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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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Reviews: 374
Hads: 1,371
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 43
Gots: 245 | 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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Photo of Jeromedepot
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/15/15 (2 1/2 Months)

Look: Poured a gorgeous hazy golden/amber with steady carbonation and a nice foamy head

Smell: Pretty unassuming. Citrus notes that are quickly overwhelmed by a caramel / lemon candy sweetness

Taste: The biggest thing here is the chocolate malt flavor. Nice citrus bitterness at the backend.

Mouthfeel: Goes down really smoothly. Bitterness lingers a while. (397 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus notes with light sweet malt base is pretty nice. Taste is also a good mix of citrus oriented hops with light residual sugar and dry malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice old school IIPA with nice Cascade notes. (353 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber hued with a great big head of foam, good lacing, and plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Tropical and citrus fruits, caramel, crackery malts.

Taste: Citrus and tropical fruits, caramel, crackery malts, spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a big hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. Fairly well balanced with plenty of flavor. This is a good solid Imperial IPA. (393 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack of bottles at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander. The bottling code suggests this one is good for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a warm honey amber with about two inches of dense off-white head that sticks around for a good bit, falls to a healthy film, and leaves considerable lacing on the glass. Relatively clear, with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Unassertive bouquet on this one--I had to strain to make out what's going on. There are caramel and cracker malt notes beneath citrus hops. Some grassy and floral notes, as well. As subtle as it is, the bouquet has a fresh quality to it.

T: Caramel and cracker malts in the front, accompanied by citrus and tropical fruit hop notes. The most prominent hop flavors are grapefruit, orange, mango, and pineapple. There's a bit of a grassy quality that emerges in the middle, along with the first sense of clear alcohol coming through. The malts stay in the picture for most of the arc of the taste. The back end brings a bit of a licorice quality that actually blends quite well with the citrus rind and malts. The close is citrus hop bitter with more of that clear alcohol poking through.

F: Medium-bodied--substantial without being syrupy. There's tartness that turns to overt bitter at the close and into the aftertaste. Some nice creaminess brought on by a good level of carbonation.

O: This is an enjoyable DIPA with nice fruit flavors and a solid malt backbone. It brings a lot of bitter but a bit more clear alcohol flavor than I would like. Overall, I'm not sure that I would return to this one again, given how many solid DIPAs are out there. But I would recommend giving this one a try for yourself. (1,745 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coronado Idiot DIPA.

Having only had one beer out of these guys that was quite good, I am certainly ready to give them another shot. And since it is a Californian DIPA, I have some pretty high hopes for this one.

Look - Pours clear copper with a tint of amber and a two finger highly frothy white head that is quite sticking. Afore assumption that the lacing shall hopefully be beautiful. Carbonation appears to be moderate, and the sediment levels are bare minimum. Retained some good, although not great lacing. 4.25.

Smell - Tropical without being sickeningly sweet. Pineapple and grapefruit juice are present in a heavy form with a moderate and very obvious backbone to even things out and let you know that you are in for one hell of a drinking experience. Fresh lemons also make a bit of an appearance as the beer warms. The tropical notes also become a bit less pronounced. 4.25.

Taste - Alright well I guess in a way it stays the same without the massive flavor explosion I was hoping for. There is a moderate amount of pineapple though it virtually completely drops the grapefruit and becomes slightly overpowered by the malty edge about 60% to 40%. 4.

Feel - Kind of disappointed in this regard. Sits light bodied only being dominated by the creaminess with almost non-existant carbonation. The flavors once again pick up and the tropical nature beats out the malts to once again create a balanced in the tropics favor. 4.

Overall - First and foremost I would like to state that this is a very easy drinking DIPA. I mean, I could surely put back a few of these without any sort of complaint. Second, and a tad disappointing is that the flavor profile is as bi-polar as your ex girlfriend. Tropical here, malty there..flat here, creamy there. While it certainly isn't perfect, it is still very solid and a sure fire party DIPA to keep in the fridge for when you're getting müde of your guests handing you Miller WaterBeer...I mean, Miller Pisswasser...I mean, Miller Lite. Or was Budweißer Licht das pisswasser? Aber...ich habe kein ahnung...und ich gibe ein schieße nicht. Yes I know, I speak Americanized German, sue me in Federal Court. 4.

