I wasn’t too impressed with this one. At least I got to use my new Stone glass. Here’s a synopsis of this brew straight from the Stone website followed by my review:
“Originally dreamt up by homebrewers Robert Masterson and Ryan Reschan, who earned themselves the top prize in our 2013 American Homebrewers Association homebrewing contest, this innovative beer marks a refreshing sea change for IPA lovers everywhere. It was brewed with 280 pounds of coconut and an unusual blend of hop varieties, including a few from faraway lands or just brand spankin’ new, and is guaranteed to taste like no IPA that’s gone before. Prepare yourself for a tropical breeze of a brew that will lull you to a place of tranquil contentment for a little R & R.”
My Full Review:
Final Rating: 3.53/5
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Stone pairing glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.
Appearance- Pours a golden, clear body with a two finger white, somewhat fluffy head that reduces slowly to a thin layer of foam. Leaves some pretty thick lacing.
Smell- It’s pretty tropical, floral, and citrusy. I get lemon zest, grapefruit, mango, and maybe a hint of coconut. The malt takes back stage but is definitely present – vanilla and caramel show up.
Taste- The first thing to hit the tongue is a huge piney, resinous, bitter, astringent hop bite that is reminiscent of a high-ABV, pine-forward, imperial IPA.. which this really should be. The follow through is somewhat tropical, some grapefruit and a HINT of coconut (it’s definitely there but would never have been identified if this wasn’t a “coconut IPA”). Some caramel, light malt undertones. Aftertaste is hoppy.
Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy body, medium-low carbonation. Definitely a sipper.
What I was expecting here was an IPA in which the fruity, juicy hop flavors delicately compliment the tropical character of fresh coconut. Instead, it’s more of heavy hop bomb with no apparent balance and very little coconut. Could have been done better. Cool bottle though.