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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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very good

993 Ratings
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Ratings: 993
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 30
Gots: 69 | 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 modernartblues


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Amber/Copper. Slight haze to the body, big two finger head, messy lacing.

S: Piney-Grapefruit, a little underwhelmed by this one. the notes were there, but the complexity was lacking

T: good bracing bitterness, balanced out by an almost sugary malt support. the malt didn't overtake the hops, but this is definitely a more balanced DIPA than I usually look for

M: full to thick, nice

D: not nearly as good as the best (of what I've experienced) DIPAs, but solid enough

no freshness date, but I imagine this bottle wasn't too old. On the whole not a bad DIPA, but the bottle promising a west coast style Imperial IPA, it had a lot to live up to and it did....but just barely

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 22:13:34 | More by modernartblues
Photo of SteveO1231


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Harvest Fine Wine & Spirits in West Hartford, CT had bottles of this brew. I didn't know Coronado was even in CT. I haven't had one of there beers since I lived in San D five years ago.

12oz. longneck, blue label with a ginger-headed mermaid on the label. No freshness date.

I'm guessing that this bottle is pretty fresh based on the first whiff. Holy Hops! Big citrus, piney, cheesy hop aroma. The label says that there are four hops used in this brew. I'm guessing centennial and columbus are two of them. A tiny bit of malt comes through with a hint of beach. Really the hops dominate the aroma.

The brew pours a a bright dark-amber with a pocky off-white head.

A fluffy texture, medium/full-bodied with some slickness.

The brew has a light malt sweetness up front but is quickly slapped away by a full scale hop assault. Citrusy, piney, earthy, pungent, medicinal. Seriously, this beer pretty much showcases all the flavor bitterness that these four hop varieties have to offer. I'm guessing the other two hops used are Amarillo and Cascade. The bitterness is ridiculous. My palate is completely shredded. The pungent, earthy, piney hop flavors completely decimate my palate and the aspirin like finish kicks it while it's down.

I love hops but I think think this beer is goddamm aggressive, it would improve with just a little bit more malt sweetness to balance all that bitterness. This might be the hoppiest beer from SanD that I've had in a while, and that's saying something.


Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 01:42:45 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of BearsOnAcid


2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Interested in trying this one...

Poured out with a nice cream colored head. Amber colored. Lots of hoppy malt sweetness on the nose. Herbal, grapefruit, carmel aroma.

Taste is underwhelming. More carmel sweetness and moderate bitterness. Candied apricot and grapefruit. Low for a DIPA. It said it was new on the shelf but I'm thinking otherwise. This tastes like an aged east coast DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 00:32:11 | More by BearsOnAcid
Photo of Zodijackyl


4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden-orange with a strong white head. Smells like orange fruit gem candy and a touch of cascade hops and sweet malt. Taste is a very well balanced blend of cascade and other hops, a smooth and sweet orange flavor, and some sweet malt, all very well assembled into a single flavor. Light carbonation and easily the most drinkable refinement of any DIPA I have had, nothing excessive and an almost creamy character.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:00:01 | More by Zodijackyl
Photo of Blanco


3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber into a piraat tulip. No freshness date noted.

dark orange color with billowy white head. Cloudy with floating yeast/sediment flakes which were surprising and unexpected and unfortunately, I could not avoid pouring them in write off the bat.

smell is of a tropical fruit and hops. flavor is similar although the hop presence moves backward while the malt backbone steps in to balance it out.

medium bodied, with obvious carbonation on the tongue and a slight burn from the alcohol.

this is good, although not nearly as good as I remember it being on tap. it's possible given the strong malt presence that this might be a slightly older bottle, but with no date on it is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 02:09:08 | More by Blanco
Photo of seeswo


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coronado Idiot IPA is an Imperial IPA that I received in a locals for locals trade out west. Pours a dark golden color with sizable head. Interestingly enough, I get hops mixed with caramel malt flavor. Certainly an intriguing combination. Begins with that caramel malt flavor that gives off a slight hint of English Barleywine. This opens up when the beer warms in a very pleasant manner. The back of the flavor is a long, pleasant bitterness that is not accompanied with excessive sweetness (this is not as sweet as 90 minute, for example).

There are just a crazy amount of IIPA's and yet it is really amazing how different they can taste from each other at times. This is one of the most unique interpretations of the style. It tastes like a blend of about 75% straight up IPA and 25% English Barleywine. It really works for me and it is worth getting your hands on just to try something a bit different.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 04:25:21 | More by seeswo
Photo of oglmcdgl


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ujs glenside.

