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Miami Brewing Big Rod Coconut Ale



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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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A delicious golden ale with a balance of coconut and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3466) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Can from Total Wine Boca Raton. Pours golden with a thin white head. A bit of coconut on the nose. Subdued coconut on the tongue which feels kind of artificial. finishes clean. Eh!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3499) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Golden beer with a foamy white head and a sweet coconut nose. I really liked this fascinating use of coconut. Sweet coconut flavor over a light pale ale, with some bread and citrus hops. Finishes with a nice coating of coconut. This would be great on the beach.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5186) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Sampled at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp at Mills River. This kind of ended being one of our favorites. Big coconut aromas and flavors mixed a subtle caramel, toasty malt notes. Really nice, easy to drink. Might be a gimmick, sure, but it was good...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (2356) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Poured from the can at Beer Camp Across America southeast. A nice clear golden color with fluffy white head. Definitely coconut forward, but not crazy over the top sweet. Better than its rating on here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1731) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Iím not normally into blondes packing big rods but this one was pretty good. If you donít like coconut, stay far away from this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Block (1432) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2014
This beer was interesting. Sweet with lots of coconut flavor. Had a rum character to it. Almost felt infused with coconut spiced rum. Refreshing and fitting for the setting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (1365) - Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2014
Can, thanks AJ. Hazy dark gold color. Aroma is toasted coconut. Taste is toasted coconut. Weird aftertaste. Really thin palate. Overall pretty tasty stuff

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Niles (1) - Nassau, BAHAMAS - APR 25, 2014 does not count
Perfect summer brew. You have to taste this one.....VERY NICE!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1202) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 21, 2014
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. There was no freshness date. It was sent to me in a trade from a friend in Florida (thanks, Matt!).

Appearance: Pure golden hue, slightly hazy but plenty of massive carbonation visible. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Pungent coconut smell, similar to sunblock, though a distinct orange citrus component as well.

Taste: My experience with coconut beer is rather limited, most of them have been stouts or porters. Miami Brewing Big Rod Blonde Ale is much different as itís a lightweight, blonde ale with a lot of coconut presence. That makes for an interesting brew to say the least.

As I hold the glass to my lips, the coconut is so strong I can actually taste it just by inhaling. Whatís ironic is that Iím not usually a fan of coconut, though Iíve found it works pretty well in beers. Itís definitely the strongest flavor in the palette and is equally present from start to finish. Through the middle thereís a touch of dry bitterness and some light malty sweetness, too. Perhaps a touch of orange citrus towards the back, but nothing too strong. These flavors are repetitive, but not cloying or boring. This is such a unique flavor profile itís appealing on its individuality alone.

Drinkability: Marketed as a golden/blonde ale, Miami Brewing Big Rod Blonde Ale is probably better categorized as a spice/herb/vegetable beer. It has the fuller body and stronger taste of the latter, but the light weight of the former. Not exactly refreshing, and there is a bit of an oily coconut aftertaste, though the raw drinkability is pretty high. For only 5.3% ABV, this beer has a lot of flavor; a lighter body would make it truly sessionable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
burg326 (3762) - Florida, USA - APR 18, 2014
Poured a light golden color with aromas of pilsner malt and a touch of tropical breeze. Flavors are bland with some subtle coconut. Thereís some light wood... not sure about this one...

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