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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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very good

842 Ratings
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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 321
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 ADZA


3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Love the name and pours a golden yellow hue with a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is torn orange leaves,sherbet,eucalyptus,mandarins and a touch of lavender,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated with tastes of strong citrus,pineapple,fruit salad,paw paw and finished with a hit of piney bitterness and overall it's a nice IIPA and easy to knock back but nothing out of this world cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 20:39:09 | More by ADZA
Photo of Imstillthegman


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Seaoflament for this bomber.

This one pours a orangish copper color with good clarity. Big, frothy, rocky, off-white head leaves behind some good lacing.

The aroma is big and hoppy. Citrus dominates but there is some light pine and floral in there, too. I kinda get a wierd sour grape scent from this one. I noticed it when I poured and I still can detect it now that it's in the glass. Sour dough grape bubblegum. Huh...I dunno.

The flavor is off somewhat from the smell. Green floral hops are strong. Almost like biting into the stem of a flower. Bitter. Citrus tries to come through the underbrush and brings with it some biscuity malts.

Solid medium body with active carbonation. A bit soapy feeling in the mouth. Bitingly bitter and dry aftertaste. I am grateful for the opportunity to try another west coast IPA. Keep 'em coming.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 18:49:19 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of Blanco


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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 djmitche


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is pale and a bit hazy. That might be chill haze.

Smell is wonderful - mostly tropical, with some citrus. For the hops on the bottle, I'm surprised there's so little pine.

There's some pine in the flavor, but not much else. I don't get much malt, although it doesn't taste like hop tea so there's "enough" there. I'm a non-taster, so I can't tell you how much bitterness is in this brew, but I'm guessing it's what us East-Coasters call a "hop bomb".

Mouthfeel is good - enough sweetness to linger, without being thick.

Overall, this is a nice IPA in terms of hop aroma and flavor, but not something I could drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:26:03 | More by djmitche
Photo of GSmithBeer

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Copper color with a 1 finger off white head.

S: Lots of citrus hops with some notes of mango and a bit of orange.

T: Citrus hops with a big dose of hop resin. Maybe a bit too bitter for me. I wanted a bit more of the hop sweetness without the bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2012 04:36:53 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of danieelol


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm feeling a little sadistic/masochistic so I'm reviewing this after Heady Topper.

Pours yellow with a coppery tinge. Think lemon/orange rind.

Smells a toffeed, confit citrus. Some grainy alcohol but not unpleasant. Does have a slightly almost macro, ricey quality to it.

Taste is a lot more citrus and its rind. Bitter like seville orange and alcohol.

Mouthfeel has a lifting bitterness and ethereal ethanol.

Simple workman's DIPA. Doesn't blow your mind but delivers. Personally I don't mind the dry, bitter, boozy finish (which reminds me somewhat of Hoptimum), but others may feel differently. Would drink this again if I saw it on tap, not from the bottle at its price. Hops and general flavour profile do remind me of Sierra Nevada actually, and in that regard I agree with SmashPants' below assessment that this beer is overpriced for what it is (at least in Australia).

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 14:12:19 | More by danieelol
Photo of mcallister


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber almost copper. Light signs of carbonation. A white small head leaves thing lace all the way down the glass. Filmy and thin.

Sweet floral aromas that reach into a citrus fruit field of grapefruit and lemon. Ripe as summer, thick with caramel and a light toffee.

An odd flavor comes forward. Very sweet and cloying. Candied cereal grain dipped in caramel and too sugary. A bit of pine shows forth. Medium and with decent bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2007 23:42:33 | More by mcallister
Photo of Cresant


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date. The body was a rich golden color. The second pour revealed yeast chunks. Solid, off-white and soapy head left sticky lace.

Smell was citrus and fruity hops. Pungent b.o.- like.

