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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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1,039 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,039
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 33
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

A tasty and very drinkable DIPA. It hits the style because of the up front hops, and has a good fruitiness that complements the hops. Not so much a palate shredder. Not harsh at all. Pours cloudy golden, with a small amount of soapy white head.Picked up at Half Time around Labour Day, this bottle held up excellent.

03-13-2011 01:16:26 | More by Sammy
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

09-18-2012 01:30:49 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

02-20-2012 07:16:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Thorpe429


3.2/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

06-09-2011 16:57:47 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-15-2011 22:35:41 | More by nmann08
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a very large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a thick collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus, floral and tropical fruits are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has an interesting mix of flavors from the variety of hops that are used—melons and tangerines seem to stand out in particular. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present and this persists through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to have a nice balance of flavors between the various hops as well as the underlying malts (because it's not that bitter).

11-21-2013 02:22:17 | More by metter98
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

"A man profits more by the sight of an idiot than by the orations of the learned."

--Arabian proverb

Radiant orange with a brassy glow and edges of 24-karat gold. Despite the fact that the beer is unfiltered, it's as clear as a bell so far (note: a light haziness appears eventually). The putty colored lid sports a micro-bubbled surface and the upper reaches of the glass sport a ridiculous amount of lace.

The nose is bright and citric fruity. It smells like a few bushelbasketfuls of lemons, oranges and grapefruits have been freshly squeezed into the pint glass. At least one (and probably more) of the C-hops must be present. Thankfully, there's no caramel malt and no alcohol.

This Coronado offering is a good, solid DIPA that isn't likely to put a serious scare into the big boys. Interestingly, it's the first DIPA that I've seen that actually puts the words 'San Diego IPA' on the label. Yeah, we know you guys invented the style (thanks for that). Technically, though, didn't Vinnie Cilurzo invent it? If not, he certainly perfected it with Pliny The Younger.

Anyway, back to the Idiot. As the aroma suggested, we're dealing with pretty much 100% pale malt (I could be convinced that something slightly darker is present as well). The beer is a little sweet, though hops do a good job of cutting through the sugars with a moderate alpha acid buzzsaw.

The sugar cookies in sugar syrup bottom end is more than sturdy enough to support the hoppy top end. Bitter orange, sunshine bright lemon and pithy grapefruit are enjoyable and should satisfy most hopheads. If you stick with sips rather gulps, drinkability is up there.

The body/mouthfeel isn't as full and as sappy as it might have been. A well-chosen amount of carbonation (as if such a thing is entirely under a brewer's control) helps to lighten what could have been a very heavy load.

I had no idea what to expect from Idiot IPA, but it's a pretty intelligent choice for those who count DIPAs among their favorite styles. Having said that, less malt and more hops would have been better. Yeah, like I've never said *that* before. Definitely worth a purchase.

01-23-2008 16:44:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9%

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden honey color with a the big head that I have come to expect from Coronado's beers; loads of foam stick to the side of the pint glass

Smell: Plenty of citrusy hop character, with grapefruit and orange pith prominent; the malt is not obscured, however, and I detect a bit of sugar cookie character underneath

Taste: Sugar cookie malt, up front, but the hops don't take long to deliver, with loads of bitter pith and citrus fruit; perhaps due to the influence of the malt, the bitterness has an interesting range of citrus flavors, which add tropical fruit elements such as kumquat and lychee to the usual grapefruit, pineapple and orange; after the swallow, the profile is nicely balanced, with plenty of hoppiness to please the discriminating hophead

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a fine DIPA; really likes the way the malts complement the hops with subtlety rather than try to stand up to them with stickiness

10-02-2010 22:41:20 | More by brentk56
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-13-2013 09:13:34 | More by zestar
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-28-2013 17:14:35 | More by acurtis
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4.11/5  rDev +5.4%

With the classic but aggressive taste of IPA gone by, the taste of Idiot IPA reminds me of the taste of IPAs before the newer and more tropical type of hops gained favor. Without those newer aromas and tastes, this older version really focused on bitterness and dryness.

With its sturdy amber and light copper color, the mildly hazed ale appears to have a golden-orange tinge. As its ivory-white column of foam builds, its head character is persistent and clinging with lacing rings with each sip.

Its radiant aromas are squarely dedicated to the grapefruit character of hops. Its juicy pink grapefruit character is highly citrusy and sharply scented, even as the supporting malt sweetness tries to buffer its aromatic effect. But further propelled with lemon and orange peels, pine resins and an overall grassy tinge- the hops are unwaivering in their pungency.

And similar in taste, the caramel and honey flavor from malt is short-lived as the middle palate of hops topple any supporting sweetness and command the beer thereafter- first with the juicy and dry taste of fresh-squeezed citrus juices, except where fructose sweetness is expected, the beer dives head first into a dry and bitter finish. The ale lingers in the throat with its sappy and resinous character and with the grassy taste of chlorophyll hanging around.

Medium-dry in body, the ale's early creamy malt structures are temporary. As the hops settle onto the tonuge, it pushes any sweetness and carbonation aside and saturates the mouth with its palate-stripping resinous mouthfeel. Warm and dry to finish, the ale acts more like the hop-dominant and standard American IPA rather than the more balanced imperial variety.

