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Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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378 Reviews
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Reviews: 378
Hads: 1,392
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 23.16%
Wants: 43
Gots: 251 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: scottoale on 05-09-2007

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Reviews: 378 | Hads: 1,392
Photo of ssmack
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reddish golden clour of medium straw and honey. Half inch of head and medium lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt and piney and butterscotch candy.

The complex taste comes in 4 phases. First a rich maltiness of sweet creamy taste with a touch of smokiness. Then a burst of hops - pine and citrus and grass. Back to malty taste with real oakiness. Finally a long pieny/grassy aftertaste. Excellent.

Creamy rich feel. A bit light for an Imperial.

Very nice. The oak and smoke really makes it Imperial. Very mality. Complex

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I feel like an idiot - don't include the bottom contents of the bottle unless you want to completely muck up the appearance. The seemingly pulpy, almost honeycomb-like second pour is hardly recognizable from the clear, blistered golden tones of the first.

The aroma combines the contents of pine and fruit trees; at once rich and resiny as well as bright and tropical, this bouquet has its bitter and earthy elements but retains the sweet, enticing scents of mango, pineapple and pear. Warming reveals an underlying note of toffee.

All that's wonderful about the nose is replayed on the palate. A hearty base of malt provides a biscuity, lightly caramelly launching point for a vast array of tropical fruit flavours. To me it tastes like mango most of all (dried as well as fresh varieties) but one could imagine an array of exotic jungle fruits.

8.5% alcohol is certainly nothing to scoff at, but it is a manageable amount; this brewer used enough malt and ensured enough citrusy flavours that it goes entirely unnoticed. Bitterness is a good distraction too, though that too is well concealed. I no longer wonder why they left the 'D' out of "IPA" on the label.

Idiot IPA is a stupidly drinkable beer. Such an approachable hop-bomb with such agreeable citrus and tropical fruit flavours is an absolute no-brainer in the portfolio of any brewer worth his mash paddle - it's how California put itself on the map. Anyone with access to this would have to be an idiot not to buy it.

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Photo of barfootbandit
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA poured from the bottle. Good smell with a mixture of citrus fruit and pine. Clean color and taste as well. Taste was crisp and hoppy, but overly so. Hop character was a good balance of pine and citrus and the beer had a bit of tropical aftertaste. It was also a relatively heavy tasting beer with a high ABV. Although a high ABV makes this double IPA even better and would highly recommend it.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy dark orange with a small off-white head.
Caramel and peach juice on the nose, mango, blood orange, tangerine, persimmon, light pine, biscuit. A pinch of salt. Not too hoppy, but might be overly sweet.
Love it when the taste proves the smell wrong. Big juicy fruitiness up front, citrus and tropical fruit: pineapple, mango, pomelo, peach, tangerine, pink grapefruit, all smothered in caramel. Doesn't get overly sweet, with some bitter citrus peel and slightly salted grainy biscuit leading into pine and bitter dry grassy hops (certainly Nugget hop providing that).
A floral note lingers in the aftertaste, along with some citrus peel, some tropical fruit pulp and pine. Medium body, medium carbonation, just a bit sticky.
A great mix of tasty hops, a really solid IIPA with pretty intense tropical notes, tho generic.

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Photo of Kendo
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy golden/orangey with a sliver of a white head on top. Some legs of lace.

S: Caramel malt is surprisingly noted on the nose. Only modest hops - a touch of citrus (grapefruit).

T: Like the nose, it's sweeter than expected (and sweeter than I prefer) for a DIPA. Some brown sugar and caramel malt foundation is followed by fruity hops - a bit of citrusy grapefruit and a hint of pineapple. Sweetness and bitterness battle in the aftertaste, with neither side really prevailing. Again, for a DIPA, that's not what I want; I want to be slaughtered by hop bitterness lingering well after the sip. . .

M: Medium-to-full in body, carbonation is adequate but fairly low-key.

O: OK. Sweeter than I like for a DIPA

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Photo of JLaw55
2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad example of a DIPA, but not amazing either. Look was good, flavor was pretty good, but seemed a bit harsher than most IPA's and DIPA's. Not flavor wise, but in a 'gave me heartburn' sort of a way. Not sure if it was something in the brew or an off batch. Mouth feel was a bit more carbonated than I like as well. Very foamy and soapy.

I will not search this one out and purchase again, but would consider drinking again if available. Unless the heartburn feeling comes back and then I would turn it away completely.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a puffy layer. It is an orange yellow color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, herbal, piney, grassy, some alcohol, candy caramel sweetness, and bready malts.

