Beer Review: ROBERT MASTERSON & RYAN RESCHAN / RIP CURRENT / STONE R&R COCONUT IPA

Beer Review: ROBERT MASTERSON & RYAN RESCHAN / RIP CURRENT / STONE R&R COCONUT IPA
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Stone Brewing Co.Beer Reviews, IPAN/AN/A

Stone R&R Coconut IPA, a brainchild of homebrewers Robert Masterson and Ryan Reschan, took the beer scene by storm after winning the 2013 American Homebrewers Association contest. Promising a unique flavor profile, this innovative IPA boasts 280 pounds of coconut and a blend of exotic hops, creating an experience that sets it apart from the conventional IPA landscape.

Appearance: A Hazy Gold with a Twist

The beer pours with a hazy orange-gold tint, adorned with a thick layer of tight white bubbles. A creamy off-white ring encircles the glass, inviting anticipation for the flavors to come.

Aroma: An Orange Julius Illusion

The aroma presents a blend of dank hops and young coconut, conjuring the illusion of an Orange Julius. However, the draft version falls short on coconut essence, with some malt sweetness also making its presence known.

Taste: A Rollercoaster of Flavors

The taste delivers a robust punch of bitter American hops, featuring prominent notes of citrus and pine. Fresh coconut flavors add a tropical twist, while a tangy undertone keeps the palate intrigued. The finish is marked by a lingering and substantial bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and Numbing

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and juicy, with average carbonation for an IPA. The slight numbing sensation from the hops contributes to a distinctive experience.

Overall: Unveiling the Coconut Conundrum

Expectations were high for a coconut-centric experience, but the reality proved elusive. The Stone Company Store served the beer at its optimum temperature, yet the coconut essence remained hidden. Warming and swirling revealed the coconut on the palate, but the growler provided similar results – just traces of coconut.

The bottle, however, told a different tale. Crack it open, and the coconut essence permeates the air, sustaining its presence throughout the session. The apparent discrepancy between the bottle and draft experiences raises questions about carbonation and container material, possibly attributing to the beer’s varying coconut intensity.

In defense of those disappointed by the lack of coconut, it’s hard to deny that Stone R&R Coconut IPA stands as a damn good IPA, even if it doesn’t quite fulfill the coconut promise.