Hoppy Daze IPA | Coronado Brewing Company

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Hoppy Daze IPAHoppy Daze IPA

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-06-2003

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just bought a bottle of this at my local liquor store hearing that it was new and great tasting. So of course i had to check for myself.
A: Poured into a tulip glass with a crazy frothy head that soon fell away into the corners of the beer that lasted the entire sesh. Bright golden in color and clear as day.
S: Wow, this IPA is insane. Citrus lemon, orange and peaches dominate the nostrils.
T: And yes wow again the flavor is just remarkable. Coming in at 9% this beer has no reminisce of a hot alcohol flav but straight up exactly how the smell would taste. Its a great balanced hop bitterness that is complemented by the orange lemony notes. Hints of tangerine on the back of the tongue make this an extremely easy drinking IPA that i would love to drink again.
M: Had a great dryness to it easily allowing you to drink more, but i felt could have used a little more depth in the mouthfeel. Ran just a tad bit too thin.
O: Wow his beer is really amazing. I wouldn't have minded a tad bit more body as well as a little bit more bitterness but the bitterness is not something i would knock it for. Damn good tasting IPA especially for the price.

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad Mex featuring Hoppy Daze IPA on tap right now intense array of citrus hops brings out Beligan spices as well. The moderate carbonation and the smooth drinking body goes hand and hand, one of those beers that drain themselves than you find at that Mad Mex is charging nine bucks a glass for this masterpiece. An excellent product but so limited that Mad Mex is selling it for a set price of nine dollars a pour but it only charges 4.50 during happy hora M-F that's why they can get away with the inflated pricing. Even the Brown ale from Coronado was nine bucks fuck Wilson Mcginnley and Fuck Mad Mex for 9 dollar pints. This beer was excellent too bad I couldn't drink another serving without spending 18 dollars did I mention they want to serve this in 12 ounce pours. Citrus, floral, and earthy hops stand tall against the barrage of West Coast hops but the alcohol is well hidden and the malts are plentiful enough to create some balance. Drinkability overall is quality but the price leaves this one on the experimental backburner.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I acquired this one from Mr. Joey at South bay. Being a lover of the IPA as I am, I apparently could not let this one slip by, and I am very glad that he did not let me. I grabbed this one out of the fridge last night and proceeded to serve it into the Mock Turtle at a slightly warmer then the fridge temperature.

Appearance - The our was very nice with a delicate light amber color coming through immediately. Very nice bit of cloudiness to it was not enough to obscure the carbonation which was bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. A very nice head of white foam, perhaps two fingers in height was then allowed to form up over the top and proceeded to settle down gently but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace and leaving behind a nice soft pillow in its wake.

Smell - The aroma was full of hops as one would expect. At first I really did not pick up much in the way of the Belgian yeast, but that would come later as it warmed. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit aromas just rippling though out this one, very bright indeed. As it warmed some notes of light yeast and wheat were starting to come though along with a touch of peach of light green apple.

Taste - This carried over very well into the flavor which was very nicely. It started out as a nice, and classic west coast DIPA. Quick rips through the mouth of strong and bitter grapefruit notes and a really nice touch of pineapple as well. Very nice light floral presence, but as it warmed it started to get taken over by the yeast. Hints of pears and peaches start coming thorough and the grain flavor that made up the back started to shine. Very nice balance between the too. Some light sugary notes before the finish turned back over to the dry and bitter influence of the west coast hops.

Mouthfeel - Very nice, and light body on this one. Definitely a little bit lighter then ,most of your classic DIPA. Great carbonation really let it pop and gave you a great sense of crispness, especially when it was still well chilled.

Drinkability - The 9% abv was very well hidden, in fact I really did not believe it was as strong as it came across. Very nice balanced and a light profile, I could have sipped on this one for days, really well done.

