Islander IPA - Coronado Brewing Company
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3.08/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-30-2014 21:45:42 | More by TheBrewo
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-28-2014 00:13:28 | More by rangerman21
4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This was my first taste of the Coronado Islander IPA...or any Coronado beer for that matter. It's a classic one with fruit notes in the smell and slightly in taste. The hop level was perfect, and I found it very refreshing and satisfying. The Islander is a great choice, and I will definitely imbibe again especially because my husband drank all the others while I had only one.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2014 16:34:17 | More by SharKKD
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was released very recently in Michigan. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity of bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2014 04:40:49 | More by superspak
Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.