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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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Photo of woodychandler
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "Since 1994, Kona Brewing Co. has been committed to making handcrafted ales and lagers of uncompromised quality."; "We invite you to visit our brewery and pubs whenever you visit Hawaii. Mahalo!"; "Fresh, Responsible, Always Aloha"; "A Wave Like No Other Pipeline Porter is full bodied with a rich, smooth, dark roasted malt flavor. A selection of premium hops and 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee complete this limited brew."; "Liquid Aloha".

I love getting a big, quick pour going, especially with the darker beers since the pseudo-cascade is much more visible. This settled into two fingers of thick, rocky, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose had the deep roastiness of coffee, especially my morning brew, which is not for the faint of heart, along with a dark chocolate bitter-sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely of coffee and some dark chocolate. Man, if you like coffee, you will like this, but it was pretty intense. Finish was bitter and dry and I began to contemplate when I would drink something like this. It might go well with dessert, especially in lieu of coffee. It just seemed like more of a novelty than an everyday beer to me.

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Photo of budgood1
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours out an opaque black colour with a creamy looking thin head. wispy lace. aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and nougat. the taste pretty much follows suit, with bitter black malts and coffee dominating the flavour profile. the combination of these throws off lots of residual choco notes. there is a hoppy aspect to this porter that seems reasonable and appropriate. a light bitter finish and lingering coffee flavour round things out. classic porter body and acrid mouthfeel. nice drinkability, seems to hit the spot on a rainy June evening.

overall a tasty coffee infused porter, striking a balance between malts and java. i definitely will revisit this in the winter months. recommended.

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Photo of matjack85
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this at the Jewel/Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single bottle $1.67. It has a freshness date on it of Aug,13, 2013, but it doesn't say if that's a born on date or an expiration date. I'm hoping the former as this is already May of 2014.

The beer poured a really dark brown color and made a 1½-finger tan head that lasted several minutes. Lacing was decent.

The beer smelled like roasted malts and coffee.

This is an absolutely delicious porter. Lots of dark roasted malt flavors combined with caramel sweetness, 100% Kona coffee, and bittersweet dark chocolate. There is also just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

Smooth with a light to medium body and a medium amount of carbonation.

This has moved into my favorite beers list. I'll be going back for full 6-packs in the future.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Opaque amber, with a small tan head, which retains well, with thin, scattered lacing.

Aroma: Strong roasted coffee dominates the aroma, as well as some cocoa and a little molasses.

Taste: The taste opens with roasted coffee, Bitter cocoa, and toasted malt. As the taste progresses, the coffee carries the taste, and the cocoa and toasted malts offer support. There is also a mild undercurrent of sweetness. The taste is remarkable consistent throughout. Finishes with a lingering coffee note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, and full, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very solid and drinkable, well-made.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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

A:black body with very thin to no head.

S: sweet smokey hickory with mild bitter cocoa

T: Bitter like a stout with a smokey character to it. Deep roast from chocolate malts with some bitter sweet chocolate that's a late arrival. Finishes fairly clean with only some lingering bitterness with a slight nutty character.

M: Clean and smooth easy to drink

O: Pretty good but I'd think of it more on the stout end of the spectrum with roastey flavors similar to guinness. I seem to recall having one with more chocolate coffee character to it but this particular bottle seems lacking.

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Photo of Boggdogg
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First I have to say is wow! Love this beer!

A - nothing special about the appearance which is the only thing wrong with this porter. Pours a typical perfect black color bot small brown head that fades quickly into a very small amount of lacing.

S - terrific with a sweet coffee and roasted malts!

T - almost perfect!! May be perfect!! Definitely into top two. Perfectly balanced for my taste buds sweet honey or caramel prevails with coffee undertones. Best porter I've ever tasted!!

M - full bodied and smooth! No lingering bitterness. Perfection!

O - love it!!!! Great beer. I could drink it every day.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.93/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent porter from Kona. I wish I could find more of the breweries beers Coffee and porter is a good combination and love this beer so addicting as coffee can be. Kudos to Kona Brewing Company for this amazing coffee and porter beer that i love so much

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

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark almost black, with nice brown head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a nice balance. Can smell the hops, coffee, and roasted malts, but none of the aromas dominate the others.

