Islander IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Islander IPAIslander IPA

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955 Ratings
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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 24
Gots: 189 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: scottoale on 07-18-2006

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Reviews by DrJay:
Photo of DrJay
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow/gold and hazy with a short whitish cap of fine bubbles. Lots of lacing, good head retention for what's there. Sweet, tropical fruitiness, mango and pineapple, with some citrus and faint malt. Lots of hop character without being sharp. Same in the flavour -- soft hoppiness abounds, without the harshness that sometimes creeps in. Sturdy bitterness with more tropical and citrus fruits, mild maltiness. Medium body, moderate carbonation, decent texture. I enjoyed it. A solid West Coast IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear amber infused deep golden with almost no head even after a fairly hard pour,just a thin quick to fade white head.Aromas are all San Diego IPA in its big citrus and resiny notes,a subtle but noticeable caramel malt element is there as well.Flavors have a deep fruitiness not just grapefruit and tangerine wich is expected,but also a bit of tropical fruit as well,its big and resiny late.A bit of a dull feel but its pretty full in nature,another good left coast IPA to seek out here.

Photo of RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This poured a golden orange in color with a nice, easy, slightly off-white head.

Smell - This is a nice bouquet leaning towards heavy hops. They are full of fresh, aromatic pine that is not overly resiny and mixed with some wonderful tangerine and to a lesser extent grapefruit. The malt certainly plays the lesser role but is not to be undone as it has wonderful caramel flavor that's not overly sweet. All in all it is a terrific, natural aroma.

Taste - The hops surprisingly carry over well into the taste. They are still with a little more grapefruit than shown at the nose and the malts are rich and again not overly sugared or falsely sweet. The two main characters, the hops and the malts, mate extremely well putting this IPA way above average. There's also a slight nutty taste that just adds to the complexity.

Mouthfeel - This is a very slick and rightly bittered medium-sized IPA that lingers dryly on the palate.

Drinkability - I developed a personal affinity for this beer as the night wore on. It is well-balanced with quality ingredients and unique enough to stand out from the pack. It doesn't hit you with a sledgehammer but is serious and just raw enough to make ya say hmmm.

Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yard House in Waikiki.

A - Clear darker-golden amber body with a thin off-white head that receded and deposited a thin web of lacing around the rim of the glass.

S - Moderate hop character suggesting floral notes with some citrus fruit. Malt is sweet and caramely with a touch of toasted grains.

T - Citrus hops dominate the flavor with a touch of floral and perfumy notes. Hops are backed by a sweet caramel and grainy malt backbone.

M - Medium bodied wity a light syrupy texture, although a bit watery overall. Carbonation is moderate with a slight prickly sensation and subtle alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - While this is a very good IPA overall, it doesn't strike me as West Coast. However, it is well-balanced with a nice hop kick and lots of flavor.

Photo of Dmann
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I had never heard of until today, I decided to give it a chance. The pour was nice with a clear orange color and good head retention and lace. The smell was quite earthy with a bit of an off putting sourness in the background. The taste was quite good, though a bit one dimensional. Hops of course took the foreground with a very piney flavor and good carbonation, but the malt was nowhere to be found. If you are looking for a hop bomb this is a good beer, but fans of balance will be a bit disappointed.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice looking golden IPA with a lingering white foamy head.

Smells a bit like the outside of a brewery. Extracty.

Tastes ok. Piney IPA that finishes clean.

A little syrupy pine in your cheeks, but it doesn't linger offensively.

Overall, ok but nothing special for a california IPA. If I was in Coronado for some reason, a visit would not be a must based on this experience.

Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear yellow gold with a big meringue white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is a little subdued - sweet crystal malts with fruit and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet malts with citrus and tropical fruit and some resiny piney floral hops with good bitterness although a bit chalky. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice fruity resiny IPA.

Photo of mverity
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale gold, with good white head, great lacing, great head retention, thick collar. Aroma is pale malt breadiness, citrus hops (orange and lemon) and pineapple (maybe a hint of mango). Taste is very lightly bitter, the citrus and tropical fruits play well together, with the orange taking center stage. A bit watery in the mouthfeel - light body and medium carbonation.

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a clear pumpkin orange body with a creamy, two finger offwhite head. Good retention and lavish island chain lacing.

Aroma is west coast hops. Pine, grapefruit, and grass.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and carbonation with a hop zing.

Taste is dry and bitter in a hoppy sense. C hops dominate, with little suggestion of any malt presence or hint of sweetness. Finishes bitter as well.

