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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: 307 | Ratings: 1,145
Photo of jgap
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a deep orange hue with a nice, patchy lacing. Take a big huff and the smell is wonderful. Sticky piney hope. Orange, grapefruit, clemintines, and floral soap. Wow- I hope the taste is even half as good as the smell! Taste is light floral hops fading transtioning quickly to a strong piney grapefruit then settling on a crisp caramel-toffee malt. lastly it fades into a nice, slightly pepper bitterness. The bartender said there were four different hops one of which was centenial causing me to hesitate as I try and avoid peppery, centenial based ipas. However this one was exceptional focusing on other hop varieties and only using a centenial accent. Well balanced ipa for hop-heads. I had the admiral ipa after this one but couldn't review it because my taste buds were saturated! Great ipa

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle at 52 degrees, courtesy South Bay Drugs.

Pours hazy gold with a copper tinge and a one inch head of dense white in the tulip glass.
The rocky foam took several minutes to settle into the body, revealing a solid skim coat on the surface and plenty of clingy lacework.

Aromatics lead off with peaches, grapefruit, mango, pine resin, and apricots. Very faint malt with plenty of juicy, tropical citrus. Floral but not pungently so.

Medium bodied at best with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Drying with a slight coarse bitterness.

A blend of tropical citrus fruits and earthy pine start the palate. Peach pulp with pink grapefruit, spruce bark, apricot flesh, and melons. A hint of light malt tries to step up but is overrun by a firm, drying bitterness and more fruit.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, plump citrus fruit, and a hint of warmth.

Another great IPA from SD. Not as hoppy as the Sculpin I had last night, but damn tasty and certainly sessionable.

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

22oz bottle acquired in trade with awaisanen (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy orangish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, some citrus and all around fruity. Tastes of some citrus, very light pine, and had that same fruitiness to it. Nice bitter finish.

Notes from: 2/4/07

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Photo of HopDerek
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with some floaties. Two fingers of frothy off-white head has good retention and leaves nice sticky lacing behind. Smells of citrus fruits, floral hops, caramel, bread crust, and a touch of spicy hops. Tastes of grapefruit, lemon zest, and mango up front with a nice medley of herbal and spicy hops and a caramel and bready backbone. Finishes with a swift kick of pine resin. Medium in body with some poppy carbonation. Smooth, sweet, and bittering, but not overly so. Definitely West Coast style, but toned down a bit, very drinkable.

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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 paulthebeerguru
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours a rather clear vibrant orange with some golden yellow hues. nice off-white head . mild retention level and decent lacing.

S: massive hop nose, huge simcoe and amarillo notes. big and bold citrus hop aromas, tons of grapefruit.

T: big bold hop flavors, tons of grapefruit. definitely some amarillo or simcoe in there I think. good malt backbone providing a solid sweetnes.

M: good carbonation level, some acids from the hops and the 7%v abv. very sharp and crisp.

D: good drinking IPA, very nice. Solid brew and well worth drinking, reminded me of Two Hearted Ale a little.

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Photo of froghop
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this at the pizza parlor on naval air station north island.

pours a semi-hazy amber-yellow with a medium size head, good lacing.

smell is hoppy, malt back, pine nuts, a whiff of caramel.

taste is caramel, pine, nice bitter hops.

overall it was a good beer and the first beer after a few weeks at sea.

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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 Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a rich copper-amber color and is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. When I hold my 25cl tulip glass up to the light the beer shows a slightly hazed, full gold / copper color. The aroma is a nice punch of citrus and pine like hops that takes a decidedly herbal turn upon the second smell of the aroma. Aromas of sweet-ruby-red grapefruit, concentrated tangelo oil, lychee, a distinctly green herbal note, sticky hemp oil aromatics, freshly ground pine needles, dusty crushed pale malt and a touch of cracker like character are all noticeable. This definitely has an up front hop fruit character to it, but the herbal, sharper hop aromatics seem to be the more dominant notes here.

