icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Very intense citrus, grapefruit, with very subtle notes of bread, toast and alcohol.
Appearance: Crystal clear orange/amber with short lasting white head. Good lacing
Taste: Grapefruit, tropical fruit, bitter citrus rind
Palate: Thin body, with a filling mouthfeel. Some bitterness midpalate, and a slightly bitter finish with some toast-like flavors
Overall: Pretty good; coconut is hidden as far as I can tell (maybe a sensation in the aftertaste), and would probably have a hard time breaking through the citrusy hops. A bit bitter, but still quite enjoyable.
dmac (4004) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Spirits Brick. Pouerd a great looking rusty orange body with lots of rising carbonation and a super long lasting large foamy white head. Aroma was hop resin, sweet ruby red grapefruit, marmalade topped toast, bark and lots of dankness. Medium to full bodied with softer to average carbonation and a nice bitter and dry finish that lingers. Flavor of dry toast, fresh hop cones, resin, grapefruit, mango rind, lemon and dry bread. Solid IPA/DIPA.
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A nice yellow orange color with a white head. There is a really nice citrus and grapefruit aroma. I had a hard time identifying the coconut, although perhaps it is coming through in the subtle sweetness in the aroma. A great body and finish.
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bomber. Aroma is pine, citrus, orange, and light coconut. Flavor is pine, orange, tropical fruit, pineapple, and very calm coconut back flavor. Really like this beer, the coconut compliments the hops so well :). I hope stone does this again next year.
kaser (2689) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber to glass. Dark orange color with white head. Fruity citrus aroma. Taste is a hoppy floral IPA with coconut taste at the end. Good beer
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: lots of citrus and tropical fruit, pine resin, not a lot of coconut in the nose.
Appearance: golden pour, white head with average retention.
Taste: big hop profile - citrus and tropical fruit, grapefruit with a bit of pineapple, nice medium+ bitterness that dissipates in the finish. Coconut shows up mid-taste and becomes more apparent as the beer warms. The coconut is present but maybe a bit subtle, but I’d rather that be the case than have the base beer masked by a coconut overdose.
Palate: medium body and carbonation, slight sweetness in the finish.
Overall: a solid IPA, nice mellow coconut notes, good stuff.
JohnnyJ (4355) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden - light amber, with a nice white head. Lots of hops, citrus, bitterness, pine, tropical fruit, dry malt base, and nice sweet toasted coconuts buried underneath the hops. Those that can’t taste the coconut are missing something because it’s definitely there, but it doesn’t kick you in the face. A tasty IPA, although the homebrew that won this competition had quite a bit more coconut.
jbrana (449) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very citrusy on the nose with some strong floral flavors and hints of vanilla, coconut, and pine. A bitter, piney flavor really lingers on the tongue and isn’t great, however the initial taste is quite good.
suprchunk (2233) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden colored pour. Big soapy white head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma of lemon and malt. Very much an IPA with a big bitter front. Not much coconut presence. Hops and hops is mostly the taste. Bitter, bitter, bitter in the back. Pretty good.
ryanfolty (1842) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
August 6, 2013 - bottle from AV3. Clear golden pour with big white head that stuck around and lacing in my Stone pint glass. Aroma was citrus and piney hops, possibly some coconut in there with a deep sniff. Taste was malty sweet to start, then moved into a very mild toasted coconut and finished with a dry citrus and pine bitterness that was very drinkable for someone that is not a huge hop head. I was disappointed in the muted coconut aroma and taste with a beer that has coconut in the name.