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

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328
Ratings:
1,414
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
30.66%
 
 
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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a decent caramely brown hue with a frothy finger of tan head that leaves just a bit too quickly.

aroma is definitely toasty... burnt caramel, hints of bready malt notes, and a smidgen of toasted coconut flake. hops are forgotten.

taste is sweet, caramel malt up front, fading to a toasty, coconuty, sweet and earthy middle. the finish is coconut - but more coconut water than the candied, sugary, coconut I usually expect. hint of salt with green coconut overtones. Interesting. The coconut is definitely apparent and, honestly, pretty damn enjoyable.

mouth is carbonated decently with a relatively tempered body. not too thick, nor too light... nothing memorable, yet it remains drinkable. kind of like water.

all in all, I'm kind of surprised by this one. I'm a big coconut fan, and I like the taste of coconut juice/water a lot, which this brew reminds me of. The toasted notes are significant in that it doesn't just taste like mediocre coconut flavoring. That being said, the underlying brown ale is relatively flacid and lackluster. Although when on sale for $6 a six pack, I could see myself picking this one up again.

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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 silverking
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a clear reddish brown. It has an off white head with nice lacing and decent retention. The aroma is filled with toasted coconut and hints of caramel. The coconut transfers over the the taste very well, but It's not overpowering like I feared it would be. Instead it collaborates with malt and bitter cocoa for a very nice, very well rounded taste. The finish is very mild with a kiss of bitterness. It's medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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 SamN
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a dimpled stein.

Huge dirty brown head explodes out of the glass. Pretty dark beer here, beautiful dark amber/orange color. Great head retention and nice lacing being left already. Strong smells, like Somoan cookies; cookie-like malt bill, creamy and sweet coconut, some coffe. A seriously sweet smelling beer, almost a bit too much on the sugary side. Still, nice combo with the brown ale and coconut. Taste is less sweet, mercifully. Basically, it's a worthy brown ale with a slab of coconut on it. Unique tastes, definite hops note in there. Lots of mellow toasted maltiness, some hazelnut flavors in there, too. Brown ale can be a really under-utilized style of beer. Hats off to Kona for stepping up and doing something a little different. Flavors do seem to fade rather quickly, leaving a watery kind of finish with a nutty/metal lingering. Feel is pretty so-so, would like to see a bit more to this beer than what it has. A more robust body would make this beer really stand out.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Brown. 1 1/2 head that fades and some lacing is evident.

S: coconut and cocoa

T: Was unsure if the coconut would come through on this but it really does. It dominates the flavor with some light chocolate in the background. A little one dimensional.

M: Fairly light bodied with a sweet finish

O: Tough to rate. As a brown ale, its not too good. But Kona went for a gimmicky beer and succeeded. If you like coconut, get it. If you want a well crafted complex brown ale, avoid it.

Points for nice coconut flavor.

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

A- Light reddish mahogony body with a small tan head.

A- Sweet malty toffee aroma. Quite prevalent coconut. Light on the nutiness.

T- Initially a nutty brown flavor, but toffee and coconut come through strong. Slight bitterness on the finish, but still very sweet.

M- Light body, but a sweet flavor that sticks around. Moderate carbonation.

D- Honestly I hate coconut, if that is your thing it could be enjoyable. Even then I find it slightly watery. Not my favorite, but not a bad brew.

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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 Foyle
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a thin creamy head that recedes slowly with nice lacing. Color is mostly clear brown with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: toasted coconut dominates the aroma, pick up a little bread dough as well, but only a hint of hops.
Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, quite carbonated with a dry finish.
Flavor: toasted coconut blends with medium roasted barley malt, quite bready flavor. Some mild earthy hops and a little warming alcohol in the swallow.
Overall: nicely crafted brew and certainly a unique offering. Worthy trying.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as a single bottle at Total wines. I've been looking forward to try this since I heard they were bottling it and shipping it to the west coast.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass.

The beer pours a copper amber with a red hue. Much less carbonation then I expected, about a quarter inch, and that faded to just a ring on top, some very light lacing.

The smell is toasted cocount, with a bit of caramelt malt backbone.

Flavor is toasted coconut upfront, some bread, caramel, but it fades in the middle. Finish is crisp, with a very light tinge of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, and a little thin, especially on the back end. It fades on the swallow.

