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Islander IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Islander IPAIslander IPA

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85
very good

649 Ratings
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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 40 | 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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terence

California

3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-18-2013 22:55:16 | More by terence
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ALBuff

Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +19%

05-18-2013 17:27:43 | More by ALBuff
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brentk56

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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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-16-2013 23:13:22 | More by Slatetank
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andyfrancis

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice looking golden IPA with a lingering white foamy head.

Smells a bit like the outside of a brewery. Extracty.

Tastes ok. Piney IPA that finishes clean.

A little syrupy pine in your cheeks, but it doesn't linger offensively.

Overall, ok but nothing special for a california IPA. If I was in Coronado for some reason, a visit would not be a must based on this experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 21:42:35 | More by andyfrancis
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Arbitrator for the bottle.

Appearance: Clear bright gold. Solid carbonation pulls throughout. Head is bright-white, creamy, and fluffy. Drops to a small spotty cap with a slightly larger collar. Some wisps and streaks of lacing. Pretty much on point.

Smell: Tropical. Mango and pineapple. Loaded with juicy tangerine. Citrus heavy. Malt body is light with some pale malt sweetness. A touch earthy in the back. Slight biscuity finish. Clean and clear. Orange. Not particularly complex, but that's working for it here.

Taste: A bit more bitterness than the nose would indicate. A touch of oily pine on the finish. Big juicy fruitiness that never gets too aggressive. Tangerine and mango, lots of mango. A touch of mint. Malts are slightly sweet and offer a nice counter to the juicy hops. Earthy on the finish. Very clean. Biscuity backbone.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium to full carbonation. Wet on the front with a slightly dry finish. Medium body. Drinks reasonably well, but definitely leaves something to be desired. A bit too thin overall.

Overall: Maholo plenty.

A west-coast IPA that doesn't go too far. Not that too far is always bad. A solid drinking IPA with some rough edges. A bit much to tackle in a large format bottle. Throwing this in a 12oz six-pack would be beneficial. Worth drinking. No frills.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 17:19:16 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

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

Bottle > Sensory Sam Adam's Glass

A - Pours clear gold, nice 1 finger head, great lacing all around.
S - Citrus and papaya, a little biscuity malt, some earthy pine scents.
T - Crisp bitterness, a touch of tart apple and papaya, light caramel malts, and finishes on the drier side with some pine and orange zest.
M - A little chewy, but well carbonated and refreshing.
O - Solid IPA from Coronado, and it really makes me want to try all their stuff, this is a great west coast example thats crisp, clean and fresh tasting.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 23:09:41 | More by Omnium
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ste5venla

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-08-2013 19:59:53 | More by ste5venla
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CoolEthan

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%

05-04-2013 19:50:33 | More by CoolEthan
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RaulMondesi

California

3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Raul ain't trippin. Raul ain't trippin at all. This lil bad boi is pretty good, n pretty bad at the same time! (Like, good "bad" 2 all you honkies.)

Nice lil boom boom on the nose and the taste makes you think of Tiffany Amber Thiessan circa Saved by the Bell.

Falls a lil flat like an American Apparel model, but not bad. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 05:08:08 | More by RaulMondesi
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DrewShalvoy

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

05-03-2013 15:21:27 | More by DrewShalvoy
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Obsidian

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-30-2013 21:11:48 | More by Obsidian
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-27-2013 06:38:13 | More by InfernoBoss
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -20.6%

04-25-2013 04:22:42 | More by EagleTalon
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creez

California

4.5/5  rDev +19%

04-23-2013 21:03:58 | More by creez
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Kenai4

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-22-2013 12:12:19 | More by Kenai4
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DruClark

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-20-2013 21:36:00 | More by DruClark
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 14 April 2013.

Pours a medium-pale orange, almost fully clear. A decent column of bubbles rising up. One finger of white head, good retention, nice lacing.

Smell is a soft blend of citrus and piney hops. It's delicate, with a mid-level sweetness underneath the hop parade. Pretty good, but not overpowering.

Taste is good, and heavier on the hop acids than many of the IPAs I've been drinking recently. Starts out lightly sweet, then drifts into that powerful, mildly chalky bitter, which carries on through a lasting finish. Definitely more bitter than anything else; find myself longing for more malt support.

Feel is fine. Medium-bodied, carbonation on the low side. Sticky, and strangely expansive, blooming up in the corners of my mouth. Long-lasting finish, creeping out of those corners to re-assert itself.

A good IPA, well-hopped, and well put together. Nothing amazing about it, but solid all the way through.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 06:44:11 | More by zeledonia
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Vigilante

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-14-2013 02:15:07 | More by Vigilante
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barbellsNbeers

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-13-2013 03:03:33 | More by barbellsNbeers
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jcb7472

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-12-2013 16:14:57 | More by jcb7472
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Beermazter310

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +19%

04-12-2013 03:28:42 | More by Beermazter310
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bca115

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-08-2013 03:06:16 | More by bca115
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McStagger

California

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber with no freshness date to be found.

A: Pours a slightly off pale straw with good, but not great, clarity. Very vigorous carbonation. Larger than average bubbles. Two finger traditional khaki head. Not as dense or rocky as many, with large bubbles forming the walls of the foam. Retention is good. Lacing is stellar.

S: Bit of caramel malt sweetness, accentuated by a large burst of stone fruit. Lots of yeasty breadiness, along with the usual tropical and grapefruit notes.

T: Malt is subdued in relation to the hops. Herbal astringency on the finish, along with citrus rind. Mid palate pops with tropical fruit and a tiny bit of grapefruit. The bitterness on the finish is floral (perfume like) and herbaceous. Dry throughout and fairly crisp on the finish.

M: Lean. Fairly crisp, but not to the level of Stone. The vigorous carbonation contributes to the overall "lightness" of this beer.

O: On the dryer side of the West Coast style, and I don't mind one damn bit. Not a game changer by any means, but a damn fine example of a West Coast IPA. As I review more and more of these beers, I'm beginning to feel that there is a definite glut in the market. It's becoming harder and harder to distinguish what makes one of these IPA's "quality" vs. what is merely personal taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 06:42:04 | More by McStagger
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Brenden

Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Islander is a sort of pale orange color with something like a touch of chill haze. It's capped by a pure white head that sits thick and fluffy at about 2 fingers tall. The head takes some time to recede, remaining heavy and fluffy, never dropping lower than about half a finger and leaving nice lacing.
There's little sweetness to this beer, and the focus is definitely on the hops. There's a pithiness to it that gives the bitterness a hard, chalky edge. Pine, dandelion, and floral hops with some citrus zest make up the sturdy bouquet. There's a bit of dry maltiness to it, a little biscuity and a little crackery, but it offers very, very little caramel sweetness, edging the overall flavor a little off-balance. With so much pith and little sweetness, the chalkiness of the bitter profile gets a little too hard.
The ample carbonation leads to a particular creaminess and a fluffy light-to-medium body with a light and consistent crispness through each sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 00:48:23 | More by Brenden
Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 649 ratings.