It's February and it's hard to believe that March is almost upon us. Beer much like the department store is seasonal and because of that it can often surprise you with its prompt releases. Often what is looked to as a Winter release is in fact a Winter Ale released in October. Yep much like department stores, breweries are often releasing their equivalent of cargo shorts, in February.
Which is why we were bit aback when we heard that CBA (Craft Brewers Alliance) member Kona Brewing was releasing their Koko coconut-infused American-style Brown, in December. But hey, who says 'shorts' can't be worn in the Winter time. But enough bad comparisons and puns let's get to the beer.
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.
Beer Geek Information
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME:
PREMIUM 2-ROW, VICTORY, CARAPILIS, MUNICH, CHOCOLATE
CASCADE, WILLAMETTE, WARRIOR, MILLENNIUM
You Should Try This. Spring is still a month or two away but that doesn't stop Kona from reminding you with Koko Brown. Feeling like serving a side dish with your glass of Koko? Why not try some coconut milk rice with macadamia nuts.
Emerging from a 12 ounce bottle, Koko Brown is charred-oak brown with a definite clarity. Resting in the glass an initial inch and a half of foamy, head rests on top. Receding this cap of head produces islands of lace on the surface.
With strong notes of toasted coconut, toffee, and roasted nuttiness it’s easy to appreciate this beer.
Sipping you are reminded that this is after-all a Brown ale as notes of roasted, caramel malt, mix with minor citrus hops. Overall Koko Brown has a medium weight to it as it rests on the tongue and there is hardly any stickiness.
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