Pipeline Porter | Kona Brewing Co.

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Pipeline PorterPipeline Porter

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

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 Pehlman
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black. What else can I say? Very dark. Head fades quickly and left slight spotty lacing.

Smell: Very nice smell if you like coffee. Coffee is pretty much all you smell with this beer. But I like that.

Taste: Again very heavy coffee flavor. Nice smokey aftertaste. Leaves a very subtle coffee flavor in your mouth. Just enough to keep enjoying the flavor for a while after youre done drinking.

Mouthfeel: Great! Carbonation is perfect. Not too much but it doesnt have that flat feel to it either that some porters give.

Drinkability: I could drink this anywhere any time!

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Photo of charlzm
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Joey's Smokin' BBQ in Manhattan Beach on 01/19/08.

Dark brown, almost cola like appearance with small head and lots of bubbles clinging to glass sides. Notes of nuts and maybe even black licorice in aroma. Well carbonated in mouth. Flavor is roasted coffee bitterness with a citrus thing going on in background. Aftertaste is mostly clean with just a memory of bitter roasted character.

Better than I expected.

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Photo of brdc
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JohnGalt1 for this one.

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.
Pitch black, with a thin tan head that shows good retention and lacing.
Aroma is not complex, but a very nice combination of coffee and chocolate.
Medium bodied, the taste is just like the nose suggests, a nice balance between a sweeter milk chocolate and bitter coffee.
Not overly complex, but a very nice porter, with high drinkability that makes it a nice session beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet malt and coffee hints. In the taste, small, sweet malt and a nice coffee presence all the way through. A small bitter, yet mainly smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. Big coffee, nice body, balanced with a nice hop presence.

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Photo of m1ked
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up on sale at BevMo, $5.99 a sixer, what the hell. Says Limited Release on the bottles. I am suspicious that it isn't really, but have no idea.

A- Pours like a really dark coca-cola. Practically opaque, a little reddish brown at the edges. A brief head, looks a little greasy on top.

S- As I am pouring this one, the smell of....you guessed it, coffee hits me right in the nose. As I go in for a closer smell, deep dark hints of chocolate squeak through the overpowering aroma of...you guessed it, black coffee. I search for other subtle wafts of anything else....nope.

T- Wow, it is like drinking an iced coffee with a little heat to it. The smell of dark chocolate, is substituted for hints of bitter sweet chocolate, some smokey woodiness. An odd bitter aftertaste to it, probably coffee breath.

M- Definetky notice the carbonation, very fizzy in my mouth, a little oily, but not bad.

d- I feel like this is an excellant after dinner drink, like in the place of an espresso or something. I like it, but was hoping for more.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Island's in Encino.

Brought out in a frosty mug, which was a shame because it would have been much better had it been a bit warmer. What can you do though. Nice looking stoud with a 3 finger, pitted tan head that had impressive retention. Served to cold to get much of a smell. The taste was big coffee with some chocolate sweetness and plenty of toasted malt. Nothing special about the mouthfeel, pretty average for a porter. Not especially thick or thin. Solid flavor on this one, but nothing out of the ordinary. A nice sessionable porter that I would drink again, but don't think I'd go out of my way for it.

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

A fitting end to my trip to Arizona. What better way to celebrate being done packing than sitting down with a beer. This will be a new one for me and one that I've hoped to find for a while.

APPEARANCE: Pours a surprisingly black color with maroon highlights into a shaker pint (limited glassware at the in-laws). The head is tan and modest in size. It immediately drops to a medium collar with a hazy, spotty surface covering.

SMELL: Well the coffee is certainly here both in roasted barley aromas and with real coffee. It's pretty much dominant in the smell, but a light bitterness as well as some sweet chocolate-type aromas come out as well.

TASTE: Now the taste is almost the opposite. I find myself searching for the coffee in all the chocolate and bitter black malt. It (the coffee) is mostly present on the finish, if anything. A decent hint of diacetyl comes out as the beer crosses the palate.

MOUTHFEEL: I get the feeling that this beer has more body than I think it does, but it comes across as slightly thinner than I'd like. The lower carbonation may add to that, but it's still well within bounds.

DRINKABILITY: Certainly easy to drink. Get a six pack if you're in it for the long haul with these. No reason to switch to anything else. As for me, given that it's insanely difficult to even acquire this beer, I'd be surprised if I ever have it again. But I'd order one if I ever saw it.

Thanks to friends Adam and Christina for recommending the beer. I'm glad I could try it. Hawaii may not be known for craft beer, but I think they can pull it off anyway.

