Islander IPA | Coronado Brewing Company

Islander IPAIslander IPA
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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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Ratings: 1,190 |  Reviews: 316
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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 kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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 -1.6%
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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +6.9%
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 kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
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 -3.2%
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 dmorgan310
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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 SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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 olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
Beer rating: 65.8% out of 100 with 1,190 ratings
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