Kona Brewing’s Pipeline

Brew:  Porter



ABV: 5.4%

Opinion: Good Beer!  

I’ve really been enjoying these reviews for the stouts. This one isn’t a stout, but it’s a porter, and that’s pretty close…

Anyway, I’ve been enjoying the hell out of the coffee / chocolate stouts. This beer boasts that it’s a porter with 100% Hawaiian Kona coffee.

I popped the cap on this, and was sorta surprised I didn’t really smell it right outta the bottle. I practically stuffed the thing up a nostril and inhaled. Still not much. Slight coffee and malty overtones, but that was about it. I wasn’t quite disappointed, as I was curious.

I poured it, it had minimal head. Either this is a flat, tasteless beer, or it’s a very understated gem. Here’s hoping…

PHEW. Understated gem!

It’s not overly thick, not bitter, smooth, doesn’t coat the tongue, doesn’t linger much. This is a good smooth drinking beer.

As I scoured the bottle for the alcohol percentage, I realized the label at the top says “Mele Kalikimaka”, which of course is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day, you know. That’s the island greeting they will sing to you from the land where palm trees sway, so I’m told. So being April, this bottle is several months old. Five or six anyway. Not sure what that means as far as porters go. I dunno if it would have been tastier a few months ago, or… Who knows.

Anyway, like I said, good beer. If you like porters, and you like coffee, do it!

Also, I really like that glass in the picture. I’d love to have a set of, oh, 40 of em. So feel free to send some along.


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