Overall I thought this was an excellent Belgian IPA. Really well done and a differenced take on one of my favorite styles. I am glad I got a few of these as I believe they will hold up very well over time and really make a fine addition to my regular lineup. Definitely a top notch beer in my opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Hoppy Daze are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let's sing a song of cheer again
Hoppy Daze are here again"

--Milton Ager and Jack Yellen (if they had been craft beer lovers)

Flawless ripe apricot that would look even better with some yeasty haziness (that arrives on subsequent pours). The head isn't Belgian ale-like, but it wasn't expected to be. The tight-bubbled foam is lightly toasted ecru in color, looks even better as it starts to melt and is laying down some pretty fantastic looking lace. An excellent look.

I can't bring myself to penalize this Belgian IPA for not smelling like a Belgian IPA because it smells sooo good. In case you're wondering, any pale malted, highly hopped, 9.0% ale that uses a Belgian yeast strain is a Belgian IPA. Besides, it says so right there on the label.

American hops dominate the nose with wonderfully aromatic aromas of peach, orange, pink bubblegum and pink grapefruit. Amarillo has to be in there. I wouldn't bet against Simcoe and one or more C-hops as well. The fresh peachiness is amazing.

Hoppy Daze is delicious beer that has a tremendous amount of tropical fruitiness. It's a tough call between Belgian IPA and American IPA since characteristics of each of them are present. Not that it's important, but it's probably closer to the latter. The American hops *almost* overpower the more subtle flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast.

The malt backbone is nice and sturdy. It's primarily sugar cookie pale with a slight hint of caramel. A beer called Hoppy Daze ought to be hoppier and more bitter than this. That said, the symphony of flavors that is beginning to emerge as the ounces rush by are imploring me to reach for the big number.

Regarding specific flavors... juicy peach is still in the lead, followed by mandarin orange, pink grapefruit and sweetened banana. A large pinch of ground ginger and a small pinch of white pepper have to be coming from the Belgian yeast. This really is lip smackingly delicious big beer.

What was a good mouthfeel initially is a very good mouthfeel at the midway point. It isn't lightly creamy and voluminous like a real Belgian ale, but it stays well away from thick and sticky, as some high-ABV American ales tend to be. It's nicely plush and mouth pampering with a perfect amount of smooth-edged carbonation.

My only previous experience with Coronado Brewing Company (Idiot IPA) was a positive experience. Nevertheless, I didn't expect Hoppy Daze to blow me out of the water like it has. This unique, delightful elixir deserves a lot more love than it gets. Bottom line: the flavor of American hops married to the complexity of Belgian yeast. Thumbs way up!

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Photo of drtth
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a stemmed tulip glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed dark golden yellow with a light orange tone. The ΒΌ" off-white head recedes soon but throughout the beer it leaves a nice but sparse lacing pattern.

Smell: The aroma is all fruity hops with lots of orange, a little grapefruit and even some pineapple. In the background there is some nice pale malt softness.

Taste: The flavors include orange, some tropical fruits, a bit of honey and hints of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light-bodied and a creamy with light carbonation. The finish is medium long with fruity beginnings, some citrus zest (mostly orange) bitterness leading into dryness.

Drinkability: Despite the ABV, which is well concealed, I could dink a few more of this one. I kept wanting another sip and found this a delicious and dangerously drinkable beer. I'll definitely be looking to have this beer again. This is one of the more enjoyable beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of shigg85
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vivo in Ikebukuro is crowded tonight for a Coronado Tap Takeover! I chose Hoppy Daze because I felt like trying out their only Belgian on tap. It is a beautiful orange brew that has a depth almost like looking into tinted crystal. The first sip has an immediate punch of hops (obviously by the name) with an apricot flavor accompanying. There is a great roasted sensation that touches the back of my mouth and warms my ears and my belly. There is also an enjoyable sourness in the aftertaste that reminds me of eating slghtly over-ripened peaches in the summer. After a while of letting it rest, there is also a trace of orange in the scent coming off the glass. John Lee Hooker is playing on the in-house system, and even though it is a Belgian-style San Diego brew, I feel like I could be sitting in Atlanta enjoying some BBQ and this fine brew. Two thumbs way up.

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4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice.