A- comes to me with a finger or so of bright white head that lasts a good bit. When the head does settle its leaves spots of lace and a thick foamy ring. Slightly hazy yellow orange in color, with a nice glow to it.

S- bold citrus fruity hops up front with a lot of tropical flourishes. Light semi sweet honey like malt hit.

T- over ripe oranges and grapefruit rind. Some light pine and earth. Malts to bring in a bit of sweetness and come off with a caramel and toasted bread touch. I get a bit of soap in there at times almost cilantro like. Long bitter finish.

M- pretty dead on medium in body with a carb that starts small and builds in vigor to a good clip. Dry finish.

D- I enjoyed this beer very much and will look for it on draft again. The soapy hint does detract a bit for me but its a nice beer. This style is a very deep ocean and its tough to swim with the big fish. This one is close.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 01:34:30 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of begforme4484


3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber with plenty of white billowing head. Bigger bubbles leading to chunky lacing.

When I first cracked the bottle, I smelled a lot of fruity and pine hops. Once poured a huge malt sweetness kicked in. Comparing to other reviews I've read, this bottle is probably old. Can't tell since there is no markings for date on it.

Lots of bitterness, pine focused hops. Lots of malt, again probably from not being fresh.

Medium bodied, mild carb, resinous and lingering.

If you're going to drink this, make sure it's fresh. The malt monster ruined this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:42:53 | More by begforme4484
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper orange colour with thick white head. Really nice head retention, with some lacing around the glass. Smells of citrus, pine and fruity hops, with some amount of malt balance. This is a big west coast IPA, really juicy hop bitterness without too much sweetness. Medium bodied carbonation. Really nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 01:18:28 | More by kwjd
Photo of SDtastentune


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy dirty yellow, good lace and head. Edit - Drinking this again and noticing the overwhelming dirty/cloudiness going on. Has some dark sediments collecting at the bottom and lots o floaty stuff??

S - Overwhelming resinous pine, hops, slightly fruity.

M - Medium perfect carbonation, Goes down smooth, slightly bitter.

T - Hops, resinous pine bitterness, Nice balance, very good IIPA.

D - Drinks great for a IIPA, very balanced and complex. Easy drinking, great aftertaste. Thumbs way up!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 01:49:58 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of gatornation


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden copper color with a staying head and fresh collar with lots of sticky lacing,,it looks good ,,smell is pungent hops and lots of tropical smells along with citrus and pine notes sweet candied malts and a baked bread is also present..taste is a in your face hops tastes of mango,pineapple are mixed with floral and grapefruit hops..then mix in pine it is offset with sweet mallts and candy bread tastes..a little bitter on the hops..mouth feel is full of hops its well carbonated ..its tasty and drinkable and recommended..not my top tier choice for an ipa/dipa from CA..but still solid a very good one

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 23:04:38 | More by gatornation
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly beautiful cask treat for anyone with a hefty need of pungent hops.

Presentation: 16 oz cask offering. Menu notes style, temperature, Alc. by Vol. (8.0%). Served on a pint glass.

A - Medium amber pour with a lightly hazy settling top cloud. Rich and fairly long frothy head crowning it all, medium retention with a fair surface memory ring and some strokes of lace. Despite the unfortunate pint shaker glass, for a cask serving this is actually pretty gorgeous.

S - Hops with open arms. Not strangling one yet, but with a decisive warning salute... Softly assertive pine, dash of citrus, earthy insinuation...

T - Give that resin to me! Grapefruit and citrus are also there but the pine and resin shine on their own beautiful bitterness. My palate is probably broken already so it does not bother much but it still caresses the mouth with a long profound taste that lingers with a touch of grass and even a hint of a nice musty feel, fresh, yet with a very intense and profound punch. Loving it.

M - Medium/full body with a logical small cask carbonation, and yet there is a tiny tingle to it, rather nice, and a nice sticky hoppy sense to it too.

D - Hmmm, I so needed a dose of hops like this... Beautiful.

Notes: One of the best DIPAs had on cask, or in any other form, what a treat for someone feeling like a shot of hops.

Serving type: cask

11-27-2010 04:51:21 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of philbe311


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A medium golden copper with a faint orange amber hue... A thin lush head shows minimal retention before leaving nothing more than a collar... Nothing special to note in terms of carbonation, just a moderate amount of moderate paced bubbles... Clean and completely translucent...