The Idiot IPA is a highly focused and disciplined IPA but with a little extra gusto. Its bright citrusy bitterness and malty-dry backbone are quintessential "West Coast" style IPAs. Though ever-classy, the preferences are trending to the newer and "juicier" tropical hop varieties.

01-03-2014 17:17:06 | More by BEERchitect
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South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

Long day today. Nice long session at Barleys followed by a big tasting back at the house,. What more
could anyone ask for? Consumed on 07/05/2010.

Great to see Coronado making their debut in SC and thrilled to see it start with this one. Solid amber
color with some light orange highlights around the sides starts my day off with a smile. Rich creamy
head of white on top melts down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is deep citrus, sweet with tangerine and apricot leading the way by far. Rich buttery malts
coming in mid palate and a really nice and mellow biscuit like kick. Drying is smooth with light
orange stuck on the tongue and a smooth, velvet like touch to end the day.

Overall one of the most solid I have come across. Really a winner here for sure. Would have no problem
having this one again.

07-09-2010 00:01:27 | More by mikesgroove
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-28-2013 02:16:20 | More by Texasfan549
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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

"Crown Series" Bottle says 8.5% abv for this 2010 release - Imperial Pale Ale; Pours orange amber with a nice pillowy white head that quickly fades.

Nose is bright lemon citrus with hints of pineapple and pine; nose is bright and inviting although a restrained.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich; very well balanced and with an elegant carbonation. A nice viscous, oily character that is appealing and bold and rich in the mouth.

Flavors are very assertive, rich and bold of grapefruit oil and grapefruit skin bitter with a nice viscosity and oiliness in the mouthfeel as you drink it which highlights all flavors and gives them a layer quality. A quick hint of sweet lemon citrus in the front palate that is pleasant and then gives way to a finish of bitter pine/grapefruit.

A big, rich, front fruity finish bitter Imperial Pale Ale. Just what you'd want from an Imperial Pale Ale. Very bright, fresh and drinkable for a beer with such big flavors and character and richness. Finish has lots of burnt toast in long end.

This is a nice effort that is really drinkable for a bold beer.

07-23-2010 02:10:01 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

05-12-2012 03:27:12 | More by kylehay2004
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

08-28-2013 04:34:46 | More by jaydoc
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

This beer was being pumped from a cask at the Tap & Table on 4-8-2010. The golden color of the IPA was very nice looking with a creamy looking white head on top that laced very well. The Smell of the beer was very hoppy and it really got me excited for the first sip. The taste of the beer was very hoppy and bitter with a nice citrus flavor in the mix. The mouthfeel was very smooth from the cask and was very drinkable. Overall this beer was very good in my opinion. I suggested it to a friend who had it from a bottle who wasn't thrilled about it. I can't imagine it was that much different. I thought it was damn good though.

06-12-2011 22:36:40 | More by Knapp85
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

05-25-2010 00:45:14 | More by oberon
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head of foam. Okay retention and minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus fruits, like orange and mango. There was a slightly floral and piney aroma.

T - Good spicy bitterness as it hits the tongue. A sweet caramel maltiness with sharp, citrusy hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good DIPA. It almost drinks more like a regular IPA.

09-14-2010 03:11:21 | More by zeff80
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

02-21-2013 22:21:01 | More by largadeer
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-20-2011 05:21:18 | More by JAHMUR
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Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

22oz bottle, from the decent selection at the Kahala Whole Foods in the semi-suburban mall-scape of Honolulu.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of tight foamy off-white head, which leaves an impressive tree canopy vista of lace around the glass as it sinks away.

It smells of grapefruit, orange, pine and some further tropical fruit, over a lesser bready honeyed caramel malt sweetness. The taste is more intense grapefruit, mixed citrus, and pine resin hops, a fairly hefty sugary caramel/toffee backbone, and a slight, simmering undertone of alcohol.

The carbonation is moderately twangy, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and sassy-smooth. It finishes still quite strongly hoppy, but actually more in tune with the latent caramelized malt, and understated alcohol, kept tight to breast to this point.

A more or less (ok, more) prototypical example of the west coast big-ass IPA. Everything is bigger, better, and somehow balanced, which is usually the trick, ain't it? Drinkable as all get out, if hop monsters are your thing. I'll be over in the corner, um, well, use your imagination.

05-09-2012 08:21:34 | More by biboergosum
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-13-2013 06:48:40 | More by SocalKicks
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

This one packs a pretty strong punch for flavor. Not much subtle about it. Just delivers and it's all in your face, and that's that. The color is a little odd on this one in that it has a brown tone to it. I am wondering if this is not the freshest sample. But hey, it's still pretty nice.

08-17-2012 03:43:34 | More by RblWthACoz
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Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an extremely nice blend of floral hops, fruit citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is on the thin side and there isn’t quite as much balance as you normally see in the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there are better choices in the style but this is still a solid 2IPA to drink for a long time.

03-23-2014 02:54:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
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