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Islander IPA | Coronado Brewing Company

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86
very good
303 Reviews
Islander IPAIslander IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
1,115
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
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Reviews: 303 | Ratings: 1,115
Photo of Johnquisssssssy
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not great head retention or body feel. Kinda straw/yellow colour, with a real lack of carbonation. I couldn't tell the age, but I'm guessing it's an older bottle but the mediocre flavour and lacklustre finish

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Photo of JohnIrving
1.71/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Poured a straw color from the bottle in to the shaker pint glass. 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly. Light aroma of citrus. Taste was also light with pine resin at the front and citrus notes underneath. Finish was an unpleasant type of bitterness with some chemical tastes. Not enjoyable.

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Photo of JimmyCaprese
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Good, but cloudier than expected. Lace is very good. Nice head. Lasts a good bit.
S - Good, smell hints of coriander and nice hop aroma with a citrus element.
T - Has a bite that lingers but more pleasant than others out there e.g. Stone IPA. Also, back end is not as pleasant as the taste, but decent.
F - Very good, but a bit too much carbonation in my opinion. Good malt to hop balance.
O - Really a solid beer and I used to drink it a lot. I think this won a gold at world beer cup. Good for them, but there are others I prefer.

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Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

Straw color. Citrusy nose. Light flavor profile in general. This offering drinks like a session IPA but not as hoppy as most beers in that sub-style.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a DFH IPA glass
A: Slightly hazy light orange color with a generous 2+ finger head
S: Grapefruit, stone fruit and malt
T: Fairly generic malt & citrus, no flaws but little complexity
M: Medium-bodied
O: A decent beer & worth a try but nothing memorable

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Photo of Ksoden1186
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

This is a really good beer, but it doesn't compete with many of the other standard IPAs that I would score in the 4-5 range.

Pours a beautiful golden color. Very clear. Nice, thick one-finger head on aggressive pour.

Aroma is your classic citrus/pine west-coast American IPA aroma. That said, the citrus in faint and doesn't hit your senses the way some IPAs do.

The taste is, again, very light. It is not as light as a session-able IPA. Nothing like Lagunitas DayTime or Founder's All Day IPA. Not that light. It's just a little lighter than I prefer my standard IPAs to be. Citrus flavors. Bitter back end. A bit bland. I would have liked the citrus to be more pronounced: some grapefruit or pineapple to balance out the biscuity bitterness.

The mouth feel is okay. About standard.

Overall, this is a good standard IPA. Would I seek this out? No, not really. Would I drink it is I was at a friends and that's what they had in their fridge? Absolutely, and I would enjoy them. This would be a great beer for a hot day when something heavier would be too much.

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Coronado islander served in a bottle! Pours a darkish copper and instantly smells of piney bitterness. Defies the west coast style IPA paradigm here with english style heavy malting and minimal flowery aroma. Very bitter, medium bodied with harsh biting carbonation, and a nutty overall theme. Among the sea of IPAs saturated in the CA market, this almost reminds me of a mediocre rendition of a Drakes IPA. The 7% alcohol is also very noticeable here and somehow combines with the malt character to give a punch in the face. Not my personal favorite but It's probably good enough for some to enjoy.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a medium brown to dark golden color AR- citrus (orange mostly), hoppy, slight malt, and bread T- slight malt, strong orange taste, finishes with slight lemon/acidic taste, after taste is a hint of warm alcohol M- thin and watery, could be a bit bettered balanced O- a decent IPA overall not the worst I've had not the best I've had, if it

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden brown with a finger of bubbly white head.

S - Big floral aroma, citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity, hop resin, malts, crackers.

T - Aggressive hops come through, chewy and resinous, dank, grass, crackers, earthy, bread dough. Finishes dry and bitter.

O - In your face and big flavored IPA. Nice offering that lacks a bit of balance.

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Photo of hoppyhour
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bomber at Fallbrook liquor and had Nessy burger while I was there.
Nice pour into a tulip. Deep foggy gold color, creamy head.
Smell is mostly bready hops, with a tiny bit of citrus.
Taste is also dominated by hops, with a nice carbonated slick mouth feel.
Overall a decent ipa especially when fresh, but many other options out there.
I feel if they held back on the bready malt a bit it would be a better pour.

