Guava Islander | Coronado Brewing Company

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Guava IslanderGuava Islander

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by superspak on 07-24-2016

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of mchegash
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of CJNAPS
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Craft Beer Hop Stop on 10-27-16 for $5.99. Bottled on 10/12/16.

Beer poured orange with a decent white head that has pretty good hang time.

Nose is malty with hints of tropical notes.

Taste is pretty well balanced between the pale and caramel malts and citrus and floral hops. The guava puree lends a nice tropical finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a solid beer, one well worth pursuing!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle, dated 11/26/16, a clear orange under a 1/2" thick white head which fades to the rim and leaves puzzle lace. Pungent juicy guava fruit dominate the aroma. Balanced malts and tropical fruit with a juicy note. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes fruity and hoppy. Enjoyed.

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Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly drinkable moderately hopped IPA. From the 32 oz growler filled today at the brewery on Morena. Pours a totally clouded amber. I have rarely seen a server blow off so much foam so it must have been the last gasp of the keg. It does taste yeasty and murky as well.

Pleasant and drinkable, however. The fruity and distinct guava flavor is tasty. Toasty malt flavor with a modest sweet note. Restrained bitterness. The sharpish fruity finish is quite refreshing. I'll have to try this again with less dregs.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange to almost pink. Thin opaque small bubbles.

S: of course lots of guava juice due to the purée there's hops very little resin overrun with guava and citrus juice

T: definitely has the guava upfront citrus piss some resin in the middle to kind of balance out the fruit subtle pine on the finish rounds back out to more of that guava purée almost a mango Peel is well

F: has pretty good body to it not to worry of course again the purée house in this aspect crisp nice finish leaves a flavor of lava at the aftertaste

O: this is quite good I enjoy it but without the addition of the guava it would be a pretty decent IPA so there's quite a bit adding to it to make it better that it probably is but still very enjoyable

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Photo of pkalix
4.61/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

hazy? or murky? either way, a great tropical punch and wonderful aroma! this is probably the best Coronado i have had.... i wanted to call it borderline novelty considering they added the puree but i guess that's a 'style' these days.... slight bitterness, loads of tropical fruit..... great flavor! inflated scores, but judging on flavor rather than genuine IPA..... but i'm curious here.... still no reviews? and only 5 ratings? 1350 on Untappd. of course i prefer BA and wish everyone posted here because there is room for more description....

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Guava Islander from Coronado Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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