A: ONE BEAUTIFUL ALE. From the tap it produced a small off-white head that was fairly diminishing. I would have liked to have seen a bigger head, but I suspect that if I had poured it, I would have. The body was a warm golden orange and heavily hazy and maybe even a bit cloudy. A little yeast sediment found it's way to the bottom, which I like as a visual reminder of exactly what it is that you are drinking. It was nearly perfection in a glass. Can only go down from here...

S & T: ...but it didn't!!! The aroma was wonderful. Moderately grainy malts, bit of cookie and hay. The hops were heavy but not overpowering and very fragrant. Perfumey and citrusy, orange and lemony rind characteristics. The yeast was also very present: sweaty, musty & dank. Very noticeable fruit qualities. I was more confident in picking up the grape, peach and raisin notes than I was in the raspberry or cranberry. So well balanced and well rounded. Very nice flavor duration, moderately sweet, moderately acidic & moderately bitter. Absolutely delicious.

M: Medium body, pleasantly creamy and perfectly carbonated.

D: I could drink this all day. I did dock a 1/2 point for not quite fulfilling my hop craving. But that is quickly overlooked by my excitement for this style of beer. I love Belgian IPAs!!!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a golden caramel color, two fingers of white, creamy foam above. Nice stick to the lacing as it makes clumpy waves on the glass up top, and full sheets going down. A steady bead off the bottom of the glass makes for a great looking beer, and considerably cloudier with the bottom pour added.

Aroma - initially has a burst of orangy citrus. Some light wood and earthy Belgian yeast as it settles along with subtle alcohol vapor.

Taste - malty, sweet caramel at first, quickly overcome by citrusy, sparkly, prickly hops. Grapefruit, lemon, pine and a warming abv as well. The Belgian yeast makes its way through all that on the aftertaste, impressive. Dry, bitter, boozy finish, even a warm grainy exhale at times. Good beer.

Mouthfeel - creamy, well-carbonated but not interfering. A good sturdy body that keeps up with the beer's profile.

Drinkability - a fine Belgian IPA, a great change of pace for an IPA beer tasting.

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have now had this beer on tap and out of the bottle and there's no getting around it. This is a damn fine beer from Coronado Brewing.

On tap at the Drafting Room at Exton.

The beer pours a rich golden peach color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is gorgeous as well, with peach, apriocot, honey, white pepper and hoppy citrus. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose very well, with the beer displaying a wonderful wash of hoppy bitterness on the finish. It really does an excellent job of cutting and countering the moderate sweetness in this beer, giving the beer an attractive, drying finish. Mouthfeel in this excellent beer is also impressive, and is fairly full with hoppy bitterness everywhere. Drinikability is pretty good, with the relatively high alcohol well disguised.

Just an all around terrific beer from the folks at Coronado. Impressive.

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Photo of plaid75
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a clear brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured clean esters, candy sugar and a potent herbal hop.

The taste consisted of a clean herbal hop, fresh grainy malt and lingering ester.

The mouthfeel was remarkably clean for the style.

Overall a very tasty and user friendly IPA.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bomber for $6.99 from Sea Trader Liquor here in OB and poured it into an Old Speckled Hen pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy unfiltered burnt golden/straw-like hue with a fluffy white head that lingers leaving massive amounts of lacing in my glass from start to finish.

S: Right off the bat I get a strong Nelson or similar hop strain aroma, grapefruit rinds, sweet sativa - fresh grain and bran flakes, with a nice balance of malt at the very end.

T: Pretty much on point with the nose with earthy flavors on the back end - herbal tea, juniper berries and milk thistle with hardly any trace of alcohol.

