18th Anniversary Ale Imperial IPA | Coronado Brewing Company

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18th Anniversary Ale Imperial IPA18th Anniversary Ale Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jhartley on 08-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 241
Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared bomber bottle.
Not great looking but a very drinkable DIPA with very good balance and near moderate bitterness. Light colored but ample malts.
Somewhat light body with medium+ carbonation.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: A clear, dark Amber, with a tall and bubbly cream-colored head. Leaves spotty lacing as the beer is depleted.

Smell: Tropical fruit hits you like a breeze at a resort. Passion fruit, pineapple, and even some coconut mix with a faint floral scent. A little citrus wafts along the top along with some light malt and resinous hops.

Taste: Maltier than other DIPAs, with a toasty, verging on roasty quality which definitely adds to the bitterness level. The tropical fruit flavors, while present, are almost swallowed up by the malt, their softness turning the flavor towards coffee with cream and sugar.

Mouthfeel: Silkier than other examples of the style, but still crisp. The carbonation is moderate. I normally prefer my IPAs to have a lot of fizz, but this elegant operator doesn't need tons of bubbles to impress. The light alcohol warming is barely detectable.

Overall: An interesting specimen. Certainly not your typical DIPA. I'm somewhat put off by the fact that the fruit in the aroma doesn't quite come through in the taste; the disconnect leaves me feeling a little disoriented. There are definitely some meritorious elements here, however, and while the malty character may not be "to style," its uniqueness is appreciable.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another year gone, another beer to commemorate the past year. Here's Coronado 18, and thanks to my co-worker Tina for the bottle. On to the beer:

Semi-creamy with the half-inch of solid retaining head. Below it is candlelight orange with a splash of haze. The aroma is modest and brings sweet tropical fruits. Coming to mind are mango, papaya, cantaloupe, and a whisper of malt.

The hop bill bring a smooth hoppy flavor to the beer. But with the beer reaching 10% ABV, it also brings heat. Cantaloupe and pineapple notes set the tone early. Afterwards, a rush of solvent alcohol nearly neutralizes the overall flavor, but quickly sweet tangerine juice comes up after the neutralization. It tastes nice as a whole, though some of that alcohol does wash over the dike. It's nearly full bodied (but feels lighter than that) and leaves an aftertaste of alcohol and cantaloupe.

Nice one Coronado. See you next anniversary!

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Photo of metsfan1
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Looks great (white head), very mild smell, bitter,bitter, bitter. Not as impressed with this beer as Idiot IPA, Frogs Breath, etc. Not bad but definitely not great.

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Photo of anthony-martinez
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

i got it bomber bottles and i pour it into wine glass. the bodied color looks like orangey hazy cloudy but it not a wheat ale. foam head at two fingers. tasted great fruitty with kick of bitterness.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/11/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep golden color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, peach, lemon/orange zest, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA style! All around great complexity and robustness of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt balance; and very smooth to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.05/5  rDev +2%

Pretty amazing stuff. Had on tap at The Spot, Madison. Not really my style of IIPA. I like them sweeter than this.

Nice and spicy. What little sweetness there is comes in the form of navel orange or pineapple.

I like it much more as it warms.

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Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Regular-looking light amber brew with an attractive low head in the Maredsous goblet. Sparkly mouthfeel and lots of malt. Interesting aroma with a touch of spoiled fruit.

First tasting, this is mellow and hoppy with a rich complex taste. On tasting this the second day from the recapped bottle, this seems very bitter. Grainy, sharp, and acidic.

Oddly harsh and nearly undrinkable. Looking for my can of Simple Times to soak up the bitter hop toxins. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of Omnium
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Bowtie Pint

A - Slightly cloudy light gold with two fingers of a dense soapy white head, medium lacing.
S - Aroma definitely lacks here, you get cracker and bread malt, some mild pine and dank notes, a good presence of grapefruit, lime, and orange, and there's something just mildly off in it, cant tell what it is.
T - Now things turn around here, there is such a good bite of lime in this, its tart and bitter, but the malt provides the base for the hops just right, definitely some piney dank hop resin, and there is some slight alcohol taste to it, but overall its good.
M - For 10% you dont feel it a whole lot, which is certainly surprising. Some bitterness, a little chew to it.
O - This was very good, not something I'd readily get again, I'd rather go for Idiot over this, but this has such a good fresh lime flavor that its definitely worth coming back to if i can score it again.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; golden colored; less than a 1 finger slightly off white head that receded to a thin collar; moderate lacing;

S: really boozy;

T: balanced between tropical fruit, mostly pineapple, and booze; moderately bitter finish;

M: a little syrupy; light to moderate carbonation;

O; I realize it's 10% ABV, but this was really boozy;

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at bocktown last night.

