Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 40
Gots: 221 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: scottoale on 05-09-2007

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Reviews by RoyalT:
Photo of RoyalT
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a beauty shop. The golden liquid is lightly toned with orange and the beautiful white head puffed up just right and showed great retention.

Smell - This has a righteous hop bouquet and is perfectly balanced with pine, herbs, and a wonderful juicy orange citrus. The malts though are largely absent.

Taste - The grain comes out more in the taste. It is a bit rough around the edges but still quite pleasant. The hops flavor is just as good at the tongue as it was on the nose. The citrus that I enjoyed so much at the smell comes on even a bit more at the taste.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied but just barely with some light carbonation and a good amount of bitterness.

Drinkability - This is an easy-going ale. If it really is a double it's borderline though, but classifications aside it is quite enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of buymorebeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Ver solid IPA from a brewery that is horribly unrepresented in the state of north carolina... What are you doing CORONADO no one knows about you here.

Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see a new line of Cali beers here in Greensboro.Poured into a imperial pint glass a hazed mix of burnt orange and copper,a tight formed one finger egg shell colored head atop.Big citric and floral aromas,really fresh and pungeant.Flavors are not overly sweet and alcoholic like alot of DIPA's,big resiny hop flavors with some citric fruitiness,the malt is sweetish and holds up well to the hops.The alcohol is well hidden and it stills packs a pretty good hop punch,a nice beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a snifter. Gold/amber color, slight haze. Thick off-white head resembling whipped cream. A lot of lace.

A lot of sweet malt in the aroma. Big citrus aroma also, as well as some peppery hops.

Predominately grapefruit taste, sweet biscuit, late piney hops.

One of the sweetest DIPAs I've tried. Well-hopped, not overly aggressive. Very smooth.

Will look for this again during my stay in Albuquerque.

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

Coronado Idiot IPA, 2010

Pours resembles a non filtered copper cider with a resilient white head. Strong smell of oranges and pine trees. The taste is a bright boquet of hops, hops, hops, and more hops that lingers on the tongue for an extended amount of time. The body is crisp, yet strong enough to please any pallet any time of the year. If you're not a hop lover than choose to pass.

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear copper orange with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet dank fruit with piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet ripe fruits with dank resiny hops. It has a bit of a tarry alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall, a nice DIPA, but a little harsh.

Photo of Beerswag
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- On tap less than 1finger head, quickly gone. Nice golden to copper tones and slightly hazey. Mountains of lacing on the glass and legs that look like waterfalls.

S-strawberry and citrus noted very heavy. Nice fruity and balanced smell. Medium hop character to the nose.

T- balanced fruity bitterness:
Pine, Strawberry, grapefruit, and and tangerine finish.

M-medium carbonation on the front of the tongue and a bite from enough hops in the back of the palate. Smooth finish with a slightly dry mouthfeel.

O- a nice DIPA that packs enough punch at 8.5, this one I consider a solid choice.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness/bottling info. Purchased in Southington, CT

Darker amber, clouded, frothy, fine, lasting and leaving nice looking and extensive lace...

Hopped up nose, god I love San Diego DIPAs....

Dense and hop infused DIPA. Hops crunching...smooth, tasty and highly enjoyable...Definitely going to buy more of this at the next opportunity

Photo of djmitche
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is pale and a bit hazy. That might be chill haze.

Smell is wonderful - mostly tropical, with some citrus. For the hops on the bottle, I'm surprised there's so little pine.

There's some pine in the flavor, but not much else. I don't get much malt, although it doesn't taste like hop tea so there's "enough" there. I'm a non-taster, so I can't tell you how much bitterness is in this brew, but I'm guessing it's what us East-Coasters call a "hop bomb".

Mouthfeel is good - enough sweetness to linger, without being thick.

Overall, this is a nice IPA in terms of hop aroma and flavor, but not something I could drink a lot of.

Photo of magictrokini
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear auburn with a stocky white head. Rich aroma of piney hops, grapefruit, and a bit of peaches. Oily mouthfeel. Tangy citrus flavors mix well with the resiny and peppery hops. Still that hint of peaches. Kind of makes it taste lighter than it is. Good stuff.

Photo of hotpauko
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap after a Ten Fidy (amazing beer FYI), a nice strong high ABV concealed well IPA solid.

Photo of pat61
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit rind nose portends a big, bitter hoppy palate well balanced by rich malts and large pitted fruit flavors. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Pours brilliant gold with a shite foam cap.

Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Orange, golden, auburn with a thin off-white head, with moderate cling and stick to the glass.

Sweet citrus elements, pine, and sticky toffee sweetness round out this beer's aroma.

