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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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very good

374 Reviews
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Reviews: 374
Hads: 1,371
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 42
Gots: 244 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: scottoale on 05-09-2007

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Reviews: 374 | Hads: 1,371
Photo of McStagger
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A San Diego DIPA? Such a rare beast here....

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange. Finger of creamsickle head. Moderate carbonation. Head retention is moderate/minimal, with moderate lacing.

S: Immediately smacks of tangerine hops. Some definite dankness as well. Lots of fruit juice coming from this one. Reminds me of 5-Alive. Malt is in there, but it's mostly lost to all the citric juiciness.

T: Juiciness in the taste, as well. Big hits of grainy malt up front, Mid palate is a smacking of citrus vs. malt. The caramel edges of the malt mingle with the orange dominated citrus to produce an almost creamsicle type flavor. Follows with a spicy tropical aspect, but the orange flavors immediately reassert. Finishes with a distnictly mandarin flavor. No completely dry, this one has some residual sweetness.

M: Medium bodied. Very tightly packed bubbles. Not quite pillowy, though. Prickle of carbonation on the finish.

O: Again, with the mandarin orange. This one is tasty, but it lacks complexity and bitterness. Enjoyable, but would probably not purchase again at 8 bucks a bomber. (1,091 characters)

Photo of Nachos57
3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Very light amber color, and super pale head that left a bit of nice lacing
S - You can smell the malt but it is mostly hoppy pine smell
T - Very bitter taste that lingers a LONG time, which I like and is really the only redeeming factor to this beer for me
M - OK mouth feel but nothing extraordinary, a little creamy, well carbonated,
O - This beer is really the most average beer I've had, very little about this beer will stay with me (truly forgettable), not to say it was bad, just a very simple bitter IPA (516 characters)

Photo of gshak
2.86/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From an undated bottle into my snifter, at fridge temperature.
A - Light orange with very fine, tight bubbles, and about half a finger of head that stays without leaving much of a lacing. Acceptable if not impressive.
S - Caramel malt with some piney, earthy hops. Not impressive.
T - Much like the smell, caramel malt with some piney, earthy hops. There is some initial sweetness before the hops come into play, and then, the bittering earthy hops take over, with some notes of grass and mint on the finish. This tastes much like a toned-down, year-old SN Bigfoot, which means this stuff has sat on the shelves for quite a while. Without the date, it is impossible to tell how old this really is.
M - about the only high point of an otherwise, forgettable beer. Medium, creamy mouthfeel, but does nothing to save the beer.
O - A very pedestrian and mediocre double IPA if it can even be called that. Clearly this is not a fresh bottle, and I have no misgivings about rating this beer as is, since the brewery clearly does not believe in helping its customers make an informed selection, by not putting a date on the bottle. A note to Coronado brewing - please put a date on the bottle or get the f*** out of this business. There are too many good breweries out there that could use the shelf space at the beer store. After the disappointment that was the Coronado Mermaid's Ale (another undated bottle), and this, I am done with this brewery. (1,443 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pale copper. Good head fades quickly.

S: Musky and grassy. I fear the age on this bottle.

T/M: Gentle, smooth, and sweet. Not particularly what I was looking for, but pleasant nonetheless. Malty-round with hints of hops nipping at every opportunity. A sweeter, stronger Racer 5.

O: Want to try fresh. As is, couldn't recommend. A little sweet and boring. (420 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color. The head is a little over one finger high, faintly off-white in shade, and thickly textured. Retention is solid enough. Streaks of lacing are left on the glass, also.

S: The prominent note is grapefruity hops, followed closely by sweet caramel-y malts. It's also quite herbaceous and piny, with a slight touch of fruity esters coming to play as well. Definitely an old school aroma, but not a horrible one - I just wished it came off a bit drier.

T: Initially, the grapefruit flavors come across nicely, with only a subtle bitterness. Sweet malts override and balance the hop notes on the back end. Faint fruit esters float around the body in spurts - honestly, this is my favorite part of the flavor profile. The sweetness seems to have a bit more definition than other DIPAs, too. While it's not exactly what I want from a DIPA, this carves it's own niche decently enough.

M: Full and creamy. I'm reminded of DFH's 90 Minute in this regard - while it's quite sweet, the big body and soft texture carries it to the palate well. Carbonation is gentle. Despite its relative bigness, it's actually pretty easy to drink considering.