A- Body is a translucent rich blonde hue. Served with a <1/2 finger head that has good retention but little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is good, very strong and pungent. Grapefruit, citrus, pine, a lot of resin, and a hint of alcohol astringency.

T- A lot of grapefruit and citrus upfront with a faint pale malt backbone. Finish is quite aggressive with a big pine flavor, resin hop bitterness and a hint of alcohol astringency.

M- Light to medium weight body, high carbonation, a hint of astringency in the consistency.

O- Overall this is a West-coast big, bad, slow sipper. Bitterness is aggressive and alcohol is present but not overpowering. As I finished my snifter of this I was ready to move onto something else.

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Photo of Erockruns
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

This was my first foray into the Coronado world and I was happy with the selection. Had on tap in Boston. Anniversary first and then went to the Idiot.....should be the other way around. I've now had several of the Coronado offerings and the 18th Anniversary is still my favorite. The softness of this beer is spectacular........almost calming in a way.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured a light copper color with a 1F head in a tulip.

Aroma:Creamy, sweet, malt, toffee and grapefruit.

The mouth feel is very carbonated and tart.

Taste: light fruit overwhelmed by a big hoppy finish.

This is is a West Coast DIPA- all the way. Excellent and worth checking out.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

APPEARANCE - Clear, light amber. A little head.

AROMA/SCENT - Hoppy, sweet, aromatic.

TASTE - Hoppy, sweet, aromatic.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Soft, a little carbonation.


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Photo of andrewjraab
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

A - Pours a copper orange with some haziness. Nice spotty filmy lace after each sip.

S - Big citrus nose, highly resinous, floral, caramel.

T - Layers of citrus zest, hop resin, balanced by a semi sweet malts and caramel flavor. bitter drying finish.

O - Really a solid DIPA and my first voyage from this brewery. I'd get this brew again (if they made it) and I'd definitely want to try anything they make.

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Photo of weirdohappy
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

I poured this into a glass I got from McDonald's, some kind of special they had with this glass that looks like an old glass. 15cent hamburgers or something. Pours a nice hazy orange with a loose foam head that lasts a while. Hippy taste. Good for an IPA. Would drink again.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Served in a snifter on draft at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Awesome lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, floral, citrus, grassy, pungent, tangerine, grapefruit, candied orange, toasted, caramel malts, and a little alcohol.

Taste: Same as above with mild tingly bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, mild mild tingly bitterness, and just a hint of alcohol.

Overall: For an 18th anniversary, this was a delicious and fine choice. Got to get more of it before it disappears.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +0.8%

A-orange amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, pineapple, malt, little pine, grassy

T-bread dough, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, pine, grassy, light caramel, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and smooth, little alcohol noted

O-pretty solid DIPA

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Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

A: light orange. Crystal clear. Medium head. Fizzy.
S: citrus. Pine resin. Pineapple. Faint spice (black pepper).
T: basic malt profile. hop forward. Mango. Pine tar. Alcohol. Bitter forever.
M: medium-high carbonation. Medium body. Bitter. Dry.
O: hoppy double IPA. Good beer. But, tastes like all of the other double IPA out right now. Big hop profile with big alcohol content. Not bad. Not super great. Definitely a sipper. Might buy again.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Very solid, enjoyed this more than Stone 18. This was the perfect Imperial IPA. It came with he hops, the bitterness, the floral aspect, and a nice not over powering malt character.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +2%

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower good of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice citrus forward aromas and flavors, but this one packs a punch that you can feel.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains very well before relinquishing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient trail of lacing leaves a ring behind for each sip that I take.

S- Lovely melange of citrusy, resinous hops. Grassy, piney, slightly musty.

T- The hops descend onto the palate with a solid but restrained intensity. Definitely more of a citrus theme going on here but there's an earthy aftertaste. Somewhat sweet.

M- Sharp and a bit dry with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- They knew exactly what they were doing for this commemorative ale. Dynamite hop combo.

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18th Anniversary Ale Imperial IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 241 ratings.
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