Taste: A nice mix of hops and malts, and with a hint of roasted coffee. The hops are just enough to balance the malts and provide for some complexity. There are hints of some sweetness from the malt, with a little coffee flavor. There is a nice mix of hop and malt influence in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and with a good body.

Overall: This is an interesting porter. It is better than I expected, and I would buy another case.

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Photo of Bwyard
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Has strong cofee taste. BUt its really good. One of the best ive ever had. Has a nice head and dark color to it.

It tastes very good. I poured into a mug, will probably use a differnt glass next time.

Overall i really like it even though im not a fan of coffee beers.

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Photo of Redrover
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one was part of the variety pack. I really liked everything in it this year and ended up by a couple of the 12 packs.

Poured in to an imperial pint glass, the beer is a dark, dark brown with a skim of tan foam.

It has a nose of dark fruit, roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

Taste leads with dark roasted malts, raisins, brown sugar & coffee. it is slightly bitter from the roast. There is just a whisper of alcohol which is low enough as not to be distracting.
To me the mouth is a touch over carbonated. But it is a bit thick which works.

This is a nice porter and one I'm glad to have had multiple times this winter.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours dark brown with a 1 finger head. Holding it to light reveals a brown color around the sides of the glass, but nearly black in the center cylinder.

S - A coffee smell which I was pleased not to be hit over the head with.

T - Excellent. The coffee is not over powering, not bitter - just right. Very drinkable.

M - A bit waxy in the finish, otherwise good

O - If not the best coffee porter I have ever had, it is right up there. Outstanding. I would recommend this beer highly.

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

Poured from their uniquely embossed stubby 12 ounce bottle into a large pilsener glass. I gave it a pretty aggressive pour, and ended up with about 2 inches of billowy, frothy, pale brown head. The head is pretty sticky- settles to about a 1/4 inch head that stays for the duration. The beer is a very dark brown, scarcely admitting light from a standard household light (or computer screen).

I detect the coffee in the aroma-flavor, but it's not overpowering by any means. The coffee shines through especially in the aftertaste- and tastes like good, rich and surprisingly fresh coffee. A bit of diacetyl flavor shows through as well. This butter-like flavor is likewise detectable in the aroma and is present in their brown ale as well. With these beer styles, I think this adds rather than detracts from the overall effect with a beer such as this. In between I detect some earthy hops, nutty flavor-aromas, and maybe some dark bread. Fairly dry with no big time fruity flavors, which is a nice change-up from what I've been drinking lately. I'm often somewhat skeptical of coffee beers, but this one hits the mark pretty well. I might have to go out and try some of that Hawaiian coffee now.

I bought this beer as part of a variety 12 pack at Three Bears Alaska for about 14 bucks (cheap), so I'm on a bit of a Kona kick. I tried their coconut brown ale about a year ago, but had not seen it in most stores around here.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-black with a large brown head and a red tint when you shine the light through it and it leaves a spotted lace
S-toasted with a coffee aroma and some chocolate
T-hard coffee taste with a bitter and roasted aftertaste that stays with you til the end
M-medium body and high carbonation
O- This beer is a great beer, but I just cant see drinking this on the beach where it is made

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Photo of BierJager89
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a brown ring of head.

S: Nose is faint, mostly coffee.

T: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, not bitter, which is nice.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

O: Body was nice, coffee was there, but then again it always is with a porter. Still, this was good and I would recommend it to anyone who likes coffee, stouts or porters.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: dark, but not pitch black. More of a dark mahogany color (as I can still see some amber at the bottom of my glass) weak head, but overall, it looks good I suppose. 3.5---5

s:wow, this beer really excels in this area. It smells of English toffee, coco, chocolate, and coffee. It smells very sweet yet roasty. Its obvious that the beers coffee does it job well. 4.5----5

T: This beer comes in a bit more on the dry side, but it has a nice smoothness that compliments it flavors nicely. A medium amount of coffee and chocolate dominate this beer, with a fantastic coffee aftertaste. A easy 4----5

M: like I said in taste, its a mix between being a bit dry, but with enough smoothness to make it more welcoming. 3.75---5

Overall: I was not expecting that much at all from this beer, but it surprised me. The main craft brewery in Hawaii really does make a great coffee porter! easy to drink, low roast, and focused on the coffee...this beer does what it advertises that it does and does it very well. Not as good as thunderstruck coffee porter, and not even in the same league as brews like Wake N Bake, this still has its place at the table of GREAT coffee beers and should be picked up with thunderstruck when your looking to diversify what kind of coffee beer your drinking.

