Islander IPA
Coronado Brewing Company

Islander IPAIslander IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #4,851
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,697
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 11.02%
Reviews:
329
Ratings:
1,232
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Coronado Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Islander IPAIslander IPA
Notes: An IPA That's a Hometown Hero,

Named after Coronado Island, our original India Pale Ale is a liquid expression of hometown pride. Centennial, Chinook and Columbus hops combine to provide an explosive burst of piney bitterness and luscious notes of apricot, grapefruit and mango that are sure to evoke imagery of swaying palms and sun-kissed shores.

IBU: 65
Food Pairings: Tacos
Reviews: 329 | Ratings: 1,232 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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timon from California

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ya, it tastes like a mango/lemon cookie to me. Very buttery in the mouth with a sweet and bitter-lemon taste. The look in the glass is amazing to me. Copper with a pure white head, great lacing. Smell is a bit weak, but pleasant. Overall, a good beer for $11/6-pack.

Oct 28, 2019
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Riff from Virginia

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

Pours a not quite clear yellow color with a massive amount of white head. Smell is citrus and pine. Taste is mango and a hint of pine, finished with a sweet fruit flavor. Soft mouthfeel. It's quite nice, especially the feel of it. Would certainly get this again.

May 30, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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

Bottled 2/11/15; drank 3/8/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

HUGE bright white head; frothy, tree-rung lace.

Pine needles, fresh soap & mild booze heat in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Mango, caramel & pine flavors up front; mild booze heat & dry oak on the finish.

Plenty flavorful, but a bit too dry & boozy for me.

Apr 24, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly nice, crisp, well-balanced IPA from a new brewery for me. Pours a clear slightly darker golden color with some fluffy white head and spotty lacing that lingered for a while. Smells of citrus zest and floral hops, as well as some weaker aromas of malt, vanilla and bread. Taste follows the nose - it’s a little hard to distinguish the fruits within the hoppiness but there’s great balance with the sweeter malt backbone. The vanilla, bread, caramel and floral hops are more restrained. Smooth, crisp, mild mouthfeel with good carbonation. I could easily drink a couple of these on a hot summer’s day.

Jan 31, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Original rating 2014-12-31] Draft at Buddy’s bites and brews Hayward CA. Pours clear gold with a small white head. Aroma of flowers, citrus. Taste is similar, flowery in a good way. Nice IPA.

Oct 26, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Slightly hazy gold. A small white head.

Smell: Bright and floral hops. Gummy worms.

Taste: Slightly bitter hops, fruity sweetness at the back.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick, good carbonation.

Overall: Surprisingly sweet and drinkable for my least favorite beer.

Oct 21, 2018
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jwc215 from Arizona

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

12 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed golden with a thin foamy head that lasts for awhile. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of grapefruit with catty notes and a hint of black pepper.

The taste is of grapefruit with herbal/leafy hop notes. A bit catty/musty. Pleasantly bitter finish.

A very nice IPA. Hop-forward but balanced enough to be smooth and enjoyable.

Oct 05, 2018
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Meh3 from California

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Islander IPA at 7.0% is definitely entertaining! Pours a hazy amber with a two-finger, ivory-white head which persists a long time in a chilled mug. The body is hazy and looks to contain medium carbonation within. Lacing left on the glass is extensive and decorates the mug for the entire session.

First smell reveals pine and grapefruit, with tropical fruit (thing mango, pineapple, even apricot). The aroma is very fresh. This is assertive.

Islander IPA tastes very much how it smells, with delightfully strong hop notes of pineapple and mango, with just a slight pine flavor, as well. This is a tasty pale ale. The finish is just dry enough, and sweetly bitter.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. About medium bodied for a pale ale, the carbonation is nicely effervescent and harmonizes perfectly with the bitter hop bite. A dry finish caps it all off.

This is a really well crafted pale ale. Extremely sessionable and tasty, without being over the top at all. Another Coronado brew that has impressed me greatly.

The head floated to the bottom like meringue as the pudding below is drained. Wonderful to see!

May 18, 2018
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, dated 1/11/18. Hotel rocks glass.

