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

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Robert & Ryan / Rip Current / Stone R&R Coconut IPARobert & Ryan / Rip Current / Stone R&R Coconut IPA

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very good

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 1,190
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 20
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: ESPNman on 07-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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?

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Awroight. 7.7% ABV confirmed. Self identifies as an "India Pale Ale Brewed and Flavored with Coconut." Reviewed as such. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with nice printed-on label art and branded pry-off cap acquired earlier tonight at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm just a biteen over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of beige colour. Above average thickness. Okay creaminess. Above average (~3.5+ minutes). Light weak lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear copper of average vibrance. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for the style. Not unique or special, but no overt flaws are immediately evident.

Sm: Floral hops, caramalt, clean pale malts, barley, mango, and grapefruit. I normally wouldn't notice any coconut (like if it wasn't blatant on the label), but when I really really search, I do find some light coconut shavings on the back-end; not at all an evocative note or even a pleasant one. They clearly didn't use enough coconut; it feels like a homebrew attempt at a coconut beer. When Kona does it better, you know you're amateur. Some apricot and peach. It's a biteen artificial, like some extract was used. That certainly contributes to the homebrew vibe. An above average strength aroma with no detectable yeast character or alcohol. Not impressive, but pleasant and inviting for what it is.

T: Hmm. Unwelcome tropical fruit hop esters (mango, apricot, tangerine, peach, melon, fruit punch) mix unfavorably with overdone caramalt and clean malts. Any coconut shavings/coconut milk notes are extremely light and get buried deep beneath the hop notes; talk about a lack of subtlety or respect for balance. They really missed the mark on the coconut. Some hop bitterness does leak out and goes untamed - not a pleasant note. Some candi-like sweetness; I might even suspect a dash of candi sugar was used. As it warms, it becomes evident too much caramalt was used. It's not gestalt, and feels haphazard. Floral hops. Not getting any oily, nectary, or juicy citrusy hops. Even the grapefruit is quite limited. It's just pretty meh all around. Its below average depth of flavour and flavour intensity certainly don't help it. Flavour duration is average. Little complexity or subtlety here, and careless balance. Poor layering. I'm not much of a fan.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Overhopped.

No blatant off-flavours are noticeable.

All things considered, as it warms I do grow to love the finish - which has the most coconut shavings/coconut milk. It's a nice refreshing end to an unremarkable flavour profile. Too bad the whole beer isn't as good as the finish.

Mf: Overcarbonated. Full-bodied but lacking in flavour. Weak and empty. Muted. Not oily, harsh, or gushed, but a bit biting. Strangely coarse and dry on the climax, tanking drinkability. Bad presence on the palate for the style. A bit too thick. Doesn't seem brewed with the flavour profile in mind; it hardly matches up. Not to style. Sticky.

Dr: Another forgettable brew from the most overrated brewery in brewing history. Pedestrian gimmicky mediocrity that doesn't warrant a second (or even a first) purchase. Doesn't hide its alcohol particularly well. Wouldn't recommend to friends. I'll finish this bottle, but I wouldn't want another (even if it were free). Okay drinkability. I like the concept, but the execution is poor. What little quality there is here I attribute to Ryan Reschan.

Really gets better as it warms - surprising for an IPA. I initially gave it a Low C-, but as it warms it develops into a Low C.

Low C

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/23/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, light honey, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, tangerine, pine, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors; and a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, crisp, sticky, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with a light-moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering, even though coconut notes were non-existent.

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a decent layer of white head. Color is a golden orange.

Flavor profile is coconut and tropical fruit. A fair amount of citrus. Pineapple, mango, orange flavors all present. Some floral hops. Has a touch of malt showing as well.

Mouthfeel: Kind of bitter, but not over the top. A little sticky. Medium bodied.

Overall, an enjoyable beer. I'd easily drink more of this. A little pricey out of the bottle, however. Glad I found it on tap.

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a matching Stone pint glass. Thanks to wishuwerebeer for the share. The brew pours a polished clear orange color with a slight yellowish fluff and solid retention. A spotty lace paints the glass as the cap fades. Overall a nice looking brew for sure.

The aroma contains citrus hops that are fruity yet also dank and grassy. The most faint hint of coconut aspect is almost perfume-like across the backend. For the most part this brew plays your typical fresh and juicy Stone IPA with a slight tropical modification.

