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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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Ratings: 1,073
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 35
Gots: 98 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

justintcoons, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

hoeg0015, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

BrianTheBrewer30, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jscottku21, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Fridge, Lancaster PA

10 oz served in a 10 oz tulip glass, an acceptable glass, but I would have chosen another.

Pours a very nice, thick, ¼” head which quickly reduces to a thin cap, easily revived with a swirl, a live ale. Medium amber color, small bubble carbonation.

A big aroma of Piney/Citrus hops is the first thing to hit you in the smell and they dominate throughout the pour, there is some malt in the back ground.

A very distinct, crisp, entry on the palate of Piney hops, golden malt, with a lingering hop bitterness in the middle, absolutely delicious. As the ale warms, the hops take on a more citrus note, and a little more malt comes forward. Full body and excellent carbonation, which makes for a very balanced brew.

Very long, piney/citrus/bitter hop finish.

This is an excellent DIPA. Extremely enjoyable upfront hops, balanced with a crisp acidity, and just the right amount of sweet malt. Definitely in the high end of the DIPA’s I have had. Totally delicious and highly drinkable. Highly recommended.

JTSbeerislife, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a slight orange tinge. Very little head or lacing.

Citrus aroma, but with a healthy malt backbone.

Starts out with some citrus/lemon and a touch of grapefruit. A bit of sweet caramel malt almost sweeter than usual and finishes with a slight piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-low with good carbonation.

Decent beer. The hop profile seems a touch off for a reason I can't quite put my finger on and the malt is a touch sweet. Still not too bad.

jmarsh123, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Zimbo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly a typical AD/ Imperial IPA nose but with a touch of cane sugar in there as well this has a nice light orangy golden colour. A half inch head with a slight glossiness on top gives some decent lacing too.
There's a fair carbonic start accompanied by a thickish malty reasonably full bodied structure that is reasonably well linked and integrated. A bit sappy too but not sickly and it ends without any one element being overly dominant.

There are some thrills here but it lacks some definition and individuality for it to be truly excellent. But there is a stealthy potency which creeps up on you and it is no less than very good to me. I'd be happy to have another.

Zimbo, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (thanks smarcoly) poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours hazy golden orange/light copper with a finger of white head, moderately tight bubbles, leaves a good bit of lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit, some floral notes, lots of dank herbal notes. A fairly strong nose of caramel (for a DIPA).

T: Pretty similar to the nose. Lots of floral notes (more than the nose), some dank herbal qualities, grapefruit, and some orange. Almost DIPA like sweetness dominates the middle. Finish is still a little sweet with a little alcohol burn and taste noticeable.

M: Medium to slightly full body. Slick and a little oily (hop resin and sweetness), though it's not that clean or crisp with more alcohol touch then I'd like.

O: A DIPA that blurs the line between the style and a barleywine. Big, thick, sweet, with a strong hop presence and alcohol bite. A little more c-hops and aged over oak and I might really like this. As is it's just a little too far off.

Satchboogie, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of welldigger888
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a nice honey golden with a white head that laced well.

OOOFAHHHH with the west coast style hops, as my publican told me as filling my growler, a new fav. WOW citrus and bread with all that seems.

Creamy creamsicle grapefruit style with all that make for goodness.

OOHFFAH the creamy goodness is wherer it is at.

Drink deeply my friend!

welldigger888, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of snpub540
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber hue with a thin white head. Scattered lacing is left on the glass. Thin constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smells is all hops with grapefruit and pine being the key players.

Taste is slightly sweet up front but there is definitely a nice amount of hops that add some great flavor and bitterness here. Hop flavors are mango and pine in the finish.

Mouuthfeel is medium. Alcohol isn't noticeable flavor wise but after getting up off my bar stool I felt it. I enjpyed this IPA very much with no expectations coming into it.

snpub540, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of jwhancher
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Coronado brewpub. Pours a semi-hazy golden copper in color. Smells of pungent pine hops. Tastes of very piney hops which appear to coat a hop resin over your teeth. Quite a bitter beer. Rather full mouthfeel. Pretty good overall. Alcohol really hits the head.

jwhancher, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 07/30/11. Tulip glass.

A: Pours golden with about a finger of yellow tinged head, good retention and some nice lacing.

S: A lot of delicious tropical fruit (pineapple, mango), lemon, creamy citrus.

