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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by scottoale on 07-18-2006

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Reviews: 308 | Ratings: 1,147
Photo of JohnIrving
1.71/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Poured a straw color from the bottle in to the shaker pint glass. 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly. Light aroma of citrus. Taste was also light with pine resin at the front and citrus notes underneath. Finish was an unpleasant type of bitterness with some chemical tastes. Not enjoyable.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap at Coronado Brewing. Reviewed from notes.

A- Half finger white head, orange-brown color.

S- Light smell, hoppy, unbalanced.

T- Not great hoppy and bitter finish.

M- Heavier for an IPA. Chewy.

O- Not Coronado's best beer. Not terribly good.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at a local Ralph's market. My bottle displays the ABV is 7.0%. Expectations are below average. Reviewed live.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Hardly any lacing at all as it recedes. Colour is a semitransparent pale yellow - more dull than vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. The plethora of carbonation bubbles suggests potential overcarbonation.

Sm: Piney oily hops with light floral character. Maybe this'll be a balanced IPA after all. Somewhat buttery. Clean malts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Oily and a bit piney but way too bitter and oily in the third act and climax. The climax is just buttery oily artificial garbage. It almost feels like some kind of crude hop extract was used. Bleh. Clean malts are present underneath as the foundation. Whatever they used to try to balance the bitterness was an abysmal choice. It's a simple crappy IPA. Not at all subtle or complex. No layering.

Mf: Oily, buttery, smooth, and wet. It's disconcerting and doesn't feel clean. Disharmonious relative to the flavour profile. Adequately (if not over) carbonated. Too thick for the lack of flavour.

Dr: A poorly constructed IPA that tries to venture into pine territory but gets caught up in its own oily nature. Fans of the style might enjoy it, but it borders on movie theatre popcorn buttery, turning me off to it. Decently priced for what it is, but it's low quality. I certainly wouldn't get it again.

A poor candidate for aging.

Might pair well with popcorn (I'm trying to stay on the bright side here).


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Photo of mjstacker
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle, light copper color & large white bubbly head. Aroma is terrible, musty and funky. Smells more Belgium then Cali. Taste is about the same, bitter with no fruit or spice. Decent carbonation and smoothness but overall this is the worst IPA i've tried in a while. This brewery is new to my area and came in with a bit of hype, I tried the "Idiot" the other day and thought it was decent at best. After this purchase i'm done with Coronado. Pissed their are 5 more in the fridge.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I couldn't find any dating on this bottle despite some info stating there should / might be. Poured into a pint glass, light golden amber body with 2 fingers of creamy white head on top...decent retention and some nice lacing.

Pine and citrus hops, as well as some pale malts in the nose. Malts seem to be upfront in the taste, with an astringent bitterness in the finish - very odd. Light to medium bodied with adequate carbonation, and quite dry.

I got a feeling that I didn't get the freshest bottle. This is my first time trying this beer, but my pour seemed to be quite different than many others - very little citrus except on the first few whiffs, and the bitterness was more oxidation / astringency than hoppiness. Maybe I'll give it another go if i can somehow find a fresh bottle.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz into pint.

A - Pours a nice deep yellow/orange with small to medium white head. Very little lacing.

S - Oranges, grapefruit, some grass. A bit of caramel and bready malt.

T - Decent taste. You get the piney grass hops as well as some kick from the tropical hops (oranges, lemon, grapefruits). There is a strong showing of caramel malt with a bit of toffee.

M - Tacky, medium-light, slightly dry

O - A decently tasty IPA, but nothing that makes it stand out among other IPAs. Pretty average and was rated as such.

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Photo of Johnquisssssssy
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not great head retention or body feel. Kinda straw/yellow colour, with a real lack of carbonation. I couldn't tell the age, but I'm guessing it's an older bottle but the mediocre flavour and lacklustre finish

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Photo of SawDog505
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, not sure of the age, thinking it is passed its prime. Pours a orange yellow, with lots of floaties, attractive lace. Smell is stale citrus, grass, mango, and some grapefruit. Taste is that, fairly balanced, but citrus is the flavors. Body not is less than medium for ABV, nice amount carbonation, a dry finish, and fairly easy drinking. I have a strong hunch by all the floaties on the bottom that it was passed its prime, but my mother picked up in Florida for me, so I can't complain.

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Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light amber color this is almost gold instead of light amber. Small white colored head.

Baking soda biscuit malt aroma it doesn't smell very sweet. Light pine and grapefruit aromas it is quite tame for a west coast IPA.

Starts out tasting very dry and fairly bitter. This is very dry with a mineral water flavor and a sharp hop bite. And that is about all, very dry and sharply bitter.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a disappointment. I expected more from this beer.

