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Islander IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Islander IPAIslander IPA

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86
very good

274 Reviews
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Reviews: 274
Hads: 986
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 212 | 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: 274 | Hads: 986
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
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. (1,178 characters)

Photo of JustShutUpStupid
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure why people rated this beer so low. I know better. On nice warm day in So. Cal this has the best balance of taste and IBU. Hoppy the clown it's not, but it's so good, no kidding. I go to the local craft brewer that have great beer, The Institutional brewery in Camarillo, Surf and Anacapa breweries in Ventura, but sometimes I need a quick pick 6. The Islander is a great choice without compromise. IMHO (411 characters)

Photo of t2thebro
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- golden amber color. thick sticky head that stays around.
S- herbal hop/ pale malt some crystal
T- earthy herbal woodsy. balanced with semi sweet crystal malt.
M-refreshing
O- one of my favs. (195 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received as an extra from FreightTrain (thanks Jacob!). The beer is a light orange shade of copper, mostly clear with a little chill haze, and a thick wet frothy head that laces in sheets and streams rivulets down the glass walls. The aroma takes me straight to Pliny the Elder, pungent citrus and pine resin, resin so sticky it makes your eyes burn a little. The taste is a little sweet at first, orange and grapefruit style, then abrasively bitter and acidic. Completely delicious, again very similar to Pliny the Elder (a great beer to be similar to).

This bottle disappeared much more quickly than I wanted it to, just a phenomenal under-the-radar beer. I'll add this to my permanent wants list. (713 characters)

Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A deep orange hue with a nice, patchy lacing.

Smells: piney, orange, grapefruit and floral. It had a very good smell to it.

Taste : Taste is hops goes quickly to a strongly grapefruit and the malt balance the beer out nicely .

mouthfeel: It has medium with a smooth amount of carbonatio

This is a good IPA for $10.99 price tag for a sixer. I will stick with Sierra Nevada for price only and it taste a little better. After a while all of these good west IPA taste the same then I go with price tag. (514 characters)

Photo of SDtastentune
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Yellow/orange filtered looking, minimal head but poured slow into pint glass.

s - Floral hops and pine/resin smell, refined IPA.

T - Taste is super balanced and floral, mixed with balanced rich hops, super dank.

M - Lower carbonation but enough to suit well, hardly any after taste, but definitely there.

D - Drinks smooth and refined for an IPA, if you like a DANK taste, you will like this. Definitely easy drinking for a IPA of its class, sure its not a double/imperial IPA but worth talking about. Thumbs up for original flavor and taste, maybe it should be more potent then 7% but what can you do, $10.99 from albertsons for a sixer. (647 characters)

Photo of bohemiandonut
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from a discount 6er. Great deal. No freshness date. Obscure bottling code on the bottom of the bottle.

This beer has a paler, straw-heavy color for an IPA. Yellow in the pint, orange in the snifter. To me this suggests freshness and hop-forwardness. A good sign. There is also quite a bit of flaky goodness at the bottom of the bottle, another good sign.

Smell is friendly lemonhead sweet with pine undercurrents. More and more flavors unfurl with the pour, apple, peach, grape, spruce and pink citrus rind. 1.5 fingers of head. Lace extraordinare.

I lucked out with fresh bottles this time, and for the second occurrence out of five, Islander knocks me to the fucking ground. The aroma is early Sculpin with more forest, the drink is bright and dry but chewy, unabashedly bitter but not afraid to show its sweeter side. I am ecstatic that this will be carried at Vons! Way to go Mr. Von!

Post-note: Even greater depth reveals itself. Each sip rides out on a different wave of herbal impressiveness. Unlike most IPA's, the finish is not simply bitter resin, but stems forth with leaves and flowers gone acrazy. Seriously, there is a distinct Belgian flavor to this bitch, a Saison-like spiciness reminiscent of Stone's Du Buff. Incredible.

I could drink this forever. God Bless America. Nevar Forget.