The flavor follows the aroma similarly, though the toffee sweetness is a bit dominant. Moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Good, somewhat sweet, DIPA.

Photo of far333
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed orangey amber color with a thick and frothy head of off-white meringue that lingers long.

Fresh and bright aroma of lemon zest and orange peel and grapefruit.

Big fruity hop flavors full of orange rind citrus and grapefruit pith, notes of pine sap. Understated malt rides beneath, but the hops beat it back down. This one is full of hop flavors and assertive bitterness. Lemon zest emerges in the finish.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, tingly carbonation, slight warming in the finish.

Tasty beer, big and bold, a hophead's delight. Slightly lower drinkability for me because it is very rich and very bitter, but very good. Would love this with some spicy Thai food.

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

Had on tap at Local 44, $5.50 for a small pour in a chalice.

The beer was described as an American IPA, but the beer brought to me in a small glass which informed me that this was going to be a little more than I bargained for. The beer was a hazy golden color with a little tuft of foam and a wonderful aroma. Floral hops dominated the aroma, with a little bit of that tang from citrusy west coast hops. The taste reflected the smell with dried apricot and mango flavors, the zing of grapefruit and a resinous piney finish.

Very good beer to have tried, but I don't think that I would have it again.

Photo of rringler
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, dark straw. About a half a finger of white head with fine bubbles. Very nice lacing.

S: Very clean and malty.

T: Nice, thick malty start (despite the lighter color) finishing with hops that are not too dry or floral. The 8.5% abv is very well hidden. Exactly what you'd expect from an IPA.

M: Slightly thicker and more oily, but still very much in style and with good carbonation.

O: Textbook IPA/IIPA. Good smell, taste and balance. Only thing I'd change is a slightly deeper color.

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

Dark golden yellow appearance. Expected darker. Aroma was mango-esque and other citrus, pineapple came to mind.

Taste, a lil more alcohol than I would have liked, was the first thing. It mellowed into a big bitter hop bite. Big bitterness, again, unexpected. This one evolved all over the place in between almost fusel like alcohol, to overwhelming (almost) bitterness and then a mellow citrus vibe with the aforementioned pineapple and mango. More dry hopping needed I says.

$8 a bomber seems a little high, especially when Islander IPA is only $4. I'd rather have 2 of those instead of 1 of these. And the bitterness doesn't help drinkability either. And this is coming from someone who likes uber bitter beer. This one was like Hopsickle's almost, although looking and tasting very different outside of that issue.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice to see Ballast Point Big Eye and Sculpin IPA along side my first sighting of a Coronado beer at Giant Eagle Market District. All three brews plus a six of Dale's Pale ran something like 34 dollars. At a beer bar in the area that same purchase may have cost nearly 50 dollars. Appears a glowing orange copper hue with a light off white head, nice coated lacing with each sip finely spreads out some eye candy for the beer drinking on this New Beer Sunday. Aroma is full of hops ranging from a strong grapefruit citrus tone to mild pine and dank mary jane. An excellent balance is even noticeable in the nose with juicy sugar coated hops and mild notes of fresh baked bread drizzled with caramel. Bitterness kicks in just like all of my favorite west coast DIPAs but what follows is a massive hop flavor and big heavy handed malt balance. Juicy malts wrap around big alpha acids from the hops. It's almost like a biting bitterness that is unrelenting throughout each sip to the finish while the malts are fighting for the lives to stay on board. Sweetness is defintely ample but it never loses it's focus the hops crush the malts but there's still a balance that is essential for this beer to be drinkable. Alcohol is evident in the finish but the big herbal/citrus hops are banging. Mouthfeel is big and oily with hops medium to full bodied. Drinkability is awesome, it's a double IPA that drinks like a standard IPA it's incredible, gotta get more especially at 7 bucks a bomber what an incredible deal.

Photo of OStrungT
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color, with a thick, fluffy off white head with a slight yellow tint to it. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice amount of lace.

This beer has a nice citrusy hop aroma. It has a pleasent lemony zest. It has a very mild piney hop aroma as well. It smells pretty well balanced.

This beer tastes very much like the aroma leads one to beileve. Citrusy hops upfront. Some piney flavors also. I was a little let down with the flavor. It is more subtle than I was expecting.

This beer gors down smooth leaving a subtle grapefruity aftertaste. Good carbonation.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. The only draw back is the slightly elevated alcohol content.

