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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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Ratings: 1,034
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 33
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

Picked up a couple singles at the Olive Tree to sit down and rate a brew I have enjoyed many times over.
This one dated 03/10/11.

A: Color is a darkened tarnished gold hue. Clear and bubbling away. Little half finger white foamy cap with intermittent lace.

S: Initial smell is all grapefruit and pine on the nose. Some earthy floral notes come through. Slight sweetness too.

T: Nice intense bitterness all throughout this brew. Earthy floral spice but more pinecone than anything. Citrus is more subtle in flavor. The caramel sweet malt and cracker notes really come through without interfering at all. ABV's are there and give a little afterburn on the swallow.

M: Sticky resinous hops do coat the mouth with an overall creamy texture. Bitterness puckers it up and ABV's warms the throat a tad.

D: By DIPA standards this is a very well balanced brew. Nice hop bitterness and sweet caramel notes are harmonious. Not falling to far to one side or the other. A good drinker for sure.

Probably my favorite offering from Coronado so far. Always enjoyable.

05-13-2011 21:18:55 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Served on-tap at The Cask Republic in New Haven, Conn.

A: Clean, pale gold color with a hint of copper beneath a thin head of creamy white foam. Clarity is nice and lacing is good.

S: Quite pungent with strong aromas of citrus fruits and skunky, pine needle. Loads of tangerine and spicy, citrus hop aromas.

T: A bit of sweet, toasted grain hits the palate first before unleashing the wave of bitter hop resins. Grapefruit, tangerine and spicy, floral hop flavors coat the palate and wash down with a slightly bready, crackery taste. Long lasting, herbal, leafy, citrus hop bitterness.

M: Quite clean and smooth with some puckering hops and only a tinge of alcohol. Medium bodied and delightfully unbalanced.

O: An impressive DIPA here from Coronado. The near 9% ABV doesn't translate to the flavor all that much, but man, those hops surely do. I was craving a grapefruit, orange and pungent hop fix and got it here. Malts could have been a bit juicier in the center but no complaints really.

05-05-2011 15:59:17 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of whatthehull


4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

Tasted April 23rd 2011 (from notes)

Poured into an IPA fest glass (Najs's Place, Redondo Beach, CA)

A - Golden copper, one finger white head and lots of lacing

S - Resin, citrus hops, toasted malt, sweet yeast and a flower garden

T - Lots of resin, yeast, toasted malt and grains. Orange and pineapple. Floral and alcohol

M - A bit chewy, medium acidity, long finish and great balance

D - Tastes great, goes down very nice and has a nice ABV

Final thought - Wish I had this everyday

05-03-2011 04:32:58 | More by whatthehull
Photo of surprenant1138


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

Appearance is a very hazy dark tan/amber in my snifter. Little head with slight lacing. Aroma is of pine, lemons, hops, and moderately hoppy. Mouthfeel is actually pretty heavy without oo much carbonation. Taste is of pine, deep hoppiness, lemons, and some yeast. This is a heavy, very flavorful IPA. Highly recommended.

04-30-2011 03:07:39 | More by surprenant1138
Photo of FosterJM


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

432nd review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- This was a darker orange with some highlighted golden and yellow. The head was a nice fluffy finger and a half. A little bit of cling.

Smell- Beautiful bouquet on this one with a nice floral hoppy aroma and a touch of malts.

Taste- I really wished this had followed the nose and sadly it didnt. It was a bit of a caramelly sweetness and just a bit too sugary for me.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Left a caramel taste on the after.

Drink- For the price on this bottle, I probably wont come back to it. So many options so much better in its class.

04-30-2011 01:26:53 | More by FosterJM
Photo of PnDHomeBrews


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Coronado Brewing Company
Idiot IPA
Imperial India Pale Ale

Appearance - A rich golden caramel color. The head poured thick, easily getting to the two-finger mark. As the head dissipated, it showed to be much thinner than I first thought, and its retention rate was very low, leaving little to no film on the walls of the glass. From first look the light head is inviting, suggesting a smooth drink.

Smell – The beer smells clean, the hops piney and citrusy. I get a hit of smokiness as well.

Taste – Initially I noticed this IIPA is less hard-hitting than some of its brethren. It’s well-balanced, to be sure. The hops have a great citrus/fruitiness to them, with the bitterness coming through in the very last moments of the taste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is perfect, slightly biting my tongue as I let the beer hover over it. The beer feels very smooth, almost as if it’s filling every crevice of my taste buds before being washed clean off in the swallow.