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

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with a very dark brown color. Head lasts for a good amount of the session.

Smell is of chocolate malts and coffee beans. Very nice smelling coffee beans at that. Chocolate is very strong and pleasant as well.

Rich chocolate malts mix with coffee beans. This is balanced by a lot citrusy hop bitterness.

Decent creamy mouthfeel, but somewhat watery.

A decent coffee porter that I could session easily.

Thanks to gglwebster for the sample.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding American Porter. This brew pours a deep dark brown with a one finger reddish brown head with plenty of lacing.

The smell of coffee and malt is prevalent in this drink. Brewed with Kona coffee, the coffee smell is dominant.

The taste is excellent, with a nice malty taste, excellent mouth feel and a great finish. You can definitely drink a few of these at one sitting.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Goat Hill Tavern, on to the beer:

Served in a plastic mug, the beer's appearance is what you would expect in a porter. The smell brings to the senses cold roasted coffee beans. In the taste, it's mostly one-dimensional and coffeeish. Not much else in the flavor. A bit thin feeling for a porter with little carbonation, kind of like beer that was left out for a little but. The one-dimensional flavor starts to get overpowering and tiresome.

To be honest, I wasn't impressed much. Next...

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Photo of BMan1113VR
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not the biggest fan because of how one-dimensional this brew is. Pours black with kakhi, smallish head that has decent lacing. Aroma is fully kona coffee and the flavor is the same cup of joe. Mouthfeel is like drinking a coffee flavored soda. Okay and original.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
packaged on Nov1507
A- This beer pours a jet black body that is clear and big bubbles can be seen when they bump into the side of the glass. There is a light tan head that last as a thin film for bit.

S- The smell of roasted black malt is smooth and blends with the distinct Kona coffee smell. There is a slight tartness to the coffee which is a bit odd with the roundness of Kona beans which smells like they have been lightly roasted.

T- The soft taste of dark roasted malt blends with a tangy tartness and a smooth soft Kona coffee flavor that has no bitterness at all. The finish has a hint of dark malt but is pretty clean.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture and a clean finish.

D- There are some nice dark malt flavors but they are light and overpowered by the tangy quality. Kona coffee is not something I really drink but I like the unique smoothness that it adds to this beer, I just wish there was more of it.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malt and fresh coffee. The taste, much like the aroma, is roasted malts with a bitter finish that produces more of the coffee flavors that were present in the aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy like a good porter should be. Overall, this is a pretty solid porter that is recommended.

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Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from mymrnngjckt. Thanks Kevin.

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, and nearly opaque, with about a finger and a half of coffee colored head. Retains a thin lace and leaves a bit of stick.

Smells of coffee and some roasted malt, a bit of bittersweet chocolate and fruit.

Taste has a light sweetness and bit of fruity flavor that is typical of a porter, and the coffee isn't as pronounced as I had expected. Some chocolate flavor, roasted malt, coffee too. Good balanced flavor, not as robust - especially in the coffee department - as I had hoped but still quite tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat dry through the finish. Carbonation is appropriate.

This is a tasty and very drinkable porter. I'd have this again.

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Photo of bobsy
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours jet black, with one finger of creamy off-white head, which leaves a little lacing as I drink it. The aroma didn't suprise me, and it pleasantly mocha. It doesn't smell like a sharp bitter coffee, and seems to err more towards a rich creaminess, accented with caramel and hazelnut. The flavour picks up on all of this, and revels in a smooth coffee creaminess, followed by a slightly sweet, nutty long finish. Very light carbonation and a perfect body for a porter, combined with what I have already mentioned, makes this a very drinkable proposition.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

App: 2 finger vanilla head sits upon a black body. There's some lacing, but it's not super attractive.

Smell: Rich roasted coffee with a nutty caramel background. Definitely an american porter, and a little scent of alcohol.

Taste: Creamy coffee taste, not burnt... which is lovely, but it's definitely deep roasted.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol hints at making a presence and the body is a little thin. The bitterness is flat and comes from the coffee and roasted malts.

Drinkability: I would love to try this on cask, but I'm about done with the six pack I bought. (by done I mean, I don't want any more)

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this tasty porter in Venice,Cali. At a cool surfer burger bar. The color was deep dark brown with a dark looking head that remained there for a while. Strong aroma of coffee and roasted malts. The first taste i get is chocholate and hazlenut. The mouthfeel was big and silky.
with a dry coco finish. Overall a classic big body porter with a great coffee taste!

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Photo of lpayette
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend and fellow BA dbalsock for this brew.

