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Islander IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Islander IPAIslander IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

285 Reviews
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Reviews: 285
Hads: 1,022
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 21.47%
Wants: 27
Gots: 230 | 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:
Beer added by: scottoale on 07-18-2006

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Reviews: 285 | Hads: 1,022
Photo of Phillip13
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful west Coast IPA. If you enjoy your hops this is a beer for you bursting with citrus overtones with a wonderful bitter piney aftertaste. It is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of JayQue
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good West Coast IPA. Pours a golden/orange color into a pint glass. Medium size white headwith good retention and thick bands of lacing. Nice aroma of citrus hops. Tastes very good. Citrus hops, right amount of bitterness and no alcohol tastae.
Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. Bitterness is just right and goes down very easy. An excellent IPA!!!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

My first offering from this California brewery, and, of course, it's an IPA. What imagination. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises buttery toffee, grapefruit zest, and a smattering of flowers. The taste goes sharply for the fruit, partnered with some mild pine, then allows some meek caramel-y biscuit to occasionally leak through when no one's looking. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent IPA, nothing taste bud-changing or anything, but something better than many debut stable IPAs that pass through these parts.

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Photo of t2thebro
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
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.
O- one of my favs.

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Photo of SethHudelson15
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is a solid beer. A good combination of bitter and hops that has a nice finish. I would suggest and drink again. Not quite a 9/10 but my expectations are high.

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Photo of emerge077
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange with a nice billowing head of creamy white foam, that leaves behind excellent delicate lacing in the glass.

Aroma is fairly subdued, the pungent Columbus are noticeable in the mix though. Caramel malt sweetness, a light grassy skunk.

Taste is pretty clean, malty with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Grass, cantaloupe, dandelion greens. Light bodied and fairly drinkable. Hints of dank greenery, but again slightly faded. This stuff is new to the market with no dates, so I have to assume it's fairly fresh.

Paired very well with Hooks 7-year aged cheddar, thanks Jay!

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Photo of dd43
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hop bomb. This is a bold ipa that doesn't take hops lightly. Minimal head, but the aroma hits you from a considerable distance. A west coast ipa for sure, in the vein of a Lagunitas or Stone offering in terms of the hop bias. Carbonation is minimal in appearance but more apparent in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of jkrich
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a beautiful orange-gold hue with a faint haze. The foamy, white head slowly dissipated, leaving some fancy lacing. As far as freshness, the bottle had a date stamped at the bottom. I am not sure if this is a "bottled on" or a "drink by" date; if the latter, it is almost two months past its prime.

The citrusy aroma is typical of the style while the flavor profile is strongly bittersweet, tropical fruit with some lingering marmalade and citrus; not much piney influence which is fine by me. The grapefruit flavor is not as prominent as other IPAs I have tried.

The body is rather light and the flavor profile is short-lived on the palate; just enough carbonation to keep it refreshing.

This is a very mild and quaffable IPA for 7.0 % ABV, but aren't they all? They should really say what the date means on the bottle. Worth seeking out but costly, at least down here in the Florida panhandle.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange gold color with off-white head. Pine, citrus, and a little malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Pretty solid hop resinous notes on the finish.

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Photo of delta490
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orangey gold with a thin white head that leaves the scene very quickly and leaves a little sticky lacing. The aroma has some nice lighter fruit notes (thinking pineapple). The taste is a little anemic, with just some nondescript hops and malt flavors. The body has a nice weight and a crisp finish.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Double Barley soda-can shaped glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Citrusy hop aroma with some soily yeast tones and minimal malt backing.

T- Smooth hop flavor with mild bitterness. Slight suggestions of tropical fruit. Alcohol is decently masked.

M- A bit sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A good IPA to offer someone as they're becoming accustomed to a higher level of hop content. Easy to drink with a subtle bitterness but it still has plenty of flavor.

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Photo of GregJ
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden hue, slight haze with a big white head. Smells piney, spicy and floral. Spicy, piney and resinous up front with moderate carbonation, fades to nice floral taste. Excellent lacking all the way down the glass. Medium body. Aftertaste piney on the tongue and a spiciness lingers in the throat. Heavy caramel notes emerge as it warms up. Grapefruit rind/pith on the tinge in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Johnquisssssssy
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not great head retention or body feel. Kinda straw/yellow colour, with a real lack of carbonation. I couldn't tell the age, but I'm guessing it's an older bottle but the mediocre flavour and lacklustre finish

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Photo of JohnIrving
1.71/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Poured a straw color from the bottle in to the shaker pint glass. 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly. Light aroma of citrus. Taste was also light with pine resin at the front and citrus notes underneath. Finish was an unpleasant type of bitterness with some chemical tastes. Not enjoyable.