Overall – This is a great tasting beer. For the extreme hophead, this beer will come across a bit mild as an IIPA. If you’re looking for some hops, but not a slap in the face, I’d definitely suggest this beer. It’s a really nice beer to be drinking on an early spring day, 72 degrees and sunny.

04-28-2011 20:41:25 | More by PnDHomeBrews
Photo of beorn7676


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

A- Pours a hazy burnt orange with a stark white half inch head. Not much to talk about, but not unappealing.

S- I get loads of tropical fruit off of this one. Mango, some pineapple, little bit of pine and grapefruit. I also get a tiny bit of what seems like vanilla.

T- Taste if very much like aroma. Fruity with some sweet malt. There is something different about this DIPA, and I can only describe it as having a IPA and vanilla icecream float taste in the background. I like it. It helps set this beer apart from the masses, but I can see how some people would be turned off by it.

M- Carbonation is right on. Mouthfeel is a little on the chewy side.

O- A very interesting beer. One i would absolutely try again.

04-19-2011 04:58:55 | More by beorn7676
Photo of palmdalethriller


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured into a sniffer out of the bottle. Cb1011 on the bottle. Whatever that means.

Smells heavenly at first, grapefruit and flowers. A touch of resin. However, as it warms it smells a bit boozy. Notice I said a bit.

Tastes damn fine. The lady at whole foods told me it was like Pliny, I've never had it, but if it tastes this good then I'm sure it's quality stuff.

Mouthfeel is what I expect from a DIPA. Nothing wrong with it though.

Overall it's a real nice beer to watch a game with.

04-14-2011 03:32:17 | More by palmdalethriller
Photo of Genuine


4.6/5  rDev +17.9%

Poured out a very beautiful copper in color, which this unbelievable cream head that sat nicely upon the body.

smell - After popping the cap, the fragrance was incredible. Lots of citrusy and piney hops in this one. This double IPA smells wonderful.

Taste - The taste follows the nose on this one. Very crisp, grapefruit taste to this one...really unbelievable. This has definitely become a favorite DIPA. Lots of piney and grapefruit notes in this, it's amazing.

Mouthfeel - Medium for sure. The carbonation is spot on. Not too much but not too little.

Overall - this is an amazing DIPA that i'll definitely be getting more of. It is certainly worth the money.

04-13-2011 17:23:27 | More by Genuine
Photo of russwbeck


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

Thank you beerman4 for providing this guy as an extra in our trade!

A: Golden pour with hints of brown, almost copper. Small, but creamy white head that stinks around for a while and laces nicely.

S: The smell is really very fruity, grapefruits mostly. The hops are big, but they are not overwhelming. A maltiness and spiciness balance the smell nicely.

T: I'm really blown away by how big the grapefruit taste is on this. I've never had an IPA so fruity. The hops and malts are balanced, but really take a backseat to fruit.

MF: Light bodied and crisp. Hardly any taste of the alcohol.

O: Was kind of turned off by the fruitiness of the taste. It's not bad, but it certainly is different.

04-13-2011 02:53:29 | More by russwbeck
Photo of zoolzoo


2.73/5  rDev -30%

A: Pours copper, impressive cream colored head.

S: Herbal hops, seems a bit fadey. Malty, grainy, sugar...boring.

T: Sweet malt base accented with grassy, piney hops. Lots of generic bitterness, not much fruit zing. Sugary, east coasty, fully played out. The store clerk said this "just hit the shelves last week", I actually hope thats not true.

M: Thick, chewy..medium carb.

O: I got excited when I saw this at the liquor store...oops. I think I payed a premium too. I guess I'm the "idiot"?

04-11-2011 23:23:48 | More by zoolzoo
Photo of 4000qtrap


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

Source/Serving: 22 oz bottle.

S: Moderately intense and delicately floral with just a touch of pine/orange to give it some nice complexity. Not totally in your face but has beautiful character. Malts shine through as well, giving a semi-sweet honey, fruity backdrop with a hint of alcohol as it warms. Very nice.

T: Soft, light bodied, easy drinking DIPA. Grassy, weedy hop flavor right off the bat that's light, slightly citric and refreshing. Blends seamlessly into a dry, soft, but full-on bitterness over which ride fast moving raw honey and smooth cereal malts, and touch of brown sugar, and grassy hop oils with a touch of citrus. Finish is a bitter-sweet balance that is very quaffable and leaves you wanting more, not pummeled. Lingering citrus and grassy oils with a memory of raw grains carrying through.

