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Hoppy Daze IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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very good

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 218
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 6.53%
Wants: 17
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ehammond1
2.36/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(I don't typically review the same beer twice; I only do so when my experiences between serving types are vastly different. My experience was much better on tap compared to my bottle of this beer.)

A very dark amber. This beer is nearly brown--and there's so much sediment in the beer that it almost looks like an auburn brown sludge in my glass. Huge chunks of sediment swirl throughout the beer and it looks thick, murky, and heavy. Huge, thick head and lots of lacing, sure, but this beer looks quite unappealing. A completely different experience than my on tap one!

Particularly tangy and spicy yeast character in the nose--far more than I remember in the on tap version. It's so overpowering I can hardly keep my nose on the beer to try and pick out more. That's not to say this beer smells bad, but it's certainly a completely different animal than the version I had previously. There's some citrus elements but the tangy, spicy yeast is all that's easily accessible.

Citrus hops and Belgian yeast character are here, but there's also something unpleasant. This beer is unappealing, and I was looking forward to this bottle all day! I wanted to enjoy this beer, but this I don't enjoy. There's a dish soap and an unappealing tang that has me smacking my lips after each sip wishing it would go away.

Too thick in the mouth, yet acceptable.

I'm not going to finish this beer. I didn't enjoy it at all, and not liking this beer shocked me! I had this on tap and it instantly became my favorite American Belgian IPA. This bottle, however--not good.

A bad bottle, maybe? (1,625 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coronado Hoppy Daze

Pours a deep golden in color, solid off white head and lacing. Aroma is of spicy, pungent, grapefruit hops. In the flavor, mainly grapefruit hops with some pith, zest and rind action with a substantial bitterness. For a "Belgian Style" IPA this misses the mark and is clearly in the American IPA style, with the belgo yeast only making itself known in its spiciness. Mouthfeel is good with a crisp carbonation and hop bite. Overall, a nice IPA style beer, but not enough Belgian influence to be true to style. (530 characters)

Photo of MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

out of bottle, poured into large wine glass

a - light golden color, finger sized heard. sediment in the bottom of the bottle which I swirled in the last part of the pour - results in an overall cloudy look
s - hoppy, a little sweet - somewhat reminisce of nugget nectar smell
t - more bitter than the nose would imply, sneaky bitter at the beginning, very hoppy and bitter on the end, with the end hanging around a bit after the sip. Don't strongly notice the high alcohol content taste at 9% - but it is there subtly on the back end
mf - nice overall, little sharp bubbles on the front but very smooth comforting bubbles on the end

o - not bad for an ipa, a little too bitter for my tastes to just drink alone. Probably great if paired with the right cheese. (761 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Orange Street brewpub location.
IBU = 74 but seems a little lower.

Pours light amber with a good, durable head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma: hops with mildly funky yeast

Taste: very floral hop flavor with some herbal aspects. Hint of baked bread.
Medium bitterness.

Feel: medium body; smooth.

O: OK (336 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is clear gold with a small white head leaving light lace.

Smell is earthy, hops and esters, a light sweetness, herbal, light alcohol vapors. A little marshmallow vibe to it.

Taste is similar, it's phenolic, the esters are a little fruiter than the nose. Hops are earthy and herbal, modestly bitter. Something about this is not coming together for me.

Mouthfeel is dry yet slippery, fully carbonated.

Drinkability is OK, it's pretty digestible, and the taste isn't overbearing, but I'm not loving it and wouldn't re-buy. (538 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap @ Murphy's Bar & Grill in Honolulu, HI

Appearance: Muddled orangish-gold with a frothy, thinner head.

Smell: Hoppy and Belgian yeast come to mind.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Has a very pronounced Hop forward taste. Getting a bunch of heat from the higher abv. Dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. Not overtly complex.

Overall: As the name would suggest, this a hop assault on the tongue and mouth. It's pretty much a one-note beer for me. Would have liked to see some other flavors complimenting the hops. Not sure where the Belgian part comes into play with this one. (575 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The color is a surprise, clear golden colored ale with a puffy white head. Really looks like a lager in the glass.

Smell is sweet and strongly hopped with a strong coriander aroma. Honeysuckle and herbs aroma strongest scent is crushed cardamom.

Starts out sweet and mildly hoppy with a sweet tea after taste. Slight onion taste. Tastes nothing like smell, just a mild Belgian IPA. Coriander is mild and there is a slight sweetness to this.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but there are better Belgian IPAs out there. (517 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the CBC. Pours a red, slightly hazy color with a nice thick head. The head leaves a huge lacing as it drains. Aroma is completely hops - with lots of sticky pine smells. Huge amounts of bitterness, and a very hoppy finish. This one could have used more of a malt base to back up the hops - I love big hoppy beers, but this suffered on drinkability without the malt base. (380 characters)

Photo of Dijeriduster
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Small Bar

A - Very clear with an amber color and off white head of about a finger and a half.

S - Lots of dry hopping coming thru. A hint of yeast comes thru too. Grassy hops here not sweet hops.

