Robert & Ryan / Rip Current / Stone R&R Coconut IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.36/5 rDev -8.7%
Enjoy by 10/10/13.
Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, herbal hop, and very fleeting coconut flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer but the coconut presence in the bottled version is somehow even more subdued than the small sample I had on tap, even after I let it warm up for a while.
08-08-2013 04:19:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.01/5 rDev +9%
Ok, a guy said this. And a company said that, and a group came from this angle- and all of a sudden a beer emerges. And because of the groups involved, the beer has to be spectacular- right? It turns out the collaboration beers have reached their apex and the beer that result from them are only "good". This is a great example of that.
As the R&R Coconut IPA pours, it looks much like all of Stone's other IPA's- its bright gold and crystal clear and well capped with white foam and predictable lacing patterns that denote each sip taken. Its a classic and ideal IPA appearance.
Strong aromas of grapefruit, oranges and pine really hit home with all of those classic hop aromas that got the whole microbrewery thing started for the U.S. Baked by the most supple of malt aromas- the scent of light caramel and bread crust support the hoppy scent without any attempt to rival it.
To taste, its the same grapefruit, citrus and tropical fruit flavor that is promised from its scent. And the short-lived sweetness adds a caramel and honeyed taste to the early palate. But once the sweetness fades, a slightly toasted character emerges and takes the shape of whipping cream, vanilla, caramel, light oak and coconut. Yea, these attributes are soft and subtle but they are all there- I wish they made a more prominent impact- but alas, it's only a well made IPA. Bitter in its finish, a citrus taste trails with notes of toasted coconut if you look hard enough.
Big on resinous dryness, the ale first puts to bed its arid creaminess from early sweetness and big carbonation. The ale quickly throws all that aside and favors a toasty-dry finish with pine resins and minty alcohol warmth.
Getting serious about the beer- its a well-built IPA. But if the bottle hadn't told me about the coconut additions, I would have chalked that minor complexity up to elegant malt influences. But because of the regal nature of stone and their promise of "coconut" flavor, this ale leaves my palate completely underwhelmed.
08-19-2013 05:21:50 | More by BEERchitect
3.79/5 rDev +3%
A: thin head with poor retention on a slightly hazy mixed golden and burnt orange with slight copper hue body.
S: pine resin, tart citrus, mostly grapefruit, grass, bready malts
T: grapefruit tartness, especially in the finish, pine resin, soapy, grassy and earthy hops. Caramel malts in the base that dont provide much to flavor. If the coconut is their its late in the finish. I definitely wouldnt have picked it out if not prompted by the label.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: The base IPA isnt terrible, certainly not up to Stone standards but anywhere else it would be good. Where is the coconut?
08-24-2013 01:16:03 | More by kylehay2004
3.3/5 rDev -10.3%
22 ounce bottle - $7.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a bright, clear, yellow-orange body with a hefty, foaming, whitish head. Moderate lacing.
Smell: Pale malts, bready, a bit cookie-hinting before the stronger, more fragrant hops hit the nose -- fresh flowers, citrus fruits, mango. The coconut addition remains rather delicate, timid even.
Taste: Lightly bready pale malts with a touch of sugar cookie to it, though, don't get me wrong, there's very little sweetness present. Floral, lemony hops, also a bit of additional tropical fruit, even some apricot. Brightly bitter throughout. The coconut remains regrettably subtle. A little toastiness and coconut peeks through on the dry, bitter, acidic finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slightly oily on the tongue.
Overall: Pass. I was left wanting more coconut flavor as very little showed up in the final product, at least for me.
08-10-2013 22:18:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
This has the standard hearty flavor profile that a Stone IPA, or something along those lines, normally would. The coconut seems to add a somewhat subtle character to things. It isn’t very firm or showy at all. The hops that are clearly generously used give a slightly strong pine character. Very smooth feel. A well made beer. I don’t think the coconut really shows as much as people might want it to. But overall, the beer is nice.
10-02-2013 05:20:12 | More by RblWthACoz
3.59/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, orange body. The foam settles quickly and leaves decent lace. Sweaty pine hops with a touch of sweet malt. A moderately malty body up front with some bitterness and grapefruit in the middle. Finishes with soapy bitterness and just a touch of coconut in the finish. Not particularly good, the coconut isn't prominent enough and the base beer is kind of lackluster.
08-24-2013 01:11:56 | More by nickfl
4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
I picked this up at R& L Liquors in Lewes, DE, enjoyed from a Dogfish IPA glass chilled.
The color is medium golden with moderate haziness with 2 finger white cap which has good retention with very fine bead and ringlets of lace collect. The smell is very tropical with mango, pineapple and tangerine with a light floral accent and mild sweet malt ester. The feel is great with a moderately high bitterness level with light resinous feel and moderately high carbonation with mild sweetness and light astringency with a mostly dry semi-strong finish.
The taste is tangy and fruity with mild acidity and juicy hop flavors with some hints of pineapple, grapefruit and mango with a nice light coconut taste in the finish with subtle nutty accent blending well with the spice and pina-colad type tinge of hops mixed with coconut. I realize when you put coconut on the label it is expcected in the taste, and it is there but you really have to search for it...I held it in my mouth for a minute and detected some in the swallow and it is enjoyable as an IPA so it still works in that regard. I found this to be a top notch beer based on the style and the coconut was just an added bonus to the array of tropical and citrus hop flavors which are very fresh and fruity with a decent amount of bitterness to make this a very drinkable collaboration- I recommend it as long as you aren't expecting coconut to be the primary flavor
08-20-2013 23:39:55 | More by Slatetank
3.68/5 rDev 0%
These guys continue to try new things and innovate well. Often the beers are so-so, but sometimes they strike gold. Either way I love that a brewery this big and this established is still pushing the envelope. I really hope this is great.
Pours a nice bubbly flufy 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace with nice soapy lacing, mostly clear honey tan golden brown color.
Nose brings the nice hops out first, a bit spicy but quite floral, bit grassy, nice citrus, bit of a tangerine aroma with hints of stone fruit too like peach and apricot, hint of coconut water, under that brings some sweet candy malts with light caramel and toffee, with that comes the candied orange peel hop aroma, light resin, and just a touch of pine. Bit of a fruitiness too, I think from the yeast, it has a very Stone like aroma.
Taste is similar, starting with the sweet malts though, bit of caramel and toffee, candy flavored malts, again bringing the light candied orange peel flavor. Then into hops, they come on spicy and chewy at first, a little earthy and bit of pine, even a bit woodsy like, before light waves of fruit, some citrus first with a little candied orange peel, touch of generic citrus fruit and stone fruit combination, and mild tropical fruit. There is a touch of a coconut creamy milk flavor in the back but barely detectable over the big hops and malts. The bitterness cuts through with a big IPA bitterness. Finish is very bitter as it dries, almost astringent bitter as the sweet candy malts that balanced the bitterness before disappear on the finish, lingering earthy chewy and very spicy hops, a little grassy and pine as well, just a touch of citrus, the hint of coconut is gone except for light coconut milk memories here and there on the tongue.
Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice carb.
Overall for a Stone IPA its pretty nice, like a slightly milder version of Arrogant Bastard, and this is quite Stone like in all aspects. However, the lack of real coconut is a little disappointing, I was hoping for quite a bit of coconut, and tropical fruit hops to blend with it, but the hint of coconut is drowned by the big sweet malts and huge bitter hops. Oh well. Maybe they will refine it and change it a bit.
08-17-2013 18:39:18 | More by jlindros
Robert & Ryan / Rip Current / Stone R&R Coconut IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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