T: Mostly spicy pine and some orange, with moderate to high bitterness.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation, a little oily. The taste didn't quite stand up to the body; it felt a little overwhelmed.

O: Good, but tastes a little too much like a DIPA, if that makes sense. The taste didn't quite stand up to the body, and so it ends up too thick. The level of bitterness limits the drinkability, also.

pmarlowe, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle sent to me by smarcoly and poured into a tulip. Thanks dude, another West Coast DIPA, sounds delicious.

A: Clear golden/orange colored body with a dense, bubbly and fluffy white head. A thin retention ring remains with some thicker bubbles around the edges. Some lace is present throughout.

S: Bright orange zest, lemon and pink grapefruit skins are immediately up front. A slight floral and honey-like hop aromas come through. It's quite a unique and well-balanced beer, having a very juicy smell while still retaining a certain earthiness to it - perhaps even piney in nature.

T: A rush of citrus peels come first; orange, lemon, pink grapefruit and mango this time. There's a really wonderful bitterness that is heavy on the citrus notes yet still has a sap-like quality to it. It's diverse, complex and seriously delicious.

M: Medium-bodied with accompanying lower carbonation which is fantastic for this beer. It's very nice and creamy, impressive in the body and mouth feel.

This West Coast DIPA is no exception to the plethora of top-notch beer in the style coming from that region. The Idiot IPA has a wonderful balance of citrus hops and earthy elements while not being a complete bitter, hop bomb. Dangerously drinkable, too at 8.5%.

ShanePB, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a snifter. Gold/amber color, slight haze. Thick off-white head resembling whipped cream. A lot of lace.

A lot of sweet malt in the aroma. Big citrus aroma also, as well as some peppery hops.

Predominately grapefruit taste, sweet biscuit, late piney hops.

One of the sweetest DIPAs I've tried. Well-hopped, not overly aggressive. Very smooth.

Will look for this again during my stay in Albuquerque.

lordofthewiens, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of eclipse54
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from the generous barfdiggs; thanks Ward! Poured into a Deschutes pint glass...

The pour is a slightly hazy, golden straw color with about an inch of foamy, white head. It leaves small, wet patches of lacing as it dissipates. Smell is of spicy hops, citrus, some spice, grapefruit, and orange. Taste is similar, with citrus (lemon, grapefruit), hops throughout, and a touch of caramel malt on the finish. Mouth is a bit sticky, almost sugary on the finish, but crisp and flavorful still. Overall, a good IPA that I’m certainly happy to have tried. I wouldn’t hesitate to drink another!

eclipse54, Aug 26, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into DFH signature glass.
Bottle date: 2/10/11.

A: Hazy orange amber color. 1/2 finger off white head. Barely there after a few minutes. Lots of tiny bubbles running off the bottom of the glass. Some alcohol feet and lacing left on glass.

S: I get some of the hop character, but it's buried in breadiness. I get some fruitiness: pineapple and peach. But really the breadiness and malt base are killing the aroma. That six month window probably killed this one.

T: This one surprised me. Taste is better than the smell. I actually like this one a lot. You don't get bombarded with hop bitterness on the first sip. Its a nice crisp bite that is balanced nicely with the malt backbone. You get a rich balanced close. Very good beer.

M: This is a medium leading to full bodied DIPA.

O: Smell wasn't my favorite, but the taste redeemed it. I wish I had this one fresh but even with six months on it it was pretty darn good.

inlimbo77, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Murky orange in color with a 1 inch head and great retention and spoty lacing

Smell: Piney and citrus hops sting the nose. Has a earthy goodness to it

Taste: Almost identical to the nose. The piney hops sting your palate right away. As the piney notes fade hints of orange and grapefruit arise

Mouthfeel: Medium body high carbonation and a dry finish

Overall: Nothing spectacular here honestly. It is light and refreshing expecially after a long days work however it does taste like 14 other ipa's on the market

DarthKostrizer, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thought I had reviewed this.. thanks to arbitrator and augustgarage for the bottles.

A- Amazing fluffy cloud of a head in this one. Beer is clear and moderately orange with a bit of brown. Lacing coats the glass like frosting. 5 of 5.

S- Lots of sweet fruit and sugar-coated hops.

T- Very sweet, very hoppy. Beer coats the tongue with sweet fruit and then the bitterness permeates. An eye-opening amount of hops in this one... mild heat from the abv only acts as a catalyst for the fruity, spicy hops.

