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Hoppy Daze IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Hoppy Daze IPAHoppy Daze IPA

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very good

82 Reviews
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Reviews: 82
Hads: 218
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 17.59%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-06-2003

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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 218
Photo of Stoneman78
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is orange amber hue with a modest layer of soapy white foam that sustains, light lacing

Aroma is a mix of sweetness and hops, hops are piney and floral grassiness, sweet bread malts are quite bold, light fruits, Belgian yeast and candi, citrus and peaches, honey, delicious

Taste is initially thick toast malts, piney hops, floral tones, and alcohol, midway enters hints of honey, peaches, Belgian candy, grass, and light citrus, finishes dry and resinous with a hint of chalk

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, thick and resiny texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is average, the sweet malts overwhelm the restricted hop profile, the Belgian aspect is different and exciting although the IPA-ness is sort of drowned out here. . .

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Photo of wordemupg
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 25/3/13

A very slight haze in a golden yellow body, a few tiny bubbles but a large well sustained head leaves a few thick rings of lace followed by random patches, thin film stays to the

S sour apple's stronger then I'd like with some lemon honey and herbal tea, the yeast profiles there but I'm not sure that I should be getting banana, there's some cereal and citrus with some clove and spice, good but not great

T lime and lemon rind with more yeast and even a little pine, faint booze and a peppery spice I wasn't really smelling, less sour apple then the nose and its quite different to my surprise and a little better

M slightly syrupy at first but bubbles fluff it up after its in your mouth, thick with a little heat and a long finish

O it hits the spots but still missing something I can't place but I enjoyed it nonetheless, double speak

I've had some good luck with this brewery and I'll keep paying 10$ to try a bomber but I slightly overpaid for this one

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Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber colour with a thin lace of white head. Good retention for the meager amount of foam off the pour. Light malty flavour sits underneath a combination of citrus and resinous hops. Highly resinous bitterness with a citrusy hop flavour. Light sweetness most of the way through, finishing on the dry, resinous side. Medium body and carbonation. Dry, resinous texture. Overall, the hops really overpower the malt base, but it's still a nice beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, 7.5% ABV, cool to see yet another offering from this SoCal brewery available somewhat broadly in Alberta. Sexier screened label than what I see above here now.

This beer pours a clear, glassy medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, creamy meringue white head, which leaves a random assortment of dainty chain-link fence and chunky blob lace around the glass as it unevenly melts away.

It smells of tart musty apple and pear, a bit of funky yeast, citrus and pine hops, grainy pale malt, lemon-scented cleanser, and further perfumed florals. The taste is bready, grainy cereal malt, more overripe, almost rotten drupe fruit, bitter citrus rind, musty tropical fruit, mildly acerbic pine needles, earthy green yeast, a bit of clove/pepper spiciness, and more booze-infused floral notes.

The bubbles are low-key, frothy at times, and just plain supportive, the body a more-or-less adequate medium weight, and duly smooth, as the hops here don't seem to stray out that far, so good, I guess. It finishes off-dry, the hetero-orchard fruitiness (citrus and apples, mostly) having a go at permanence, while the yeast, bitter hops, and alcohol each seem worthy to stage a coup, but can't really just get it together.

All the hallmarks of the style are here, to be sure - Belgian-style pale ale, on the high end of the alcohol range, and perky, bitter west-coast Yankee hops. Decent, but without flair, my skirt remaining barely ruffled. Sometimes the whole is not better than the sum of the parts, I would say if I was being unduly pissy. Which I am. Sorry.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 01/11/12. Tulip glass.

A: Pours light golden, somewhat opaque, with a finger and a half of bright white head. Good retention and leaves behind some pretty lacing.

S: Bubblegum fruitiness, sweetish malt, clove, a little lemon, with floral notes underneath.

T: Wow, super citrusy (grapefruit), bubblegum, finishing with spot-on, moderate grapefruit bitterness which lingers forever. Not as well integrated as it could be.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Interesting flavors, but maybe a little overboard on the bitterness.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with a TON of white, fluffy, foamy head. This one had head coming out of the bottle as soon as I popped the top. Aromas of bread, honey, yeast cake, esters, and some berry highlights. Smells are light, but tasty. Flavors are light and crisp, with a buttery, cracker, and floral blend on the forward tongue, with some more honey rich notes in the backbone. Smooth, light bodied, with a softness throughout. The aftertaste is more of the Belgian yeast strand, with fruity notes and funk. The finish is smooth and clean, with a subtle spice linger.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap. Good copper pour with a solid white head. Aroma is hops and pine. Good amount of hops up front with some resin, with a bit of malt in the back. Sticky mouthfeel with a clean finish. A great IPA, but only an above-average Imperial.
Bottle, 4/08. Pours clear gold with a huge white head. Strong yeasty aroma with a lot of banana and clove. It nearly drowns out the floral hops. Taste is the same. Bubblegum and clove abound, then the grassy, pine hops come in at the end. The closest thing to this is the Urthel Triple Hop IPA. This one is sweeter, but I don't know which is better.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into a tulip sampler glass at TJs in Paoli.

