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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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very good

842 Ratings
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Ratings: 842
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:
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(Beer added by: scottoale on 05-09-2007)
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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 MikeWard


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

aggressively poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

appearance was excellent, a slightly hazy body with a thick bright white head. Head retained around the edge of the glass, but was faint on the main body of the beer. lacing was initially nice, but did descend the glass rather quickly.

Wasn't getting too much on the nose on this one. Some hops, vague sweetness was all

Taste was where things got a little strange. Initially, I got a strong non too pleasant fruity taste on the back of the tongue, mango-ish I'd have to say. Hops were muted but tasty enough. I put it aside and pondered for a while. "I'm not gonna enjoy this" I thought. But about halfway through the beer, I stopped getting the off putting fruity taste, and it was replaced by a peppery sharpness around the edge of the tongue. This I enjoyed immensely. Surprisingly enough, I enjoyed the pepper much more than I was irked by the mango taste.

Mouth was decent thickness. Full, not thin at all.

Overall, a very interesting drink. I have another in the fridge, so will be looking forward to how that one goes down. Did thoroughly rinse the glass before drinking, so not likely a residue issue

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:37:17 | More by MikeWard
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-slightly hazy but a golden appearance. Head retention is good, but it would be difficult to have a bad head retention with a highly hopped up beer
S- Hoppy. Citrusy, but some pine to it. Perhaps a sweet malt characteristic as well.
T- Quite the taste to it. It not only has all the hop punch, but not kick; the finish is clean. It's got a floral taste to it too which balances out the hops and cleans up the finish.
M- Moderate. For an IIPA the body is perfect. No alcohol bite either which makes this beer very pleasant to drink.
O- 8.5/10 I'm sure there are better IIPAs out there, but this one is high quality. A definite must try.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 04:27:16 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
Photo of Omnium


3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A- Poured a very nice gold color, big two finger foamy white head, thick lacing.
S - Citrus zest, pine, oranges, peach, some pineapple, a slight musk, and some fresh bread.
T - Lots of hops, good juicy fruit flavors, nice strong bitter pine finish, a little on the drier side, and a nice balance of malt to bring everything together.
M - A lot of bitterness for most, but this is an Imperial.
O - Excellent west coast style IPA, very true to the style, Coronado doesnt get enough notice, their IPA's are solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 14:50:11 | More by Omnium
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel and hop nose and flavor is a good blend of caramel and grapefruit hops with a lingering bitter aftertaste. 12oz bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 22:25:09 | More by jdhilt
Photo of scomstock55


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A---poured a bright lemony amber....a little short of clear...about 3/4 inch of thick white head with nice persistent lacing

S---aroma was very evident...citrus sweet off the bat...tropical fruit abounds

T---hoppy bitter at first but then warm fruity citrus after...very nice

M--not quite a dry finish..but not a slick persistenc either...a great balance with medium to medium plus carbonation to carry it down nicely

O---a very good IPA with great taste and body...awesome after a hot excursion..drink a couple...take a nap...do it again...lol

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 23:23:19 | More by scomstock55
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 danieelol


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

I'm feeling a little sadistic/masochistic so I'm reviewing this after Heady Topper.

Pours yellow with a coppery tinge. Think lemon/orange rind.

Smells a toffeed, confit citrus. Some grainy alcohol but not unpleasant. Does have a slightly almost macro, ricey quality to it.

Taste is a lot more citrus and its rind. Bitter like seville orange and alcohol.

Mouthfeel has a lifting bitterness and ethereal ethanol.

Simple workman's DIPA. Doesn't blow your mind but delivers. Personally I don't mind the dry, bitter, boozy finish (which reminds me somewhat of Hoptimum), but others may feel differently. Would drink this again if I saw it on tap, not from the bottle at its price. Hops and general flavour profile do remind me of Sierra Nevada actually, and in that regard I agree with SmashPants' below assessment that this beer is overpriced for what it is (at least in Australia).

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 14:12:19 | More by danieelol
Photo of SmashPants


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: solid brown tallie with a pretty standard translucent label. Pretty boring actually.

Appearance: strong yellow in colour with a one-finger white head that drops quickly. Some lacing and moderate retention.

Aroma: typical American IPA pine and citrus hops on the nose - and plenty of them. A good-quality one too, none of that 'hop overload with no flavour' that one often sees from AIPAs.

