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

Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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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2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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