Just about a year ago, I first reviewed Kona’s Pipeline Coffee Porter, and was very happy to come into a few more bottles for myself recently! So far, I think its the best coffee-infused beer that I’ve tried. I like the style, and this one from Kona Brewing is done very well. This 5.3% ABV treat is a limited release, only available between September and March. If you see it, be sure to pick some up!
Their website provides the gory details.
“BITTERNESS: 23 IBU
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.3%
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 13.5 P
MALTS: PALE, CARAPILS, VICTORY, CARAMEL 80, EXTRA SPECIAL, CHOCOLATE MALT, DARK CHOCOLATE MALT, ROASTED BARLEY
HOPS: WARRIOR, MILLENIUM , willamette
In addition, the coffee used is 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee, and to me its a great balance. By that, I mean the coffee is enough to let you know that its in there, but no so much that it overwhelms the beer itself. Look up a few lines at the varieties of malts used. Chocolate Malt, Dark Chocolate Malt and other malts definitely come through in the flavor – nicely blended with that Kona Coffee, this is a great beer.
Its not too thick, but has a decent mouthfeel.
Anyway, if you can’t tell, I really liked this Kona Coffee Porter and stand by my original 4-star rating. That stated, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick some up again if I happen to see it. A great brew for the cooler months!