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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 Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an opaque orange/amber with thin ring of head that left little lacing. It looks quite nice, though I'd like for a bit more head. Scents of pine, citrus, tropical fruit and slight malt and very, very, very slight coconut. A good scent, quite fitting for an IPA, with just enough coconut in there to make it unique. Flavor is hop forward, with a big hit of grapefruit rind, grapefruit, pine, slight floral hops, slight tropical fruit, with a good level of hop bitterness all laid over a backbone of pale and caramel malt. The coconut is very slight in the background and in the background of the aftertaste. A good flavor, though the coconut is minimal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly oily, but rather crisp as well, with moderate carbonation. A good mouthfeel, very easy to drink, quite pleasant. Overall it's a good IPA. It has the nice West Coast IPA profile I love, and just enough of a hint of coconut to make it slightly different. It could do with more coconut, but Stone had trouble finding enough coconuts for a price that wasn't ridiculous so I won't fault them that. It's still an excellent West Coast IPA and well worth trying.

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Photo of JGlitz87
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean, clear golden yellow. Pours with a small head that holds very well. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Strong on the hops. Bright citrusy with a hint of sweetness from the coconut.

T: Not as much coconut as I would expect for a "Coconut" IPA. Good hop profile. Coconut is evident due to the balance between the hops and a little sweetness.

F: Very very very thin.

O: Glad I tried it, though I am glad I only bought one bottle. Good but nothing worth hunting down.

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Photo of WynnO
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Relatively thin IPA with near zero coconut on the nose and taste.

If you say COCONUT on the label please give me some.

Minus this the beer is a typical Stone IPA, good when I first started drinking IPA's, however there are so many great IPA's today Stone has become pretty average.

Don't pass this up if you are offered it. It's not a bad beer, but I cannot recommend anyone proactively making a run to the beer store to buy one.

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

22oz bottle with an Enjoy By date of 10/23/13. Pours a hazy amber color with an inch of frothy white head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet with a mix of tropical fruits, hints of coconut and that classic Stone hoppyness. The taste is bitter tangerine and orange peel upfront followed by slight hints of coconut. Oily and dry with a noticeable alcohol presence. Some bitter pine towards the end. Hints of tropical fruit throughout but not as detectable as it was in the nose. Also, I expected more coconut flavor. There is some toasted coconut but this one is dominated by the bitter citrus peel and piney hops. Mouthfeel is oily with lots of carbonation. Overall, pretty good IPA but nothing earth shattering. I'd have it again given the chance.

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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 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 GJ40
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Peace Street Market in Raleigh.

A - Golden with brilliant clarity and a small white head. A steady rise of bubbles with some lacing as the glass empties. Very inviting.

S - A typical Stone burst of citrus with a hint of coconut. It wasn't as much as I expected but it was there and it was good.

T - A nice citrus flavor and bitterness. Lingers nicely. Again, the coconut is minimal but contributes nicely.

M - Smooth and silky with a fine carbonation.

O - I'd have liked to see what more coconut could do but I enjoyed this beer.

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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 Aleks_P
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Frothy foamy white head. Transparent gold with a slightly copper hue.

Smell: I smell the hops a bit but also notice some syrupy piney scents.

Taste: Taste the hops and also some of the pine I smelled. Not really dry/bitter, has a little syrupy sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, not a dry IPA at all. Carbonation is a bit foamy and heavier, not light.

Overall: Good IPA, but I'll admit that my score reflects disappointment that I did not notice the coconut at all. Picked this up because I thought it'd be a little unique but just seems to be a bit of a sweet smooth IPA.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange tinged golden color with a tight white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of citric hops with a little tropical fruit and coconut.

Tastes of a nice wave of hops that is then muddled with some coconut and finishes hoppy. Starts off with some floral and citrus hops. Moderately bitter. Some toasted malts come through with a bit of coconut. The coconut is subtle and could easily be overlooked. Finishes with some spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is solid, but nothing worth a second look.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A light copper colored beer with an orange hue and very good clarity. Produces a good head stand of compact off-white bubbles that leave fine ropes of lacing with excellent head retention.