Taste: very strong grapefruit and pine hops up front, with the tiniest hint of malt backing up - both sweet biscuit and savoury breads. Pretty standard AIPA stuff for 8.5%, but rather nicely done.

Aftertaste: biting hop bitterness with a hint of sweet grains again. Nice.

Mouth feel: light to mid body with a sharp, biting carbonation. Clean and crisp.

Overall: a good example of the American IPA style, but the price is completely unreasonable. Over AU$175 a case of 24 355mL bottles? Far too much. Good for one every now and then though.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 04:42:52 | More by SmashPants
Photo of ADZA


3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Love the name and pours a golden yellow hue with a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is torn orange leaves,sherbet,eucalyptus,mandarins and a touch of lavender,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated with tastes of strong citrus,pineapple,fruit salad,paw paw and finished with a hit of piney bitterness and overall it's a nice IIPA and easy to knock back but nothing out of this world cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 20:39:09 | More by ADZA
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows fresh hops, piny notes, tropical fruit and some clean sweet malt.
Incredibly hoppy flavours. Pure pine and grapefruit with very little malt to support it.
Carbonation seems a bit high. Body could be thicker.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 02:24:31 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of zeledonia


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Don't think I'd heard of this brewery before getting this in a recent trade. Thanks to BeerThirty for the bottle. Tasted 7 April 2013.

Pours a faintly hazy medium orange. One finger of dense white head, slowly relaxes to a cap and some thick bulging lacing. Nice.

Smell is fruit all the way, and mostly tropical. Mango, peaches, and a bunch of citrus. Pine needles back there in the background. Lovely.

Taste is quite good as well, with a lot of those fruity hops showing through in the flavor. Sweet, then fruity, then sweet again, before turning to a moderate clean bitterness. I'm really enjoying the sweet pulpy fruit (peaches again) in the taste. Yum.

Mouthfeel is quite interesting. Carbonation starts out buzzy, tingling on my lips. And it stays at that level, just a bit less than too much. Otherwise medium-bodied, a little sticky, and moderately persistent. But that carbonation makes it a much more interesting beer.

I really liked this beer. Great hop presence in both the smell and the taste, and a fantastic mouthfeel. Drinks like much less of a bruiser than its ABV would suggest.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 06:40:09 | More by zeledonia
Photo of kaseydad


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Definitely like the silk screen label much better. +1

Another wife pick-up. Wonder what the meaning is...things that make you go hmmmm.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a white foamy head and lots of lacing.

The aroma contains lots of pungent hops in the aroma. Malty. Rubber. Tangerine and other assorted citrus delights.

The taste heavy on the bitters. Hops abound in the taste and on the tongue. Blast of citrus with just a touch of malt on the swallow. Big salivation after the sip. White grapefruit and plenty of grapefruit rind.

Overall I thought this was pretty good. Definitely on the bitter side with the many hop varities used. Finished the bomber no problem. The 8.5% was almost non-existent. A good DIPA though palate fatigue is almost guaranteed.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 01:22:51 | More by kaseydad
Photo of ThickNStout


3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from SeaOfShells (great extra, thanks man!). No bottling date. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours hazy amber gold with a half finger of pale head that fades almost completely, leaving large sheets of lace.

Smells of tangerines, apricots, wet grass and mango. A tad muted but nice overall.

The hop flavor is a bit faded as if this were past it's prime (which there's no way of knowing without bottle dating). There is still alot of good stuff going on. Over ripe oranges, grass, grapefruit peel, sour mango, pepper, biscuit and a healthy dose of booze.

Medium body, oily slick with moderate carbonation. Long, bitter, carmelized orange peel aftertaste.

A decent imperial IPA. I'd like to try it fresh in tap sometime to see if my experience is really what was intended. This hints at greatness without quite delivering at any front.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 04:25:04 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of ALBuff


4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful looking IIPA, this beer pours a transparent gold with a thick, foamy white head and ample carbonation. It drinks easier than it should; not very sticky, moderately viscous, lighter bodied than most. Sweet tropical fruit and subtle pine notes on the nose; tastes of papaya, sweet caramel malt, with elements of bitter grapefruit coating the tongue on the finish. Fairly complex and very delicious. One of Coronado' s best.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 03:43:14 | More by ALBuff
Photo of smakawhat


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. No obvious bottle dating.

