Koko Brown
Kona Brewing Co.

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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #632
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #42,471
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 14.56%
Reviews:
351
Ratings:
1,517
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Kona Brewing Co.
 
Hawaii, United States
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Notes: Koko Brown's distinctive, nutty aroma and flavor comes from real, toasted coconut blended into each brew. One sip of this smooth, mahogany colored ale and you'll feel like you're on a warm, sun drenched beach in Hawaii. Crack one open!
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another brew from Kona who always rocks. Popping the top I get wafts of roasts malt and coconut. Pours to a root beer brown with a beige head. Taste is sweet coconut almost pina colada like. There is a bit of roasted malt and some bitterness. More tropical than I expected up front but the coconut transitions to a nice chocolate roasted malt. If you are a pina colada fan it’s a winner.

Jul 28, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the stronger beers from this brewery, which, sadly, mainly produces beers on the mainland away from the Big Island. Nice medium brown color with just a little mild head and virtually no lacing. Smells great, toasted coconut with good malt and ale notes. Tastes similarly, along with some mild caramel, vanilla and grain. Smooth mild mouthfeel, good carbonation. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 09, 2018
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RyanK252 from California

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Moose McGillicuddy's

A: Pours copper mahogany with a light tan head that settles to a thin layer and laces nicely.

S: Toasty, nutty, coffee, chocolate, and a little coconut, earthy, and toffee sweetness.

T: Toasty, really nice hit of coconut, a little chocolate and coffee, a little earthy, and some toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Probably my favorite Kona beer I've tried so far. Really solid use of coconut.

Jul 25, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated Jan 11 18. Sampled on June 15, 2018.

This is a highly attractive beer with its deep chestnut brown pour with reddish hues under a tremendous, long-lasting puffy tan head. Lacing.

The aroma is sweet to the max with a dose of coconut and cocoa or chocolate in the mix. Low to no hop profile.

Creamy, medium body.

Sweet malts abound in the flavor too but I'd say it tends to have a chocolate-like taste with a mild or nearly muted bitterness to finish. A slightly different take on the standard brown ale.

Jun 15, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of coconut, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coconut, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of piney hops, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, average at best.

May 27, 2018
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theBubba from New York

2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured with a nice head, deep umber color and refreshing scent of coconut. Taste? Not what I expected. IBU overkill considering the coconut appeal. The bitterness ruined the party. Yuck.

May 10, 2018
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Nass from Florida

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The coconut is there but there is not much going on for the base beer. This beer is just lacking some more solid backbone type of flavor. I don't recommend buying a whole 6 pack of this but 1 bottle is worth seeking out. Cheers! B-

Apr 30, 2018
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Brewsmcnasty from Montana

4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks and smells as you would expect. The taste is where it gets you. Very complex the more you drink it the more flavor profiles you discover. Sweet, toasty, coconut, cocoa, touch of bitterness. I'm a fan.

Feb 24, 2018
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DMartin747 from Florida

5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First tried this delicious ale in Denver on a ski trip and fell in love. Look forward to every January when it becomes available. Just scored a case at Publix in Orlando. If dark ales and stouts are at the top of your list, you will love this nutty brown ale! On tap it is amazing!

Jan 21, 2018
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated DEC1016. Nonic pint.

A: pours a dark mahogany, fairly translucent at the edges with 2 fingers thick beige head. Good clarity and quite a bit of visible carbonation. Fair lacing and average retention.

S: smells like a solid brown ale; toasted malt, a little sour yeast esters, and yes - coconut. It's faint, but what is there smells like the coconut air freshener my dad had in his car when I was a kid.

T: coconut is immediately present on the initial arrival, which transitions to a very good and drinkable brown. Malty, toasted bread crust, bitter nut skins, mild to moderate sweetness, cocoa, and just as it transitions to mild and quite clean hoppiness (lacks the earthier and more floral hops I tend to prefer in browns) the coconut surges back, lingering after the swallow and well into the finish.

M: lighter end of mid weight; active, but. It excessive carbonation. Quite clean on the finish.

O: this is a lightweight and very satisfying medium brown ale, with coconut flavor added. I love brown ales, and while the base beer here gets a good vote from me, I think the coconut is s gimmick, albeit an interesting one. This would probably pair very well with Chinese food - or better Thai. If I see it on tap at the local tiki bar, definitely will have it again, but it's not one I'll be buying a six pack of any time soon.

May 12, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear medium brown pour with 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Falls quickly and leaves modest lacing.

S: Sweet toasted coconut... nutty and earthy... rich malts. Smells pretty darned good.

T/F: Somewhat sweet... toasted is the word I'm looking for with this beer. Somewhat malty and I do love the coconut flavor of this beer. It works well with the grains. Slight cocoa... notes of an 'almond joy' in there somewhere. Hops only present for some bittering at the finish. Body is medium to light.... well carbonated.

O: A pleasant coconut forward brown ale. If you like coconut you'll enjoy this beer. One I'd definitely have again.

