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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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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ESPNman on 07-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous bright orange color with sticky white head and good clarity. Huge tropical fruit bouquet. Toasted coconut, pineapple, bright melons, papaya and mango, really like a tropical fruit salad on the nose. Touch of sweet hop resin along with some caramel and sweet malts.

Wow. I hate stone as a company, they're a real pain to deal with but this a super fabulous brew. All the tropical fruit flavors explode on the tip of the tongue, an underlying sweet sticky caramel body carries the flavors across the tongue. An bright yet not overpowering explosion of toasted coconut mix in with the flavors right before you swallow. Hop bitterness is big and cuts sweetness for a nice dry and refreshing finish. One of the all time best beers I've ever had. Bit fruitiness, subtle sweetness, big hoppy bitterness, and a dry finish, makes for quite the refreshing summertime brew. The only problem is how limited it is. Full bodied with good carbonation. I love this beer.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.64/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice clean light orange-yellow pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head leaving behind excellent amounts of sticky lacing. This smells phenomenal. Tons of floral, pineapple, mango, pine, you do get a tiny hint of sweet coconut tropical scent. Citrusy sweet aroma with a nice caramel grain scent.
The flavor is hop forward with pine and citrus notes, then when the grain bill kicks in you get a bready and caramel hint followed by a subtle coconut flavor.. Then you get a nice lingerig bitterness.
Lighter medium body, nicely carbonated.
This is a fantastic ipa. The coconut mixes very well with the tropical and citrus notes brought in by the hops. Glad I got a bottle of this while they were around.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by date of September 23rd. Drank August 28th.

Poured from 22oz bottle into an IPA glass.

A - Orange/amber color. Clear/no sediment. Distinct lines of carbonation. Modest head. Beautiful lacing as on the sides of the glass as the beer was consumed.

S - Very nice. Pine, citrus, tropical fruit, and then some grapefruit rind as the beer warmed.

T - Initial impressions are citrus, toasted malts, and a slight hint of tropical flavors and coconut. Strong, yet pleasant dose of hops. Bitterness lasts long after the beer is swallowed, much like a Ruination. As the beer warms, the alcohol starts to become more noticeable, but in a pleasant way, as well as a stronger grapefruit rind flavor.

M - Very nice. Crisp yet not to dry. Carbonation well balanced. Slightly foams in your mouth.

O - Love this beer. Reminds me of Ruination with a slightly different twist. At the time of this review, the beer scored an 84 with <600 reviews. I assume that it has received a lower review because buyers expected more coconut. While I agree that the coconut was not a dominant player in the flavor of the beer, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Bottom line: if it did not have the word "coconut" in the title, I expect the score would have been higher. This is a wonderful beer and I hope to see more of it in the future.

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Photo of Hendry
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clear as a bell amber, lively carbonation, 1 finger of ecru head, plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly muted and a subtle mix of hops, toasted coconut & shortbread.

Taste is hop forward with grapefruit & tangerine,and just enough of a hint of the toasted coconut to let you know it is there,shortbread cookies rounding out the flavors.Starts out a tad sweet, but the aftertaste is bitter and drying, and to me when the toasted coconut seems the most prominent (about 1 minute after the swallow).

Mouthfeel is light medium and really pleasant, perfectly carbonated.

Rock solid off center IPA that deserves higher ratings: it seems many are expecting a more intense coconut infusion, but I found it a subtle and interesting change of pace.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

220z bottle poured into a globe. Enjoy by date clearly printed as '10/10/13'.

A: Pure golden in color. Great clarity. The creamy, bone white head retains well and leaves a patchwork of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Very tropical on the nose. Starfruit, peach, nectarine, pineapple, and even some melon. Soft earthy/pine aroma too. Tropical esters further enhance the exotic nose. Milky, toasty coconut starts to waft enticingly from the glass once you start to immerse yourself into the nose. Hints of shortbread and biscuit from the malts.

