Koko Brown
Kona Brewing Co.

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American Brown Ale
Ranked #610
Ranked #40,140
3.64 | pDev: 14.56%
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!
Reviews: 351 | Ratings: 1,511
Photo of drtth
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice dark brown color with a 1/2" light tan, almost ivory colored head that soon begins to recede leave some signs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches of lacing with a few specks here and there as well as some legs of lacing. By mid way through the beer the ring is quite smal, there is only an island of foam on the liquid and sipping leaves fewer and more scattered small spots of lacing.

The aromas include the toasted malt and some coconut. (No surprise there... :-))

The flavors are dominated by the coconut with some toasted malt sweetness that seems a bit like dark caramel.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and smooth with some very light but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the coconut recedes to leave the toasted malt and dark caramel sweetness forward. They then begin to recede revealing a light touch of bitterness as the whole package disappears into light dryness.

On the whole I thought this was a reasonably good beer that I'd be willing to have again. But it's not something I'll be seeking out on purpose, in part because of the strong role played by the coconut.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having returned recently from Hawaii for my first time there in 64 years, I get this beer. I get the coconuts and the sweetness and the refreshingness and even the Paradise. l also get the label and its attractiveness to a new owner and how all this makes this beer part of good marketing. But, this also is a good ale.

Probably average for a style that Looks like not much. Smells are a rich coconut and malt and, frankly, a combination that shows good craft. Tastes are similar, only better with a very smooth, soft finish that, amazingly, is both refreshing and rich.

Would I have this again. Yes! But, I am faced with the problem of too many beers and too little room for the calories.

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

thanks to my brother for sharing this, enjoyed in a 1/2 pint from the bottle.

The color is dark brown almost black with thin beige head. The smell is malty with a slight coconut/nutty smell with mild sweet aroma of malt. The smell leads to a sort of roasty yet slightly oily nutty texture with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The taste is decent with slight malt roastiness and subtle coconut in the back with slight sweetness in the back and low yeast flavor, almost no hop flavor pretty clean in general with sort of a toasted grain quality. The coconut is there but very mild. This is an okay brown ale but the coconut is not forward enough in the taste to make it stand out -good but not really a standout

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Photo of 88caprice
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Koko Brown is one of the first beers I ever tasted.
Time to revisit and review.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a medium mahogany brown. Clear as can be. Head settles and is all but gone.
Smells faintly of coconut, but little else. A little sweet Twinkie cake aroma.
There is a Twinkie cake sweet taste that doesn't last, followed by toasty nuttiness. A toasty taste lingers and some alcohol shows up at the end. A coconut taste comes and goes, but is subtle.
A light, thin body with some carbonation bite.

Overall a fun easy drink, but it lacks the complexity and body to be a stand out.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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 BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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 NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kona Brewing Co. "Koko Brown"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "15:16 3 DEC 14 15" - I'll assume that's a packaging date

Notes: I had to check the label to see if this was brewed with coconut because it has such a nice coconut aroma and flavor, and it does! Toasted coconut. Nice! (Please read as: I'm an idiot). Beyond that it's mildly chocolatey, like milk chocolate, toasty, nutty, and nicely balanced towards sweetness. There are some grassy and herbal hop flavors in the background, but they don't really compete with the malt and coconut that sit upfront. I was expecting more of a straightforward brown ale, not so much of a dessert beer, but it's pleasant and I could certainly see keeping this on-hand for a variety of situations although I'd imagine I'd tire of it as a regular pint. I haven't tried it yet, but I imagine it'd go really well with some smoky and spicy grilled shrimp.

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

Bought a single bottle to try. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pint glass on 3/3/16.

Brew pours a clear mahogany in color with close to a 2-finger beige head that didn't last long. Some lacing was seen when sipped. Aroma is what would be expect with roasted malts, cocoa powder with a hint of coconut. Taste pretty much follows the nose. Very pleasant to drink. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Overall really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Myotus
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured hard at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 12Dec15) into a Mikasa Ale glass. Consumed on 09Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with three fingers worth of dense, khaki foam. At 1 minute and 15 seconds, the foam head becomes porous and rocky. At 3 minutes and 30 seconds, the head has finally faded into a quarter fingers worth of off-white foam. Brown in color with a copper tint. Rising bubbles are both small and medium in size and very subtle in quantity. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Mild aromas of sweet chocolate, tree nuts, grass, toasted coconut, toffee, and toast are backed by subtle spicy and floral hop aromas.
TASTE: Strong flavors of toasted coconut and mild grass flavors first strike the palate. Mild toffee and subtle sweet chocolate and tree but flavors immediately follow as coconut flavors fade to mild. Mild flavors of toast, floral hops, and spicy hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Light-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down smooth. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is a clear, dark brown color with a think white head. The aroma is richly malty, with sweet undertone. The taste is balanced, with some chocolate notes, almond, walnut, and biscuit. The finish retains malt, but isn't overly sweet. Full in body, and nicely drinkable

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Photo of mmmbeer89
1.93/5  rDev -47%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

I read the name koko brown and stupidly didn't think of coconut and bought one when i hate coconut so naturally I didn't like this beer. If you do like coconut then i'm sure you'd enjoy this beer.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled December 22, 2015 and enjoyed in a stemless win glass February 19, 2016.

