It has been some time since I last reviewed a Kona Brewing Company beer. To be fair, they don’t offer a ton of beers, but I have enjoyed most of what they make. I last had Pipeline Porter when I was in Hawaii a few years ago and loved it. It is a porter that is brewed with 100% Hawaiian Kona coffee. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I really dig a coffee flavor in beers. My first 5 gallon batch of homebrew was a Kona Stout, brewed with Kona coffee I brought home from my trip to Hawaii. It is still one of my favorite creations to date. I’m not sure what it is, but normal coffee is a bit too intense, but coffee in beer, bring it on.
Pipeline Porter is a limited release in the continental US, but is a year-round brew in Hawaii. This porter pours a black color and has a tanish head. The nose is really wonderful. It has a rich coffee smell with a light touch of sweetness. The coffee really washes out everything else, but it is fresh and very nice. Another strange thing with my coffee “problem,” I love the smell of coffee.
Coffee really comes out in the flavor of this beer as well. The sweetness upfront comes out as caramel, but the coffee really dominates the flavor of this beer. I really dig this beer, even though coffee is the main player, it seems surprisingly balanced. I think a coffee drinker would like this beer as well. I was actually eating some Hershey’s caramel Kisses while I had this beer and I think they are the perfect compliment. If you see this Kona beer, grab it, I don’t think that you will be disappointed.