Islander IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Islander IPAIslander IPA

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 970
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 24
Gots: 196 | FT: 0
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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: 270 | Hads: 970
Photo of ryno09
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Unfiltered, orange-ish copper. Finger and half beige head

Aroma - Tropical fruits, maybe some peach. Lacks the pineyness. There's a sweetness to aroma with a hint of alcohol.

Taste - The bitterness hits you first, but there is not a lot of it although it does linger somewhat. The malt has a slight breadiness that comes in to smooth it out. It's real easy to drink, has a nice crispness that you typically get with regular pale ales but something lacking for many IPAs. It's lacking the defining characteristics of the great IPAs. I was hoping more of the citrus notes I get on the nose would shine through in the taste but I'm not getting much.

It's a smooth and easy drinking beer, perfect for those beach days on the island. At 7%, you wouldn't know it while soaking in the sunshine. (805 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, labeled 7.0%abv, into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp pale orange with a thin diminishing eggshell head. Aroma was citrus hops in front of sweet malts. The taste was citrus hops dominating sweet caramel malts that leaves an interesting earthy bitterness in the finish. The beer was medium bodied with slight alcohol stickiness, but not too much. This is a decent IPA, but not likely one I would have again. (423 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coronado Islander IPA

Appearance: Poured on tap, a bright copper colored brew with plenty of lacing going down the side of the glass.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops make up most of the aroma in this beer.

Taste: Earthy rind-like hops, a bit aggressive in the Grapefruit department. Hint of dog breath. Light caramel malt but this beer is very bitter indeed.

M/D. Ok beer here from Coronado. Not sure what kind of hops are used but they are very bitter and don't provide the best of flavors. It needs alittle more balance to take it to the next level. (553 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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 jpmclaug
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my growler into my Duvel Tulip(Growler from Piney Grove Green's)

A - Orange/gold with a fizzy white head.

S - Yummy citrus flavors dominate the nose in this one. A hint of malty sweetness is in there somewhere. The citrus notes really dominate the aroma though and it smell's delicious

T - Delicious west coast IPA. Plenty of citrusy hop flavor up front with a decent bit of malty sweetness. Not as bitter as many IPA's but enough to let you know you are drinking an IPA. Similar to the nose the citrusy flavors realy dominate this one.

M - medium body, slightly sticky, lightly carbonated. Pretty solid mouthfeel for an IPA

D - Easy drinking citrusy, west coast, IPA. Not to much bitterness present but that's OK. This is a delicious IPA but it doesn't quite reach that top tier of amazing IPA's like sculpin, pliny etc... That said I would definitely pick another growler of this up in the future. (916 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had their Idiot IPA on-tap a week ago, and found out that Coronado distributes to me now!

A: Pours a transparent golden/copper color with a small, but nice looking white cap. Fluffy and a bit rocky, the head retains only for a little.

S: The hops can be smelled immediately after opening the bottle, usually a good sign for me. Great nose, piny, resinous, sticky-smelling, pineapple, peach, and candied mango. Real nice. Definitely high quality west coast stuff right here. Pale malts, possibly caramel malts, are noticeable, giving off some sweet caramel, peanut butter?, and toffee.

T: Oh yea, definitely left coast...piny, extremely resinous, sticky, and flat out bitter. Very earthy hop profile in general. Definitely different than the citric, fruity nose suggested. Malts don't really provide any balance, but do a decent job. Similar in taste to Sierra Nevada's Wet Hop. Not my favorite, but good nonetheless.

MF/D: Bigger in body than I expected, carbonation is kind of low. The finish is slightly metallic, but mostly earthy bitter hops. Drinkability is decent due to the nature of this palate killer. (1,115 characters)

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

A: This poured a hazy gold with a fair amount of white head.
S: It smelled like orange and pineapple hops, with some light caramel malt.
T: The flavor was dominated by floral hops, along with some grapefruit notes and honey malt. It had a strong bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation.
D: This was a very nice, hoppy IPA. It had lots of bitterness, but wasn't too harsh, so it was pretty easy to drink. Clean and certainly enjoyable. (452 characters)

Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a rich golden color that reminds me of a cali sunset. Average head but mucho waterfall lacing. Smells very citrusy and hoppy. Very pleasant aroma. Not as prevalant of a taste compared to the smell. Somewhat weak in flavor for an ipa but a very refreshing taste none the less. West coast hops are the dominating flavor. Very smooth for a 7%. The mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp. Not much of a bite and an excellent summer beer. I find this beer very drinkable, its smooth and goes down fast. (497 characters)

