RATINGS: 447   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.

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iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
22oz bomber, ENJOY BY 10/23/13, from Olive Tree Market in OB, $6.49. Clear orange amber with a one finger off-white head, not the best retention (due to the coconut oils? or did they do something to remedy this?). First cracking the bottle and taking a whiff I got no coconut, but rather some fruity New Zealand or Australian dry hops going on. In my glass I get the same hops--tropical fruit--but a definite lightly sweet coconut note that so far blends well with the hops of choice. The flavor, however, is quite bitter right off the bat, and even to the point of being a bit danky, which I usually like, but the bitterness is really huge and detracting here. I’m no longer getting any coconut due to the overpowering bitterness, but there is a little bit of tropical fruit hops left. Just ridiculously bitter, which becomes the flavor of the beer. Dry finish with bitterness peaking too damn high to be enjoyable for a whiny guy like me. Moderate carbonation with a medium body. The aroma is nice, but, you know how I feel at this point.

ABUSEDGOAT (2847) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Clear orange color, moderate sized white head with decent lacing and retention. Citrus aroma with some butterscotch and very light coconut. Medium bodied, somewhat sweet, light nut and caramel flavors. I won’t lie, I thought this was a dumb concept, but the end result is just a bland IPA with a very light coconut flavor. Not what I guessed it would taste like (coconut is very light) but I guess I’m just a sucker that wants a good IIPA or IPA instead of getting creative. If it aint broke don’t fix it.

Thisis12ptfont (1221) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 Aroma is immediate fruity hops with a resignating mango/pineapple and metallic coconut on the nose. It is a light copper color with some nice lacing on the glass. Extremely fruity flavors with mango, orange, pineapple and strong hop bitterness on the palate. Finish leaves a herby hop taste. Overall, it is pleasantly hoppy and fruity but the coconut flavor is not as prominent as I had expected. It comes through more on the aroma but more in a metallic form. Nevertheless, a pleasantly tropical IPA. Great for summer. EDIT: Poured this into a tulip shaped glass and it made a world of difference. The coconut is much more present and it is extremely refreshing and tropical. Delicious.

tleaver33 (62) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Poured from the bottle. The best part about the beer is the appearance. It pours golden yellow with a perfect about of head. Aroma has a very slight hint of coconut, but not much. Taste also has a hint of coconut and a ton of bitterness. It’s just a harsh IPA, which I’m not a fan of.

Beaver (1846) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a medium bubbly white head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, some ripe tropical fruit (with light coconut) and floral hops with a bit of stink.

The flavor is sweet malts with a kind of chemical coconut flavor and bitter grassy hops that taste a bit charred in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, an interesting experiment but doesn’t work for me. The coconut tastes fake and the doesn’t work with the grassy floral hops. I much prefer their coffee IPA.

beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Everything is buried under an avalanche of coconut. IPA? Maybe. Underneath the coconut somewhere. If you like mounds candy bars then you would like this, but a pint is too much.

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2013
22. Thanks c! Pours a clear pale amber with a loose white head. Mild biscuity sweet nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Caramel, then coconut, then a little herbal hops on the mid palate. Mild finish.

bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Tropical fruit and grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and summer fruit flavor with toasted sweet coconut and caramel. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and summer fruit linger with caramel and light pine. A little sticky.

badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
On tap at Olde Depot. Clear dark golden with a foamy white head. Huge grassy citrus hops, grapefruit, and pine aroma. Nice earthy coconut, orange, grapefruit, caramel, and pine taste with a big bitter bite and a dry finish.

MmmcKay (1053) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2013 Very clear gold pour with a nice white lingering foam. Nose is very fresh. Hops and pleasant light malts. Maybe a tinge of coconut but not much on the nose. Taste is starts out very hoppy then comes the coconut. I’m not a fan of coconut at all, but it’s more the texture than the flavor. The flavor is prominent here but balanced well. Not too potent. The hop profile is nice too. Lots of tropical fruit to go along with some very pleasant bitterness. This beer is very well done. Best beer from Stone in a long time.

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