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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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840 Ratings
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Ratings: 840
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 05-09-2007)
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Photo of B967ierhunter177


2.1/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, dark orange color with a thin head and lasting lace. The aroma is fruity, mainly grapefruit with a hint of dough. The flavor is grapefruit and has doughy and orange notes. The mouthfeel is medium. Coronado Idiot IPA is a decent beer, not a hop bomb like some in the style, much more drinkable. A great way to take the heat off from a chile beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:17:19 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of IronCitySteve


2.13/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had on tap and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a nice golden orange color. There is a snall tan foam head with sufficient lacing.

S: There are a ton of hops. Floral and citrus hops dominate but there is a vague underlying malt character. Mostly a bready malt.

T: There is some floral hop character throughout. Not as overpowering as expected. Not much malt back bone to this either.

M: Leaves a bitter biting taste on the palate.

D: This is a good DIPA and many hop heads will enjoy it. I love hops, but did not 'love' this beer. It is definitely worth a shot but I would not seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 20:21:56 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of Docer


2.25/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle received in a trade from jgap.. thx meng!

- Big fluffy white head... lacing all over, down to a steady half-finger... clear dark caramel brew.. looks well carbonated.

- Smell is a bit off on this bottle.. diacetyl.. bit buttery.. some spicy zesty hops still exist.. bitterness present.. caramel sweet malts... but the diacetyl is overpowering.. perhaps an older bottle. no freshness dating.

- I'm going to crack the other bottle in hopes that it isn't as struck w/ diacetyl.. because this one is..

... this second one is a touch better, but is still rather loaded with diacetyl.. more citrus notes are there, and caramel... fruity, zesty.. but still tastes like a shot of movie popcorn butter was shot into my glass..

- Medium bodied, slightly syrupy.. sticky... overall nat bad, well carbonated.

- I am guessing with the flavors that are left... that this is a killer beer. The hint of citrus and hops from the second bottle let's me know that this beer is a great one. Coronado is. But the shop that sold these two bottles failed at rotating them, or getting rid of old stock... or just not handling them well... because I had to unfortunately drain pour both bombers. I hope to get some fresh ones again soon. Perhaps I will edit my review on this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 07:28:06 | More by Docer
Photo of AleWatcher


2.25/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into pint. Thanks to John for sending me this one...

A darker color than I like-- an orangey copper color. Small whitish-tan head is gone quickly. Virtually no lacing left behind-- sure, some clumps cling to the glass, but they return to the body with the legs. Five sips in, there is almost nothing left in terms of bubbles.

Smells sweet and malty. A little dirty and earthy and piney. It seems like there was a little tropical fruit and citrusy grapefruit... But those seems stale and faded.
The flavor fairs slightly better than the smell, but only slightly. Sweet mess of malts up front with earth and pine. Decent bitterness-- just wish this had the flavor to support it.

A bit undercarbonated and oily on the feel.

This isn't awful, but it isn't really good either. I hope this is just a bad or old bottle (of course without bottle dates, it's hard to tell!). I'd be happy to edit this review after trying the beer again.
For me and my money, this beer misses the mark in a big way. I'm pouring out the rest.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 03:39:59 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of bark


2.46/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is gold (9 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head slowly sinks down leaving no lacing on the glass.

The smell is bitter with some harsh notes, hints of metal and resin. Pine wood, some citric fruits, metal, earthy notes and a dusty sweetness.

The taste is smooth with some exotic fruits and lemon-lime. Some bitterness, but the strength is more APA than DIPA. Semi-sweet notes of cookies, resin and honey. Light body. The aftertaste is dusty with some exotic fruits and metallic bitterness in the background. Rye bread and fruit candy in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles short lived. The liquid is quite light.

An empty DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 21:55:48 | More by bark
Photo of zoolzoo


2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours copper, impressive cream colored head.

S: Herbal hops, seems a bit fadey. Malty, grainy, sugar...boring.

