Bobblehead Red | Coronado Brewing Company

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Bobblehead RedBobblehead Red

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 48
Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Came in a standard pint a hazed ruby red with a half finger off white head atop,a little surprised by the haziness of the beer.Grassy and citric hops stand out most in the nose with a light sweet biscuit malt base underneath.The grassiness came thru on the palate as well along with citrus,a hefty caramel maltiness really kicks into overdrive in the finish.The hops seem a little raw but it's a well balanced "bigger" amber,not bad.

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Photo of JonCorbett
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep brick-red copper, mostly clear with a monster light cream coloured head that starts of frothy and chunky and eventually simmers down in to a more tightly knit foam leaving sporadic spots of lace and nice surface ring of creamy suds.

Aromatics: A nice subtle citrus sits atop lots of fresh dough right upfront, supported in the back by a sweet toffee and caramel malts and a faint indication of piney hops.

Taste: Walnut earthiness, with a citrus peel and coffee bitter. I can taste an understated creamy sweetness from the malts and a kiss of spice and floral pine peeking through the miasma at times.

Feel: The carbonation, though fine, provides enough interruption to keep this ale from getting a smooth creamy texture. An ok middleweight, and an inferred alcohol whisper in the finish that is dry, mostly toasty with glimpses of a piney resin after the bubbles subside.

Overall: A pretty decent brew all around. Not one that stands out mind you, but it does the job it was designed for, and that is quenching the palate and supporting good conversation and social enjoyment.

Pairing : Well… considering I actually had this one for breakfast on my last day of holidays; I have four beers I’m going to go through today (breakfast, lunch, dinner, digestif), and after picking up my breakfast at McDonald's and looking at what I pulled from the fridge - of the three, this was the winner, and it paired very nicely with my McDonald's Breakfast Burrito and salsa packs. This is a beer that I think does benefit from that bit of fat/grease, bread, and egg… so really a sausage or bacon McMuffin would have also worked. It is not overly bitter, and have enough sweetness and other flavours that it blends very well with the fast food fare.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Sample. Poured a crimson color. Aroma is sweet but also very hoppy. Lots of caramel and citrus hoppiness. Flavor is of caramel, sugars and pastry malt. The hops are heavy, like the malt. The combination of the citrus from the hops and the strong sweetness is too much for me. Sugary sweet with a big wave of citrus tang. Maybe my palate has changed because I am not enjoying this style now. I used to really like hoppy ambers like this but its not for me right now. Chewy feel. Spicy, bitter hoppiness. A sample was plenty for me.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/12/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light roast, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light roast, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light roast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent red DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, citrus zest, pine needle, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, pine needle, earth, and spicy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice mix of citrus and pine hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead on Halloween for $7.99. No bottling date visible.

Beer poured amber brown with a nice white head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is doughy and citrusy.

Taste is a nice caramel malt backbone with a nice amount of citrus and pine in the finish. Tastes are a bit disjointed.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, prickly and alive.

Overall a pretty nice beer to try but one i will not seek out again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nearly brown with a deep, dark amber for where only the brightest of lights shall pass. Appears to be clear. Lasting if modest head. Leaves streaks of lace.

I smell a bit of rust and beef steak. There's an element of burnt malt.

The taste reflects the smell. Lots of burnt malt flavors with a touch of sweetness. The finish is quite dry and bitter. There's an earthiness to the aftertaste. Full bodied with plenty of carbonation.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper/red with a lovely thick off white head that fades "medium fast." Nice looking when poured.

Nose is almost a light maple honey character and quite pleasant and inviting. Undertones of cocoa.

Mouth feel is medium bold and creamy and very nice in the mouth.

Flavor profile is nice but nothing really special. Good flavors; light coffee tones and light amber tones. I don't get a whole lot of IPA character but more of a red ale character. Decent beer and nice with most types of food.

Finish is nice pine bitter; a bit dull but pleasant.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, part of a swath of expensive (thank you, Canadian dollar) new Yankee bombers recently made available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with an unjustifiably teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and eventually bubbly beige head, which leaves some chunky dissipating cloud lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks away.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, biscuity toffee, spicy citrus and pine resin astringencies, muddled black orchard fruit notes, a twinge of wayward earthy yeast, and further leafy, weedy, and well-perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is grainy, wet bready caramel malt, pine needles, red grapefruit and blood orange citrus rind, still unwelcome yeasty acerbities, and more leafy, piney, and floral hoppiness, all just bristling at the suggestion of an overarching booziness.

The bubbles are pretty testy in their challenging frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and not particularly smooth, as the alcohol and teen mob hops seem incapable of keeping their damned hands to themselves. It finishes off-dry, the various malty essences still dancing a sort of ill-informed tango with the lingering west-coast hops.

Yeah, 'Bobble Head' makes me want to tilt my noggin in the manner of the Indian sub-continent culture, where doing so indicates a suggestion of halting agreement, because the IPA quality here just doesn't quite compute, man! Everything is lacking in that regard, and my wallet will surely be vexing me for such an ill-conceived purchase, which is what I thought when first glimpsing that new array of American import hegemony. Yeah.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 12/2/2015 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts, citrus and other fruits.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, citrus and brown sugar. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep garnet red color, nice clarity, and a very thick and frothy off white head which is very sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Spicy rye, citrus, pine and with a hint of sweet malt but buried far underneath the hop aroma.

T - Spicy, citrus, and pine from start to finish with a subtle sweet malt backbone that's practically buried towards the end underneath lingering tropical fruit and spicy pine that lines the mouth; eventually the aftertaste turns into a nice citrus residue. Some of the alcohol does peak its head through at times.

M - Medium body, creamy carbonation, very slight alcohol warming on the way down.

O - Glad I was able to try this when it's fresh, this is a very good red ale, nice balance - but leans more towards the hoppy side. Would by this again ... nice job Coronado!

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Bobblehead Red from Coronado Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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