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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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


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
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into tulip 6/2/13

A clear golden amber with just a few visible bubbles slowly moving towards the tight thumbs width of foam, not a big head but it sticks around long enough to leave several rings of lace, looks sexy

S big tropical nose, pineapple, tangerine, guava, grapefruit, lemon and lime, floral perfume and juicy fruit gum, there's a little pine and spruce with just a little hard caramel

T the tropical blast is toned down a little, more rind then the flesh on the nose, some tang powder and a little booze I didn't smell

M a nice bitter bite but not enamel stripping, a little slick after the bubbles calm down and just some faint heat going down but the booze is fairly well hidden, lemon and lime rind on the finish

O very well put together, a nice tropical DIPA that's a little to easy to drink. I loved the nose and really can't complain about anything, just a solid brew

I'm not happy with the 11$ price tag but I'm happy with the liquid inside the bottle, pretty solid beer and I might drink it again depending how wealthy I'm feeling

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 05:25:33 | More by wordemupg
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a quarter finger white head with good retention and lacing. Nice IPA aroma of herbal and piney hops, citrus and light malt. Great flavor of citrus and pine hops, caramel malt, citrus and sweet light fruit juice. Finishes with good citrus hops. Creamy medium body adds a lot to the overall pleasantness of this IPA. With a lot of excellent IPAs to choose from, this one really came through. Coronado is new to the northwest, but I will definitely seek out their other beers after this one. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 04:04:48 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Came across a few offering from this brewer for this first time in Alberta recently, this is my first go-round
A - clear bright golden with plenty of visible rising carbonation, solid two finger of white head retained fantastic as a result
S - BIG aromas of floral and bubble gum, subtle raw grain background, I must admit I am intrigued
T - immediate flavours are a mix of bubble gum and mild caramel, florals are much lighter than the nose, a bit of a grape medicine note, some grains .... it is tasty, odd, and generally tough to nail down
M - light with creamy carbonation, some mineral mouth coating feel with bit of a woody thing going on, not much in terms of typical DIPA dry or bitterness but the alcohol masking and drinkability is off the charts
O - the flavours are very tasty yet definitely unique for a DIPA, the drinkability is oustanding to the point where you might guess it was a 5.5% brew at most, and to a point it makes it a bit paradoxical but I would gladly have this as a session beer on the regular were it available here and I had some self control

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 03:45:57 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a clean, crisp looking copper pour with visible carbonation down the middle of the glass and 2 fingers of fluffy white head giving off tremendous amounts of lacing. great looking ipa. smell is of mellow pine, caramel, slight citrus (grapefruit).. smells sweet like honey. the taste is wonderful. nice piney bitterness from the hops leaves a resinous taste lingering behind for quite a bit! an earthy bitterness follows and is eliminated by a sweet malty profile. a wonderful tasting ale, with a crisp grapefruit like refreshing finish. medium body pour with moderate amount of carbonation. smooth going down with a slight stickyness left behind from all the hops!

overall, a damn good ipa. one of the better ones i've had this month. not overwhelming with bitterness but good to the point where it fulfills all my ipa wants and needs!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 06:35:34 | More by facundoCNB
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 nUgZ

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mostly clear orange color with a half finger head and some lacing.

S: Lots of citrus and floral hops.

T: Citrus and piney hops but not much else. Quite bitter.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Not a bad IPA, but somewhat one sided. I would drink it again if someone brought it over, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 00:54:50 | More by nUgZ
Photo of djmitche


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is pale and a bit hazy. That might be chill haze.

Smell is wonderful - mostly tropical, with some citrus. For the hops on the bottle, I'm surprised there's so little pine.

There's some pine in the flavor, but not much else. I don't get much malt, although it doesn't taste like hop tea so there's "enough" there. I'm a non-taster, so I can't tell you how much bitterness is in this brew, but I'm guessing it's what us East-Coasters call a "hop bomb".

Mouthfeel is good - enough sweetness to linger, without being thick.