The taste is bitter from the hopping with a flavor that is dank, grassy and resinous/oily in the feel with annherbal and rindy to pithy grapefruit flavor similar to chewing on said fruit. Hardly a grain presence is left which by all means is no fault.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a very nice brew but the advertised coconut is very much missing except faintly in the back of the nose. I would drink this again but really its hardly different from your standard Stone hoppy offering.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: caramel, orange, pineapples, and an earthy bitterness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, pineapple, grapefruit, some grassiness and earthiness, some woody hops and the coconut is barely noticeable. Alcohol is lightly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with a slight dryness late. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a nicely drinkable IPA, but the coconut focus is not really a big influence here. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a bright copper / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich god hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fruity hops up front, with guava, candied tangelo zest, lots of lychee, and then it has a soft green herbal edge to it, toasted pale grain notes that leans towards cracker like notes. This last toasted note is something though, upon further reflection, I actually thing this is brought out by the coconut, but it is very light and ephemeral, and more of a suggestion than an actual coconut note. A bit of hot alcohol becomes noticeable as the beer warms up significantly.

Dry, with lots of hoppy goodness up front, flavors of lychee, guava, kumquat zest, and tangerine zest consume the palate up front. The beer also has quite a bit of bitterness, and this lingers on the palate after a sip with a slightly astringent edge to it. The beer is actually quite bitter from beginning to end of each sip. This has a green, grassy, herbal character to it that lends a sharpness, not quite harshness to this beer, along with the bitterness. After some time I am starting to get a subtle, soft sense of the coconut towards the finish; it provides a toasted edge to things as well as a very soft, sort of oral-nasal, floral coconut like flavor that is just barely there. This flavor gets a bit more pervasive and noticeable throughout the flavor profile as the beer warms up, but it could still be easily missed; it even starts to pick up that vanilla like character that coconut has. The body is fairly light, but the astringency and bitterness keep this from being as quaffable as it could be.

This is a tasty IPA, but the coconut is merely a suggestion that would have no chance of being noticed in a blind tasting. In order to get some semblance of the coconut you need to let this warm up quite a bit.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

Real nice looking IPA, bronze shimmering body color and crystal clear with slow rising carbonation. The body is capped with and off tan supper soapy head, three fingers tall that just wont budge. It looks like a classic aggressive IPA.

Nose hits with large tropical warmth. Mango, guava, giant tropical rush with some juicy fresh blood orange. A good little hint of green herbal bitterness rounds it out. The brew is all hop forward, not sensing much coconut but there are no complaints here, as it is an aggressive but very enjoyable hop slamming brew for a bouquet

Palate brings the hop action. Huge oily sticky resiny presence that coats everywhere. Light toasty warmth. Lots of hop resin oils that stick out on the finish, taking away much of the fruity character that's present at first on the nose. Very bitter, almost borderline but still quite tolerable for feel. Malt presence is virtually nil, but finally as the brew warms there is coconut on the aftertaste and a hint of coconut cream.

The brew gets better as you drink it, and it's quite fun. Enjoyable take, seems like there's room for improvement, but not much needed.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I thought that using cumaru in an IPA was different enough, but Stone, Rip Current, and Robert/Ryan have decided that it would be a good idea use coconut in an IPA. It could go either way. I have 22 ounce to work on, so let's start the work. On to the beer:

The color is cadmium yellow orange and topped with over an inch of creamy head on top. Lots of creamy lace is left around the glass. The hop profile is pleasant and vibrant, bringing pine, grapefruit, orange, and lycee to the stage. There is a soft creamy note of coconut which breaks itself into the profile. We're on the right track.

The first two-thirds od the sip say quality IPA. Piney and grapefruit notes set the track off right. The final third is interrupted by the soft flesh of coconut. Now, I like coconut, and while it does make the beer finish a little different and still delivers a good beer experience, I'd rather have my IPA and coconut in different mouthfuls. The latter seems to damper some of the vibrancy of the former. A bit of the alcohol is noted, though it does stand at 7.7% ABV.

Actually quite good as it is. It's scary to believe that this IPA could only get better with the removal of the adjunct.

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

I beer I wanted to love, but just liked okay. Very bitter and earthy, which is fine by me, but then with a heavy, oily coconut note on top that sort of seems a bit like suntan lotion. After that oily burst fades, you get some more subtle coconut as the flavor fades, but the bitterness dominates the flavor, and conversely, the oily coconut distracts a bit from the sheer effusive bitterness of this IPA. I think, in this case, the bitterness needs to be much more subdued as does the coconut. Dialing both up to 11 detracts from both.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazed, orange-gold coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, white head that coats the surface for the duration. Aromas of roast, coconut oil, subtle caramel backbone, and a tropical fruit blend that is subtle and deep in the backbone. The nose leans more towards the rich and sweet. Flavors of darkly sweet coconut, both oil and flesh, with a subtle blend of tropical fruit, including mango and pineapple, and some very dark roasted notes. Hops also provide some resiny bitterness that builds slowly at the end of the palate. The body is smooth, with a slightly effervesced, drying finish. Rich coconut oil character in the aftertaste, with some resin and pine hops characteristics to balance. Very unique approach to this style of beer. Tasty, and I absolutely appreciate the use of real coconut flavors.