A: pours a slightly hazy gold. Some islands of bubbles.

S: pretty tame; slightly sweet; some faint malt. Not much there.

T: hoppy, grassy, malty arrival. Green, piney middle. Lingering pine resin.

M: lighter end of mid-weight, smooth; pretty clean.

O: pretty standard piney west coast IPA. Decent.

Feb 09, 2018
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vikinggary28 from California

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber colour with a thin tan head. Smells are of smooth hops and a number of tropical fruit as well as citrus and spice. Taste has a number of things going on, all of them good. Nice mouthfeel. This is a great example of a above average west coast IPA. Prost!

Nov 26, 2017
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Marco-L from Canada

4.71/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my best IPA ever.

This West Coast Pale Ale blends Centennial, Chinook and Columbus hops for a potent burst of piney bitterness ans lush notes of apricot, grapefruit and mango.

Nov 19, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: slightly hazy gold blanketed by a 2" ivory to cream colored foam cap with good retention

S: juicy, citrusy smell hinting at tangerines, tropical fruit, spice, light floral and light pine supported by some light biscuit

T: Citrus and fruit flavors start the palate featuring tangerine, light melon and a mild sweetness, leading to an assertive bitter, drying finish

F: medium body and very creamy with soft, medium carbonation

O: a pleasantly drinkable IPA with a drying assertive finis

Oct 22, 2017
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with one finger of off-white head that leaves sandbag fortification lace as it recedes.

Smells of mandarin orange, guava and mango slices, pineapple, caramel malt, rising dough and mildly dank piney hops.

Tastes of orange rind, bread crust, pink grapefruit flesh, pineapple chunks, guava, caramel and pine resin. Alcohol is detected.

Feels soft and creamy. Hefty middleweight with frothy carbonation. Finishes dry with a bit of booziness.

Verdict: Highly recommended. A fine example of a California IPA.

Oct 10, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep gold with a medium head. The aroma features citrus peel, caramel, pine, orange flesh, and pink grapefruit. The flavor simple and tasty, with pink grapefruit, guava, and very mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is quite light with soft carbonation. Overall this is a very tasty and easy drinking beer - nothing really remarkable, but so smooth and gulpable.

Jul 27, 2017
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morimech from Minnesota

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

12 oz can with a canned date of 06/01/2017. Appears slightly hazy golden color with a dense head that tops off the beer. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of pine and tropical fruit. I also pick up some sweet malt. Flavor is definitely a bit sweeter than what is typical for West Coast style IPAs. Flavors of pine, mango, with some earthy/herbal notes. Malt adds some sweet caramel and bready notes. Nice body and robustly carbonated. Solid IPA but it is not going to replace any of my regular IPAs in rotation.

Jul 17, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice looking hazy to slight transparent yellow color. There was a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about less than a minute. A film of sticky lacing clings nicely to the glass. The smell calls upon a nice sweet to bitter spice but yet allows a decent sweet malt to balance. Light citrus intertwines. The taste was sweet but bitter and balanced between the two. Light sweet citrus aftertaste with a sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a good sessionable quality about it. Overall, I dig it, though no date, I could definitely have again, I’m assuming this is somewhat fresh.

Jun 22, 2017
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monkist from Hungary

4.91/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To my deepest regret I wasted 50 ml of this liquid gold when opening the cap and letting the head overflow... as excellent as a beer this is, it is such a pity. But looking at the bright side of things: the bottle is filled 355 ml so I am just where I should be with a standard bottle of craft IPA!
Chinook and Centennial perhaps (and checking the bottle, yes indeed) that are heavy in the nose, seriously and freshly dry hopped, perhaps a new batch. Excellent, refreshing, lively. Drinks very easily, feels like I could back it down like water but with the full pleasure of an amazing craft IPA. Wow.
Not quite sure where Coronado is located in California but somehow reminds me of Anderson Valley, being somewhere deep in the woods, surrounded by vast areas of nature - interesting enough, this is what comes through the beer.
The feeling of freshness lasts throughout, perhaps that's why you feel like drinking and drinking it, simply because it's so uplifting. As it thaws out more and more, the hops give it a deeper taste, something more complex than citrusy freshness. The hops are combined in a way that it smells and tastes somehow caramelly hoppy, earthy and piney.
Not sure if there is a reason to discuss it any longer - not sure if this playful taste could be described in any more detail. Simply pop one open - and don't let it overflow! A true Californian Classic.

