Big Rod Coconut Ale
Miami Brewing Company

Big Rod Coconut AleBig Rod Coconut Ale
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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #343
Ranked #39,756
3.63 | pDev: 14.33%
Miami Brewing Company
Florida, United States
Big Rod Coconut AleBig Rod Coconut Ale
Notes: Formerly Big Rod Key West Ale
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 150
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

after enjoying a number of nice coconut beers on our florida trip last week, my hopes for this one were significantly higher. however, this one tastes sweet and cheap and a little forced and artificial to me, not bad of course because its coconut and pretty much anything coconut is going to be at least good, but its maltier and more sugary than it needs to be by quite a lot, and as such lacks the drinkability we all would have prefered in it. an unexpected caramel color to it from the can, and a sweet, nutty aroma and palate, i get baked dessert, upside down cake and biscuits, definitely not crisp. if you took out the coconut, im not sure this would really pass as a blonde ale. thats being critical though, and the positive side of that same thought is that maybe they were going for a toasted coconut vube, trying to make it a bit richer and more cooked, give it some character beyond raw fleshy coconut, and if thats the case, mission pretty well accomplished. lots and lots of coconut, but sort of like candy to me, and it lingers really long in the finish, not at all refreshing, but kind of attractive to me in a guilty pleasure sort of way. overall this is a little less than fully natural to me, but because its coconut, its agreeable enough. i hoped to like this better, glad we only got one can in a mixed six instead of committing to all six, that would have been a lot of these to drink through, at least for my tastes...

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Photo of msink28
2.09/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Not a good beer. There is a pretty strong coconut aftertaste, which is the whole point, but the smell is of burnt wood, which was odd. My primary gripe is with the claim that this is some variation of a blonde ale. I could not pick out anything in this beer that was even remotely close to being a blonde ale, including the color. I ended up pouring it out.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head on top. Can smell sweet coconut that overpowers other smells. Tastes like coconut with a little malt at the back end. Goes down smooth.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives clear and amber with a small white head; the retention was acceptable but there was not much lacing

Smell: The coconut was clearly apparent; bready tones underneath

Taste: Bread and coconut forward with a moderate sweetness building; not much development in the flavors from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A fairly simple beer for a lovers of coconut to quaff on a hot Florida day

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of coconut water. Taste is coconut water, light vanilla, very light grains, easy drinking. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall, I wouldn't want this on a regular basis, but is unique and worth a try.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazed yellow golden color with white head. Coconuts, sweetness, and some toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light to medium bodied. Finishes with more coconut.

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Photo of tempest
2.29/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Wow, this is really spoiled. Like another three months and you'll have a great Brett beer, but it's in a messy in between stage and there's some coconut and vanilla in the background.

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Photo of calitrie1486
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The smell of this beer was actually not bad, the highlight even. Once I tasted it I poured the rest out. Coconut was wayyyyyyy to strong and could barely take more then 2 sips. Again not my kind of brew!

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Photo of Rifugium
2.19/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5


Fine appearance, amber with a small white head. This is basically coconut juice, and just too much for me. I hate coconut, but I do like it when it's done right in a beer. This is a sugar bomb, pretty much one-way coconut and nothing else. On the plus side, it is in fact called a coconut ale, so at least it delivers what is promised.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap in West Asheville. This was the first coconut beer I have had that wasn't a porter. I really enjoyed this beer. The coconut flavor is very forward, as opposed to some porters where it gets lost in the darker flavors. Great refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of David63Olson
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bring this one to the beach! Nice pale ale, lightly hopped, solid notes of coconut, vanilla, caramel. Best part of this is the smooth creamy mouth feel which compliments the flavored perfectly.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The coconut part here seems a misnomer. Strong hoppy ale flavor, with only a kiss of coconut left on the back end. Had hoped for more from a brewery with a theoretically strong connection to island flavors.

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Photo of Moose90
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served from 12oz can

A — Pours a deep orangey hue, darker than expected, there is a puffy caramel colored head that leaves behind sticky lacing.

S — Smells of lime and coconut, lots of toasted coconut here, bit of caramel, sugary sweetness too.

T — Tastes somewhat like the nose, though not as sweet as you might expect. Big caramel and toasted coconut notes, there is a balancing lime tartness as well.

M — Light-Medium bodied, easy drinking and refreshing, though not sure I could have more than one or two.

O — Good overall, just a bit odd, sweet and unique.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Huge whiff of fresh coconut skin. Sweet and bright. Awesome.

T- Straight coconut flavor brings to mind a pina colada. It's sweet, but not overly so and there's just enough beer flavor to keep the intensity of the coconut in check. It's like I'm eating flakes of coconut. Once again, awesome. Hops are nearly nonexistent.

M- Standard pale ale feel with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- You'd better love coconut if you intend on drinking this beer. I, for one, love coconut and find this to be an excellent beer especially during the summer when the flavors are more appropriate. But, truth be told, I could drink this stuff year-round. So glad they started distributing this to NC.

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Photo of chinchill
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can.
Poured medium amber with a creamy off-white head.
Aroma: toasted coconut and bread with artificial coconut and some booziness.
Flavor: follows aroma.

Feel: medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%

A local brewery in a can found at the local WM, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a big smell of coconut with a sweet malt taste that combine to smell like a Hawaiian Tropic sun tan lotion. Pours into my SAPP golden color with an off white head that dwindles but leaves a 1/4 inch standing. On the taste this brew has a coconut taste right up front followed by a sweetness in the middle, finishing with a balanced aftertaste of sweet and tangy but not much bitterness evident over the sweetness. This is a very unique flavor and is tasty and not at all offensive despite the sweetness. The sweetness is hemmed in by a hoppiness that evident but not bitter. Something very different for a change.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted and sweet coconut, vanilla, caramel

Taste: Coconut forward, but not over the top. Definitely some vanilla, caramel, bready, and a little creamy from the coconut.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, crisp, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not sure what to expect from this beer. It was actually a lot better than other fruit beers.

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Photo of evanforbeer
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean gold with clean white head from a can

Aroma- slight toasted coconut, buttered popcorn jelly beans- kinda weird

Taste- nice toasted coconut, that weird jelly bean note, finishes with light clean hop citrus

Feel- light bodied, crisp

Never had a "coconut beer," it's not bad, not great, cool idea and a little interesting

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Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.7 srm; 16.5 IBUs. Tasted at the brewery.

Lightly cloudy. Light gold color. Small head but leaves good stringy lace.

Gives off a very mild smell that is semi-sour with a touch of coconut in the background.

The flavor has a definitive coconut taste to it. Some sweetness from the malt but there's a touch of bitterness in the swallow. Crisp for an ale. I applaud the use of an entirely unexpected ingredient (coconut) in an otherwise Golden Ale. It makes me curious about using it in other styles. I immediately think of a rich chocolate Porter--something akin to a Mounds candy bar.

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Big Rod Coconut Ale from Miami Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 150 ratings