Taste: You pick up some bitterness in the rear along with everything else. The heat of the alcohol could chill down a little bit, but still bearable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, some alcohol, tingly bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: It's been sometime, but still as tasty as I remember. Will be drinking more of these in the future too.

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Photo of hophugger
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a yellowish-amber, cloudy color. Head is frothy and crunchy. Head retains well and lacing sticks nicely to the side of the pint glass !!. Aroma is of insane amounts of citrus, piney hops, so, so much orange and pine !!!!!!!. Taste is not as intense as the aroma would lead you to believe, but the taste is awesome, with lots of flavors coming through, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, tropical hints, fresh orange and hop resin, there is a lot going on here. Beer is cool and citrusy on the palate and the alcohol is well hidden. Feels great going down and verydrinkable. Hop heads will love this beer with its great mix of various hops!!

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Photo of samtrillo
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a cloudy orange with a bit of soapy lacing.

Smell is very fruity. Mandarin and tropical fruits.

Taste is similar. Expecting maybe a tad more sweetness. Bitterness does well here, though. Grapefruit and apricot in there.

Surprisingly crisp and quick mouthfeel.

A solid IIPA. Would drink again.

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Photo of PastorBrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Having an Idiot IPA at my favorite watering hole. One of the reasons it's my favorite is he rotates his taps frequently so I can get beers I've never had before, like this one. The only problem is that it was not sold to me as a Double or Imperial, so I'm on my second one and suddenly feeling the alcohol affects more than I'd like. I like this beer a lot. It has a great balance between the hops and malt. As far as hops go, I personally prefer the "pine" side of the scale as opposed to the "grapefruit" side, and Idiot IPA suits my tastes fantastically. As I said, I did not hesitate to order a 2nd beer. Somewhat creamy and full bodied, but the taste does not linger as long as you'd expect. The color is a bit lighter as well. Looking at the other reviews I'm glad I had the opportunity to get this on tap as opposed to being bottled.

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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright amber golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Sweet malty aroma with notes of honey, peaches, tangerines and pine. I was expecting something stronger.
Though flavor is much bolder than nose. Its hops made me sneeze immediately, so worth it the 90 IBUs. Notes of pine cones, honey, toasted malts, American yeast and spices. Hints of grapefruit and tea leaves. All four C's didn't reveal their faces entirely. Dry aftertaste with an endless bitter bite.
Medium to full body with mild carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Alcohol of 8.5% is behind the curtains.
Good DIPA with its own mark, but more assertive and bitter than complex.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Golden orange in color with a frothy two finger head of foam, very nice color.

Floral, pine, citrus, earthy, and resinous.

The flavor doesn't stand up quite as much as the aroma of this brew, but still tempting. Caramel malt backbone, citrus, pine, and of course hop resins.

Light-medium bodied, medium-heavy carbonation, bitter, a little earthy but still enough sweet.

Overall, nothing to write home about, but worth a go.

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Photo of One1Asterisk
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Bomber (22oz) poured into a clean Spieglau IPA glass. Looks nice and clear in the glass, gold in color, with a couple fingers of nice foamy head that dissipates to about a half finger and lingers. Fair lacing.

There's a little fruit and some booze in the nose, hops accent these scents a bit. Nothing overwhelming here, but definitely has that 'Mmmmm.... IPA." smell.

My tongue doesn't pick up much fruit, just hop bitterness and a little sweetness. Not at all unpleasant, mind you. It's been a long day, maybe my mouth isn't up to the finer details of this brew. I find myself craving the next sip.

Medium body with normal carbonation, as you might expect with most beers of this style. Pleasantly drinkable but with enough weight to satisfy the feeling of drinking a nice brew.

This beer was made nearly 2500 miles away, so it's a little difficult to get this extra fresh. Overall, it's a nice beer that I wouldn't mind having again. I'd very much like to have a glass of it out in San Diego along with some of their other offerings. Perhaps another time.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12 oz bottle served chilled into a shaker pint glass.

Idiot is a very hazy copper color with thin white head.

Aroma is hoppy but not over the top. It's more like citrus pith rather than fresh juice or zest.

Flavor is surprisingly bitter even for an IPA. The hops flavor is not as prevalent but the bitterness is dominant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated but not very balanced.

Overall a good IPA if you're just going for bitterness but not that great on flavor or aroma.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear copper orange with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet dank fruit with piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet ripe fruits with dank resiny hops. It has a bit of a tarry alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall, a nice DIPA, but a little harsh.

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Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good, clear and golden colored body with a thick, sticky, lasting white head; rings of lacing on the glass. Malty, somewhat woody smelling aroma; dry grass. Somewhat sweet, mildly malty, and decently strong hop bitterness flavors. Medium bodied; a little over-effervescent; dry finish.