T: Pineapple and starfruit up front. Milky coconut comes forward shortly thereafter. In sort of an inexplicable way, the strong piney, resinous, and dank bitterness provides an excellent contrast that works amazingly well with the milky coconut flavors. More tropical hop flavors come in waves. Plenty of peach and nectarine, some sugary lemon. At times the coconut shows a slight toasted quality that compliments the toasted/shortbread malt base very nicely. Finished with a strong lingering oily and herbal bitterness and fleeting notes of coconut.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy with an airy, 'whipped' sort of texture. Modest prickling carbonation. Insanely smooth.

O: R&R shows flawless balance, much like an expertly crafted cocktail. It's dangerously drinkable, and a complete delight to the senses. It really does evoke a sense of tropical paradise. Jimmy Buffet should write a song about this beer. This needs to at least see an annual summer release, if not more.

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Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coconut be damned, I can't tell if it's there or not. If it's there, it's playing a solid background role. If you ignore the lack of coconut, this is a very tasty IPA that's surely up there with some of the other IPAs Stone's been putting out recently. Big, bitter, and brash, another riff on the recipe Enjoy By and RuinTen have been messing with. Tropical fruits are the emphasis on this one, and it's great.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A big grassy, citrus, lemon nose. Very little hint of coconut. Wonderful apricot and peach, medium bitterness, lemons, oranges. The coconut is comes through faintly in the finish. Expected more harsh bitterness in the Stone tradition, but was pleased to find the bitterness never rose above the mid-taste level. A bit sticky on the palate. Wonderful. Nice warming finish besides. An outstanding IPA. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.4/5  rDev +17%
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 Oakenator
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an amber brown with ample head. Retains a nice film on top and spotted lacing.

S: Hops, grass, hint of coconut.

T: Bitter from front to back with a great hop backbone. Subtle coconut flavor present somewhere in the middle to back, but subtle - if I didn't know it was in there it would be hard to find.

M: Usual nice feel from this Stone brew - good pop on the tongue, somewhat light, yet having lots of nice hop flavor.

O: Great brew but subtle on the extra flavors.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber in color with a 1 finger off white head that has great retention.

This beer has some awesome aromas, some piney and tropical hops hit the nose first followed by a deep coconut richness and a nice butterscotch malt sweetness

Taste has a large amount of hoppy bitterness. Some pine and tropical fruit pull into the taste alongside a creamy coconut sweetness. Malt is grainy in taste. No one ingredient overpowers by any means and it has great balance.

Mouthfeel has high carbonation and a light refreshing body. There is also a soft rich creamy feel from the coconut and a good amount of hop resin.

Overall this is a great ipa that has some awesome complexity.

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Photo of TomTown
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap into a Cuvee des Jacobins tulip.

Appearance - Beautifully clear copper color with 1/2 inch white head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass as I sip on it.

Smell - Wonderful nose of pine, tropical fruit, and the slightest hint of coconut. As others have said, just enough coconut to adjust the nose a tad but it melds really well with the tropical character so you don't notice a slap in the face like in the Dayman IPA.

Taste - Very crisp with slight citrus sweetness. Coconut is more apparent in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light and dry. I definitely appreciate this in a west coast IPA, especially in the summer.

Overall - Very well executed albeit light in the coconut. The coconut is definitely apparent and if I have the choice in too much or too little of a fruit flavor in a beer, I definitely prefer the tastefulness of the subtlety in the coconut. Great beer.

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Photo of Sunn
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really, really hate the texture of coconuts. I do however, like the taste of them quite a bit, so I was excited to give this beer a shot.

Smells like a typical west coast IPA. Lots of floral, piney, and tropical aromas. Very pleasant, but the coconut's pretty much non-existent in the nose for me.

This beer seems to be getting a lot of flack because of the lack of coconut in the aroma and taste, and understandably so. I started drinking this beer very cold and noticed absolutely no coconut flavors at all. It was basically an above average IPA. I let it warm up a bit and that was when the coconut became more prominent. Was it full-blown coconut? Absolutely not. A coconut sweetness finally lurked into the mix to balance out the bitterness and compliment the tropical flavors extremely well.