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Photo of JimmyCaprese
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Good, but cloudier than expected. Lace is very good. Nice head. Lasts a good bit.
S - Good, smell hints of coriander and nice hop aroma with a citrus element.
T - Has a bite that lingers but more pleasant than others out there e.g. Stone IPA. Also, back end is not as pleasant as the taste, but decent.
F - Very good, but a bit too much carbonation in my opinion. Good malt to hop balance.
O - Really a solid beer and I used to drink it a lot. I think this won a gold at world beer cup. Good for them, but there are others I prefer.

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Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

Straw color. Citrusy nose. Light flavor profile in general. This offering drinks like a session IPA but not as hoppy as most beers in that sub-style.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a DFH IPA glass
A: Slightly hazy light orange color with a generous 2+ finger head
S: Grapefruit, stone fruit and malt
T: Fairly generic malt & citrus, no flaws but little complexity
M: Medium-bodied
O: A decent beer & worth a try but nothing memorable

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Photo of Ksoden1186
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

This is a really good beer, but it doesn't compete with many of the other standard IPAs that I would score in the 4-5 range.

Pours a beautiful golden color. Very clear. Nice, thick one-finger head on aggressive pour.

Aroma is your classic citrus/pine west-coast American IPA aroma. That said, the citrus in faint and doesn't hit your senses the way some IPAs do.

The taste is, again, very light. It is not as light as a session-able IPA. Nothing like Lagunitas DayTime or Founder's All Day IPA. Not that light. It's just a little lighter than I prefer my standard IPAs to be. Citrus flavors. Bitter back end. A bit bland. I would have liked the citrus to be more pronounced: some grapefruit or pineapple to balance out the biscuity bitterness.

The mouth feel is okay. About standard.

Overall, this is a good standard IPA. Would I seek this out? No, not really. Would I drink it is I was at a friends and that's what they had in their fridge? Absolutely, and I would enjoy them. This would be a great beer for a hot day when something heavier would be too much.

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a medium brown to dark golden color AR- citrus (orange mostly), hoppy, slight malt, and bread T- slight malt, strong orange taste, finishes with slight lemon/acidic taste, after taste is a hint of warm alcohol M- thin and watery, could be a bit bettered balanced O- a decent IPA overall not the worst I've had not the best I've had, if it

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden brown with a finger of bubbly white head.

S - Big floral aroma, citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity, hop resin, malts, crackers.

T - Aggressive hops come through, chewy and resinous, dank, grass, crackers, earthy, bread dough. Finishes dry and bitter.

O - In your face and big flavored IPA. Nice offering that lacks a bit of balance.

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Photo of hoppyhour
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bomber at Fallbrook liquor and had Nessy burger while I was there.
Nice pour into a tulip. Deep foggy gold color, creamy head.
Smell is mostly bready hops, with a tiny bit of citrus.
Taste is also dominated by hops, with a nice carbonated slick mouth feel.
Overall a decent ipa especially when fresh, but many other options out there.
I feel if they held back on the bready malt a bit it would be a better pour.

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Photo of mverity
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was served on tap at Tom’s Oyster Bar in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in a generic ¾ sized snifter shining a shade of dusk. It sported a half finger head of cream colored foam, showing okay retention into streaks of patterned lacing. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma was biscuity and metallic, with notes of sourdough bread, skunky adjuncty grain, rice and corn, heavy pilsner maltiness, dried straw, lemon zest, mango, papaya, and mild citric and grassy hoppiness. Our first impression was that the taste was summery, light, and appropriately refreshing, but not as robust as we had hoped or expected. The flavoring opened with corn, musky straw, hearty pilsner malts, souring citric rind, and citric and herbal hoppiness. The middle evened out a bit more, with paler and cleaner malts, crisp lemon juiciness, orange flesh, and hints of apricot. The end followed with souring wheat, adjuncty metallics, brassy coin, chalk, basic ale yeast, and decently sticky grassy hops. The aftertaste breathed of bitter grassiness and earthy mustiness, with an otherwise dominant face of adjuncts and pilsner graininess. The body lightly medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack, okay cream and froth, and pleasant finishing pop on the back end of it. The mouth was left dried and chalky. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back well enough.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was its drinkability. Honestly we weren’t too thrilled by this one. Both the nose and the flavoring came off ultra skunky and dank, and we’re not sure if it was a quality issue with the beer itself or an issue with the establishment we consumed it at. It seems more plausible that it is the latter as Coronado Brewing has only recently entered into the market here in southeast Michigan. Perhaps they don’t flush their lines?! For something billed as an IPA we thought it tastes more along the lines of a dry hopped Czech pilsner with hints of orange. These malts dominated, and unfortunately the hops were on the losing side of the battle.

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Photo of rangerman21
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden with a white head that has great retention.

Smell: Piney hops.

Taste: Bitter hop notes at the end. Mellower at the beginning.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and bubbly.

Overall: Great head and pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is the only thing really dragging it down in my opinion.

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Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.