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Koko Brown | Kona Brewing Co.

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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

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#36,599
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
1,468
pDev:
14.64%
Bros Score:
3.08
 
 
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Ratings: 1,468 |  Reviews: 340
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear, dark brown body. Two finger caramel off-white head.

Smell - Very sweet and fruity. Smells like coconut and cocoa butter.

Taste - Toasty. Smooth cocoa/chocolate taste. Slightly bitter up front. Coconut makes a small appearance in the finish. The biggest letdown about this beer is that it's a coconut beer, but you can't really even taste the coconut. Cocoa butter, but not coconut. Reminds me an iced coffee if anything.

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel. Very smooth.

Drinkability - Great, interesting taste. But a little too strange and adulterated to be a session beer. Seems like it would be a good mood beer, or for an esoteric food pairing where the food is chosen first and the beer has to fit.

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear mahogany brown body with a sticky, lasting beige head.

The beer has little aroma when it's cold. As it warms, I pick up brown sugar, toasted malt and sweet coconut. Simple and a bit sweeter than I'd like, but not bad.

The palate presents more of the same: toasted malt, coconut and brown sugar in equal portions. It's fairly thin, simplistic and sweet. There's some slightly astringent graininess in the finish along with more brown sugar sweetness. A clean and fairly drinkable beer, but not particularly good.

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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 harrymel
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/12/11

A: Pours a cherry brown ale with absolute clarity. Three finger burnt cream head retires down over five minutes to leave broken quilt of the same. Coarse spider web lacing. Good looker.

S: Smells more like the meat of a coconut, rather than the essence (like many coconut beers, IMO). This of course over a very simple brown ale nose. Hints of clove in there as well, some vanilla.

T: Wow, uber Coconut! Very nice up front. The beer has tones of cocoa and light cinnamon as well. Simple, one dimensional, but nice.

M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Subtle oral slicking.

D: Good beer. surprised by this offering from Kona. Glad they took an apparently unique approach to an up and coming category (coconut) of beer. I like it.

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Photo of bradleyp
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to the roommate for picking this one up. Don't know where she got it, but I guess it doens't really matter. Part of the Aloha Series.

A: A very dark brown, but you can still see through it. Minimal carbonation bubbles, and very little, to no lacing.

S: On the first smell, I couldn't pick up any aroma, but after a second smell, I got a face full of coconut. Very nice chocolate aroma as well.

T: Right away, you can get a taste of some dried coconut. It was very exotic, especially for a Hawaiian brewery. The aftertaste also had an explosion of coconut. The brewers knew what they were aiming for when they made this.

M: Just like the mint flavored beer I had a few weeks ago, it took me a bit to enjoy how this beer felt in my mouth. The flavor really catches you off guard at first, especially if you've never had coconut flavor in your beer. Nice medium body that went down pretty nice and easy.

D: Probably won't try this one again. Not a bad beer by any means. I don't really like fruity beers. But since this one is a nice brown ale, i'll let it slide.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a ruby brown color with a off white minimal head and lace. Smell has a dominant sweet roasted coconut aroma with some grain in the back. Taste, again of sweet roasted coconut, grain with a good hop balance. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. My first brown ale with coconut is very enjoyable,

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't tried this seasonal from the folks at Kona Brewing yet. 12. oz bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

Pours with a fat finger of head that dissapates quickly. A touch lighter then some other brown ales. Not much for bubbles.

Has a toasted coconut aroma. Reminiscent of a really fruity cup of joe. Slight sweetness there too.

Certainly not a typical brown ale, but I don't think that's what they are going for either. A slightly sweet flavor up front with a more meaty chocolate malt & coconut flavor backing it up.

A pretty substantial mouthfeel. It isn't too heavy, but the depth of flavor is there.

Drinkability is lacking a little. This is a very solid interesting take on the style, but I'm not sure that I'm reaching for another one in the same sitting. Maybe if I had a fireplace by my side.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving was a bottle poured into a pint glass. The apperance is of a nice mahogany, the head is a nice thick white head that settles nicely into the glass.

The smell is a soft nutty taste, not a lot of distinct aroma. Slight sense of roasted grain.

The taste is complex, coconut is definetely in the forefront and the aftertaste. In between is a very nice mix of nuts and caramel. Found the taste to be very complexing. Not as thick as I expected in the mouth.

I loved the mouthfeel in this beer, this is a nice brown ale you can drink in the summer, its dark but feels light enough in the mouth to quench the hot months of the summer. Pleasant.

This is a very drinkable beer, works well in summer months, as I drink this in March i will note that I need to try this in the summer as it definetely will fill the void of a dark ale that holds up well to drink in summer heat. I reccommend this beer.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of Koko Brown Ale at a grocery store. $6.99. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear mahogany brown beverage, with a smallish off-white head. No resiliency of the head to speak of and the sides of the glass remain remarkable clean.

The smell is faint, with a coffee aroma and the coconut as advertised on the label.

