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Koko Brown | Kona Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
327
Ratings:
1,407
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
30.66%
 
 
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Photo of Slatetank
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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 TMoney2591
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Sounds like the name of a bad blaxploitation flick... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear ruby-copper topped by a finger of sandy cream foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted coconut and very little else, if anything, though a hint of wet grass may or may not find its way through at some points. Despite this not being the strongest of smells in the world, it does get to be a bit much at times. The taste adds in a bit of caramel-y toffee, but this is still mostly drowned out by the coconut. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, this beer seems to deliver on one of its promises: it certainly has some coconut in it. Beyond that, though, not much else is going on. It's a sad excuse for a brown ale, with nearly none of the characteristics of the style, and its one note song gets to be tiresome after a relatively short while.

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Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good to see an old Friend has made it to Mizzou (Kona!) Bottled/Brewed in Oregon or Washington I'm guessing. Bottled on date ( I think ) of 1-29-13

Pours a scarlet tinged brown with a thumb of tan colored head. Stellar lacing, above average head retention

S: Toasty coconut & hazelnut

T: Toasty coconut, walnut shell dryness, a touch of hazelnut up front. Some general toasty malt as this warms, along with hazelnut & coconut. Finishes toasty, dry with coconut sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation, thins out a touch once warm

Very drinkable, found this an enjoyable brown with decent flavor. I could see me buying this again

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

A: Pours a clear deep amber to dark brown in color with hints of garnet red (this basically looks just like a coke). The beer has a half finger tall fizzy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thick film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet toasted coconut, toffee malts, and nuts.

T: This beer tastes very similar to it smells, with strong flavors of toasted sweetened coconut. Additionally there is a solid toffee malt body with some sweetness and nuts. Also, there is a light hint of vanilla.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is very interesting and I think that the addition of the toasted sweetened coconut makes this example of American Brown Ale a little different. A little too sweet too be sessionable but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev -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 woodychandler
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I am almost finished with the last batch of beer that my local, in-person trader, tone77, dropped off for me. It has been an interesting go, with lots of styles that I would otherwise eschew, but which allow me to keep my hand in.

From the bottle: "Koko Brown's distinctive, nutty aroma and flavor comes from real toasted coconut blended into each brew. One sip of this roasty, smooth, mahogany colored ale and you will feel like you are on a warm sun-drenched beach in Hawaii. Aloha!"; "Since 1994, Kona Brewing Co. has been committed to making handcrafted ales and lagers of uncompromising quality. We invite you to visit our brewery and pubs whenever you visit Hawaii. Mahalo!"; "Ale Brewed with Toasted Coconut and Natural Flavor Added".

My pour was creating a good bit of head so I backed off to allow it to settle a little before proceeding. I started with close to two fingers of foamy, light-tan head, but the intense carbonation caused it to bubble and burp its way out of existence. Truth in advertising strikes again! It was, indeed, a mahogany-brown with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see through walls. The neighbors need to let the dog out, apparently. Nose was rich with caramel and coconut and I was reminded of a "Peanuts" strip in which Linus or Lucy had a box of chocolates and inadvertently chose a coconut and then made a face. I remember thinking that I liked coconut as a kid and especially my grandmother's pound cake with coconut frosting. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was initially rich with coconut, but then the caramel and chocolate of the malt began to kick in and it was like liquid candy! Finish was decidedly sweet and you had best like coconut going into it because that was the lingering flavor. I can promise you that this type of thing is not usually my bag, but as an occasional step away from intense hops, I liked it. You have to decide for yourself as to whether it would be to your taste.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Kona Aloha Series Koko Brown Ale. Ale brewed with toasted coconut and natural flavor added.

Clear, russet brown, slim tanned head.

Aroma: sweet juicy coconut hits the nose right from the top. It's the dominant flavor in the nose, and nothing but nothing is getting out from underneath. We know from the start that if you are no lover of coconut, this is one to avoid. If you belong in the set that adores it, get ready to fall in love.

Taste: The toasted cocoanut is still large when it lands on the tongue, small dark malt backs it up handily. Minor bitterness. long, malty finish. Small sweetness. Utterly likable, easily approachable.

What's the neck paper read? "Koko Brown's distinctive nutty aroma and flavor comes from real toasted coconut blended into each brew. One sip of this roasty, smooth, mahogany colored ale and you will feel like you are on a warm, sun-drenched beach in Hawaii. Alohoa?"

If you like coconut in a brown ale, this is where you go. If you don't, stay the hell away

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The toasted coconut gives this brown ale a nice flare. The beer pours a clear brown with very thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell includes spice and a touch of cocnut. The taste definitely has toasted coconut which also provides a bit of roastyness. In addition, there is definitely some bread/biscuit flavor...and also decent balancing hops. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a good brown with an interesting kick. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - White head with ok retention and low lace. Beautiful mahogany maple brown.

S - Soft, shaved, lightly toasted coconut and brazil nuts. Touch of brown sugar.

T - Super smooth. Soft coconut, hazelnut, and brazil nut. Just a hint of herbal hop in the center. Light caramel finish.

M - Medium body to style. Nice smoothness.

O - Very drinkable. Great coconut flavor without overpowering the brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of chocolate and toffee notes, exactly what I expect from a big American brown ale. The flavor is more complex. There chocolate and toffee are still present, but the toasted coconuts also really come through and add to the overall flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aloha, Koko Brown. You're up next. On to the beer:

Has the color of wood stained ruby brown. Thin lacing stains the sides of the glass and retains on top. I love the aroma, it's a great use of the coconut, which stands out with a never ending line of toasted and sweet. Could be a little more intense, but I'm just nitpicking that aspect.