S - Hops and some bready malts... Then more hops, more hops, and more hops... Very earthy with a bit of a euro hop presence...

T - A sledge hammer of hops hits the palette... Not piney, not citrusy, but rather more of a euro earthiness... The bitterness is rather assertive and virtually non-stop... Some cracker undertones, but not much else in terms of mal...

M - Medium to full bodied... Dense and heavy... Biting carbonation...

D - A hop assault that is a little too much for this BA... No complexity and no depth to speak of... I could never imagine drinking more than on of these in a sitting... Kudos to anyone who could put down more than one of these in a session... The 8% ABV also makes a little more punch than expected...

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2010 18:44:21 | More by philbe311
Photo of dirtylou


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, $2.50 pint night at Duckworths Charlotte

appearance: cool tap-handle, served in a 12oz vessel, bright orange-amber body, nice white foam

smell; bright citrus hops - grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, sugar

taste: definitely a socal IPA - bright and lively citrus hops featuring the classic notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, pineapple, mango and passion fruit. alcohol well masked - just a solid dipa

mouthfeel: oily, medium body

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 22:24:58 | More by dirtylou
Photo of beagle75


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of creamy white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass. Some yeast sediment is detectable settled at the bottom of the glass.

S: Abundant volatile citrus peel and tropical fruit fills the room to announce this beer's hop presence. Pale toast and fusile alcohols strain to be detected upon closer examination.

T: Begins dry with floral, pine, and grapefruit citrus hop flavors. The middle sweetens slightly as toasted biscuit and the occasional whiff of alcohol are detected. Strong but not complex; defined throughout by the aromatic hops, as seen in the powerfully bitter and astringent finish that tastes of grapefruit peel.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky but astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: If bold flavor was the goal, then the brewers must be congratulating themselves, but that boldness comes at a price. The finish is harshly bitter to the point of being uninviting. The intensity of the aromatic hops found here cannot be ignored, yet they ache for a smoother delivery. The draft version of this beer, while not reviewed here, comes across as more balanced and enjoyable. Seek it in favor of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 21:47:11 | More by beagle75
Photo of DeanMoriarty


4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an 11.2oz bottle for $1.99 at Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into an Odell's pint glass.

A: Pours an amber/copper hue with a fat off-white head that sticks around for a while, leaving tons of lacing from start to finish.

S: Mossy hop up front - floral and earthy, sweet roasted malt, fermented fruit, with the hop prevalent throughout.

T: Good bitter hop blast - piney and resinous, roasted malt, toffee/carmel, and a bit of booze on the back end but balanced well with the sweet malt.

M: Medium-bodied, mellow carbonation lending nicely to the creaminess, smooth and pretty dry for a DIPA.

D: Very easy to throw a few back, but the 8% will catch up with you quick. A low tolerance would be the only thing holding one back from drinking these in excess, because they go down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 17:54:57 | More by DeanMoriarty
Photo of smithdc33


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited that we finally get this beer in Alexandria, VA, poured most of the bomber into a Deschutes pint glass.

A nice orange-nearly-red color with a nice half-inch head that provides nice lacing the entire way through. The huge hop character is obvious in the smell--lots of piney, citrus hop smell. The taste proves your nose wasn't fooled--this is an outstanding example of a west coast double IPA. Lots of grapefruit flavor from the hops. There must be a great deal of malts in this beer to back up all the hops, but they are definitely overpowered by the insane amount of hops in this beer. Not a balanced beer, but if you're a hophead and drinking a DIPA, you're not going to be disappointed by this. The beer isn't exactly smooth but is surprisingly drinkable given all the hops and the ABV.

A great beer that's quickly become one of my favorites!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 23:01:40 | More by smithdc33
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber orange in color with a 1/2 inch creamy tan head that faded quickly and left great lacing; the foamy lacing stuck to the glass.

Smelled of hops, huge hops; after the dominating hop aroma backs down a tad then you can smell the cascade hops, the floral, piney and citrus hop nose, as well as (hop) spices, sweet malt, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit and some more hops - almost ridiculous hoppiness, but so good. There is a flowery potpourri odor that makes it quite inviting.

Tastes like it smells with floral, piney and citrus hops, sweet malt, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit and spices like pepper and cinnamon; huge hop flavor that had zero balance, but was so flavorful that it didn't matter.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very little to no carbonation and a medium body; the spices bring heat and some of the alcohol shows through, but this is one great beer.

Highly drinkable for any IPA fan, and average drinkability for a regular beer lover. I will definitely seek this out again. It was so hoppy that it fried my taste buds in a good way!

