Idiot IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

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Ratings: 1,334
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 40
Gots: 221 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of SDtastentune
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

Photo of gatornation
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden copper color with a staying head and fresh collar with lots of sticky lacing,,it looks good ,,smell is pungent hops and lots of tropical smells along with citrus and pine notes sweet candied malts and a baked bread is also present..taste is a in your face hops tastes of mango,pineapple are mixed with floral and grapefruit hops..then mix in pine it is offset with sweet mallts and candy bread tastes..a little bitter on the hops..mouth feel is full of hops its well carbonated ..its tasty and drinkable and recommended..not my top tier choice for an ipa/dipa from CA..but still solid a very good one

Photo of Daniellobo
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A medium golden copper with a faint orange amber hue... A thin lush head shows minimal retention before leaving nothing more than a collar... Nothing special to note in terms of carbonation, just a moderate amount of moderate paced bubbles... Clean and completely translucent...

S - Hops and some bready malts... Then more hops, more hops, and more hops... Very earthy with a bit of a euro hop presence...

T - A sledge hammer of hops hits the palette... Not piney, not citrusy, but rather more of a euro earthiness... The bitterness is rather assertive and virtually non-stop... Some cracker undertones, but not much else in terms of mal...

M - Medium to full bodied... Dense and heavy... Biting carbonation...

D - A hop assault that is a little too much for this BA... No complexity and no depth to speak of... I could never imagine drinking more than on of these in a sitting... Kudos to anyone who could put down more than one of these in a session... The 8% ABV also makes a little more punch than expected...

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, $2.50 pint night at Duckworths Charlotte

appearance: cool tap-handle, served in a 12oz vessel, bright orange-amber body, nice white foam

smell; bright citrus hops - grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, sugar

taste: definitely a socal IPA - bright and lively citrus hops featuring the classic notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, pineapple, mango and passion fruit. alcohol well masked - just a solid dipa

mouthfeel: oily, medium body

drinkability: good

Photo of beagle75
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of smithdc33
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited that we finally get this beer in Alexandria, VA, poured most of the bomber into a Deschutes pint glass.

A nice orange-nearly-red color with a nice half-inch head that provides nice lacing the entire way through. The huge hop character is obvious in the smell--lots of piney, citrus hop smell. The taste proves your nose wasn't fooled--this is an outstanding example of a west coast double IPA. Lots of grapefruit flavor from the hops. There must be a great deal of malts in this beer to back up all the hops, but they are definitely overpowered by the insane amount of hops in this beer. Not a balanced beer, but if you're a hophead and drinking a DIPA, you're not going to be disappointed by this. The beer isn't exactly smooth but is surprisingly drinkable given all the hops and the ABV.

A great beer that's quickly become one of my favorites!

Photo of CHickman
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber orange in color with a 1/2 inch creamy tan head that faded quickly and left great lacing; the foamy lacing stuck to the glass.

Smelled of hops, huge hops; after the dominating hop aroma backs down a tad then you can smell the cascade hops, the floral, piney and citrus hop nose, as well as (hop) spices, sweet malt, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit and some more hops - almost ridiculous hoppiness, but so good. There is a flowery potpourri odor that makes it quite inviting.

Tastes like it smells with floral, piney and citrus hops, sweet malt, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit and spices like pepper and cinnamon; huge hop flavor that had zero balance, but was so flavorful that it didn't matter.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very little to no carbonation and a medium body; the spices bring heat and some of the alcohol shows through, but this is one great beer.

Highly drinkable for any IPA fan, and average drinkability for a regular beer lover. I will definitely seek this out again. It was so hoppy that it fried my taste buds in a good way!

Photo of shivtim
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at churchkey in DC. Nice golden honey color, mostly clear, very small soapy off-white head.
Great hop nose. Very west coast. Simple.
Great taste. Solid malt background. Heavy hop flavors. Very nicely balanced. Citrus notes. Pine. Nice.
Good mouthfeel.

Great IPA.

Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Woody's City Market served in a standard pint glass a slightly hazy orange with a thin lasting head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is decent amount of crisp citrus hops in front of sweet malts. The taste is loads of citrus hops with slight pine and a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with nice dryness. This is a great West Coast Double IPA, one I wouldn't hesitate to have again.

Photo of WAN2RIDE
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
2.25/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had on tap and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a nice golden orange color. There is a snall tan foam head with sufficient lacing.

S: There are a ton of hops. Floral and citrus hops dominate but there is a vague underlying malt character. Mostly a bready malt.

T: There is some floral hop character throughout. Not as overpowering as expected. Not much malt back bone to this either.

M: Leaves a bitter biting taste on the palate.

D: This is a good DIPA and many hop heads will enjoy it. I love hops, but did not 'love' this beer. It is definitely worth a shot but I would not seek out again.

Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy dull copper orange with a nice 2 finger white crown that displays some retention and good lace.

Smell: A healthy but not overpowering dose of caramel malt coupled with grapefruit and floral hops. Although bread and butter notes are also apparent. Also a small dose of alcohol in the mix.

Taste: Lots of hop bitterness, some tropical notes, some candied berry, a healthy although not overly astringent alcohol note, and a bit of butter. I'd give it a 4.2 if I could so I'm rounding down a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly crisp with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Would rank higher if the alcohol wasn't so forward.

Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a darker reddish color with a slightly off white tan head. Reminds me of a red ale in the appearance to be honest. Malty, Biscuity, and buttery in the aroma. Very little hop presence, where are they?! The hops that are present are that of pineapple and citrus. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol shows as it warms in my mouth. Sweet up front flavors that transitions to a rind flavor bitter. The bitterness and booze showing is not the most appealing.