Look - Reddish light brown. Thin medium bubbled white head. Blotchy lacing.

Smelll - Traditional ale. Vanilla. Coconut. Malt. Chocolate.

Taste - First sip was very old fashioned ale. Continued sips were vanilla, chocolate, nut, spice, and chocolate. Don't forget coconut.

Feel - Watery. Not overly carbonated.

Overall - Good flavor for what it is. I could even go as far as saying complex. Coconut and chocolate.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Roby923
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For what it is, this is a tastey ale. Dark caramel with hints of coconut. A real winter warmer with liquid aloha island freshness. Bottled on DEC 23 2015 from Naples bottle shop.

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Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle - Bottled on Dec 30 15:

Pours brown with a thin tan lasting head. Spotted trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of coconut oil, toast (slightly burnt), hint of toffee/chocolate.

The taste is of sweet coconut. A mild brown ale mixes in - toffee, nuts, hint of chocolate. Faint touch of earthy hops keep sweetness restrained. Soft, sweet finish.

A thin brown ale. Not much to the body. It is fairly smooth though.

Aftertaste comes close to reminding me of suntan lotion. Anyway, it's an interesting, unique brew. Coconut certainly noticeable, but not overwhelming. The brown ale itself is decent, at best. One and move on, for me...

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.52/5  rDev -30.8%
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 Tonedef
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this beer is a touch under rated compared to the BA score..it's on point not perfect but very good..smells like coconut and other typical stout aromas ,touch of coffee touch of chocolate..and the taste is right there along with its specially as it warms up the coconut shines more which is a good thing cuz if you don't Ike coconut you shouldn't buy this beer...a better mouthfeel would take this beer to next level..as it is a B+ in my book

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Photo of ChelseaMae
4.46/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really like the toasted cocunut flavor in this ale amd could use more of it. I tasted the coconut most when the ale was really cold. Mahogany colored and has a nutty aroma and flavor.

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Photo of stevoj
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet brown ale with hints of chocolate. Clear dark brown body with small beige head, aroma of chocolate, molasses and a hint of coffee. Taste is sweet, more chocolaty as it warms up. A little on the sweet side, but not too bad.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hearty look for a brown ale, ventures into porter territory. Almost an inch of head, tan in color. Aroma was brown malt, coconut stayed obscure. A little bit of chocolate.

Taste, mild sweetness, smooth, lacks bitterness. Still wanting in the coconut department. Could use more adjuncts. How about that?

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Taste: toasted coconut sweet malt, roasted coffee, brown sugar. Deep mahogany color and mostly clear. Sweet nose. Medium body with a delicate laced head. A dessert ale

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a medium size light brown foamy head with some retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet coconut is totally dominant. Taste is also dominated by loads of sweet coconut taste with light caramel malt also noticeable. Body is light with good carbonation. Interesting but overly sweet and the coconut is so powerful that it gets to be overwhelming.

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Photo of templeton-peck
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

One of my favorites, but I always thought it was mis-marketed as a winter seasonal. Now you can't even get it at all outside of Hawaii. While I normally like my Browns a little heavier, I don't mind having a lighter option once in a while, and always thought this would be a great candidate to fill the niche for lighter, hot weather brown with a tropical flair for the summer time.

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Photo of Cheeseball81
2.33/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

May just not be my kind of beer, but I consider Browns to be one of my favorite beers. I'm looking for the beer to be good as a Brown first and then to be enhanced by the added flavors and variations. They focused on being different and missed on the Brown basics.

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

Appearance: Quite clear reddish-amber with a large fine-beaded, cream-colored head with very good retention. Thick, unbroken lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is slight, fine-beaded, and slow-rising

Aroma: Pronounced aroma of bitter cocoa, coconut, roasted nuts, and coffee.

Taste: Opens with a pronounced coconut flavor, beneath this, there is bitter cocoa, coffee, toasted malt, nuts, a hint of vanilla, and wood. The flavor is surprisingly complex. Late in the taste, the toasted coconut still shines, with the coffee, and roasted malt flavors remaining.

Mouth feel: Full and soft, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very solid and drinkable, well-made.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 1511 ratings