A: A lighter hazy golden orange with a one finger fluffy white head. Medium glass lacing.

S: Sweet citrus hops with a sugary sweet malt presence. A tad bit of funkyness too.

T: Citrus hops with flavors of mango, orange, pineapple and some hints of floral grassy flavors. The hops immediately give way to a massive sugary sweetness mixed with some slight Belgian yeasty characters. The sugary sweetness lasts all the way until finish with the hops trying to make a comeback but end up being pushed back down with a decent alcohol flavor lingering.

M: Medium, coating, cloying sweet with a decent alcohol kick.

D: Low, believe it or not, I didn't even finish my tasting glass!

Talk about day and night, I so enjoyed this from a bottle, but from tap the sweetness comes pounding through....too much so. The hops and yeast are nice, but the sweetness needs to be dialed down a bit. I left disappointed. Shame too.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- golden color, thin head, nice lacing

Smell- malt, citrus hops(grapefruit)

Taste- citrus hops mostly, some malt

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would drink it again. It's not one of my standard ones but still pretty good.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at Stone. This brew is a clear copper color with a medium and fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, hops and grass. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with grassy hops, citrus and light malt flavors. Slight spice and yeast are present as well. The finish is hoppy and leaves a mild spice and hops aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Initial taste is creamcycle orange. The hop taste remains there but it is an aged taste. Light orange body and a great long lasting head. I just received this bottle from Lueken's Liquors. There may have been some time since brewed, which should not be critical for a Belgian IPA. Good drinkability though not the best I have had in the style .Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is very clear yellow in color with some hues of amber. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness. The Belgian yeast flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be an easy-to-drink Belgian IPA because it wasn't too bitter or dominated by yeasty flavors.

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Photo of TaySuth
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a fresh bottle.

Appearance: Light amber to gold in color with a solid white head that dwindled down to a thin film of bottles a little too quickly.

Smell: Very good aroma with citrus, flower, and a hint of pine. The citrus has a varied bouquet of tangerine, orange, and a hint of cherry. The citrus is well balanced with a fantastic floral aroma and there is a slight finish of pine.

Taste: Very well balanced in an IPA sense. Hops give flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, floral and pine that is perfectly backed up, but not overshadowed by a sweet, malt taste. One issue was that the floral taste seemed to build upon the palate with each sip which began to wash out the other flavors slightly. That is my only complaint upon an overall excellent taste profile.

Mouthfeel: Good overall texture with with light but adequate carbonation and a medium heft to it.

Overall: This beer has some excellent qualities with some minor drawbacks but overall, I must say that I did thoroughly enjoy this beer.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery! Taken from notes.

Appearance – A nice golden color with about a finger of head when given to me by the waitress. The head sticks around for a while and leaves nice lacing.

Smell – The Belgian yeast and bready malts are at the forefront, but there is also a nice citrus hop bite, along with slight pine. Some spices are present at the end.

Taste – Similar to the nose, though the citrus flavors are more noticeable. Orange, grapefruit, and a hint of lemon. Then the Belgian yeast and flavors start to kick in. I am not a huge fan of this style but this one was not overpowering and relatively pleasant.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – A good beer to have with a Ruben, but not one I’d have again to be honest.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - a beautiful almost translucent golden sunset, half finger off white head and some decent lace

S - wow! Hop bomb! So much hops, citrus, pineapple, pine, smell of the islands, weed, sugar, peaches, crazy sweet almost Belgian yeast, toasty malts and a slight booze

T - holy crap, I just got punched in the face with hops, weed, citrus rinds, nice Belgian yeast, Nice sweet sugariness, no booze in the taste, flowers, grass, fruit orchard and fresh cut wood

M - medium minus body, medium acidity, decent balance, not a lot of complexity and a very long finish

D/O - huge hop bomb. Not at all for anyone who is just a casual fan of hops. This thing is hops from beginning to end. Hop, hops and more hops! Very silky, fresh and has that nice weed flavor

Final thought - for $8 a pop and 9% this is nice but not an every day ipa like idiot. That is the best beer they make by far. Still very nice

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Photo of mactrail
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Remarkable fruity and spicy aroma greets the first snootful. Attractive amber in the Ommegang chalice with plenty of foamy cap and lacing.

Dry from the start, skipping over any malty sweetness. And it gets drier as the Belgian yeast kicks in. Amazing aromatics with an herbal and flowery hop aroma, and then a spicy, fresh sawdust nose as you breathe out. Quite bitter, so it's more of an IPA with Belgian yeast. Hops are the main event and won't disappoint the IPA hound. Fairly light body. Long, resiny yet perfumey taste ends with a piney bitterness softened by the yeast. Crazy mouthful of flavor.

This current version is listed as 7.5% ABV and 74 IBUs, with the hops being Warrior, Centennial, and Chinook. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of gford217
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Dunk poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small and short-lived white head that recedes to a small ring quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

The aroma has no doubt lost some of its hop character as the sweetness of the malts and light fruit dominate with only a bit citrus in there on top of some healthy Belgian yeast presence.