S: Tropical fruit and citrus hops dominate at a medium-strong level bring aromas of sweet orange, melon and peach, under that there is some moderate coconut mixing in with the moderate caramel malt sweetness. The coconut aroma increases as the beer warms becoming dominate at about my serving temp for ales.

T: A strong hops bitterness and tropical fruit hops flavor dominate closely followed by coconut. There is a a light colored fruit flavor from the hops that brings flavors of melon, peach and nectarine. The malt brings a moderate malt sweetness but the balance is fairly strongly towards the bitter.

M: A creamy, medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: The coconut compliments the tropical fruit hops very well making for an usually but enjoyable beer.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass

A- Slightly hazy, wheat beer color. Nice white head, not may bubbles within the beer.

S- Mellow piney aroma, not getting any coconut without looking hard for it.

T- Getting a lot of toasty flavors with a medium bitterness, at least by other Stone comparisons, again not much going to tell me there is coconut in there.

M- Great mouthfeel, wish the flavor matched

O- Stone's collaborations seem hit or miss, and for the most part this misses for me. Wish coconut would be more discernible. But it's always good to try something new from Stone.

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The coconut in my bottle is muted, but I know that this beer has been out for months now. Just got it in Texas. Honestly this tastes like a slightly more bitter version of Stone's IPA. Good amount of bitterness in the back of the throat, but this could really stand some more sweetness to counteract. The beer looks and smells terrific. Copper with a thin white head and good retention / lacing. Still can smell a little coconut but not enough to justify calling this a successful coconut beer. I think the hops overwhelmed it. That being said, it does succeed as an IPA, fruit notwithstanding.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/8/13

Appearance: Lightly hazy dark orange with some gold and amber tones - pours with a medium to large white head, fades to a mostly solid cap, leaves some nice streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Fruity and tropical - a range of citrusy fruits including orange, tangerine, and grapefruit - pineapple and mango - sweet floral hop notes - pine and maybe some mint - no coconut aromas, as far as I can tell - nice malt profile, with some pale and caramel malts - lightly bready, with some earthy graininess

Taste: Juicy and tropical with just a hint of coconut - mango, peach, apricot, and some other tropical notes - tangerine and grapefruit flesh, with some pith - lightly oily, but mostly bright and clean - pine, with some earthy flavors - coconut really seems like an afterthought, as it really only becomes apparent in the aftertaste (which is ok with me) - nice malt foundation with some pale malts, pale grains, and caramel - light toasted character from the coconut

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, toasty coconut seems to counteract some oily notes, resulting in a somewhat dry sensation

Overall: You'll just have to imagine the coconut!

This is a great IPA with some truly interesting tropical flavors. The coconut is beyond mild, maybe not even there. I feel like this beer should lose some points for this, as it is called "Coconut IPA," but I really don't care because I'm not a fan of coconut anyway. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JayQue
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light, citrusy IPA, but I didn't get the coconut aspect....Maui brewery has more coconut oriented beers than this one.

Pours a clear orange with a good size white head. Decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is fairly mild (maybe it was my expectation of a citrus and coconut extravaganza.

Tasted pretty good. Some citrus presence mango/tangerines but no where near that of some other IPAs. Bitterness was just right.

Crisp mouthfeel, rich enough, nice overall bitterness

Overall, I was disappointed with what I thought I was going to experience, but the beer itself is a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of HopasaurusRex
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ah, I'm on vacation. There are blondes dancing around me wearing bikinis. I think there is a luau going on somewhere in the background. Good chance of getting lei'd.

It's a tropical fruit paradise. Nose of pineapple, mango, and mandarin oranges. Coconut is lurking underneath.

Flavor mirrors the nose. Tropical fruity hops up front followed by a lingering finish of toasted coconut. It's there - I can taste it at the back of my throat. I guess I expected the coconut to leap out, say hi, and blend up a mai tai in my mouth. That didn't happen.

A decent IPA, but Stone doesn't make bad beer.

Back to my Hawaiian vacation.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a cloudy orange color. Thinner, white head pops off until its a thin stitch of foam. The head laces very well.

