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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 taylorhamrick

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/16/2010, reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice orange color, with a decent size off-white head on top. It looks pretty nice. In the smell, pungent hops seem to come first, with a tiny bit of garlic/onion and herbs, and some pineyness. Then comes in the fruit, the primary detectable smells being pineapple and underripe mango, some sweeter fruits, with just a bit of acid and resin to them. The taste comes on with a piney bitterness, that seems to be primary, with some orange peel. I start to notice a leafiness, a freshness to it, with some powerful resins sticking to the inside of my mouth. Still a bit of pungent hoppiness in there. The malt itself, when noticeable, is a very dry crackery taste. It starts to get more fruity as it warms, with some nice mango and pineapple coming through again. The body is dry, and there's a strange tartness to the whole thing. And a bite of carbonation that is right in line with the style. I think this one improves with some warmth, which makes for a slightly longer drinking session with it, for more enjoyment. But it's pretty solid, one that I may definitely go back to again, at least when I'm aware of the freshness. It's always exiting to have new beer in your stores.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 23:05:10 | More by taylorhamrick
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color, save for a healthy dose of hop particles at the bottom of the bottle, minimal cap of white head and light sheets of lacing. Scent is of piney and earthy hops, backed up by only a touch of citrus with a lightly sweet carmel malt background. Taste brings the bitter and earhty hops to the front, with a quick rush of hot alcohol before it smooths out with tatstes of citrus and a sweet and nutty malt backbone. Fuller side of medium bodied, thick, oily and coating with some lingering bitter aftertastes. A quite typical dIPA with a bit of heat and body to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 13:33:01 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Reagan1984


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was surprised to find this at Newton Farms in Kiawah Island, SC... It's been on my "Want list" so I am excited to try it.

Thick 2+ finger of off white head sticks around for a little while. Thick looking orange amber beer with a lot of floaters... Lots of sticky lacing everywhere. Head fades to this cap of foam.

Really bright and rich aroma. The first burst is citrus and thick. Then you get a deeper fruit aroma including ripe pineapple and some lemon. There is a sense of the alcohol at the finish of the aroma. This gets a bit more pronounced as the beer warms.

Very good DPA. If it wasn't for the sense of alcohol, this could be great. Lots of deep fruits with some ripe pineapple. Plenty of hop punch which is a bit resin like. Aroma is more citrus while the flavor has more of a pine component. Decent malt backbone with the taste of alcohol just behind the sweet juicy fruit.

Thick and oily on the tongue with medium body.. Slightly sticky.

Very good DPA and one I enjoyed. Again, the upfront alcohol is the only downfall. (And is a small downfall)

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 00:05:58 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First pour has a hazy amber to it with orange tinting. Big billowy head that laces the glass, as an IPA should. Aroma is very piney with tinges of citrus and honey. Taste is very thick, alcohol is a bit up front. Not overly heavy, but leaves no doubt this is a DIPA. Thicker and heavier as it warms. Definitely a prototypical DIPA, very heavy but smooth with some impressive alcohol, but nothing over the top. A good solid example of the style, but there's not a lot here to separate it from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 06:17:24 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-21-2010 00:06:31 | More by cdizinno
Photo of scottyshades


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap, then found this bottle immediately after

A: Pours a viscous looking hop-hazy copper color with a big eggshell color head. Retention is awesome, leaving thick sheets of foam along the glass.

S: Ahh...better than I remember. Lots of mango right off the bat, along with candied pineapple, overripe peach, and pears. Real fruity. Floral hops and bittering hops give off lots of pine and earthy aromas. Malts give off some caramel and honey?, striking a nice balance of bitter and sweet. Alcohol slightly pokes through.

T: Eh, I wish this was more like the nose. Right away you are immediately greeted with overwhelming bitterness that is completely unchecked...There must be 90-100 IBUs in this. Oh well, besides the bitterness, you get lots of tart grapefruit and lots of honey. Alcohol is apparent, but not really overwhelming. Lots of resinous hops create that sticky feeling. Tastes like the smell of good pot.

