Originally dreamt up by homebrewers Robert Masterson and Ryan Reschan, who earned themselves the top prize in the 2013 American Homebrewers Association homebrewing contest, this innovative beer marks a refreshing sea change for IPA lovers everywhere. Joining Robert and Ryan was Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe of Rip Current Brewing and Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing.
The beer pours a clear bright golden orange color, evoking thoughts of tropical fruits. The one finger head is white in color and while it dissipates rather quickly, leaves a layer of lacing that remains for some time.
The nose is dominated by tropical fruit notes of mango, papaya and melons, with hoppy notes of pine resin and citrus fruits. A noticeable sweet malt note highlights the fruits and subdues the hops. There is a hint of coconut, but it almost gets lost in the shuffle of all the other tropical fruit notes.
The palate delivers what the bouquet had promised. There are lush tropical fruit notes that are brought to the forefront by the sweet malt backbone and then are smacked down by the piney and citrusy hops that dominate from the midpalate through the finish. The coconut doesn’t stand out from the other tropical fruit notes, but rather mixes with them creating almost a tropical colada flavor. The finish is all IPA featuring bitter hop notes that linger slightly.
The R&R Coconut IPA is a different breed of IPA. The balance of the hop and the fruit notes is quite remarkable. A perfect accompaniment for grilled shrimp with mango salsa, mojo pork or coconut cream pie.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Pints out of 5
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