Pipeline Porter | Kona Brewing Co.

very good
1,888 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: OK looking porter. Not much of a head or lacing.

S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans arise along with a perfect blend of hops and sweet malt. Very approachable.

T: The taste follows the flavors of coffee with a great balance of mostly roasted malts and a bit of bitter hops. More sweet than bitter. Nice balance. I like this beer, would like another, and I love this style.

M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. Pleasant, and handles the sweetness well. (but a touch too sweet for me).

O: One of the best coffee porters - a great style - must try.

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Photo of aleamericanreject
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very dark black. Motor oil with big fluffy tan head.

Smell: roasted malt balanced and finishes with coffee tones.

Taste: nice coffee flavor. Even got some chocolate undertone and maybe even a slight citrus intrusion

Mouth feel: nothing too heavy but definite bold flavor that sticks on the palate. Enjoyable

Overall: good beer. Rather dark but is not overbearing or too heavy-bodied. Nice flavor that works

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3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is my first review in some time, very excited for this. My buddy told me about a year ago this is possibly his favorite beer, so have been looking forward to trying it. Last time I bought one I spilled it all over the carpet (ha) before I got to taste it. So anticipation is high.

Poured from 12oz bottle into a proof brewing company pint glass.

A-Real dark brown. Cannot see through it even when put up to light. Not quite black, but very dark. Head was poor but I believe that was partially due to a bad pour by me. The head was a nice light brown. The little head it had fell real quick (again I poured it poorly), leaving a nice light brown coating over the top though.

S-Smells real good, but kinda weak. Gotta really smell to get it. Mostly coffee. Well pretty much all coffee. Smells a bit sweet as well, not really chocolate, just sweet. Does make me real excited to taste it though.

T-A bit disappointing. Taste is very similar to the smell. Tastes of coffee. Seems a bit weak in the flavor department. The flavor is real good, just a bit watery. Needs a bit more kick. Not bad though. Mostly just a weak, but pleasant coffee flavor, with a nice little sweetness to it.
No real bitterness on the finish, which is good, wouldn't work well with this one.

MF- Lighter body than I was expecting from the look. Again seems a bit watery. Not bad, something you could easily sip on all day, or slam if thats what you prefer (not me though).

O-A bit of a let down for what I was hoping for, but still a nice beer. Will definitely enjoy the entire 6 pack (though not tonight, gotta study). A very good beer for someone wanting to try a coffee beer, but not a coffee fan. Maybe my review is a bit skewed being that I had my first founders breakfast 2 days ago and that blew my mind. But Overall this is a nice, pleasant beer, that I think most beer lovers would thoroughly enjoy.

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

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3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated: Sep.12, 2013.

Pours opaque black with cola edges. Head is off-white and settles to a thin film on top that leaves spotty lace.

Smell is of spent coffee grounds, earthy hops and faint molasses.

Taste is of roasted malt, bitter black coffee and faint toffee sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with higher carbonation.

A solid coffee porter; not to heavy, tasty and, at 5.4 ABV, certainly sessionable.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 13:47-3-NOV0513. Sampled on December 2, 2013 so that may be beyond it expiration date if that is what the Nov 5-13 stamp implies.

It is attractive looking dark brown pour to about black with a modest beige head that settles down after a moment. Opaque.

The nose is coffee and spent coffee grinds all the way with only the vaguest note of earthy hops in the background.

Thin to medium body.

Like the aroma the flavor is alive with coffee grinds that taste like they've been collecting in the bottom of a coffee pot with the burner still on. But then there is this moderate dark fruit bitterness at the end that lingers for some time, usurping the coffee character.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

12 oz .bottle, with August 27, 2013 printed on the label. I'll assume that is a brewed on date, but whatever. Another new beer to me from Kona Brewing Co. My bottle lists a 5.30% abv rather than 5.40% listed on BeerAdvocate. Expectations are moderately high; a porter with Hawaiian coffee sounds delicious.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours just under two fingers of creamy mocha head on top of a dark chocolate colored body. Just a hint of ruby passes through the glass when held to the light.

S - Smell is of dark roasted malts. Bitter coffee beans. Vanilla. Very bitter baking chocolate. Cream. Some liquid smoke / char. Smells very dark and bitter.

T - Taste is of dark malt roast, creamy vanilla, bitter powdery chocolate, coffee beans, smoke, and an earthy herbal hop presence. Hints of dark fruits like figs, dates, and raisins come out in the mix also.

M - Feel is creamy and smooth, with some dark coffee bitterness lingering on the palate. Medium bodied with high carbonation, that wouldn't hurt to be toned down just a tad.

Overall, while this isn't your usual bourbon barrel aged stout brewed with coffee, it is definitely one of the best choices for your average everyday American style porter, especially at only 5.30% abv. Clearly the best beer I've had from these guys yet, and I do hope they choose to continue brewing it.

Kona Brewing Pipeline Porter ---4/5.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer was served in a pint glass at The Avenue in Allston.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a small layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super nice lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, smoke, roasted, chocolate, and a little molasses.

Taste: Smoke, spiciness, roasted, vanilla, chocolate, and a little bitterness in the end. Very tasty porter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, balanced, drinkable, low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid beer from Hawaii or wherever it is made now. Probably NH. Anyways, will be enjoying more.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An average pour yields half a finger of thin, tan head. The body is cola brown, and difficult to make out light coming through.

This smells malty, with a little vanilla and smoke. Coffee is also present.

Malty, with a big smoke presence. Coffee makes an appearance on the back end. Simple but good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It clings to the tongue in a pleasant manner, and leaves it a little sticky.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,888 ratings.
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