Guava Islander
Coronado Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #4,762
Ranked #26,709
3.81 | pDev: 8.4%
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Guava IslanderGuava Islander
Notes: Tropical fruit meets tropical vibes in this “guavacated” version of our Islander IPA. Brewed with the classic West Coast combo of Centennial, Chinook and Columbus hops, this beer gets the tropical treatment with a hefty dose of fresh guava puree. The result is a surprisingly smooth, unfiltered IPA bursting with tropical goodness that’s sure to put you in that island state of mind.
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timon from California

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My guess before coming here was "this will be between 3.75 and 4" and it is and that's right where I will put it too. It's good, not great. The look is decent, with a OK lacing and golden hazy appearance. Smell is light but pleasant, almost like some kind of flower. The taste is the best part and is pretty nice. Guava mixes with the hops very well and it tastes very drinkable. Mouthfeel is decent. Not a bad choice for something new and some guava lovers may be in heaven drinking it (I've never been that big a fan of guava).

Mar 19, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of eggshell colored head. Average lacing & slightly better head retention

S: A little guava & mango, then pine late

T: Follows the nose, slight citrus notes as well along with bready dryness & a touch of pine up front. Dryness, pomelo, a little guava, a little grassyness once warm. Finishes dry with pomelo & more guava

MF: Medium body body, dialed back carbonation that does pick once warm, alright balance

Drinks alright, just nothing really stands out about this

Mar 31, 2019
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descobar from Florida

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a 22oz bottle bought in San Diego, CA. 12/2018. Cannot find bottling date...
Look: into an IPA glass, it pours pale gold with a 3/4" inch bubbly white head with very good retention. the beer is perfectly clear. some lacing is observed.
Smell: citrusy, resiny hops and guava and tropical fruits. hints of bready dough.
Taste: some of the expected guava (but faint) and tropical flavors but offset by assertive bitterness. sweetness is also subdued.
Feel: medium body, texture unexpectedly rich, moderate carbonation. astringency is very light. The finish is short and dry with the only lingering element being the bitterness which clings to your palate for a while
Overall: a decent enough IPA. I like it. I wanted more Guava seeing that it is brewed with "guava puree added". Had I blind-tested this, I would not have said anything about guava. Probably just the "tropical fruit" part. Regardless its a good beer and I'm enjoying it.

Jan 15, 2019
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RyanK252 from California

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass

A: Pours golden amber with a kinda creamy off white that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Tropical, candied fruit, citrus, pine, and a touch of spice, biscuity malt, and caramel honey sweetness.

T: Tropical fruit, guava, papaya, and a little mango, resinous pine, citrus, grapefruit, lemon lime, a little spice, biscuity malt, and caramel/honey sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe a little milder bitterness or a touch more sweetness to make the guava pop would be nice, but it's still solid.

Nov 26, 2018
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Initial aroma was grassy and even a little harsh and then the guava kicks in and that is very nice. Sweet and tropical and fruity guava. Kind of a foamy head and a gold body.
Nice mix of flavors with the juice quieted down from the aroma and a more balanced mix of hops and fruit. A nice apparent bitterness through the drink but is never harsh. Big enough to give a shot of warmth. On thinner side of moderate.
Thanks little bro.

Jun 30, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 4/5/2017. Gusher upon opening. Pours fairly hazy golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of grapefruit, guava, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/pine hops, guava, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, guava, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, guava, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops, guava, and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is a delicious fruited IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops, guava, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Great balance of juicy guava and dank classic C hop complexity; balanced bready malt backbone, never sweet/heavy feeling. A very enjoyable offering.

Dec 16, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: A lightly hazy gold pour kicks up a 2" off-white foam cap with good retention

S: Guava tropical fruit aromas with some melon dominate supported by some biscuit aromas in the background

T: Mildly sweet guava starts the flavors supported by biscuit and light pie crust and a moderate bitterness at the finish

F: smooth with a very creamy texture, medium body and soft, medium carbonation

O: Guava Islander is able to maintain a balance between the beer character and the added fruit

Oct 23, 2017
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DavidR_9 from California

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

canned 8/28/17 consumed 10/18/17 in shaker pint glass.

Slightly hazed golden/yellow body under a rocky fine white 1 finger of head. Pretty subdued guava on the nose, underwhelming tropical hop notes and a slight presence of biscuity malts. Flavor is a somewhat stronger presence of the aroma. guava puree and medium bitter, and pineapple-y hops with a subtle malt backbone. Mouthfeel is dry and clean. Medium to light bodid IPA, impressive for 7% abv.