MF/D: Really viscous for the style, one of the biggest. Carbonation is just right for the style. Sticky mouthfeel.

Notes: Much prefer this on tap when the bitterness is a little less intense. Great beer though, definitely worth another purchase.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 20:43:09 | More by scottyshades
Photo of ocelot2500


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange golden with a thick white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of big citrus hops.

Tastes of a big dose of hops upfront followed by some sugary sweetness. Hops are characterized by grapefruit, orange, and pine resin. Plenty of bitterness. A sugary pale malt sweetness cuts everything and helps to balance it out. Biscuit notes come through as well.

Mouthfeel is full-medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 03:06:00 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours an amber color with 2 inches of fluffy white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, and fruit. A great smelling IPA

t - Taste is again citrus and floral hops. Also some tropical fruit, bready malts, and smooth fruity malts in the finish. A little bit of bitterness.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for an 8% IPA.

d - I enjoyed this IPA a lot. I thought it had a great hoppy smell and great feel to it. Would love to try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 14:50:50 | More by mdfb79
Photo of argock


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 64oz brown growler into a glass, goblet-style tasting glass. Purchased at Growlers Craft Beer and Ales (Hilton Head, SC) for $16.

A: Beautiful amber-russet with healthy off-white cap of small bubbled-head which leaves an intricate web of lace around the top of the glass.

S: Huge citrus and tropical fruit hops including orange, grapefruit, passionfruit, and pineapple combine with additional grassy and floral character. The malt aroma is token and plain pale in variety.

T: The flavor is super-bitter with major fruity hops components up front: pineapple, grapefruit, and orange flavors work with pine, grassy, and floral hops flavors too. The bitter cuts through everything around halfway through the flavor-wave and knocks everything. Malts provide counterpoint sweetness to a minor degree.

M: Pretty good body but a bit light for the style. Aftertaste is long tropical fruit and grassy hops flavors.

D: A good brew with major hops presence. Still second-tier for DIPAs.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2010 04:45:41 | More by argock
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH shaped pint glass. Purchased at Carrboro Bottle Shop in Carrboro, NC.

A - Golden with good clarity and a moderate while head. There were some serious yeast chunks in the final pour. It looked like one of those snow globes you shake to see the snow fall. I guess I should have been more careful.

S - Citrusy and piney hops with just a touch of toasted malt.

T - A firm bite of rich piney hop oils, citrusy bitterness and alcohol. They work well together and make for a pretty good hop bomb.

M - Thick and a bit oily with a nice low carbonation.

D - This is definitely a San Diego beer. It's all about the hops with a light malt focused only on creating the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 00:02:28 | More by GJ40
Photo of Slatetank


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-4 s-3.5 M-4 T-.3.5 Ov-3.5
Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me at Lancaster County brewers spring picnic -poured chilled into a snifter from the 12oz

A - A deep rosy amber w/ a dark golden accent and very good clarity w/ thin off white head w/ spotty lace that clings and bead that is tight

S - The smell has a floral aroma with fruity pear and piney esters. The nose has mild tangerine and grapefruit notes w/ light lemon edges

M - The feel has a strong body w/ malt & bitter balanced and moderate carbonation w/ mild astringent and herbal dry feeling finish

T - The taste has candy like malt sweetness w/ slight herbal taste and mild grassiness from the hops with a light pine accent and subtle caramel malt undertone. The flavor has a lemony astringent and light mango tanginess in the finish

D - I liked this but feel is sweet and the hop comes off more astringent than is necessary with a sweeter overall mouthfeel and seems overly bitter but lacking in hop flavor even though it comes pretty close to the style it is not quite there

