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Islander IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Islander IPAIslander IPA

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very good

768 Ratings
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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 17
Gots: 92 | 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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Photo of Omnium
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.

Omnium, May 11, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

ste5venla, May 08, 2013
Photo of CoolEthan
3.25/5  rDev -14%

CoolEthan, May 04, 2013
Photo of RaulMondesi
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.

RaulMondesi, May 04, 2013
Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

DrewShalvoy, May 03, 2013
Photo of Obsidian
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Obsidian, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

InfernoBoss, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
3/5  rDev -20.6%

EagleTalon, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of creez
4.5/5  rDev +19%

creez, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Kenai4
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Kenai4, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of DruClark
4/5  rDev +5.8%

DruClark, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
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.

zeledonia, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Vigilante
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Vigilante, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

barbellsNbeers, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jcb7472, Apr 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Beermazter310, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

bca115, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of McStagger
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.

McStagger, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, Apr 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Abe_Froman, Apr 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

TheBigBoy, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

imbuckeye, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

andrew8626, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Jayli, Mar 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

estlinska, Mar 21, 2013
Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.