Oct 19, 2017
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BeerBobber from Nevada

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Has a slightly hazy golden/orange appearance with a thick two fingers of off white head made up of large bubbles that leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

I pick up a smell of tropical fruit notes along wih just a hint of that hop dankness coming out.

The taste is prevalent with guava and does contain a slight hop bitterness.

The mouth is clean and light and finishes dry.

As it warmed I did detect a bit of the 7% ABV in the back of the throat. However this is a very nicely done beer and a person could drink several of these down without noticing that 7%. My first beer from this brewery and I am quite happy with it.

Oct 06, 2017
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow gold pour with a 2 finger white head and lots of carbonation/effervescence. Big citrusy and pine aroma. Taste has a strong citrus bitterness initially. Also has a strong resinous quality with a hint of bready malt.

Aug 02, 2017
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atigerlife from Hawaii

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy with a 2-finger head. Good retention. Lots of little carbonation rising. Nice start.

Aroma is bright. Citrus. Grassy. Tropical fruit and malts.

Taste is citrus, guava and other tropical fruits. Musty at the end. Bready sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium/light. Cleansing.

Overall, good on a summer day. Mustiness at the end would not make it sessionable.

Jul 30, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a bright gold with a solid head. The aroma hits you with a delicious whiff of guava and a touch of alcohol, as well as pineapple, mandarin orange, papaya, mango and kiwi. The flavor is bright and fresh with guava, watermelon, pineapple, mango, and papaya. There is just a touch of both malt and bitternes at the finish. The mouthfeel is quite lights and fizzy. Overall this is a very tasty beer, and I love the way it amps up the guava flavor.

Jul 27, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned date of 05/17/17

Appearance - Pours mostly clear and golden yellow in color with a white, one finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, consistent layer of suds that thicken up around the edge of the glass. A small handful of tiny spots make up the lacing.

Smell - Guava is evident along with some citrusy notes, a hint of spice and some bready sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Moderate tropical juiciness with guava and a hint of pineapple. Citrus hits with a bit of orange character. Fair bready malt base. Finish is slightly bitter with a hint of pith and a slight spice bite, otherwise it's a mildly sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a resfreshing finish.

Overall - Decent brew, but a bit tame on the hops. I wouldn't go and actively seek this out, but if options were limited (and who are we kidding, these days they aren't) I'd give it another go, particularly on a hot summer day.

Jul 25, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned on June 16th, 2017.

L: Clear gold, big three finger off-white head.

S: Some guava for sure but mostly other citrus notes and a faint resiny pine.

T: Again lots of citrus with some of it being Guava, and a faint pine backnote with floral hints as well.

F: Light, crisp, semi-dry.

O: Pretty solid IPA.

Jul 20, 2017
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours hazy straw yellow with a medium bubbly white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - sweet tropical fruit and resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready biscuit malt with citrus fruit and an earthy resiny hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK lightly fruited malty IPA. I'd like a little more fruit.

Jun 21, 2017
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 7/6/17

A slight haze in a golden orange body, tiny bubbles everywhere but only a thick film for head, not much retention and a few patches of lace

S sweet tropical notes, candied mango, over ripe pineapple, and the guavas there but not overly strong, ju jubes, soft caramel, some floral notes and faint pine

T much more guava and pine then the nose, lots of caramel, lemon rind comes out strong, differs from the nose but it works

M leaning towards full, the tiny bubbles fluff it up, a little grit inside and sticky on the lips, pine and rind linger

O Not a bad fruit addition for an IPA, it plays a part without taking over

This bottle has a couple months on it and perhaps the hops and fruit have already started to fade? malts coming out a bit but just adds some balance.....

Jun 08, 2017
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $1.67
Purchased: May 1, 2017
Consumed: May 4, 2017
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Canned on March 27, 2017 at 9:47 a.m. PT

Not a big fan of Coronado, but for some reason wanted to try this when I saw it at Trader Joe’s on my last trip there. Gave the base Islander IPA beer a 3.80 back on Dec. 9, 2011, which means it was probably slightly lower for me now with the 0.25 increments. Can read Centennial, Chinook and Columbus. Not three of my favorites, but still headed in with an open mind.