O: This isn't particularly successful as a pure DIPA. BUT, it's soft, well balanced, and relatively drinkable. Worth drinking again - it just doesn't satiate my DIPA thirst entirely. (1,380 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle to a large, snifter glass with a hazy, copper-orange body. A white cap forms to about a finger high with a foamy, slightly creamy overall texture. Head retention is decent as the foam falls to a small ring. Lacing at the top is in the form of webs but mostly spotty deposits on the glass.

S- Hops off the top with an emphasis on citrus, pine and a light bit of stone fruits. Not as aromatic as the most pungent of DIPAs but enough hops to satisfy the style. Light American yeast with hints of bread as well as a bit of sweet malts.

T- As in the nose, there is a focus on hops, specifically on citrus and pine lending ones. Hops give notes of oranges, grapefruit, resin, apricot pith, flowers and earth. Malts strong enough to mention with light caramel, cracked grain, cereal hints and light sweetness. Yeast clean beneath the hops.

MF- Moderately thick bodied with a creamy overall texture when given some agitation. Carbonation at a high end level with a crisp feel. Bitterness coats the palate in the finish and lingers with the hop oils.

Reminds me a bit of Hercules by Great Divide when I think of other similar beers. The hops aren't quite as tropical or fruity as many other modern DIPAs but that is fine. Good beer but this style is so competitive and it doesn't match up with the greats. (1,331 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of tstinz01
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber with an off white head.

The smell is like a sweet,spicy,earthy, biscuit, there are citrus hops coming through but it's definitely the malts shining brightest.

The taste is bitter up front, spicy, peppery and earthy with some sweetness at the back.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

Overall a very good beer, the peppery spicy hops are interesting. The abv is completely hidden as well. (439 characters)

Photo of Betonade
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Taste was outstanding however the extremely foamy feel really turned me off to it. The smell is great whish they would make a Cologne of this stuff. I just hate how foamy it got when I opened it and drank it. As for appearance the bottle is a nice bottle but as for the beer well its a beer what can I say I'm going to drink and taste it not paint my wall with it haha. (369 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden, slightly hazy, with a thin cap of fine, white bubbles. Sticky. Tropical, citrusy hop aroma, pineapples and citrus zest, grapefruit, mango. Solid bitterness, but mostly fruity-sweet with an alcohol edge. Hint of fruity tartness. More tropical character, a bit of citrus, sweetness pulled things together but was less malty than fruity. A bit warm, medium-full bodied with lowish carbonation. Quite enjoyable. (415 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4-pack of this at Krugel's in Wilkes-Barre last week for $13.49. Have had a couple already, but not during any possible reviewable time. The bottle is unlike what is currently pictured; it says "Crown Series" and has a painted label of a mermaid holding a few steins as its main feature.

Poured one into one of those high tech Sam Adams glasses.... It is a bit cloudy, and a bright golden color. There's a plethora of very active carbo within, and the head is a touch off-white, frothy and healthy. The foam sticks well to the glass, also. The aroma is easily noticed quite a distance from the glass itself, and has loads of pithy, grapefruity hops. It is only a slight bit prickly on the tongue, and the body is a decent medium.

There might be a hint of malty sweetness here, but it's not readily noticeable. What there is plenty of is hoppage. There's a solid dose of grapefruit along with some pineapple and pithy, rindy bitterness. I did get a smidge of sweetness, but it is more in the form of apricot jam and honey than anything malt-based. The hops linger nicely, and are never really overly bitter at all. Scarily, I don't feel anything of the 8.5% ABV here... Pretty good, overall, even if a tad pricey. Prosit!!

4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (250 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,977 characters)

Photo of kwc017
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love Coronado Brewing Company, I could sleep on the beach and just hang out there all day if I could find a way to pay the bills. Anyway, pretty decent DIPA. I prefer Frog's Breath and Islander to this though. It's a tad too malty for me. Not very hoppy. Nice change of pace for someone who loves to just chew on hops like myself. Nice aroma, little bit of hops, more bread and malt than hops though. Give it a shot. Frog's Breath is the way to go IMO. Cheers! (460 characters)

Photo of GlenRockJohnZ
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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?). (364 characters)

Photo of MattyBones
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pores a Dark golden color with a decent white head to it.

Smell: A slight hoppy, citrus aroma dominated by a malty, bready smell to it.

Taste: Malt forward with a very slight bitterness to it from the hops. No real bite to it, just malts with a malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Very flat, no real substance to the feel, no stickiness, nothing lol.