Taste was enjoyable. Very hoppy without the extreme bitterness. Some greenness. The rich sweetness is overpowered by the piney hops. Quintessentially West Coast.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Some alcohol bite in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 14:41:22 | More by Cresant
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled sometime in late 2011 can't tell if it is 10, 11, or 12 of 2011. Pours a cloudy reddish orange, with a one inch sticky head, that leaves a ring of lace. Smell is tangerine, pine, grass, and hints of grapefruit. Taste is similar with grapefruit and some hard candy. Body is medium, plenty of life, not very dry, and drinks easy enough. Wish the place that put a case of beer together could tell me that the IPA was over 6 months old. I am sure the score would be higher if it wasn't so past its prime. Not bad, especially considering its age.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 22:01:15 | More by SawDog505
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 21:27:49 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of iadler


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Aiptasia. Thanks John! Bottled 11/26.

A- Pours a translucent amber with a two finger head that dissipates into a thin cap. Some lacing is left behind.

S- Plenty of oranges, lemon, mango, pine and some caramel malt.

T- Orange, pine and white grapefruit zest with a hint of sugar cookie and plenty of hop resin bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a dry bitter finish with a bit of heat.

O- While the aroma was promising, the flavor lacked much depth and finished too bitter with the abv making itself known.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 06:01:12 | More by iadler
Photo of russwbeck


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:53:29 | More by russwbeck
Photo of jmarsh123


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 20:07:26 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of beagle75


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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 DNICE555


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coronado Idiot IPA 8.5%

A: This appears very similar to the hall of fame IPAs with its cloying orange and amber hues. It just ignites with brightness like a long forgotten Captain Nemo concert. Good carbonation with nice lacing.

S: Smells of Mango, pineapple, orange and tart pear zest. The whole affair feels like a Pliny and Sculpin clone done well, but missing just that certain joie de vivre that would make it exceptional. It is not how hard it is to mark down a beer for coming close in substance and form to such exceptional instances of the genre.

T: Again, similar to the nose, it delivers on the citrus and feels like the heavy hitters but lacking the balance. It just feels “emptier” on the juiciness front with more of a dryness that makes it fall short of greatness. The citrus notes are still there but they just don’t deliver as expected.

M: The mouthfeel is well-done, it has that perfect light complexity to it that provides just enough to deliver the citrus notes and not overload on the Maharaja maltiness. The crisp palate goes well with the hop profile but it just seems a bit thin and is missing something that I cannot place.

D: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer, particularly in light of the abv. It makes me shudder to think what my friends would be capable of if they were provided enough of this drinkable and alcoholic beer. The light alcoholic profile makes a slight appearance like a groundhog surveying the countryside for its shadow and retreats immediately, much to the users detriment.

Narrative: Dwayne Clark knew that his grill was illfitting and he didn’t care to address the issue. In urban circles this was an issue of ultimate reproach and he instead chose to clench his bicuspids defiantly. “What type of cheesy gordita crunch would you like?” “mhm.” He just felt the pang of knowing that his vestigial dental accessory was somehow subpar to the most luxurious on the block. “I shed, jush a regular scheesy gordita, crunsh.” He gritted his jaw knowing they were mocking his ostentatious purchase, the precious stones obfuscating his speech. WHAT WAS HE SUPPOSED TO DO? TAKE IT OUT? That is simply not an option when you come so close to regal greatness. No sir, he resolved to show this grill in all of its majesty, despite the “minor” problems that he may encounter on a day to day basis.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 08:09:48 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
Photo of babaracas


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with two fingers of cream colored foam, settles to a quarter inch with a few blobs of lace left on the glass. Smell: alcohol, grapefruit, pot... and strawberries...? Taste: grapefruit, caramel, alcohol, pine, hint of sugary stone fruit. Feel goes from creamy to slick in no time flat. Not bad but ends up as a far too boozy (at only 8.5%!) ibu-fest instead of a flavorful dipa.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 02:41:31 | More by babaracas
Photo of maltynose


3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into imperial pint glass

Light copper color, clear, Nice 1/4" white head.

Citrusy, Piney Aroma, low to no alcohol aroma.

High hop bitterness, coats your tongue like an IIPA should.
Malt backbone is thin and clean, gives way to a dry alcoholic finish.

