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Islander IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

Islander IPAIslander IPA

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very good

547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%

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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Photo of meatyard


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

Pours a darkish golden/amber with a white 1-finger head that falls to a cover leaving a very small amount of spotty lacing.
The smell is, at first, a strong dose of citrus hops then sweet malt aroma pushes through.
The taste is, surprisingly, balanced for a west coast IPA and really follows the smell. Starts off with moderate citrus hops then some sweetness from the malt along with a lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium, leaning toward light, with light carbonation.
Drinkability is good, there's nothing here to prevent anyone from enjoying a couple.

This is the 1st Coronado beer I had and I'm happy to see another WC brewery move into the Philly area market. Nothing about this beer competes with BP Sculpin but I doubt they are trying to do so. It's a good, solid IPA that is consistent from smell to taste while being balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 23:58:32 | More by meatyard
Photo of GRG1313


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
Photo of womencantsail


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
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Beverage Warehouse in Marina del Rey.

A - Golden with good clarity and a large white, creamy head. Lots and lots of lacing.

S - Loads of citrusy hop aroma with some nice pineapple notes.

T - A mix of citrusy hop flavors, a moderate bitterness and toasted malt. It's got some interesting elements but I'm not sure they work together as well as they should. And the alcohol may come through more than you'd expect from a 7% beer.

M - Silky and creamy with a low carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - This is a decent CA IPA but with so many other options, I'm not sure I'd go with this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 02:36:10 | More by GJ40
Photo of k3punk


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy quite a few of the Coronado brews, but this was the first time I have tried the Islander IPA. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A - A nice golden color with a good, frothy head and a lacing that sticks around for a while.

S - Some serious points were lost on the smell. The hops came thru in a way that reminded me of cat piss. To Acidic or stale, it faded as I drank it down, but the initial smell was not pleasing.

T - After the smell factor I was worried about the taste, but was pleased with the distinct hop bitterness. Some definate fruits and citrus tones. Not real powerful, but a nice, crisp IPA.

Over all this is a nice IPA, not the best brew Coronado has to offer, but a very good one. If you are a fan IPA's I would recommend you try it. I felt there could have been a bit more hops in the taste and a bit more fruit in the smell, but I will drink in none the less.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 19:55:51 | More by k3punk
Photo of Dogbrick


3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Callahan's in San Diego. This beer pours a clear orange-gold color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates steadily. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Light piney hops and citrus in the nose. Medium-bodied and lightly bitter with flavors of hops and citrus, with some sweeter fruits (tangerine) and sweet malts underneath. The finish is mildly bitter with a lingering fruitiness left behind. Sweeter than a lot of IPAs, and slightly above average overall.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 01:22:35 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of ffejherb


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Coronado on 7/9/09.

A - Clear 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 - Islander reminds me of a "lite" version of Idiot IPA. 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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 05:19:46 | More by ffejherb
Photo of illidurit


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

On tap at the brewpub. Orange gold color with a lasting off-white head. Sweet hop juice aroma with tropical stone fruits especially. Flavor is peachy and orangey with a crystal malt iced tea sweetness in the finish. A little sweet overall, with moderate bitterness. Medium bodied, drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2009 02:48:54 | More by illidurit
Photo of tendermorsel


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a suprise extra in a recent trade. Thanks Matt!

Very bright orange colored. Thin fluffy head which disappated leaving some long lasting lacing. Very nice floral hoppy nose. Pine needles, and freshly mowed grass in the nose. The taste did not match the nose at all. Overhopped taste. Very bitter, almost oily from the hops. Not particularly balanced. The mouthfeel was smooth and this was pretty drinkable but the Hop flavor was poorly balanced too intense for me.

Ok beer but not one I would go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 14:21:43 | More by tendermorsel
Photo of jackorain


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear copper and is topped with a 2 inch stark white, billowy head following a standard pour into my Stone Levitation goblet. The head fell slowly and left intense lacing and a splotchy coat. This is a very attractive brew indeed.

Grapefruit zest and grapefruit hops dominate the aroma. Upon further deep sniffs, lemon shows itself and some biscuit aroma pulls through in the end. Subsequent sniffs during quaffing reveals some resin-like pine aromas as well.