Lightly sweet flavors accentuate a nice fruitiness up front, but this is quickly dominated by a green, herbal hop character that comes to dominate a lingeringly bitter, lightly astringent finish. Up front flavors of peach, lychee and candied grapefruit zest are ultimately dominated by sharp hop notes of pine-tar, hemp oil and dank herbal flavors that just coat the mouth and really linger on the palate. While the sharper hop flavors are more focused here, this does not get harsh or overbearing (at least if you are a hop head) and in fact are fairly well balanced (in a super hoppy, IPA sort of way) by the malt character. The malt provides a touch of sweet pale grain, cracker / pale biscuit like malt and a body that really serves to carry the hop character here.

This is nice and drinkable & really is a great example of a hop focused IPA. I might prefer a slightly more fruit balanced IPA, but this is still a damn good beer that easily lives up to the San Diego IPA terroir.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

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Photo of Floydster
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared two bombers of this stuff with two friends tonight, each bottle was four dollars at Cooke's in El Segundo, poured into an old glass

A-Color was a mix between a deep orange and an amber, the head was 3/4 of an inch and pretty creamy, nice retention, great lacing
S-Grapefruit, lemons, pine, grass, resin, earthy accents, sweet and toasted malts, and perfume
M-Medium bodied, carbonation is too strong in my opinion, mouthfeel was slick, dry, and gave me some nice cottonmouth, taste lingered
D-Pretty hoppy stuff and expected to taste more malt with the alcohol content, still fairly easy to drink, heavy at times though, not a very sessionable IPA because of its strength

My bottle said 7.5% ABV, which is pretty darn high for a single IPA, I was not complaining, not bad and about on par with the few other Coronado beers I have tried in the past, might drink this again if I am in the mood for something along these lines, recommended

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap with family dinner at the source...

Copper body with wispy head-pretty thin

Love the grassy hop bite but it's a little clammy up front - decent but imbalanced

Ditto on taste - good but slightly skunky up front but with warmth dissipates and you're left with a well-balanced nice IPA

Feel is solid for IPA with crisp hop pucker

This could be sessionable if you knock off the skunk funk with a little warmth

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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 DoubleJ
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm starting to see some of Coronado's brews on store shelves in my area. This one I spotted at my local liquor store (Wayne's Liquor). On to the beer:

The head is bone white and impressively sticky with great head retention. The body below that shines lighter colored copper. After smeliing the beer, my nose is sending to my brain messages of grapefruit and pine with an undertone of doughy yeast.

In typical San Diego fashion, there's a bunch of pleasantly bitter hops hitting your palate. Grapefruit flavors are big too, and drying cramel and bready notes towards the end of the journey. Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy.

This is a great first impression by Coronado Brewing. Very bitter and hoppy, but not over the top.

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping to get to try this beer on tap but I had to settle for the bottle. Orange/amber color with a full lasting white head. Aroma is tangerine, grass and toasty malts. A moderate bitterness throughout that finishes a little sweet. A medium body that got kind of syrupy at the end.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle from La Bodega in Riverside, CA.; June 2008 for $4.59.

Pours a medium copper with long lasting carbonation and a nice white head.

Aroma is a mix of lightly fruity hops and sharper grassy hops. Generally a light, but pleasant, aroma profile for the style.

Flavor is a nice hop presence- more on the sharp piney/oily side of life, generally a tasty brew. I do have to admit, though, that I recently had this after a much richer, fuller, solid IPA, and this one came up as a weak cousin. I'm not talking ABV or over the top hop, but in general, this one was just a thinner version. Good, but not a version that takes no prisoners.

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Photo of Dmann
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I had never heard of until today, I decided to give it a chance. The pour was nice with a clear orange color and good head retention and lace. The smell was quite earthy with a bit of an off putting sourness in the background. The taste was quite good, though a bit one dimensional. Hops of course took the foreground with a very piney flavor and good carbonation, but the malt was nowhere to be found. If you are looking for a hop bomb this is a good beer, but fans of balance will be a bit disappointed.