M/D: Medium-bodied, almost milky viscosity with a mellow carbonation that lends to the body nicely. Extremely drinkable and quite enjoyable in large quantities.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The one thing that usually gets me about BIPAs is the Belgian side of it. Many have too much yeast and biscuity sweetness that overpowers the hops. This one is different.
A cloudy golden pour with a sticky head. Rocky mounds of foam spring up. Lacing is great.
Aroma is crisp hoppiness with undertones of biscuit and coriander. A blend of mint, grapefruit and pear. Floral as well.
Refreshing taste. As the aroma of floral hops still lingers the tongue is hit with a smack of citrus. Grapefruit, juicy. A subtle but strong malt backbone is key here as the hops try to dominate, but are pulled back just at the bite goes deep. Sweet biscuits and light toast come into play at the end. Alcohol is well hidden and warming.
This is a great beer. Very good aroma, flavor, feel and finish. Wish I had more of these!

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Coronado brew. Will not be my last.

A-Pours a cloudy pale aprricot with a fluffy white head and some sticky lacing.

S-Lots of hops! Pineapple and grapefruit with a mild underlying sweetness.

T-A very nicely malty front, then grapefruit hops and pineapple. Finishes nicely sweet with just a hint of Belgian yeast.

M-Medium bodied and a bit sticky.

D-Dangerously drinkable. Does not taste like 9% ABV.


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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some lacy, lacing as it slowly subsides in a persistent, tightly beaded manner. The beer is a muddled amber color that shows a hazy, straw-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma, noticeable even as I pour this beer, is laden with fruity hop notes that are no doubt accentuated by fermentation derived esters. This smells of lychee, apricot, kumquats and even a bit of floral tropical fruit notes reminiscent of pineapple and mango. An actual inspection of the nose sees the hop fruitiness take a more citrus edge to it as well as picking up a backbone of pine needles and even a touch of herbal, almost hemp like notes to it. Toasted, pale malt character contributes a solid cracker like grain character to the finish. Honestly, other than the note when I was pouring it, the nose doesn't seem to have a whole lot of Belgian'esque character to it.

The combination of hops and residual malt sugar contributes to this being quite a sweet seeming beer. It isn't overly heavy though as it might even said to be fairly light for a beer of this strength. While the front of each sip is dominated by super ripe fruit notes the finish has a nice, solid bitterness to it as well as a touch of menthol like herbal hop character that lingers; neither of these two notes are huge, but do go a long way towards balancing the up front sweet flavors. Some of the menthol like notes I am realizing are actual turpene like phenolic notes of clove derived from fermentation phenols. I think that the hop fruitiness is actually accentuated quite a bit by fermentation derived esters as well, but the Belgian yeast character really plays a supporting role here; yes this is a bit different than a straight up IPA, but it is not so different as to be overtly noticeable that it was fermented with something other than a bland American Ale yeast. This is of course more a testament to the super-hoppiness of this brew rather from the use of a bland Belgian yeast strain; the Belgian character is in here, it is just drowned out by the cacophonous, palate engulfing hop character. The up front hop notes contribute flavors of tropical fruit, lychee, floral peach, orange blossom honey, super ripe tangelo, a touch of pineapple and, as the beer warms a definite note of super ripe melon and floral pear that is purely fermentation derived but still contributes to the over all tropical fruit notes that are found in this beer.

This is just a down right enjoyable brew; it has such a ripe hoppiness to it that I can't really even find fault that the hops drown out the Belgian yeast character to a large degree. Letting the beer warm up certainly helps (the phenols in the finish become more noticeable and a herbal, slightly vegetal and grassy character is accentuated as well), but ultimately this is all about the hops (as it should be). This is dangerously drinkable for a beer of this of this strength, which is definitely requisite in my book for anything with IPA on the label. This definitely hits the spot for this oft-times hop head, and even has a bit of yeast character to keep the funky freak in me at least slightly interested.

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Photo of tempest
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. Poured into a tulip, the beer was a hazy yellow with a sticky white head. The aroma was a big nose full of of sweet piney resin with a mild earthy note. I'm really impressed by how clear and rich the smell is, damn. The flavor diverges surprisingly, with a much grassier, citrus rind flavor - likely the Belgian element kicking in. Like most really good beers, it could still be more complex, but this is a beer worth seeking out. Thanks to Plunkett for introducing me to this fine beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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Hoppy Daze IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
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