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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Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery! Taken from notes.

Appearance – A nice golden color with about a finger of head when given to me by the waitress. The head sticks around for a while and leaves nice lacing.

Smell – The Belgian yeast and bready malts are at the forefront, but there is also a nice citrus hop bite, along with slight pine. Some spices are present at the end.

Taste – Similar to the nose, though the citrus flavors are more noticeable. Orange, grapefruit, and a hint of lemon. Then the Belgian yeast and flavors start to kick in. I am not a huge fan of this style but this one was not overpowering and relatively pleasant.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – A good beer to have with a Ruben, but not one I’d have again to be honest.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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 pmarlowe
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 01/11/12. Tulip glass.

A: Pours light golden, somewhat opaque, with a finger and a half of bright white head. Good retention and leaves behind some pretty lacing.

S: Bubblegum fruitiness, sweetish malt, clove, a little lemon, with floral notes underneath.

T: Wow, super citrusy (grapefruit), bubblegum, finishing with spot-on, moderate grapefruit bitterness which lingers forever. Not as well integrated as it could be.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Interesting flavors, but maybe a little overboard on the bitterness.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; golden colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: orange, with lemon and Belgian yeast behind it;

T: Belgian yeast all the way through, with banana and clove becoming more prevalent from mid-palate through the finish; almost no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I would have like the fruit from the nose to come through in the flavor;

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Photo of magictrokini
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap. Good copper pour with a solid white head. Aroma is hops and pine. Good amount of hops up front with some resin, with a bit of malt in the back. Sticky mouthfeel with a clean finish. A great IPA, but only an above-average Imperial.
Bottle, 4/08. Pours clear gold with a huge white head. Strong yeasty aroma with a lot of banana and clove. It nearly drowns out the floral hops. Taste is the same. Bubblegum and clove abound, then the grassy, pine hops come in at the end. The closest thing to this is the Urthel Triple Hop IPA. This one is sweeter, but I don't know which is better.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Bruery tulip.

Orange peel body which glows a bright amber when held to a light. Soft ivory head recedes fairly quickly as it is quite active. Appears more like an American IPA rather than a Belgian IPA.

Potent aromatics - suffused with melons, grapefruit, pine, passion fruit, and tangerine. Again, more "American" in approach, but quite fresh and invigorating.

Fruity palate entry, moderately bitter, with peppery phenolics in the relativlely dry finish. Unique flavor profile, full of subtle tropical fruit, rye crackers, and hooka tobacco notes.

A little thin for a Belgian style, lacking effervescence (the quantity of carbonation is fine, though the quality is off). ABV is well integrated.

Despite using Belgian yeast, beyond some aspects of the flavor, this is a domestic style through and through. Still, Coronado knows what to do with hops - so this is worth seeking out.

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Photo of drtth
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
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 ¼" 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 DeanMoriarty
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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 thain709
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a hazy, copper tinted body...there was sediment suspended everywhere and carbonation bubbles were dodging the particles...two fingers worth of rocky, off white head formed and slowly fell to a full cap...great lacing was left

S - Grapefruit and other citrus aromas fill the nose...the nose is very hoppy, but some caramel sneaks in

T - The flavors start off with a huge bitterness...lots of citrus hops allow some sweetness in the background...the hops have a bright, yet leafy character to them in the middle...also in the middle, briefly, I picked up some light Belgian spice...but that was about it...the finish brings back the bitter hops, but there is a nice sweet caramel bill that mellows things out...maybe a little candied sugar as well

M - Medium bodied...chewy, bittersweet finish

O - This was a big beer and I'm glad I waited around for a 12 oz. bottle of this to show up...definitely a sipper...not much Belgian qualities, more of a sweet, American version

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter amber-colored offering than the Four Brothers Pale Ale, this brew provided much more of a hop experience. The body, as noted, was light amber and clear with a decent white head and good lacing. Very malty and hoppy nose with more presence than the pale ale. Decent flavor with nicely subdued hop presence yet clearly a well-hopped offering, but refined and restrained. Good feel and finish. Easily a session beer.