Poured a pale hazy color with three fingers of rocky white head. Lots of slow moving bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. World-class sporty lacing. World-class retention. A good looking beer. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled a healthy dose of tropical flavors up front, notably guava, papaya, mango, floral and passion fruit. Also getting that Centennial. A little bit out of touch with Columbus since I couldn’t remember the last time I had some, but getting some spiciness with is likely the Chinook. Also some sugary pineapple, herbal and menthol. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose for the most part, maybe not quite as good as the nose. Got guava, papaya, mango, pineapple, stone fruit, nectarine, floral, caramel malts and bitter earthy tropical rind. Got the lingering spicy Chinook and mumbled Centennial and Columbus I would guess. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, dry, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This was a fairly good IPA. I’d probably have it again. (Overall - 3.75)

3.77 | 85 | B+

May 25, 2017
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

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

Poured from a 12oz can,canned on 1/26/2017
A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a thick white head and lots of sticky lacing.
S: Fruit, i guess guava is there as there is a sweet tropical nose.
T: Sweet pale ale to me not much there for me.
F: good carbonation.
O: Had to try one but not for me i would not call it a IPA

May 10, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 4/5/17. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a light golden with a subtle haze; big fluffy and chunky white head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and frothy sticky lacing. The aromas are tropical with some hints of citrus, cracker and fresh bread. The guava puree is subtle, but noticeable. Hints of orange and grapefruit as well. The flavors are juicy. It's on the sweeter side, but there's a decent bitterness to balance everything out. It becomes less sweet the more you get into it. Hints of mango and coconut. Some grapefruit along with some fresh grass. Malts do their thing. Finishes juicy and dry at the same time. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid "fruit IPA". It's not my new personal favorite, but it's definitely not my new least favorite. It has been a very long time since I've had their original Islander IPA, but I remember really liking it and I'd say it's much better than the guava version. I'm basing that off of memory though.

Apr 29, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can - I recall having the Islander whilst in the Hawaiian Islands a few years ago for, oh well, never mind.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random chunks of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of muddled tropical fruit (sure, guava, I suppose, but pineapple and mango too, maybe), gritty and grainy caramel malt, a touch of hard water flintiness, and more leafy, weedy, and resinous piney green hop bitters. The taste is somewhat dank pine resin, kind of sauced-up exotic fruit bowl notes (yuk-a-flux ready!), grainy and biscuity caramel malt, more pleasant enough earthy chalkiness, and some still heady weedy, herbal, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its merely supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really interfering here, as such. It finishes off-dry, the muted tropical notes sort of slipping and sliding with the lingering basic bitch maltiness.

Overall, this is a decent enough sidestep version of the original, as the fruit and Big C hops work quite well together in providing a wild ride for my willing palate. Easy to drink, despite the 14-proof wowee sauce quotient, and pretty damned tasty, at any rate.

Apr 24, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear deep golden honey orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow + burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a tow finer tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/guava, tropical/papaya, tropical/mango, and pine/resin hops with light to moderate aromas of toasted, biscuit, and caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavors of toasted, biscuit, and caramel malts with a slightly heavier than light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of fruity tropical/guava, tropical/papaya, tropical/mango, and pine/resin hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: A good tropical IPA, not great - I liked the idea of the addition of the guava but it did not come off quite successfully enough for me (individual components tasted good but it was lacking a little something in the synergy of the flavors). Alcohol is well hidden and it is pretty easy to drink.

Apr 12, 2017
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michiganmatt from California

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on 3/31/17 from a can with canning date of 1/26/17.

L: A darkish golden orange, moderately clear. A good amount of off-white/light tan head.

S: Tropical fruit (guava, papaya, orange) and pine.

T: Tropical fruits strongest at the beginning of the sip, then fades away into piney and floral hops with some maltiness near the end of the sip as well. Given the smell, I was a little disappointed with the taste. The tropical fruit is not near as strong and the flavors are a bit different—I can’t really detect the guava like I could in the smell. But all in all, not a bad flavor.

F: Smooth, with only a bit of bitterness. Medium-full bodied--seemed a bit too heavy for an IPA. Carbonation is moderately light.

O: A decent, tropical IPA. But there are other similar IPAs I would prefer so don’t see myself getting this ever again.

Apr 01, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can from ABV

A clear light orange with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose has a blend of caramel, guava, a mild floral note, some citrus and a little honey. The palate opens with a mild vegetal bitterness, a little bit of caramel and some honey. A mild guava flavor is present as well. The mid-palate has some grapefruit and a little pine. A blend of sweetness and bitterness is present on the finish. Medium light in body and moderately carbonated, this beer is rather boring.

Mar 25, 2017
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CJNAPS from California

2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Liked Original Islander not liking the fruit back taste on this beer. Color was great nice and clear golden color.
I always have room to try new beers from these guys, I just won't visit this one again.

Feb 24, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color and nearly clear. Little head but it does provide for some webby lace.

Very mild aroma. Mostly malt with little hop.

The flavor leans dry and yet retains some fruitiness. The body is weak but the carbonation is slightly low, allowing this to work. Light alcohol warmth on the tongue. Short aftertaste.

Jan 14, 2017
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