Koko Brown | Kona Brewing Co.

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82
good
1,464 Ratings
THE BROS
71
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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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Ratings: 1,464 |  Reviews: 340
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 BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a tiny cap

S: Lots of sweet coconut up front along with a light toasted malt note and some very light fruitiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the sweet coconut and light toasted malts and then goes into some light fruit notes that accompany the coconut. Finishes with lingering coconut and light sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid brown ale with a huge focus on the toasted coconut. Very easy to drink. One to try out if you're a fan of coconut

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Photo of jsh420
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Coconut in beer? Where else would we expect this but from a Hawaiian brewer ... subtle extreme beer as well! Quick-forming head drops down almost as quickly to a thin lacing. Brown and clear. A bit of coconut and dark chocolate, a bit of a candy bar nose here. Body stands a little thin, and coconut flavor is quite prevalent. Maltiness does not really come forward—a quick smattering of toasted and very faint roasted malt. Balancing hoppiness does just that. Coconut flavor fades quick and a drink of toasted graininess is all that’s left. Not much to this Brown Ale other than the element of coconut, which perhaps saves this beer from being entirely pedestrian.

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Photo of Casey3236
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of muskiesman
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz from a 6-pack from "Habits" S.Salem. $6.99 Appearance? Nice enough looking brown ale. Burnt amber/brown coloured beer with a nice thick light tan head. Aroma is subdued but the coconut is evident alongside whiffs of chocolate,nuts and caramel. Taste is definatlly tasted coconut..with sweet caramel malts and chocolate. Palate is OK and quite thick and pleasing for the style. Overall a nice pleasing beer. Funny thing with the toasted coconut and chocolate this reminded me of Lee's Macaroon Bars back in Scotland as a kid!

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Photo of CHickman
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy amber chestnut brown color with a dense creamy 2 finger light tan head that faded very slowly, leaving really good foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of coconut, hay, grains, nuts, herbs and vanilla; a very soft nose with the coconut as the most pronounced flavor, and I must say that this is unique and better smelling than I expected.

Tastes of coconut, hay, roasted grains, roasted nuts, herbs, light grassy hops, and vanilla; there is a sweetness which I assume could be from the coconut milk, and the malts seem just kind of there to prop up the coconut flavor. Slight hop bitterness with an almost rum like aftertaste, this tastes like sipping a beer out of a coconut.

Mouthfeel is very light, thin and watery, with low carbonation, a light body and a sweet and slightly bitter aftertaste that trails off with you guessed it…coconut.

Let me close out by saying I generally hate the taste of coconut besides when it’s in coconut shrimp and those girl scout cookies with coconut in them. That being said, I liked this beer and even though it was odd for a brown ale, the coconut seemed to work in the brew. This is a one trick pony, and has a very basic flavor, yet somehow the coconut and vanilla made this enjoyable to me.

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Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shoegueuze
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of tommyguz
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper to light brown. Some foam that settles quickly. Slight carbonation; clear.

S - Initial scents are of a toasted malt. Only after it warms some do you get a faint smell of coconut.

T - Tasty. The flavors of cocoa and fresh coconut are there, along with a roasted malt taste. I like the interesting flavors on this one.

M - Very smooth, and I found the coconut flavor made this an easy drinking ale. Smooth, well-balanced, and subtle.

O - Enjoyed this one, and after looking forward to Koko Brown in NY I wasn't disappointed. For any fans of coconut it is a must try, and really worth checking out just for the nice take on the style.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

319th review on BA
bottle to pint
12 oz bottle, date code 2/11

App- Reddish tinted brown in the glass with a minimally there 1/2 finger head. Minimal lacing.

Smell- I'm diggin on this. Huge chocolate & coconut. Its mounds in a glass. I like mounds so I am happy.

Taste- More malty on the taste but was a pleasant beer. It was sweet and retained the coconut flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. Malty finish with again that slight coconut.

Drink- I liked it. Was different but not over done, had good character and was pretty balanced. Probably won't have again unless I am in Kona.

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 LehighAce06
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ElGallo
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle.

Golden maple syrup brown. Clear. Small, wispy, light beige head. Not much lacing. Toffee, brown sugar, figs, and toasted coconut on the nose. Not bad--definitely plays up the whole coconut thing.

Toasted malt. A little nutty. Toffee and dark fruit sweetness fill in. Nutty, toasted coconut flavor develops and gets pretty strong toward the finish. Hints of vanilla and licorice. Lingering coconut and toffee sweetness in the finish. Medium to moderate body with a somewhat slick feel. Not bad, but not one I would want more than one of in a sitting.

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Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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