Robert & Ryan / Rip Current / Stone R&R Coconut IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 20
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ESPNman on 07-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A light copper colored beer with an orange hue and very good clarity. Produces a good head stand of compact off-white bubbles that leave fine ropes of lacing with excellent head retention.

S: Tropical fruit and citrus hops dominate at a medium-strong level bring aromas of sweet orange, melon and peach, under that there is some moderate coconut mixing in with the moderate caramel malt sweetness. The coconut aroma increases as the beer warms becoming dominate at about my serving temp for ales.

T: A strong hops bitterness and tropical fruit hops flavor dominate closely followed by coconut. There is a a light colored fruit flavor from the hops that brings flavors of melon, peach and nectarine. The malt brings a moderate malt sweetness but the balance is fairly strongly towards the bitter.

M: A creamy, medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: The coconut compliments the tropical fruit hops very well making for an usually but enjoyable beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass this beer was gold in color with a small white head. There was a little bit of lace.

Aroma of tropical fruit and grassy hops. Could not detect any coconut in the aroma.

A taste of Hawaiian Punch and mango. Some orange. The coconut showed up mid taste. A little bit of late hops.

Sweet, fruity mouthfeel.

Good try, it fell a little short.

Photo of Beaver13
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a medium bubbly white head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, some ripe tropical fruit (with light coconut) and floral hops with a bit of stink.

The flavor is sweet malts with a kind of chemical coconut flavor and bitter grassy hops that taste a bit charred in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, an interesting experiment but doesn't work for me. The coconut tastes fake and the doesn't work with the grassy floral hops. I much prefer their coffee IPA.

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label on the bottle listed the abv at 7.7%.

Appearance: The body has a cloudy appearance with a deep golden yellow color and a tight half inch white head on top. The head is slow fading and it makes lots of nice slick lacing on the glass as I drink and swirl the beer.

Smell: Its aroma hit me right from the opening of the bottle. It is full of big sweet juicy hops, which is just what I was expecting from a Stone IPA. I was unable to distinguish any noticeable coconut character from the big tropical fruit like hop notes.

Taste/Palate: Right up front there is a big hit of juicy hop character with notes of citrus and tropical fruit notes over a bed of light creamy malt and some bready yeast as well. The coconut flavor is mostly lost in the big hop notes but it does add to the overall character. This slowly fades into a more pine like hop presence that also brings lingering hop bitterness. The palate feels right on, not too light and not too heavy. Likewise the carbonation adds just enough lift to keep it lively.

Notes: Classic Stone hop forward IPA.

Photo of mverity
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light yellowy, hazey appearance with a good amount of pure white head. Lacing is spotty. The aroma is the only place I really get a good amount of coconut. Lots of sweetness in the nose. The taste is very much west coast IPA. Little malt sweetness, tons of hop character, and a touch of extra back sweetness from the coconut. Glad I bought this to try, but I wouldn't grab one again.

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber cost me $10 at Malt & Mold in NYC, enjoy by 10/10/13.

Pours lightly hazed amber, moderate head and then leaves well established and lasting fine sheeting.

Nose of tropical fruits. Some orange, some mango and some lime noted.

On the tongue I get more tropical fruits, some moderate spice, more lime and mild hot sauce, no coconut and a hoppy biting citric finish.

Delicious. But no coconut for me.

Went well with some aged Cabot clothbound cheddar

Photo of ElSid
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: 10/10/13

A: Golden amber with an ample off white foam with good retention.

S: Equal parts fruit and earth. The fruit is citrus with notes of pineapple. The coconut is subtle and milky.

T: Again the hops come through as citrus and flowers. There is also an earthy bitterness that springs off the bready malt foundation. There is a faint coconut milkiness that attempts to weave together the palate.

M: Classic medium IPA feel with a linger that coats the palate.

O: A creative idea but could actually use more intense coconut flavors and overall the palate is somewhat muddled. Overall uninteresting and an only slightly above average IPA.

Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Blaze Bar Harbor

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine hops and light coconut

Taste: pine hops and light coconut

Mouthfeel: sweet with a bitter back bone and a dry end, medium carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A decent IPA that I wish the coconut was more present in. Every now and then as the beer warmed I would get a good whiff, however it would be tastier if it was more balanced with the pine.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Alluring golden color. Foam is minimal and almost not present at all. Good clarity on this brew. The nose is straight forward as advertised. Primarily I'm getting the citrus hops but there is the lingering trace of coconut. The mouthfeel is a bit boozy and warm. That hop burst of flavor is intense. I'm not sure that the interplay of citrus hops and the coconut is working. The bitterness of the hops overwhelms the sweetness of the coconut and they are at odds with each other. I appreciate the daring, but this is a miss.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Just before its best buy date...

Pours out a hazy golden orange color, very nice full white to off white head, great retention and some really great looking thick, sticky lacing.

Dank, fruity, resiny, woody hops. Not much malt and zero coconut detectable. As it warms it becomes quite vegetal.

Big, sharply bitter hops. Lingers on your palate for awhile. Grapefruit rind, somewhat tropical fruity, hop resins, pine sap. Again no real malt, and definatly no coconut detectable.

A solid medium body, great hop bitterness.

A pretty good IPA, but a coconut IPA it is not.

Photo of ehammond1
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille

Unfortunately, this didn't turn out anything like the incredible homebrew example I tried. This is a fairly boring, somewhat bitter, IPA from Stone. Ruin 10, Enjoy By, Ruin, regular IPA, etc. etc. are all better than this. No coconut presence whatsoever. Really disappointed in this one. I'd rather drink a regular Stone IPA than search for the coconut in this that isn't there.

Photo of MattyG85
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle says enjoy by 10/10/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy later. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A ripe and juicy hop forward aroma with lots of citrus hints and some subtle coconut. Big scent of juicy citrus hops upfront with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, melon, and lemon. Spicy and dank hints of pine resin along with some grassy hops. The coconut is subtle compared to the hops but noticeable. Sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, grains, crackers, and yeast. Very hop forward. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very hop forward West Coast style taste with big hop notes and subtle coconut. Big upfront taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, tangerine, melon, pineapple, and lemon zest. Good notes of spicy pine resin and some grassy hops. The coconut is very subtle and mostly hidden by the hops but comes through a little better as the beer warms. Decent backing malt presence with notes of sweet caramel, grains, yeast, and crackers. A very good hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and drying. Slightly oily and fairly bitter.

Overall: A pretty good beer as a straight up West Coast IPA. Good citrus fruit flavors and pine. Coconut could of been considerable stronger.

Photo of far333
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw yellow colored with a hint of orange. An off-white head of bubbly foam settles out quickly. Aroma of grapefruit and orange rind. Flavors of sharp citrus hops, lots of grapefruit rind and piney notes. I wouldn't know there was any coconut in this if you didn't tell me. Full mouthfeel, tingly finish, perhaps gets some fullness from coconut oil? Good beer, but where's the coconut?

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (thanks Brandon) served in a pint glass.
Looks like an average IPA, although when the head dies down to a thin topcoat, this coat lasts.
Smells great, although much more citrus than coconut. The coconut is quite subtle. Nice sweet/bitter balance, with a fairly strong sweet note up front, and a mild bitterness by the end.

Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an opaque orange/amber with thin ring of head that left little lacing. It looks quite nice, though I'd like for a bit more head. Scents of pine, citrus, tropical fruit and slight malt and very, very, very slight coconut. A good scent, quite fitting for an IPA, with just enough coconut in there to make it unique. Flavor is hop forward, with a big hit of grapefruit rind, grapefruit, pine, slight floral hops, slight tropical fruit, with a good level of hop bitterness all laid over a backbone of pale and caramel malt. The coconut is very slight in the background and in the background of the aftertaste. A good flavor, though the coconut is minimal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly oily, but rather crisp as well, with moderate carbonation. A good mouthfeel, very easy to drink, quite pleasant. Overall it's a good IPA. It has the nice West Coast IPA profile I love, and just enough of a hint of coconut to make it slightly different. It could do with more coconut, but Stone had trouble finding enough coconuts for a price that wasn't ridiculous so I won't fault them that. It's still an excellent West Coast IPA and well worth trying.