M- Very, very, very bitter, oh-so enjoyable. Really sticks with you. Body is hefty, carbonation is good but low enough that the beer really lingers. I'd dare to say it's mouth-coating. I'm OK with this.

O- This one is a must-try. Two thumbs way, way up.

ShogoKawada, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden body with a nice white head. The head lasts a good while and becomes nice, sticky lace.

Smell - Great citrus hop aroma. Strong and vibrant. Smells as good as the best IPAs. A little bit of biscuit malt, as well.

Taste - Very citrusy at first and then some pine hoppiness. Great hop flavor. A bit of caramel sweetness in the middle and it finishes with the same biscuit malt I smelled. The downfall is the bitter finish. It's got a burnt character to it that's a bit off-putting. Otherwise, very nice.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Par for the course and what I'm looking for in a DIPA. The only issue is that bitter aftertaste.

Overall - A very nice DIPA. I'm enjoying it, despite that aftertaste. It's hardly a complaint, just a slight imperfection.

Alieniloquium, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy golden amber color. The actual shade of the beer is quite attractive. Tiny bits of sediment float down from the head. The head is a tight, foamy, white cap that retains excellently. A great looking head. It also laces incredibly well, leaving thick gobs on some spots of the glass. Over time, the sediment really begins to settle at the bottom of the glass.

S-Smells like sugar crusted orange flavored candy. Aside from the sweet citrusy hops is a large floral hoppiness as well. The malt is noticeable and pretty rich in its own regard.

T-I enjoyed the taste more than the aroma. The super sugary almost candy-like hop aroma is attractive, but not my favorite style of hoppiness in my IPA/DIPA. The citrus hops are actually quite delectable on the palate. The floral hops are quite prevalent as well. Both the bright juicy and candied citrus hops and the floral hops make a great team. The sugary and almost biscuity malt makes this beer a bit more balanced, yet still hop forward.

M-Nice DIPA feel here. A bit resinous and sticky. The moderate bitterness keeps this one subtly dry as well. Moderate carbonation too.

O/D-A balanced, tasty DIPA. The hops are the showcase but this is a fairly equal DIPA. I enjoyed this one. Not the best DIPA bomber for the price, but I was happy to try it. Wouldn't mind if this was readily available closer to me.

VelvetExtract, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whereas lots of Imperial IPAs pour a blazing blood orange sort of color, this has a glaring gold shade to the orange. The head is a super-creamy thing and it lasts a long time and leaves thick sheets and small dots of lace on the glass.

Big citrus aromas, especially juicy orange and tangerine, a bit of grapefruit, offset by a healthy dose of pine resin goodness. Fairly simple, as that's about all you get, but it's plenty and plenty good. (Butterscotch comes through strongly with warming.)

Flavor strikes a good balance between the juicy, fleshy citrus fruits detected in the aroma, sticky pine resin, and a comforting layer of butterscotch-type sweetness. Leafy bitterness in the finish, but not harsh and thankfully well-incorporated within the more colorful aspects of Idiot IPA's flavors. The 8.5% alcohol is hardly felt or noticed.

Smooth and silky, luscious and round, the texture here is just about right for the flavors that are happening. Maybe a bit less sticky and tongue-slathering as other, bigger double IPAs, but that's fine.

What can I say? It's yet another brewer (my first Coronado) from the west coast that knows what to do with their hops and makes a flavorful, exciting, drinkable double IPA. I just don't have a clue what the label has to do with the name of the beer or vice versa...but whatever, maybe it's me who's the idiot here...

Metalmonk, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of gregshead
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 5/5/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Clear golden with half finger of head that dissipates quickly

S: Grapefruit aromas are most prominent on the nose.

T: Some strong grapefruit w/ a caramel/biscuit malt background. Flavors that are good but something isn't quite up to the DIPA level for me

M: Really nice level of carbonation. Has a nice astringency. Doesn't coat my teeth like DIPAs can.

O: Was it enjoyable? Absolutely. Was it an outstanding DIPA? Not particularly. It lacked some things I've come to enjoy in my DIPAs

gregshead, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades out into a small cap and collar. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, caramel, biscuits, grapefruit, and pine sap.
Taste is of the aromas but with a hint of sharp astringency abrassiveness that is very subtle but adds character to the bitters/maltiness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, and balanced. Good west coast DIPA.

weeare138, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 12, 2011
Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,073 ratings.