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Koko Brown | Kona Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
konabrewingco.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by julian on 02-19-2011

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328
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1,417
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
30.66%
 
 
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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 20 Dec. 2011 served in a large goblet.

Pours a nice reddish mahogany, clear, but with a small and short-lived head. Leaves some lacing nonetheless.

Aroma: dominated by toasted coconut, there's a hint of malt but not much else.

Taste: fortunately, the flavor is much more balanced than the aroma indicates, with a decent medium-roast malt backbone and plenty of toasted coconut flavor. Some hints of spicing and hops appear in the finish and aftertaste.

M: medium-light body with good carbonation. Smooth.

O: While only slightly sweet (and actually turning a bit bitter in the finish), this beer still seems best suited for use as a desert beer or, I imagine, as refreshment on a hot day.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint consumed on-tap at the 2-7 Public House on Spokane's south hill for $2.

Pint was dark brown in color, and took on a rubyish hue when held up to any sort of light. Not much head to speak of, and very little lace.

Brown sugar and coffee hit the nose. Seems like a sweeter version of the style.

Rather sweet tasting, but coffeeish at the same time, in the sense that the coffee in question is like coffee ice cream.

Medium bodied, with a slightly coating mouthfeel.

One of the sweeter brown ales I've had, but it's not a massive bash-you-over-the-head sweetness, which makes it more drinkable than some. Not a standard brown ale, but it will do, especially when being sold for $2 per pint.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Feb 01, 2011 13:30 WA.

Bottle to a NBB Globe.

A - The beer pours a translucent brown that is so thick you aren't able to see through. A nice 2 finger white head but not much retention, decent lacing.

S - A malty sweetness on the nose immediately. The toasted coconut comes in a little on the back end, though the dominant aroma is malt.

T - The beer starts with a definite sweetness from the toasted malts. The sweetness lasts throughout the draw. Mild bitterness. The coconut comes through on the middle to back end and meshes nicely with the malty sweetness. The beer finishes with a lingering sweetness and a nice coconut flavor.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Better than average though it'd be hard to put a lot down as it's so sweet.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-16-2011 01:24:06

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Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, mahogany color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of toasty coconut. Lots of coconut aroma.

T - The toasted coconut is less strong in the taste. Nice toffee and caramel flavors. Slightly bitter.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a unique brew. I'm not a huge fan of coconut but it works.

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Photo of army01
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass

Pours a orange-copper color with a 3/4" off white head.

The coconut smell hits the nose right away. Just what I was hoping for. The taste, however, leaves a little to be desired. A typical brown ale for the most part, with a slight coconut flavor in the aftertaste/swallow.

A silky mouthful (more like a milk stout), this is a very smooth drink. I would have liked a little more of a bite to it. The coconut aftertaste was good, but would have liked a little more on the front end.

I would have another, if offered.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper, with a couple fingers of thick off-white head. This retains with a foamy smoothness that skims the surface, soaping the sides of the glass with patchy swathes of lace. The aroma smells of straight up toasted coconut, with extra underlying notes of green citrus, light toffee, and a bit of nutty dough along the back.

The taste is earthy green hops up front, with caramel and some light coffee flavor shoring up the middle, before a big flush of coconut milk floods out across the back of the profile. Hops finish this with a dry leafy bitterness that sticks to the tongue a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft and bubbly feel that lays a mellow crispness on the tongue and is generally pretty easy feeling in the mouth.

This wasn’t too bad if you’re looking for something a little lighter for the palate. You really have to let this warm up a bit too really get those coconut flavors to show and even then it seemed a bit overdone at times, but I was glad to at least find some other hop and malt flavors here to keep this mildly interesting. It’s certainly very drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of thain709
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a chestnut colored body that was semi-clear...two fingers worth of bubbly white head formed and stayed pretty full...nice lacing

S - The nose was very nutty with toasted notes standing out...it had a semi-sweetness to it with burnt caramel leading the way

T - Sweeter flavors start things off before the toastiness kicks in...the toasted flavors are coconuts and other nuts...there is an earthy hop presence towards the finish...the caramel comes back to add more sweetness and take the edge off the toastiness...the finish tastes like cream soda

M - Medium bodied...sweet and toasty, soft carbonation

O - I was looking forward to this coconut beer, but I was left with a little disappointment...a little too sweet and overly toasted...I prefer the other coconut flavored beer from Hawaii...MAUI!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a bottled-on date of April 2012. Picked up some time back from Trembling Madness in York. The label describes it as part of the Aloha series; a brown ale brewed with toasted coconut and flavourings. Coconut in beer will be a first for me.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear, deep reddish-brown hue with light carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a thin surface layer. Aroma of sweet chocolate malt with notes of coconut, roasted malt, chocolate syrup, nuttiness, brown sugar and a hint of dried fruit. Smells a bit like a Bounty bar. A faint artificial sourness lurks in the background.

Tastes of sweet roasted malt and coconut, with a dry finish. Notes of nutty brown malt, toasted coconut, mild chocolate, a hint of brown sugar and stewed hops. Mildly earthy, with a faint acrid flavour in the background. Dry, with little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is tingly with a thin, watery body that doesn't do the flavours justice. Rather astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of sweet malt with hints of coconut and chocolate.