T: Sweet malt base accented with grassy, piney hops. Lots of generic bitterness, not much fruit zing. Sugary, east coasty, fully played out. The store clerk said this "just hit the shelves last week", I actually hope thats not true.

M: Thick, chewy..medium carb.

O: I got excited when I saw this at the liquor store...oops. I think I payed a premium too. I guess I'm the "idiot"?

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 23:23:48 | More by zoolzoo
Photo of MattyBones

New York

2.81/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pores a Dark golden color with a decent white head to it.

Smell: A slight hoppy, citrus aroma dominated by a malty, bready smell to it.

Taste: Malt forward with a very slight bitterness to it from the hops. No real bite to it, just malts with a malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Very flat, no real substance to the feel, no stickiness, nothing lol.

Overall: Not much can be said about this other than it tasted extremely malty with nothing to balance it out. It looked decent, but it failed to deliver. Maybe it was a bad, old bottle with the hop profile diminished into nothing but malts, but it was bland enough to make me not want to revisit it.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 19:46:40 | More by MattyBones
Photo of BearsOnAcid


2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Interested in trying this one...

Poured out with a nice cream colored head. Amber colored. Lots of hoppy malt sweetness on the nose. Herbal, grapefruit, carmel aroma.

Taste is underwhelming. More carmel sweetness and moderate bitterness. Candied apricot and grapefruit. Low for a DIPA. It said it was new on the shelf but I'm thinking otherwise. This tastes like an aged east coast DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 00:32:11 | More by BearsOnAcid
Photo of lynchmob9


2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: copper, nice initial head but then went flat quick.
S: initial tangelo peel then couldn't get it again. Cataloupe. Asian pear. Hops dominant.
T: avg, just about hops w/ no balance. Burnt brown sugar & bitterness.
M: heavy, long finish, bitter.
O: not for me. Reminds me of dozens of other forgettable beers. 12oz bottle, 4oz tasting pour, 8oz down the drain. Next.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 00:24:01 | More by lynchmob9
Photo of McNuts

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks - Nice looking DIPA, a slightly hazy orange/copper color with a nice fluffy white head with lots of lacing

Smell- Decent smell of floral hops and sweet malts

Taste- Bitter hop bite followed by overly sweet malt. I personally didn't think there was much balance to this one but two extremes. Did very little for me, not my style.

Feel- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Pretty good body.

Overall- Not crazy about the results at this price point. Too many better options to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 18:15:25 | More by McNuts
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 1 finger of creamy beige head. Good retention. Leaves very nice lace walls. Color is a hazed golden copper. I got some floaties in my glass.

Aroma: I has a decent amount of caramel and bready malts. Has some bittering floral hops. Some pineapple and grassy hops.

Taste: A bit malty, but it has the hop bite. Floral and grassy hops. Some pineapple again with a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and dry.

Overall, this one was a bit too malty for me. It was alright, but not something I want a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 00:52:25 | More by mothman
Photo of MiScusi


3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bomber, no freshness date, 8.5% ABV stated on the bottle.

A- Pours a hazy dark orange into my pint glass. Off white foam at the top.

S- Pretty sweet with malt. I'm guessing this isn't the freshest bottle ever, but by the taste I can tell it's not super old or anything.

T- Floral, a rush of sweetness in the middle that is accompanied by some floral hops. Sticky pine aftertaste and a lingering twang of citrus. Lots of malt in this and the hops just kinda feel old. There's no real zest to them.