228 D-2 1005 (on the bottle) (1,347 characters)

Photo of brianwsnyder
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 oz bottle at a Walgreen's on the Vegas Strip. Went well with some Little Italy Pizza. When I got home from Vegas, I was surprised to see this for sale at Weis. (174 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle of Islander IPA is a bottle shop. Poured in to a tulip.

Pours a bright gold color, clear but for some chill haze, with a modest white head.

Smell is a strong sweet pine aroma.

Taste is a lot sweeter than the smell, with citrus flavors, pink grapefruit and lemons. No malt presence to speak of.

Mouthfeel is clean with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Overall a very good IPA. Clean, clear and crisp with a bit of a citrus bite. I would have this again. (475 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus, mango, pineapple hops. In the taste, same as the aroma, mango, citrus hops, yet somewhat dry. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry citrus hop in the aftertaste. This beer is fantastic, I could drink it everyday. (308 characters)

Photo of Chaz33187
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- solid golden color limited bubbles
S- smooth citrus piny smell, enticing
T- beautifully balanced and flavorful, can't taste the alcohol at all.
M- not overly dry relatively thin IPA
O- soo balanced, no lingering bitterness, I could drink 3 of them no problem (262 characters)

Photo of FutureJack
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this to be a great representation of the San Diego West Coast style.

A great combo of piney hops with a nice malt underbelly. Lots of the aroma you'd expect from beers of this region.

Moderate lacing. Terrific mouthfeel.

I'm not sure I can add too much to the discussion of San Diego IPAs that hasn't already been said. You know what you're getting here, and I think this incredibly sessionable beer would be a great intro for someone who's unfamiliar with the style; but it's also good enough to make a hophead like me still take notice. (549 characters)

Photo of tobyandgina
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Decent, lasting head with good lacing.
Murky, orange/amber in color.

On the nose: Citrus hops with a hint of pine (overtones). Some yeasty smells and caramel malt undertones.

Slightly bitter taste - reminiscent of Sierra's Pale Ale. Slightly sweet on the middle of the tongue. Good hoppiness.

A little oily on the tongue, along with a dry, astringent finish. Good body and overall mouthfeel. (394 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden. Small creamywhite head that has good retention.

Very nice aroma. Grapefruit, flowers, lots of citrus, perfume. Nice strong aroma.

Taste is of grapefruit, lilikoi, flowers, citrus zest. Nice malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, a wonderful beer. Delicious. Sessionable [though beware of the ABV]. (360 characters)

Photo of jgap
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a deep orange hue with a nice, patchy lacing. Take a big huff and the smell is wonderful. Sticky piney hope. Orange, grapefruit, clemintines, and floral soap. Wow- I hope the taste is even half as good as the smell! Taste is light floral hops fading transtioning quickly to a strong piney grapefruit then settling on a crisp caramel-toffee malt. lastly it fades into a nice, slightly pepper bitterness. The bartender said there were four different hops one of which was centenial causing me to hesitate as I try and avoid peppery, centenial based ipas. However this one was exceptional focusing on other hop varieties and only using a centenial accent. Well balanced ipa for hop-heads. I had the admiral ipa after this one but couldn't review it because my taste buds were saturated! Great ipa (798 characters)

Photo of SharKKD
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was my first taste of the Coronado Islander IPA...or any Coronado beer for that matter. It's a classic one with fruit notes in the smell and slightly in taste. The hop level was perfect, and I found it very refreshing and satisfying. The Islander is a great choice, and I will definitely imbibe again especially because my husband drank all the others while I had only one. (378 characters)

Photo of feelmefoam
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This might be a sin to some, but I've never heard of Coronado Brewing Company before, so when I saw this bottle with a hot mermaid woman chilling on the front and a sticker that said 'IPA' at the store, I knew it was coming home with me. I'm glad it did.