Taste is OK. It has the typical brown ale attributes with the coconut flavor. Tastes a bit like Dr Pepper without as much syrup or sugar

Mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated, with a dry mildly bitter aftertaste.

It is a drinkable brown ale but the coconut does nothing for the brew. It's drinkable but there are much better brown ales available.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, nutty brown with a faint ruby tinge into a tulip with two fingers of sturdy, light khaki head. Mild, roasty aroma of toasted coconut with hints of vanilla, toffee, and chocolate.

Slightly low carbonation and a rather thin mouthfeel. Lots of coconut up front followed by a nutty, biscuity sweetness and a fairly dry finish with some slight toasted malt bitterness.

I'm a big coconut fan, so this brew was high on my to-try list. It was tasty and easy-drinking with a nice coconut character that wasn't too sweet, but overall the experience was a little one-dimensional. Maui's CoCoNut Porter will remain my go-to.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, burnt sienna with a small, tan head that leaves a solid amount of lacing.

Smells of the toasted coconut and some toasted malts.

Tastes of a moderate dose of coconut with some of the toasted malts as a base. Coconut makes it presence at the start followed by coffee and chocolate notes, along with some nuttiness. Somewhat sweet, but little to no bitterness. Has a bit of a German chocolate cake feel to it minus sugar. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth, light amount of carbonation.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a brown color with a very dark reddish hue. It has a medium sized brownish head that fades quickly and has minimal lacing.

S: The smell is mostly of strong coffee and coconut. There is also some hints of chocolate.

T: It tastes similar to how it smells consisting of coffee and coconuts. It leaves a nice coconut aftertaste.

M: It is kind of thin for a brown ale, but drinks very smoothly.

D: Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. It's a unique twist on the typical brown ale with the addition of the coconut. If you're looking for a typical brown, look elsewhere, but if you're looking for something new and unique, give this a shot. I'd definitely buy this again.

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

Koko Brown is an excellent nut brown ale with a creamy coconut finish. I have had it both on tap and out of the bottle and it is much better on draft. For how sweet the finish is I found it to be a rather sessionable beer. Like the new addition to the Aloha Series!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear brown with a medium white head. Good retention and strong lace.

S: Coconut cream, perfumy, marshmallow.

T: Some caramel malt with a nice coconut addition. A bit artificial tasting, but it works pretty well here. Toasty, straight up brown ale flavour with the coconut.

M: Crisp carbonation, medium-bodied, pretty smooth, but a little too biting at times.

D: An interesting beer, I think the coconut works well here; I'm dropping the drinkability down a bit because its so unique, not really something I'd want more than one of at once. But it's well worth a try unless you're Angelica Pickles.

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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 Zorro
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell is patent malt with a decent presence of coffee. Toasted coconut is strong in this. Slight sweetness gives this a bit of an Almond Joy candy bar. Not much more than that smells like an almond joy with coffee in it.

Starts out barely sweet with a strong coconut flavor. Coffee with a very slight chocolate flavor, tastes like an Almond Joy with no sugar used.

Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkability is summed up by asking "how much do you like coconut?" Pretty much a ho-hum very basic brown ale with coconut in it.

This is OK but no repeat sale here, pretty much an average at best beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at the COOP over the weekend... poured into my small tulip.. barely existent white head atop a very clear brown brew.

Nose is actually a pretty standard American Brown sans hops... the coconut is there, but hard to pick out.

More coconut shows in the flavor, but barely. The coconut sorta shows on the outer periphery of my tongue and moves inward.... but do NOT expect to be bombarded with coconut cake.. This is beer forward first with coconut added. A little bit of nutty notes from the brown malt come about with warmth. I believe a little bit more malty sweetness would help bring the coconut out... and maybe a "cleaner" yeast profile.

Body lite/medium with the same in carbonation... It is okay... I have another bottle in the fridge, but I doubt I will buy another after today.

3/3.5/3.5/3/3

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Photo of julian
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

EDIT 2/24/2011. Additional tasting, to check for carbonation difference due to bottle conditioning...see below.

Bought a 6 pack tonight. First review!

A: Dark brown in color, good clarity, about 75% opacity. Lackluster head formation that quickly dissipates. Pours a little thin, almost watery.

S: Lots of sweet coconut on the nose, vanilla, subtle roasty, nutty aroma. Mostly coconut.

T: Lots of sweet coconut up front, almost vanilla like undertones. Mild nutty flavors, and subtle roast. I'd have to say this is an average coconut ale.

M: This is very clearly under-carbonated. I doubt a brown ale should be bottle conditioned for any length of time, so this is a most probably a priming miscalculation. I would prefer it a bit thicker in body, and more roasty but this is a good attempt at a coconut beer. EDIT 2/24/2011: gonna have to give this a few extra points. Tonight's tasting was definitely much more carbonated. So something either happened to the bottle I had, or there's some bottle conditioning going on.

D: Apart from the under-carbonation noted above, I love the coconut taste (as I do in most coconut beers...and coconut in general). Wouldn't be too hard to sling back a 6er.

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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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