An interesting idea with some good flavour combinations, but the execution is flawed. It smells pretty good, even if some of the flavours seem artificial (added perhaps?). The taste is lacking - some nice malt and coconut flavours up front but these vanish like shadows in the light, leaving a faint lingering sweetness. No depth. The body is poor - watery and insubstantial when the flavour demands a thick, smooth unctuousness. It's drinkable enough but could use improvement. Worth trying.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours - Dark mahogany brown not much head very quickly dissipates decent lacing heads goes away nothing left.

Smell - Light coconut and chocolate smell along with some roasted malts.

Taste - I am not really getting any coconut, reading other reviews most are. i am wondering if it is due to the fact that my bottle is 4 months old? Not sure but I do get some chocolate little bit of spice and roasted malts.

Feel - well carbonated light feel kind of thin.

Overall - I was expecting more coconut but again I may have to find a fresher bottle and try this again.

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Photo of magine
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber red, creamy off white head. Lots of bubbles. Head settles to a lace layer, decent patches of lace rim the glass. Decent looks.

Brew smells of roasted malts, coconut, nutty, maybe a hint of vanilla. Good nose.

Brew is creamy smooth, initial carbonation leads way to creamy smooth middle and slightly dry aftertaste. A pretty clean brew, good malts. Coconut is represented here, can pick it up in the aftertaste as well. Pretty good flavors and decent mouthfeel. The flavors can overwhelm a bit though. Pretty good.

A pretty good brew here to have a few. The only problem is the flavors can start to overwhelm after a while. My wife likened it to sun tan lotion...Good to try, not great to session.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have to admit, the Coconut on the label got me.

Koko pours a light walnut brown, forming into a chestnut color in the glass. Head is short but sticks around. Hilly lace which I like.

Aroma is typical of nut browns...roast malt, nuts, with a touch of plant and sod. No coconut so far.

Flavor is pretty good, with notes of coffee, chocolate milk, and coconut. This is mixed in with sod, citrus peels and cacao nibs. There's a dirty bitterness behind it though, which I'm not too fond of. It's okay.

Feel is starchy and carbonated, leaving a semi-dry feel on the end.

Overall Koko is one of the better Brown ales I've had, but it still has that metallic diarrhea smell and the dirty bitterness that browns are known for. Regardless, I had to try it. The coconut is in there, but it's washed away quickly.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear chestnut color. The head is a little over a finger high, and off-white in shade. Its texture is somewhat soapy, ergo it doesn't really leave a huge amount of lacing on the glass. Retention is pretty good.

S: It brings a decent amount of toasted coconut at first. After a while, though, the nose becomes somewhat chocolaty, and even fruity at times. And after even more time, the coconut really comes out. I'll give this nose credit - it's interested me, and brown ales don't interest me.

T: Coconut notes are more subtle here than in the nose, but they're definitely here. Apart from that, it starts with a decent brown sugar and milk chocolate flavors, with something suggesting herbal hops in the finish. The hop levels are perfect here - they help to dry out the sweetness some, yet don't even come close to wrecking the balance. It's one of those rare beers that grows on me the more I drink it.

M: I'm really enjoying the soft dryness of this. Though it's a bit on the thin side, it's not really a chugger - some residual sugar does linger on the finish. Frankly, I kind of don't want to chug this.

O: This is a pleasant surprise. So many 'Murican brown ales go the 'balanced' route, yet aren't really that delicate or sophisticated to compensate for its less exciting flavor profile. But this is. Brown ale is a hit-or-miss style with me - this isn't an emphatic hit, but damnit it's a hit nonetheless.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger off white head, excellent retention on a deep amber and clear body. Some lacing.

S: sweet caramel malt, moderate degree of aroma strength. Mild burnt toast note.

T: I was immediately shocked at how strong the milk and coconut flavor was at the start.
This one actually tastes like toasted/dried coconut and immediately transitions to what I have experienced from drinking milk straight from a freshly opened coconut.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation:

Overall: Not so much good but interesting. The finished is a little watery but this one has a lot of coconut flavor. Definitely worth giving it a try if nothing more than for its uniqueness.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice deep brown, deeper than most brown ales with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that quickly turns to a thick lace ring.

S - Initial smells mostly of brown ale qualities, sweet nuttiness and some good coconut meat in their as well. Hope its balanced.

T - Very weird since the first taste is straight up coconut, which mixes pretty well into the overall taste of the beer. You obvious get mild brown malts, a tad of nutty flavors, sweet malts, and a mildly hoppy finish (which gives a weird twang mixing with coconut taste. Kind of medicinal) Not a bad beer.

M - Not sure of it's session ability but it drinks well with a medium body.

Overall really not as good as the porter but not bad either. The clash of the hops in the finish really ruins a overall sweet beer for me.

Edit: seems this is a winter release so I assume March 19th was a "best by" date. Still not a bad expired beer.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear, brown beer. There is maybe a 1/2 finger's worth of head, and it disappears very quickly, leaving almost nothing as evidence. The beer looks a little watery.

