterness. My main gripe is the mouthfeel: medium-light body with medium carbonation. It was just short of watery for a porter.
A nice coffee porter. Something I'll look for again at the end of winter.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought this one on a whim. I had it a while back and since I liked Kona coffee I figured what the hell!

Appearance: Kind of a dark brown with a light amount of head that settles pretty quickly

Aroma: Sweet, coffee notes, pretty much what you would expect.

Taste: Coffee is sweet and not overly bitter, pretty standard for a coffee porter, I have had better for sure, but its not bad, pretty much average. Mouthfeel was a little bit watered down and that is the main complaint.

Overall: For the price point it is a decent beer nothing spectacular compared to other coffee porters or stouts, but still not bad really. I enjoyed it fair enough its a shade above average in my opinion.

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,859 ratings.
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