Notes: I've been pretty jaded by DIPAs recently, but this one stands out.

04-10-2011 23:37:20 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of LSUPT


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

22oz poured into nb globe. Small faded bottled on date of 2/10/11.
Vigorous pour leaves about a 1+ finger head.  Excellent light amber color. Head quickly dissipates but the lacing is ok in the beginning but is much more impressive towards the end of the beer leaving a very thin layer with pretty good retention.  Drinking this beer was quite an experience. Never has my opinion about a beer changed so much from start to finish. Initially the smell was mild and it was hard to distinguish the scents. With a good swirl I reveal hints of pine and sweet malt and a rather floral aroma but still quite mild. The taste slams the tongue with bitter at first but the more I drink and my palate gets used to the bitter the more pleasant the taste becomes. Lots of pine and a real bitter bomb almost tongue numbing makes other tastes hard to distinguish but still enjoyable becoming more so throughout the drink and as it warms. Sweet malts try to come through but this beer is all about the hops. As it warms the toasty malts are able to come through and a comforting booziness that is quite good presents itself.  Mouthfeel is superb, ideal in my opinion, medium-high carbonation that goes down very smooth. Overall, a hop bomb that is not too uncommon but this one was up there with the strongest in terms of bitterness but I was surprisingly left very satisfied.    
Thanks for another awesome westcoast dipa Brian!

03-27-2011 22:11:31 | More by LSUPT
Photo of TheDudeRules


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle to snifter.

Pours a nice copper orange. A minimal head but I attribute that to me pouring like a dumb ass. Sticky lace retains to the glass. A beautiful tropical hops comes from the glass. Borderline exciting. Upon sip I'm getting a nice candied pineapple wrapped in caramel. Not overwhelming but damn nice. Rolls off the tongue perfectly.

I have to rate this for the style. I love it. Best ever, no. To me this is like a way better version of Two Hearted from Bell's. A nice extra from a trade and I'd be happy to have another.

03-25-2011 05:58:30 | More by TheDudeRules
Photo of DNICE555


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%

ABV listed as 8.5 percent on the bottle picked up at the local middletown packy. Pours pretty clear with a modest white head.

Smells like oranges and toast

Clementines, grapefruit, and toast... something seems a bit off... not bad... but not good either.

Decent body and carbonation

A bit sweet overall for me. Could use a bit more bit and bitterness over the bready malt.

03-25-2011 01:54:01 | More by DNICE555
Photo of GSmithBeer

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

had this at beertopia
A: it looked okay. about the same as everyone else's ipa
S: just okay. not great. pretty good.
T: after having some of the other ipas at the event this one didn't really stack up. it was okay.
M: pretty good mouthfeel. good carbonation.
O: after having a number of other tastes of really good ipas to great ones at the festival i wasn't all that impressed with it in comparison.

03-22-2011 22:07:18 | More by GSmithBeer
Photo of climax


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

This one pours a copper/caramel color. Clarity is decent, and head wasn't particularly impressive after a vivacious pour. It all slows down to an eggshell white film with a few lace spots.

The nose is a sweet and sour explosion of tropical fruit, pineapple, fresh garden herbs, bright juniper pine, and bubblegum. The slightest breath of alcohol, caramel backbone, and some spice seeps through as it warms. A joyous aroma, I'd like it in a body wash.

The flavor is a tropical and herbal hop jungle. However, it does have a bit more pronounced toasty malt base. It's actually pretty well-balanced, but by no means is the hop profile anything less than satisfactory. The malt bill is caramel and a bit buttery. The finish is all resiny hops. It's a boat load of flavor for sure!

The mouthfeel is around medium with a bit of a creamy slick feel. The carbonation is light, but crisp through the finish. The finish is dry, with a bit of lingering slime.

It's very easy to drink, the alcohol is hidden well. It's got a crap load of flavor on both ends of the spectrum. It's not a tongue ripper yet the hop head will certainly get his/her fix. A beer of this caliber shouldn't be going down this smooth. Pretty awesome beer.

03-16-2011 00:22:45 | More by climax
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev 0%

Fairly bright orange color with a modest head and lacing. Better clarity than a lot of DIPA's.

