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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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very good

847 Ratings
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Ratings: 847
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 tstinz01


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: golden in color, clear with nice lacing
S: hints of citrus balanced by malt
T: excellent balance of hops and citrus. No singularly overwhelming characteristic.
M: wakes up the tastebuds, does finish dry
O: very good offering of an IIPA. Hides ABV well. Well worth the pour.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 18:10:40 | More by tstinz01
Photo of BeerDawgs


4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the San Diego airport

A - golden yellow, head and sticky lace

S - hoppy and bitter

T - Tasty! Citrus and hoppy. More citrusy than the nose. Well balanced and tasty. ABV is hidden

M - medium bodied, oily, smooth

O - a great dIpa. Tasty!

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2014 01:15:58 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of GlenRockJohnZ


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap @ Glen Rock Mill Inn-Glen Rock, PA.
Pours golden/amber/copper, aroma is correct with strong grapefruit notes, medium body, good slick mouthfeel, goes down well. Surprised to see ABV @ 8.50 as alcohol is well hidden except for slight kick at end. Overall, very solid, good tasting easy to drink. Tap handle is neat as well, (California light house?).

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2013 16:16:12 | More by GlenRockJohnZ
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium copper hue with a on finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a balmy pine with a secondary tropical fruit.

The taste provided a resinous piney hop at the front with a fade to the tropical fruit and an eventual appearance of toasty caramel.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a nice even tempered DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 22:27:10 | More by plaid75
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 delta490


3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-medium clear gold with nice head retention.
S-piney with just a hint of malt sweetness.
T- similar to smell, with big pine hops taste with just a hint of the malt hanging out in the back.
M- a hint of carbonation with a thinner mouthfeel.
O- a solid well-built IPA

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 11:44:51 | More by delta490
Photo of Beerswag


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2013 06:49:16 | More by Beerswag
Photo of StoneyPeaches


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid IPA. Floral and hoppy nose. Very pleasant mouthfeel and ends w nice bitterness, not too bitter but well balanced and it does not kill your palate for successive beers like Stone's Ruination, which is also fantastic. Had it on tap and got hooked. Idiot pairs well with your typical bar food like nachos and burgers, but it really is enjoyable on its own. This is my any day, sunny day go-to IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 22:22:50 | More by StoneyPeaches
Photo of Rifugium


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Hazy amber pour with a small foamy white head that retained well and left some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was expectedly hoppy, pithy, bready malts just barely peeking through. Nice taste, citrusy hops, orange and grapefruit pith, underripe pineapple, pine needles, slight bready malt sweetness in the background. About spot-on average for the style. Medium body, fairly bitter and drying, higher ABV well-hidden. Nice overall.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 03:58:48 | More by Rifugium
Photo of DocJitsu


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber golden color with a short, quickly evaporating with head. Vibrant grapefruit wafts into the olfactory like a designer perfume. Not too loud, but very appealing and sexy. Tantalizes nicely. The first pull fills the mouth with slick, wet liquid that finishes with a carbonation scrub and hop burn that balances the mouthfeel well. Flavors are mellow for a San Diego IPA, but the finish bitters with yellow grapefruit tartness. Very solid.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 23:46:51 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of mltobin


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Ginger Man in Norwalk.

Appearance is orange with a bunch of cloudiness, 1 finger white head. Its` nose has grapefruit, sweet malts and flowers. I tip back the glass and taste pine, hops, more of that grapefruit and other citrus fruits. It is bitter, but by no means is it overpowering. This is more of the subdued west coast hop bitterness imo. Mouthfeel is even-keel, dry, not too bitter in the finish. A good, tasty DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 01:42:21 | More by mltobin
Photo of BARFLYB


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at TJ'S Everyday

A- Idiot is a bright gold color with semi orange spots here and there. A nice frothy cap sits on top of the liquid at all times thanks to the glass. Decent lacing with bubbles seen rising in the beer.

S- Hop goodness with a nice hop punch to the nose. Idiot is citrus forward with slices of grapefruit and mango. Not as piney as other DIPA's. A nice malt addition is within but hard to pinpoint. This smells wonderful.