Mind you, a ß is a German SS. IE " Weiß = Weiss " etc,. (2,219 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Idiot IPA has been one of many beers that I have not been able to pull the trigger on, suspecting that I could kick the can of trying it down the road. With the help of my co-worker, a 22 ounce bottle is is my possession, and now I can't hold off any longer. On to the beer:

Shiny light orange color topped with an inch of head. Its body is clean, and good lacing clings around the glass. The beer features an aromatic mix resin, grapefruit peel, tangerine, and vague citrus. Perhaps it comes with little surprise that the taste of Idiot IPA follows the nose. The taste of citrus peel, tangerine, grapefruit, bitter citrus, and green tea make this a savory IPA. Swimming in a medium-full body and good bubbles, the beer carries just a wrinkle of booze to palate.

I still prefer Islander IPA, however Idiot IPA is no slouch either. (832 characters)

Photo of mabermud
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have had this a few times in the past, and this one is on the verge of becoming an lower, upper tier IPA.

Decent look. Minimal head and lace. Lower end, semi-aromatic aroma. The taste is reaching for goodness, not bad at all. The feel is almost there.

Overall - I would have this again in the future. It has definitely changed since the last time I had it on tap at Hamilton's a few years ago. (402 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at The Brass Tap, Greenfield, WI - poured into snifter:

Pours hazed orange amber with a wispy head that leaves some trailing lace.

The smell is of citrus with bread, some caramel.

The taste is of citrus, bread, some caramel. Earthy/peppery spicing in the finish. Some alcohol shows in the bitter finish.

A pleasantly spicy, dry, hop-forward but with plenty of malt backing, DIPA. (391 characters)

Photo of staudio
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a double IPA was expecting a bit more. But it's not a bad beer at all just didn't seem like a double IPA. Nice color, slight citrus scent. Not as hoppy as expected. (169 characters)

Photo of dgalons
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Right down the middle across the board. Pretty disappointed given the price I paid for a bomber. Not very hoppy at all for a DIPA, and just heavy in general. Wouldn't buy again. Not bad, but certainly not good either... (219 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very lemon intense and citrus forward aroma. Warming alcohol on the nose. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Nearly clear amber pour with a high white cap that fades quickly but retains well and leaves sticky lacing. Effervescence noted.

Flavor: Up front lemony bitterness. Background bready malt character. Balance is to the hop bitterness. More grapefruit and orange peel on subsequent tasting. Finish is powdery and dry. Aftertaste lingers with lemon bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slight hop derived astringency with warmth on the tongue.

Overall impression: A very clean, citrus forward Double IPA. Glad they distribute in OH. Thanks to @Tammisbutler for the sample! (738 characters)

Photo of Beglane
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with little to no head. Looks very nice,smells kinda weak for a DIPA. The taste is almost like a single hop, not very dynamic but good. Lots of malt in the front, Bitterness in the back nothing too crazy though. Nonetheless, an above average DIPA, with a very good balance between a malt and hops. (303 characters)

Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack at a local grocery store (Gnoches). I didn't know it when I purchased, but the etching at the bottom of the bottle displayed 05/07/14 - a year ago.
Drank a bottle that sat for a little while (10 min.) last night - boozy - and another for today's review.
A: Honeyed opaque with a tremendous number of carb sprigs and what looks like small yeast chunks with a finger thick frothy head - Looks delicious. Lacing shimmers on the side and ringing follows each draught. Really nice display.
S: Some malt presence, with a slight grapefruit scent. Some dankness but not much. IPA? DIPA?
T: Bitter. Muted grapefruit? Hoppy, but not of the floral or fruity variety. Bitter throughout.
M: Creamy and thick up front with a medium malty, but slick, fullness in the finish.
O: A warming bitter ale. Not what I expected when I saw 'West Coast' IPA; not floral, fruity, or fragrant, but unique in it's own way. Straightforward hop bitter presence (early kettle?), but very little flavor. I'll have to revisit this ale as I think the year in the bottle may have degraded the fresh hop flavor and the bitter hallmarks were unmasked. Despite the curve ball, I still enjoyed it as a change of pace if anything. (1,214 characters)

Photo of alparkranger
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is my first review. Went to the British Beer Company. Asked for this and they asked if I wanted a sample. I said no, I've never had a bad IPA (kind of like Pizza, it has to be really bad not to like it.) I can say I've has many IPA's and did a x-country road trip so has some local ones. Anyway, to me this was almost undrinkable. It tasted more like whiskey, than beer. And I don't like whiskey. Anyway, I'm probably not what you'd call a connoisseur (I like Dale's Pale Ale and Long Trail IPA). Is there a reason it tasted "bitter"? (to use another reviewer's term). (573 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This isn't bad, but I dig Coronado's seasonal IPA's over this year round Double IPA. It has a nice big bigger first sip, and it stays as the beer warms. The malt character is well balanced with the bitter hops. Grapefruit is the only fruit a get with this beer, with some pine needles in the background. (303 characters)

