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:
No notes at this time.

Added by scottoale on 07-18-2006

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of matcris
3.41/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of zonker17
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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 GrumpyGas
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a chilled glass.
A cloudy gold colored body flots a thin off-white head dissapates quickly and leaves no lacing.
Bright pine and citrus aromas dominate but the flavor is dull. Barely any flavor, at best pith or tropical fruit.
Medium to light mouthfeel with a silky finish. A little disappointing but it doesn't suck.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes out a amber light appearance, a shade of SRM slightly darker than average for style. Aroma hit the pine and tropical fruit notes better than any other Coronado hoppy beer.

Taste was good, bitterness and alcohol held in check. Lots of pine and forest notes. Serviceable for sure. Not elite, but good stuff. Not too heavy of a malt bill. Neutral yeast.

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Photo of Spikester
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden with two fingers of white head. Good retention and rings of lace.
Smell is tropical fruit and pale malts.
Taste is tropical fruit with a good amount of pale malt.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with ample carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter and dry.
Overall a tasty beer.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice. This is my first from this brewer and I'm impressed. Good all around with noted high quality in ingredients and craftmanship. I bought when I saw the six pack emblazoned with a World Beer Cup Gold Medal. Can't say I see this as being the best in its style, but a solid overall selection.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Bunman3
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bargain - $4 at Safeway
In San Francisco. This is a dandy IPA - light color, big grapefruit nose, nice active carbonation to remind you this is beer, goddammit! This is definitely an IPA worthy of selection if you see it on the tap, shelf, or menu.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice, balanced IPA. In drinking it, my first thought was "Yup, tastes like an IPA!" Not memorable or anything spectacular flavor-wise, but it's a solid beer I'd be happy to drink.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From an undated bomber. Pours a golden color with a finger of white fluffy head. Almost no smell, a faint hint of citrus. Medium carbonation, taste has apricot flavors followed by hop bitterness. I like the apricot flavor, it's reminiscent of Emperor Norton by Almanac which is brewed with apricot.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy orange body, orange-tinged white soapy head. Smell is bitter mint, pine sap, orange rind, and a bit of malt that mildly counters the bitterness. Flavor leans more towards the fruit with predominantly orange skin and grapefruit and the cooling mint as an undertone. None of the juicy delicious sweet fruits (apricot and mango) the bottle promised. Barley husk on the late palate, giving it an unpleasant grainy note, but at least it finishes with more piney hop notes. Body is medium, with *heh* awakening carbonation.
This will be some people's cup of tea, but not mine. Too much pine, too little tropical fruits, and to really knock it down a bad malt flavor that I consider a flaw appeared towards the end. The bitterness was quenching, but the actual flavor was a letdown.

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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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Photo of oldn00b
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very standard but well done IPA. No crazy overwhelming hop profile but just a solid, bitter, balanced IPA. Definitely true to the west coast IPA style. Nice and I'd enjoy it again.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid West Coast IPA, though nothing special. A nice aroma of citrus, pine, and grass, but a relatively weak backbone that makes it seem a little thin at times. Definitely worth drinking again.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: on the lighter side, very sunny light orange / mandarin. like yellow orange but more on the bright gold tinge. almost completely crystal clear. Medium off white head.

Aroma: Typical orange, citrus blend, ruby red grapefruit juice scents (freshly squeezed).
I get some simple light tame malts but nothing too bready or biscuit-like or sweet for that matter.
As it warms a bit its reminiscent of those semi fancy lemon / orange hard candies.

Taste: I really do get the apricot the bottle describes. The apricot flavors are precisely a fresh apricot thats not too sweet or ripe. Then you quickly feel the tingly bitterness toward the end of the swallow. tongue gets coated with a hefty dose of sticky resinous hop oils. Finishes clean, a spirited refreshing bitterness lingers a little in a nice pleasant way. Oh, can't forget to mention the small yet noticeable honey malt presence. Interesting malt bill, tastes like a quality lager kind of. Wonder if they're using a pilsner malt.

Mouthfeel: medium minus, feels relatively thin compared to other SD IPA's of similar ABV. That being said, it works well with the beers flavors / hop profile. Unique carbonation.

Overral: solid go to. Even at 2 - 3 months after bottling it tastes crisp, refreshing and soothing. One of the better west coast IPAs in the county.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden orange with a big frothy white head.

Aroma: tropical fruits, papaya/mango, citrus, noticeable malt presence

Taste: soft as it hits the tongue, malt first, the fruit flavors follow, delicious. Tangerine in there as well. Slightest bitterness on the finish, its kind of soothing.

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

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Acquired multiple six packs of this stuff from the local beer store for under ten dollars a piece. My second beer from Coronado Brewing Company, their flagship IPA.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - It pours a nice golden orange IPA body, two fingers of thick fluffy off-white head with nice staying power. Body is semi-translucent, with perhaps a touch of haze. Appears actively carbonated, and leaves some okay thin bubbly lacing behind.

S - A nice traditional aroma: fresh, soapy, piney, sappy. Notes of citrus, orange, grapefruit, mango, rinds, and some honeyed / bready / caramel malts for balance. Smells fresh & appealing. A nice aroma.

T - Flavor profile follows the nose: bready / honeyed / caramel malts paired with fresh herbal, earthy, piney, floral hops. Notes of citrus, orange, & grapefruit. A good standard IPA option.

M - Smooth & creamy, with good carbonation.

Overall, an excellent new traditional go to IPA.

Coronado Brewing Islander IPA -----4/5.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Golden clear look, head is a couple fingers thick, uneven bubbles that doesn't dissipate too quickly. Lacing subtle.

Nose is floral but subtle as well, barely hoppy. (When the beer warmed and the head was gone the nose became much more obvious. More hoppy than fruit, a good balance).

Taste is initially hoppy with a some bitterness, and then the citrus quickly comes in. Pineapple and apricot is underneath, even mango which is all working very well together. Malt is slight, but has a definite chocolate to it. It balances the fruit so this isn't as sweet as it may sound. Not too tart, a nice change for an otherwise pretty citrus/juicy IPA. Clearly a west-coast style IPA (IBU at 75) and a very tropical one. Would be a great summer ale.

As the sip continues I get some increasing spice in the aftertaste. The bitterness slowly intrudes, continuing to make itself known in a pleasant way, but never hitting hard. It's got medium-heavy carbonation and the aftertaste is nuanced and sticky and coats the tongue. I get the final impression of hops. A great switch-up.

Not as aggressive as Stone, a great American IPA, incredibly drinkable and a new go-to for me.

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