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear, golden body with some carbonation bubbles...a white head stood about two fingers and showed some retention...decent lacing was left

S - Citrus hops dominated the nose...lots of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and some pineapple...extra sweetness from the caramel malts

T - Once again the hops dominate but they aren't overpowering...the malts aren't really forefront but you can tell they are there since the beer isn't completely a hop bomb...the citrus hops are there throughout the entire beer...some piney hops make an appearance at the end to give this beer extra bitterness

M - Medium bodied...crisp, dry, bitter

D - This is a very nice IPA...nothing extraordinary but very pleasant...a good session beer even at 7.5%...I'm looking forward to the Idiot IPA from Coronado (788 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean golden color with a nice white head that leaves pleasant lacing, always nice to see an appropriately pale IPA. The aroma has some really nice tropical fruit notes upfront (pineapple, mango, lime), along with some pine resin, caramel, lightly toasted bread, and a slight hint of alcohol...really nice smelling. The taste is a bit of a letdown from the promise of the aroma, with a big and broad bitterness upfront without a whole lot of flavor (though I can detect some pine and citrus), along with a little caramel, some bread dough and fruity esters. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than I expected, and drinkability is limited by the bitterness. A decent stab at an IPA, but the bitterness is a little overwhelming and lacking in character or complexity. (772 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 1 L swingtop filled at Al's of Hampden.

A: The IPA is more autumnal, orange brown, than golden, a duller copper color that was translucent from the first pour. A two-finger head from the first pour left plenty of lace patches behind.

S: Tropical citrus fruits, pineapple and orange and mango and peach, all contribute to a mystifyingly sweet bitterness. Caramel biscuitiness appears near the end.

T: More orange peel immediately, though not as intense as in the nose. The bitterness is much more profound, sharp from the outset. There is more balance though, more biscuit breadiness to tone down the hops. Peppery vegetal bitterness follows as the fruitiness subsides. Although the burp I just let rip brought back a strong dose of that citrus. The hoppiness is a little numbing, losing some of its strength by the last few sips. A good IPA, a bit vegetal at times, that delivers plenty of citrus.

M: A hoppier IPA, unafraid to show of its bitterness. The citrus upfront is an insirped start, setting the tone for the entire glass.

D: A solid IPA and excellent choice for the growler. Plenty of citrus bitterness to keep the discriminating palate entertained. (1,166 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a mostly clear texture. There was a very thin amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, citrus, pine, and some malt.

T: A pretty well-balanced flavor of earthy hops, citrus, pine, and malt in the finish. Tart, but not overly so.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat oily finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable American IPA. (456 characters)

Photo of theghost3
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a half finger head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is almost nonexistent.

Smell is citrusy and piney hops with a faint biscuity malt scent. The taste is completely domininated by grapefruit, orange, and pine malt flavors. Very bitter. Mouthfeel is thicker than I expected--somewhere above medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

This is a decent IPA that is on the edge of being a hop bomb, which will keep it from something I'd want to drink daily. Still, I enjoy an IPA like this where I'm not searching for the hop flavors--they are apparent from the start. (587 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,070 characters)

Photo of armock
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a thin white head that leaves spotty lacing

S - Is mostly of citrus hops that are at a perfect level not over the top

T - Like the nose the citrus hops are the focus but they aren't over done there's not much ballance here but it's not a compleat hop bomb

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Even being past my hop kick for the most part I still really enjoyed this beer it's a well made IPA it tastes good and went well with my shrimp tacos worth getting (520 characters)

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a decent beer, but nothing stood out for me on it.

Pours golden clear with a decent white head and a lazy carbonation from the bottom. Smell is surprisingly earthy, opening to a light floral hoppiness. The flavor is delicate, with a little honey and clover and a strong citrus bitterness. Mouthfeel is slick and thin. (327 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: bright copper in color, topped with a thin head

s: pale and light caramel malts, some rustic grain, tea, acidic citrus and aged pine hops, rough around the edges but the hop presence is pungent enough to satisfy

m: light-moderate carbonation and body

t: grainy malt body featuring a moderate, only somewhat sweet caramel presence, big earthy hops with a nice finishing bite, sharp pine and acidic rind

d: nothing particularly special about this ipa, but it drinks reasonably well

single from Whole Foods, Fair Lakes, VA (528 characters)

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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 arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine and More in late September for $3.99.

