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Hoppy Daze IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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85
very good

216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 17
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-06-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Hoppy Daze are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let's sing a song of cheer again
Hoppy Daze are here again"

--Milton Ager and Jack Yellen (if they had been craft beer lovers)

Flawless ripe apricot that would look even better with some yeasty haziness (that arrives on subsequent pours). The head isn't Belgian ale-like, but it wasn't expected to be. The tight-bubbled foam is lightly toasted ecru in color, looks even better as it starts to melt and is laying down some pretty fantastic looking lace. An excellent look.

I can't bring myself to penalize this Belgian IPA for not smelling like a Belgian IPA because it smells sooo good. In case you're wondering, any pale malted, highly hopped, 9.0% ale that uses a Belgian yeast strain is a Belgian IPA. Besides, it says so right there on the label.

American hops dominate the nose with wonderfully aromatic aromas of peach, orange, pink bubblegum and pink grapefruit. Amarillo has to be in there. I wouldn't bet against Simcoe and one or more C-hops as well. The fresh peachiness is amazing.

Hoppy Daze is delicious beer that has a tremendous amount of tropical fruitiness. It's a tough call between Belgian IPA and American IPA since characteristics of each of them are present. Not that it's important, but it's probably closer to the latter. The American hops *almost* overpower the more subtle flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast.

The malt backbone is nice and sturdy. It's primarily sugar cookie pale with a slight hint of caramel. A beer called Hoppy Daze ought to be hoppier and more bitter than this. That said, the symphony of flavors that is beginning to emerge as the ounces rush by are imploring me to reach for the big number.

Regarding specific flavors... juicy peach is still in the lead, followed by mandarin orange, pink grapefruit and sweetened banana. A large pinch of ground ginger and a small pinch of white pepper have to be coming from the Belgian yeast. This really is lip smackingly delicious big beer.

What was a good mouthfeel initially is a very good mouthfeel at the midway point. It isn't lightly creamy and voluminous like a real Belgian ale, but it stays well away from thick and sticky, as some high-ABV American ales tend to be. It's nicely plush and mouth pampering with a perfect amount of smooth-edged carbonation.

My only previous experience with Coronado Brewing Company (Idiot IPA) was a positive experience. Nevertheless, I didn't expect Hoppy Daze to blow me out of the water like it has. This unique, delightful elixir deserves a lot more love than it gets. Bottom line: the flavor of American hops married to the complexity of Belgian yeast. Thumbs way up!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I acquired this one from Mr. Joey at South bay. Being a lover of the IPA as I am, I apparently could not let this one slip by, and I am very glad that he did not let me. I grabbed this one out of the fridge last night and proceeded to serve it into the Mock Turtle at a slightly warmer then the fridge temperature.

Appearance - The our was very nice with a delicate light amber color coming through immediately. Very nice bit of cloudiness to it was not enough to obscure the carbonation which was bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. A very nice head of white foam, perhaps two fingers in height was then allowed to form up over the top and proceeded to settle down gently but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace and leaving behind a nice soft pillow in its wake.

Smell - The aroma was full of hops as one would expect. At first I really did not pick up much in the way of the Belgian yeast, but that would come later as it warmed. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit aromas just rippling though out this one, very bright indeed. As it warmed some notes of light yeast and wheat were starting to come though along with a touch of peach of light green apple.

Taste - This carried over very well into the flavor which was very nicely. It started out as a nice, and classic west coast DIPA. Quick rips through the mouth of strong and bitter grapefruit notes and a really nice touch of pineapple as well. Very nice light floral presence, but as it warmed it started to get taken over by the yeast. Hints of pears and peaches start coming thorough and the grain flavor that made up the back started to shine. Very nice balance between the too. Some light sugary notes before the finish turned back over to the dry and bitter influence of the west coast hops.

Mouthfeel - Very nice, and light body on this one. Definitely a little bit lighter then ,most of your classic DIPA. Great carbonation really let it pop and gave you a great sense of crispness, especially when it was still well chilled.

Drinkability - The 9% abv was very well hidden, in fact I really did not believe it was as strong as it came across. Very nice balanced and a light profile, I could have sipped on this one for days, really well done.

Overall I thought this was an excellent Belgian IPA. Really well done and a differenced take on one of my favorite styles. I am glad I got a few of these as I believe they will hold up very well over time and really make a fine addition to my regular lineup. Definitely a top notch beer in my opinion.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The beer pours a golden amber color with a nice white head on top of it.

S: Plenty of fresh citrus hop aroma to this one along with some floral and fruit notes. Plenty of yeast which gives it a touch of that "Belgian" feel, as does a hint of spice. Bready malts provide a touch of sweetness.

T: Very fruit forward hops with lots of citrus and tropical fruit flavors coming through. A moderate hop bitterness is offset to an extent by some yeasty and mildly sweet bready malt flavors.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Belgian IPAs often fall a bit short for me, but this was quite good. Very nice flavors to this beer.