M- Medium. Definitely a double IPA sorta mouthfeel, slick but not the worst I've ever had (I don't like a big syrupy mouthfeel in double iPA's)

D- Not my favorite type of taste for an ipa/dipa. This has a similar flavor profile to Great Divide's Hercules DIPA which isn't a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 02:26:54 | More by MiScusi
Photo of kbutler1


3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a darker reddish color with a slightly off white tan head. Reminds me of a red ale in the appearance to be honest. Malty, Biscuity, and buttery in the aroma. Very little hop presence, where are they?! The hops that are present are that of pineapple and citrus. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol shows as it warms in my mouth. Sweet up front flavors that transitions to a rind flavor bitter. The bitterness and booze showing is not the most appealing.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 12:27:35 | More by kbutler1
Photo of Thorpe429


3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at SAVOR 2011. Served in a SAVOR goblet.

Pours a clear peach color with an average white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a bit of grain along with a fairly-pronounced citrus character. There's also a bit of booze in the background. The flavor has too much grain, but does bring a decent amount of citrus. The body is medium with a bitter, dry finish. Still, too much booze. Okay, but needs to mellow it on the alcohol factor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 16:57:47 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of beertunes


3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in tulip. Poured a lightly cloudy yellow gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and light-to-moderate lacing.

The aroma was mostly pine hops, with a bit of citrus in the background and a barely noticeable malt presence. The beer was identical on the tongue, except for an annoyingly strong alcohol bite.

The body was decent, a bit on the full side of average, and had a sharp alcohol burn at the finish. Drinkability was hurt by the alcohol sharpness, I couldn't see drinking two in a row. Overall, a decent, but not notable brew. Maybe try one if you see it, but don't go out of your way to get one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 17:41:12 | More by beertunes
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color. The head is a little over one finger high, faintly off-white in shade, and thickly textured. Retention is solid enough. Streaks of lacing are left on the glass, also.

S: The prominent note is grapefruity hops, followed closely by sweet caramel-y malts. It's also quite herbaceous and piny, with a slight touch of fruity esters coming to play as well. Definitely an old school aroma, but not a horrible one - I just wished it came off a bit drier.

T: Initially, the grapefruit flavors come across nicely, with only a subtle bitterness. Sweet malts override and balance the hop notes on the back end. Faint fruit esters float around the body in spurts - honestly, this is my favorite part of the flavor profile. The sweetness seems to have a bit more definition than other DIPAs, too. While it's not exactly what I want from a DIPA, this carves it's own niche decently enough.

M: Full and creamy. I'm reminded of DFH's 90 Minute in this regard - while it's quite sweet, the big body and soft texture carries it to the palate well. Carbonation is gentle. Despite its relative bigness, it's actually pretty easy to drink considering.

O: This isn't particularly successful as a pure DIPA. BUT, it's soft, well balanced, and relatively drinkable. Worth drinking again - it just doesn't satiate my DIPA thirst entirely.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 00:20:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of mithrascruor


3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper color. Big rocky slightly off-white head has good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Light aroma with some pine and hop spice, but also a bit of malt sweetness.

Taste: Strong sweet citrus flavor starting off with some pine sap coming in quickly. Similar taste throughout. The lingering aftertaste is mostly bitter, with some sweeter undertones.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but I suppose on the lighter side of that area of the spectrum. Smooth, and actually a hint syrupy (I think partially an illusion with the taste). Minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Stronger ABV, but not detectable in the taste. The flavor lingering aftertaste is an issue.

I was excited to try this, but overall I was pretty disappointed. The flavor seems very skewed, and isn't so great.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 20:32:23 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of gregshead


3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 5/5/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Clear golden with half finger of head that dissipates quickly

S: Grapefruit aromas are most prominent on the nose.

T: Some strong grapefruit w/ a caramel/biscuit malt background. Flavors that are good but something isn't quite up to the DIPA level for me

M: Really nice level of carbonation. Has a nice astringency. Doesn't coat my teeth like DIPAs can.

O: Was it enjoyable? Absolutely. Was it an outstanding DIPA? Not particularly. It lacked some things I've come to enjoy in my DIPAs

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 00:08:14 | More by gregshead
Photo of dubinsky


3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A somewhat clear golden orange body with a creamy, two finger white head that mostly stayed the entire beer...nice lacing

S - The aroma is rather malty, what i have come to expect of many imperial IPA's. I do however get strong citrus, tropical fruit and Jasmine aromas. Slight pine scents come through as well.