Solid westcoast American IPA, but a bit bitter and one-sided with hops for my palate.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in beautiful Coronado, CA, just outside of Hoptown USA, San Diego, Ca., pours light peach amber, slightly couldy, with a near white head and leaving plenty of fine lacing. Nose is the expected grapefruit, and other hoppy wiffs. This is yet another SD style hop bomb, tons of grapefruit, medium bodied, with a long citric finish. Tasty, high quality brew. Recommended.

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with decent white head.

Smell: Orange, grapefruit and some spicy notes. A little mild.

Taste: Orange and grapefruit is dominant, fairly sweet. The malts are sweet as well. Some light spiciness and bitterness on the finish, along with lingering citrus.

Feel: Somewhat full bodied and juicy. Carbonation is in check. Dry finish.

Overall: Citrusy, juicy IPA, but not as good as other top notch West Coast IPAs.

Photo of BenHesk12
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Coronado islander served in a bottle! Pours a darkish copper and instantly smells of piney bitterness. Defies the west coast style IPA paradigm here with english style heavy malting and minimal flowery aroma. Very bitter, medium bodied with harsh biting carbonation, and a nutty overall theme. Among the sea of IPAs saturated in the CA market, this almost reminds me of a mediocre rendition of a Drakes IPA. The 7% alcohol is also very noticeable here and somehow combines with the malt character to give a punch in the face. Not my personal favorite but It's probably good enough for some to enjoy.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored beer with great clarity. A minuscule layer of white head is on top. light Brussels lacing Intense pine hop aroma greats my nose. I get a strong burst of pine hops flavor at the front of the palate. There seems to be bit of an imbalance here as I don't get much malt coming to back it up. Mouth is moderately carbonated and there's a lot of bitterness pricking the tongue.

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed apricot colored with fine streams of bubbles rising up quickly to an off-white head of inch-high dimpled rocky foam.

Aroma of orange peel and tangerine, faint notes of pine.

Initial flavors of floral and piney hops, some mint creeps in, understated malt backbone rides along but gets pushed back down by the hops, orange peel and grapefruit emerges, tangerine lingers in the finish. Firm bitterness.

Full and rich and creamy mouthfeel, very satisfying. Tasty hoppy beer, very drinkable.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a doozey...

I really like IPA's, and this one is pretty damn good, probably ranking up there with Stone's IPA or Ruination IPA, also the Green Flash or Belgium's favorite Piraat.

This beer has a nice hoppy taste, a really good picture of what a IPA should taste like.

However, this IPA comes out a little darker in color that most IPA, but then again, this is an American IPA, so it doesn't have to be as Pale as its European counterparts.

Pours a light brown amber with golden hues, and straw color like body, when held to the light. Nice Head, great lacing.

This is a good IPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good amber appearance, maybe a little darker than your average single ipa, average head characteristics and lacing. Aroma was great, more pine than their double. Still had the fruity mango aroma.

Taste, much better, alcohol was in the background, not front and center. Pine resin abundant. Hopping abundant, bitterness is there and big, but in its place, not running wild like Hulkamania circa 1987. Lots to take notice of throughout. A little bit of everything, and at $4 a bomber, nice on the wallet.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let's get things straight, I'm fortunate to live in a tri state area where I can go to PA and grab a mixed six pack with both Coronado, Green Flash, Stone, and Mission IPAs. This one is a golden orange hue slightly hazed with a bright yellow tinted white head with a nice even coating laced across my chalice. Aroma is simply exploding with grapefruit citrus tones and hints of tropical fruit juiciness more hop love from the Left Coast. Mild alcohol notes and sugary hops are evident in the nose, a nice mix of action going on. Flavors provide an eye opening mix of classic flavors, from the grapefruit pith, tropical fruit notes mango juice extract and heavy hop bitterness rolling around on my palate. That mix of sugary/malts and bitter/hops plays so nice together. This beer has it down the type of poetry that becomes a classic not a one time read. Mouthfeel is medium bodied oily slightly resinous hops streak across the palate. Carbonation is lively kicking nicely with hop burps after a few sips. Drinkability is incredible the type of beer I would love to find on draft, in fact I will seek this out in the Pittsburgh market, what a great beer here in the Ohio Valley.

Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Islander is a sort of pale orange color with something like a touch of chill haze. It's capped by a pure white head that sits thick and fluffy at about 2 fingers tall. The head takes some time to recede, remaining heavy and fluffy, never dropping lower than about half a finger and leaving nice lacing.
There's little sweetness to this beer, and the focus is definitely on the hops. There's a pithiness to it that gives the bitterness a hard, chalky edge. Pine, dandelion, and floral hops with some citrus zest make up the sturdy bouquet. There's a bit of dry maltiness to it, a little biscuity and a little crackery, but it offers very, very little caramel sweetness, edging the overall flavor a little off-balance. With so much pith and little sweetness, the chalkiness of the bitter profile gets a little too hard.
The ample carbonation leads to a particular creaminess and a fluffy light-to-medium body with a light and consistent crispness through each sip.

Photo of rgrace99
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this for the first time at my local Bristol Farms. Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Poured a dark orange with a big billowy persistent head and lots of lacing. Aroma was lots of citrus. Taste was citrusy hops but very well balanced with a good malty background. Went down very easily. Label also had a 10% coupon for the Brewpub - great idea.

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 16oz pint at the Waikiki Yard House, which seems to be a dark, cool, and welcome haven for this not yet acclimated northern mainlander.

This beer appears a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of thinly foamy, and mostly soapy off-white head, which leaves a nice span of grotto lace around the glass as it duly settles.

It smells of white grapefruit pith, orange cream, further muddled tropical fruit notes, a bit of acrid pine resin, and subtle, softly biscuity and bready caramel malt. The taste is bitter composite citrus rind and floral, somewhat sweet mango and kiwi, pine oil, a stocky caramel/toffee malt, and some mildly cutting and astringent booze.

The bubbles are average in their bearing, and apparently damned good at it, the body a respectable medium weight, and a bit too sassy from the cushioned sledgehammer hops and sneaky alcohol to come across all that smooth - no biggie, though. It finishes pretty dry, the big west coast hop bitterness throttling out most other impressions.

A true and veritable American IPA, more complex than I may have made it sound here, and easy to drink, even with the elevated ABV. Great to sit down to after my initial few hours frolicking in the Hawaiian sun, and with an appropriate name to boot.

Photo of prdstmnky
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I couldn't find any dating on this bottle despite some info stating there should / might be. Poured into a pint glass, light golden amber body with 2 fingers of creamy white head on top...decent retention and some nice lacing.

Pine and citrus hops, as well as some pale malts in the nose. Malts seem to be upfront in the taste, with an astringent bitterness in the finish - very odd. Light to medium bodied with adequate carbonation, and quite dry.

I got a feeling that I didn't get the freshest bottle. This is my first time trying this beer, but my pour seemed to be quite different than many others - very little citrus except on the first few whiffs, and the bitterness was more oxidation / astringency than hoppiness. Maybe I'll give it another go if i can somehow find a fresh bottle.

Photo of Stigs
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz on tap at D's, served in a standard pint glass

A - came with still, lifeless thin layer of foam on top of a clear gold color beverage. very minimal lacing.

S - citrus heavy hops, candied grapefruit and oranges...lightly sweet and bittering. some faint alcohol.

T - begins with strong citrusy hops, very bitter grapefruit, oranges, some pineapple. not too graceful as the bitterness takes hold before being joined by some alcohol burn. definite West Coast as the malts as nowhere to be found. needs another dimension to it.

M - thin body with moderate carbonation. lacks a bit of "oomph" to it as everything kind of dissipates quickly.

D - not bad, not great. many other IPA's i'd reach for to get a hop fix.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Satisfying IPA,from Half Time Beverages. Very drinkable, I finished the the bomber myself. Good hop aromas,with C-hop, a very decent bitterness. Golden colour with sizeable head.Some citrus and fruitiness.Above average mouthfeel and IBU.A nice malted IPA.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish amber with 1" of dense, white head. The smell is light bready malt with floral aromas. The taste is light malt with a little a breadiness up front, and finishes with floral, citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

The malt is a little thin at times and the hop character is good but also thin at times. This is a very toned down IPA. Good for someone trying to get into the style.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Javier (I believe) for this one. I love the picture on this bottle. Redhead mermaids and beer, great combination.

Pours a nice golden color with a great head and good lacing. However, I see no dancing bubbles in the glass. It's funny how the head can be so nice and fluffy while the glass looks so flat and dead.

This one smells great. Loads of hops in this one with a little lingering sweetness in the nose.

Lots of hops up front with a nice sweet malt to balance. There is a little astringent toward the end with a citrus and pine finish. Fairly good.

This one is pretty thick in the mouth, probably due to the lack of bubbles. The hoppy bite mostly makes up for it, but it is still a little off-putting.

Not bad on the drinkability side. Goes down easy, fairly refreshing. I wouldn't mind if this was an extra from someone else again in the future, but it doesn't make me want to jump on a plane to buy some.

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Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.