Stone / Robert & Ryan / Rip Current - R&R Coconut IPA
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American IPA
3.7 | pDev: 11.08%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Stone / Robert & Ryan / Rip Current - R&R Coconut IPAStone / Robert & Ryan / Rip Current - R&R Coconut IPA
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Photo of Trooper92292
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was honestly surprised by this beer. An IPA mixed with just the right amount of alcohol. The coconut was sweet but not too sweet and it helped balanced the bitterness level of this IPA. The coconut flavor reminded me of something you would taste in Almond Joy, it's sweet but acceptable. This is a really fun beer and I recommend it. I hope they rerelease it in the future.

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Photo of rand
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

Reviewed this 8/10/13 but most of my notes were deleted. Was able to save my score and notes that said the coconut was more of a novelty than adding dimension to the brew.

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Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- unfiltered honey. Slight head.

Aroma- mildly hoppy yet sweet.

Taste- A buttery and mellow IPA. Imagine the best qualities of Stone and Dogfish combined - with a mellow finish and a faint coconut hint in the aftertaste. I was skeptical about coconut as an adjunct but this works wonderfully.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 9/28/2013.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

R&R pours a hazy golden brown, topped with a decent layer of puffy foam. The aroma is quite fresh and fruity... one can really smell the coconut here! Otherwise there's a very big pine-like hop presence going on here. A few good sips reveal the fact that the beer has a good balance between malt and hop characteristics. The hops give off that "resinous" type of flavor. The finish is very crisp and it lingers nicely. I was a little disappointed that the coconut shines mostly in the aftertaste. Overall, I'm not sorry I purchased it, it was enjoyable, I just wish the coconut aspect was more pronounced.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber into a shaker. 2013 so it was past it’s best by date a bit.

A – Poured out a cloudy, hazy yellow with a full finger of foamy white head that stuck around and left small amounts of lacing.

S – Piney aroma with some grapefruit in the nose. No sign of the coconut in the small at all.

T – Good solid hop bitterness up front. Pretty much like a Stone IPA that I know and like. Nice citrus punch with grapefruit and orange. Sweet malts. Creamy flavor. No coconut discernable.

M – Smooth and creamy. Appropriate carbonation. Medium bodied.

O – Good solid IPA. I don’t know if the coconut disappeared as it was not drank by its best date bit still this is a tasty, creamy nice drinking IPA.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is transparent t golden Amber with a tight creamy head. Nose is aggressively bitter, citrus and grapefruit with some bready malt. Taste follows suit, a little less bitter and sweet, cleaner hop profile. Medium body and assertive carb, dry finish.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - a cloudy pour, a thick finger of dense, rocky foam. Lots of stick and lace, mmmm.

Aroma - grapefruit juice, slightly piny and some light orange. A hint of biscuity malt in the background.

Taste - malty underpinning, brief sweetness quickly washed away by pithy bitterness. Mango and grapefruit in the exhale breath, a challenge to pick out with the loads of bitterness in play. Green earthy notes mid-palate has me wondering if that is the coconut. The aftertaste and finish go a bit too medicinal for my tastes, but some lingering citrus notes offset it a little. Ends dry, a bit harsh, and at no time was I aware of any typical coconut flavor. Still, a hefty IPA worth a go for hopheads who like paying $7+ a bottle.

Mouthfeel - good and weighty, very fluffy with carbonation, fairly ideal for the style as IPAs should refresh and perk up the palate as the hops scrape 'er down.

Overall - with a more malty presence and some detectable coconut, this could be on my short list but I was disappointed on this one.

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Photo of bmwats
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Amber/golden hue. Lots of rising carbonation. Pours a 3 finger, frothy, white head. Settles very slowly, leaving behind dry, sticky residue as it does. Tons of dry sticky lacing.

S: Pine resin is prominent. A touch of coconut from the namesake is also available. A little soapy.

T: Light floral hop, with a bit of coconut.

