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:
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Added by scottoale on 07-18-2006

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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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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a nice golded amber with a small white head.

The aroma of the beer was most earthy and some piney hops with alcohol in the background.

The flavor of the beer had a nice maltiness that balanced out well with the hops. There was a little bit of an acidic tang in the last part of the finish.

The mouthfeel of the beer was light and the carbonation was good and added a bright crispness.

A decent beer that's easily drinkable, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of 3frog
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased in Coronado

Appearance: medium gold with a red tint. Moderate but quickly fading head; moderate lacing.

Smell: citrusy, a little resinous, nice California IPA aroma; not as powerful as Alpine or Ballast Point, but still assertively hopped.

Taste: lots of Centennial, some malt, but balance is more toward the hops. True to a California IPA style. Alcohol adds to the spice.

Mouthfeel: carbonation seemed a little high, but it added to the spiciness. Medium body.

Drinkability: I'm a hop-head, but objectively I thought this was a nice example of a west coast IPA. There are better examples in the general area, but this is eminently drinkable.

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

On tap at the brewery in beautiful Coronado, CA, just outside of Hoptown USA, San Diego, Ca., pours light peach amber, slightly couldy, with a near white head and leaving plenty of fine lacing. Nose is the expected grapefruit, and other hoppy wiffs. This is yet another SD style hop bomb, tons of grapefruit, medium bodied, with a long citric finish. Tasty, high quality brew. Recommended.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Sort of a golden amber....or is it an amberish golden? Not quite sure...but its lighter than your normal IPA. Clean and refreshing with mingling bubbles. The head is quite cotton like, very sticky and very thick. So far so good I must say.

S: Subdued fruitiness. Perhaps some pear, tangerine, carrot and melon.

T: Delicate fruits on the tip of the tongue. Quite floral actually...almost like liquid daisies with moments of honeysuckle. Hops are well balanced yet hard to pin point a real distinction; not leaning towards pine or citrus. There's some faint pine early on around the front of the tongue then some "tang" like qualities that show themselves well after the swallow. Finishes with some solemn bitterness and light tang.

M: Medium body, juicy and smooth.

D: I like this beer but I'm not totally sure its an IPA. This could probably be categorized as a PA, but that would most likely reduce sales. Regardless, I found this beer quite easy to drink and enjoyable. The flavors were subtle and somewhat fine, but well balanced and pleasureable.

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Photo of rgrace99
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this for the first time at my local Bristol Farms. Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Poured a dark orange with a big billowy persistent head and lots of lacing. Aroma was lots of citrus. Taste was citrusy hops but very well balanced with a good malty background. Went down very easily. Label also had a 10% coupon for the Brewpub - great idea.

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

Mermaid decorating the colorful artistic label expalining dry hopped with chinook and centenntial (sic) hops.

Pours a bright lightly colored peach amber with a clear filtered hued topped with a 1/4" fluffy layer of khaki pillowy cap. Drippy lace left in the glass.

Dusty apricot scents with a juicy citrus punch mixed with some juicy fruit gum aromas. Floral and bright.

First swigs: Bone dry start of apricot and peach fruit middle. Finish lingers with a dusty dry with a grainy focus of a rye like hint. Balanced to a T. Lots of flavor in this IPA with some hard candy lolipop and sugary malts with a dryness and touch woody.

Medium bodied feel with a tight firm carbonation.

Last swigs: Tasty IPA that doesn't get fancy, but has flavor. Worth checking out if it's handy.

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Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. brown bomber that pours out a rusty-amber with pristene clarity and a steady flow of fine bubbles of carbonation that keep the finger of off-white foamy head alive and well. Some nice sticky lace all over the place.

A hearty malt backbone lies beneath a healthy dose of dry hopped Chinnok and Centenntial's. Nice and some what piney.

Goes in smooth and mildly sweet with a very nice citrus upwelling, mostly of orange, then turn sharply to a piney hop bittering that eventually leaves on a crisp and clean note. Ahh, just makes you yearn for the next's not over the top in the hop dept., but it's damn tasty stuff!

A healthy medium plus body, great carbonation with the head lasting through out the bomber, a smooth rich mouthfeel and a good bit of potency make this IPA a "gotta try it", you'll probably really like it...IPA.

Pleasantly suprised by this one, I will see (and drink) it much more in the future...Cheers!

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