The taste is also very sweet up front with lots of apricots and pears with strong Belgian yeast characteristics as well. As in the aroma, the hops have died down a good bit in the taste.

The mouthfeel is slick with decent carbonation and leaves lots of sweetness on the palate.

This is a decent and very drinkable Belgian IPA, though I really think it would be better fresh as the hops have faded a bit. As it is, this is a light and fruity sweet take on a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of hopdog
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Coronado Brew Pub.

Poured a medium golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus and some grass. Tastes of the same floral hops, citrus, light caramel, and some pine.

Notes from: 12/1/04

I'd like to get a bottle of this to compare to my earlier rating from the Brew Pub.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the dog.

A- comes to me with a finger of bright white head that settles in a few to leave a nice wed of sticky lace. The brew is a hazy sunset orange yellow in color.

S- a nice juicy citrus and tropical hit with a good amount of spicy belgian yeast ans a slightly sweet honey and powered sugar malt hit.

T- bitter grapefruit rind and orange zest with a nice spicy yeast component. Some herbal grassiness as well. Malts are light and sweet with just enough gumption to balance but never overshadow.

M- medium body with sick creamyish carb that let's the brew sit and stay awhile before it kicks in even more and rounds the whole thing out.

D- nice belgian ipa for sure. Not sure how fresh it is so I won't pass to much judgment on the hops but I think this brew super fresh might be awesome, or if this is super fresh its a good beer.

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Photo of ADZA
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue with a creamy three finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is mandarins,bready Belgian yeast,pepperoni,piney hops and spices,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with above moderate carbonation and has tastes of spicy zesty citrus infused hops,bready Belgian yeast,mandarins,lemons,peaches and finished with a piney hop spicy bitter finish and overall it's a nice mix of Belgian and American IPA and would drink again cheers.

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Photo of rawfish
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light amber and golden with copious amounts of haze, the head that forms is light and pillowy leaving a steady ring around the glass. Average retention. Overall a good looking beer.

A strong nose with floral hops, red berries, and bitter pine with Belgian character in the yeast, coriander and powder.

Light malt foundation, cookie dough with a touch of cereal grains, hops provide tangerine, honeydew and white peach before becoming lip smackingly bitter coupled with white pepper, coriander and some odd twinges of aluminum. Thin to medium bodied, alcohol well hidden, and decent carbonation. A bit metallic on the finish. Overall it performs well.

Complex Belgian IPA, pretty well put together with the yeast providing tropical varied fruit and the bitter hop kick, alcohol well hidden but it could be smoother. I wouldn't turn this down.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel stem. Bright, cloudy blood orange hue with 1 finger of off-white head. Aroma of classic San Diego grapefruit.
I got a huge citrus hop taste in the front of the tongue which changed into a Belgiany-yeasty tartness in the mouthfeel. And not a smooth transition, mind you. Head quickly dissolved after a sip or 2 leaving some nice lacing in the glass. Finished dry and hoppy with a strange hint of strawberry. Very thin in the body but had some nice layers of taste.

Very nice approach to a Belgian IPA style. Not terribly balanced between the 2 styles, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of m1ked
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5$ dollar don't make you holla, growler fill. Thanks Nate.

A- Mostly clear light amber, almost like the color of honey. Just hazy enough that I barely can't read through a pint glass (yes I can read). Minimal head disappears quickly, leaving a white rim.

S- This is really nice, I smell a distinct peach aroma, floral notes, pears, almost as if I were smelling an intersting chardonay, instead it is an interesting beer. I don't catch any whiff of bitterness.

T- Starts off like a belgian no doubt. Banana-clovey, vanilla up front, then it has an interesting/odd transition somewhere in the middle that is filled with some etoh heat that turns into a lingering bitterness, not your classic hops bitterness though.

M- smooth start, some thick mouthfeel, that turns into heat and then into bitter.

D- I really like what CBC has been doing recently. This is definetly unique and fun. With that being said, this one has me intrigued and confused at the same time. Nonetheless, an easy beer to drink.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter amber-colored offering than the Four Brothers Pale Ale, this brew provided much more of a hop experience. The body, as noted, was light amber and clear with a decent white head and good lacing. Very malty and hoppy nose with more presence than the pale ale. Decent flavor with nicely subdued hop presence yet clearly a well-hopped offering, but refined and restrained. Good feel and finish. Easily a session beer.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Bruery tulip.

Orange peel body which glows a bright amber when held to a light. Soft ivory head recedes fairly quickly as it is quite active. Appears more like an American IPA rather than a Belgian IPA.

Potent aromatics - suffused with melons, grapefruit, pine, passion fruit, and tangerine. Again, more "American" in approach, but quite fresh and invigorating.

Fruity palate entry, moderately bitter, with peppery phenolics in the relativlely dry finish. Unique flavor profile, full of subtle tropical fruit, rye crackers, and hooka tobacco notes.

A little thin for a Belgian style, lacking effervescence (the quantity of carbonation is fine, though the quality is off). ABV is well integrated.

Despite using Belgian yeast, beyond some aspects of the flavor, this is a domestic style through and through. Still, Coronado knows what to do with hops - so this is worth seeking out.

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