The beer pours a murky honey color with plenty of light orange and gold highlights dancing around inside. Despite the 7+ ABV percentage, the finger of white, foamy head stayed around for at least two minutes. When it did fall down, it left lots of gooey lacing around the glass. I'm pretty impressed.

The nose on this thing is just as voluptuous as the mermaid on the bottle. Sweet, juicy citrus hops and sugary strawberry get jammed right up your nostrils with each whiff. In a good way. There might be a little bit of pale maltiness in there too, but who cares? This thing is tickling whatever part of my brain it is that likes smelly-good stuff. My favorite-smelling beer that I've had so far in my travels is Bell's Two-Hearted, but this is right up there with it. Fiver.

Islander is good on your tongue, too. Light and sweet orange followed by more citrus... probably grapefruit. A little bitterness sets in afterwards, which in turn is washed away with a bit of buttery maltiness. No alcohol noticed. A large amount of hops are kept from becoming feral by a malty leash.

Good mouthfeel, maybe just a little bit more thickness (seriously just a tad more) on top of the already pretty-close to medium-body and a teeensy bit more carbonation would make it a bit better. Still, it's smooth and works pretty well with the beer.

My only previous experience with the word Islander was the people that tried to eat Jack Sparrow and the shitty New York hockey team. This beer gives me a better appreciation of the term. Excellent beer, in my opinion. Maybe a few more hops and a little mouthfeel-tweaking would do it better, but that's just being picky. It got a rare Fiver in the aroma because of the ridiculous candied lemon-berry-hop scent and the flavor wasn't shabby either. The only downside on drinkability is that it's runnin a 7.5% and I don't have more of the damn beer. I'm a fan and I need to keep my eye peeled for more Coronado beers in the future. (2,224 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice got a bomber of this for 6 bucks! Sweet!

A - Pours a dark amber color with a half inch of fluffy head

S - Slight pine resin with a hint of citrus or grapefruit hops.

T - Nice bitter hops presence that sticks around to the end of the mouth with a touch of malt presence to balance. Very solid.

M - Medium bodied and hoppy.

D - Well I was glad to try and and really wanted something hoppy so it was a win/win. Still I feel that even though I liked it I still have had better IPA's. Overall very good. (508 characters)

Photo of Modernrickk
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Down right good looking brew - a cloudy ipa orange that's hard to see thru but a great looking white head that sits atop this brew for a couple minutes -

Smells of citrus flavors - not overdone just right. Picking up the great smell of fruity hops - similar to smelling a freshly squeezed piece of orange zest

Taste is hop forward. Tropical hops turned up a bit , but again not overly sweet - simple grain bill keeps this beer on earth and not off to a hop planet far away
Balance is everything here - well done

Mouthfeel is a medium body with a low level of carbonation - this beer warms up just fine without changing much of the taste and mouthfeel - Very enjoyable

Overall this brew rocks- and big ups for winning an award at this years (2014) CBC - I beleive the balance in this beer is unmatched in today's agressive search for the next double dry hopped hop hydrogen bomb- this beer stands out in the land of IPAs (927 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat hazy light orange color with a frothy, white head that leaves a nice wall of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and tropical hops.

Tastes of a great wave of hops upfront followed by a moderate malt backbone. Hops have a pineapple and grapefruit notion to them with a bit of grass and pine as well. Bitterness is moderate and lingers throughout. The malts come in and have a typical caramel sweetness with some toasted bread as well. Sweetness does its job, but in no way overshadows the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a good IPA with nothing bad to say about it. (622 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. brown bomber that pours out a rusty-amber with pristene clarity and a steady flow of fine bubbles of carbonation that keep the finger of off-white foamy head alive and well. Some nice sticky lace all over the place.

A hearty malt backbone lies beneath a healthy dose of dry hopped Chinnok and Centenntial's. Nice and some what piney.

Goes in smooth and mildly sweet with a very nice citrus upwelling, mostly of orange, then turn sharply to a piney hop bittering that eventually leaves on a crisp and clean note. Ahh, just makes you yearn for the next taste...it's not over the top in the hop dept., but it's damn tasty stuff!