An okay and solid IPA. Won't stand out in a crowd, but has a fair balance of flavors, leaning more towards the west coast hop bitterness end of the spectrum.

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Photo of buzzarooski
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Hazy Orange Color, Little to No Head, what Foam is there dissipates quickly

SMELL: Hoppy Citrus Scents with Moderate Carmel Aromas

TASTE: Crisp and Refreshing Hoppy Taste but there is No Missing a Definite Alcohol Kick/After Sip Burn

FEEL: Fair Amount of Carbonation, Leaves the Pallet Dry

OVERALL: Quality IPA that Doesn't Overwhelm or Underwhelm you. I would try others before I purchased this IPA again.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Teku glass
A: Slightly hazy orange with a one-finger head
S: Orange, pineapple, pine, malt, a hint of caramel
T: Bitter, mostly pine and a bit of the malt/caramel notes; doesn't really have much of the citrus
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: I wish the taste had more of the citrus notes, otherwise this is a solid though not groundbreaking DIPA

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Photo of Erockruns
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Very nice golden haze rendering the appearance nearly perfect. Strong pungent sour-ish grapefruit smell with a sticky dry mouth feel. Definitely some bitterness that hangs around but something in the balance of the ingredients is slightly off with a lingering sour aftertaste that doesn't suit my preference. Not the harmonious hop - citrus explosion that I've come to expect from the elite DIPAs. I've had the Coronado 18th Anniversary Imperial IPA on tap and it is better than the idiot. But seriously, anything named an idiot has to be tried....and it's a serviceable choice.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Good DIPA, orange color, good size head, bit better than average retention and some lacing. Aroma and taste are primarily citrus hops. The flavor is somewhat balanced by bready malts but the hops are somewhat more prominent. Good tasty brew.

Good bittterness but not harsh. Mouthfeel is smooth as well as crisp. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

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Photo of buymorebeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Ver solid IPA from a brewery that is horribly unrepresented in the state of north carolina... What are you doing CORONADO no one knows about you here.

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Photo of matt22871
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a new craft beer shop. Imperial ipa is my favorite beer style so I'm always trying new ones.

Appearance - Gold/copper color, very small head, very minimal lacing

Smell - Tropical and citrus fruits, sweet malty smell, caramel I think.

Taste - Strong grapefruit and citrus taste. Some light pine, tropical fruits, and sweet and caramel malt tastes as well. Very dry and bitter finish. I like it a lot. Unlike most others' reviews I find the hops to be at the forefront of the taste and the malt taste is not as strong. I quite like it. Leaves a kind of bitter citrus aftertaste that begs for another sip.

Mouthfeel - Kind of light feel, nice crisp carbonation though. Pretty good, nothing bad here but nothing especially noteworthy.

Overall - I wasn't that excited to try this beer after I read all the reviews... I pretty much said to myself "damn, another ipa that's way too malty." HOWEVER, I don't find most of the other reviews to be accurate. This is an awesome hoppy imperial ipa. Superb hop tastes yet very balanced at the same time. I will be buying this again for sure, and will definitely recommend it to other ipa lovers.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange body with one finger head and a little bit of lace with an intense piney, citric hop aroma. The taste mimics the nose as it is very dry and very citrus hoppy but only thing that detracts from this beer is the lack of balance as the malts are overpowered and don't really show up at all.

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Photo of South2NW
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured to SN IPA glass

A: a very nice golden orange color, with a thick off white head that leaves spotty lacing.

S: disappointing. Mostly sweet malt, with some pine and faint citrus.

T: see caramel malt, light citrus and pine. Basically like the nose. Lingering bitterness.

M: medium, creamy mouthfeel. Nice crisp carbonation.

O: meh, just ok. Wouldn't buy again. Maybe I got an older bottle? There is no date on the bottle.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The place I purchased this suggested this to me. I don't know if they were just trying to get rid of it or they genuinely liked the beer, but two salespeople mentioned it to me. I am a big hoppy IPA kind of guy. This one was not a bad beer, but based upon the suggestion, and comparison I thought it would be in the same range as Sculpin, to me there was no comparison. Sculpin is a much better beer.

Appearance: Orange almost a bit hazy, very little head, nice color.

Smell: Not as hoppy as I would imagine based upon the 4 C's the bottle claims the brewers put in the beer. Four C's meaning four C named hops, I won't list them here but its on the bottle for reference.

Taste: Not much going on here. Maybe it is a good intro IPA, but my palate has evolved into something that can handle a more aggressive hop profile.

Overall: This is not a bad beer, good intro/gateway IPA, but not all that great.

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Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.