A tropically inspired ale brewed in collaboration with San Diego homebrewers and Society of Barley Engineers duo, Robert Masterson and Ryan Reschan, as well as San Marcos, CA-based Rip Current Brewing Company.
Tasting Notes, Providing by Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele
Appearance: Pours deep gold and clear with a nice cream-colored head.
Aroma: Predominantly coconut, along with mild fruity fermentation esters, tropical fruit and stone fruit hop flavors.
Taste: Coconut up front, mixed with tropical fruit and stone fruit hop notes. Creamy malt flavors sneak in mid-palate, and the finish is bitter, dry and hoppy with lingering coconut.
Palate: Smooth and creamy, with a dry finish and nice lingering bitterness.
Overall: A very unique blend of flavors comes through on this beer. The primary flavor is coconut, and its intensity was achieved by two additions, one in the whirlpool and the other post dry hop. The selected hop varieties add subtle tropical fruit and berry notes that blend well with the coconut. There is no doubt this is a big IPA, but with a very interesting twist!
Suggested Food Pairings, Provided by “Dr.” Bill Sysak
Appetizers: Coconut shrimp, guacamole, chicken satay with peanut sauce, fried zucchini
Salads: Caesar salad, creamy coleslaw, mango chicken salad, blue cheese and pear salad
Entrees: Thai coconut curry (duh!), pork tenderloin, Jamaican jerk chicken, blackened fish
Cheeses: Maytag Blue, Winchester Gouda, Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, aged Parmigiano-Reggiano
Desserts: Carrot cake, coconut cream pie, macaroons, peanut brittle
Cigars: Drew Estate Herrera Esteli, Viaje Summerfest, H. Upmann Legacy, Cuenca 5 Anniversary
About Stone Brewing Co.
Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone Brewing Co. has been brewing in North County San Diego since 1996. Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone is the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States—a position it achieved without paid advertising, discounting or compromising standards. In addition to brewing, Stone owns two eclectic farm-to-table restaurants—Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens — Escondido and Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens — Liberty Station—and Stone Farms, an organic farm located near the brewery which grows produce for the restaurants. Stone also operates an off-site events company, Stone Catering, as well as Stone Distributing Co., which distributes more than 30 craft beer brands throughout Southern California.