A easy coffee beer to miss, but one that really should give a shot
. 4----5

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

The first sip was very nice - a bit of coffee mixed with chocolate, and very smooth. Maybe as my palate become overwhelmed, the beer became more watery tasting and the nice flavors of the coffee and chocolate were no longer as pronounced. Still, overall a very enjoyable porter.

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3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a dark body "Think Rihanna".

Toasted grain, dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

Assertive roasted malt, medium coffee tones with just a touch of salted caramel. Tasty.

Smooth and ruch with moderate carbonation.

Well done

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is rich cocoa, roasted malt, and lightly roasted coffee.
The taste is milky, roasted malt and coffee with just a touch of burnt. Nice.
The texture is soft and creamy with moderate carbonation.
It has a good balance and great flavor. Enjoyable.

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Photo of tone77
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, a bit of chocolate. Taste is strong of coffee, roasted malts, a mild bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer, worth checking out.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A shade lighter than black. Very dark. Head is small. Never accrued height. A thin disc of tan foam sits.

Semi-sweet, very roasty, and caressed with a solid coffee note. Earthy, caramelly, and a little chocolatey. Some creme to quell some of the dark roast. Hints of nut flesh and dried fruit.

Rugged porter with a big roast character and some excellent dry coffee flavors. A bit of dusty cocoa, dry toffee, earthy malts, herbal hop, and a touch of spice. A little thin, which is to say that bitterness has too much contrast. Attenuated, but tasty. Easy to enjoy, but the body needs a little more heft to it. Effervescence has some sizzle. A nice porter.

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Photo of mattLummus
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good, solid beer, but not the greatest Porter. Pretty good marks in all categories but nothing that strikes me as great. Has a nice head and a clean, roasted taste. Good finish but fades quickly. Pretty well carbonated but light body. Could use something in my opinion to make it better; more hops or heavier body.

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Photo of mpyle
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

App - large tan head, creamy and long lasting. Nearly opaque with garnet highlights. Stout-like darkness.

Roasty/chocolately aroma, some sweetness. Almost like creamed coffee.

Some malt sweetness, a bit of coffee roastiness. Slightly smokey. Hop character and bitterness is subtle. Finishes with a lingering gentle roast flavor. Has a somewhat unusual flavor, probably driven by the coffee.

Medium body and carbonation. Some creaminess. No astringency or warming.

Overall - flavors are pleasant, but generally subdued.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a mixed six...

Pours dark, almost black into a tulip glass. Light head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves little evidence it was ever there. Bottle shape makes it kinda hard to hold onto, which isn't a big deal if you're just pouring into a glass, but I thought it was noteworthy.

Aroma is of coffee and grain. I've had Kona, pretty recently, and I can't say this leapt out at me as being of that particular bean, due to the overall light nose on this. Flavor is lacking something; more flavor, some structure, more coffee, something. "Coffee-flavored Coors Light" is in my notes on it from tonight. Light mouthfeel, medium to light carbonation, negligible bitterness.

Overall, light and wimpy, and wouldn't get again. Will say it got better towards the end of the glass, but wouldn't recommend over SN or Fullers or something. The coffee wasn't really there, not much smoke, just kind of a mish mash of malts and light abv, wasn't much to latch onto or like here for me.

I do actually like their Longboard lager but this one's a miss in my book.

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Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of coffee, sweet malt, roasted malt, and hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coffee, sweet malt, roasted malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, good appearance, coffee dominate, simple blend, but decent body.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Opaque dark-brown, with a creamy, one-finger, light tan head. Patches of lacing.

S - Strong aroma of black coffee, roasted grains, ash, and bakers chocolate.

T - Matches the nose, with a hint of sweetness to balance the bitter elements. Espresso beans, smoke, brown sugar, and toffee notes. Very tasty.

M - Thin bodied, but with a delightful creaminess that gives the illusion of thickness. Medium to low carbonation. Feels like a porter should.

O - I liked this a lot. Really well executed on almost every level. Not something I would want to knock back a six'er of, but as a one off it's a real winner.

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