Koko Brown | Kona Brewing Co.

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82
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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,464
Reviews:
340
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.92%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
204
For Trade:
1
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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerucee
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Coconut!

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Photo of gtjwilding
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love it! Nutty beers with hints of sweetness are my thing and this is good!

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Photo of jbehlar
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tee76
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaltofOH
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fitzy01
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matcris
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of mmorris15
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of couchsitta
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whippetcat
2/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of corywalston
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of PMarcy78
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of q33jeff
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
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.
**

**

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Photo of Sabtos
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of Dum3z
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopspiller
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 1,464 ratings.
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