May 04, 2017
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matcris from Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brown, ruby up to the light, with a half finger of tan head, and mild lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, mild coconut, a little vanilla, and toasted nuts. Pretty much the same in the flavor. I'm getting good amounts of coconut and vanilla. It tastes slightly artificial and cheap. Medium thin body, a little oily and dryer on finish. Average carbonation. It's ok, good game day brew, maybe. It's no Death By Coconut.

Apr 12, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a lovely brown with a modest head. Coconut in the nose, along with some grain scent. Coconut in the mouth. enticing the tongue. Light overall taste and feel.

Apr 11, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

**
03/08/2017

Bottle to goblet

Brown color, medium off white head.
Aroma is grains and some mild coconut.
Taste is coconut, brown sugar, malt, grass.
Medium to light body.

Ok.
**

**

Mar 08, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Burnt amber-brown with a soft khaki head.

Smell is aerated nuttiness, wheat, light caramel and cola.

Taste is bread, wheat, nuts, caramel, with a toasted coconut finish. It took a while for that coconut to come in but there it is.

Smooth, a little frothy, yet crisp.

Mar 05, 2017
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DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, light tasting for a brown ale. Some coconut and cocoa taste. Really not a big fan of this after the first few swigs. It's too sweet tasting for my liking. If i wanted a macaroon, i'd eat one. Not likely having this one again

Mar 04, 2017
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Dinglehacker from Oklahoma

3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint. Minute rim of head, some intricate lace. Cola color.

Nose of sweet coconut and roast.

Taste is largely coconut, sweet but roasted, other bitter nut notes at the end.

Dry but watery mouth.

A great idea that doesn't quite reach the heights you dream for it. It's not a bad brown at all; the coconut is intriguing and it's light enough for summer; it's also a bit thin and not super nuanced. Fans of brown ale should give it a try, but don't expect it to redefine the style.

Feb 24, 2017
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Whey2Hoppy from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Classic for the style, very brown, almost too dark to see through, with a slightly tan head.

Smell- Huge notes of coconut, but it has a tropical and almost boozy smell to it that makes me think of coconut rum. Lots of sweetness and caramel malt on the back-end, and overall just smells delicious.

Taste- Follows the nose surprisingly well, but more subtle in the sweetness than I was expecting. The coconut is definitely there, along with some chocolate, caramel, and even a hint of roast coffee. Very nice.

Feel- Very light and smooth in the body for easy drinking. Not a ton of carbonation.

Overall- A sleeper hit for sure. I'm biased as I LOVE coconut, and especially coconut rum, but this is an amazing brown ale for my palate.

Feb 09, 2017
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A little biased I am, love coconut in beer do I. Coca cola colored beer with a frothy head after a vigorous pour that receded fairly quickly. Nutty aroma with only slight coconut in the background. The coconut much more prominent in the taste. The beer's a bit thin but I'll take it. I'd drink again without my arm being twisted.

Jan 19, 2017
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into nonic pint glass

A - very thin quickly-receding head of khaki over a transparent body of dark brown

S - caramel sweetness, coconut, and chocolate; smells like an Almond Joy or similar candy bar; a bit weak

T - coconut, caramel sweetness, touch of chocolate, roasted malt

M - highly-carbonated light/medium body

O - The coconut keeps this one a little interesting--fairly bland otherwise.

Dec 31, 2016
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown beer, beige 1-finger head, moderate retention.
Smell - nut, coconut, caramel malts.
Taste - caramel, toasted malts, coconut, chocolate.
Medium body and carbonation.
Nothing prominent!

Aug 16, 2016
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frozyn from New York

3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A fair porter. The toasted coconut flavor is quite nice, but the general maltiness I've enjoyed in better brown ales is missing. Also slightly thin, a little dry, leaves an uncomfortable film on the mouth. It's fine, but nothing I would drink repeatedly.

Jul 03, 2016
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dar482 from New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in an amber brown to brown color.

The aroma offers freshly toasted coconut, nutty and toasted malts, hints of chocolate.

The flavor follows with a touch of that toasted coconut note, but then transitions to toasted malt flavors, hearty toasted whole grain bread, toasted bread crust, hints of chocolate roast, onto a moderate earthy hop bitterness.

Jun 29, 2016
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burnerfinger from Texas

3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at Krogers - just because I liked the idea of coconut beer

a just a tad lighter than cola - about 1.5 fingers of head clear but dark

s
nondecript really - not much to the nose - just a bit of maltiness

t about the same - sorry but I dont discern and coconut at all. slightly sweet - no hopiness

m standard

d: in the oft repeated words of
RUFUS THE STUNT BUM:
" call that a beer? Id rather have another!"

May 22, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light mostly clear brown, with a small off-white head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like faintly sweet toasted coconut, a bit of sugary caramel, and not much else.

I wish this was more full flavored, not only in the coconut department, but also in the everything else department. It's certainly drinkable and tasty but absolutely not anything to write home about. It's got a vague sweetness, with not enough coconut to carry the weak base beer. I'm left hoping for a bit more malt backbone.

This is light bodied, just a bit watery, with a normal level of carbonation.

This is wanting in many ways. I still enjoyed it, but I'd hardly recommend it to anybody.

Apr 28, 2016
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