A real nice bronze amber body, and very clear with hints of ruby edges. Head blows up nicely four fingers, with an off yellow and white color. Clumps with lacing and peaks and valleys in the head. A real nice looking beer.

Mellow hop front, kind of airy, with a hint of tropical notes, but very indistinct to determine from the smell. Lost of ripping dense grain on this, a little caramel sweetness too. It really fills the room, but not with hops as much.

Juicy and sweet hop mouthfeel on first sip, complimenting the caramel like malts. Light biscuit tastes and cookies with soft hop tropical fruit. Hints of floral garden like finish in the swallow that goes on forever. A real soft bitterness complimented with a great solid malt sweetness. Palate quenches with a good depth, but a little fleeting in the mid palate. Moderate carbonation, with a nice pleasant alcohol faint warmth to this in the back also which gets into menthol territory.

Overall a real good solid brew, very nice, the nose really doesn't give this beer justice.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 00:57:46 | More by smakawhat
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 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 AmitC


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ox bottle into a snifter.

Nice Pale golden color with decent clarity and some haze. Less than a finger thick head that fades off rather quickly. Decent lacing on the sides. No bubbles seen rising up. translucent.

Aroma is a lot of sweet grass. Very grassy and little citrus flavor. Grapefruits and nice hint of other hops. Somewhat piney. A good mix of caramel.

Taste is excellent. A good amount of bitter punch by the grassy and earthy hops. Some flowery notes. Bitterness is really very likable. Malt presence is totally subdued and overpowered. No apparent alcohol. No warmth. Finish is bitter.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Somewhat oily and piney touch. Moderate carbonation. No astringency except for wild grass attack.

A nicely surprising brew that is punching and well above the average IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:55:11 | More by AmitC
Photo of drpimento


4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Generally I'm kind of tired of the west coast hop bombs, but this one is very good. Poured at a good temperature with a giant, foamy, frothy, off-white head that soon settles down and a bit of lace. Color is a clear, yellow gold with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is a fresh, pleasing hop, fruit, and a bit of malt. Flavor's of course dominated by hop, but done with a sense of aesthetics - nicely contrasted with the malt and carbonic tang. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, long, with no off qualities, and only a hint of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 00:30:59 | More by drpimento
Photo of ChugMan


4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Food Pairing - Medium cheddar cheese with some cayenne & black pepper. This is a bold beer and I'm putting it through its paces! Not only could it stand up to the strong and spicy flavors of the food, it nearly scrubbed the palate clean, complimenting all the way. Very impressive.
A - Clear golden yellow. Nice, thin head which left some very fine lacing.
S - For better or worse, you know you're in for a memorable time when you smell it seconds after popping the cap. Fortunately in this case it's a good thing! Strong fruity presence: grapefruit and mango / papaya most especially. Sugary, and a bit peppery.
T - Immediate sensation of biting right into a fresh, juicy grapefruit! This rapidly settles to allow the lovely floral flavors to come forward. Balanced and refreshing.
M - Crisp, spicy carbonation and hops keep the taste buds awake. This beer isn't thick, but it has an interesting *chewy* characteristic, a kind of fullness in the mouth that feels satisfying.
O - Superb IPA here, plenty for fans of the style to enjoy & appreciate. Very easy to drink, but you feel quenched and satisfied by the time you finish. I look forward to enjoying this in the warmer months of the summer ahead!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 09:42:43 | More by ChugMan
Photo of popery


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes, 11/7/10. Transparent, medium amber with a smallish off-white cap. The aroma is fresh and hoppy. Tangerines, pineapples, grass and a bit of caramel. The beer has a smooth caramel backbone with a fairly dry finish and quite a bit of bitterness. Very nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and hop-oily. This is a good to very good DIPA. The tropical notes make it somewhat memorable, but it’s not really enough of a hook to differentiate it entirely from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 23:34:29 | More by popery
Photo of rringler


4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, dark straw. About a half a finger of white head with fine bubbles. Very nice lacing.

S: Very clean and malty.

T: Nice, thick malty start (despite the lighter color) finishing with hops that are not too dry or floral. The 8.5% abv is very well hidden. Exactly what you'd expect from an IPA.

M: Slightly thicker and more oily, but still very much in style and with good carbonation.

O: Textbook IPA/IIPA. Good smell, taste and balance. Only thing I'd change is a slightly deeper color.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 04:48:39 | More by rringler
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
Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.