If they jacked up the coconut flavors this beer could have been a really unique and incredible beer. The lack of coconut, though, just makes it another solid IPA from Stone.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bomber picked up at Greens, Buford Hwy

A - Light yellow pilsnerish color, with clarity, with an inch of head, and nice sticky lace left on the glass

S - Piny hops, and lots of them. ...definitely...a STONE IPA

T - Tastes alot like the normal Stone IPA, but not quite as bitter. Same hop profile for sure. Piny hops. Yum!

M - Medium bodied, well balanced

O - Well, its Stone, and its an IPA. They know how to do it.... Love it

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Very transparent, deep golden colored body with a foamy white head. Some carbonation bubbles rise to the top of the body, making the head appear somewhat bubbly.

S- Some tropical fruit notes, pineapple, mango, maybe a dash of coconut, some grapefruit and citrus comes through too. Nothing overwhelming, but does offer a nice tropical nose.

T- Very nice tropical hop flavors, with the grapefruit, mango and pineapple all noticeable. The coconut does not stand out, but I do get hints of a piña-colada type flavor.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat sticky, resinous feel to it.

O- As an IPA, this is another great offering by Stone; they just continue to make fantastic IPAs that differ in flavor profile. As a coconut IPA, it is somewhat subtle. I do get piña-colada hints, but it's not very coconut-forward. Glad I bought two bottles though, this one is good.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a lightly tanned cold that this cloudy with a very think and rich white head that is relatively long lived that settles slowly with very little lacing to a 3/4 inch layer is thick foam that lingers.

The nose to this IPA is kind of weak. The scents that there are floral with hints of pine, vanilla and grapefruit are present. No trace of coconut that I can detect. That is a surprise.

The taste is very definite IPA. IN fact this beer is the perfect example of what I expect an American IPA to taste like. Malt that is subdued by the hops as safety is to a 70's muscle car; all muscle and zero concern for safety. The hops are extremely dominant. A tiny bit out of balance with the malt. There are fruity notes but hey are immediately subdued by the power of the hopping. The hop blend is nicely done and very bitter but filled with many different types of bitter in one overwhelming bath of bitter across the palate. The finish is surprisingly not bitter and rather clean considering what a massively hoppy IPA this one is.

The mouthfeel is very pleasing, not to thick or cloying as some IPA's can be. This one is just right.

Overall this beer is extremely satisfying although I was expecting more coconut attributes. I honestly cannot tell that there is anything resembling coconut. This could be due to the power of the hopping. This could be remedied by reducing the hops. But then it is likely to be less pleasing as an IPA.

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Photo of mnphish
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 10/13. This beer is 'only' rated 83 at the moment but i've been looking forward to it so it didn't stop my from picking one up. $9.99 - value gets a D.

Big milky head stays afloat a light copper body and leaves lots of lacing.

Diving in: big tropical hops, sweet caramel malts, faint coconut and booze.

Taste: Fresh Fresh Fresh hops, really juicy and balanced by a nice malt backbone. There might be some candied fruits in there but they are minimal. I'm getting some toasted coconut which absolutely benefits the overall flavor.

Medium body, easy drinking, and tropical. Not much of a boozy bite. This is NOT a 80 level beer but rather belongs in the 90's. Don't hesitate to pick it up. Not a massive assault of fruit but a very balanced and enjoyable beer. Not much bitterness but quite complex. Well done!

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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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Photo of jsprain1
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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 scotorum
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: Nearly clear gold, inch tall white head receded to heavy surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Grapefruit.

t: Powerful piney/citrus hops forward over a pleasant malt base.

m: Medium, good body.

o: A substantial yet refreshing brew. Perhaps more citrusy than other Stones I have had. DIPA strength hop bite, but coconut is MIA. Leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste at the sides of the tongue.

I understand that Stone's had problems getting enough coconuts to flavor this product. They really should have changed the name before they released it. If they had called it Stone DIPA Baby or something else more accurate, reviews and ratings would not reflect the disappointment those drinking it must have felt.

On a bleached playing field, this brew would stand up well to most DIPAs and certainly be better thought of. 3.7 definitely does not accurately reflect its high quality IMO.

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

A-Bright oak colored...little head...

S-Big ganja smelling bong resin....

