Robert & Ryan / Rip Current / Stone R&R Coconut IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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1.76/5 rDev -52.2%
Raul imagines Tom Hanks being on an deserted island for ten years... a Bud Light then floats to shore, Tommy pops it, and takes a drink. Yeah, this beer is that nasty. This thang is one of the most repulsive beverages that Raul has ever had.
Run, my children. Run far far away.
08-07-2013 03:48:22 | More by RaulMondesi
2.45/5 rDev -33.4%
Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber. Freshness date is listed as "10/10/13."
Pours a very typical West Coast style IPA - amber, relatively clear, not too much carbonation, and a frothy, off-white head. In this case, the head retention is pretty low, reducing itself to a ring in the glass that lasts throughout consumption. Slightly viscous, but pretty standard. Doesn't bring anything new, and would not draw any suspicion that it contained coconut.
The aroma is a combination of faint citrus notes and... Something that, at least to me, resembles a degree of coconut. People everywhere appear to claim that this has none, but that is definitely not the case for me. I was raised in Brazil part of my life, where água de coco (coconut water) was an everyday affair for many people in Rio. Rather than impart the coconut texture many people here are more familiar with (milky, sweet), this far more resembles the coconut flavor I grew up with, which is tangy, musty, and slightly acidic. Unfortunately, this resembles borderline coconut rind flavors underneath the citrus and slightly sweet toffee malts. The result is a bit disconcerting. This is a fresh batch - why does it smell so stale and musty?
The flavor is far worse, resembling nothing but faint citrus and coconut skin rinds (or brine) all the way at the finish. I am astonished how little I enjoyed drinking this, especially because I am a fan of coconut. It resembles a cheapened piña colada in some ways, and in other ways in feels like someone spiked a half-decent IPA with coconut water. The hop profile here is pretty mild for Stone, and at least there's some decent creaminess with the carbonation and malty backbone. However, the musty coconut flavor became increasingly oppressive, and combined with a bizarre, raspy, grainy aftertaste, it was indeed a chore to finish all the way.
I've had enough great results with past Stone experiments that I've become comfortable buying just about anything they release with the full hope that it will be worthwhile. This was an enormous disappointment. Who knew that a coffee IPA would be more successful than a coconut variant? I feel sad giving this a bad score, but for many reasons listed above, I can't be generous here. Avoid, unless a hardcore fan of Stone's offerings.
08-21-2013 03:31:46 | More by magictacosinus
2.48/5 rDev -32.6%
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.
08-02-2013 05:10:00 | More by Beaver13
Robert & Ryan / Rip Current / Stone R&R Coconut IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,165 ratings.