Aroma of orange and toast.

Tangerine and grapefruit flavors on a sweet toasty base. Nicely balanced.

Medium body with good carbonation. A nice drinking DIPA. Not overly complex and unusual, but well made and tasty.

03-13-2011 18:04:24 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

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

03-13-2011 01:16:26 | More by Sammy
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from a 22oz with a bottle date of 2/24/11.
Pours a very hazy orange with a thick, off-white head. Decent lacing.
The nose starts with biscuity malts, earth, floral and citrus hops.
The taste follows the smell pretty well, very balanced. Biscuit, orange peel, grass and some mineral elements.
Very smooth going down.
For the price, well it ain't Pliny, it's more expensive... but still very good. I'm glad I gave it a go and would recommend it to others.

03-11-2011 01:46:34 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of DovaliHops


3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

Bottled 2/28/11=Super Fresh. Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is quite pleasant, with some awesome piney notes. It also has some citrus and floral notes to it as well, but mostly fresh pine and hops. Taste is not what I was expecting...I was expecting some "in your face" hoppiness, but I'm not getting that. Maybe I've been spoiled with all of the Port Mongo I've been drinking lately. Taste is initially citrusy and somewhat malty, but no hops. The hops don't kick in until halfway through the taste. Then I get the pine and hop bitterness I was lookin for. This beer finishes with some awesome grapefruit flavors though. Mouthfeel is full bodied but a bit on the sticky, syrupy side. Drinkability is fairly high.

03-07-2011 08:16:03 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of flannelman808


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

A: Light bright yellow orange colored beer topped with an off white sticky head which has pretty good retention as well as lacing.

S: Piny and fruity notes explode from the pour sitting about a foot away. Pine and burnt orange and lime zest dominate the nose up close maybe tangerine as well.

T: This one is very resinous... Pine and "green" seem to stick all over the palate. An orange zest follows through, this is really like licking orange zest in a way, very expressive hops! Just a little bit of malt makes its presence known and turns bitter flavors slowly into a sticky sweet bitter assemblage of caramelized citrusy notes. In the end this is perhaps a shade too sweet for my taste but its a darned good beer! And a damned good price!

M: Sticky icky

D: medium plus

03-04-2011 03:29:09 | More by flannelman808
Photo of July2Nov


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: Poured with that sunburst orange/brown color indicative of Imperial IPA's, with a a good frothy two inch head. The off white head is nice and foamy...makes me want to dive right in.

Note* the head was retained during the life of the beer (approximately 20 minutes)....also noted a few unusual "floaties" which reminded me of little grass cuttings....didn't deter from the beer.

Smell: Those pine and citrus notes are grabbing at my nostrils! Smelling some nice spice and dough scents too.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Now for the time I've been waiting for: Really smooth sip right off the bat...warms up with a spike in the spice/pine flavor. The Pine taste is big, with some underlying roasted seed flavors and some grapefruit bitterness. Has a dry bite to it too, which makes the mouthfeel and especially the aftertaste quite interesting... the feeling can only be described as "cottonmouth". Medium in body, but it was also very light in points of it's life.

Drinkability: The words on the bottle are true, "Idiot IPA, the intelligent beer". This is one the most delicious American Double/Imperial IPA's I've tasted and have been on a good streak of them in the past couple of weeks. At 8.50% this is a very easily consumed hop-oriented brew and one I will revisit again. Nice job Coronado, this discerning idiot was pleased.

03-03-2011 00:52:52 | More by July2Nov
Photo of Halcyondays


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

03-01-2011 04:59:03 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of shand


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Great looking IPA. Pours a clear golden colour with noticeable large floaties and three fingers of super fluffy head that retains great. Piney hops, citrus, and sweet malts on the nose. This brew definitely tasted different than I expected based on the nose. This goes heavy on tropical fruits right off the bat, they're very sweet and basically overpowering. Then, there's just a touch of malts that comes in with some sweet malts. The hops make their presence known more by a sharp, drying mouthfeel than any solid hop taste. As it warms, the hops do become a bit more prevalent.

The mouthfeel is strange, it feels light due to the carbonation, but is actually quite heavy. The drinkability is good for the ABV all said, it's smooth enough and doesn't take much effort to drink. A slightly disappointing brew from Coronado, I was expecting a Cali hop bomb and didn't quite get what I was looking for. Still a decent beer though.

02-23-2011 04:47:04 | More by shand
Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
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