What a great way for The Brew Club to start 2010! Kona Pipeline Porter is a limited-release beer that’s available from September 2009 through February 2010, so I was happy to get a bottle of it to try from a friend.
Not too long ago, I had really enjoyed the Kona Longboard Lager, and now, being a fan of stouts and porters anyway, I was excited to get to try this brew with some Hawaiian Kona Coffee in the mix!
As you can see in the picture, Pipeline Porter created a nice beige foamy head that had that same cool carbonation fizzing action that a Guinness will do in a glass. I don’t know, its just cool! The beer is about as close to black as you can get – even held up to my halogen desk lamp, only faint glimmers of reddish light was able to pass through the beer.
The smell was fairly mild, but the dominant aromas were sweet roasted malt, and yes – coffee! This beer smelled amazing, and I could immediately imagine what it was going to taste like just by the aroma. Sometimes beers throw you a bit and they taste quite differently than you might expect, but there was no surprise here!
The flavor was just about perfect. There was a sweet maltyness that combined so well with the coffee flavors – this beer is a drinker and I wish I had more of them! There is just the slightest bitterness in the aftertaste and it does finish just slightly dry. The body of this beer is somewhere on the medium to full end of the spectrum, and while there was initially a very nice head on the beer, it was otherwise very low carbonated – almost flat.
The Pipeline Porter is one of the easiest drinking beers I’ve come across in awhile. So smooth, so rich, and just the right amount of the coffee flavors made this a very enjoyable porter for me.
If you like porters, or you like coffee flavored beers, you are going to love this brew by Kona. I hope that its available every year between September and February, but if it isn’t than you should try getting your hands on some before its too late!
From what I have read, Pipeline Porter should be available in 18 Western States as well as some states on the East Coast which is because Kona now brews some of its beers at the Red Hook brewery in New Hampshire.
I’m starting out 2010 with a great rating of Kona’s Pipeline Porter! 4 Stars!
Ever have the Kona Pipeline Porter? What did you think about it? If not, what’s your favorite coffee flavored beer because I’d like to try some more of them!