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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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very good

841 Ratings
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Ratings: 841
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 01:16:26 | More by Sammy
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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
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 00:01:27 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 22:41:20 | More by brentk56
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4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 17:17:06 | More by BEERchitect
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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
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New York

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

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).

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 02:22:17 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 00:45:14 | More by oberon
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Alberta (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 08:21:34 | More by biboergosum
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Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 02:54:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bottling date assholes. Beer poured into a St B goblet. Beer is amber and slightly hazy. Forms a thin head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Head is diffuse and broken.

Aroma is decently hoppy. No detectable malt.

Beer is quite bitter but its so high in alcohol its warming me. Medium body, lots of carbonation in the mouth. Finishes nicely. Drinkability suffers because it can't hide the alcohol. Its pretty good though.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 01:43:35 | More by drabmuh
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 03:11:21 | More by zeff80
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice IPA in a slew of IPAs thanks to RaulMatisse.

A: White fluffy pasty white fizzy head with a little lacing over a clean golden copper orange color.

N: Traditional west coast style nose with fresh musty hops, a little citrus and pine, resiny oily hops, orange peel, and just the slightest touch of pale malts.

T: Fresh juicy hops really overpower everything. A little pine and citrus, musty fresh wet resinous hops again, very bitter. A touch of pale malt with a hint of sweetness. A bit astringent in the bitterness and hop characteristics, but still very tasty.

M: Med body with great carbonation.

F: Dry and a little astringent, heavy bitterness though with more musty resiny hops bite, orange peel, looong lingering bitterness with a little hop oils even.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 02:12:44 | More by jlindros
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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass yields a fluffy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that rises just above the rim of my glass. As the head slowly subsides with a nice layer of thick lacing that sticks to the sides of my glass. The beer is an amber color that shows hazy'ish, orange-red tinged, copper color when held up to the light. As I am visually inspecting this beer a sticky mix of malt and hop aromas are noticeable. A more focused inspection yields a hop-fruity nose of candied, ruby-red grapefruit zest, ample lychee, bright tangelo and some lighter tropical fruit notes. A substantial, though clearly secondary, crystal malt character contributes a caramelized, sweetened tea note as well as a light toasted malt note and a hint of biscuit flavors. The finish picks up a slightly rank, herbal hop note that reminds me of hemp oil and garlic chives, but it is quite soft and you really have to dig for it; though now that I have noticed it, the aroma is much more noticeable.

The flavor has a lot more of that herbal hop character to it than the aroma initially suggested, but there is still a substantial hop-fruitiness. Up front, sweet flavors of lychee, bergamot oil, and candied kumquats yields to herbal notes of hemp oil and garlic chives, yet still retains a fruity hop presence. The bitterness is actually not all that huge here, though it is definitely present and contributes throughout each sip. This gets a bit green and astringent towards the finish, but there is lots of sticky malt character to balance this out and to help carry the fruiter hop character. Speaking of malt, it is clearly a supporting character here, but does contribute quite a bit to this beer; flavors of toasted malt, light citrus-infused toffee, some sweet tea crystal malt notes and a caramelized malt sweetness. The heft of this beer's body is pretty close to spot on for a double IPA; it is drinkable enough and does not have a body that would suggest that of a Barleywine.

As the beer warms up it gets a bit hot from some alcohol notes towards the finish, though when cooler it did seem to hide the alcohol fairly well. This is actually not nearly as aggressively-balanced towards the hops side of the spectrum as it could be. A more expressive, intense, hop fruitiness would be a welcome addition and would help to temper the crystal malt addition which can be just a wee bit too much at times.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 01:26:47 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

06-12-2011 22:36:40 | More by Knapp85
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 03:43:34 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 19:22:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

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

Appearance: orange in color with a two finger head taht falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: grapefruit is strong, with some softer caramel sweetness.

Taste: caramel, big grapefruit flavors, softer pine, pears, and a hearty bitterness.
Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late.

Drinkability: a solid DIPA that is easy to consume. Nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 19:34:56 | More by Gavage
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date, but being within 100 miles of the brewery helps, no problem here,

A: Pours goldenrod with a medium white head, good head retention, some lace.

S: Some tropicality, grass, grapefruit, hop dominated if not particularly robust.

T: Mix of white and pink grapefruit, lemon and tangerine, very citrusy, with a dry grassy finish. Malt is nonexistent basically which is fine since the hop flavours are delicious.

M: Medium to full-bodied, feels fairly viscous on the tongue as compared to most in this style, oily, good aftertaste.

D: A very good San Diego IPA that can hold its own with the rest of the county. Very glad I got to try this. Something I think would be amazing on-tap, fresh at the source.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 04:59:03 | More by Halcyondays
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4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a beautiful clear orange color with a nice soapy white cap. After a few sips the heads fades leaving a few subtle white bubbles and spotty lacing

S: A nice melon presence paired with some orange zest and pine needles. Tropical and passion fruits galore.

T: Initial citrus and pine resin but this develops into a juicy melon/ mango show and continues with this theme and I dig it. Bittering is moderate, light alcohol some caramel covered bread crust for the base. Finishes moderately dry with a smidge of hop oils

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Loads of flavor on the palate.

O: A very good IIPA and just how I like it!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 13:54:03 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Abe's. My glass looks slightly hazy with an amber body and tall white head - good lacing as I drink it down.

I'm not easily impressed by hoppy beer, but I really dig this one. There's a big citrus blast at first with a pine resin. The hops are so rich it's almost like citrus essence. Following the first hit of hops, there's a orange peel and toffee malt flavor. As the aftertaste rolls in I also picked up sweet pineapple (matching the aroma) before it finished with a big mix of citrus and pine.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 00:56:58 | More by tempest
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours an amber color with 2 inches of fluffy white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, and fruit. A great smelling IPA

t - Taste is again citrus and floral hops. Also some tropical fruit, bready malts, and smooth fruity malts in the finish. A little bit of bitterness.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for an 8% IPA.

d - I enjoyed this IPA a lot. I thought it had a great hoppy smell and great feel to it. Would love to try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 14:50:50 | More by mdfb79
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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
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 00:03:44 | More by Billolick
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Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.