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Islander IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Islander IPAIslander IPA

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very good

646 Ratings
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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-18-2006)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 06:38:29 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-18-2012 01:32:16 | More by t0rin0
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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 2 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a small craggy cap. Thin broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herbal and floral hops and some slight malt aromas. Taste is of zesty herbal hops up front with a subdued malt flavor on the finish. This beer is all about the hops with a medium hop bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA with a very bitter herbal hop flavor that is dominant over the malt in this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 04:57:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Color is a moderate orange with a two-finger white head as well as a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose brings some citrus hops as well as some slight notes of tropical fruit. The hops are bit mild and light, but overall are done quite nicely.

The taste draws back and seems really muted. There are still some notes of tropical fruit as well as some orange and citrus; however, there's no real malt and the beer ends up falling a bit flat without anything to stand on. Low-ish levels of carbonation on a fairly-light body make this a somewhat-sessionable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 13:43:39 | More by Thorpe429
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4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 13:10:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New York

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has excellent retention properties and gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of pine resin hops. The pine becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of orange citrus hops and transitions to hints of pine towards the finish. As with the smell, the pine becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up. There is also a moderate amount of bitterness, which lingers through the finish and aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is very drinkable—it delivers a lot of hop flavors and is quite bitter, especially since little if any underlying malts are noticeable in the taste and body.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 01:21:52 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-hued amber with a meringue-like head; nice retention and some streaky lacing action

Smell: Tropical fruit (pineapple, pink grapefruit and a hint of mango) along with some sugary, cakey malt underneath

Taste: The tropical fruit flavors detected on the nose dominate from the outset with piney bitterness joining the profile in the middle; hoppy flavors linger, after the swallow, though some sugary malts emerge underneath, particularly in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice West Coast IPA; better than I was anticipating as it hits all of my hot buttons for the style

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 00:34:16 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recived this bottle in a trade a while ago and just got around to finally being able to try it tonight. Pulled the bomber out of the fridge and settled in for kill over dinner. The pour was very nice, a rich orange amber with a good amount of haze and cloudiness to it pulled together in front of. Lots of floaties/sedimentation in which suprised me a bit, but did not turn me off to it. A very nice white fluffy, pillow like head formed on the top that reached a height of perhaps three inches before finally settling down and simply becoming a layer of foam about a half inch high. Copious amounts of side glass lace were present as well as a good amount of carbonation rising up from the bottom.

The aroma was thick with resiny floral hops. Lots of orange, and tangerine hints with a good amount of sugar present as well. The flavor followed it right along down this path, really becoming very sweet and full flavored. Lots of very bitter grapefruit like flavors ripping through my palate. Very intense hop flavor here, with really no balance to it at all. Some slight sugar like sweetness trying to break through, but not much. Really quite the little hop bomb here. Nice carbonation kept it feeling lively throughout and the overall feel was nice and close to medium bodied. Nicely sessionable for a while, though I could imagine it catching up at 75 in a few.

Overall this was a very solid west coast IPA. One that I would gladly ourchase again. Your typical taste bud shredding hop bomb, but we all love it. Would gladly take this again any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 11:24:59 | More by mikesgroove
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

11-15-2011 22:35:57 | More by nmann08
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A golden yellow-orange color with a substantial white foam.

S: Pleasant citrus aromas, pineapple, caramel malts.

T: Primarily citrus hops, hop bitterness, and nice malt sweetness. Nothing really "wow" about it, but solid.

M: Good level of carbonation, and medium bodied.

D: It's definitely drinkable, but as I said, it's not an amazing beer. There are a lot better IPAs from the area.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 00:54:49 | More by womencantsail
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice golden with amber hues. Single finger thick off white head.

S: Very grapefruity, other mixed citrus and mild hop notes

T: So the taste is not at all foreboded by the smell. The taste is piney, bitterly hoppy and floral.