Overall: I wasnt expecting much from this brewery. I have never been too satisfied with their offerings. That being said, I think this beers is one of their better ones. I dont think it is in the same league as most other San Diego brews. I doubt I will be buying this one again.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sharp pine hops with moderate amounts of tropical fruit hop aromas. Also present is a pale malt backbone with slight amounts of breadiness.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are quickly overtaken by large amounts of pine and tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip the pine hop flavors subside a bit, allowing the tropical fruit flavors to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this beer was a pleasant surprise, although I have to say that San Diego IPA's shouldn't really surprise anyone. A solid beer that's worth a shot.

Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I might be an idiot but I really enjoyed this Idiot IPA, it poured a clear honey golden color beneath a big off white biscuity head.

A rich citrus lacing on a pine like smell with hints of alcohol and maybe a slight earthy flower garden hint. This aroma transfers verbatim to the taste, which to me, was exactly what i would have wanted. The aftertaste is quite similar and quite dry which led me to take another sip and yet another sip.

To be quite honest I like to stop at every micro-brew along the road, and if any of their IPA's or similar style beers are anywhere close to this I am quite happy to have stopped there. Probably not the best IPA or Double IPA or Imperial IPA I've ever had but as I drink this its hard to remember which exactly were the ones that were better. To me this is what American IPA's and their off shoots (doubles, imperials) should try to capture: a solid citrus hops taste with all the extras.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clean looking beer that pours clear wheat orange. The tan head is lackluster and fades quickly to a ring of bubbles on the edge and a thin skin of foam on the surface.

The nose is slightly above average with the scent of hops and malt both present but thankfully more weight toward the hop. A mix of pine and citrus are the building blocks here and light toasted grain in the background.

It tastes good and has a hop presence which you'd expect in an IPA but I don't feel the nose or the flavor profile warrants an imperial classification. Like the nose, the dominate flavor is the hop but it almost seems watered down. It's tasty with the same pine and citrus characteristics as the smell but not bold, sharp or distinct again making me question the imperial status.

The mouthfeel has a dusty element to it and is mildly carbonated adding to the lightness of the body. Pair that with the mild scent and taste and you have a good middle of the road beer that gets easily edged out by some hop aggressive pale ales. It's NOT a drain pour but an enjoyable average beer.

Photo of samtrillo
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a cloudy orange with a bit of soapy lacing.

Smell is very fruity. Mandarin and tropical fruits.

Taste is similar. Expecting maybe a tad more sweetness. Bitterness does well here, though. Grapefruit and apricot in there.

Surprisingly crisp and quick mouthfeel.

A solid IIPA. Would drink again.

Photo of dashirey
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bomber in the CA-PA BIF from m1ked. I'm trying to get through some hoppy beers before they lose there magic.

I am reviewing this beer in honor of new member of BA. One of my best friends Hayden (rydogg666) just recently has signed up and has entertained himself by reading my reviews and posts. So please if you have an extra minute give him a shout out for me and welcome him to this great community. And just in case you all are wondering if there is a reason I picked Idiot IPA to review in his honor - wonder no more!!

A - Cloudy (the bottle states unfiltered IPA, so duh). There is a big fluffy head from a pour of half the bottle which leaves a ton of lacing. (Hayden we already talked about lacing, remember?)

S - Loved the smell of this more than anything else. Lots of hops in the smell from the time I open the bottle to the last drop. The citrus smells coming from the hops range from grapefruit to pineapple (seriously Hayden I'm not lying all that just in the smell).

T - The taste is surprising sweet at first, but the hops come to the center stage after that. The citrus is really present throughout but some piney hops are there in the background with a small malt flavor underlining the whole thing. (Hayden again I'm not joking, you probably never tasted this much in a can of Schlitz).

M/D - Medium mouthfeel, with some stinging on the tongue from the a bit too high carbonation. The bitterness dries my mouth in the end. Overall I really like this brew. As the bottle states, this one "has been known to reduce even the most intelligent to a blithering idiot" - I can see why. Very easy drinking for 8.5%, a couple of bombers could turn your evening into an early one!!

Hayden I hoped you enjoyed my review in your honor. I look forward to the day when I can entertain myself with your reviews because you are much more a wordsmith than I. I also look forward to many interesting brews even if it is only every few months.

Photo of rdilauro
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After opening the bottle, you could easily smell the hops in this beer. I was expected to taste a very highly hopped and somewhat bitter beer.

I was really surprised that the taste was much lighter than I anticipated. The Hops and IBUs were there, but not over the top. It was a very enjoyable beer.

I am generally not a big fan of Double IPAs, but this one was an exception

Part of our closing ritual at our Wine/Beer shop is to select two beers each night and taste them. This one has been a repeater several times.

I often recommend this to someone who wants to taste a hoppy beer but they dont want to be bombarded.

A very nice IPA

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Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,332 ratings.