Light body. a very drinkable, warming beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 04:10:34 | More by maltynose
Photo of BilbosNuts


3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy McD0uche for bringing this up from SoCal for me.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: A thick, creamy pearl white head sits on top of a hazy reddish golden colored body. The head lasts for quite some time throughout drinking. It looks very still with no carbonation visible.

S: Strong hop profile that is mostly piney with a touch of orange citrus. That's basically all I'm picking up out of this one. These hop aromas overpower any other characteristics that try to come through.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma, but sort of muted. Hop flavors of pine and citrus are present, but they are somewhat mellow and a bit of a disappointment for a DIPA. It does finish with a nice bitter bite.

M: It has a nice medium body with a resiny sort of feel. The sticky feel coats the palate with the hop profile and lets it linger. It finishes quite bitter and crisp. Just about everything I want in the feel of a DIPA.

O: The taste was a letdown for me in this one. Other aspects were either above average or spot on. With some added complexities and a bolder taste, this would be up there with other great DIPA's.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:32:20 | More by BilbosNuts
Photo of jbphoto88


3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clean looking beer that pours clear wheat orange. The tan head is lackluster and fades quickly to a ring of bubbles on the edge and a thin skin of foam on the surface.

The nose is slightly above average with the scent of hops and malt both present but thankfully more weight toward the hop. A mix of pine and citrus are the building blocks here and light toasted grain in the background.

It tastes good and has a hop presence which you'd expect in an IPA but I don't feel the nose or the flavor profile warrants an imperial classification. Like the nose, the dominate flavor is the hop but it almost seems watered down. It's tasty with the same pine and citrus characteristics as the smell but not bold, sharp or distinct again making me question the imperial status.

The mouthfeel has a dusty element to it and is mildly carbonated adding to the lightness of the body. Pair that with the mild scent and taste and you have a good middle of the road beer that gets easily edged out by some hop aggressive pale ales. It's NOT a drain pour but an enjoyable average beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 20:41:45 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of AgentMunky


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pale copper. Good head fades quickly.

S: Musky and grassy. I fear the age on this bottle.

T/M: Gentle, smooth, and sweet. Not particularly what I was looking for, but pleasant nonetheless. Malty-round with hints of hops nipping at every opportunity. A sweeter, stronger Racer 5.

O: Want to try fresh. As is, couldn't recommend. A little sweet and boring.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 04:35:26 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Zorro


3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber-gold colored ale with a good sized white head.

Smells floral and hoppy with a strong citrus aroma. Honeysuckle and orange blossoms with a slight hint of pine. Smells slightly woody with a cedar chest aroma.

Starts out sweet and savory with a woody after taste. Citrus and pine flavors. Medium bitterness with some grass in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just an OK beer. Maybe I got an old bottle I will try this again some other time.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 23:04:55 | More by Zorro
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle at the flying saucer.
Pours a medium amber/yellow hued body with a moderate white froathy head.
Smells of carmel, toasted light malts and lots of piney hopes with some lemon hints.
Taste of very very very dry grassy hop notes with an undertone of caramel and crystal malts. Some piney finishing notes.
Very dry finish and moderately malty mouthfeel.
Sorta drinkable, it's a little on the dry side but it's to be expected by the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 02:27:59 | More by chaz410
Photo of jamex


3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Russian River Tulip glass.

I kept reading about this idiot being "close" to Pliny and the like so I gave it a try. Coronado has never been my favorite brewery, so I thought I'd try this DIPA. First, off - it's nowhere near PTE.

Color: A delightful orange with a nice, long lasting head.
Smell: A combination of hops, rose and pine.
Taste: Some of the smell is in here, but there an unfortunate sweetness characteristic that doesn't do it for me.
Feel: Typical DIPA, but there is an added oiliness to it; and a lingering sweet that distracts from the hops.
Drinkability: I polished off a 22oz of this but if I had a choice next time, I'd grab a different beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 01:35:16 | More by jamex
Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
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