Beer poured a golden orange with a decent white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is malty with a fair amount of floral hops. Taste is a good strong malt backbone finishing with a wallop of piney, mango, and citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively on the palate. Drinkability is good. The 7.5% abv is well hidden. This brew is on the edge of being a double ipa but the hop finish is strong enough to reaffirm the ipa style classification. This brew is another winner from Coronado and definitely worthy of a shot. (605 characters)

Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Freshness date 10/20/09 on side of label. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Barely hazy golden with solid 2-finger off-white frothy, sticky head with good retention and some scattered lacing.

S: Good not great with hops aroma of spicy orange blossoms. Crystal malt is not alone with some toasted malt in there too. It's a little short on nostril assaulting heft, but subtly pleasant all the same.

T: The flavor is more along the lines of a power APA -- substantial crystal malt (80%) and toasted caramel malt (20%) presence with floral, spicy, light pine, and strong citrus in the hops department. I really liked the flavor, but I'm not sure it really fits in American IPA as much as big APA because of the variety in the malt bill.

M: Mouthfeel is initially light, but this brew is one instance of higher carbonation being better with a smooth, creamy quality, which again is more on par with a top tier APA.

D: The drinability on this is dangerous -- I went through this bomber in no time -- probably 15 minutes because the maltiness is second in line but still rounded with sweetness and roast and a pleasant but not tongue-whipping bitterness but more varied floral, citrus, and spicy complexity. This is a delicious beer that I really, really enjoyed, but I think APA fits it better. IT would be one of the best around if they went that route because it is so well rounded and hugely drinkable. Great brew -- I wish it was more readily available and a better value (the price per minute of consumption is enormous), but it was a big surprise. (1,640 characters)

Photo of imanidiot777
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a medium gold, pretty clear, white head that doesn't get very large or last very long. Good lacing though.

S: All I can detect with my bad nose is citrus of some kind.

T: Very bitter aftertaste, some citrus in there somewhere and maybe some pine.

M: Could use a little more carbonation but otherwise it is good.

D: Not too heavy but extremely bitter on the after taste. (382 characters)

Photo of swhite11
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

[Appearance] - Pours light amber with a copper hue. 2 1/2 finger head pours a rocky/creamy/spongy masterpeice that retains for days and laces aggressively on the way down. Very turbid and yeasty. To call this beer unfiltered would be an understatement.

[Aroma] - Very west coast inspired. Slight bready malt nuances appear for a short moment upfront followed by a tidal wave of citrus hop character. Orange/grapefruit/grassy notes make their appearance followed by a slight hint of alcohol.

[Taste] - Not exactly what I expected after the aroma. Very bready upfront with a considerable amount of caramel malt sweetness. The malt sweetness is followed up with a boquet of citrus hop flavor. Amarillio seems to be the prominant variety. The bitterness sets in and lingers back palate with a drying as well as slightly boozy alcohol tatse. The beer somehow finds a way to finish a toutch on the sweeter side despite generous amounts of hops and 7% alcohol.

[Mouthfeel] - Has one of the most complex mouthfeels of any IPA. It is a tug of war between malt sweetness and bittering hops teamed with drying alcohol. Although the beer finishes sweet, it does not become cloying at any point. Carbonation is medium.

[Drinkability] - Average for an IPA. The bitterness does not shy the palate away as much as the slightly hot alcohol. It's not completely offensive, but for 7% it is relatively alcoholic.

[Overall] - Comes off as an east/west coast collaboration of an IPA. Possibly the best head retention that I've ever seen in a beer. A traditional west coast IPA with a slightly sweeter malt profile. (1,647 characters)

Photo of deereless
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A deep golden color with a tinge of copper, soft cottony head, some lacing down the sides of the glass - 4.50, S: Quintessential American IPA - lots of citrus and pine aromas, a slightly sweet graininess - 3.50, T: Tons of grapefruit pith, sharp hop bite that borderlines on harsh - I seldom cry foul when hops are involved but this one just misses the mark in my opinion, there is also a dry graininess to the beer - 3.00, M: 3.00, D: I've heard lots of good things about Coronado but this particular beer just didn't click with me, a little too harsh and lacking much in balance, too many other stellar IPAs out there - 2.75 (629 characters)

Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.