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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 BrewmasterNPB
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pipeline Porter has a deep brown color, with very little head retention. I couldn't get much out of the aroma, which was very dissapointing because I was hoping at least for a thick coffee smell, but nothing. The beer tasted great though, a subtle roast flavor that combined with a coffee flavor that was a little to subtle for my tastes. I also tasted some lactic sourness in the background, not unpleasant though. I would have liked more flavor out of this beer, but perhaps it's beauty lies in it's subtlety, which also makes it easier to drink.

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Photo of tayner
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with package date on neck of 9-12-07.

Poured into a snifter and it looks black, but with back lighting some red tones come out. small khaki head that disappears very fast.

Smell was coffee mainly, but not the oh so bitter burnt coffee aroma alot of coffee infused beers have, this one smells more like a nice cup of fine grade hawaiian Kona coffee. there are also sweet roasted grains in the nose, but nothing smells burnt.

Taste follows smell pretty much. It brings back memories of when, a long time ago, when i was young and working the graveyard shift i used to mix coke and coffee together to drink for the caffeine and sugar high to stay awake. I can taste the nice, medium bodied coffee with the sweetness and carbonation of a coke. I know it sounds weird, but that is exactly what this reminds me of, in a good way.

The body is light for a porter, most likely due to the pretty high carbonation level, but i enjoy this fact alot as if i wanted something heavy i would have went for a stout instead. I like that this porter is what it should be, a level between an ale and a stout with all the roastiness and flavor but not the heaviness.

This is one i could drink winter, summer, fall, spring... all the time. It is very nice and easy to drink. The bottle says limited release, guessing for the winter... so come next winter i will seek some of this out for sure.

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

Poured into a standard 12oz pint glass from a bottle stored in the fridge, then allowed to rest slightly at room temperature for about 15 minutes.

Typical of other stouts and porters, it looks almost black, but on holding to the light, the redness shows through. The scent of malt and coffee hit the air immediately as I poured. It's rather carbonated, and formed a small head, surprisingly thin for a porter.

It's a very tasty beverage. The coffee shows through, but is certainly not overpowering. Malts are evident, but not strong, with a slight hint of hoppiness. For a porter, it's VERY drinkable, which I suppose is a throwback to it's Hawaiian heritage!

All in all, a good beer. Worth drinking as an everyday beer during the cooler months, but still accessible in the summer. I wouldn't go out of my way for it if I weren't in Kona's distribution zone, but if you see it at the store and want something a little different, I'd say give it a try.

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Photo of SmokingmeX
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic tumbler from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Poured a very dark typical porter color, with a paper thin off white head. Lacing was slighty clingly but spotty.

S: Upon opening the flavors were hard to pick up, as it warmed it was sweet with roasted malt and coffee that began to increase.

T: The coffee was present but took a while to characterize itself especially since it is supposed to be coffee infused beer. The malts and coffee were there just not enough as I had expected or wanted.

M: The beer was thinner than I would have liked especially for the style. Much more carbonation than I expected which hurt the overall flavors imho.

D: If you enjoy thinner porters with above average "fizz" you might enjoy this more. I think it is easy drinking but disappointing needs more body.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic. The color is solid black with a short, off-white head. The smell is definitely coffee but subtle and not overdone. The flavor is a sweet, coffee porter that again is done very subtly. This is a solid beer and I don't usually like coffee-infused beers.

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

Bottle from Las Vegas.
Pours Pours black with ruby edges and a nice foamy tan head. Smell is cream and coffee all the way. Very espresso like and very noticeable, but not over the top. Taste is smooth, roasty, creamy and coffee with no burnt, charred or acidic notes from the coffee. Could be a slight bit thicker but as is, it is a very nice drinkable porter. Very balanced and one of the nicer coffee beers I've had.

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Photo of dnichols
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was poured a pint glass from the tap at Sam's bar in Kennewick, Washington.

A: It poured a dark brown to black body with a modest (less than one finger) head that lingered for a short time before receding to a ring around the collar and leaving a very slight lacing.

S: It had a light coffee aroma with strong whiffs of chocolate. The roasted malts gave a nice sweet base to the aroma profile.

T: It hit early with a sweet dark roasted malt and a slightly bitter coffee. It was creamy and rich with a balanced flavor.

M: It was light to medium-bodied with a smooth refresing taste. The chocololte and coffee are present but not overtly powerful. It finished refreshing and clean.

D: It was a pleasant brew with a medium body, balanced flavors and clean finish.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Packaged 12/01/07
Appearance - fully black on the pour, almost a finger of finely bubbled light tan foam, almost like a nitro head. Thin sheets of lacing all around.

Aroma - roasted malts and coffee, though not the overwhelming nose I was prepared for. Still, it's pretty good.

Taste - good roasted malt and again, good coffee presence. Flavorful, fresh, the coffee flavor complements the malt without taking it over. The swallow has some greenish, earthy notes, more in the aftertaste really. Coffee comes out much better as it warms.

Mouthfeel - pretty bubbly stuff, body is about medium in weight.

Drinkability - a fine session porter from our 50th state. Mahalo!

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