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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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Ratings: 1,082
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 33
Gots: 100 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

NathanMcIntyre, Jun 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

hollywood_15063, Oct 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

rjvanston, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of serendipity
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at my local. And wow what a nice find! Its bigger than islander but not a double. Its just right. Amber orange pour nice lofty head leaves great lacing and smells like a citrus teabag.
Tastes is hopforward leaving malts behind. Hops hops hops. But sweet at the same time its nice to see a beer I didn't know taste so scrumptious.
Seek and drink

serendipity, Jan 16, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Hendo, Jan 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

TheFunkyBuddhaAdvocate, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of drpimento
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Generally I'm kind of tired of the west coast hop bombs, but this one is very good. Poured at a good temperature with a giant, foamy, frothy, off-white head that soon settles down and a bit of lace. Color is a clear, yellow gold with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is a fresh, pleasing hop, fruit, and a bit of malt. Flavor's of course dominated by hop, but done with a sense of aesthetics - nicely contrasted with the malt and carbonic tang. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, long, with no off qualities, and only a hint of alcohol.

drpimento, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Daniellobo
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.

Daniellobo, Nov 27, 2010
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4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome brew! In my eyes, this is on the same level as Pliny the elder. Pours a nice clear copper with a 2 finger off white head that takes a couple minutes to dissipate. Smell is delicious - Tropical fruit, pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Basically every flavor you could get from hops is in there (besides saaz which would be gross w this.)

Taste is perfect. Slight bready and caramel malt base, completely dominated by huge flavors of pine, tropical fruits, citrus, and grapefruit. Finishes with a nice level of dry hop bitterness that just demands you keep having more and more. So good!

This is still (kind of) under the radar, but I think if it start getting more and more ticks it will soon be on the top 100 list, and imo should be near the top. Awesome brew.

HURTemHIZZY, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

EDIT(06-22-2010) HAD to UP TASTE from a 4.5 to a 5.0. This may sound odd, but I've noticed that the DIPA's in growlers tend to become more flavorful after breathing for a day or two. I don't mean a day in the glass, but I'll drink one or two glasses, re-seal the growler and it tastes better the next day. Kind of wierd, but the high-quality DIPA's tend to last for 3 or 4 days(if the cap is re-sealed with tape). It might just be the lower carbonation brings out or accentuates the flavors. TRY IT!

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's-Piney Grove in Columbia. Okay.. I know this is my 3rd review! But they have ALL been different settings, situations, and containers.

A: Pours hop-hazy golden amber color with a big thick off white head. Leaves thick sheets of foam lacing.

S: Better than I remember from the bottle. Lots of citrus, floral, and pine. Malts give off some sweet aromas.

T&M: Some one said this on a previous review and I quote, "I wish this was more like the nose." It is more balanced directly from a keg than the bottle, but a nice hop bitterness overpowers the taste of the nose. Some tart grapefruit and honey. Alcohol is apparent, but fairly well masked. Lots of resinous hops create that sticky feeling that misses a perfect mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Carbonation is good for the style. Sticky mouthfeel.

I believe this is similar to the Islander IPA. The Islander has a slightly better flavor and smell, but the Idiot has a slightly better mouthfeel. Both are exceptional brews.

cdizinno, Jun 21, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +19.2%

DrBill1962, Sep 14, 2014
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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.

Zodijackyl, Dec 19, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Genuine, Apr 13, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Keith from Coronado Brewing provided a tasting of their recently revamped lineup at the La Jolla BevMo, and I am obligated to provide the following disclaimer: Coronado now has an AMAZING lineup of ales (and that's saying a lot for the San Diego craftbrew scene). If you can get your hands on any of these jewels, don't hesitate. Now for a review of my favorite, the IDIOT IPA (also referred to as a "San Diego IPA" on the bottle):

A- Pours a clear, golden/orange hue with two fingers of creamy, white head that is mostly diminishing, excellent lacing
S- Nose is well-balanced with citrus and floral hops, pine resin, and sweet malts
T- Initial taste is dominated by grapefruit and other citrus, followed by some sweet malts and ending with a long-lasting citrus bitterness
M- Medium-bodied with adequate carbonation, coats the tongue with subtle alcohol warming
D- 8%abv is well-masked but could build up over time, this is a wonderful ale in between IPA/DIPA status that is hopped up but well-balanced and extremely delicious, I'll definitely stock up on this gem on my next beer run.

Stoneman78, Aug 23, 2007
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4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber into goblet on 7/9/08.

A - Hazy light orange/cantaloupe-colored body with one-finger creamy white head that left ornate swatches of lace around the glass. A bit of gritty substance and mild carbonation throughout the body.

S - Huge, pungent West Coast nose reeking of fresh citrus hops akin to grapefruit and pineapple. Malt is primarily caramel based with a good bit of sugar sweetness.

T - Big, juicy hops right up front with plenty of citrus fruit including, you guessed it, grapefruit and pineapple. Hops are balanced by a moderate sweetness that's not cloying at all. Finishes with plenty of hop bite with ample malt backbone featuring hints of caramel, toasted grains and bread crust.

M - Medium body with a super creamy texture and soft carbonation. Also, there's a bit of heat from the ABV, but not much at all. Pretty aggressive hoppy finish that hangs out on your palate for a while.

D - Excellent DIPA, certainly up there with Dorado in my book. Aroma is amazing on this one. Very representative of the West Coast style. I will definitely seek this one out again in the future!

ffejherb, Jul 10, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Betonade, Mar 12, 2014
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Tamango, Aug 17, 2014
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Joebraggot, Apr 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Nage37, Mar 16, 2013
Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,082 ratings.