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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:
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Added by scottoale on 07-18-2006

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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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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 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 Tone
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of pale malt, hint of pine, hops, hint of alcohol, and a hint of floral notes. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pine, hops, hint of floral, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and decent body.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Savor snifter.

Pours a clear bright yellow color with a half finger of foam. Aroma is hoppy, with lots of pine and tropical fruit notes in the nose.

Flavor has lots of tropical fruit - mango, citrus and finishes quite bitter. Just enough malty sweetness to keep the hops in check.

This is a good, but not great, IPA. Nice hop flavor, but the bitter finish is a bit much. Hop profile is nice, but I'd prefer more pine and citrus and less tropical fruit. I'd be happy to drink this beer again, though.

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Photo of Act25
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprisingly great bomber at 4.99 in Burlingame CA.

A: Pours a totally hazed golden amber with a white puffy head; moderate retention and streaky lacing.

S: Tropical fruit (pineapple, grapefruit and mango) with sugary, chalky malt.

T: Follows the tropical fruit flavors with piney bitterness joining; floral hoppy flavors then dominate mixed with cotton candy sugary malt alternating with peppery, piney bitterness. Delicious and complex.

F: Medium body with moderate carbonation, a bit chalky.

O: A find! must try.

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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 SSS
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Bright yellow with a haze, pure white head remains for a while. Good amount of lacing
S- Dank aroma with a caramel backbone
M- Medium body and carbonation
T- Sweet start, with a mellow bitterness that keeps at the back of the throat. there is a juicy character that remains in the cheeks
O- A solid west coast IPA, , on the dank side of things.

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

12oz bottle.

A: Clear pale. Pours medium amount of foam and moderate retention.
S: Pine. Citrus.
T: Grapefruit and nuts. Dry but a touch of sweetness. Moderate bitterness.
M: Medium bodied. High carbonation.
O: Fantastic IPA.

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Photo of tempest
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smells like a homebrew pale ale. The hops approach bubblegum with just a hint of citrus. The beer is too sweet and bitterness is pretty mild. Clean, but not much of and IPA. Pass.

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Photo of Auraan
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear deep gold body with a half-finger bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a quite nice IPA. Scents of dank, herbal, weedy, piney hops upfront with undercurrents of tropical fruit lending supporting aromas of mango with hints of apricot with light hints of pale malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a very straight forward, but well crafted American IPA. Not the most complex or richest aroma, but quite pleasing and a good example of the West Coast aroma profile. Flavor begins with medium-high bitterness and a high level of hop flavors imparting notes of pine resin, dank, earthy, herbal hops with undertones of mango and apricot balancing these flavors. Middle opens up further mango flavors and a light touch of grapefruit rind. Finish is bitter with high hop flavors reminiscent of grapefruit rind and flesh, mingling with pine resin and light notes of mango, pale malt and warming alcohol. Aftertaste is of piney hops and grapefruit rind. Overall impression of flavor is of a very well done West Coast IPA. It has a good hop-forward flavor profile, with minimal malt getting in the way of the hops. This allows them to showcase a diverse array of flavors that is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate, prickly carbonation and a sticky, resinous feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a classic IPA, true to form. Overall this is a fantastic IPA, one with which I was quite surprised. It has a good aroma that does not fully betray the excellent flavor and mouthfeel. An excellent and quite affordable example of a well done West Coast IPA.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and biscuit malt. Body is medium and smooth. Large amount of citrusy herbal hops dominate the palate. Biscuit malt and ripe fruit are in background. Finish is long, dry, and very bitter. Good brew for hopheads.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Apperance - clear golden straw color with medium, eggshell head that drops quickly to a film; leaves a little lacing on the glass.
Smell - mild citrus and grassy hop notes, with some cracker malt. Just a hint of pineapple and perhaps mango.
Taste - picking up caramel malt flavors early, followed by some earthy hop notes. Malt to hop flavor ratio leans more towards malt.
Feel - lighter side of medium-bodied, clean-finish. Decent carbonation; a touch of bitterness, but fought off my pale malts.
O: decent offering, but with so many IPA's to choose from, I doubt I would ever give this another look.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Descent ipa a little funky earthiness in there I pick up a bit a of stone fruit and typical pine. A little to basic for me with all the hop bombs out their. An ipa realying on centennial, chinook, and cascade is hard to stand out these days.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Islander pours a clear straw color with good 3-4 finger head. Tight lacing and head dissipates pretty quickly. The smell is of apricots and pineapple. It has a good mild sweetness following by a good amount of bitterness which is right on track and not too overwhelming. The Islander has a soft mouthfeel and leaves the right about of ibu's on the tongue and back of the throat. I thought it was a great session ipa. I would buy again.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright gold with a great head of foam, good lacing, and an explosion of carbonation.

