R & R Coconut IPA
Tasting: August 11, 2013
Style: IPA with coconut and coconut flavoring
Beer #: 485
Since 2008, Stone Brewing has initiated nineteen collaboration projects. Each project involves three diverse teams of brewers. While Stone obviously is a constant in the equation, this project included Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe of (the relatively new) Rip Current Brewing of San Marcos, California. The third piece to the puzzle are a pair of home brewers, Robert Masterson and Ryan Reschan. The pair had never brewed together but came together to brew this tropical IPA and earned themselves the top prize in Stone’s “2013 American Home Brewer’s Association” home brewing contest. I guess you can figure out where the R & R came from – although it plays nicely for a tropic-inspired “rest and relaxation” beer.
According to Stone’s website, this beer was brewed with two-hundred eighty pounds of coconut (no mention of scale) and an unusual blend of hop varieties. They mention an IBU of 90 (strong bitterness). From R & R Coconut IPA’s label – 7.7% ABV.
First sip impression of R & R Coconut IPA is of a very nice base IPA – crisp, orange, pineapple and apricot. Totally a mellow sweet back bone. At first, the coconut is really no where to be found – but a few sips in I can get a wisp and really not much more. It flirts in and out – sometimes milky/creamy and sometimes toasted flavor but always subdued. R & R Coconut IPA leaves a crisp and astringent feeling in your mouth. The hop profile is beautifully bitter and totally matches the sweet base lingering just long enough on the palate. This is a very nice summer IPA – I’ll put it at 88 points.
Some of the memorable Stone collaborations on my list are Baird-Ishii-Stone / Green Tea IPA (90 points), Stone/Iron Fist/Ken Schmidt – Mint Chocolate Stout (93 points) and Stone/Aleman/Two Brothers – Coffee IPA (90 points).