Name: Kona Brewing Koko Brown
Location: Kona, Hawaii. Although, Widmer in Oregon brews Kona’s beers for the mainland.
Type: Brown Ale
Availability: Winter through spring
Price: Was provided at a family BBQ.
Aroma: Sweet, coconut, syrup
Appearance: Mahogany brown, pretty clear.
Body & Texture: Full bodied but crisp. Good carbonation, little head retention, no lacing on the glass.
Aftertaste: Mostly coconut with some malt flavors.
I have to be honest, this beer was a little past it’s peak. The bottle said April 2012 as it’s best by date. This doesn’t mean the beer was bad, in fact I didn’t even notice anything weird about it. It tasted fresh to me. I’m not usually a brown ale fan, and don’t branch out to try them much, but I was a fan of this one. I’m not sure if it was the coconut aftertaste, but I really enjoyed it! I think anyone who likes coconut would probably like this aftertaste. I thought they did a pretty good job pairing a brown ale with coconut, because it just seems to work. I’m not usually a big fan of fruit beers, but this one really works. I liked the crispness of this beer, too. I could see this beer being great in the winter, but it was also good on a warm 80 degree day by the pool. I wouldn’t buy a six pack myself, but if it was offered again, I’d definitely accept one. Or, if I were on the islands, I’d love one!