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking golden copper color, with a very little amount of head on top. The lacing is very minimal... next to nothing really. The smell of this beer is a super hoppy and sweet. I'm enjoying the aroma of this quite a bit actually. The taste of the beer doesn't scream Belgian to me really, it's got a lot of american style hops in it that kind of kill off any of the Belgian flavors that it might have in there somewhere. Still I find it to taste very good. The mouthfeel of this brew is oily and lightly carbonated, very smooth and for me very drinkable. Overall I enjoyed this beer, I'd probably drink it again no questions asked.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad Mex featuring Hoppy Daze IPA on tap right now intense array of citrus hops brings out Beligan spices as well. The moderate carbonation and the smooth drinking body goes hand and hand, one of those beers that drain themselves than you find at that Mad Mex is charging nine bucks a glass for this masterpiece. An excellent product but so limited that Mad Mex is selling it for a set price of nine dollars a pour but it only charges 4.50 during happy hora M-F that's why they can get away with the inflated pricing. Even the Brown ale from Coronado was nine bucks fuck Wilson Mcginnley and Fuck Mad Mex for 9 dollar pints. This beer was excellent too bad I couldn't drink another serving without spending 18 dollars did I mention they want to serve this in 12 ounce pours. Citrus, floral, and earthy hops stand tall against the barrage of West Coast hops but the alcohol is well hidden and the malts are plentiful enough to create some balance. Drinkability overall is quality but the price leaves this one on the experimental backburner.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kaiser81 for this bottle.

Pours hazy golden with a large white head. The initial aroma is very hoppy, with both grassy and citrusy orange hops. The flavor is Belgian yeast and grassy as well as some fruit flavors, with citrus as well as a little banana. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some lacy, lacing as it slowly subsides in a persistent, tightly beaded manner. The beer is a muddled amber color that shows a hazy, straw-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma, noticeable even as I pour this beer, is laden with fruity hop notes that are no doubt accentuated by fermentation derived esters. This smells of lychee, apricot, kumquats and even a bit of floral tropical fruit notes reminiscent of pineapple and mango. An actual inspection of the nose sees the hop fruitiness take a more citrus edge to it as well as picking up a backbone of pine needles and even a touch of herbal, almost hemp like notes to it. Toasted, pale malt character contributes a solid cracker like grain character to the finish. Honestly, other than the note when I was pouring it, the nose doesn't seem to have a whole lot of Belgian'esque character to it.

The combination of hops and residual malt sugar contributes to this being quite a sweet seeming beer. It isn't overly heavy though as it might even said to be fairly light for a beer of this strength. While the front of each sip is dominated by super ripe fruit notes the finish has a nice, solid bitterness to it as well as a touch of menthol like herbal hop character that lingers; neither of these two notes are huge, but do go a long way towards balancing the up front sweet flavors. Some of the menthol like notes I am realizing are actual turpene like phenolic notes of clove derived from fermentation phenols. I think that the hop fruitiness is actually accentuated quite a bit by fermentation derived esters as well, but the Belgian yeast character really plays a supporting role here; yes this is a bit different than a straight up IPA, but it is not so different as to be overtly noticeable that it was fermented with something other than a bland American Ale yeast. This is of course more a testament to the super-hoppiness of this brew rather from the use of a bland Belgian yeast strain; the Belgian character is in here, it is just drowned out by the cacophonous, palate engulfing hop character. The up front hop notes contribute flavors of tropical fruit, lychee, floral peach, orange blossom honey, super ripe tangelo, a touch of pineapple and, as the beer warms a definite note of super ripe melon and floral pear that is purely fermentation derived but still contributes to the over all tropical fruit notes that are found in this beer.

This is just a down right enjoyable brew; it has such a ripe hoppiness to it that I can't really even find fault that the hops drown out the Belgian yeast character to a large degree. Letting the beer warm up certainly helps (the phenols in the finish become more noticeable and a herbal, slightly vegetal and grassy character is accentuated as well), but ultimately this is all about the hops (as it should be). This is dangerously drinkable for a beer of this of this strength, which is definitely requisite in my book for anything with IPA on the label. This definitely hits the spot for this oft-times hop head, and even has a bit of yeast character to keep the funky freak in me at least slightly interested.

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. Poured into a tulip, the beer was a hazy yellow with a sticky white head. The aroma was a big nose full of of sweet piney resin with a mild earthy note. I'm really impressed by how clear and rich the smell is, damn. The flavor diverges surprisingly, with a much grassier, citrus rind flavor - likely the Belgian element kicking in. Like most really good beers, it could still be more complex, but this is a beer worth seeking out. Thanks to Plunkett for introducing me to this fine beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Hoppy Daze IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.