Islander IPA | Coronado Brewing Company

very good
312 Reviews
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:
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Added by scottoale on 07-18-2006

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

12oz bottle from a discount 6er. Great deal. No freshness date. Obscure bottling code on the bottom of the bottle.

This beer has a paler, straw-heavy color for an IPA. Yellow in the pint, orange in the snifter. To me this suggests freshness and hop-forwardness. A good sign. There is also quite a bit of flaky goodness at the bottom of the bottle, another good sign.

Smell is friendly lemonhead sweet with pine undercurrents. More and more flavors unfurl with the pour, apple, peach, grape, spruce and pink citrus rind. 1.5 fingers of head. Lace extraordinare.

I lucked out with fresh bottles this time, and for the second occurrence out of five, Islander knocks me to the fucking ground. The aroma is early Sculpin with more forest, the drink is bright and dry but chewy, unabashedly bitter but not afraid to show its sweeter side. I am ecstatic that this will be carried at Vons! Way to go Mr. Von!

Post-note: Even greater depth reveals itself. Each sip rides out on a different wave of herbal impressiveness. Unlike most IPA's, the finish is not simply bitter resin, but stems forth with leaves and flowers gone acrazy. Seriously, there is a distinct Belgian flavor to this bitch, a Saison-like spiciness reminiscent of Stone's Du Buff. Incredible.

I could drink this forever. God Bless America. Nevar Forget.

228 D-2 1005 (on the bottle)

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Photo of brianwsnyder
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 oz bottle at a Walgreen's on the Vegas Strip. Went well with some Little Italy Pizza. When I got home from Vegas, I was surprised to see this for sale at Weis.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle of Islander IPA is a bottle shop. Poured in to a tulip.

Pours a bright gold color, clear but for some chill haze, with a modest white head.

Smell is a strong sweet pine aroma.

Taste is a lot sweeter than the smell, with citrus flavors, pink grapefruit and lemons. No malt presence to speak of.

Mouthfeel is clean with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Overall a very good IPA. Clean, clear and crisp with a bit of a citrus bite. I would have this again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus, mango, pineapple hops. In the taste, same as the aroma, mango, citrus hops, yet somewhat dry. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry citrus hop in the aftertaste. This beer is fantastic, I could drink it everyday.

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Photo of Chaz33187
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- solid golden color limited bubbles
S- smooth citrus piny smell, enticing
T- beautifully balanced and flavorful, can't taste the alcohol at all.
M- not overly dry relatively thin IPA
O- soo balanced, no lingering bitterness, I could drink 3 of them no problem

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Photo of FutureJack
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this to be a great representation of the San Diego West Coast style.

A great combo of piney hops with a nice malt underbelly. Lots of the aroma you'd expect from beers of this region.

Moderate lacing. Terrific mouthfeel.

I'm not sure I can add too much to the discussion of San Diego IPAs that hasn't already been said. You know what you're getting here, and I think this incredibly sessionable beer would be a great intro for someone who's unfamiliar with the style; but it's also good enough to make a hophead like me still take notice.

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Photo of tobyandgina
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Decent, lasting head with good lacing.
Murky, orange/amber in color.

On the nose: Citrus hops with a hint of pine (overtones). Some yeasty smells and caramel malt undertones.

Slightly bitter taste - reminiscent of Sierra's Pale Ale. Slightly sweet on the middle of the tongue. Good hoppiness.

A little oily on the tongue, along with a dry, astringent finish. Good body and overall mouthfeel.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden. Small creamywhite head that has good retention.

Very nice aroma. Grapefruit, flowers, lots of citrus, perfume. Nice strong aroma.

Taste is of grapefruit, lilikoi, flowers, citrus zest. Nice malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, a wonderful beer. Delicious. Sessionable [though beware of the ABV].

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Photo of jgap
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a deep orange hue with a nice, patchy lacing. Take a big huff and the smell is wonderful. Sticky piney hope. Orange, grapefruit, clemintines, and floral soap. Wow- I hope the taste is even half as good as the smell! Taste is light floral hops fading transtioning quickly to a strong piney grapefruit then settling on a crisp caramel-toffee malt. lastly it fades into a nice, slightly pepper bitterness. The bartender said there were four different hops one of which was centenial causing me to hesitate as I try and avoid peppery, centenial based ipas. However this one was exceptional focusing on other hop varieties and only using a centenial accent. Well balanced ipa for hop-heads. I had the admiral ipa after this one but couldn't review it because my taste buds were saturated! Great ipa

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Photo of SharKKD
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was my first taste of the Coronado Islander IPA...or any Coronado beer for that matter. It's a classic one with fruit notes in the smell and slightly in taste. The hop level was perfect, and I found it very refreshing and satisfying. The Islander is a great choice, and I will definitely imbibe again especially because my husband drank all the others while I had only one.

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Photo of feelmefoam
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This might be a sin to some, but I've never heard of Coronado Brewing Company before, so when I saw this bottle with a hot mermaid woman chilling on the front and a sticker that said 'IPA' at the store, I knew it was coming home with me. I'm glad it did.

The beer pours a murky honey color with plenty of light orange and gold highlights dancing around inside. Despite the 7+ ABV percentage, the finger of white, foamy head stayed around for at least two minutes. When it did fall down, it left lots of gooey lacing around the glass. I'm pretty impressed.

The nose on this thing is just as voluptuous as the mermaid on the bottle. Sweet, juicy citrus hops and sugary strawberry get jammed right up your nostrils with each whiff. In a good way. There might be a little bit of pale maltiness in there too, but who cares? This thing is tickling whatever part of my brain it is that likes smelly-good stuff. My favorite-smelling beer that I've had so far in my travels is Bell's Two-Hearted, but this is right up there with it. Fiver.