Smell: Tropical fruits, pine, and malt.

Taste: Citrus, tropical fruits, and a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: I like it. Good flavor without being overpowering and just enough malts to give a passing nod to the concept of balanced. Not great, but a good solid IPA.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy pale gold with a thick white head that rapidly dissipates to a thin covering. Moderate carbonation. Initially I get pine resin and citrus, but balanced by some malt in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Very nice IPA.

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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 SometimesIfart
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coronado Islander IPA.

First beer out of this brewery. Not much else to say, so let's get started.

Look - Pours a sunset orange with a two finger well retained white head. Carbonation appears to be on low. Thus far this is a very attractive beer, so let's see how the lacing holds up. After finishing the beer, the lacing stuck around pretty well on half the glass. 4.5.

Smell - Highly tropical nose. Pineapple juice and a touch of grapefruit juice. Banana esters and a bit malty. The nose maybe be tropical, but it isn't big and it doesn't punch you in the face like you would hope. But we're still off to a good start. 4.

Taste - Pineapple swaps out for mango on the palate. Remains quite juicy with an ending of light malts. The flavor isn't overly pronounced sad to say. This would be a tasty all day drinker. Grapefruit juice is there along with the mango at about a 65/35 split. 4.

Feel - The body is medium and creamy with a moderate level of carbonation. The body is very juicy as it lingers. 4.25.

Overall - While this is certainly a good beer that I would have again, the flavors simply lacked the heavy punch that would have made this one a killer. They have all the makings, they just need to turn the flavor profile from a six to an eleven. 4.

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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 zdk9
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a nice orange color with a finger of head that fades into a light foam on top like very lightly whipped eggwhite. It's a pretty beer.

S- Inviting and tropical fruity. Pineapple, mango, sweet pine needles.

T- Lime, lemon, pineapple. Overall a lot of fruity hops. Some bitterness but not a ton. It's nice.

M- Fairly light for how alcoholic it is. More sweet than bitter.

O- I'm enjoying this. It's different as an IPA without being foreign or wierd. Would be very good on a warm summer day, maybe even for the beach.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear yellow gold with a big meringue white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is a little subdued - sweet crystal malts with fruit and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet malts with citrus and tropical fruit and some resiny piney floral hops with good bitterness although a bit chalky. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice fruity resiny IPA.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local grocer just began stocking this beer. The date stamped on the bottled suggests it's still good for another month. Poured right from the fridge into my pint glass.

L: Pours a very clear golden straw color with about a half-inch of eggshell head that falls fairly quickly to a film but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Very slight visible carbonation.

S: Citrus/grapefruit and grassy hop notes in the nose, along with some cracker malt. Just a suggestion of pineapple and stone fruit there, as well. Not a very assertive bouquet.

T: Sweet caramel malt flavors at the outset accompanied almost immediately by grapefruit hop notes. There's a bit of herbal/floral and pine hop flavor that develops in the middle and carries into the back. The back end isn't completely overpowered by the hops--there's some definite caramel malt coming through there--but it has a decidedly bitter grapefruit hop flavor at the close.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, somewhat tart and zesty, and quite clean-finishing--there's no syrupy quality to this one. It doesn't register as flat, despite the lack of visible carbonation, though it does feel that it could use a little more effervescence.

O: This is a very nice IPA: nothing world-changing, but it certainly tastes good and drinks very easy. I would probably put this right up there with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale as a highly drinkable and steady hoppy beer choice. I will return to this one.

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Photo of Phillip13
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful west Coast IPA. If you enjoy your hops this is a beer for you bursting with citrus overtones with a wonderful bitter piney aftertaste. It is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of JayQue
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good West Coast IPA. Pours a golden/orange color into a pint glass. Medium size white headwith good retention and thick bands of lacing. Nice aroma of citrus hops. Tastes very good. Citrus hops, right amount of bitterness and no alcohol tastae.
Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. Bitterness is just right and goes down very easy. An excellent IPA!!!

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Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,148 ratings.
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