T - This is a really malty beer. I was hoping to get less maltiness from the aroma's, but my nose called the tastes before my taste buds did. There is a strong bitterness in the finish and a strong hot alcohol burn. I am getting little in the citrus and pine that i normally love in this style beer. Kinda makes me wonder how old this beer is based on the other reviews it has garnered.

M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. This one coats the palate nicely with an oily finish and leaves a long, drying bitterness.

D - Its drinkable, but not what i like for the style. This one came up short for me. I will seek out a fresh one to see if age was a factor with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:10:37 | More by dubinsky
Photo of BeerTruth


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark golden hue with a nice two finger fluffy white head that slowly dies down to a nice full lacing that lasts throughout. Stickiness is great, all over the sides of the glass. Smell is a super sweet fresh pink grapefruit with not much else. Taste is pretty much the same. Big grapefruit flavor, very sweet, with not much else in the taste. Aftertaste is a bit dry with a hint of earthy hop flavors. Full, creamy mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation. Not bad to go down, but is pretty one dimensional. Could use at least a bit of a malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 03:47:54 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of begforme4484


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber with plenty of white billowing head. Bigger bubbles leading to chunky lacing.

When I first cracked the bottle, I smelled a lot of fruity and pine hops. Once poured a huge malt sweetness kicked in. Comparing to other reviews I've read, this bottle is probably old. Can't tell since there is no markings for date on it.

Lots of bitterness, pine focused hops. Lots of malt, again probably from not being fresh.

Medium bodied, mild carb, resinous and lingering.

If you're going to drink this, make sure it's fresh. The malt monster ruined this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:42:53 | More by begforme4484
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle at the flying saucer.
Pours a medium amber/yellow hued body with a moderate white froathy head.
Smells of carmel, toasted light malts and lots of piney hopes with some lemon hints.
Taste of very very very dry grassy hop notes with an undertone of caramel and crystal malts. Some piney finishing notes.
Very dry finish and moderately malty mouthfeel.
Sorta drinkable, it's a little on the dry side but it's to be expected by the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 02:27:59 | More by chaz410
Photo of jamex


3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Russian River Tulip glass.

I kept reading about this idiot being "close" to Pliny and the like so I gave it a try. Coronado has never been my favorite brewery, so I thought I'd try this DIPA. First, off - it's nowhere near PTE.

Color: A delightful orange with a nice, long lasting head.
Smell: A combination of hops, rose and pine.
Taste: Some of the smell is in here, but there an unfortunate sweetness characteristic that doesn't do it for me.
Feel: Typical DIPA, but there is an added oiliness to it; and a lingering sweet that distracts from the hops.
Drinkability: I polished off a 22oz of this but if I had a choice next time, I'd grab a different beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 01:35:16 | More by jamex
Photo of Zorro


3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber-gold colored ale with a good sized white head.

Smells floral and hoppy with a strong citrus aroma. Honeysuckle and orange blossoms with a slight hint of pine. Smells slightly woody with a cedar chest aroma.

Starts out sweet and savory with a woody after taste. Citrus and pine flavors. Medium bitterness with some grass in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just an OK beer. Maybe I got an old bottle I will try this again some other time.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 23:04:55 | More by Zorro
Photo of AgentMunky


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pale copper. Good head fades quickly.

S: Musky and grassy. I fear the age on this bottle.

T/M: Gentle, smooth, and sweet. Not particularly what I was looking for, but pleasant nonetheless. Malty-round with hints of hops nipping at every opportunity. A sweeter, stronger Racer 5.

O: Want to try fresh. As is, couldn't recommend. A little sweet and boring.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 04:35:26 | More by AgentMunky
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Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 840 ratings.