M: Light body, very bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Huge head, lots of lacing. Nose is pine resiny with a bit of the coconut. Floral, bitter, and light hoppy goodness. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottling in bomber format poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy straw-colored body with a touch over a one-finger white head. The head dissipates relatively quickly but leaves a bit of lacing.

Tropical aroma immediately, but not necessarily coconut. More like mango and pineapple with a touch of maple syrup.

The flavor is very different than the aroma as a definite piney hop bitterness blends in prominently. The aforementioned aromas mix with a very light touch of coconut to balance the pine notes. Definitely a different tasting IPA.

Medium mouthfeel with prominent hop oil texture. Overall, this is different but not great in my book. But, that's OK with me since I like to see breweries try new stuff.

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Photo of CHickman
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very cloudy orange gold color with a foamy 2 finger off white head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly, leaving very good sticky lacing coating the sides, rings as it goes down and a foamy layer on top.

Smells of grapefruit, citrus hops, papaya, piney hops, orange, tea leaf, pepper and other spices, more citrus, light caramel, dry grass and what I guess is the coconut as there is another odor but it does not smell like sun-block or a fresh cracked open coconut – more toasted malt, but still hard to define. The hops smell good and this has the classic Stone hop nose for the most part.

Taste is pretty hoppy, but more complex with the toasted grain and coconut more pronounced along with malt, bread, rye or other spices mixing with the grapefruit, papaya, orange peel, citrus hops, lemon zest, piney hops, mint, tea leaf, pepper and other spices. Earthy dirt like notes come out after each swallow which to me tasted like cinnamon or vanilla, maybe a hint of caramel, and what seems like coffee grinds. The sweet flavors turn very bitter and almost ashy, before a little hint of citrus pops through again and trails off dry and bitter. It’s very odd because at times it’s like a Stone DIPA and then other sips taste like a medicinal home brew.

Mouthfeel is medium and almost chewy, with texture and average carbonation that turns sweet with citrus flavors before changing over to the bitter side with toasted grainy notes.

Overall it was a good IPA, not great though; the coconut listed was very minor and really just added toasted notes that were more smoky than fruity so maybe they were toasted coconut bits added; the aftertaste was like a pineapple which was a very pleasant and odd surprise considering the variation of flavors involved. Glad I tried it and I always support Stone’s experiments and collaborations, but I doubt I’d have this again. It did hide the ABV very well, but still a one and done for me.

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Photo of ykncornelius
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, for starters, am I the *only* person whose beer is not crystal clear? Every other review says this thing poured a dull clear yellow, and I ain't seeing anything like that. Strange.

I'll preface this with: I love coconut ANYTHING. Except beer. I had a coconut beer once and it tasted like somebody dissolved a tropical fruit jolly rancher in a Bud Lite. So 1) I had to buy this when I saw it on the shelf, but 2) I wasn't expecting much, actually.

Cloudy dark mustard yellow pour with a very thick foamy bright white head. Apparently this thing's been on the shelf for a hot minute, because the aromas aren't all that huge. I'm getting mostly peaches and lemon, but that acrid bite you whiff off an IPA isn't there.

Aaaand it's not there on the taste buds either. Was hoping for more bitterness, but I have to say I'm glad it's not. Everything about this beer is a surprise and I'm happy to roll with that theme. Toasty coconut malt flavors all over the place, especially as the beer warms. Some alcohol heat is there, too, which I imagine was previously masked by the hops. Very creamy mouthfeel, not much carbonation. Slips down like pudding.

I gotta say, I can't believe I'm saying this of a not-very-hoppy IPA with coconut...but it's fantastic. Perfectly balanced. Might have even been better without the long shelf life, so here's to hoping the store's got some younger bottles hidden in the back!

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Slightly hazy pale orange color with a lingering one-finger head
S: Obvious coconut and stone fruit with somewhat hidden hops & malt
T: Like the nose, coconut first and foremost (refreshing that a distinctively added component shines through rather than getting hidden in the mix), stone fruit, malt and lightly hops towards the finish
M: Medium-bodied, sweet from the fruit yet drying hops
O: Overall I like it more than most it appears. Certainly unique. It would go from good to great if the stone fruit were dialed back a bit and the hops came through more

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Photo of beagle75
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and occasional bubbles rise from a few locations in the column.

