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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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very good

857 Ratings
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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%

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


4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I might be an idiot but I really enjoyed this Idiot IPA, it poured a clear honey golden color beneath a big off white biscuity head.

A rich citrus lacing on a pine like smell with hints of alcohol and maybe a slight earthy flower garden hint. This aroma transfers verbatim to the taste, which to me, was exactly what i would have wanted. The aftertaste is quite similar and quite dry which led me to take another sip and yet another sip.

To be quite honest I like to stop at every micro-brew along the road, and if any of their IPA's or similar style beers are anywhere close to this I am quite happy to have stopped there. Probably not the best IPA or Double IPA or Imperial IPA I've ever had but as I drink this its hard to remember which exactly were the ones that were better. To me this is what American IPA's and their off shoots (doubles, imperials) should try to capture: a solid citrus hops taste with all the extras.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 23:49:03 | More by LXIXME
Photo of RickS95


4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sharp looking beer. A bit dark for a 'pale' ale, a darkish amber/orange color. The head is thick and frothy, and a contrasting brilliant white. Good retention and sticky lacing as it eventually dissipates.

The West Coast would be proud, as it's all about citric flavors. There is some malt breadiness, but it's mostly citrus fruits and pine that fill the nose.

Taste is similar to the smell. Piney, citric, bready.

It's got a medium body and is full of bitter. But the bitter is managed well by the malt profile. A bit sticky in the finish, with some bitter that stays with you a while.

Very drinkable for the type. It's certainly a hop bomb, but I can still feel my tongue, so it's not offensive. One of the best DIPAs I've had the joy of trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 02:16:12 | More by RickS95
Photo of ALBuff


4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful looking IIPA, this beer pours a transparent gold with a thick, foamy white head and ample carbonation. It drinks easier than it should; not very sticky, moderately viscous, lighter bodied than most. Sweet tropical fruit and subtle pine notes on the nose; tastes of papaya, sweet caramel malt, with elements of bitter grapefruit coating the tongue on the finish. Fairly complex and very delicious. One of Coronado' s best.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 03:43:14 | More by ALBuff
Photo of seaoflament


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the newest bottled beer from the Coronado Brewing Company. I love the little info on the side bottle: “Coming in at 8.5% ABV, CBC Idiot is an all natural India Pale Ale. Brewed with over 3 lbs. of hops per barrel! Watch out, the unfiltered ‘San Diego IPA’ has been known to reduce even the most intelligent to a blithering ‘Idiot.’” Now, on to the beer itself.

“Idiot” pours a nice golden color with a modest finger of head, and with a very good retention. The aroma is malty with a slight biscuit and bread dough in the mix. The hops dominate after that and it is easy to detect the grapefruit, orange and citrus hops, which leaves me with the impression that it might be a fairly balanced beer. A good dose of hop juice in the aroma, close to a DIPA.

The taste is sweet at first but the hops dominate this one. There is some citrus and bitterness that end up in a nice dry finish. The alcohol is just a tad noticeable and as it warms up the malt takes more notice because of the mouthfeel this baby carries! From the first sip it feels thick and it feels like a ‘big beer’. The carbonation is a just a tad on the low side or maybe it’s just the amount of malt this beer has.

This is a good hop-head fix for when you’re in the need of something hoppy and filling. Definitely worth getting your hands on a bottle, and probably the best Coronado has put on the shelves so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 04:00:17 | More by seaoflament
Photo of hopdog


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks!). This one's been on my wishlist for a little while.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a huge sized off white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass. Aromas of pine. grapefruit, melons, caramel, and pineapples. Tastes of pine, caramel, pineapples, and grapefruits. Fruity. Nicely balanced and very enjoyable - I could drink this one every day!

Notes from: 10/16/07

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 19:12:00 | More by hopdog
Photo of beerdrifter


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle autographed by the brewer from a great beer store in Phoenix, Tops Liquor. Bright copper pour with a nice foamy head and decent lacing. Really nice big perfumy, floral nose with hints of oranges, grapefruit, candy and pine. Lots of hops as you would expect in the taste, but nicely balanced with a sweet maltiness. It has a unique earthy something about it that I can't quite describe, but I like it. The alcohol is well hidden for an imperial, albeit a relatively mild 8% imperial. Hugely drinkable beer. Only wish I had picked up two. Another West Coast beauty!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 17:29:01 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of jzeilinger


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange with no head, very thin lacing around the glass and a very generous amount of carbonation.