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Photo of andyinsdca
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pretty good IPA.
Appearance (in a mug) was cloudy amber, good head.
Taste & mouthfeel: A hoppy and slightly bitter IPA. I liked it but I can see why it might turn other people off.

Overall: It's not something I'll drink all the time, there are better IPAs out there, but this is a decent one.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was served on tap at Tom’s Oyster Bar in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in a generic ¾ sized snifter shining a shade of dusk. It sported a half finger head of cream colored foam, showing okay retention into streaks of patterned lacing. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma was biscuity and metallic, with notes of sourdough bread, skunky adjuncty grain, rice and corn, heavy pilsner maltiness, dried straw, lemon zest, mango, papaya, and mild citric and grassy hoppiness. Our first impression was that the taste was summery, light, and appropriately refreshing, but not as robust as we had hoped or expected. The flavoring opened with corn, musky straw, hearty pilsner malts, souring citric rind, and citric and herbal hoppiness. The middle evened out a bit more, with paler and cleaner malts, crisp lemon juiciness, orange flesh, and hints of apricot. The end followed with souring wheat, adjuncty metallics, brassy coin, chalk, basic ale yeast, and decently sticky grassy hops. The aftertaste breathed of bitter grassiness and earthy mustiness, with an otherwise dominant face of adjuncts and pilsner graininess. The body lightly medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack, okay cream and froth, and pleasant finishing pop on the back end of it. The mouth was left dried and chalky. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back well enough.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was its drinkability. Honestly we weren’t too thrilled by this one. Both the nose and the flavoring came off ultra skunky and dank, and we’re not sure if it was a quality issue with the beer itself or an issue with the establishment we consumed it at. It seems more plausible that it is the latter as Coronado Brewing has only recently entered into the market here in southeast Michigan. Perhaps they don’t flush their lines?! For something billed as an IPA we thought it tastes more along the lines of a dry hopped Czech pilsner with hints of orange. These malts dominated, and unfortunately the hops were on the losing side of the battle.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


On tap at Mother Earth.

A: Hazy orange with a yellow tinge and a small white head.

S: More aromatic than I expected, redolent of orange flesh, tangerine, and grapefruit. Malt is faint and lightly grainy.

T: Onion blends with orange and tangerine flesh as well as a little orange pith. I'm not digging the onion. Grainy and caramely malt with a light sweetness that balances the moderate hop bitterness.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not bad but subpar for San Diego. I wouldn't order it again.

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Photo of Shooter1960
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had a couple on draft. The hops were a little on the weak side for what I have grown accustomed to from west coast IPA's. Color was a murky orange, no real distinctive smell. Overall a forgettable beer. Would not bother with this beer again, had two since it was the on,y IPA on tap that day where I was.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy golden to burnt orange color with a slim white foaminess of a head. It dissipates at a nice pace.
The smell has some citrusy notes, seems to be an odd blend between pulp and rind - somewhat, mostly hard to discern. Bitterness in said notes seems fairly tame in its aroma.
The taste was moderately sweet leaving the bitterness a bit something to be desired in this part as well. There's a slight sweet citrus aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was moderately harsh with an underscore of bitter breaking feels on my tongue, slightly weird, as the sweetness I've mentioned seems to be gone in the feel of this beer.
Overall, slightly different to me, I don't mind this one but it does seem like its kinda all over the place.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Huge head like the Idiot IPA. Almost the same honey amber color too. Same malty sweetness in the nose. Grassy citrusy hops. Candied oranges and stone fruits. Is this the same beer?

Hops have a little more piney/grassy bite in the taste than the Idiot IPA. Tastes like a load of simcoe hops. Bitterness doesn't stick to your tongue. Sweet malty aftertaste.

This beer is very similar to the Idiot as I already said just a little less sweeter and the hops come out to play. Neither seem like they're worth revisiting. My score seems high for these two beers because they look and feel good.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into tulip thanks to Arbitrator.

A- ... WTF! Gusher! Thankfully I was able to suck down the head (I can't believe I just typed that) and had a glass ready. Strange- bottle settled for a few days before opening. Pour is a dull orange with minimal head or lacing.

S- Kind of muted at first. Opens up with a bit of a floral note and some urinal cake.

T- Nice bitter hop blast. No urinal cake in the taste. Good caramel malt, stronger in presence than I expected.

M- Good lingering bitterness, nice body.

