Brew Review: Kona Koko Brown

by Kelli H. on July 17, 2012

Name: Kona Brewing Koko Brown
Date: 7-14-12
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.
Alcohol: 5.5%
IBU’s: 28

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.

Overall Impression:
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!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura July 18, 2012 at 7:28 am

Have you tried their summer seasonal Wailua wheat? It is my and London’s favorite summertime beer. It’s a wheat beer with a hint of lilikoi (our favorite fruit!) and is citrus-y and refreshing! This coconut brown ale was too coconutty for me! haha


Made in Sonoma July 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I used to love their Wailua Wheat! It was one of my favorite beers in 2009. It’s too light for me now, but it is a good wheat beer. šŸ™‚


Sonia the Mexigarian July 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I got to go to Kona Brewing Co while staying in Kona years ago. I don’t recall the coconut aftertaste on this one (my taste memory sucks). Guess it means I have to drink it again to see šŸ˜‰ Maybe if it comes in a variety pack. . .


Sally @ Kona Brewing July 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Aloha Kelli,
You had a beer that was too old to be sampling and reviewing. If the date said April 2012, that’s not the expiration date; that’s when it was brewed. It should still be OK, but Koko Brown Ale comes off shelves in May 2012 until the following year. This means you had a beer that had all kinds of conditions such as light exposed to it for 4 months in your relative’s fridge or garage or home. To fully appreciate Koko Brown Ale, especially with the tropical ingredient of coconut in it–it should be enjoyed at its freshest or within a month or two of brewing. It has freshly toasted coconut added to the mash in the brewing process. Mahalo


Made in Sonoma July 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

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Made in Sonoma July 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I didn’t realize that was the brewed date. If the Koko Brown Ale is only good for 1-2 months after brewing, it seems your bottles should have a best by date. Also, I didn’t drink it 4 months after brewing, it was only 3 months, and it wasn’t an issue. I thought the beer still tasted fresh.


A. Price February 7, 2013 at 10:21 am

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