Islander IPA | Coronado Brewing Company

very good
1,184 Ratings
Islander IPAIslander IPA

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by scottoale on 07-18-2006

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of CoronadoCurt
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of ejane
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Acamusm
4.93/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of monkist
4.91/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let's get things straight, I'm fortunate to live in a tri state area where I can go to PA and grab a mixed six pack with both Coronado, Green Flash, Stone, and Mission IPAs. This one is a golden orange hue slightly hazed with a bright yellow tinted white head with a nice even coating laced across my chalice. Aroma is simply exploding with grapefruit citrus tones and hints of tropical fruit juiciness more hop love from the Left Coast. Mild alcohol notes and sugary hops are evident in the nose, a nice mix of action going on. Flavors provide an eye opening mix of classic flavors, from the grapefruit pith, tropical fruit notes mango juice extract and heavy hop bitterness rolling around on my palate. That mix of sugary/malts and bitter/hops plays so nice together. This beer has it down the type of poetry that becomes a classic not a one time read. Mouthfeel is medium bodied oily slightly resinous hops streak across the palate. Carbonation is lively kicking nicely with hop burps after a few sips. Drinkability is incredible the type of beer I would love to find on draft, in fact I will seek this out in the Pittsburgh market, what a great beer here in the Ohio Valley.

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Jacobotsford3
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's a great ipa.

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure why people rated this beer so low. I know better. On nice warm day in So. Cal this has the best balance of taste and IBU. Hoppy the clown it's not, but it's so good, no kidding. I go to the local craft brewer that have great beer, The Institutional brewery in Camarillo, Surf and Anacapa breweries in Ventura, but sometimes I need a quick pick 6. The Islander is a great choice without compromise. IMHO

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of t2thebro
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- golden amber color. thick sticky head that stays around.
S- herbal hop/ pale malt some crystal
T- earthy herbal woodsy. balanced with semi sweet crystal malt.
O- one of my favs.

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Photo of MinkyDog
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.68/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of DirtyJerseyMatt
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent! I'll definitely buy it again

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Photo of CaliforniaBurrito
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not so rich on hops. Still a good brew.

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4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received as an extra from FreightTrain (thanks Jacob!). The beer is a light orange shade of copper, mostly clear with a little chill haze, and a thick wet frothy head that laces in sheets and streams rivulets down the glass walls. The aroma takes me straight to Pliny the Elder, pungent citrus and pine resin, resin so sticky it makes your eyes burn a little. The taste is a little sweet at first, orange and grapefruit style, then abrasively bitter and acidic. Completely delicious, again very similar to Pliny the Elder (a great beer to be similar to).

This bottle disappeared much more quickly than I wanted it to, just a phenomenal under-the-radar beer. I'll add this to my permanent wants list.

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4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A deep orange hue with a nice, patchy lacing.

Smells: piney, orange, grapefruit and floral. It had a very good smell to it.

Taste : Taste is hops goes quickly to a strongly grapefruit and the malt balance the beer out nicely .

mouthfeel: It has medium with a smooth amount of carbonatio

This is a good IPA for $10.99 price tag for a sixer. I will stick with Sierra Nevada for price only and it taste a little better. After a while all of these good west IPA taste the same then I go with price tag.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Yellow/orange filtered looking, minimal head but poured slow into pint glass.

s - Floral hops and pine/resin smell, refined IPA.

T - Taste is super balanced and floral, mixed with balanced rich hops, super dank.

M - Lower carbonation but enough to suit well, hardly any after taste, but definitely there.

D - Drinks smooth and refined for an IPA, if you like a DANK taste, you will like this. Definitely easy drinking for a IPA of its class, sure its not a double/imperial IPA but worth talking about. Thumbs up for original flavor and taste, maybe it should be more potent then 7% but what can you do, $10.99 from albertsons for a sixer.

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Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,184 ratings.
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