T-Flavors of weed, tobacco, pine.

M-Body is medium to full....lower carbonation

O-Nice grungy/dank IPA but lacking in any real coconut flavors. I get a lot of ganja on the aroma and taste...on the finish there is a bit of sweetness but not really a coconut sweetness. In fact there is NO coconut evident but this is still a very enjoyable IPA. Has some bitterness to it but more flavorful than sharp with the bittering notes...

If you are expecting a coconut type beer this would rate below average but it is classified as an IPA and that is how I will rate it...just don't expect any coconut

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Photo of CA_brewster
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a golden amber color it's a good looking brew looks very much like an IPA should. Light visible carbonation but poured with a thick off white head that dissipates into a thin broken skin. Thick lacing that really caked on to my glass was noted. This is a very sweet smelling beer. Hops, some caramel malt and lot's of apricot in the aroma as well as a grassy sweetness and some hoppy citrusy under notes. I pick up on some coconut but it is very much blended into the overall aroma. Smells and tastes quite interesting. The fruity sweetness balances the hop bitterness of this beer very nicely. This is a strong IPA slightly tamed by its tropical qualities. I really enjoyed drinking this thing. It had some qualities that i found quite interesting and I would definitely recommend it as something worth trying if you stumble upon it.

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Photo of Ysgard
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Just a tiny bit of haze, clearer than most. Orange, but not quite as light as the Enjoy By. Perfect head retention (incomplete yet persistent blanket all the way down the glass. Lacing was only spotty, no epic webs.

Aroma: Not as tropical as I expected, but nice bright hoppiness, more citrus, then tropical then pine. If I detect any coconut, it is ephemeral and at the end. It actually vaguely reminds me of a very subtle sugar-oak flavor in some of the better whiskey I've had. As an aroma. Yes, weird.

Taste: Clean bright hops, citrus into mango, tied together by a soft coconut mellowness. This drives into a brief toasted malt middle, almost German in character, which drives into a piney bitter finish. I like to drink this, it just goes down so smooth.

Mouthfeel: Dry, well carbonated. Drinkability is king and this hits a sweetspot of carbonation and body that the coconut can ride through.

Overall: The coconut ties it together for me, but it is far from what people seem to expect from coconut. Not Pina colada, not suntan lotion. Just a subtle pleasing spine that rolls the beer together and makes it altogether pleasant.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Big white head, high retention on a crystal clear golden body. Clear and soapy sticky lacing. Aroma includes tropical fruit, mango, lemon and a hint of vanilla/coconut. Mouthfeel feels a bit thick for some reason, interesting. Easy to drink, nicely bittered and quite tasty. Background sweetness only. Nice hinting of flavors while maintaining IPA qualities.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

My pint arrives in a tulip with a half inch of tight white foam floating atop the elixir contained therein. The color is a beautiful coppery orange. Head dissipates quickly leaving wispy white lacing on the sides of the glass and a small, thin coaster floating in the beer. The nose is huge citrus with a formidable dank, hoppy element. Taste is a citrus explosion up front. Tangerine, orange and a bit of mango sweetness. The coconut comes in on the backside and contributes volumes to the mid palate. Piney bitterness and dank hemp round out the flavor profile. The beer finishes with grapefruit rind bitterness which lingers. Feel is medium which works well here. It smells, tastes and drinks like a DIPA in this reviewers humble opinion. Overall an incredible offering from Stone and Rip Current. One of the best I've had recently. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy yellow-orange in color. Forms a moderate sized, slightly off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is very hop forward. Mostly citrus hops, orange and grapefruit with some juicy tropical fruit in the mix. There is something that gives the faint illusion of being pina-colada-like, but there is nothing distinctly coconut.

T: Taste is more of the same. Lighter pale malts. Mildly sweet. Juicy orange. Bitter grapefruit pith. Some tropical mango notes. Taste is mostly citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied. Moderately aggressive bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. Turns soapy on the finish.

O: Well, if the bottle didn't say it, I'd never know there was any coconut in this beer. In the end though, I'm an IPA guy and this is a still a well made, hop-forward West Coast style IPA.

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