Interesting, the biscuit malt is what I tasted 1st in this one. However, this is quickly beaten back by the hops. Pine and grapefruit hops flavors dominate but the lemon from the nose is also present. These is also a bit of raw bitter greens here as well. The middle brings the biscuit malts back and adds a bit of caramel sweetness to the mix too, maybe just enough malt here to balance this one out, to the level that I like anyway. There is a bitterness late middle to end but it doesn't linger on the palate long. The finish is a little dry; this combined with the quick to leave bitterness draws one into the next sip, or gulp as the case may be.

This one has a medium body with a fairly light carbonation. The hop resins coat the mouth a little after the swallow. The 7% ABV is well hidden as I found no trace of alcohol burn or fusels here.

This is a very high quality, hop forward brew that does the West Coast proud. I could easily have several pints of this one before an evening was through.

Thanks For reading

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 17:22:19 | More by jackorain
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks goes out to seaoflament for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/foamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, and some pine. The taste is bitter, hoppy, slightly sweety, with some nice malt notes, citrus, and slight pines. Medium body. Drinkable, this is another tasty brew from Coronado.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 21:42:19 | More by Wasatch
Photo of bigbelcher


3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was a deep golden almost on the side of turning to amber. Thick white head with good belgian lacing. Appropriate amount of CO2. Aroma was that of citrusy and pine. A good IPA but not a typical San Diego style IPA because of the lack of over the top hops. Some malt, pretty well balanced. I would drink it again but as a session IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 17:11:22 | More by bigbelcher
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Orange color with some copper highlights. Nice head with great stick.

The aroma is well-hopped, brightly citric and even tropical with fruitiness. Well done.

The flavor is hoppy enough; not a ringing endorsement, but good nonetheless. Pale malt keeps out of the way, lending a little sweetness, but the beer lacks something of the heft required to really make an impact on my these days.

The pale malts are lightly toasted, with bready or biscuit-like notes. Fairly drinkable, as it's almost like an APA with two more handfuls of hops. The mouthfeel is firmly in the lower reaches of the IPA style; lightened by the hop load, not buttressed by the malts. Easy sipper for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 04:20:55 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of jgap


4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2009 22:56:00 | More by jgap
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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

22oz bottle at 52 degrees, courtesy South Bay Drugs.

Pours hazy gold with a copper tinge and a one inch head of dense white in the tulip glass.
The rocky foam took several minutes to settle into the body, revealing a solid skim coat on the surface and plenty of clingy lacework.

Aromatics lead off with peaches, grapefruit, mango, pine resin, and apricots. Very faint malt with plenty of juicy, tropical citrus. Floral but not pungently so.

Medium bodied at best with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Drying with a slight coarse bitterness.

A blend of tropical citrus fruits and earthy pine start the palate. Peach pulp with pink grapefruit, spruce bark, apricot flesh, and melons. A hint of light malt tries to step up but is overrun by a firm, drying bitterness and more fruit.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, plump citrus fruit, and a hint of warmth.

Another great IPA from SD. Not as hoppy as the Sculpin I had last night, but damn tasty and certainly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 01:32:44 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of hopdog


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

22oz bottle acquired in trade with awaisanen (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy orangish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, some citrus and all around fruity. Tastes of some citrus, very light pine, and had that same fruitiness to it. Nice bitter finish.

Notes from: 2/4/07

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 19:13:04 | More by hopdog
Photo of HopDerek


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

Pours a golden amber color with some floaties. Two fingers of frothy off-white head has good retention and leaves nice sticky lacing behind. Smells of citrus fruits, floral hops, caramel, bread crust, and a touch of spicy hops. Tastes of grapefruit, lemon zest, and mango up front with a nice medley of herbal and spicy hops and a caramel and bready backbone. Finishes with a swift kick of pine resin. Medium in body with some poppy carbonation. Smooth, sweet, and bittering, but not overly so. Definitely West Coast style, but toned down a bit, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 23:27:10 | More by HopDerek
Photo of Kegatron


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
Photo of paulthebeerguru


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

A: snifter. pours a rather clear vibrant orange with some golden yellow hues. nice off-white head . mild retention level and decent lacing.

