Monday, April 21, 2014

Miami Brewing Big Rod Coconut Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1084) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 21, 2014
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. There was no freshness date. It was sent to me in a trade from a friend in Florida (thanks, Matt!).

Appearance: Pure golden hue, slightly hazy but plenty of massive carbonation visible. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Pungent coconut smell, similar to sunblock, though a distinct orange citrus component as well.

Taste: My experience with coconut beer is rather limited, most of them have been stouts or porters. Miami Brewing Big Rod Coconut Ale is much different as it’s a lightweight, blonde ale with a lot of coconut presence. That makes for an interesting brew to say the least.

As I hold the glass to my lips, the coconut is so strong I can actually taste it just by inhaling. What’s ironic is that I’m not usually a fan of coconut, though I’ve found it works pretty well in beers. It’s definitely the strongest flavor in the palette and is equally present from start to finish. Through the middle there’s a touch of dry bitterness and some light malty sweetness, too. Perhaps a touch of orange citrus towards the back, but nothing too strong. These flavors are repetitive, but not cloying or boring. This is such a unique flavor profile it’s appealing on its individuality alone.

Drinkability: Marketed as a golden/blonde ale, Miami Brewing Big Rod Coconut Ale is probably better categorized as a spice/herb/vegetable beer. It has the fuller body and stronger taste of the latter, but the light weight of the former. Not exactly refreshing, and there is a bit of an oily coconut aftertaste, though the raw drinkability is pretty high. For only 5.3% ABV, this beer has a lot of flavor; a lighter body would make it truly sessionable. 
Grade: 7/10

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