S-Interesting nose. I actually do detect a lighter coconut meat aroma. The malt meshes in with the sweeter-sided hops. Also getting some pine and grass with some grapefruit zest.

T-Not getting any coconut here. Less tropical than the nose. Strong pine and grass with bitter grapefruit. Other hoppy flavor of candied citrus and herbal hops. Doughy malt with caramel too. No coconut though.

M-Bitter. The booze cuts through the flavor a bit. Moderate carbonation. Drinkable. It really teeters between an IPA and a DIPA.

O/D-Not a bad brew but the coconut is relatively absent. Pretty rough around the edges. It's another solid Stone IPA. It was a bit disappointing. More coconut dude!

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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 HuskyinPDX
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 8.30.13

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a average light tan head.

S - Nice citrus and pine, I want to smell some coconut, but don't.

T - Typical hoppy pine and citrus with maybe the smallest coconut hint in the finish. Maybe I just want to taste the coconut.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Decent IPA, not much coconut. The CC just adds some sweetness.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Attractive pour, consisting of a clear, orange-amber body, with lively carbonation forming a one finger thick head. The smell was a little milder than typical for a West coast IPA. There were aromas of pine and hay on the nose. The taste was where you could detect a hint of coconut, before it disappeared under a layer of piney and grapefruit pith hops. The finish was crisp, and clean, and the beer was bitter till the very end. Not as complex as I expected it to be, but still quite good.

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Photo of tangentialsermon
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep reddish golden color. Supple head with decent retention. Decent lacing.

S-Citrus, pine, pineapple, mild coconut. Subtle pear.

T-Very mild coconut on the front but gets obliterated almost instantly by a rush of Southern California IPA resin. Finish is bitter floral, with a very mild alcohol spice and extremely subtle malt backbone.

M-Light carbonation, could use a little more to break through the inevitable SoCal hop palate destruction.

Overall-A decent IPA, but hard to pick up on the coconut. Certainly worth the price as an IPA but not really breaking any new ground.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light caramel color with a small white head. unassuming.

S: Tropical with large whiffs of orange, citrus and lemon grass. Quite floral with caramel and peach.

T: Coconut milk is very faint but its there hidden in the background. Its hidden by flavors of citrus and white peach. very floral with a little mango. Caramel comes in before a finish of bitter pine and dry flowers.

M: Good carbonation and quite light.

O: This is a let down for me and i can see why it would be a polarizing beer. on one hand its a good ipa. but i wanted coconut out of it and it was very hard to find. /81

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

A nice tasty IPA, but could not detect any taste of coconut whatsoever. Not really outstanding, but a really really good average IPA. Poured nice and yellow, big frothy head. Nice mouthfeel, good flavors. Overall not a bad IPA...could have been a little better..was looking forward to some coconut flavors.

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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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Photo of Roguer
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2 1/2 finger, long lasting, solid white head, with nice lacing. Retention is ridiculous. Brew pours a nearly transparent coppery gold, with tons of lively carbonation.

Very little scent, and it's typical IPA: slight citrus, a hint of caramel and biscuit malts, slight floral note. Very subdued.

Big malt profile, against very nice hops: pine, a balance of citrus and tropical fruit. The hop profile is more of a complex, blended hoppiness than the individual flavors. Extremely well balanced.

Medium light feel; tiny carbonation sting; alcohol flavor blends with a dry peel hoppiness when you give it some time in your mouth. Slightly oily and clingy, very refreshing.

This is a very solid IPA, with the character and strength of a DIPA (the ABV kind of hangs out in the middle). It's very drinkable; it's not just for pure hop-heads. As to the oft-discussed coconut, I'm not really getting much; a brief, refreshing blast against my palate that blends in with the typical IPA mouthfeel. It's not what I would call a "coconut-flavored IPA," but that's probably a good thing.

That said, if you're looking for a gimmick, this really isn't it; it's a very solid, extremely drinkable IPA, but it shouldn't be worth paying a premium price.

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Robert & Ryan / Rip Current / Stone R&R Coconut IPA from Stone Brewing
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,192 ratings.
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