Photo of PDXHops
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler, poured into a Duvel tulip. Bright orange/amber body is capped with a huge frothy and foamy head that reduces slowly/unevenly and leaves some nice lacing.

Grapefruit and tangerine aromas are impressive, but pine plays a more assertive role in the nose. Quite a bit of malt sweetness as well. Carbonation is interesting, subtle with lots of fine bubbles. This could be trouble given the ample sweetness, but a steady stream of pine bitterness keeps things from straying too far toward the malty dark side. Citrus shows up midswallow, but is phased out by pine toward the finish. Dries out pretty well, leaving much of the sweetness behind.

Overall impression: A notch below top-shelf, but not bad at all.

Photo of mothman
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 1 finger of creamy beige head. Good retention. Leaves very nice lace walls. Color is a hazed golden copper. I got some floaties in my glass.

Aroma: I has a decent amount of caramel and bready malts. Has some bittering floral hops. Some pineapple and grassy hops.

Taste: A bit malty, but it has the hop bite. Floral and grassy hops. Some pineapple again with a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and dry.

Overall, this one was a bit too malty for me. It was alright, but not something I want a lot of.

Photo of dubinsky
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A somewhat clear golden orange body with a creamy, two finger white head that mostly stayed the entire beer...nice lacing

S - The aroma is rather malty, what i have come to expect of many imperial IPA's. I do however get strong citrus, tropical fruit and Jasmine aromas. Slight pine scents come through as well.

T - This is a really malty beer. I was hoping to get less maltiness from the aroma's, but my nose called the tastes before my taste buds did. There is a strong bitterness in the finish and a strong hot alcohol burn. I am getting little in the citrus and pine that i normally love in this style beer. Kinda makes me wonder how old this beer is based on the other reviews it has garnered.

M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. This one coats the palate nicely with an oily finish and leaves a long, drying bitterness.

D - Its drinkable, but not what i like for the style. This one came up short for me. I will seek out a fresh one to see if age was a factor with it.

Photo of jampics2
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fat Heads Hop Festival.

The beer is orange with just a hint of copper. It has a film of a head, and the beer is pretty clear. Some great lace is left behind but the head retention isn't the best ever. Still, a good looking start to this new drinking adventure!

The smell is full of amazing levels of hoppiness that is straight out of a dream. It's fresh, citric, and has some perfume as well. Some green hops give impressions of oranges and grapefruit. There's also some mandarin oranges and tangerines. The malt is barely present and there's little to no noticeable alcohol.

I like the way this beer tastes. Some significant malt compared to the nose, as some caramel sweetness takes over and makes me wonder how this was so well hidden in the bouquet. A touch of toastiness as well - the malt works well with the big hops. Speaking of which, there is a huge citrus component to this beer, making me think of grapefruit rind and freshly squeezed oranges. The bitterness isn't overwhelming.

The carbonation is a bit low on this one, and it comes off as creamy. The body is medium and there's a nice dryness to the finish. Just a touch of alcohol but it's really well masked. I would have this again in a heartbeat!

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A pinky of foamy head that lasts throughout the glass and leaves great lacing. A hazy golden orange color with obvious carbonation in it. Great!

S: Pungent Hops, citrus and grassy hop blend. Only a flutter of bready malt, also tropical fruit and rinds of fruit in there.

T: Mostly the smell, a nice dry taste with lots of hop bitterness. Very west coast IPA style with its hop focus. Bready, sweet malts shine through along with an awesome bitter and citrus end.

M: Very carbonated, but it goes pretty well with the hop factor. Medium, semi creamy feel.

D: Very good, quite easy to take down for a iipa at 8.5%. Great overall.

* As an edit, Had this on tap at Rustico in Arlington (new one). It is fantastic on tap, holy cow.

Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at LA Beer Week Festival, October 17th, 2010.

Slightly hazy copper/amber with a nice off-white foamy head.

Aroma is abundant, bitter hops. Orange rinds and a floral note.

Flavor is mainly a tsunami of hops. Bitterness is all up front, but after a few sips, some other notes begin to emerge. A bit of caramel malt, orange peels and pine sap.

The first sip was all like, "Whoa!" but, you know, it was like, easier to drink and stuff as I went. Very California. Moderate carbonation and slightly dry.

I am not a hophead, but I still enjoyed this hoppy brew a great deal. Worthy DIPA effort.

Photo of Tucquan
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-10-09 at Cobblestones in York, PA

A - Clear amber with a light tan head and decent lacing.

S - Orange, pine, tropical fruit, mild apple, mild biscut, floral hops.

T - Tart orange, pine and grapefruit bitterness. Moderate malt somewhat balances the hops. Sweet-sour taste lingers.

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation gives a creamy, oily feel.

D - Easy enough to drink for a DIPA but didn't make me go WOW.

Photo of DamDweller
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coronado Idiot IPA, 2010

Pours resembles a non filtered copper cider with a resilient white head. Strong smell of oranges and pine trees. The taste is a bright boquet of hops, hops, hops, and more hops that lingers on the tongue for an extended amount of time. The body is crisp, yet strong enough to please any pallet any time of the year. If you're not a hop lover than choose to pass.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. A reddish amber in color and a yellowish head with some lace. This beer appears laden with hop oils and other residue. Aroma is floral and quite hoppy. The taste follows suit, strong pine resin hop presence paired with grapefruit and orange. Sports a honey and sweet malt backbone. Syrupy mouthfeel and some alcohol heat. A pretty intimidating beer, don't take the idiot lightly. "If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough."

Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,334 ratings.