Overall: Not much can be said about this other than it tasted extremely malty with nothing to balance it out. It looked decent, but it failed to deliver. Maybe it was a bad, old bottle with the hop profile diminished into nothing but malts, but it was bland enough to make me not want to revisit it. (658 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy bright golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, grass, light honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop notes with moderate malt presence; and good strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange/lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, grass, light honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus/topical hop flavors with moderate malt balance; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA style. All around good complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,433 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a light honey lemon gold, fluffy white head dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of lemon citrus, grapefruit hops and light bready malts.

Tastes of light lemon citrus and some light biscuity malts along with a subtle hop bitterness and a notable tea-like flavor.

Medium body with a light tingly carbonation on the tongue.

This is a very good strong IPA with a unique flavor not exactly like any other IPA I've had. It works quite well and makes this a very memorable and enjoyable ale. I will be looking for this one again. (538 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Slight haze to a beautiful amber body, medium bubbles and a thin white head rising to maybe 1/4" at best with a vigorous pour.

Smell: Citrus and hops, has a scent that reminds you a bit of lemon.

Taste: It's a light bitterness to it. Feels a bit fruity consisting of grapefruit and lemon.

Mouth: You know at first glance you think wow, but it flattens a bit when it comes to after taste. Not exactly sticky if you catch my drift.

Overall: very good beer, but we all have had better. I picked this up just to try something different and though it didn't disappoint it didn't quite astonish me either. Enjoy...Salud! (661 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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). (889 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A fairly easy to find DIPA in these parts, typically found in a bomber featuring a rather attractive blue label with the paint somehow etched into the glass (there's probably an artistic term for this that eludes me) and a humorous state of Colorado warning that said paint contains cadmium. So long as the beer doesn't I am happy. The contents pour a light gold to orange amber with ample light orange head that quickly tames to release a strong aroma of grapefruit and orange citrus, sweet apple juice, and caramel malt. The surprisingly sweet aroma is largely mirrored in the palate, at least initially. Very sweet and somewhat sour combination of honey/caramel malts, grapefruit citrus, tropical fruits (musky passion fruit and guava, a little mango) and other floral perfume notes (honeysuckle?) lead the way, along with some warming but well-concealed alcohol (at 8.5% ABV this one will get ya if you have the entire bomber, which I did). However, the wet finish does feature some pungent pine resins and citrus pith. As is the case for a few other hop bomb DIPAs, the spicy pine and medicinal camphor flavors get stronger as you go, your lips get a bit numb and an interesting green fruit note like gooseberry emerges in the finish as well. I get a coppery metallic ting throughout. One of the things I really like about DIPAs is this evolving complexity over the course of a pint or bottle, with things often starting caramel sweet and fruity but eventually getting wickedly piney and bitter, at which point the endorphins show up and meld nicely with the booze to yield a decent buzz and even a potentially spiritual experience. Haha. This particular example follows this mold, very tropical up front and finishing with some classic coarse Chinook hop piney bitterness. I might have provided higher ratings had the malts been a bit less cloying and the booze a tad less aggressive ... There was a bit of a cider effect going on at times which I consider a fault in a DIPA. Still, no shame in spending an evening with this idiot. (2,037 characters)

Photo of bark
2.48/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is gold (9 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head slowly sinks down leaving no lacing on the glass.

The smell is bitter with some harsh notes, hints of metal and resin. Pine wood, some citric fruits, metal, earthy notes and a dusty sweetness.

The taste is smooth with some exotic fruits and lemon-lime. Some bitterness, but the strength is more APA than DIPA. Semi-sweet notes of cookies, resin and honey. Light body. The aftertaste is dusty with some exotic fruits and metallic bitterness in the background. Rye bread and fruit candy in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles short lived. The liquid is quite light.

An empty DIPA. (680 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No date codes that I can see.

Pours clear (until you get to the ample sediment) golden with a hint of orange, small pale head. Little carbonation. Aroma is expansive, a little hay, citrus, pine resin.

Taste is bittersweet, with a hint of honeysuckle. Lots of deep pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry and effervescent. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. (393 characters)

Photo of Hendry
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber pour with a finger of white head, spotty lacing.

Aroma is malty with some dank resinous hops in the background.

Taste follows the nose, very typical West Coast IPA, which tends to be heavy on the malt content for my personal taste. Minor grapefruit bitterness on the swallow which is redeeming.

Mouthfeel is medium, decent carbonation,slightly oily.

Had better, had worse. If you are on board with IPAs that are of a "balanced" nature rather than hop heavy, this is worth trying. If you are out for a tropical explosion of hops on your palate, look elsewhere. (575 characters)

Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.