Robert & Ryan / Rip Current / Stone R&R Coconut IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev +6%
Stone emblazened 22 oz. bomber served up into a globe glass. First thing I notice is that this brew has the same ABV as Ruination, we'll see if that commonality arises again.
Pours is clear and deep golden in color, perhaps a hint of amber in there. Pillowy off white cap drops off some lace as a light boil emanats from the bottom of the glass. Retenion is decent but not overwhelming by any means. And since when is a 4.0 'Outstanding'? Don't change for you and don't change a thing, for me.
Aroma is hop forward with citrus and tropical notes, some dried fruit and is rounded out but a faint coconut creamy nature which seems to confuse the nose on a long inhalation. A fresh breath resurrects the hops to creamy cycle.
Flavor is smooth with a neutral malt base and a firm coconut flavor from mid palate on through the finish with a lingering close. Coconut is much more pronounced than expected after reading a few earlier reviews. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy and belies the the heft of the ABV. Nice level of carbonation which doesn't drown out the coconut creaminess. Finish is dry and somewhat chalky with a notable coconut presence, yet without a strong bitterness. It seems the coconut balances that out if this brew truly sports 90 IBU's.
Easy drinking 7.70% IPA, at least for one bottle that is. Lacks the harsh bitterness of the aforementioned Ruination and adds some unique flavors.
08-04-2013 00:19:16 | More by HalfFull
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
08-03-2013 03:55:58 | More by ElSid
2.83/5 rDev -23.1%
22oz bottle, think it was $7.99. Bright orange color, great head, looks nice. Aroma is sort of underwhelming, not much hoppiness, tropical fruit or really much of anything, it is very muddled. Flavor is a let down, there is a strong alcohol component that overpowers the beer and I'll be damned if I did not taste coconut at all. A very mediocre IPA with just a lot of astringency. I was hoping for another good west coast IPA from Stone but this is not it.
08-03-2013 03:23:06 | More by ArrogantB
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
3.38/5 rDev -8.2%
Enjoy by date is 10/10/13. Pours a medium amber. It's quite clear, filtered. Medium to large bone white head. Good amount of lacing and solid retention. Objetively, the appearance deserves high marks for technical merit, but it seems a bit slick and lifeless to me. I don't really care, but it would be kinda fun if a coconut IPA looked sorta creamy or something. The aroma is big on tropical hops and stone fruit. Lots of mango and peaches. Fairly floral, as well. However, it's a bit dull. I'm drinking this a day after it showed up in my city, and it's just not as bright as I'd like. Also, there's pretty much zero noticeable coconut aroma. I think I can pick out a mild note, but it could be all perception bias. There's also some crystal malt sweetness, just a touch to me for me, though I'm not sure I'd feel that way with a better hop aroma. The taste starts out fairly sweet with more of that simple crystal malt-tinged sugariness. Then, I get an initial burst of the tropical fruit hop flavor, until a wave of bland bitterness washes things out. It's not all that bitter, but the bitterness just isn't accompanied by much flavor. The finish has a bit more coconut, but it's hiding underneath more meh grapefruit rind bitterness. Carbonation is pretty standard, maybe a bit prickly for a strong IPA. Some hop oiliness and a bit too much weight from the malt. This was fairly disappointing. It's not a bad IPA, but Stone can do better, particularly with the hop brightness/juiciness. More importantly, the coconut is far too mild. I suspect that this beer didn't translate well to a larger system because I heard some rave reviews off of early bottles from the collaborating homebrewers.
08-02-2013 05:04:32 | More by popery
Robert & Ryan / Rip Current / Stone R&R Coconut IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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