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RATINGS: 452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chucklemation (1426) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2014
Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is citrus, but no coconut. Coconut is also missing from the flavor. Very little citrus taste, and the finish is a large dose of dry bitterness that leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. Not only is the lack of coconut disappointing, but the beer isn’t great either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3458) - Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2014
This presents an oily, cloudy dark yellow body under a white head. Fruity hop aroma and light coconut. The flavor is bitter. it’s first and foremost; the coconut aspect is way in the back. Could be a little less bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Pour is transparent t golden Amber with a tight creamy head. Nose is aggressively bitter, citrus and grapefruit with some bready malt. Taste follows suit, a little less bitter and sweet, cleaner hop profile. Medium body and assertive carb, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2668) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle. Moderate malt aroma of roasted grain, moderate to heavy pine and grapefruit peel for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with coriander, and yes I can pick up the coconut. Head is large, fizzy/frothy, white with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is hazy, medium amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly sweet and faintly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a carbonation between soft and lively. Smooth and well textured, this IPA has the right hop bite in the flavor though the flavor is a touch weak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5686) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Very hazy copper and bronzed coloured body with a rich, three centimetre tall tan head - easily one of the best looking Stone beers I’ve seen in a while. Aroma of good grassy and herbal hops, pungent malt and alcohol - rubbing alcohol, in fact - no coconuts or fruit. Full-bodied; Deep bittering hops with grassy, piney and very grapefruity characteristics, all with a good malt balance and some deeply bittering touches at the end. Aftertaste shows more hops, some grapefruit and pine bitterness, some alcohol and a deep bite - which is nice, although completely one-dimensional. Overall, a pungent beer with no coconut flavour, no complexity and pure bitterness which may or may not be solely from the hops. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Brown Jug (Spenard) in Anchorage, Alaska on 04-October-2013 for US$7.99 sampled at home in Washington on 03-February-2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1043) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bomber purchased at the brewery. Pours a hazy amber hue with two fingers of frothy foam. AROMA of zesty grapefruit, some stone/tropical fruits, but only the tiniest hint of toasted coconut (bummer). FLAVOR of bitter grapefruit, pine resin, some tropical fruit (perhaps mango), with a bit of toasted coconut (more so than in the nose, but still weak). Finishes with some typical Stone IPA type of bitterness. Although this has been out for six months already, I waited to rate this bottle as I was hoping the coconut might come out more with some time (and fading hops). I actually had this on tap a few times when it came out and remember really liking the tropical fruit elements in the nose and flavor. Unfortunately, the tropical notes seem to have diminished somewhat in this slightly aged bottle version. But the real disappointment for me (as a big lover of coconut) is the nearly complete lack of coconut, both in the fresh draft version as well as this semi-aged bottle version. I am sure it is hard to get from a homebrew version of this beer to Stone’s huge production level while keeping the coconut presence where it should be. But this is the second case of Stone’s false advertising when it comes to coconut -- the Ken Schmidt "Aloha Plenty" collaboration from years back similarly promised coconut that ended up being hard to detect. I should just lower my expectations when Stone decides to make another beer with coconut in it. (426, 837)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sandygoonie (48) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2014
It’s ok. Coconut smell comes through with the hops...kinda fun. Taste pretty thick a coconut still there. Do not know if I could drink a lot of it. But worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
Nice variation on the theme. Would not have thought that coconut would go so well with a normal west coast IPA, but it does. Not a huge fake coconut flavor from this one, just a hint and a hint is enough. Some exotic fruit notes and the traditional Stone citrusy grapefruit hops as usual.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bomber from Smiths and Capone’s. Poured hazy dark straw with off-white head. Nose was heavy piney hops, caramel malt, lactic, tropical fruit. I did not get coconut in the nose. Tasted piney and hoppy, with a spare caramel malt bill, some lactic creaminess, and a complex finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2460) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2014
22 oz bottle. The pour is a nice gold with some deep ruby hues. The head was monstrous and white, slowly dissolving down to a film, leaving beautifully clingy lace all around. The aroma is quite hoppy. There is a nice sweetness to it, but there isn't really any good fruitiness or coconut. Kind of plain. The flavor is typical light IPA. There is a little bit of a grassy note at the end, which I've had in other coconut beers. Not the best flavor for whatnot could be, but other than that, the mouth feel is pretty solid and the aftertaste lingers nicely albeit not quite the best thing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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