Islander is good on your tongue, too. Light and sweet orange followed by more citrus... probably grapefruit. A little bitterness sets in afterwards, which in turn is washed away with a bit of buttery maltiness. No alcohol noticed. A large amount of hops are kept from becoming feral by a malty leash.

Good mouthfeel, maybe just a little bit more thickness (seriously just a tad more) on top of the already pretty-close to medium-body and a teeensy bit more carbonation would make it a bit better. Still, it's smooth and works pretty well with the beer.

My only previous experience with the word Islander was the people that tried to eat Jack Sparrow and the shitty New York hockey team. This beer gives me a better appreciation of the term. Excellent beer, in my opinion. Maybe a few more hops and a little mouthfeel-tweaking would do it better, but that's just being picky. It got a rare Fiver in the aroma because of the ridiculous candied lemon-berry-hop scent and the flavor wasn't shabby either. The only downside on drinkability is that it's runnin a 7.5% and I don't have more of the damn beer. I'm a fan and I need to keep my eye peeled for more Coronado beers in the future.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Above average IPA. Look is a medium gold. Some random bits of lacing.
Aroma is a complex blend of both citrus and pine. Taste is similar but a little more malt forward. Had on draft at Applebee's.

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Photo of MedaryvilleEscapee
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a seriously underrated IPA. Yes, if you're idea of an IPA is that it should taste very bitter and dank, then this isn't the IPA for you. However, if you're looking for an IPA that has a special balance of flavors, where the mix of west coast hops, fruits, and malt a very blended and no one flavor dominates the others, then give this a go. I was surprised by the first taste, expecting much bolder flavors, but was immediately won over by the subtle art of flavor blending. Think of it as the La Fin Du Monde of IPA's (for better or worse, which for me is the better). Mango, apricot, grapefruit flavors with west coast hops and just enough subtle malt flavor to make things interesting. Now if we can just get this here in New Mexico...

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice got a bomber of this for 6 bucks! Sweet!

A - Pours a dark amber color with a half inch of fluffy head

S - Slight pine resin with a hint of citrus or grapefruit hops.

T - Nice bitter hops presence that sticks around to the end of the mouth with a touch of malt presence to balance. Very solid.

M - Medium bodied and hoppy.

D - Well I was glad to try and and really wanted something hoppy so it was a win/win. Still I feel that even though I liked it I still have had better IPA's. Overall very good.

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Down right good looking brew - a cloudy ipa orange that's hard to see thru but a great looking white head that sits atop this brew for a couple minutes -

Smells of citrus flavors - not overdone just right. Picking up the great smell of fruity hops - similar to smelling a freshly squeezed piece of orange zest

Taste is hop forward. Tropical hops turned up a bit , but again not overly sweet - simple grain bill keeps this beer on earth and not off to a hop planet far away
Balance is everything here - well done

Mouthfeel is a medium body with a low level of carbonation - this beer warms up just fine without changing much of the taste and mouthfeel - Very enjoyable

Overall this brew rocks- and big ups for winning an award at this years (2014) CBC - I beleive the balance in this beer is unmatched in today's agressive search for the next double dry hopped hop hydrogen bomb- this beer stands out in the land of IPAs

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat hazy light orange color with a frothy, white head that leaves a nice wall of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and tropical hops.

Tastes of a great wave of hops upfront followed by a moderate malt backbone. Hops have a pineapple and grapefruit notion to them with a bit of grass and pine as well. Bitterness is moderate and lingers throughout. The malts come in and have a typical caramel sweetness with some toasted bread as well. Sweetness does its job, but in no way overshadows the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a good IPA with nothing bad to say about it.

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Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. brown bomber that pours out a rusty-amber with pristene clarity and a steady flow of fine bubbles of carbonation that keep the finger of off-white foamy head alive and well. Some nice sticky lace all over the place.

A hearty malt backbone lies beneath a healthy dose of dry hopped Chinnok and Centenntial's. Nice and some what piney.

Goes in smooth and mildly sweet with a very nice citrus upwelling, mostly of orange, then turn sharply to a piney hop bittering that eventually leaves on a crisp and clean note. Ahh, just makes you yearn for the next's not over the top in the hop dept., but it's damn tasty stuff!

A healthy medium plus body, great carbonation with the head lasting through out the bomber, a smooth rich mouthfeel and a good bit of potency make this IPA a "gotta try it", you'll probably really like it...IPA.

Pleasantly suprised by this one, I will see (and drink) it much more in the future...Cheers!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone Levitate Elongated Tulip.

A- Bright honey, huge chunky head with lacing and head intermingling and making hard to distinguish on from the other.

S - Citrus, malt, deep and inviting.

T - Pine and Citrus, yeah baby. Good full W IPA.

M - So full. Carbonation good. Texture very nice.

D - Could be drank all night.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Coronado Brewing Company "Islander IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$1.99 @ Giant, Upper Darby, PA

Appearance: Clear golden body beneath a frothy-then-creamy off-white head that holds quite well and leaves very good lacing behind.

Aroma: Hoppy: resin, citrus (orange, mild grapefruit), pine, grass.

Flavor: Hoppy as in the aroma with the addition of some pineapple and apricot, nicely threaded through a softly sweetish and grainy golden malt base. There's a synergy to its components, and it seems perfectly balanced. In drinking it you won't forget that it's an IPA - it's solidly bitter, and a touch spicy with alcohol in the finish, but you may drink it as if it were a pale ale as it's also quite soft and supple upfront with malt followed by fruitiness and then bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that leaves it quite smooth once warmed a bit.

Overall: An impressive, easy-going "tropical" IPA with a bit of bite in the finish!

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Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
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