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.