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 Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Satisfying IPA,from Half Time Beverages. Very drinkable, I finished the the bomber myself. Good hop aromas,with C-hop, a very decent bitterness. Golden colour with sizeable head.Some citrus and fruitiness.Above average mouthfeel and IBU.A nice malted IPA.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange amber with a thick and full white head that lasts. Lovely to look at.

Nose is assertive pineapple that goes to pine resin.

Mouthfeel is big, bold creamy and full.

Initial quick malt flavors give way quickly to bitter pine, light bitter citrus, light bitter coffee and all of which is nice but not great. Goes into a better bitter grapefruit skin hop finish.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice golden with amber hues. Single finger thick off white head.

S: Very grapefruity, other mixed citrus and mild hop notes

T: So the taste is not at all foreboded by the smell. The taste is piney, bitterly hoppy and floral.

M: Medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Well, the smell is great, one of the best. The taste was not there for me plus I was a little disappointed as I was hoping the taste would mirror the smell.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 2 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a small craggy cap. Thin broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herbal and floral hops and some slight malt aromas. Taste is of zesty herbal hops up front with a subdued malt flavor on the finish. This beer is all about the hops with a medium hop bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA with a very bitter herbal hop flavor that is dominant over the malt in this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has excellent retention properties and gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of pine resin hops. The pine becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of orange citrus hops and transitions to hints of pine towards the finish. As with the smell, the pine becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up. There is also a moderate amount of bitterness, which lingers through the finish and aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is very drinkable—it delivers a lot of hop flavors and is quite bitter, especially since little if any underlying malts are noticeable in the taste and body.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 16oz pint at the Waikiki Yard House, which seems to be the ideal dark, cool, and welcome haven for this not yet acclimated northern mainlander.

This beer appears a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of thinly foamy, and mostly soapy off-white head, which leaves a nice span of grotto lace around the glass as it duly settles.

It smells of white grapefruit pith, orange cream, further muddled tropical fruit notes, a bit of acrid pine resin, and subtle, softly biscuity and bready caramel malt. The taste is bitter composite citrus rind, floral, somewhat sweet mango and kiwi, pine oil, a stocky caramel/toffee malt, and some mildly cutting and astringent booze.

The bubbles are average in their bearing, and apparently damned good at it, the body a respectable middleweight, and a bit too sassy from the cushioned sledgehammer hops and sneaky alcohol to come across as all that smooth - no biggie, though. It finishes pretty dry, the big West Coast hop bitterness throttling out most other impressions.

A true and veritable American IPA, more complex than I may have made it sound here, and easy to drink, even with the elevated ABV. Great to sit down to after my initial few hours frolicking in the Hawaiian sun, and with an appropriate name to boot.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-hued amber with a meringue-like head; nice retention and some streaky lacing action

Smell: Tropical fruit (pineapple, pink grapefruit and a hint of mango) along with some sugary, cakey malt underneath

Taste: The tropical fruit flavors detected on the nose dominate from the outset with piney bitterness joining the profile in the middle; hoppy flavors linger, after the swallow, though some sugary malts emerge underneath, particularly in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice West Coast IPA; better than I was anticipating as it hits all of my hot buttons for the style

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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 emerge077
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange with a nice billowing head of creamy white foam, that leaves behind excellent delicate lacing in the glass.

Aroma is fairly subdued, the pungent Columbus are noticeable in the mix though. Caramel malt sweetness, a light grassy skunk.

Taste is pretty clean, malty with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Grass, cantaloupe, dandelion greens. Light bodied and fairly drinkable. Hints of dank greenery, but again slightly faded. This stuff is new to the market with no dates, so I have to assume it's fairly fresh.

Paired very well with Hooks 7-year aged cheddar, thanks Jay!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Color is a moderate orange with a two-finger white head as well as a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose brings some citrus hops as well as some slight notes of tropical fruit. The hops are bit mild and light, but overall are done quite nicely.

The taste draws back and seems really muted. There are still some notes of tropical fruit as well as some orange and citrus; however, there's no real malt and the beer ends up falling a bit flat without anything to stand on. Low-ish levels of carbonation on a fairly-light body make this a somewhat-sessionable brew.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was released very recently in Michigan. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity of bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam, resting on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The head dissipates at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Sweaty, pine hops with lots of caramel malt in the background.

T - Sweet, caramel malt up front with some pine hop flavor. More pine in the middle with some rich, bready grain and a bit of toast. Things finish with caramel, pine, and a bit of grapefruit as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a well made and very drinkable IPA. The hop character is quite nice, particularly the aroma characteristics. There is a lot of malt character in the flavor profile, but the hops never get lost in the shuffle and the grapefruit in the finish works nicely to keep it interesting. Having never heard of this brewery before I didn't know what to expect, but I am very impressed; this is a well made west coast IPA.

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Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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 jlindros
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Big fluffy white head of 2 fingers in my oversized snifter. It's a slightly hazy almost clear golden orange nectar color.

N: Nice citrus hops, a little pine, earthy and slight chewy hops. A slight sweet malt behind all that. Lighter but nice aroma hops.

T: Starts with a fresh ale like taste. Crisp and refreshing with some light sweet pale malts. Then comes a hop character with some bitterness, orange peel and citrus, some earthy hops, some pine and a slight sweet nectar candy like hop taste that I get on some beers, Two Hearted being one I can think of off the top of my head. A slight hop oil too.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation and touch of hop oil.

