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R & R Coconut IPA – Stone Collaboration Brew

I must have gone to the store six or seven times looking for this one in a two week span.  I heard about the release on the interwebz, and was ecstatic when a shipment finally came in to a craft beer retailer in my area.  I’m a huge fan of IPA’s, and coconut, so I can’t lose with this one, right?  Let’s dive in.

From the Bottle:  “This collaboration beer is a celebration of the homebrewing spirit and an example of counter-intuitive thoughts coalescing beautifully into something exceptional. Case in point is the seamless marrying of toasted coconut and a hop bill brimming with tropical fruit notes. Longtime homebrewers Robert Masterson and Ryan Reschan teamed up to enter this beer in our annual American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned brewing competition and, though it was the first beer they’d ever brewed together, they sailed past the competition like a tropical ocean breeze on a pleasure cruise bound for India. After winning, the duo reached out to their friend, highly decorated homebrewer and 2011 AHA Ninkasi Award winner Paul Sangster of the newly opened Rip Current Brewing Company, to assist in dialing in the recipe. Together with Sangster’s skilled partner Guy Shobe and Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele, Masterson and Reschan present fellow craft beer enthusiasts with a most delicious and original style of IPA. Open, enjoy, rest, relax and repeat as needed.”

First, I’m somewhat of an art nut, I dig design, drawing, and photography, so I’ve got to say I’m loving the painted bottle.  I wish more breweries would use them for special, limited release, or collaborative beers.  I’m very fond of the stone painted bottles, on that note, my favorite current bottles are the New Belgium lips of faith bottles.

This one pours Golden with a slight hint of orange, very clear.  It has about a one finger, off-white head, with very fine lacing.  The retention on this head fades fast.

As far as the aroma on this beer goes, I don’t pick up on much coconut in the smell, I get mostly floral and citrus hops, with a slight hint of grapefruit.

On to the taste.  This beer is well balanced, has a strong coconut aftertaste that is eventually overwhelmed by the hops, which in this case isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  This beer actually uses six types of hops: Centennial, Calypso, Amarillo, Simcoe, Helga and Belma, so you’ve got a ton of floral, and citrus hops going on.  I notice that when it starts to warm up, the coconut becomes more prevalent.  I also get a bit of grapefruit mixed in with the coconut.

It has a medium body that’s very smooth and very creamy with a lingering bitterness, very drinkable.  The ABV on this guy comes in at 7.7%, but it’s well hidden.

Let me wrap up by saying this is an excellent IPA, really top notch.  So what would I change?  Well, I’d be lying if I said I thought it didn’t need more coconut.  That’s kind of the appeal for this beer, because the market is so over-saturated now with IPA’s, the coconut really makes this one stand out on the shelves.  I’d love to see them come up with another batch of this that somehow kicked the coconut into high gear.  Until then, I’ll enjoy this one as is, it’s a really solid IPA.

I must have gone to the store six or seven times looking for this one in a two week span.  I heard about the release on the interwebz, and was ecstatic when a shipment finally came in to a craft beer retailer in my area.  I’m a huge fan of IPA’s, and coconut, so I can’t lose with this one, right?  Let’s dive in.

From the Bottle:  “This collaboration beer is a celebration of the homebrewing spirit and an example of counter-intuitive thoughts coalescing beautifully into something exceptional. Case in point is the seamless marrying of toasted coconut and a hop bill brimming with tropical fruit notes. Longtime homebrewers Robert Masterson and Ryan Reschan teamed up to enter this beer in our annual American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned brewing competition and, though it was the first beer they’d ever brewed together, they sailed past the competition like a tropical ocean breeze on a pleasure cruise bound for India. After winning, the duo reached out to their friend, highly decorated homebrewer and 2011 AHA Ninkasi Award winner Paul Sangster of the newly opened Rip Current Brewing Company, to assist in dialing in the recipe. Together with Sangster’s skilled partner Guy Shobe and Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele, Masterson and Reschan present fellow craft beer enthusiasts with a most delicious and original style of IPA. Open, enjoy, rest, relax and repeat as needed.”

First, I’m somewhat of an art nut, I dig design, drawing, and photography, so I’ve got to say I’m loving the painted bottle.  I wish more breweries would use them for special, limited release, or collaborative beers.  I’m very fond of the stone painted bottles, on that note, my favorite current bottles are the New Belgium lips of faith bottles. This one pours Golden with a slight hint of orange, very clear.  It has about a one finger, off-white head, with very fine lacing.  The retention on this head fades fast. As far as the aroma on this beer goes, I don’t pick up on much coconut in the smell, I get mostly floral and citrus hops, with a slight hint of grapefruit. On to the taste.  This beer is well balanced, has a strong coconut aftertaste that is eventually overwhelmed by the hops, which in this case isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  This beer actually uses six types of hops: Centennial, Calypso, Amarillo, Simcoe, Helga and Belma, so you’ve got a ton of floral, and citrus hops going on.  I notice that when it starts to warm up, the coconut becomes more prevalent.  I also get a bit of grapefruit mixed in with the coconut. It has a medium body that’s very smooth and very creamy with a lingering bitterness, very drinkable.  The ABV on this guy comes in at 7.7%, but it’s well hidden. Let me wrap up by saying this is an excellent IPA, really top notch.  So…

R & R Coconut IPA


Appearance – 85%


Smell – 80%


Taste – 86%


Mouthfeel – 85%



84%

Great!

This is one I’ll definitely go back to drink again. Despite the fact that the coconut was lacking, it still made out to be a great tasting IPA, that goes down smoothly with a great taste. If you get the chance, give it a try!

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