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Photo of corby112
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy, dark golden yellow color with golden banana hues when held to a  light source and a 1.5 finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Juicy tropical fruit aroma with citrus peel, light malts and dank, earthy hops.  Lots of mango and grapefruit and apple along with lemon peel, biscuit and resinous grass.  Coconut presence is subtle with kind of a tropical suntan lotion character in the nose.  The coconut is definitely present in the aroma but it doesn't dominate or overpower the other elements.

Medium body wih a blast of dank, earthy hops that linger over the sweetness and pale malt backbone into a very dry finish.  More earthy, bitter and resinous than expected with less of a tropical/citrus fruit presence than the nose suggests.  Nice dryness with lots of grassy pine needle and spruce tip along with some faint onion-y summit flavor.  Citrus sweetness with lemon and orangepeel notes along with faint grapefruit and papaya.   The malt backbone is slightly bready with biscuit and light fruit sweetness.  Again, the coconut is there but subtly integrated creating an odd tropical/tapioca/suntan lotion feel.  There's an odd, lingering aftertaste from coconut and this beer is somewhat boozy in the finish    The weird coconut aftertaste slightly crashes with the summit, citrus/tropical fruits and dank, earthy notes but it isn't overwhelming.  An interesting idea but the coconut doesn't really add anything.  It actually negatively affects what would have been a pretty decent IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coconut IPA...yeah. Not a combo I would have ever considered.

Clear amber colored beer with a tall white head. Quite close to a gold color a light shade of amber for certain.

Stone was involved so there are plentiful hops in this. STRONG hop aromas. Intense grapefruit and pine aromas. Cedar wood and malt syrup scents, amazing that you can detect the malt as a distinct component with this much aroma hops used. Vague aroma of coconut but I'm not completely sure, but it sure as hell has plenty of hops.

Starts out hoppy woody and bitter, strongly flavored to say the least. Strong tropical fruit flavors and strong tea. Intense passion fruit flavor. Coconut is detectable but is but a slight flavor, hops pretty much stomp it flat. Good IPA, adding coconut to it? I fail to see the use of them in an IPA.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall Good IPA, Coconut NOT much use in an IPA, save it for stouts and coffee beers.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a pleasant deep golden colour, with some hazing. Head is a little lacklustre, but forms a fine film of pure white across the top of the glass. Lacing forms in streaks. Body has a little gelatinous heft to it, and the carbonation swirls through it in fine intricate patterns. Looks pretty good.

Nose is decent enough, but it falters in that it neither has the coconut nor the hops in quite the quantities I thought it might. Instead, there's a smoothness to the sweetness, which is potentially attributable to whatever coconut addition there happened to be. There's a sharpness to it, but muted and a little bit washed out. It's good, but certainly not a lot more than that.

Taste is similar: perhaps a little cleaner and clearer, with a more direct, sharper hop character running through the centre of the palate to the back. But it still doesn't offer a lot beyond being a decent IPA. Finish has a clear sweet character like an overuse of crystal malt. Hmm.

Feel is clean with a smoothness to it. It's decent enough.

Overall, it's good, and I've probably been a bit unfairly harsh on it because it really didn't do anything beyond being a solid-IPA-that-happens-to-be-brewed-by-Stone. But there was promise behind the concept, and this didn't really deliver on that concept.

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Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 16 tons yesterday.

The beer pours an attractive orange, golden amber color, with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is all IPA goodness, as I pick up consider orange peel, light pine, and considerable grapefruit and orange citrus. Maybe there's some coconut in there as well, but if so, it's pretty subtle. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with the massive bitterness on the finish countering nicely the light tropical fruit and citrus I'm getting on the mid palate. There's some sweetness from the tropical fruit in this beer, but the finish is very dry and bitter, and so tending to balance and counter that sweetness very well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, hoppy, dry and bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though certainly you notice the nearly 8% abv. level.

Very nice beer, though I'm not sure I understand the point of the coconut. I got virtually nothing from the coconut on either the nose or the palate. Would still order it again though...

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2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear golden orange color with good carbonation presenting a nice white head. The head retention was pretty decent which yielded some small curtains of lacing

S: The nose is a bit sweet with a light tropical fruit nose from the hop bill not the coconut. Speaking of coconut...where are you?

T: A sweet bready malt backgound with a nice dash of tropical fruits provided by the hops. However, the flavor of this beer muddy and wonky if you ask me. The coconut is waaay in the background. Even then, its not like a fresh coconut. A bit sweet, hefty finish, a little bit of oil as well

M: Medium bodied, carbonated well to a little low for me.

O: Wont try or recommend. Turn up the coconut.

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Robert & Ryan / Rip Current / Stone R&R Coconut IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.