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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,706
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
1,468
pDev:
14.64%
Bros Score:
3.08
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
203
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,468 |  Reviews: 340
Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.52/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a Lagunitas largemouth glass.

The first thing I noticed when I poured the beer into the glass was the extremely loud noise coming from the fizzy head. It sounded exactly like a soda pop fizz, and sure enough the head receded as quickly as a soda pop's fizz. The beer is a ruby dark brown in the glass and it does look like a soda. The aroma smelled better out of the bottle before I poured it than it does in the glass. Toasted coconut notes, yes. But it also smells like a cheap coconut cookie you'd find in one of those cookie tins around Christmas time. Cheap. The beer tastes sweet and nutty up front, not without a noticeable coconut flavor. There is a bitter tanginess in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin, watery, and carbonated.

Overall, disappointing and cheap tasting.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
2.52/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

There's something about coconut that sings out to me, even if it is on the label of an unwarranted bottling by a relatively unknown brewing company. It's the mystery of the fruit, like a hidden jewel of milk and flesh hanging out of reach to those without either ape-like strength or a raging fire of human ingenuity.

I take mine in a glass.

Pours a disappointing absence of a head and... well...

It seems the conventions of beer have been all but burned at the stake in the making of this "brown ale." The coconut flavor is way over the top me. It smells okay, and even the aftertaste ain't bad, but drinking the thing provides the inescapable sensation of a lab-made flavor topped with Sweet 'n Low. Unfortunately reminiscent of the mask disguising your childhood antibiotics, this beer will be a drain pour for many.

As someone who will eat an entire coconut raw in minutes milk included, perhaps I set the standard too high. From what I remember though, Pipeline Porter doesn't bash you over the head with aggrandized "coffee" flavor, which is entirely the problem here. Ease off on the sweetness, let the malts take center stage, and retune the coconut and we'd have a desirable brown ale. As of now, it's a no go. Sorry.

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Photo of Bammer21
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the botlle into Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

A: Looks appealing nice saopy looking two fingers width head that sits atop a cherry mahogany colored brew, plenty of bubble scoming up looks nicely carbonated.

S: slightly pedestrian smell with musty graininess forefront with a slight malt sweetness and although the coconut was apparent when first poured it seems to have faded into oblivion by the second sip.

T: Although i had hopes that the coconut would provide this beer with a more tropical feel the coconut in my opinion leans the flavoring towards more of a burnt toast than a tropical beer.

M: Medium bodied and carbonated nicely.

O: The slight coconut taste in the beginning is what made this beer average when it faded after the second to third sip there was nothing that made this standout. I would not pass one down if offered (i guess) but i will certainly not seek out another. Another novelty flavored brew to check off my list and now to avoid..

Prost!!!

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Photo of Miami66
2.59/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of illidurit
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have no idea why I bought a beer called "Koko" from Hawaii and didn’t think that it might have coconut in it. I can’t stand coconut. This beer is significantly coconutty. The base beer is sugary, like dimestore chocolate wafers. If you grew up on those wafers (which came in diabetic vanilla, radioactive pink, and kona brewing company chocolate flavors), you can take a trip down memory lane with this beer. I couldn’t finish half the bottle myself.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, dated 2/22/11. Pours a light brown with a medium creamy off-white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet (almost buttery) toasted coconut and lots of it with a little acidic chocolate.

The flavor is sweet brown sugar and coconut with some buttery chocolate and a very slight acidic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is rather light bodied and watery.

Overall, interesting with lots of coconut but it's too one-dimensional and way too sweet.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I loive the smell of coconut but I'm not a huge fan of the texture for some reason... Its warm here (unusually so) and I'm grilling so I decided to pop this...

Fairly straightforward malt aromas at first... The coconut essence begins to slowly creep through here and there but I think I might have been expecting a bigger kick from it than this is going to give... The merest essence is there but I find myself disappointed its not a bigger component... Sort of makes this fall in the average category...

Sharp metallic overtones right off the bat have me checking my glass for pennies? Crazy but true... I do get some of the roasted malt and every once in a while a little of the featured component but this is like putting a penny in your mouth... Blech...

Nuff said on this... Half a glass and I was finished with this one... Maybe a bad bottle?

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Photo of psuKinger
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle generously given to me by Spanial's Beer because they "appreciate my business". Very cool. Bottle poured into my Kona "Liquid Aloha" pint glass.

A: Pours a light shade of brown, surprisingly translucent, but with a big frothy off-white head on top. Large pancake batter bubbles throughout.

S: Muted notes of biscuits and overly-sweetened malts, with just a touch of coconut underneath. The coconut notes become more distinct as the beer warms.

T: Coconut is by far the most pronounced aspect of this beer. The malts underneath don't remind me of a "classic brown", either. Bready sweetness, almost cloying. No hint of roastiness. No "nutty" character. Just a malt sweetness that reminds me of "scotch ale", and lots and lots of fake, *extracty" coconut flavor.

M: Unremarkable. Rather watery. Low carbonation. Nothing much to discuss on the finish.

D/O: This beer lacks balance. I like coconut, but not like this. It's not horrible, but there's nothing about this that would make me want to revisit it. I could finish it if I wanted to, but I don't need the calories, so down the drain it goes.

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Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the Kona Brewing Company's Koko Brown Ale, their coconut-influenced nut brown ale. The Koko Brown pours out a dark brown color, not quite as dark as the picture suggests. The foam on top is a light cream color, that starts fairly thick but fades quickly.

The aromas are subtle, dominated by roasted malts with a just a touch of nutty aromas. With some vigorous swirling in the glass I can pick up a little bit of that coconut I've heard so much about, but really only as an underlying layer.

The flavor profile is equally subtle. It's a soft brown ale, dominated by roasted (nearly burnt) malts with just a small influence of coconut and nut flavors. I let the brew come closer to room temperature to see if I get a little more, but I'm unfortunately disappointed. Actually as the Koko Brown comes up to temperature, it's becoming somewhat less drinkable. Sorry, but I'm not excited about this one.

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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,468 ratings
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