Jun 15, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap served in a pint glass at Taproom, Bangkok.

Hazy golden orange color, it tops with very thick fluffy white head that stands with great retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting foamy layer atop and leaving numerous of sticky lacing all around.

The aroma is nicely packed up with hop with its floral, herbal, pepper, spice, tropical, grapefruit, apricot, lime, melon, and pine. Malt is there in the undertone with its subtle caramel, biscuit and sweet bread.

The taste kicks off with fruity hop providing notes of tropical, grapefruit, apricot, melon, and lime together with herbal, pepper, spice, and moderate piney bitterness. Malt acts as a base with its biscuit and slight sweet caramel.

Medium body with some crisp and some good carbonation through the palate, quite smooth mouthfeel, finish is dry.

Not really outstanding but another standard American IPA, pretty good one.

Mar 10, 2017
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crimsonfloyd from California

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A light amber with full white head (4). Has an apple and lemon scent with just a hint of sourdough. Tastes mostly follows scent, with a bit more of lean towards the lemon, but the apple sweetness remains. Mouthfeel is quite nice. A smooth and full texture with strong body.

Feb 11, 2017
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Bombelsky from Poland

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Cristal clear and golden color. Foam was frothy and off-white, 2 fingers tall and slowly diminishing .Shows very good lacing. Strong resin upfront, pine and grapefruit in aroma. Some malty notes. Long lasting medium bitterness which was well balanced malt sweetness. Bit of saltiness. Watery to oily. Medium body, medium carbonation, bit of grittiness. Medium lasting, medium strong bitter finish.

Decent IPA but nothing special. IMO should be little bit more bitter.

Feb 09, 2017
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matcris from Arizona

3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy, orangy amber, with a Finger + of off white long lasting, creamy head that sticks to the glass. Sweet floral, almost honey like, and tropical fruit on the nose. A good amount of caramel malt base, and a lightly toasted bread. Flavor is balanced, leaning toward the malt, nice bitterness that hits almost immediately, and some tropical notes, as well, but pretty subdued, really. There is an almost spicy, capsaicin vibe, that's a bit off putting on the finish. I wonder how long this has been on the shelf? No date on the bottle, guys. The feel is average carbonation, medium body, creamy, dry on the finish. Not digging the aftertaste, if it was a pepper beer, that would be one thing.

Jan 19, 2017
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, no apparent freshness date
A - hazed peach colored ale with a creamy white head that fades to a faom
S - hoppy nose with grass, orange & grapefruit zest, tangerine, pine, mango,caramel malt
T - quite zesty and fruity citrus; notes of grapefruit, orange, & tangerine rind, caramel malt, honey, mango, and a piney finish
M - very resinous medium body, dry on the palate and not overly bitter, which quickly entices another drink
O - a brewery I'm not too familiar with, but this is very good. It might open the door to me trying more of their offerings in the future.

Nov 05, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

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

From 32GP. In Teku glass. Playing Broken Sword 5. BB date dec 2016. Very tropically fruity. Bitterness noticeably lower than expected for the style, but its stilly very tasty and that makes it dangeoursly drinkable

Sep 26, 2016
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is an easy drinking fruity IPA which I thought was good.


(L) It has a somewhat cloudy (almost clear) golden hue with a thin white head.

(A) It has a fruity and somewhat piney aroma.

(T) The taste is fruity, grapefruit, pineapple, as well as some pine, malt base, well balanced. Not overly hoppy, not much dankness, good but it didn't stand out to me.

(F) About medium body with modest carbonation.

Aug 18, 2016
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zonker17 from Texas

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

22 oz bomber, age unknown. Clear, deep yellow with clinging lace. Light nose more like a hoppy pils. Taste includes mild tropical fruits, mineral, rusty finish that works. Medium body and average carbonation with a dry finish.

Aug 14, 2016
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