S: massive hop nose, huge simcoe and amarillo notes. big and bold citrus hop aromas, tons of grapefruit.

T: big bold hop flavors, tons of grapefruit. definitely some amarillo or simcoe in there I think. good malt backbone providing a solid sweetnes.

M: good carbonation level, some acids from the hops and the 7%v abv. very sharp and crisp.

D: good drinking IPA, very nice. Solid brew and well worth drinking, reminded me of Two Hearted Ale a little.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 03:56:37 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of froghop


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this at the pizza parlor on naval air station north island.

pours a semi-hazy amber-yellow with a medium size head, good lacing.

smell is hoppy, malt back, pine nuts, a whiff of caramel.

taste is caramel, pine, nice bitter hops.

overall it was a good beer and the first beer after a few weeks at sea.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2008 14:58:23 | More by froghop
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a rich copper-amber color and is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. When I hold my 25cl tulip glass up to the light the beer shows a slightly hazed, full gold / copper color. The aroma is a nice punch of citrus and pine like hops that takes a decidedly herbal turn upon the second smell of the aroma. Aromas of sweet-ruby-red grapefruit, concentrated tangelo oil, lychee, a distinctly green herbal note, sticky hemp oil aromatics, freshly ground pine needles, dusty crushed pale malt and a touch of cracker like character are all noticeable. This definitely has an up front hop fruit character to it, but the herbal, sharper hop aromatics seem to be the more dominant notes here.

Lightly sweet flavors accentuate a nice fruitiness up front, but this is quickly dominated by a green, herbal hop character that comes to dominate a lingeringly bitter, lightly astringent finish. Up front flavors of peach, lychee and candied grapefruit zest are ultimately dominated by sharp hop notes of pine-tar, hemp oil and dank herbal flavors that just coat the mouth and really linger on the palate. While the sharper hop flavors are more focused here, this does not get harsh or overbearing (at least if you are a hop head) and in fact are fairly well balanced (in a super hoppy, IPA sort of way) by the malt character. The malt provides a touch of sweet pale grain, cracker / pale biscuit like malt and a body that really serves to carry the hop character here.

This is nice and drinkable & really is a great example of a hop focused IPA. I might prefer a slightly more fruit balanced IPA, but this is still a damn good beer that easily lives up to the San Diego IPA terroir.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 03:33:18 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Floydster


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared two bombers of this stuff with two friends tonight, each bottle was four dollars at Cooke's in El Segundo, poured into an old glass

A-Color was a mix between a deep orange and an amber, the head was 3/4 of an inch and pretty creamy, nice retention, great lacing
S-Grapefruit, lemons, pine, grass, resin, earthy accents, sweet and toasted malts, and perfume
M-Medium bodied, carbonation is too strong in my opinion, mouthfeel was slick, dry, and gave me some nice cottonmouth, taste lingered
D-Pretty hoppy stuff and expected to taste more malt with the alcohol content, still fairly easy to drink, heavy at times though, not a very sessionable IPA because of its strength

My bottle said 7.5% ABV, which is pretty darn high for a single IPA, I was not complaining, not bad and about on par with the few other Coronado beers I have tried in the past, might drink this again if I am in the mood for something along these lines, recommended

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 04:26:14 | More by Floydster
Photo of IBUnit63


3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap with family dinner at the source...

Copper body with wispy head-pretty thin

Love the grassy hop bite but it's a little clammy up front - decent but imbalanced

Ditto on taste - good but slightly skunky up front but with warmth dissipates and you're left with a well-balanced nice IPA

Feel is solid for IPA with crisp hop pucker

This could be sessionable if you knock off the skunk funk with a little warmth

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2008 11:31:25 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of andyinsdca


3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pretty good IPA.
Appearance (in a mug) was cloudy amber, good head.
Taste & mouthfeel: A hoppy and slightly bitter IPA. I liked it but I can see why it might turn other people off.

Overall: It's not something I'll drink all the time, there are better IPAs out there, but this is a decent one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2008 21:36:55 | More by andyinsdca
Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.