T- Taste is wonderful with DIPA citrus abound with grapefruit cutting into the palette but not destroying. Malt giving off some sweet bread in between with a nice bitter aftertaste. This is one of my favorite IPA'S from Coronado and while we are at it my favorite offering from them, besides stingray.

M- The hops come flowing but are cut off at the exact right time from the malts. Stoopid is a bitter DIPA but not overkill. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carb plus a slightly dry mouth after some time.

D- A kind of high ABV, but I could finish a bottle no problem. While a lot of IPA beers have a similiar taste profile this one is more on it's own path and deserves all accolades. Plus with the affordability of this (especially in the new 12oz bottle size) I will be revisiting this soon.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 04:03:31 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of thecheapies


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange ochre with a fluffy head that eventually kicked to a soap scum layer. 4.0

Macerated orange, pineapple, and grapefruit hop nose. Slight doughy maltiness from sweetness. 4.0

Bitter orange, rooibos, grapefruit, caramel, and bready malt. Maltier than I expected. Finishes less bitter. Lots of hop flavors, some floral. 4.0

Well-carbonated. Almost spicy with carb. The sweetness doesn't stick much. Light-medium body. Decent. 4.0

Nothing exceptional, but I still like this beer a lot. I recommend. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2012 03:44:52 | More by thecheapies
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a clear golden amber body. Very nice lacing.

S: citrus, mostly grapefruit, and slight grassy note. Fairly full nose.

T: Very hoppy with a wide variety of hip notes including floral, pine, citrus and earthy. Malts are present but mildly so.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Excellent malt profile and not too boozy. A must try for iperaial IPA lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 03:27:12 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of ccrida


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles in Bellevue, WA, way different. Fresh. Dank. Cat piss. Bright hops. Clean. Smooth. Light, dry and crisp.

Old update from 5/7/2012 - show's what happens when you drink west coast IPA on draught in Pitt! Previous score was 4/ 3/ 2.5 / 3.5 /2.5!!!
On draught at Mad Mex, Idiot is gold with a white head leaving pretty heavy, foamy lace.

Smell is dirty malt and some hop resin. Dissapointingly hoppy for these guys.

Taste is even worse, strong dirty alcohol and cheap malt. Sharpness to the malt, the sweet tea crystal is exaggerated by the fusels and citric hops. Resinous, pungent aftertaste makes it at least within the style, if a sub-par example.

Mouthfeel is on the chewy, oily side.

Drinkability is low. Not too good. At least the biterrness of the hops numbs the palate. Disappointing, and at $7.50 a pint (yay pgh! ;), a major pass.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 19:29:30 | More by ccrida
Photo of Dodo2step


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- AOH from notes

A- a golden clear color with a 2 finger foamy head that leaves a nice lacing.

S- grapefruit and pine hops with no malts that i can tell.

T- grapefruit and sweet hops. the backend has some warm fuzziness.

M- dry and hoppy, just like an IPA. no malts that can tell but the hops come through.

O- a very good IPA but the excessive dryness from the hops got to me. This may be good for others but i like my IPA's a little les hoppy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 17:08:08 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy splotches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is the same with a malt backbone that comes through on the aftertaste. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA with nice hop smells and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 07:16:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Drinkerofales


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with gold highlights. Server poured it to the top of the glass, so not much head. Even with not much head it still left some lacing.

Smell is fruity tangerine with hints of pine.

Taste is citrusy, very close to the smell. Pine and pith finish a nice tasting beer.

Very easy to drink, smooth and almost light, kind of juicy, with a nice hoppy bite to it.

A nice beer, good punch, not much malt, very hop focused and nice.


Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 20:40:58 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of OleJohnnieAle


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden orange/light copper. Tight bubbles, leaves a far amounts of sticky lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit, light floral notes, Nice bit of carmel comes through.

T: Very nice floral hops with good grapefruitiness and a bit of orange. Nice sweetness in the middle and get bitterness.

M: Nice hoppy resin left. Slighly boozy but I think it was well balanced so not too noticable. Medium bodied.

