Coronado / Devils Backbone Devils Tale | Coronado Brewing Company

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Coronado / Devils Backbone Devils TaleCoronado / Devils Backbone Devils Tale

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An IPA collaboration with Virginia's award winning Devils Backbone Brewing Company. This beer has bright citrus and tropical fruit character care of Centennial and Mosaic hops, with a woody rusticity from the Northern Brewer hops.

Added by ThePaleRider on 01-14-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by chrisdopeee:
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of imbibehour
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep bronze and shimmering orange glowing amber body. Super clear with just the right amount of fine carbonation, a little moderate amount, just nearly goldilocks going there, rising to the top of a real nice creamed simple three finger head. Head formation is interesting, not really aggressive but manages a perfect top off the pour, creamed retention, slightly whipped up with a few peaks and valleys. Real nice looking IPA.

Excellent bouquet follows. Dry pine and with a woody tropical notes. Lots of orange and tangerine and dry biscuit grain hiding in the back. Some minor floral and herb woody spiced character comes out as well just a hair it seems. Real inviting, seems to be a smorgasbord of hop qualities going on, with none fighting and all enjoying their presence nicely, real well balanced. Truly as described, some experimental and classic hops in the mix it seems.

Interesting palate. Real nice light backbone of malt, but easily handling the flavors to give it depth. Mid palate is a little empty, translating some of the biscuit qualities with an interesting sweet bread sense, but the party all seems to be in the finish. Final aftertaste really coats with citrus like oils and a good aromatic bitterness. Mild pine and orange to tangerine bent, with the citrus creating some sweet warmth but getting pushed out with more standard hop woody and pine dry bitter flavors. Not quite juicy, but coating well. Slight hint of an almost English Bitter malt chew it seems.

Overall does feel almost in my head like a proper collaboration between these two. Although the last 16 point I had from Devil's Backbone was off the hook. Look and feel hints towards greatness but doesn't really get there. Such feelings leave with a bit of disappointment but this is still and excellent beer. Definitely feels like a sense of both breweries trademarks were present in the making.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasting notes: Initial impression is rather dry, crisp, and woody, with subtle pineapple and white grape notes. Nose features more citrus than the palate. Some nice blueberry and grapefruit notes do eventually emerge, along with a little musky passion fruit. There's the Mosaic! Some dilute sour orange and peach. A deep woodiness underneath the fruit. Crisp and clean, though. Has a dry chalky bite. Snappy like those old school Burton IPA descriptions. Getting some red berry late. Layers reveal themselves. A whiff of sulfur in the finish (?). Malts are crackery and minimally sweet. Perhaps a slight cookie quality. Super refreshing. I get the sense that this is supposed to have some classic English character underneath the American hops.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slight hazed deep orange tinged golden with a full one finger bone white head that settles ever so slowly into a frothy mass.Tropical fruits abound in the nose with a bit of grass underneath,some mildly sweet malts come thru but not caramel/biscuit like you might expect.Fresh and fruity on the palate with a bit of sweet onion thrown in,some light sugary sweetness in the back end.If you like big fruity hops with it not being overly bitter this is for you.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle w/o freshness info....$8.99 at one of my locals

Pours lighter near clear amber, leaves a nice frothy thin film and respectable lacing.

Mild tropical fruit nose with some cookie dough notes tossed in

Tasty and tropical with some mild grapefruit, oranges and again some sweet malty notes.

Nice brew, clearly well crafted and well worth a try kinda stuff.

Happy to enjoy a seemingly fresh bottle from a relatively unsung San Diego brewery

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold, with 1/3 inch head. Taste is grapefruit, pineapple, orange, biscuit, and grain finish. The citrus really pops in this beer. Got the bottle in the summer, but this beer still has a fairly big hop bite. Makes for a nice sipper. I will get this one again.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not bright and citruisy as advertised. A bit earthy and bitter, not bad, but mediocre. Wouldn't go out of my way for it b

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Photo of rsquared59
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of virinow
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap.
Good looking with a nice head and some sticky lacing.
Strong hoppy aroma features citrus and threatens a harsh, overly bitter taste, but such is not the case. Instead, there flavor reflects a good bit of balance from sweet malts. Still, a bold beer, even for an IPA. It is just not overly bitter.
Medium+ body is nicely smooth.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

22oz bottle - wow, this Devils Backbone outfit seems to like collaborating with the West Coast brewers of note - good for them.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, pale golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and faintly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splotchy, sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds off.

It smells of musty, mildly dank pine resin, fresh-squeezed orange and red grapefruit juice, a certain woody leafiness, grainy, bready caramel malt, and further herbal alcohol notes. The taste is more malty up front, in a crackery, bready caramel sense, with a still active piney, leafy, and underripe citrusy bitterness quickly keying on this, alongside a muddled tropical fruit, um, 'newness', a soft flinty minerality, and the same herbal tincture essence from the nose.

The bubbles are rather involved in probing my various palates with their playful frothiness, the body a solid middleweight for an IPA, and generally smooth, the hops poking and prodding, sure, but to no real effect. It finishes trending dry, those same hops not kidding around, apparently.

A tasty and agreeable hopped-up (should there really be any other kind?) true American IPA (I feel like I should watch some more House of Cards just now), being as its inspiration spans the usual coasts. As advertised, lots of western fruity and green piney stuff going on here - I just have to wonder what the Virginians' contribution was, as it's none too clear, even from the overwrought back label missive.

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joeyjoey104
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Das Biergarten. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear amber body. Nice white head and great lacing.

Smell - Citrus. Orange and grapefruit. Caramel malt. Lightly toasty and bready.

Taste - Grapefruit up front. Some sweet orange. Then malt. Very bready. Toasty. Mild bitterness and a lingering malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. A little slow to drink.

Overall - Well made, although a little too malty for me.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of absofale
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GRG1313
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Coronado / Devils Backbone Devils Tale from Coronado Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 167 ratings