S: Very malty, and incredibly nutty smelling brew. Sweet roasty aroma.

T: Yeah, there's definitely coconut in this beer. Malts hit first, and are quickly overwhelmed with the taste of the coconut. A bit of a dark chocolate hint, and some slightly bitter hops finish the beer up, which keep it from being too sweet.

M: As it appears, it is a little bit thin on the body, and there is a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: Decent beer, if you like coconut. It's definitely not an outstanding beer, and there's not much to back up the coconut, but it's a nice change and it's well balanced.

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Photo of chilidog
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hawaii beer in Ohio, ok, bought a couple of each I found. I've heard of kona from folks as they've been to the islands, I was interested to try some.

Started with this coconut, not a big brown ale guy.
It poured a tea like reddish brown. Small tan head that faded fast to nothing. No lace at all. Carbonation starts out active but too fades to no glass activity.

The aroma is the best part of this brew. At first open or pour, take a wif, toasted coconut gets to the point of this beer.

Taste you get toasted coconut, toffee, dark baking coco and roasty malts. A mild hop is a balance and actually aids the mouthfeel.

The mouth starts out sweet but ends on a hop dry note.

Drink ability is tough for me, it is but I'm not one for more than one brown at a time. In this case, the coconut helps me.

Overall a great try for me, as I'm not gonna get to the islands any time soon to get one on draft.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Koko Brown
12 oz brown bottle
Jan 23 14 printed on the side label
Served in an 8 oz. hotel glass

Pours a deep brown with a ruby highlights and a decent head on top.

Whiffs of chocolate and roasted malts.

A sugary sweetness with a milk chocolate flavor on the first sip. Easy to drink, but a tad thin on the mouthfeel. The second sip uncovers a nice toasted coconut twist, but something about this brown ale is lacking. Don't get me wrong, I can make it work. I just want more body and less weird sugar flavors in my beer. There is a mini hop snap on the finish.

Drinkable, but unlikely something I will revisit in Hawaii.

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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a thin creamy head that recedes slowly with nice lacing. Color is mostly clear brown with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: toasted coconut dominates the aroma, pick up a little bread dough as well, but only a hint of hops.
Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, quite carbonated with a dry finish.
Flavor: toasted coconut blends with medium roasted barley malt, quite bready flavor. Some mild earthy hops and a little warming alcohol in the swallow.
Overall: nicely crafted brew and certainly a unique offering. Worthy trying.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle @ home. I bought this on a whim. It sounded interesting. The beer looks like a brown should. The aroma was wonderful, like chocolate milk and coconut. Toasted coconut is front and center in the flavor. There’s also a nice hazelnutty, chocolate, caramel malty, and light toffee flavor. A touch watery but overall a good beer that is somewhat one-dimensional.

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Photo of harrymel
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/12/11

A: Pours a cherry brown ale with absolute clarity. Three finger burnt cream head retires down over five minutes to leave broken quilt of the same. Coarse spider web lacing. Good looker.

S: Smells more like the meat of a coconut, rather than the essence (like many coconut beers, IMO). This of course over a very simple brown ale nose. Hints of clove in there as well, some vanilla.

T: Wow, uber Coconut! Very nice up front. The beer has tones of cocoa and light cinnamon as well. Simple, one dimensional, but nice.

M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Subtle oral slicking.

D: Good beer. surprised by this offering from Kona. Glad they took an apparently unique approach to an up and coming category (coconut) of beer. I like it.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours reddish/mahogany brown into my snifter with about one finger on tan head that has moderate retention and lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, toasted coconut and mild vanilla and cocoa notes.

T - Sweet malts and coconut are noticeable but fade quickly, toasted nuttiness, mild cocoa and vanilla. Flavors are very muted with the exception of coconut.

M - Fairly light and thin.

O - Overall an easy drinker and people who like coconut most likely would enjoy it. I'd say it's worth trying, but not seeking out.

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Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown color with a one finger light tan head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma has toasted bread, caramel, and coconut.

Tastes just like it smells with toasted bread, coconut, and caramel. Sweet, with no bitterness for balance. Not overwhelmingly sweet, but sweet enough that I am glad it is no sweeter than it is.
Light bodied wit average carbonation, and a toasted bread and coconut aftertaste. A nice effort from Kona.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Different, I'll say that.
Koko brown looks reddish amber and almost no head.
Smells bready with malt husky.
Coconut is quiet apparent on first sip, but tastes out of sorts. There is malty notes as well as vinilla too. A bit harsh feeling.
Perhaps the coconut flavor is a little too strong for me. I'll leave it.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. Bottle does not list ABV but does list BOD.

A: Clear chestnut brown with a half-a-finger slightly off-white head.

S: Strong sweet coconut, malt, and nuts.

T: Sweet coconut, lots of nuts, some roasted malt, toasted smokey notes and slight hops in the finish for balancing.

M: Surprisingly light and dry.

O: Interesting aroma and acceptable flavor. The mouthfeel should be heavier though to match the toasted sweet coconut and smoke. On the other hand, this is a brewery in Hawaii; I doubt a heavy beer would go well there.

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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 1,417 ratings.
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