S - This is absolutely amazing. (And I don't give 5's very often.) The aroma is amazing and just drips with juicy citric aroma as if it were fresh squeezed. Pineapple, grapefruit, ripe oranges and very little sweet malt. The nose is dominated with fruit hopping.

T - WOW!!! MASSIVE amounts of juicy oranges, tangy pineapple, and grapefruit which knock the tongue with relentless authority and lingers in the mouth or a very long time after the sip. Starts out with metallic, juicy oranges slamming the tip of the tongue and half way through emerges ripe pineapple which slowly blends before the big, juicy grapefruit finish. This stuff is absolutely amazing.

M - Medium heavy body wiyth mild carbonation as it glides across the tongue and leaves a semi-dry and partially slick finish on the tongue. The ABV is virtually undetectable as the warming on the way down is very little to none. For 8.5%, I'm way impressed.

D - Very high, unless you hate extremely hopped West Coast style of IPA's. The balance is completely off with tons of hoppy bitterness and the malt being used for little more than bitchslapping the hops attempting to keep them from being too unruly in any way. For a D-IPA, there's few I'd put ahead of this when it's completely fresh. Definitely seek this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 01:37:42 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of SDtastentune


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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 ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:28:59 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of rringler


4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, dark straw. About a half a finger of white head with fine bubbles. Very nice lacing.

S: Very clean and malty.

T: Nice, thick malty start (despite the lighter color) finishing with hops that are not too dry or floral. The 8.5% abv is very well hidden. Exactly what you'd expect from an IPA.

M: Slightly thicker and more oily, but still very much in style and with good carbonation.

O: Textbook IPA/IIPA. Good smell, taste and balance. Only thing I'd change is a slightly deeper color.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 04:48:39 | More by rringler
Photo of rallison


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Briens.

This was an 8% IPA that was still classified as an IPA. The hops straddled the line of IPA/DIPA, but the malt definitely was pushing toward DIPA. Quite surprised they didn't call it a DIPA.

Lots of citrus in this one, with a nice bitterness and hoppiness level. Hops were rich, and the malt was well pronounced too. Still, a very good, clean West Coast style IPA.

I've been rather impressed with Coronado's offerings. Not everything they do is great, but when they do it right, it's good. This is definitely one of those.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2007 08:44:50 | More by rallison
Photo of ZacHart

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint, this hazy, burnt orange brew had a lot of sediment floaters but a nice half-inch cream-colored head that stuck around a left some truly impressive lacing. Decidedly hoppy aroma featuring grapefruit and floral notes, with malt presence apparent. Excellent flavor; just enough malt backbone to stand up to the luscious, flavorful hops. The alcohol edge is nearly non-existent in this 8.5% ABV brew, and the mouthfeel is sturdy but not syrupy as in some other DIPA's. Highly drinkable and a great example of the style, this is a great offering from Coronado.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 01:31:07 | More by ZacHart
Photo of DeanMoriarty


4.38/5  rDev +12%
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 AmitC


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ox bottle into a snifter.

Nice Pale golden color with decent clarity and some haze. Less than a finger thick head that fades off rather quickly. Decent lacing on the sides. No bubbles seen rising up. translucent.

Aroma is a lot of sweet grass. Very grassy and little citrus flavor. Grapefruits and nice hint of other hops. Somewhat piney. A good mix of caramel.

Taste is excellent. A good amount of bitter punch by the grassy and earthy hops. Some flowery notes. Bitterness is really very likable. Malt presence is totally subdued and overpowered. No apparent alcohol. No warmth. Finish is bitter.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Somewhat oily and piney touch. Moderate carbonation. No astringency except for wild grass attack.

A nicely surprising brew that is punching and well above the average IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:55:11 | More by AmitC
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-slightly hazy but a golden appearance. Head retention is good, but it would be difficult to have a bad head retention with a highly hopped up beer
S- Hoppy. Citrusy, but some pine to it. Perhaps a sweet malt characteristic as well.
T- Quite the taste to it. It not only has all the hop punch, but not kick; the finish is clean. It's got a floral taste to it too which balances out the hops and cleans up the finish.
M- Moderate. For an IIPA the body is perfect. No alcohol bite either which makes this beer very pleasant to drink.
O- 8.5/10 I'm sure there are better IIPAs out there, but this one is high quality. A definite must try.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 04:27:16 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a deep orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. Lots of floaties. There was a half inch of long-lasting, foamy/creamy head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very underplayed aroma of hops, citrus, and a floral quality.

