Islander IPA | Coronado Brewing Company

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Islander IPAIslander IPA

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by scottoale on 07-18-2006

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Ratings: 1,221 |  Reviews: 325
Reviews by DeanMoriarty:
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass.

A: Pours a nice golden amber hue with a solid head that dissipates after a few sips and leaves a nice amount of lace from start to finish.

S: Sweet sappy pine with a bit of citrus spice.

T: Fresh cut grass, grapefruit spice, balanced well with sweet nutty malt.

M: Lightly carbonated, medium bodied, extremely clean and dry. Someone mentioned a resiny aspect in the mouthfeel and I completely agree; I picked up on that in the smell as well - super sappy.

D: Real easy to drink - the maltiness of it really balances the beer's hoppiness nicely and makes it easy to polish off a 6'r no problem.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Bright golden color, dense head when first poured and then drops a whole lot of lacing on the glass. Citrus rind, pine resin, and wild flowers in the nose from the hops. Smooth and crisp with a semi-chewy maltiness. Assertive hop character, lots of pine and citrus zest. Suggestions of mint and pineapple in the middle, warming alcohol. A bit of malt flavor helps keep things balanced, bread and a light note of caramel. This is your typical West Coast IPA and I'm lovin it.

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Photo of morimech
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Marco-L
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear amber infused deep golden with almost no head even after a fairly hard pour,just a thin quick to fade white head.Aromas are all San Diego IPA in its big citrus and resiny notes,a subtle but noticeable caramel malt element is there as well.Flavors have a deep fruitiness not just grapefruit and tangerine wich is expected,but also a bit of tropical fruit as well,its big and resiny late.A bit of a dull feel but its pretty full in nature,another good left coast IPA to seek out here.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This poured a golden orange in color with a nice, easy, slightly off-white head.

Smell - This is a nice bouquet leaning towards heavy hops. They are full of fresh, aromatic pine that is not overly resiny and mixed with some wonderful tangerine and to a lesser extent grapefruit. The malt certainly plays the lesser role but is not to be undone as it has wonderful caramel flavor that's not overly sweet. All in all it is a terrific, natural aroma.

Taste - The hops surprisingly carry over well into the taste. They are still with a little more grapefruit than shown at the nose and the malts are rich and again not overly sugared or falsely sweet. The two main characters, the hops and the malts, mate extremely well putting this IPA way above average. There's also a slight nutty taste that just adds to the complexity.

Mouthfeel - This is a very slick and rightly bittered medium-sized IPA that lingers dryly on the palate.

Drinkability - I developed a personal affinity for this beer as the night wore on. It is well-balanced with quality ingredients and unique enough to stand out from the pack. It doesn't hit you with a sledgehammer but is serious and just raw enough to make ya say hmmm.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yard House in Waikiki.

A - Clear darker-golden amber body with a thin off-white head that receded and deposited a thin web of lacing around the rim of the glass.

S - Moderate hop character suggesting floral notes with some citrus fruit. Malt is sweet and caramely with a touch of toasted grains.

T - Citrus hops dominate the flavor with a touch of floral and perfumy notes. Hops are backed by a sweet caramel and grainy malt backbone.

M - Medium bodied wity a light syrupy texture, although a bit watery overall. Carbonation is moderate with a slight prickly sensation and subtle alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - While this is a very good IPA overall, it doesn't strike me as West Coast. However, it is well-balanced with a nice hop kick and lots of flavor.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tiernan
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dmann
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I had never heard of until today, I decided to give it a chance. The pour was nice with a clear orange color and good head retention and lace. The smell was quite earthy with a bit of an off putting sourness in the background. The taste was quite good, though a bit one dimensional. Hops of course took the foreground with a very piney flavor and good carbonation, but the malt was nowhere to be found. If you are looking for a hop bomb this is a good beer, but fans of balance will be a bit disappointed.

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Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of andyfrancis
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice looking golden IPA with a lingering white foamy head.

Smells a bit like the outside of a brewery. Extracty.

Tastes ok. Piney IPA that finishes clean.

A little syrupy pine in your cheeks, but it doesn't linger offensively.

Overall, ok but nothing special for a california IPA. If I was in Coronado for some reason, a visit would not be a must based on this experience.

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Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear yellow gold with a big meringue white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is a little subdued - sweet crystal malts with fruit and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet malts with citrus and tropical fruit and some resiny piney floral hops with good bitterness although a bit chalky. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice fruity resiny IPA.

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Photo of REP22
1/5  rDev -73.6%

Photo of TTripp725
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mverity
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale gold, with good white head, great lacing, great head retention, thick collar. Aroma is pale malt breadiness, citrus hops (orange and lemon) and pineapple (maybe a hint of mango). Taste is very lightly bitter, the citrus and tropical fruits play well together, with the orange taking center stage. A bit watery in the mouthfeel - light body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Boxerjay
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Beerswag
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a clear pumpkin orange body with a creamy, two finger offwhite head. Good retention and lavish island chain lacing.

Aroma is west coast hops. Pine, grapefruit, and grass.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and carbonation with a hop zing.

Taste is dry and bitter in a hoppy sense. C hops dominate, with little suggestion of any malt presence or hint of sweetness. Finishes bitter as well.

Solid westcoast American IPA, but a bit bitter and one-sided with hops for my palate.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in beautiful Coronado, CA, just outside of Hoptown USA, San Diego, Ca., pours light peach amber, slightly couldy, with a near white head and leaving plenty of fine lacing. Nose is the expected grapefruit, and other hoppy wiffs. This is yet another SD style hop bomb, tons of grapefruit, medium bodied, with a long citric finish. Tasty, high quality brew. Recommended.

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Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,221 ratings