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Hoppy Daze IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Hoppy Daze IPAHoppy Daze IPA

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 218
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
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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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-06-2003

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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 218
Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on tap, Chucks, 16oz mason jar

Always been a fan of the Belgian IPA substyle - Coronado's version is a nice textbook version - citrus hops, honey, yeast, flowers, a little alcohol bite. Paired nicely with a catfish poboy covered in hot sauce. A nice beer - lots of hops, yeast, clove and spice.

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Photo of ccrida
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

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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 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 jzeilinger
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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!

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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 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 brewdlyhooked13
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a golden caramel color, two fingers of white, creamy foam above. Nice stick to the lacing as it makes clumpy waves on the glass up top, and full sheets going down. A steady bead off the bottom of the glass makes for a great looking beer, and considerably cloudier with the bottom pour added.

Aroma - initially has a burst of orangy citrus. Some light wood and earthy Belgian yeast as it settles along with subtle alcohol vapor.

Taste - malty, sweet caramel at first, quickly overcome by citrusy, sparkly, prickly hops. Grapefruit, lemon, pine and a warming abv as well. The Belgian yeast makes its way through all that on the aftertaste, impressive. Dry, bitter, boozy finish, even a warm grainy exhale at times. Good beer.

Mouthfeel - creamy, well-carbonated but not interfering. A good sturdy body that keeps up with the beer's profile.

Drinkability - a fine Belgian IPA, a great change of pace for an IPA beer tasting.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.36/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5


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?

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Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-y amber with a soapy head top. Sticks awesomely. Nice carbonation rush from the base of the glass.

Pine and citrus hops with an assertive spiciness grinned the Belgian yeast used. Smells purty good.

Piney and spicy hop overload. Tons of bitterness and a nice hit of warm booze from the first sip. This American version is wacky on the hops. Some bitter orange pith, spruce, coriander, and malt sugar. Great bite at first, and everlasting finish. Not a super familiar Belgian yeast quality; barely a Belgian IPA and more of an American Double IPA. Dangerous to slug back in this tall pint.

Decent feel. Thank heavens for the bubbly scrub, or else I'd have finished this one off by now. Body is an almost-medium. Pretty appropriate.

I'm in love with this beer. It's heady, which is to say that it's a little hot. But, a great aggressive hoppiness and interesting spice character with makes for a delicious spin in a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of shigg85
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vivo in Ikebukuro is crowded tonight for a Coronado Tap Takeover! I chose Hoppy Daze because I felt like trying out their only Belgian on tap. It is a beautiful orange brew that has a depth almost like looking into tinted crystal. The first sip has an immediate punch of hops (obviously by the name) with an apricot flavor accompanying. There is a great roasted sensation that touches the back of my mouth and warms my ears and my belly. There is also an enjoyable sourness in the aftertaste that reminds me of eating slghtly over-ripened peaches in the summer. After a while of letting it rest, there is also a trace of orange in the scent coming off the glass.

John Lee Hooker is playing on the in-house system, and even though it is a Belgian-style San Diego brew, I feel like I could be sitting in Atlanta enjoying some BBQ and this fine brew.

Two thumbs way up.

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Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber in late April from Total Wine for $6.99.

Beer poured orange with a very nice head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is mildly sweet with some citrus hops.

Taste is classic belgian yeast strain, some coriander, light pepper, citrus hops. Brew has a nice lively zing to it.

Mouthfeel is classic belgian yeast smoothness with a nice lighter body.

Overall this is a brew that is tasty and refreshing, one i would definitely do again!

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Photo of Floydster
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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Photo of Beaver13
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow with a big rocky white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet tropical fruit with some earthy funk.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, some fruit and some funk with a decent peppery bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice Belgian IPA. Heavy on the fruity hops with Belgian funk to complement.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking brewski with it's amber body and tall tan headhere, although there is abit of cloudness ruuning through.
Aroma is quite fruity and minty almost.
Taste is hoppy with citrus maybe and tangerine some floral notes too. Bready malts are present as well as some yeast and spice.
Taste good and has a dry hoppy finish but not overly bitter. At 9% one could get quite tipsy on this beer because it drinks quite well.

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Photo of mcallister
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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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 RonfromJersey
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.50 single from Abe's.

Lots of yeast sediment floating in a thick yellow-orange haze. One finger of level white foam.

Oranges, apricots, other citrus, pine, and a bit of fresh bread, and a hint of Belgian candy in the nose.

Sweet caramel beginning, followed by juicy fruit, big hop bite at the swallow and some Belgian style yeast candy in the finish.

Solid medium mouthfeel delivers well.

Not that big on Belgian IPAs, but this comes across as a well done Belgian/US hybrid. I wouldn't have a lot of these, but one is certainly worth it.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $6. Poured into a standard shaker glass. The ale appears a hazed bright yellow color with about two fingers of fluffy off white foam. Nose and flavors are of orange creamsicles, menthol, apricot, grapefruit, peach, mango, sweet malt, pine, spicy yeast. Better than medium bodied and dry with ample carbonation. Pretty tasty overall.

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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 sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Coronado brew. Will not be my last.

A-Pours a cloudy pale aprricot with a fluffy white head and some sticky lacing.

S-Lots of hops! Pineapple and grapefruit with a mild underlying sweetness.

T-A very nicely malty front, then grapefruit hops and pineapple. Finishes nicely sweet with just a hint of Belgian yeast.

M-Medium bodied and a bit sticky.

D-Dangerously drinkable. Does not taste like 9% ABV.


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

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours light gold with a slight haze and an inch-plus head of white. Plenty of ripped sheets of lacing throughout the glass as well as a full coverage skim coat.

Aromatics lead off with pungent, bitter, almost astringent hops. Heavy dosing of grapefruit pith, pine bark, and cedar dew. Light phenolics in the back with juniper in the finish.

Medium bodied with a sticky, chewy mouthfeel. A bit syrupy and slick.

Tropical fruit and conifer resin start the palate. Pink grapefruit pulp, cut grass, spruce needles, and quanine follow through.

Finishes with warming alcohol, a solid bitterness, tropical fruit, wet pine, and a hint of bubblegum.

The Belgian character is subdued by the high hopping rate, and the hops seem to lean in the pelletized direction. A mild wet paper note is found thoughout as well. Probably not the freshest example of this beer.

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