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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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 rowew
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the CBC. Pours a red, slightly hazy color with a nice thick head. The head leaves a huge lacing as it drains. Aroma is completely hops - with lots of sticky pine smells. Huge amounts of bitterness, and a very hoppy finish. This one could have used more of a malt base to back up the hops - I love big hoppy beers, but this suffered on drinkability without the malt base.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of nine brews offered on-tap at Coronado Brewing Co. Being a sucker for IPA's and being short on time, this was my beer of choice.
Presented in a standard pint glass, Hoppy Daze had a clear amber hue, lively fine carbonation, and a dense 1" off-white head that showed good durability and left nice sheets of lace behind.
Sticking my nose right down into the foam, I got a nice snoot-ful of citrusy hops aroma, spruce pine, and, on a lower magnitude, some toasty malts. Nice IPA smell.
The feel was a bit rough-edged but nothing all that detracting. My palate was greeted by the flavors of caramel and toasted malts. Some hints of nuts, also. Then came the hops. Not the hugely massive hops explosion of some West Coast IPA's but still a satisfying mix of citrus rinds and juicy, sticky pine.
Overall, quite tasty and quaffable. Like I said, not the hops bomb West Coast IPA but still one that has a good convergence of characters. Worth trying out.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into a tulip sampler glass at TJs in Paoli.

A: A lighter hazy golden orange with a one finger fluffy white head. Medium glass lacing.

S: Sweet citrus hops with a sugary sweet malt presence. A tad bit of funkyness too.

T: Citrus hops with flavors of mango, orange, pineapple and some hints of floral grassy flavors. The hops immediately give way to a massive sugary sweetness mixed with some slight Belgian yeasty characters. The sugary sweetness lasts all the way until finish with the hops trying to make a comeback but end up being pushed back down with a decent alcohol flavor lingering.

M: Medium, coating, cloying sweet with a decent alcohol kick.

D: Low, believe it or not, I didn't even finish my tasting glass!

Talk about day and night, I so enjoyed this from a bottle, but from tap the sweetness comes pounding through....too much so. The hops and yeast are nice, but the sweetness needs to be dialed down a bit. I left disappointed. Shame too.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap @ Murphy's Bar & Grill in Honolulu, HI

Appearance: Muddled orangish-gold with a frothy, thinner head.

Smell: Hoppy and Belgian yeast come to mind.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Has a very pronounced Hop forward taste. Getting a bunch of heat from the higher abv. Dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. Not overtly complex.

Overall: As the name would suggest, this a hop assault on the tongue and mouth. It's pretty much a one-note beer for me. Would have liked to see some other flavors complimenting the hops. Not sure where the Belgian part comes into play with this one.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- golden color, thin head, nice lacing

Smell- malt, citrus hops(grapefruit)

Taste- citrus hops mostly, some malt

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would drink it again. It's not one of my standard ones but still pretty good.

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Photo of vicsju1991
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - pours a cloudy deep amber, with small one finger white head that stays for a bit, decent lacing
S - citrusy grapefruit and piney
T - very balanced ipa, sweet at the beginning btu not overwhilmingly so, finishes bitter and hoppy
M - a little thing, but pretty creamy, easy to drink
O - a veyr solid IPA

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Photo of whatthehull
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - a beautiful almost translucent golden sunset, half finger off white head and some decent lace

S - wow! Hop bomb! So much hops, citrus, pineapple, pine, smell of the islands, weed, sugar, peaches, crazy sweet almost Belgian yeast, toasty malts and a slight booze

T - holy crap, I just got punched in the face with hops, weed, citrus rinds, nice Belgian yeast, Nice sweet sugariness, no booze in the taste, flowers, grass, fruit orchard and fresh cut wood

M - medium minus body, medium acidity, decent balance, not a lot of complexity and a very long finish

D/O - huge hop bomb. Not at all for anyone who is just a casual fan of hops. This thing is hops from beginning to end. Hop, hops and more hops! Very silky, fresh and has that nice weed flavor

Final thought - for $8 a pop and 9% this is nice but not an every day ipa like idiot. That is the best beer they make by far. Still very nice