Kona's pipeline porter pours the perfect color for a porter- dark but not pitch black. The head is somewhat lacking as it quickly turns into a thin ring around the perimeter.

The coffee flavor is done flawlessly with a perfect balance that lets you know it's there, yet does not overpower the more subtle flavors of deeply roasted malt (black patent?), and a delicate hopping that suggests a traditional approach.

The mouthfeel is perfect for a porter in my opinion. They've done a great job of keeping this just the right fullness in body to keep it from falling into stout or brown ale territory.

All in all, a great beer that proves to be compelling and highly drinkable.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the tropical themed bottle, this porter had a medium tan head that faded moderately fast. Just a little bit of lace. Dark in color. Typical porter!

I'm not exactly sure what a typical porter smell is, because it seems like there's a lot of variation in the style. Kona says it all though. This beer smells like coffee. Not quite a french roast black, but middle of the road coffee roast with some sweetness. That sweetness and touch of toasted bread is faint but there. Very little hops that I'm noticing.

Taste is also dominated by the coffee. I like the focus and execution of it. The dark roast flavors of coffee and malts go great together. Sweetness is balanced by subtle hop bittering.

Viscosity reminds me of a strong french press. Not as weak and watery as a cup of drip, but not quite the espresso crema that I was hoping for. More quantity of malts to fill out the taste and fill out the mouthfeel would take this to an outstanding beer. Not bad in it's own right, but it could be improved upon.

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Photo of Natural510
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap without much head, but a very dark color which was not transparent when held to light.
Smells & tastes like a sweet cup of coffee. Taste similar to one of those bottled Starbucks Cappuccino drinks...very sweet coffee & malted aftertaste. Not very hoppy, which is probably good given the flavors going on here.
Went down very smooth, almost like a nitro-stout (Guinness/Murphys). Best served as an after-dinner drink. Would order again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown, with a medium off-white head, which leaves some rim lacing.

S: Coffee beans and more coffee beans.

T: Coffee definitely, but has a full malt character as well, and a nice burnt sugar mixed with mocha capuccino note in the aftertaste.

M: Light enough to drink quickly, but as a porter I think it needs more robustness.

D: A nice beer from Kona, might pick up a six-pack later, a nice, tasty drinking beer.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this little brew from a Pint glass sitting in the hot tub. Nice dark color with a fairly creamy head which was a khaki color but didn't last very long.

The aroma of this beer is fantastic. Coffee prevails as the dominant source, but a bit of sweet malt comes through so you know it is actually a beer.

Taste is a bit bitter but very good. The coffee flavor is there but no longer dominant as the dark roasted malt flavor is in the forefront.

Overall a nice coffee/porter that I enjoyed quite a bit.


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Photo of BretSikkink
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into chilled handle mug at Islands Restaurant.

Opaque, decent tan head looks pretty alright, even if it's got a few too many larger bubbles. Retention and lacing are a bit spotty, docked a half point for that.

Aroma is terrific; strong of coffee, retaining good bitterness and richness of nose. Well done. Flavor loses a little in translation as the coffee is still present but not as in your face as I'd hoped.

Mouthfeel is decently thick, not terrific, but very serviceable. Nicely drinkable, I enjoyed it with a BBQ burger and it held up without overpowering either that flavor or the wonderful fries. Solid, dependable porter, easy to drink, but not quite the home run I was hoping for from Kona.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Split w/ trep.

The pour isn't overly spectacular: a dark brown body, semi-opaque, with a thin chestnut cap. Retention is mediocre and lacing is absent. The aroma is one of the highlights of this beer, with its earthy, coffee bean smell.

The first taste brings about a sensation of cold, dark coffee. On second sip, it's not that strong, but it does conjure flavorful java notes. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a good carbonation level and a near lackluster finish. The coffee just doesn't carry through like it should. Drinkability is decent for a porter: it's complex and quite tasty, but not one I'd go nuts over if i came across it again.

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Photo of NDPDuke
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint. 12 oz bottle straight from excellent trader Nitrogen.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a thin head. Head rescinds quickly. Looks like a porter, a beautiful porter at that.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, malts all come to mind when I took a smell of this beer. Enjoyable. If the beer tastes like it smells, I'll be happy.

Taste: Like the smell, I quickly taste the coffee and roasted malts. Not too strong, not too faint. A rather enjoyable taste through and through.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Good feel in the mouth. The taste stays the whole way.

Drinkability: I could drink a bunch of these in a row. This beer is wonderful and easy to get through. It is a decently strong porter that could even be a good session beer. Unfortunately I got this through a trade. I do not know when I will be able to enjoy this again.

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Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.
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