D- Good. Tasty, but not top-tier, or even a starter on the second string. Still, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of deereless
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A deep golden color with a tinge of copper, soft cottony head, some lacing down the sides of the glass - 4.50, S: Quintessential American IPA - lots of citrus and pine aromas, a slightly sweet graininess - 3.50, T: Tons of grapefruit pith, sharp hop bite that borderlines on harsh - I seldom cry foul when hops are involved but this one just misses the mark in my opinion, there is also a dry graininess to the beer - 3.00, M: 3.00, D: I've heard lots of good things about Coronado but this particular beer just didn't click with me, a little too harsh and lacking much in balance, too many other stellar IPAs out there - 2.75

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coronado Islander IPA

Appearance: Poured on tap, a bright copper colored brew with plenty of lacing going down the side of the glass.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops make up most of the aroma in this beer.

Taste: Earthy rind-like hops, a bit aggressive in the Grapefruit department. Hint of dog breath. Light caramel malt but this beer is very bitter indeed.

M/D. Ok beer here from Coronado. Not sure what kind of hops are used but they are very bitter and don't provide the best of flavors. It needs alittle more balance to take it to the next level.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Well carbonated, good foam level, bubbles were a little large. Light gold, dark yellow color.
S- I got a slight breadiness, grapefruit and citrus, as well as a little pine.
T- Huge spicy pine bitterness. Finish is medium. The malt is slightly hidden, but I can pick a little breadiness.
M- The body is light, leaving a bitterness from the hops on the palate.
O- THough this IPA certainly has its share of hop additions, the malt becomes slightly hidden and balance is lost. Knowing that malt-hop balance is more desired with pale ales than IPA, this is an IPA with a bold amount of hops made to be very drinkable. Worthy of a try if it's cheap.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Don Quiote 12oz. Slightly cloudy golden color, Floral scent, medium mouthfeel, slightly bitter fruity taste. Overall a flavorful beer, but not as smooth as I like so not my style..

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Photo of ryno09
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Unfiltered, orange-ish copper. Finger and half beige head

Aroma - Tropical fruits, maybe some peach. Lacks the pineyness. There's a sweetness to aroma with a hint of alcohol.

Taste - The bitterness hits you first, but there is not a lot of it although it does linger somewhat. The malt has a slight breadiness that comes in to smooth it out. It's real easy to drink, has a nice crispness that you typically get with regular pale ales but something lacking for many IPAs. It's lacking the defining characteristics of the great IPAs. I was hoping more of the citrus notes I get on the nose would shine through in the taste but I'm not getting much.

It's a smooth and easy drinking beer, perfect for those beach days on the island. At 7%, you wouldn't know it while soaking in the sunshine.

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Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a rich golden color that reminds me of a cali sunset. Average head but mucho waterfall lacing. Smells very citrusy and hoppy. Very pleasant aroma. Not as prevalant of a taste compared to the smell. Somewhat weak in flavor for an ipa but a very refreshing taste none the less. West coast hops are the dominating flavor. Very smooth for a 7%. The mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp. Not much of a bite and an excellent summer beer. I find this beer very drinkable, its smooth and goes down fast.

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Photo of Docer
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received a couple in a trade from my bro jgap..

- Nice light copper yellow, clear.. finger of white foam... bubble and a thin layer sticks around.

- Some citrus, fruit, grain... some diacetyl.. lightly buttery... don't know what it is w/ these Coronado brews I got to try..

- Taste isn't too loaded with diacetyl... but it is present. Buttery biscuit bready grain, bitterness, fruit salad... touch nutty.. waldorph salad...

- Light to medium bodied, little creamy, well carbonated...

- I am wondering if the location or Coronado is f'ing up their bottling line and beers. Diacetyl is no Coronados worst enemy whether is be their fault, or the shops carrying it. I guess that is the way it goes when distribution suffers.

I know Coronado brews stellar and great beers. But they really need to buckle down on their bottling issues. Dating, and rotation I think is key.

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Photo of drpimento
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy, very light tan head that lasted a while and good lacing. Color is a clear amber with bubble trails. Aroma is major grapefruit with lots of pine and a little other fruit along with malt. Flavor is like nose with the grapefruit/pine characteristics dominating all else. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly long. The grapefruit is not personally for me. Glad I tried it but I don't want any more.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-amber colour with a rocky 1/2" with some nice retention and great lacing as it goes down the glass.

Smell: Big grapefruit notes and orange zest dominate this. A light caramel lingering in the background.

Taste: Much like the smell. Nice big smack of a combination of bitter grapefruit and sweet orange. Sugary sweetness helps keep it from becoming overwhelming, but a bit more caramel/malt flavour would be nice. Too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is kept in check, making it go down easy. Bitterness lingers, keeping the palette quenched.

Drinkability: A bit too "sugary" sweet in trying to balance out the alcohol, but still a pleasant experience none-the-less.

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Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
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