Overall, a new twist on a brown ale for me, and very Hawaii. I did like it, and would not turn down another.

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Photo of Guden
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A pretty shade of deep amber with a small beige film of a head which quickly fades.

S- A strong scent of sweet toasted coconut hits the nose first with a balancing of caramel, bread and a little roast following it. Very nice and a great coconut character.

T- The coconut doesn't seem as well balanced as the nose. Up front is a fruit (raisin and cherry) and light bread flavor which are quickly taken away by the delicious coconut middle, but the end is a strange mix of hop bitterness and sour coconut that, while interesting, isn't as good as the rest of the sip.

M- Medium body and carbonation make this one fill the mouth and dance across the tongue but also go down easily, pretty good.

D- Overall this is a solid beer that I wouldn't mind having another of. The finish and aftertaste aren't excellent but the smell is fantastic and it drinks pretty well.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear, brown beer. There is maybe a 1/2 finger's worth of head, and it disappears very quickly, leaving almost nothing as evidence. The beer looks a little watery.

S: Very malty, and incredibly nutty smelling brew. Sweet roasty aroma.

T: Yeah, there's definitely coconut in this beer. Malts hit first, and are quickly overwhelmed with the taste of the coconut. A bit of a dark chocolate hint, and some slightly bitter hops finish the beer up, which keep it from being too sweet.

M: As it appears, it is a little bit thin on the body, and there is a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: Decent beer, if you like coconut. It's definitely not an outstanding beer, and there's not much to back up the coconut, but it's a nice change and it's well balanced.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light coppery brown, like a top shelf whiskey. Nice little cap of white foam that quickly dissipates save for a ring around the perimeter.

The smell was light notes of grain and toast and a good whiff of coconut.

Taste was excellent. The coconut was subtle, which is good because it could easily overpower a brew. Nice and smooth to drink, if a bit thin for the style. Great beer, easy to drink. Definitely worth repurchasing. Glad to see it finally available here, I'd been wanting to try this.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a mahogany brown with a head of medium sized soap bubbles on top that bubble and fizzle into a scrim over the beer. The beer’s body is clean and clear, though dark from the malts. On the nose, the beer smells chocolaty, almost to a syrupy level. There is a nice gentle roast that reminds the nose of coffee, caramel, and just a light hint of coconut nuttiness, but chocolate seems to be the big player in the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and slightly savory with a lot of “synthetic-like” flavors coming through. In flavor the beer begins as light chocolate and moves into a slight coconut flavor that gives slightly plasticy flavors. These flavors crescendo into a short finish of mediocre chocolate, caramel, plastic-coconut, and slight biscuity malts. The aftertaste is light and slightly roasty with hints of chocolate. To me, the flavors suggest a watered-down English Brown Ale with very slight hints of coconut. In the mouth the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a weak carbonation that simply peppers the tongue and then washes away. The mouth is left slightly dry with a touch of wet saliva. Overall, I am underwhelmed by this beer. I want more coconut flavor, and I want a thicker beer. The flavors are not disgusting, but just come off as “meh.”

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Photo of ujsplace
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker.

This is a brown mohagany colored brew with hints of amber along the edges, topped off with a tan colored, one finger thick head that fades to a thin layer.

Smells of sweet, toasted caramel malts, vanilla, coconut and a hint of chocolate.

Tastes of sweet roasted malts, coffee, toasted coconut with a nice subtle hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, nice carbonation.

A different twist on a American brown ale. Definitely worth a try in my opinion. I have been having some brews from Kona lately and for the most part, they do a good job, which holds true here as well.

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Photo of beerman207
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this one in Seattle as well. Loving that this one is from Maui since the Mrs. and I got married there.

A: Dark brown with a nice tan skim coat on the top - leaves a good lacing in the glass

S: Nose is quite interesting - coconut comes through right away and a malt plus nuttiness

T: coconut, malt, and some nice bitter hops in the finish,

M: carbonation is medium - not too harsh

O: I really dig the coconut in this beer. I plan on using this element in a future brewing project with my favorite brewmaster.

T:

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Photo of BrewerB
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of the best month's of my life was spent in Hawaii with a girlfriend who was then living their. Amidst our island hopping, we stopped upon Kona Brewing Company beers which provided a significant amount of liquid refreshment during our trip.