T - Starts with the grassy hops then comes thru with the bitterness and ends up with more of the grassy hops. Little presence of yeast - and it was called a belgian ipa on the board.

M - Robust and full for an ipa, but in a good way.

O - Interesting beer but somewhat unbalanced. Tastes more like a muddied IPA than a true Belgian IPA with the yeast character very much subdued. (592 characters)

Photo of alf212
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Mirky amber/orange color. Some bits n pieces floating on the bottom of the cup

S some fruity hops and bready-yeast

T Hmm I'm not sure how I feel. Resembles the smell but it all seems downgraded and neutralized. The taste is very subdued but the alcohol doesn't show up despite being 9%. Sparks up with a little hops at the end but. Fails to jump out and really catch my attention. It's well balanced dont get me wrong, I just wished they pumped up the flavors.

D Again the alcohol doesn't show up and it has a kind of slick mouthfeel. Probably the highlight of the beer. (575 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with a large, white head.
Very Belgian aroma, very phenolic with some spicy, herbal and grassy hops too alongside a little light malt.
Similar flavours; spicy and herbal hops, spicy Belgian notes, and a very dry finish.
Too much carbonation. (258 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mohawk Bend in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, spices, and Belgian yeast. Taste is much the same with earthy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells. (556 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Type: Draft
Glass: Half-pint glass
From: Coronado Brewing Company in Coronado, Calif. (San Diego)
Price: $4.00
Misc.: Had on Jan. 21, 2013

Poured a copper orange clear color with one finger of white head when I got it that dissipated almost right away. Decent uneven lacing on the sides, below average retention on the way down.

Smelled smoky spices, cloves, caramel, toffee and resin hops.

Tasted a bit bitter than the smell. Got cloves mixed with a strong alcohol backbone. Also various spices and slight resin hops.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. The best part of the beer.

A pretty good Belgian IPA, but a little bit all over the board. Not as smooth as I’d hoped. (717 characters)

Photo of ericj63
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle at Randy's Taproom in Solvang, CA.

I had this after a day of wine tasting and another wind-down beer, so my judgment of the taste might be flawed.

This beer appeared light-colored with a white long-lasting head (the lighting was bad so color and clarity were hard to judge well). The aroma was great hops and malt. The flavor was a good IPA but standard IPA - I didn't really detect much of what I would consider "Belgianness" to it. The mouth feel was smooth and slightly coating and the taste was long lasting. Looking at the style guidelines, I think what was missing was the difference in finish.

I would gladly drink this beer again to see what I might have missed on this first taste, but doubt I will be seeing it around home. (750 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden with a tonne of carbonation rising from the bottom, tower of head didn't budge
S - some estery clove and banana aromas mix with floral and grassy hops along with a sprig of mint
T - the estery flavour makes a brief appearance but is quickly gone, some grass and grains, touch of florals, but finishes with a bit of a musty flavour
M - light with strong carbonation, slightly prickly, finishes a little dry and musty
O - its not a bad brew but not a great example of the style, neither belgian yeasty or the hoppy aspects take center stage, the result is a little strange but still relatively tasty and drinkable (628 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy, dark amber orange color with no carbonation and a white, soapy looking lace ring.

A - Doesn't smell like a Belgian IPA, the yeasty/bready character is just not there. The aroma is very, very spicy, acidic, and tangy above anything else. The small amount of fruit I'm getting is red grapefruit rinds and overly ripe pineapple. There's also a tinge of booze in the nose.

T - Mimics the nose. There's no Belgian character in here anywhere and it has more spicy, zesty, and acidic tasting overripe fruit above anything else and dominates the entire palette. The pungency sensation is overpowering and stays all the way to the end. Right before it hits the final stretch of the sip, there's a small, brief moment of roasty toffee caramel, then gets buried again. There's a slight spicey warming in the throat as it slides down the hatch.

M - Medium bodied, slightly sticky, spice and zesty acidity tingle the tongue more than the carbonation.

O - I could tell from the first smell that this bottle was probably toast, there's no way Coronado would brew a Belgian style IPA with this kind of tang because they're a talented bunch of folks which tells me it's the bottle. I'll definitely give this one another go around and adjust my review as such. I really like the beers from Coronado. However, if I weren't expecting more Belgian flare in the aroma and taste, and this were classified more as a big IPA, I might enjoy it more. The pungent acidity reminds me more of what I experienced with a Mikkeller "I Beat yoU", and that was done in a good way. This is too, but I don't think it's what the brewer was shooting for, if so, call it something else to eliminate the Belgian expectation because it's just not there. Like I said, I'll DEFINITELY give this one another try. The bottle is on the downside, and I still give solid a "B", only because I do like pungency and spice in my hops, just doesn't work with this style. Can't wait to try a fresh one! (1,970 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at the SLO Xtreme beerfest. It pours a very cloudy golden color with an antique white head. It demonstrates good head retention. Citrus and pine nose. Clean, crisp pine presence up front that quickly yields to raw oat flavor. Interesting, but not my favorite. (275 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Eh. Kind of a mediocre belgian ale with a mildly spiced tone to it. Kind of thick in a clogged kind of way. Almost chalky thing going on too. Kind of just there. Not really a Belgian IPA so much; or at least, not one I am impressed by. Like I said: eh. (252 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a hazy, copper tinted body...there was sediment suspended everywhere and carbonation bubbles were dodging the particles...two fingers worth of rocky, off white head formed and slowly fell to a full cap...great lacing was left