Overall, this is a nice IPA in terms of hop aroma and flavor, but not something I could drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:26:03 | More by djmitche
Photo of Sark


4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- light orange copper with wispy head after initial dissipation

Smell- nice floral and citrus, present but not overpowering

Taste- like an IPA should be, initial bitterness with little maltiness, hoppiness remaining in the back of the mouth briefly

Mouthfeel- lightly carbonated, light watery feel

Overall- A solid American IPA with pleasant citrus hop crispness. A keeper.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 02:46:35 | More by Sark
Photo of BucannonXC5


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

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Village Square Liquor & Keg
Price: $7.49
Misc.: Got a California Prop 65 Warning: Some materials used in the colored decorations on this container contain cadmium, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Poured an orange, caramel and slightly hazy with two fingers of frothy white head, which took a long while to disappear. Thick, foamy, wet and sporadic lacing on the sides. Nice retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a potent whiff of citrus and floral hops. Got orange and actually reminded me of an orange creamsicle. A whiff of tropical flavors. Sugary sweet floral hops. Very appealing overall.

Tasted similar to the nose, but not quite as potent (or good). I’m bad at naming specific types of hops. The bottle says Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus. I recognize all but Chinook, but Columbus seems to be the one I taste here. Also citrus (orange and light tangerine) and still some light tropical notes (reminded me of tropical bubble gum). Very bitter on the tongue after.

Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Bitter finish.

Just a good double IPA overall. I haven’t been a fan over the other Coronado beer I’ve tried, so I was excited to have a good one. Would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 08:15:30 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of match1112


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to pelican5 for sending me a six pack of this! poured a 12oz bottle in to a wine glass. body is a slightly hazy orange. a half inch of white tight nit suds settles in to a ring of lace. smells very floral and grapefruity. taste is mainly grapefruit with a little lemon and some sugary malts in the background. this beer is nicely carbonated but seems a tad thin for being a dipa. plenty of oily hops present on the tongue and cheeks. dry bitter finish lasts a little too long for me. i think my biggest knock on this beer is the lingering bitterness on the finish, like a burnt toast bitterness to me. other than that this is very drinkable and the abv is hidden well enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 18:28:06 | More by match1112
Photo of slugman


4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a hard time finding the smell and flavor associated with the 4 "Cs" of hops. I can honestly say, this beer is totally satisfying. Had one this weekend and had to go back for more. If you like strong grapefruit smell backed up with a dry citrus flavor, this one is for you. Will definitely keep this on my "go to" list when I want a bitter, citrus beer. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 03:05:30 | More by slugman
Photo of klkatz


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smells floral... hoppy... crisp... i like to smell it before I pour then smell it again after...it smells like you'd expect from a California IPA... love those California IPAs...

pours a nice orange wheat color... thin head... looks clean and crisp.. matches its smell...

nice finish... not real assertive upfront... and it's mouthfeel is decent... not the greatest IPA... but a good one... I would expect more mouthfeel from an Imperial IPA surprisingly well balanced for the style... this will probably hit me hard.. 8.5%

with more and more sips I'm starting to appreciate the MF a little more... i'm upping the anti in that category...

taste is refreshing too...

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 03:21:34 | More by klkatz
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 jbphoto88


3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clean looking beer that pours clear wheat orange. The tan head is lackluster and fades quickly to a ring of bubbles on the edge and a thin skin of foam on the surface.

The nose is slightly above average with the scent of hops and malt both present but thankfully more weight toward the hop. A mix of pine and citrus are the building blocks here and light toasted grain in the background.

It tastes good and has a hop presence which you'd expect in an IPA but I don't feel the nose or the flavor profile warrants an imperial classification. Like the nose, the dominate flavor is the hop but it almost seems watered down. It's tasty with the same pine and citrus characteristics as the smell but not bold, sharp or distinct again making me question the imperial status.