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 06:00:36 | More by CHickman
Photo of shivtim


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at churchkey in DC. Nice golden honey color, mostly clear, very small soapy off-white head.
Great hop nose. Very west coast. Simple.
Great taste. Solid malt background. Heavy hop flavors. Very nicely balanced. Citrus notes. Pine. Nice.
Good mouthfeel.

Great IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 20:57:00 | More by shivtim
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Woody's City Market served in a standard pint glass a slightly hazy orange with a thin lasting head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is decent amount of crisp citrus hops in front of sweet malts. The taste is loads of citrus hops with slight pine and a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with nice dryness. This is a great West Coast Double IPA, one I wouldn't hesitate to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 00:31:11 | More by atsprings
Photo of WAN2RIDE

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into stemmed red wine glass from 22oz bottle.

Appearance is of a pale almost white frothy one finger head that leaves a nice lacing as it subsides, sits atop a pleasing orange/amber translucent brew.

Smell is bicuity, slightly dank, a tropical fruity hops aroma. Quite enjoyable.

The flavor is excellent. I had this on tap recently and it had an intriguing buttery flavor, but from the bottle it is far more traditional west coast IIPA. The flavor upfront is a prevalent smooth hop, a hint of spicy acidic tropical fruit...maybe mango. Changing over nicely to a lightly buttered biscuit top malt flavor. I really enjoy this brew, it's somewhere in between a Green Flash West Coast IPA and a Bell's Two Hearted. The bitterness and overall profile is closer to the Green flash, but the tropical fruitiness is more Two Hearted to me. There is some alcohol warming which, strangely for me at least, comes on the mid tongue rather than in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, the carbonation gives it a lighter mouthfeel for an IIPA which is both enjoyable and more drinkable. I'm not a fan of thick IIPA's although they represent a good portion of the style.

This is a drinkable brew, I finished the bomber myself while writing this review, but the higher abv would keep me from drinking more than s couple in a row, also the taste tends to linger for a longish time. This can be nice, but depending on my mood or where/what else I'm drinking, can be a detractor.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 01:58:55 | More by WAN2RIDE
Photo of IronCitySteve


2.13/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had on tap and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a nice golden orange color. There is a snall tan foam head with sufficient lacing.

S: There are a ton of hops. Floral and citrus hops dominate but there is a vague underlying malt character. Mostly a bready malt.

T: There is some floral hop character throughout. Not as overpowering as expected. Not much malt back bone to this either.

M: Leaves a bitter biting taste on the palate.

D: This is a good DIPA and many hop heads will enjoy it. I love hops, but did not 'love' this beer. It is definitely worth a shot but I would not seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 20:21:56 | More by IronCitySteve
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy dull copper orange with a nice 2 finger white crown that displays some retention and good lace.

Smell: A healthy but not overpowering dose of caramel malt coupled with grapefruit and floral hops. Although bread and butter notes are also apparent. Also a small dose of alcohol in the mix.

Taste: Lots of hop bitterness, some tropical notes, some candied berry, a healthy although not overly astringent alcohol note, and a bit of butter. I'd give it a 4.2 if I could so I'm rounding down a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly crisp with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Would rank higher if the alcohol wasn't so forward.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 15:50:54 | More by koopa
Photo of kbutler1


3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a darker reddish color with a slightly off white tan head. Reminds me of a red ale in the appearance to be honest. Malty, Biscuity, and buttery in the aroma. Very little hop presence, where are they?! The hops that are present are that of pineapple and citrus. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol shows as it warms in my mouth. Sweet up front flavors that transitions to a rind flavor bitter. The bitterness and booze showing is not the most appealing.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 12:27:35 | More by kbutler1
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler, poured into a Duvel tulip. Bright orange/amber body is capped with a huge frothy and foamy head that reduces slowly/unevenly and leaves some nice lacing.

Grapefruit and tangerine aromas are impressive, but pine plays a more assertive role in the nose. Quite a bit of malt sweetness as well. Carbonation is interesting, subtle with lots of fine bubbles. This could be trouble given the ample sweetness, but a steady stream of pine bitterness keeps things from straying too far toward the malty dark side. Citrus shows up midswallow, but is phased out by pine toward the finish. Dries out pretty well, leaving much of the sweetness behind.

Overall impression: A notch below top-shelf, but not bad at all.

Serving type: growler

10-27-2010 00:55:52 | More by PDXHops
Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 993 ratings.