S - Grapefruit and other citrus aromas fill the nose...the nose is very hoppy, but some caramel sneaks in

T - The flavors start off with a huge bitterness...lots of citrus hops allow some sweetness in the background...the hops have a bright, yet leafy character to them in the middle...also in the middle, briefly, I picked up some light Belgian spice...but that was about it...the finish brings back the bitter hops, but there is a nice sweet caramel bill that mellows things out...maybe a little candied sugar as well

M - Medium bodied...chewy, bittersweet finish

O - This was a big beer and I'm glad I waited around for a 12 oz. bottle of this to show up...definitely a sipper...not much Belgian qualities, more of a sweet, American version (989 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a spotty, billowy white head. Aroma starts with a lemony tang accompanies with soft spices such as clove and pepper. Very pungent. Flavor is strong with clove, allspice, and pepper. Amazing that it was masked so much in the aroma. Grapefruit and other citrus come through in taste as well. Bitterness is grassy and barkish and strong, lingering a moderate amount. The huge flavors swing back and forth almost balancing each other out. Feel is also balanced with a dry finish. Very interesting and one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had. (570 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; golden colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: orange, with lemon and Belgian yeast behind it;

T: Belgian yeast all the way through, with banana and clove becoming more prevalent from mid-palate through the finish; almost no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I would have like the fruit from the nose to come through in the flavor; (411 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap.

A- Goden yellow with a nice bright white head that became a cap and left no sap.

S- Belgian yeast on top of grapefruit and citrus scents and a bready backing.

T- Grapefruit, pineapple, Belgian yeast making bread. Some tangerine. The flavors don't really jump out at you, pretty muted. No alcohol though which is a plus.

M- Fairly carbed with a less than medium body, goes down pretty smooth with a slight crisp pop towards the end. A yeasty aftertaste.

D- I enjoyed this to an extent but I was blown away last year. It's good now but I won't be going for a 2nd glass, where as last tear I had three. (612 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle purchased from a liquor store in San Diego, cannot remember its name unfortunately, was only around five or six dollars, split with friend last night for the night cap, poured into a Paulaner imperial pint glass

A-Light orange in color with some golden red highlights, head was pretty creamy for an IPA and was almost an inch, did not last too long though, minmal retention, some decent lacing

S-Floral and piney hoppiness, nectarines, peaches, pears, funky spices, Belgian yeast, bready malt aromas, and some citrus including a distinct pineapple aroma

T-Tasted like a Belgian strong pale ale with the first sip because the hops do not kick in until the aftertaste, some sweet malt and fruit in the middle, hops were pretty dry in the finish but definitely had a citrus flavor because it faded into a sweet and slightly tart flavor, changed a little over time and mostly got sweeter, hop profile was not modified too much, wish there was more bitterness, otherwise I could barely say this was an IPA based on its initial flavor

M-Dry, semi-sweet, bitter, and chewy mouthfeel, medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, lingering taste, also some spicy feels towards the end

D-Could not have drank too much of this, malt was too sweet for my palate, alcohol was present and seemed strong at least, smooth at times but also a little harsh later on

I could barely read the label but I think it said it was nine percent alcohol, thought this was more like a DIPA anyways, definitely a Belgian-style India pale ale regardless, also tasted this on tap at Hamilton's about a month ago, might drink again, worth trying at least once (1,647 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored elixir with a thick frothy jandis colored head. Great retention and thick thick sticky lace.
Great nose. Rich caramel malt and thick piney citrusy hops. Simcoe for sure. Very sweet aromatics with bready malts lying underneath. Not overly complex in the nose but in your face and electrifying.
Odd actually. A little off balance. Hoppy and bitter on the finish with a biscuit bready middle leaning into caramel on the finish. Hints of citrus and peach with even more in the way of pine and bits of earth. Middle seems to be somewhat lost for just a second and than it all comes back full throttle on the finish. Ahh well after reading the bottle I see that this brew is femented with a belgian yeast strain. That would explain the lack of a middle. A good DIPA but just can't get past the middle. (809 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -Wonderful bright honey, large head, beautiful spider web lacing.

S - Floral, hoppy and fruits.

T - Served warmer than I usually do, very complex flavor. Sweet malts, you do get the Belgium yeast notes, including tropical and banana flavors, then the pine and citrus hops.

M - Thick and creamy mouth, good carbonation, good coating. Personally, I thought the balance was pretty good.

D - Fun to try. (405 characters)

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Hoppy Daze IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.