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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 MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid id a rich looking orange with good carbonation. The head is almost 2 fingers, light tan and leave ok lace.

The smell is a woodsy pine hops with a not of medium roasted malt.

The taste follows with a very testy pine note that does not seem to be pure simco, more peppery and earthy. The malt is nice and comes close to balance with the hops.

The mouthfeel is slightly less then medium body but nice ans the carbonation is good.

The drinkability is good, no doubt this brew would go well with a spicy meal or as a refreasher on a hot evening.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of srandycarter
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone Levitate Elongated Tulip.

A- Bright honey, huge chunky head with lacing and head intermingling and making hard to distinguish on from the other.

S - Citrus, malt, deep and inviting.

T - Pine and Citrus, yeah baby. Good full W IPA.

M - So full. Carbonation good. Texture very nice.

D - Could be drank all night.

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Photo of mobud
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass.

A- Copper color with 1/2 inch white head that lingers.

S- Piny with fresh hop buds in the front.

T- Oily pine that gives way to citrus on the back. A West Coast IPA.

M- Oily with active carbonation.

D- Oh yes! This is a nice example of what a West Coast IPA is. A big hop experience without the high alcohol. I could have had several of these and been fine.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange copper with a two-finger head. Lacing left all over the glass. Aroma is sweet malty with a piney/floral hop smell. Tastes about the same: citrusey hops with some piney notes. Good malty balance with some caramel and a subtle fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium viscocity with a nice carbonated bite. A very slight alcohol presence. Overall a rather decent beer. Pretty good, but I prefer Stone's IPA to this one.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second tasting of Coronado ales that have been vastly improved in the past year. Everyone, please check out this brewery if you can!

A- Pours a clear orange/amber hue with a BIG creamy, white head that is mostly sustaining, excellent lacing throughout, tiny bubbles
S- Nose is a mix of pine resin, earthiness, citrus, and some sweet malts
T- Nice west coast IPA, initial taste is mostly dry bitter hops followed by some very faint citrus and sweet malts, finish is brief and acidic
M- Medium-bodied, coats the tongue, carbonation feels a tad high
D- Hmmm, a very interesting take on IPA style whose flavor is dominated by hops and is slightly unbalanced, this isn't too detrimental but keeps this choice out of the top tier for West Coast IPAs, fairly drinkable at 7%abv due to a well-masked alcohol presence, but I would likely pick up CBC's Idiot IPA over the Islander in the future

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Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a clear pumpkin orange body with a creamy, two finger offwhite head. Good retention and lavish island chain lacing.

Aroma is west coast hops. Pine, grapefruit, and grass.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and carbonation with a hop zing.

Taste is dry and bitter in a hoppy sense. C hops dominate, with little suggestion of any malt presence or hint of sweetness. Finishes bitter as well.

Solid westcoast American IPA, but a bit bitter and one-sided with hops for my palate.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking brew. Creamy white head that leaves a thick blanket of lace behind. Copper to orange in body and some slowly rising fine carbonation.

Citrusy and fruity are the theme here. Hops are not overpowering although there isn't much of a malt bill to speak of. This relies on a light fruity presence to give it some balance. The dry hopping really snaps this thing together and the hop presence comes at you in stages with the big snap coming towards the end. Lays on the palate for a bit.

Notes: I liked it. Nothing overly memorable about this but one I'll pick up again.

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

Poured into my Drake's pint glass from the 22oz bomber. Nice light apricot straw colo with clean white head. Very refreshing looking. Aromas were sweet citrus fruits like a ripe tangerine, sweet fermented OJ pulp like scent.

Taste was as you may expect from the aromas but more on the fruity side with orange blossoms. Maybe too balanced and not quite enough hops for me to call this an IPA. Especially from the San Diego area. Now i'm not saying this is bad, because it's not. It's quite good.

Medium on the tongue yet rather crispy and just felt good. I probably wont get this in the bottle again because there are many other choices of IPA that i prefer and can get. However, if i'm at the brew pub, i'll be sucking this down.

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Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
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