Aloha! Today’s Malt Monday Beer Review of the Week features two beers and a little news from my friends at Kona Brewing Company all the way from Hawaii. Recently, Kona Brewing Company was kind enough to send me a few samples of two of their beers; Pipeline Porter and Big Wave Golden Ale.
Pipeline Porter just made its way to the Midwestern states of Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Minnesota for the first time in September. Part of Kona Brewing’s Aloha Series, this American Porter is brewed with freshly roasted Kona coffee from the Cornwell Estate Coffee plantation neighboring Kona Brewing on the Big Island. Pipeline Porter has received many recent accolades including top three finishes at the Great American Beer Festival, the Great International Beer and Cider Competition, and the Australian International Beer Awards.
According to Kona Brewing Company president Mattson Davis. “Pipeline Porter uses Kona coffee beans, which are among the best in the world and help round out the rich porter’s flavor. This brew is great in any weather, but Kona beer lovers on the mainland know that the best time to drink a Pipeline Porter is when craving a little warmth to cut through the chill of a brisk night.”
GGG Review: The Piperline Porter was a full-bodied, rich and smooth dark roasted malt. The beer had a rich coffee flavor and was incredibly fresh. Served year-round in Hawaii, Pipeline Porter has 5.3% ABV and an IBU of 23. Pipeline Porter is currently sold in stores and on draught in 36 states. Such a delicious porter and definitely GGG approved.
Big Wave Golden Ale, recent winner of the 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship held in Atlanta, GA, scoring ahead of the more than 2,500 beers from 68 different brewers in the Session Beer category. Big Wave Golden Ale was the first beer brewed by Kona Brewing in 1994 and became available to mainland beer drinkers less than a year ago. “This is an exciting competition that serves as testament to what an incredible first year Big Wave Golden Ale has had on the mainland,” said Kona Brewing Company president Mattson Davis. “We’re proud of what our brewers have accomplished over the past two decades by creating a well-balanced brew with such bright hoppy flavor and aroma, and we’re stoked to see that the U.S. Open judges agreed on Big Wave’s sessionability.”
GGG Review: With an ABV of 4.4%, Big Wave Golden Ale is a standout in the emerging field of session beers that achieve high drinkability balanced with lower alcohol content so that multiple beers may be enjoyed over a session. Smooth and refreshing, this beer makes you feel like you are in Hawaii, easily scoring a GGG approval.
Kona Brewing Company was started in the spring of 1994 by father and son team Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa, who had a dream to create fresh, local island brews made with spirit, passion and quality. It is a Hawaii-born and Hawaii-based craft brewery that prides itself on brewing the freshest beer of exceptional quality, closest to market. This helps to minimize its carbon footprint by reducing shipping of raw materials, finished beer and wasteful packaging materials. The brewery is headquartered where it began, in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island.
GGG is part beer blog and I regularly receive samples from breweries seeking my opinion on their product. The fine folks at Kona Brewing Company shipped some Liquid Aloha to GGG. Samples did not sway these review results, opinions are my own.