A healthy medium plus body, great carbonation with the head lasting through out the bomber, a smooth rich mouthfeel and a good bit of potency make this IPA a "gotta try it", you'll probably really like it...IPA.

Pleasantly suprised by this one, I will see (and drink) it much more in the future...Cheers! (948 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone Levitate Elongated Tulip.

A- Bright honey, huge chunky head with lacing and head intermingling and making hard to distinguish on from the other.

S - Citrus, malt, deep and inviting.

T - Pine and Citrus, yeah baby. Good full W IPA.

M - So full. Carbonation good. Texture very nice.

D - Could be drank all night. (336 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright, clear burnished dark gold color with a ¼" white head that recedes fairly soon to leave a thin layer of foam and a ring of foam around the glass. Sipping leaves both sheets of foam and an intricate pattern of lacing that is a mix of small speckles and small legs. The ring and an island of foam persist and for most of the beer there is lacing left by sipping.

Smell: The aroma is filled with citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange zest. This is all supported by a light caramel malt aroma. Occasionally traces of pine show up as well.

Taste: The flavors of this one are all about the hops. There is a background caramel sweetness that provides a backbone for the beer but that lets you know its there but doesn't interfere with the hops. As predicted from the nose, the hops that shine through are mostly citric, with some grapefruit and orange zest playing a prominent role. As part of the supporting cast there is also some pine in here as well.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel on this beer is medium bodied with a smoothness from the consistent and long lasting carbonation. The finish is medium to long and begins as the sweetness fades, leaving the hops to play around on the palate. The bitterness and citric flavors end in a nice dryness that invites another sip.

Drinkability: This is a quite drinkable beer and I'd be happy to have another. I certainly will keep an eye open for this beer as it has a balance that I like and drinks well for the entire beer. (1,594 characters)

Photo of cbak999
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours into a sniffter, a clear, orange, with little to no head. I do see nice lacing on the glass.

S - citrus, bread, and a hint of floral.

T - The taste is very good. The most abundant flavor is citrus hop. Not too malty with a nice hop after taste that hangs around. Not boozy and not over hopped like some other west coast IPAs.

D - Nice carbonation and balance of hop and malt make this very drinkable. (413 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent tangerine with a warm brassy glow when backlit with sunshine. Mostly pale malt, it appears, which is a very good thing. The good-sized crown is a relatively tight collection of bubbles that are decorating the glass with thick sheets of BB-shot lace.

Centennial and Chinook hops have been used to good effect. The tropical fruitiness was evident on the pour and made me eager to get my nose over the glass. Pink grapefruit leads the way, followed by passionfruit. The beer smells somewhat perfumy, but in a good way.

Islander IPA isn't scathingly hoppy, but it's hoppy enough. The IBUs might be somewhere in the vicinity of 75-80. As expected, there isn't much caramel malt in the house. It isn't all pale, though, due to a hint of something lightly toasted that isn't prominent enough to interfere with the hop flavor.

Even though most hopheads will want even more of the little green cones (we're a tough crowd to please sometimes), I like the balance between malt sweetness (30%) and hoppy bitterness (70%). Those percentages do a good job of scratching that lupulin itch without destroying the taste buds in the process.

Since the beer is named Islander IPA, it's appropriate that the flavor profile is so tropical fruity. White grapefruit has now joined pink grapefruit, and bitter orange has climbed aboard as well. This really is straightforwardly hop flavorful beer that has earned an increase in the taste score.

The light-medium mouthfeel (for style and ABV) only adds to the outstanding drinkability. Sure, a little bigger would be great, but there's something to be said for an IPA that is built for speed. Another bomber would be no trouble at all.

This is my third Coronado beer and my third *delicious* Coronado beer. If you're in the market for a no muss, no fuss, Southern California hop showcase, look no further than the excellent Islander IPA. (1,881 characters)

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Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.