O: Happy to try new things when I was in San Diego, Nice big bold hops with nice sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 01:09:09 | More by OleJohnnieAle
Photo of hoptualBrew


4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap into a goblet glass a beautiful honey orange with cream colored head. Before I start, I will say the bottle version I have had holds nothing on the draught version. Lacing sets around the glass and nose of fresh pine sap, orange blossom and caramel malts. I am thinking use of simcoe & amarillo hops. Taste follows the nose but damn this is astringent, complete hop nuke! Tropical citrus, pine, candy sweet caramel, and a soothing floral citrus aftertaste. Bitterness & mouthfeel are near perfect. On tap, this holds it's own with the big boys - Heady Topper, Pliny the Elder, Hopslam, etc... Highly recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 18:01:13 | More by hoptualBrew
Photo of tobelerone


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A well made, fairly typical San Deigo DIPA that may suffer a little in comparison with its more famous counterparts and perhaps from its origin in a fairly pedestrian brewbub. But put this in a blind taste test with all but the pinnacles of the style and the Idiot would do just fine.

Nearly clear orange color with a decent sized white head that falls slowly. Superb lacing. Citrusy, grapefruit aroma with a touch of caramel sweetness.

Big, citrusy hop flavor with a restrained malt character and low sweetness that allows the hops to really shine on top. Booziness is also minimally felt and tasted. Aspects of pine, caramel, and fresh cut grass also emerge. Nice bitterness that lingers a bit in the aftertaste but isn’t overly assertive.

Medium to low carbonation on a moderately full body and an overall creamy mouthfeel. Very nice in this department, not sure how it would compare with the bottled version. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall, an excellent example of the style. I wish we got DIPA’s of this quality on the east coast, in San Diego it’s basically an afterthought after all the Alpine, Alesmith, Green Flash, Pliny, Kern, etc.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 15:34:42 | More by tobelerone
Photo of notchucknorris


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Copper color with a 1 finger off white head.

S: Lots of citrus hops with some notes of mango and a bit of orange.

T: Citrus hops with a big dose of hop resin. Maybe a bit too bitter for me. I wanted a bit more of the hop sweetness without the bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2012 04:36:53 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of ehammond1

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 03:05:29 | More by ehammond1
Photo of trisweb


4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ojai Beverage Company, Ojai, CA.

Pour was a clean yellow-orange with good carbonation and a smooth head, which lasted a while and lined the glass.

Smell was full of hop, some citrus and pine. Very enticing to the nose. I sat and smelled this one for a good few minutes before tasting.

Taste initially very hop-forward and citrus/pine flavor, good hop flavor, much more balanced with sweetness and maltiness coming out after it warmed up—halfway through the glass really hit the sweet spot. Little bitterness or harshness, just smooth malt and sweetness supporting some excellent floral hop flavors. Finish is floral and smooth, no unexpected unpleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel is not too syrupy at all despite the sweetness, doesn't stick to your mouth; not too thick or strong and very drinkable. Nice.

Overall, a great example of what I consider a west coast IPA. Classified as a DIPA but closer to a strong IPA to me, maybe a bit too balanced in favor of hops over body, but overall very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 03:12:40 | More by trisweb
Photo of JTSbeerislife


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Fridge, Lancaster PA

10 oz served in a 10 oz tulip glass, an acceptable glass, but I would have chosen another.

Pours a very nice, thick, ¼” head which quickly reduces to a thin cap, easily revived with a swirl, a live ale. Medium amber color, small bubble carbonation.

A big aroma of Piney/Citrus hops is the first thing to hit you in the smell and they dominate throughout the pour, there is some malt in the back ground.

A very distinct, crisp, entry on the palate of Piney hops, golden malt, with a lingering hop bitterness in the middle, absolutely delicious. As the ale warms, the hops take on a more citrus note, and a little more malt comes forward. Full body and excellent carbonation, which makes for a very balanced brew.

Very long, piney/citrus/bitter hop finish.

This is an excellent DIPA. Extremely enjoyable upfront hops, balanced with a crisp acidity, and just the right amount of sweet malt. Definitely in the high end of the DIPA’s I have had. Totally delicious and highly drinkable. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 23:05:27 | More by JTSbeerislife
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Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.