If you're expecting a brown ale, you're not going to get much of that character here, as the coconut dominates the round. Lots of coconut upfront; slowly some brown ale character in the way of nutty and light toffee notes remind me that I'm drinking a beer. When I squint my eyes (or is it my ongue in this case?), the brown ale base tastes barely above average. Thanks goodness for the coconut. Light-medium bodied, a little fizzy and watery at times though. Still, a good drinker.

The difference between this and Maui Coconut Porter is that the latter integrates the beer part well with the coconut. With the former, the coconut dominates. If you're looking a sweet brown ale, then this is your beach. If you hate coconut, then you better think twice.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium mahogany brown with a thin light tan head that dissipates to patchy foam and a ring around the glass. Aroma of coconut, caramel malt, slightly nutty. Flavor is biscuit malt, sweet coconut, nuts with a light grassy hop finish. Light to medium bodied. A light bodied brown ale with a well balanced, but assertive coconut flavor which has a slightly artificial taste. A pleasant, fun to drink ale that definitely leaves a tropical feeling.

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

Coco Loco Brown Ale, ontap @ Lulus

Poured into a pint glass, malty brown beer, small head dies down to nothing. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, and just sweet overall. Had a pleasing taste of nutty malts and a rich sweet coconut milk flavor that was very strong. Suggestions of brown sugar and toasted coconut. Almost cloying but a nice change of pace. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and overall, a well brewed 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 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 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 tone77
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of toasted malts, some coconut. Taste is coconut up front, some toasted malts, easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique beer worth checking out.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice medium-brown hue with a haze-free body. There's a low apparent effervescence and a single finger of frothy tan foam. I rather like the color.

Smell: light malt aroma with a little bit of caramel character an a little bit of biscuity character. On top of this is a pretty strong toasted coconut aroma. It doesn't really mesh 100% well, but you do get the idea of where the brewer wanted this beer to go.

Taste: right up front is a surprisingly chocolatey character, which dissipates quickly into a more caramel and biscuity, bready flavor. Again, the coconut is there right through the whole thing. I have mixed feelings about this beer: I like the flavor complexities and the dynamism, but I feel like the coconut just doesn't work in the flavor's favor; it may be simply that the coconut is a bit too strong.

Mouthfeel: medium or medium-light body with a good carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a decent beer that could be better balanced, especially vis-a-vis its signature ingredient, coconut. I also tried this beer paired with a chocolate dessert; in that environment, this beer shines when compared to sampling it alone. I highly recommend having this beer in that context.

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Photo of stevoj
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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 weeare138
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a medium brown with tiny bubbles that slowly rise to the top. A small white head slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of coconut cream, toasted nuts, and light caramel.
Taste starts off good but quickly becomes over-ridden with a honey and milky coconut flavor that is hitting me like suntan lotion in my mouth.
Mouthfeel is creamy, semi sweet and bitter at the end with a thin finish.

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

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Very dark brown color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Coconut nose. Flavor is a funky sweet coconut. Not your usual brown. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. Bottled Mar 28, 12.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly dense but clear brown body with a thin film of light tan that soon is gone and a gentle carbonation gliding to the surface.

S- The buttery coconut aroma has a syrup quality that grows as it opens. There is a mellow kona coffee brown malt aroma that grows just a bit as it warms.

T- The kona coffee note and buttery coconut is a bit artificial tasting and the soda pop finish has cola and brown malt flavors that are a bit sweet.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tight full soda pop fizz in the finish.

O- I was really looking forward to a good commercial coconut brown ale and this was not it. Lots of artificial flavors and more like a soda pop than a beer made it a bit hard to finish the bottle.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- brewed with toasted coconut.

A: Orange-ish-ice tea coloring with a billowy, frothy, one inch soft beige head that was resilient. Good rush of carbonation along the vessel's walls with a thick, foam lace band.

S: Nutty caramel aroma with coconut and a malt sweetness turning late to a dry walnut shell finish.

T: Flavor was toasted coconut and toasted caramel. Some light key-lime, nuttiness, dry walnuts, malty notes with cola and granola. Toasty oak with some wet citrus.

M: Good carbonation on the mouthful, creamy maltiness with a spicy dry nuttiness off the tongue.

O: Overall a nice addition of toasted coconut with a sweet malt body makes this a drinkable brown ale that was well balanced and worthy of multiples.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/13/12
*From notes

A: Rich, robust bootstrap brown. A standard pour yields a 2.25 finger head that lingers for a while. Decent lacing and a colid collar follow.

S: It smells like it's been aged in bourbon barrels for months. Warm toasted coconut is king, and it's all over the bouquet. I get some vanilla and brown sugar as well. Lovely, lovely stuff.

T: The Brown Ale base is a great way to deliver what is all coconut all the time. The malt isn't too toasty, and it's easy to pick up on what the brewmaster wanted: toasted coconut. It's pretty prevalent from top to bottom, but then I dig coconut. If you do too, then you should peep this asap. A bit like a liquid Mounds bar.

M: Thick enough, sure. The carbonation is spot on, and the weight is surprisingly generous. Plenty of density and complexity.

O: What a find. I grabbed a sixer to share with my Pops, and he now proclaims this his favorite beer of all-time. Me? It may not be my GOAT, but it's worlds better then I was expecting. You can bet your ass that I'll be reaching for this one anytime I wanna split a beer with my Dad. My thumbs are certainly up for what is Kona's finest bottled brew to date.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear dark brown color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, a touch of chocolate and coconut. This beer smells very tropical, almost like a mix between a brown ale with a slight whiff of Hawaiian Tropic suntan oil. 

T- The taste is a lot of sweet malt and caramel with a touch if bitterness in the finish from the hope.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I like a good brown ale and this one has a nice little twist with the coconut. The coconut is not a distraction like I was worried about, it is very well placed in the brew.

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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.
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