Photo of cmq103
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was disappointed with the lack of hoppiness, as this is an Imperial IPA. Cloudy golden in appearance. Literally no head and minimal lacing. Aroma of booziness and tangerines. It gets better as it warms though. (213 characters)

Photo of DiUr
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap. It pours a clear deep gold which shows great lacing with no bubbles at all. I liked the resinous piney hops in both aroma and taste but the sweet malts are not exciting at all and the mouthfeel is poor, with no signs of carbonation. I expected more from this "fresh" West Coast IPA (i trust the place), and i wonder if it just travels bad or it needs to improve on the balance department. Nice hops, bit empty and boring. (429 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (198 characters)

Photo of rjs246
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a good but not great dipa. the further into the bottle I got the more complex the flavors were, which improved the experience. Totally interesting but not quite on point. (178 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

reddish golden color, smelled of pine and citrus like fruits, tasted amazing, very smooth finish, bursted with hops….very good IPA I would definitely have it again and again. (177 characters)

Photo of CraigShap
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft in a SoCal restaurant in imperial pint glass. Very ordinary ipa with little to no complexity. Piney, almost acrid. Can't detect anything tropical as other tasters. (169 characters)

Photo of ssmack
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reddish golden clour of medium straw and honey. Half inch of head and medium lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt and piney and butterscotch candy.

The complex taste comes in 4 phases. First a rich maltiness of sweet creamy taste with a touch of smokiness. Then a burst of hops - pine and citrus and grass. Back to malty taste with real oakiness. Finally a long pieny/grassy aftertaste. Excellent.

Creamy rich feel. A bit light for an Imperial.

Very nice. The oak and smoke really makes it Imperial. Very mality. Complex (515 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I feel like an idiot - don't include the bottom contents of the bottle unless you want to completely muck up the appearance. The seemingly pulpy, almost honeycomb-like second pour is hardly recognizable from the clear, blistered golden tones of the first.

The aroma combines the contents of pine and fruit trees; at once rich and resiny as well as bright and tropical, this bouquet has its bitter and earthy elements but retains the sweet, enticing scents of mango, pineapple and pear. Warming reveals an underlying note of toffee.

All that's wonderful about the nose is replayed on the palate. A hearty base of malt provides a biscuity, lightly caramelly launching point for a vast array of tropical fruit flavours. To me it tastes like mango most of all (dried as well as fresh varieties) but one could imagine an array of exotic jungle fruits.

8.5% alcohol is certainly nothing to scoff at, but it is a manageable amount; this brewer used enough malt and ensured enough citrusy flavours that it goes entirely unnoticed. Bitterness is a good distraction too, though that too is well concealed. I no longer wonder why they left the 'D' out of "IPA" on the label.

Idiot IPA is a stupidly drinkable beer. Such an approachable hop-bomb with such agreeable citrus and tropical fruit flavours is an absolute no-brainer in the portfolio of any brewer worth his mash paddle - it's how California put itself on the map. Anyone with access to this would have to be an idiot not to buy it. (1,491 characters)

Photo of barfootbandit
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA poured from the bottle. Good smell with a mixture of citrus fruit and pine. Clean color and taste as well. Taste was crisp and hoppy, but overly so. Hop character was a good balance of pine and citrus and the beer had a bit of tropical aftertaste. It was also a relatively heavy tasting beer with a high ABV. Although a high ABV makes this double IPA even better and would highly recommend it. (403 characters)

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

Slightly cloudy dark orange with a small off-white head.
Caramel and peach juice on the nose, mango, blood orange, tangerine, persimmon, light pine, biscuit. A pinch of salt. Not too hoppy, but might be overly sweet.
Love it when the taste proves the smell wrong. Big juicy fruitiness up front, citrus and tropical fruit: pineapple, mango, pomelo, peach, tangerine, pink grapefruit, all smothered in caramel. Doesn't get overly sweet, with some bitter citrus peel and slightly salted grainy biscuit leading into pine and bitter dry grassy hops (certainly Nugget hop providing that).
A floral note lingers in the aftertaste, along with some citrus peel, some tropical fruit pulp and pine. Medium body, medium carbonation, just a bit sticky.
A great mix of tasty hops, a really solid IIPA with pretty intense tropical notes, tho generic. (835 characters)

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Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.