M: Medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Well, the smell is great, one of the best. The taste was not there for me plus I was a little disappointed as I was hoping the taste would mirror the smell.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 06:55:44 | More by kylehay2004
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 21:36:53 | More by oberon
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange amber with a thick and full white head that lasts. Lovely to look at.

Nose is assertive pineapple that goes to pine resin.

Mouthfeel is big, bold creamy and full.

Initial quick malt flavors give way quickly to bitter pine, light bitter citrus, light bitter coffee and all of which is nice but not great. Goes into a better bitter grapefruit skin hop finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 06:58:42 | More by GRG1313
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-20-2011 05:21:35 | More by JAHMUR
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Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2012 01:02:07 | More by biboergosum
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-08-2013 05:07:49 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam, resting on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The head dissipates at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Sweaty, pine hops with lots of caramel malt in the background.

T - Sweet, caramel malt up front with some pine hop flavor. More pine in the middle with some rich, bready grain and a bit of toast. Things finish with caramel, pine, and a bit of grapefruit as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a well made and very drinkable IPA. The hop character is quite nice, particularly the aroma characteristics. There is a lot of malt character in the flavor profile, but the hops never get lost in the shuffle and the grapefruit in the finish works nicely to keep it interesting. Having never heard of this brewery before I didn't know what to expect, but I am very impressed; this is a well made west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 05:02:10 | More by nickfl
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Rhode Island

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, piney hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong citrus flavor. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:48:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this is what I would call your quintessential San Diego IPA. Bitter, salty, intense, and yet, somehow quite drinkable. I like this one. It reminds me of why I like the intense stuff. If you are into the big IPAs, this one is probably for you. Nice to see a brewery from this region branching out across the country.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 08:28:40 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to HopDerek for splitting this.

Pours a hazy gold (complete with some yeasty floaties) with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Retains via a creamy layer, complete with a big dollop of foam right in the middle, leaving some big and sticky hoppy lacing behind. The aroma is quite nice. Very floral with a bit of herbs & spices thrown in for good measure, tons of citrus character, and solid a undercurrent of caramel sweetness.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with the hop profile being not overly bitter but rather more earthy and herbal with a moderate feeling dry lingering bitterness. Good balance comes courtesty of a tangy mix of strong citrus, bread, and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pricklier carbonation but still relatively easy feel.

Solid IPA from Coronado that lets some sweeter citrus character take the center stage over the usual West Coast resinous hop bombs that we usually expect out of San Diego. Nice smooth body and drinkibility on this one too for a 7% beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 17:51:54 | More by Kegatron
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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottled on no one knows. Poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is amber and mostly clear. Big soapy head of white bubbles, medium and small. Carbonation is low but steady. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is all cascade and chinook all the way. Smells great.

Beer is medium body and light on the flavor in the front palate. The bitterness at the back is really nice though. There is no sweetness and just this kind of earthy piny-ness in the back. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 01:36:19 | More by drabmuh
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West Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 06:07:03 | More by WVbeergeek
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-16-2013 23:13:22 | More by Slatetank
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Big fluffy white head of 2 fingers in my oversized snifter. It's a slightly hazy almost clear golden orange nectar color.

N: Nice citrus hops, a little pine, earthy and slight chewy hops. A slight sweet malt behind all that. Lighter but nice aroma hops.

T: Starts with a fresh ale like taste. Crisp and refreshing with some light sweet pale malts. Then comes a hop character with some bitterness, orange peel and citrus, some earthy hops, some pine and a slight sweet nectar candy like hop taste that I get on some beers, Two Hearted being one I can think of off the top of my head. A slight hop oil too.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation and touch of hop oil.

F: Lots of bitterness hammers at the end. A strong citrus and orange peel taste, like I just bit into an unpeeled orange. Some chewy hops, a slight musty hop flavor too. Earthy and somewhat astringent. Semi dry but a touch of lingering sweetness. With the thickness, sweetness, and light touch of alcohol, as well as heavy bitterness on the finish, this is very borderline Imperial or Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 23:03:36 | More by jlindros
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-09-2012 02:37:14 | More by SocalKicks
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Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.