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This IPA is a bright but thick amber, dark yellow where the glass is thinner, and quite hazy. I've seen people say it's clear, but I can't see through mine. The head, very close to white, is a full finger after it's fallen. It's nice and frothy, thick and chewy-looking, at it immediately leaves heavy lacing where it's dropped from. At that point, it continues to leave heavy patching.
There are nice tropical notes on the nose, mostly what I was hoping for but not quite as bright and juicy as I'd heard.That may be because some pine resin and pith cut through it, but there is some juicy mango and papaya going on along with some grapefruit. Dry breads and caramel from malts are just enough to support the hops.
While the tropical juiciness is evident on the tip of the tongue, the pine and grapefruit peel come through stronger at the back of it. Sweetness backs off very quickly. Coconut is barely an afterthought, which is the most disappointing thing in what's essentially a good IPA. Just in the finish, and nowhere else, that coconut milk and something like whipped cream, texture included, tease what could have been.
Crispness is up front and makes up the strongest element of the feel in this medium-bodied brew, though it has a certain fluffiness that lends itself to an aspect of smoothness. The same feeling of filmy residue I get from whipped cream is on the roof of my mouth, though not strongly. It's unexpected and very unusual, though it's not enough to detract much.

Photo of Reappropriated
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a good beer, but I usually enjoy the Stone Collaborations more than this one.

Overall this is a solid IPA, but nothing more than that. There is very little if any hint of the coconut, which for a coconut IPA is a bit of a problem. Just about every other IPA that Stone makes is better (and cheaper) than this beer.

Appearance: The pour from a 22oz bottle is good, a nice golden color, with small to average head and slight lacing.

Smell: Somewhat tropical, hops, overall pleasant with a hint of something earthy that is hard to completely put your finger on.

Taste: Lots of hops up front, with a little citrus underneath, but not much more than that. I was really expecting the coconut to come in at the end, but in the fight between the hops and the coconut, the hops won in a complete knockout, creating my main complaint with the beer.

Overall it was enjoyable, but nothing special and nothing that is going to make me buy another bottle. If you want an IPA go with just about any of the others Stone makes, I prefer them and they are cheaper.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a clear, pure copper color with a white, near 2 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thin but consistent layer of suds across the surface. Very little in terms of lacing.

Smell - Lots of tropical notes on the nose; pineapple, mango and orange, with touches of grapefruit and pine. The coconut is there, but after the beer has warmed, and it's still fairly buried beneath the dominant hop presence.

Taste - Follows the nose to an extent. Lots of hop bite. Grapefruit and pine bite with subtle notes of pineapple. Coconut doesn't come through until the beer warms, and strengthens to a moderate level as the beer approaches room temp. Once warmed, the coconut hits mid-taste and holds up the back end quite well.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. A bit abrassive upfront, but smooths out to a slick, almost creamy finish.

Overall - If you're looking for a coconut heavy beer, look elsewhere. This is an IPA with a bit of coconut added for balance. It works... but for the price, I'd pass on buying it again.

Photo of greenmtn1111
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass chalice.

Crystal clear orange-amber with large, sudsy white head. Great tropical fruit on the nose – grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and maybe just the slight milkiness of a coconut, or perhaps that’s just the power of suggestion. Taste is nice and bitter, super tropical like the aroma with grapefruit and other citrus. I can barely make out any coconut - it’s really difficult to detect...where is it? Mouthfeel is wonderfully thick and creamy for an IPA…if only it had more coconut. You can tell that there is something else going on besides the hops, but if I had tasted it blind there’s no way I could have identified coconut. Where's the coconut!!?? This stands on its own very nicely as regular IPA, however my expectations were raised by the name and description and I was subsequently let down. I want coconut dammit!!!

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into pint glass. The first pint had a sharp hop taste that didn't allow me to taste any of the tropical fruits or coconut. The second pint poured a bit warmer which probably helped. By the end of the second pint I could actually taste the tropical flavors. I would recommend drinking it a bit warmer than your normal IPA to bring forward the flavors.

Overally I'm glad I tried it, but won't be buying it again.

Photo of alphagnome
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

pours incredibly clear! Bronze in color and crowned by a think and airy, off-white head that hangs around for awhile. Mild carbonation is visible.

Pungent hops fill the nostrils up front, followed by nice (but subtle) roasted coconuts, mango and pineapple closes the aroma. Your sense of smell will dance as this one bounces back and forth between bitter to sweet is.