T: Tasted of hops (as you'd expect), grapefruit, a slight maltiness, and an earthy quality. Nicely balanced and fairly subtle.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another drinkable West Coast double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 12:12:45 | More by avalon07
Photo of Arbitrator


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bomber into a glass. No freshness date. Purchased from K&L in Redwood City, which usually has good turnover and mad respekk for IPAs, so I think this should be pretty fresh.

A: Pours a murky amber that glows with a diffuse burnt orange when held to the light. I admire clarity in DIPAs; this doesn't have it. Blame the scoring weight for the damage this will do to the beer's overall rating. Head retention is excellent, just like the Islander, with great lacing down the sides.

S: Citrus-forward. Lemons, grapefruit, orange peel. No obvious malt aroma. Arbitrator likes.

T: This has that enamel-peeling, fresh citric acid presence that I really love. While I couldn't detect any malt in the nose, there's a candied grapefruit flavor here that carries a slight burn to it. I LOVE this flavor in DIPAs; this is no exception. There's a sugar cookie sweetness that balances out the orange and lemon flavors. Really damn tasty.

M: The mouthfeel is a little heavy for me. It's less dry than the Islander, with a lingering sweetness that counteracts any residual bitterness.

D: This beer is delicious! At $6.50 a bomber it is a little pricier than Pliny the Elder, but I like it enough that I might devote some of my Pliny dollars to this once in a while. Put on freshness dates and "once in a while" may be upgraded.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 08:33:18 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of billshmeinke


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet at Blue Palms.

Fairly clear amber golden body. Half an inch of frothy white head. Retains a cap of foam through out. Really nice lacing left behind.

Smells of sweet honey and caramel malt. Some pineapple and mang tropical fruits. The caramel malts shine through a bit more than many more hope focused west coast dipas.

Tastes of grapefruitk pineapple, and mango tropica fruit hops backed up by caramel and honey sweetness from the malts. Quite hoppy, but the malt bill is actually noticeable and compliments the hops nicely.

Mouthfeel is full bodied. A bit oilly. Well carbonated and a bit spicy and dry. I usually prefer my dipas a bit more unbalanced with more of a focus on the hops, but the balance actually worked quite well here.

An excellent dipa. I clearly need to try more from Coronado.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 22:22:09 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness/bottling info. Purchased in Southington, CT

Darker amber, clouded, frothy, fine, lasting and leaving nice looking and extensive lace...

Hopped up nose, god I love San Diego DIPAs....

Dense and hop infused DIPA. Hops crunching...smooth, tasty and highly enjoyable...Definitely going to buy more of this at the next opportunity

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 00:03:44 | More by Billolick
Photo of WAN2RIDE

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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 surprenant1138


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid IPA. Floral and hoppy nose. Very pleasant mouthfeel and ends w nice bitterness, not too bitter but well balanced and it does not kill your palate for successive beers like Stone's Ruination, which is also fantastic. Had it on tap and got hooked. Idiot pairs well with your typical bar food like nachos and burgers, but it really is enjoyable on its own. This is my any day, sunny day go-to IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 22:22:50 | More by StoneyPeaches
Photo of agsourdough1


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All I have to say is this...

8.5% yet it drinks like a 6%. The aroma is the best part of this beer. Very drinkable. This is one you have to be careful with. It's very easy to drink quickly. My only complaint is that they call it an imperial iPa. Ibu seems a little light for that.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 20:41:56 | More by agsourdough1
Photo of Kadonny


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Tjs in Paoli. Coranado has landed in PA and we finally see this on tap! I've been waiting for this since I tried this beer last spring from bottle.

A: A clear medium amber orange color with a one finger white fluffy head. Nice full sticky glass lacing.

S: Fruity hops with grapefruit, orange, pear, pineapple and some earthy floral smells. Sweet sugar malt comes through.

T: Nice and hoppy with large amounts of grapefruit, pear, pineapple, mango along with some floral flavors. Pine notes kick in right before the sweet caramel candy malt comes into play. Sweetness does not back down but allows the piney prickly bitter hops to finish the beer out. Nice.

M: Full, coating, prickly, bitter with a slight alcohol bite. Bitterness lingers.

D: For this abv, this beer drinks great.

Overall this is a more formidable beer than the Islander and much more enjoyable. Ramped up flavors of both hops and malt make this like an IPA and a half. Not quite a DIPA, but fuller than a regular IPA. I love this beer, excellent. As I said earlier, I've been waiting for this to land in PA on tap and finally it's here. Worth the wait.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2010 22:01:16 | More by Kadonny
Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.