Edit - 4/4/14 bottle poured chilled in an IPA glass

the color is golden amber with brilliant clarity thick white head with copious lace -3.75
Smell is very fragrant with hop oils, lots of citrus notes with grapefruit and orange zest -3.75
Mouthfeel is very good with moderately bitter texture with medium carbonation and deep citrus oily hops in the feel with a dry and astringent finish 3.5
T - taste is very good with strong hop flavor which is more tropical and slightly citrus as the aroma lets on with slight malt sweetness and slight herbal aspect in the back with mild alcohol apparent in the taste. 3.75

Overall - I was pleased to try this again, I think it is above average in general so I stick with my 3.5 overall but feel the taste, aroma nd appearance are improved over my first impression

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 00:57:15 | More by Slatetank
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 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 nc41

North Carolina

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

I have to admit this one was love at first smell, the nose alone let me know I would love this brew. This is really a great DIPA, and happily not overly sweet like so many big doubles tend to be, this one more closely resembles a west Coast IPA. Pours nice, not overly thick on the head but decent enough. This drinks like a 7% IPA, sharp, clean hop bite, grapefruit out the ass. Mouth feel is simple and clean, not being heavy it doesn't feel thick or syrupy like some doubles. A zinger of a finish that finishes forever. It's big at 8% ABV, but I'd never guess that. The drinkablity gets a slight downgrade because of the ABV, this one is dangerously drinkable, but that's not much of a knock.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 11:19:55 | More by nc41
Photo of zoso1967


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with a nice white head that is not very voluminous, but sticks around quite well and leaves sticky lace. The aroma is typical American IPA with plenty of citrus and a good dose of pine over top of slightly toasty pale malt goodness. The flavor is quite nice, but perhaps a bit bitter. It is actually impressive how bitter this idiot is for being a double IPA. This beer has great hop flavor with nice white grapefruit and pine notes, but I think it could use more malt to balance out the impressive bitterness. Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation and a very dry biting finish. This double drinks like a normal IPA, a dangerous circumstance, but the super bitter aftertaste might wear on ones taste buds after awhile. Would be great with fish and chips or hot wings, but maybe a bit too aggressive for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 00:52:39 | More by zoso1967
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see a new line of Cali beers here in Greensboro.Poured into a imperial pint glass a hazed mix of burnt orange and copper,a tight formed one finger egg shell colored head atop.Big citric and floral aromas,really fresh and pungeant.Flavors are not overly sweet and alcoholic like alot of DIPA's,big resiny hop flavors with some citric fruitiness,the malt is sweetish and holds up well to the hops.The alcohol is well hidden and it stills packs a pretty good hop punch,a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 00:45:14 | More by oberon
Photo of jlindros


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice IPA in a slew of IPAs thanks to RaulMatisse.

A: White fluffy pasty white fizzy head with a little lacing over a clean golden copper orange color.

N: Traditional west coast style nose with fresh musty hops, a little citrus and pine, resiny oily hops, orange peel, and just the slightest touch of pale malts.

T: Fresh juicy hops really overpower everything. A little pine and citrus, musty fresh wet resinous hops again, very bitter. A touch of pale malt with a hint of sweetness. A bit astringent in the bitterness and hop characteristics, but still very tasty.

M: Med body with great carbonation.

F: Dry and a little astringent, heavy bitterness though with more musty resiny hops bite, orange peel, looong lingering bitterness with a little hop oils even.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 02:12:44 | More by jlindros
Photo of tempest


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Abe's. My glass looks slightly hazy with an amber body and tall white head - good lacing as I drink it down.

I'm not easily impressed by hoppy beer, but I really dig this one. There's a big citrus blast at first with a pine resin. The hops are so rich it's almost like citrus essence. Following the first hit of hops, there's a orange peel and toffee malt flavor. As the aftertaste rolls in I also picked up sweet pineapple (matching the aroma) before it finished with a big mix of citrus and pine.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 00:56:58 | More by tempest
Photo of AdamMY


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a nice thick white head, and while the beer itself is slightly foggy, and I am noticing some solids precipitating out of the head, I'm curious.