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Photo of Philousa
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a spotty, billowy white head. Aroma starts with a lemony tang accompanies with soft spices such as clove and pepper. Very pungent. Flavor is strong with clove, allspice, and pepper. Amazing that it was masked so much in the aroma. Grapefruit and other citrus come through in taste as well. Bitterness is grassy and barkish and strong, lingering a moderate amount. The huge flavors swing back and forth almost balancing each other out. Feel is also balanced with a dry finish. Very interesting and one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is orange amber hue with a modest layer of soapy white foam that sustains, light lacing

Aroma is a mix of sweetness and hops, hops are piney and floral grassiness, sweet bread malts are quite bold, light fruits, Belgian yeast and candi, citrus and peaches, honey, delicious

Taste is initially thick toast malts, piney hops, floral tones, and alcohol, midway enters hints of honey, peaches, Belgian candy, grass, and light citrus, finishes dry and resinous with a hint of chalk

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, thick and resiny texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is average, the sweet malts overwhelm the restricted hop profile, the Belgian aspect is different and exciting although the IPA-ness is sort of drowned out here. . .

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel stem. Bright, cloudy blood orange hue with 1 finger of off-white head. Aroma of classic San Diego grapefruit.
I got a huge citrus hop taste in the front of the tongue which changed into a Belgiany-yeasty tartness in the mouthfeel. And not a smooth transition, mind you. Head quickly dissolved after a sip or 2 leaving some nice lacing in the glass. Finished dry and hoppy with a strange hint of strawberry. Very thin in the body but had some nice layers of taste.

Very nice approach to a Belgian IPA style. Not terribly balanced between the 2 styles, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at the SLO Xtreme beerfest. It pours a very cloudy golden color with an antique white head. It demonstrates good head retention. Citrus and pine nose. Clean, crisp pine presence up front that quickly yields to raw oat flavor. Interesting, but not my favorite.

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Photo of m1ked
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5$ dollar don't make you holla, growler fill. Thanks Nate.

A- Mostly clear light amber, almost like the color of honey. Just hazy enough that I barely can't read through a pint glass (yes I can read). Minimal head disappears quickly, leaving a white rim.

S- This is really nice, I smell a distinct peach aroma, floral notes, pears, almost as if I were smelling an intersting chardonay, instead it is an interesting beer. I don't catch any whiff of bitterness.

T- Starts off like a belgian no doubt. Banana-clovey, vanilla up front, then it has an interesting/odd transition somewhere in the middle that is filled with some etoh heat that turns into a lingering bitterness, not your classic hops bitterness though.

M- smooth start, some thick mouthfeel, that turns into heat and then into bitter.

D- I really like what CBC has been doing recently. This is definetly unique and fun. With that being said, this one has me intrigued and confused at the same time. Nonetheless, an easy beer to drink.

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

Sampled in a 4 oz sampling glass

This beer pours an incognito orange brown. With the small glass there was little head. The aroma is very subtle floral and sweet. This IPA starts with a great hop bite. Not ridiculously bitter by any means. It's got a lot of hop flavor. Doesn''t strike me as Cascade. The hop flavor subsides and you're left with a fair malt base which is somewhat sweet, not thick or cloying. Very drinkable.

Reminds me of the Hopmaniac IPA at OnTap in La Jolla. Certainly not as bitter or powerful or in-your-fave as Stone ales. I swear that it was listed as a Double IPA on the board above the bar. It fits the regular IPA category pretty well. Very well done IPA.

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Photo of TaySuth
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a fresh bottle.

Appearance: Light amber to gold in color with a solid white head that dwindled down to a thin film of bottles a little too quickly.

Smell: Very good aroma with citrus, flower, and a hint of pine. The citrus has a varied bouquet of tangerine, orange, and a hint of cherry. The citrus is well balanced with a fantastic floral aroma and there is a slight finish of pine.

Taste: Very well balanced in an IPA sense. Hops give flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, floral and pine that is perfectly backed up, but not overshadowed by a sweet, malt taste. One issue was that the floral taste seemed to build upon the palate with each sip which began to wash out the other flavors slightly. That is my only complaint upon an overall excellent taste profile.

Mouthfeel: Good overall texture with with light but adequate carbonation and a medium heft to it.

Overall: This beer has some excellent qualities with some minor drawbacks but overall, I must say that I did thoroughly enjoy this beer.

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Hoppy Daze IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 219 ratings.
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