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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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 avisong
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of strongaf
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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

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

Pours a nice light, bright, clear brown with a tinge of orange throughout. Smallish off-white head.
Smell is rich with cocoanut, roasted malt and a sweetness like cane sugar partially caramelized.
Taste is toasted cocoanut, malt, that same semi- caramelized sugar and vanilla.
Medium bodied with a nice brown ale medium effervescence. A touch of dryness in the quite watery finish. A solid, if only middle of the pack, brown. They've done better but could do far worse.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jpuetz
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ox bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Sweet coconut, bready malts, caramel, and some nuttiness.

Taste: Sweet and nutty notes from the coconut, bready malts, some caramel, and a little chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little chewy, medium to high carbonation, and a bit smooth too. Feels a little dry.

Overall: A nice brown ale. The coconut brings this up a few notches and add a good flavor to the beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of david18
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a seven ounce pour of this as a part of a sampler at Pour 24 in Las Vegas' New York New York Hotel. Overall this beer was way too coconut-y in both aroma and flavor and I couldn't get past it to the beer. The color was nice and as a brown should be but everything else was coconut. I'm not a big fan of any fruit flavor in my beer so i had trouble reviewing it for anything else.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Deep mahogany brown in color. A quarter inch of of white foam rests on top. Brussels lacing. The aroma is of coconut and caramelized malt. There's definitely a sweetness that dominates. The mouth is a bit carbonated and warm. There's bit of a cloying aspect between the caramelized malt and the intense sweetness from the coconut. The taste is an intense dark maltiness that is quickly overwhelmed by the sweet coconut.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a bottled-on date of April 2012. Picked up some time back from Trembling Madness in York. The label describes it as part of the Aloha series; a brown ale brewed with toasted coconut and flavourings. Coconut in beer will be a first for me.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear, deep reddish-brown hue with light carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a thin surface layer. Aroma of sweet chocolate malt with notes of coconut, roasted malt, chocolate syrup, nuttiness, brown sugar and a hint of dried fruit. Smells a bit like a Bounty bar. A faint artificial sourness lurks in the background.

Tastes of sweet roasted malt and coconut, with a dry finish. Notes of nutty brown malt, toasted coconut, mild chocolate, a hint of brown sugar and stewed hops. Mildly earthy, with a faint acrid flavour in the background. Dry, with little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is tingly with a thin, watery body that doesn't do the flavours justice. Rather astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of sweet malt with hints of coconut and chocolate.

An interesting idea with some good flavour combinations, but the execution is flawed. It smells pretty good, even if some of the flavours seem artificial (added perhaps?). The taste is lacking - some nice malt and coconut flavours up front but these vanish like shadows in the light, leaving a faint lingering sweetness. No depth. The body is poor - watery and insubstantial when the flavour demands a thick, smooth unctuousness. It's drinkable enough but could use improvement. Worth trying.

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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 1,467 ratings.
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