The aroma is nice strong orange and grapefruit aroma's, which really makes it smell more like a fruit salad than a typical beer.

The taste is a bit on the bitter side, but very pronounced grape fruit, but its got such a smooth mouth feel, that its basically all forbidden.

The drinkability is not bad at all, though the bitterness is rather over the top after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 21:23:43 | More by AdamMY
Photo of HoosBrews

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle and noticed what initially looked like yeast, but on closer inspection looks more like hop fragments?? I hope that's normal. Smell was pleasant with a nice citrus and floral nose. The taste was big and bitter. Huge IBUs and very little sweetness (which I applaud). Mouthfeel would be better without all the floating yeast/hops. Drinkable given the ABV with a nice dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 21:01:41 | More by HoosBrews
Photo of HalfFull


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This 'Imperial India Pale Ale' pours clear and with a bit of an amber hue. A half inch of off white foam settles to offer some random strings of lacing.

Nose is equally malty and hoppy, with some caramel notes intermingling with earthy hops. Initial hemp notes disappear after some air.

Taste is rich with said malts and a resinous hop flavor. Bit of orange citrus on the finish. Somewhat heavy in body but not quite matched in the hops department.

A nice fortified IPA but I prefer the lopsided nature of their standard version.

Note: 8.5%

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 06:32:54 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Hautacam


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a small head.
Smell is piney and fruity.
Tastes sweet and fruity. Then, the hops kick in big time. Dry, astringent , grapefruit rind in your face bitter. Alcohol is barely detectable. Mothfeel is thick and resiny, low carbonation.
A very nice, very west coast DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 23:51:13 | More by Hautacam
Photo of TheJollyHop


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away

Deep amber with a fast fading head; sticky lace as usual. Vibrant flavor of tangerines, oranges, and a very long pine flavored bitterness that lingers well into the finish. Sweet grain flavor and the alcohol is well hidden. Surprisingly well balanced despite the assertive hops.

Sweet aroma of orange and faint strawberry along with a rich malt backbone. Light bodied and well carbonated with some tongue drying attributes.

Flavors work very well, but definitely a hop heads beer as the bitterness is harsh and prickly on the tongue. Every sip packs an aggressive citrus and pine punch. A solid DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 02:11:02 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of WOTO97


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Surly Goat.

A: a nice sunset gold (great color) with minor lacing and thin cream head

S: really great nose on this one; had immediately following a three sheets, and the hop aroma was spectacular--lots of sweet grapefruit and tropical notes that make it a very inviting imbibe

T: unfortunately, this one is not as assertive on the palate as it is on the nose, but the first thing I noticed on the palate was the phenomenal hop balance; nice bite on the front that lingered throughout but not overly aggressive, nice sweet grapefruit and minor pineapple notes

M: a little thin on the front, but very clean and refreshing finish; some residual stickiness but not overtly so

D: a little dangerous for the ABV; the great nose and clean finish make for a beer I could easily go back to time-and-time again

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 20:00:14 | More by WOTO97
Photo of cpetrone84


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark golden amber color with a good hop haze to it. A fair amount of sediment floating around inside with a thick creamy slightly off white head. A few bubbles on top, decent retention and a thin lace that covers a lot of the glass on the side.

S-the nose is quite big and all hops. Tons of fresh piney hops with a huge tropical fruit backing. Notes of lemon, lots of tangerine and grapefruit. Great hop nose!

T-the taste is not quite as huge as the nose. It has a light malt presence up front but the hops really dominate this beer, as it should. Pine is really dominant throughout this beer, resignous and bitter. Notes of grapefruits with the bitterness in there as well at the back. Lots of lingering hop bitterness.

M-the body is a little thin, medium to light but very syrupy in texture. Extremely smooth on the palate with a good carbonation hold.

D-this is a great imperial ipa and has a fantastic nose. Tons of hops, the bitterness is a little strong and lingers for quite some time. The hops fade in the middle and it is a little thin; but a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 22:06:47 | More by cpetrone84
Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
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