Into my small, Firestone Walker pint nonic glass, this brew yields a clear copper color, forming a large off-white head that squats down to around 1 finger high but holds up well during the session. Toasted coconut aroma is first faint then stronger as the beer warms. Some toasted malt is there, too but having trouble locating hops. Toasted breads, coconut control most of the flavor profile and the beer finishes dry with just a hint of astringency. Hops seems to be whispering which isn't typical of an American Brown Ale. Medium body, moderate high carbonation level.

Thankfully, I bought this beer as a single. Certainly glad to have tried it but it lacks the complexity I'd like to see from the style. coconut adds a decent touch. Something makes me think it'd taste a hell of a lot better were I relaxing on a beach in Maui...

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer, especially when compared to the Maui Brewing Companys coconut porter. First with appearance nothing too out of the ordinary here. Brown, little darker in color, creamy but thinner head, not the greatest retention but thats no deal breaker to me. Has a very strong coconut and vanilla cream smell to it. I know this sounds weird but the smell is almost like a flavored coffee creamer. I have mixed thoughts on the taste. I preferred it better cooler than warm. When it was cooler it had more of a malty brown ale taste with some subtle coconut. The warmer it got it quickly became a very sweet, coconut creamy mess I thought. It was a little too much warmer. Mouthfeel I found to be a little watery, even for a brown. Overall not a great beer but not terrible. Glad I tried it but dont know if I'd necessarily seek this out again.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into an oversized pilsener glass. A fairly aggressive pour produces about a 3/4 inch creamy, off-white head which proves long lasting. Plenty of sticky lace is left on the sides, with a continuous coating of froth on top. The beer is a deep ruddy brown. A rich looking and inviting beer.

I don't get a ton of coconut flavor in either the aroma or the flavor. I've had this before- on the prior tasting, the coconut was quite noticeable. They may have toned this down a notch. Anyway, the beer does have some coconut aroma, along with sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and chocolate flavors, with a bit of bittersweet nuttiness on the palate. All of the flavors, which increasingly remind me of a Mounds candy bar, become a bit more noticeable as the beer warms.

This is pretty much what I like in a brown ale- relatively sweet, but with some nutty bitterness to balance, with just a little complexity, but overall rather simple. I seldom see this where I live, although the other flavors of Kona are generally available. I picked this up in a Three Bears Alaska store for about $7.50 a sixer (cheap).

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

A - Pours reddish/mahogany brown into my snifter with about one finger on tan head that has moderate retention and lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, toasted coconut and mild vanilla and cocoa notes.

T - Sweet malts and coconut are noticeable but fade quickly, toasted nuttiness, mild cocoa and vanilla. Flavors are very muted with the exception of coconut.

M - Fairly light and thin.

O - Overall an easy drinker and people who like coconut most likely would enjoy it. I'd say it's worth trying, but not seeking out.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, medium brown, pours a dense but small head.

Aroma: Caramel, malt, fairly mild.

Taste: Coconut, caramel sweetness, toasted coconut.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied.

Overall: Interesting. I wonder if the toasted coconut might go better with a lager though.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle @ home. I bought this on a whim. It sounded interesting. The beer looks like a brown should. The aroma was wonderful, like chocolate milk and coconut. Toasted coconut is front and center in the flavor. There’s also a nice hazelnutty, chocolate, caramel malty, and light toffee flavor. A touch watery but overall a good beer that is somewhat one-dimensional.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I cant believe i havent rated this beer yet. The best brown ale I have ever tried and followed closely by bells best brown ale. The 2 are so similar other than the koko brown has coconut flavor. take everything i said in my review of best brown and add the coconut and its so undiscribable

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. Bottle does not list ABV but does list BOD.

A: Clear chestnut brown with a half-a-finger slightly off-white head.

S: Strong sweet coconut, malt, and nuts.

T: Sweet coconut, lots of nuts, some roasted malt, toasted smokey notes and slight hops in the finish for balancing.

M: Surprisingly light and dry.

O: Interesting aroma and acceptable flavor. The mouthfeel should be heavier though to match the toasted sweet coconut and smoke. On the other hand, this is a brewery in Hawaii; I doubt a heavy beer would go well there.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 1,414 ratings.
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