F: Lots of bitterness hammers at the end. A strong citrus and orange peel taste, like I just bit into an unpeeled orange. Some chewy hops, a slight musty hop flavor too. Earthy and somewhat astringent. Semi dry but a touch of lingering sweetness. With the thickness, sweetness, and light touch of alcohol, as well as heavy bitterness on the finish, this is very borderline Imperial or Double IPA.

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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 Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to HopDerek for splitting this.

Pours a hazy gold (complete with some yeasty floaties) with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Retains via a creamy layer, complete with a big dollop of foam right in the middle, leaving some big and sticky hoppy lacing behind. The aroma is quite nice. Very floral with a bit of herbs & spices thrown in for good measure, tons of citrus character, and solid a undercurrent of caramel sweetness.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with the hop profile being not overly bitter but rather more earthy and herbal with a moderate feeling dry lingering bitterness. Good balance comes courtesty of a tangy mix of strong citrus, bread, and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pricklier carbonation but still relatively easy feel.

Solid IPA from Coronado that lets some sweeter citrus character take the center stage over the usual West Coast resinous hop bombs that we usually expect out of San Diego. Nice smooth body and drinkibility on this one too for a 7% beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, piney hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong citrus flavor. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent tangerine with a warm brassy glow when backlit with sunshine. Mostly pale malt, it appears, which is a very good thing. The good-sized crown is a relatively tight collection of bubbles that are decorating the glass with thick sheets of BB-shot lace.

Centennial and Chinook hops have been used to good effect. The tropical fruitiness was evident on the pour and made me eager to get my nose over the glass. Pink grapefruit leads the way, followed by passionfruit. The beer smells somewhat perfumy, but in a good way.

Islander IPA isn't scathingly hoppy, but it's hoppy enough. The IBUs might be somewhere in the vicinity of 75-80. As expected, there isn't much caramel malt in the house. It isn't all pale, though, due to a hint of something lightly toasted that isn't prominent enough to interfere with the hop flavor.

Even though most hopheads will want even more of the little green cones (we're a tough crowd to please sometimes), I like the balance between malt sweetness (30%) and hoppy bitterness (70%). Those percentages do a good job of scratching that lupulin itch without destroying the taste buds in the process.

Since the beer is named Islander IPA, it's appropriate that the flavor profile is so tropical fruity. White grapefruit has now joined pink grapefruit, and bitter orange has climbed aboard as well. This really is straightforwardly hop flavorful beer that has earned an increase in the taste score.

The light-medium mouthfeel (for style and ABV) only adds to the outstanding drinkability. Sure, a little bigger would be great, but there's something to be said for an IPA that is built for speed. Another bomber would be no trouble at all.

This is my third Coronado beer and my third *delicious* Coronado beer. If you're in the market for a no muss, no fuss, Southern California hop showcase, look no further than the excellent Islander IPA.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Almost no haze with a golden color. Excellent lace with streaks and rings. The head was small and dissipates to rim bubbles.

Not quite clean hop smell. Low aroma of malt.

Interesting taste of peppery hop, plastic? and alcohol. Smooth body with a lower carbonation level. The aftertaste is a bit biting but allows the flavor to linger.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recived this bottle in a trade a while ago and just got around to finally being able to try it tonight. Pulled the bomber out of the fridge and settled in for kill over dinner. The pour was very nice, a rich orange amber with a good amount of haze and cloudiness to it pulled together in front of. Lots of floaties/sedimentation in which suprised me a bit, but did not turn me off to it. A very nice white fluffy, pillow like head formed on the top that reached a height of perhaps three inches before finally settling down and simply becoming a layer of foam about a half inch high. Copious amounts of side glass lace were present as well as a good amount of carbonation rising up from the bottom.

The aroma was thick with resiny floral hops. Lots of orange, and tangerine hints with a good amount of sugar present as well. The flavor followed it right along down this path, really becoming very sweet and full flavored. Lots of very bitter grapefruit like flavors ripping through my palate. Very intense hop flavor here, with really no balance to it at all. Some slight sugar like sweetness trying to break through, but not much. Really quite the little hop bomb here. Nice carbonation kept it feeling lively throughout and the overall feel was nice and close to medium bodied. Nicely sessionable for a while, though I could imagine it catching up at 75 in a few.

Overall this was a very solid west coast IPA. One that I would gladly ourchase again. Your typical taste bud shredding hop bomb, but we all love it. Would gladly take this again any day.

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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 womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A golden yellow-orange color with a substantial white foam.

S: Pleasant citrus aromas, pineapple, caramel malts.

T: Primarily citrus hops, hop bitterness, and nice malt sweetness. Nothing really "wow" about it, but solid.

M: Good level of carbonation, and medium bodied.

D: It's definitely drinkable, but as I said, it's not an amazing beer. There are a lot better IPAs from the area.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

My first offering from this California brewery, and, of course, it's an IPA. What imagination. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises buttery toffee, grapefruit zest, and a smattering of flowers. The taste goes sharply for the fruit, partnered with some mild pine, then allows some meek caramel-y biscuit to occasionally leak through when no one's looking. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent IPA, nothing taste bud-changing or anything, but something better than many debut stable IPAs that pass through these parts.

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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 tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish amber with 1" of dense, white head. The smell is light bready malt with floral aromas. The taste is light malt with a little a breadiness up front, and finishes with floral, citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

The malt is a little thin at times and the hop character is good but also thin at times. This is a very toned down IPA. Good for someone trying to get into the style.

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Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,170 ratings.
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