Koko Brown (Kona Brewing Company)

Style: American Brown Ale Brewed with Coconuts

5.5% ABV

26.7 IBU’s

OG: 13.69° P

Malts: Premium 2-Row Pale, Dark Chocolate, Aromatic, Victory

Hops: Cascade, Willamette, Millennium

Brewer’s Note: “Is there anything more iconic of the lush tropics than the coconut? The delicious heart of this island treasure has a nutty, toffee flavor and aroma that sends you straight to the beaches of Paradise. Kick back with a Koko Brown, brewed with real toasted coconut, and savor the mahogany color and smooth, roasty malt taste.”

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The beer’s label is actually pretty funky.  I like the graphic of the man paddling on the surfboard/paddleboard, and I love the color scheme.  There is a lot going on in the label, but overall it draws the eye in and keeps it there.  The fonts are all mediocre, but work with the label design, and there is not too much crowding on the label, which is neat to see from a more produced beer like Kona.  It is worthy of scrapbooking but not for the shelf.

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The beer pours a mahogany brown with a head of medium sized soap bubbles on top that bubble and fizzle into a scrim over the beer.  The beer’s body is clean and clear, though dark from the malts.  On the nose, the beer smells chocolaty, almost to a syrupy level.  There is a nice gentle roast that reminds the nose of coffee, caramel, and just a light hint of coconut nuttiness, but chocolate seems to be the big player in the nose.  On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and slightly savory with a lot of “synthetic-like” flavors coming through.  In flavor the beer begins as light chocolate and moves into a slight coconut flavor that gives slightly plasticy flavors.  These flavors crescendo into a short finish of mediocre chocolate, caramel, plastic-coconut, and slight biscuity malts.  The aftertaste is light and slightly roasty with hints of chocolate.  To me, the flavors suggest a watered-down English Brown Ale with very slight hints of coconut.  In the mouth the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a weak carbonation that simply peppers the tongue and then washes away.  The mouth is left slightly dry with a touch of wet saliva.  Overall, I am underwhelmed by this beer.  I want more coconut flavor, and I want a thicker beer.  The flavors are not disgusting, but just come off as “meh.”

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