S: Mild tropical fruit and pine foliage that is even more reserved. There is also a spirituous, brandy-like quality that becomes more pronounced as the beer sits.

T: Begins dry, with wide-ranging fruity and floral hops aromatics that feature a mixed tropical character, as well as unexpected flavors like strawberry. Acidity is aggressive into the middle, where a distinct watery coconut thread emerges. The finish is arid and moderately bitter, with little of aromatic character from the early profile.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, scorchingly acidic and slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Stone has been busy rejuvenating their IPA lineup over the last few years with the addition of new recipes. It is not difficult to imagine how this beer might have benefited from the effort. Delicate coconut qualities are faithfully captured here, although perhaps too many other compromises had to be made in order to not lose the signature ingredient. New, groundbreaking IPAs or not, this beer is not quite up to the standards set (and obsessively adhered to) by Enjoy By.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes:
A- Yellow orange. Head retention is mediocre. Lots of lacing.
S- Tropical fruit, a bit of sweetness, and a bit of citrus hops. The coconut is mild on the nose.
T- This is a beer that is very different at different temperatures. When initially poured it seemed like a rather generic IPA, with a good bit of citrus hops and sugar, with minimal coconut. As it warms the coconut blooms a lot more, with tropical fruit. A much better beer as it warms.
M- Smoother than many IPAs. Finish is medium-long. Good carbonation level. Almost a bit slick.
O- A very good beer. I can see how some may not like it or be underwhelmed by it. As it warms, it really becomes a quality beer. Worth trying once, but at the price point I probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken 1st week of August 2013.

22 oz brown bomber with Stone screen printed label. Nice quality and colors are brilliant with a yellow and white with nice designs. Story on the collaboration graces the back in usual Stone style. Poured this into a stemmed Libbey Port style glass.

A - dark golden with shades of light orange and bright yellow. Eggshell white head pours nice and has some size to it. Leaves excellent lacing and stick.

S - fruity with aromas of orange, grapefruit, and peach. A little hop bite in the nose with a shot of coconut milk.

T - fruity hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, peach, and mango. Very hop forward without much of a malt profile. A little sweetness and a nice portion of hop spice. coconut notes aren't as highlighted in the flavor. Good ipa flavor overall, but I wanted more of the advertised coconut on the palate.

M - medium bodied and smooth. Possibly the intent for the coconut rather than coconut flavor. Great texture and thickness as always from Stone. Just a bit less balanced than I prefer. Still produces nice ipa flavors and quality. Semi dry finish.

O - I'm a bit let down with R&R. Not bc its not a solid ipa with good flavors, but because its labeled a Coconut IPA. I think I understand why coconut was used, but I was expecting the flavor to match up to its nose with a unique experience and it just didn't. An excellent brew don't get me wrong, but I went in thinking this would be one hell of a unique experience. I'd drink this again, but this is by no means a coconut ipa in terms of flavor. The coconut simply adds a bit of much needed smoothness due to its lack of malt backbone. Still a good 1 time experience though.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange colour, bit pale and a bit cloudy. Head is white, whispy, a bit boring like Gordon Brown. Can be revived with a gentle shake though, unlike Gordon Brown.

Smells a bit sweet, bit hoppy. Odd kind of meaty aroma, slight salt and smoke character but otherwise mostly tangy, acidic and bitter, with a sweet base. Alright.

Taste is pretty standard IPA fare. Malty upfront with peanut edge, touch of caramelisation. Hops on the mid-to-back, quite bitter with citrus, pine resin, some wood and even a mediciney note. Decent, but very pedestrian and distinctly lacking the coconut promised.

Smooth feel, bit of pull on the back, but not as much as expected.

