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RATINGS: 1077   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Pipeline Porter is smooth and dark with a distinctive roasty aroma and earthy complexity from its diverse blends of premium malted barley. This celebration of malt unites with freshly roasted 100% Kona coffee grown at Cornwell Estate on Hawaii’s Big Island, lending a unique roasted aroma and flavor. A delicate blend of hops rounds out this palate-pleasing brew.

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3.8
Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Opaque black with a beige head. Roasted, freshly groud coffee aromas. Thick and creamy in the mouth with a beechwood smokiness, dark and delicious kona coffee. A sweet finish.

3.1
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
This is great espresso, er, porter. This is about as close as dumping dry stout into your morning Starbucks as you will ever get. In fact this tastes more like coffee than it does beer, to the point of novelty. Aside from the overwhelming Sanka flavor, it is just an average porter, in my opinion. Worth a try, and not bad, yet overrated and something tells me that I would be vomiting out of both ends if I had more than 2 of these.

3.2
3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Bottle. The coffee is really quite nutty and earthy, very dirty and grimy even... there are some light notes of burnt almonds and vanilla, along with a earthy soil flavor that along with the light roast sort of sits on the palate and doesnt do anything or go anywhere. Instead my tongue feels bored. Slight metallic and glass flavors in the finish along with some medium to light fizziness and Im left to wonder how much better this could be... is it recipe? distance traveled? just my fickle tastes on this particular night?

3.5
Drake (13954) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2008
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a tiny head, low head retetention and lacing. Very nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee and some chocolate. Taste is roasted malts and coffee with sugar. Bitter taste with a sweet finish. Medium bodied. Quite nice.

3.9
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle. Pours an off-white, medium head with a black body. Aromas of molasses, coffee, and chocolate. Full body taste with a creamy and sticky texture. Soft carbonation and long duration. Very good porter so aloha!

2.3
ethomson (56) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Very dark pour, looks like your traditional porter. Smells outrageous, like a strong cup of Kona coffee. The taste is unlike a porter though, it really taste like a cup of joe and not a beer. I love porters but this one is way to over the top. It’s too syrupy. I love coffee inspired beers, like Guiness and Amber Bock, but wheres the malt & barley? Where’s the beer taste? All I taste is roasty coffee. If I wanna drink coffee i’ll just drink coffee. Kona brewing co. is great, but I was not impressed with the overall making of this beer.

3.5
BelgianBeerGal (4086) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle in Fort Worth. Surprisingly nice and easy to drink porter. Great notes of coffe and unsweetened chocolate. Not a ’heavy’ beer at all.

3.4
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Had this in Honolulu and then back on the continent. Pours a dark brown with a small, dark tan head that sticks around with some fair lacing. Aroma is ground coffee, roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa powder. Taste is a little watery upfront- sort of like seltzer water and then there is a sudden tang of ground coffee. This feels a little forced to me. Whereas great porters have subtle or powerful coffee and espresso notes, this tastes like inhaling some motel quality instant coffee grounds. Aftertaste is dry and unpleasant with a feeling like some of that ground coffee is stuck in the back of your throat. Overall tastes like that bad pre-ground coffee you find in a motel with seltzer water. Very disappointing. When I first tasted this in Hawai’i I was spellbound, but this tasting is either ruined from the long journey from the islands or I have become spoiled for porters.

3.5
emacgee (4680) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours dark and sits black in the glass. The head is frothy and light tan. the nose is malty, lightly roasty, bitter chocolate and coffee. The flavor is smooth, mildly grainy, light roast, chocolate, smooth coffee, very little hop character. enjoyable.

4.1
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Poured from a 12oz bottle - a nice dark brown almost black with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is a nice chocolate, coffee and even a slight nuttiness. Almost reminds of opening a fresh container of coffee - but doesn’t overpower you. Nice smooth taste and very drinkable. Enjoyed this sitting in front of the fireplace listening to some good music - all went well together. I would buy another six pack of the Pipeline.


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