Koko Brown | Kona Brewing Co.

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Koko BrownKoko Brown

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

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!

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

To play upon a cliché, appearances can be somewhat disappointing. It’s like when one encounters a great looking woman/man but their personality is bland despite their exotic linage or propensity to color their hair. Fun to look at and pleasant to share times with but ultimately unsatisfying. Thus the Koko Brown with its playful spelling and attractive labeling lays fallen by its timid taste and ultimate forgettabilty.

Upon first looks, my excitement rose eyeballing this bourbon brown colored ale with the small tan head to match. Clear and effervescent looking, I was confused as to the almost complete lack of aroma to be had while chilled. I was especially confused do to the nature of the added coconuts to the brewing process, that while present throughout a tasting, are largely minimal to non-existent in aroma. As the beer rose to room temperature, the coconut was more detectable, but a bit too little too late to quote another cliché.

The one true surprise of this Hawaiian brew is its surprising dryness, on par with most chardonnays I’ve had and definitely one of the driest beers I've ever had. Not sure what to account this too expect perhaps an odd uncalculated quality of the coconuts added to the brewing process. In any regards, this plus the moderate alcohol tinge throughout leads me to believe that perhaps an imperial version of this brew with a heavier emphasis on the coconut and heavier tones could be very interesting indeed.

I definitely like the idea of this brew more than Kona Brewing Company’s iteration, and ultimately wouldn't recommend it to a friend, but it sure is pretty from a distance.

Label - 4
I include this with each bottle/can review because I feel that for the average consumer to even approach an unknown beer, it's the packaging that entices rather than the actual end product. Points and half points are given for Style, Readability, Tasting Note, Brewers Notes and Ease of Bottle Reuse.

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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 1,462 ratings.
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