Standard IPA. Drinkable but not showing me anything new or different. I think coconut works best in sweet beers/dark beers. Hops just dominate here.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker golden yellow with a fluffy white head of foam.

Nice fresh and toasted coconut aroma, but lacking much else. Smells very sweet, but has a light tropical aroma.

Slightly resinous, but the coconut definitely takes a front seat here. Though it leans heavy and lacks balance. Could use a heavier hand of hops.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, sweet, slightly cloying.

Overall, this is definitely a novelty beer and not one I'll be trying again.

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Photo of corby112
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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 JWU
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- A cloudy amber/orange with a fantastic off white head that clings all over the place.

S- big notes of orange and apricot with some mango in there as well. The coconut is in there, but if you didn't know this was a coconut IPA, I doubt you'd identify it.

T- Coconut is certainly there more in the taste, but is very much dominated by the hop bill. Orange, apricot, and red grapefruit abound. Grapefruit bitterness is a bit too pronounced.

S- Pretty dry. Medium bodied. The grapefruit bitterness is a bit metallic on the back end.

O- Exactly what I saw in other reviews. The bitterness of the hops is too pronounced, covering up the coconut. It's a good IPA, but could have been great.

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky medium copper with apricot hues and a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Bready, nutty, sweet caramel malt, resin, sharp citrus, skunky hops, and pine form the aroma. Coconut? Hello...Coconut? Not so much. Until it warms. Then, coconut barely surfaces.

Flavor reveals a sweet malt backbone, accompanied by herbal hops. The finish is bitter and resiny. There's a light nuttiness in the aftertaste that resembles coconut, but it's a stretch. The balance is sweet malt and resin.

Body is thick, rich, and smooth, with moderate to low carbonation, light astringency, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

A little harsh, and the coconut almost missed the boat, but a decent brew for the malt backbone, alone. Would I buy it again? No. The herbal hops and bitter finish don't jive with my palate. Touch too bitter for me.

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Photo of mevett89
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light amber with a thin white head. Pretty bubbles rising to the surface.

Aroma: pine and resin from the hops, with the faintest bit of coconut.

Taste: pine and resin bitterness from the hops, with the roasted coconut coming in a bit at the end, and especially in the aftertaste. The hops linger in the palate.

Mouthfeel: slick and smooth, form the coconut I presume. Medium bodied.

Overall: it's a good, solid IPA, but personally I wanted more coconut. I think I would prefer this if the hops were toned down to pale ale strength and the coconut were dialed up a notch, but to each their own. I would also prefer more citrusy hops, all I got were pine notes that didn't mesh as well with the coconut.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed orange color. Just about one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is a bit below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Foremost, this is an IPA. Herbal, earthy, and citrusy hops. The coconut is reasonably strong, but I think I'd like it more if the hops weren't obscuring it so much. That said, the earthy herbal hoppiness is nice. Light bready maltiness.

3.5 T: Moderate bitterness. Again primarily earthy and herbal hoppiness. It meshes pretty well with the coconut. Again bready malts.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

3.5 D: Pretty good, but IPAs don't impress me anymore unless they really get outside of the box.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed gold color with a large off-white head, fades quick and leaves little lace.

Nose is toasty malt, tons of piney-fruit hops and maybe a little toasted coconut, but that could be my imagination. Alcohol presence seems pretty pronounced for a 7%'er.

Taste is mostly hops and light malt, but there does seem to be an underlying briny-silk texture that reminds me of coconut. Mouthfeel is velvety, like coconut water. Its a good beer, I like it. Maybe a bit too overboard on various toasty/bitter flavors but otherwise tasty. Dont think it would quite warrant another purchase though.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This pours a light orange-amber color, with a small head. Aroma offers some sweet malt and citrus hops--maybe a very light coconut scent--not sure. The flavor is mostly hops, grassy and citrusy. Not much malt. And, frankly, I'm having trouble detecting any coconut flavor. Tastes like a generic pale ale to me. The body is nice and light for the strength.

Certainly not worth the $6.99 price tag. Could pass for any generic IPA.

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