The mouthfeel has a dusty element to it and is mildly carbonated adding to the lightness of the body. Pair that with the mild scent and taste and you have a good middle of the road beer that gets easily edged out by some hop aggressive pale ales. It's NOT a drain pour but an enjoyable average beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 20:41:45 | More by jbphoto88
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 ThePaleRider


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

A - Honey colored with a one finger, off white, head that leaves decent retention. A little bit of dark, leafy, stuff floating around in the glass, but clear other than that.

S - Lots of citrus fruits: pineapple, grapefruit, passion fruit, etc... Very, very hop forward without a lot of the malts really getting in the way. Sweet!

T - Very nice sweet hops followed quickly by the bitter hops I crave. Taste is very piney and earthy. Not a whole lot of citrus flavor. Leaves a long lasting pine on your tongue that requires another drink to refresh. Not much malts until the hops wear off the tongue. I'd like to see a tad more citrus, but this is a superb beer for a Sunday night.

M - Medium body with a very oily hop film that lays on the palette. Not much in the way of carbonation. Pick up a little booze, but not bad.

O - Nice showing from Coronado Brewing. Really great flavor for the style and not really overly hopped.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 02:17:51 | More by ThePaleRider
Photo of DannyHartman

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a nice thick head appears atop a beautiful bright gold/orangish brew.... The best part is that there's little bubbles that continuously rise in the beer throughout drinking it.... This brew also leaves a decent amount of lacing as you drink it.

I take a whiff, and I immediately get notes of citrus (like that of mostly grapefruit) with an apricot/peach scent.... Following that, there is some piney notes with a little caramel.

While sipping, there's a bunch of citrus with pine, bready malts, caramel, and it's ever so slightly hoppy on the palate.

I would describe the mouthfeel as medium bodied with amazing carbonation that leaves a great taste on the palate.

Overall, I really liked this "I.P.A.".... It's very distinct, easily drinkable, and has a delicious taste.... Doesn't have a huge alcohol taste for an I.P.A., and has a perfect balance.... Really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 20:15:50 | More by DannyHartman
Photo of Lare453


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into a tulip glass

A cooper and orange with a small white head. Hazy.

S grapefruit, citrus, green apple, pine

T mild hop beginning that develops into a bold grapefruit middle and a bitter apple and orange peel end. The aftertaste is bitter, hoppy and delicious.

M a little more than thin but not thick. A great mouthfeel, slightly prickly and a good carbonation on the tongue

O a good sessionable ipa. Except for the high alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 02:34:22 | More by Lare453
Photo of rawfish


4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy unfiltered light copper with two thick fingers of whipped off white head. All day retention, amazing and streaks of lacing on the glass.

Pungent dark citrus, pine and some pear and apricot notes. Syrupy sweet malt with some honey drizzled over the top.

Robust malt profile that is bready, well balanced with the hops of dark citrus and pine, alcohol tries to sneak in but the malt to hop balance here is excellent and shuts the door. A mild bitterness follows and it does dry and release from the palate well.

Smooth 7.5%, body is average but the carbonation makes the drink downright creamy and perfect. Barely any alcohol sensed.

Very underrated IPA that falls right between the range of a single and double. Ideally balanced and well managed with hops and malt that will appease both the masses and the hop heads. Goes down way too easy. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 07:46:52 | More by rawfish
Photo of dcs1548

North Carolina

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

This beer has a light copper color and smell of citrus and sweet pine. Very hoppy, awesome pine and citrus flavor. Even tastes great as it warmed up a little (although still tastes better cooler). I think this is an underrated beer, it's definitely up there with some of the better DIPA's, even with the heavy competition in this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 18:52:25 | More by dcs1548
Photo of RblWthACoz


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
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 kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 10 oz chalice.

A- pours a light caramel with a 2 finger off-white head. Lacing coats the glass.

S- sweet caramel and citrus, lots of spice and pine.

T- sweet caramel, citrus, and spicy hops. Has some pine bitterness as well.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice creaminess to this beer.

O- ok ipa, but not a fan of the spicy hops used in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 02:18:56 | More by kawilliams81
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
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