Taking a sip, you are greeted by a blast of bitterness. Hop city! The taste is very grassy with faint hints of melon. Unfortunately, there is a lot left to be desired here. The aftertaste presents itself with a fair amount of tropical fruit and a faint reminded that coconut was used in brewing. Considering coconut was the main selling point for me, I would like more presence. I also think a bit more malt for balance would do this one wonders.

Incredibly dry from start to finish. Mild carbonation.

I like the idea here and think this could be a solid brew, unfortunately as it is, there is not enough here to make me want to run and get another.

Photo of secondtooth
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber, minimal head and only a wee trace of lace in official Stone glassware.

Aroma typically pine hoppy rather than coconut-oriented.

Taste strong on the ipa tip, with bitter grapefruit dominating. Again, coconut is subtle under the palate.

Solid ipa with a hint of something different.

Photo of Roguer
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2 1/2 finger, long lasting, solid white head, with nice lacing. Retention is ridiculous. Brew pours a nearly transparent coppery gold, with tons of lively carbonation.

Very little scent, and it's typical IPA: slight citrus, a hint of caramel and biscuit malts, slight floral note. Very subdued.

Big malt profile, against very nice hops: pine, a balance of citrus and tropical fruit. The hop profile is more of a complex, blended hoppiness than the individual flavors. Extremely well balanced.

Medium light feel; tiny carbonation sting; alcohol flavor blends with a dry peel hoppiness when you give it some time in your mouth. Slightly oily and clingy, very refreshing.

This is a very solid IPA, with the character and strength of a DIPA (the ABV kind of hangs out in the middle). It's very drinkable; it's not just for pure hop-heads. As to the oft-discussed coconut, I'm not really getting much; a brief, refreshing blast against my palate that blends in with the typical IPA mouthfeel. It's not what I would call a "coconut-flavored IPA," but that's probably a good thing.

That said, if you're looking for a gimmick, this really isn't it; it's a very solid, extremely drinkable IPA, but it shouldn't be worth paying a premium price.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber into a Heady Topper stemless snifter.

Pours a 1 finger rich, white head with good retention. Beer is a clear copper. Lacing is thick and layered and spotty with great stick. Very nice looking beer.

Nose is coconut flesh, citrus, sap resin hop bitterness and cane sugar sweetness. Good balance. Moderately aromatic. Solid.

Opens sap hop bitterness. Some caramel, coarse brown sugar, citrus, and a biting hop presence in the middle. End is a slight bitter coconut skin at the end. Finishes resin and bitter with more of the same in the aftertaste. No real coconut flavor at all here. Not bad but certainly a bit disappointing.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and crisp in the mouth and goes down filmy and sticky. Finishes messy with a long, lingering aftertaste. Ok.

There was a fair amount of hype for this brew and honestly, it really doesn't live up to it. Just a regular IPA from Stone with almost no coconut presence. Skip this one.

Photo of RickS95
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a clearish golden orange. It's the color of a nectarine. No haze. The head is bright white, somewhat creamy looking, and along the lines of what an IPA head should look like as it's kind of craterous. Nice thin lace.

The smell is unique. Where pine is a dominant smell in lots of IPAs, here the pine is there, but completely overwhelmed by citrus fruits. The smell rivals suntan lotion, only the coconut isn't as prevalent. Apricots, pineapple, grapefruit and coconut.

Both the malt and hop bill are clear in the taste. Pale and pilsner malts are evident throughout. In midsip the hops shine with their citrus notes. The coconut is noticeable only near the finish, and it sticks with you.

It's pretty creamy for an IPA. The bitterness starts early, takes a break, then finishes strong. There's a sweetness at the start of the swallow, but then the bitterness kicks in, along with the roastiness of the coconut. The bitter, grainy, roasty nuts lingers til the next swig.

Overall, it's a good IPA, but different than anything I've had before. The coconut was a new experience. There's a lot of IBUs in this beer, but it's tempered with the malt and roasty coconut. It's still bitter, but it's fairly easy to drink and there's no real alcohol presence depsite being anything but a sipper.

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Robert & Ryan / Rip Current / Stone R&R Coconut IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,190 ratings.