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Photo of mverity
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale gold, with good white head, great lacing, great head retention, thick collar. Aroma is pale malt breadiness, citrus hops (orange and lemon) and pineapple (maybe a hint of mango). Taste is very lightly bitter, the citrus and tropical fruits play well together, with the orange taking center stage. A bit watery in the mouthfeel - light body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was served on tap at Tom’s Oyster Bar in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in a generic ¾ sized snifter shining a shade of dusk. It sported a half finger head of cream colored foam, showing okay retention into streaks of patterned lacing. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma was biscuity and metallic, with notes of sourdough bread, skunky adjuncty grain, rice and corn, heavy pilsner maltiness, dried straw, lemon zest, mango, papaya, and mild citric and grassy hoppiness. Our first impression was that the taste was summery, light, and appropriately refreshing, but not as robust as we had hoped or expected. The flavoring opened with corn, musky straw, hearty pilsner malts, souring citric rind, and citric and herbal hoppiness. The middle evened out a bit more, with paler and cleaner malts, crisp lemon juiciness, orange flesh, and hints of apricot. The end followed with souring wheat, adjuncty metallics, brassy coin, chalk, basic ale yeast, and decently sticky grassy hops. The aftertaste breathed of bitter grassiness and earthy mustiness, with an otherwise dominant face of adjuncts and pilsner graininess. The body lightly medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack, okay cream and froth, and pleasant finishing pop on the back end of it. The mouth was left dried and chalky. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back well enough.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was its drinkability. Honestly we weren’t too thrilled by this one. Both the nose and the flavoring came off ultra skunky and dank, and we’re not sure if it was a quality issue with the beer itself or an issue with the establishment we consumed it at. It seems more plausible that it is the latter as Coronado Brewing has only recently entered into the market here in southeast Michigan. Perhaps they don’t flush their lines?! For something billed as an IPA we thought it tastes more along the lines of a dry hopped Czech pilsner with hints of orange. These malts dominated, and unfortunately the hops were on the losing side of the battle.

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Photo of rangerman21
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden with a white head that has great retention.

Smell: Piney hops.

Taste: Bitter hop notes at the end. Mellower at the beginning.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and bubbly.

Overall: Great head and pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is the only thing really dragging it down in my opinion.

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Photo of SharKKD
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was my first taste of the Coronado Islander IPA...or any Coronado beer for that matter. It's a classic one with fruit notes in the smell and slightly in taste. The hop level was perfect, and I found it very refreshing and satisfying. The Islander is a great choice, and I will definitely imbibe again especially because my husband drank all the others while I had only one.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 CalgaryFMC
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an American pub glass. A light golden yellow-orange color with a rich creamy white head, very nice lacing left on the glass. Smells tropical as the name suggests, perhaps mango and passion fruit, with some toffee and floral tobacco notes. Not much citrus on the nose. Palate is very herbal and spicy, interesting that the flavor is relatively devoid of the tropical notes so apparent on the nose. Here I do get some grapefruit and apricot/peach, with some weedy pine resin but nothing overly aggressive. Aromatic toasty malts blossom as you go and the nuttiness counterbalances the herb and pepper hopping. Lemongrass? No trace of the ashy pot resin that one can get with aggressively C-hopped brews ... The weed remains green. Interesting IPA that almost defies words. Smells tropical, flavor is a tasteful herb and spice rack with a dash of citrus, and a semi-thin body and very smooth refined bitterness contribute to an overall mellow vibe. I like it and would return to this particular island, but do not go in expected an onslaught. Be mindful and focus. Stablemate Idiot IPA will deliver more aggressive citrus and fruit juice flavors.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells of citrus and hops...pine...maybe a little sweetness..

Taste: No citrus like the smell. Something about it I'm not really getting. Definitely hoppy. Maybe some chocolate,but not too much.

Mouthfeel - A little watery in my opinion. Goes down easy. Mild carbonation.

O/D-A unique IPA that I enjoyed quite a bit. This and their Idiot are both solid hoppy beers that are well worth trying.

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Down right good looking brew - a cloudy ipa orange that's hard to see thru but a great looking white head that sits atop this brew for a couple minutes -

Smells of citrus flavors - not overdone just right. Picking up the great smell of fruity hops - similar to smelling a freshly squeezed piece of orange zest

Taste is hop forward. Tropical hops turned up a bit , but again not overly sweet - simple grain bill keeps this beer on earth and not off to a hop planet far away
Balance is everything here - well done

Mouthfeel is a medium body with a low level of carbonation - this beer warms up just fine without changing much of the taste and mouthfeel - Very enjoyable

Overall this brew rocks- and big ups for winning an award at this years (2014) CBC - I beleive the balance in this beer is unmatched in today's agressive search for the next double dry hopped hop hydrogen bomb- this beer stands out in the land of IPAs

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazy golden color (dregs were poured in, because unfiltered IPAs are delish). The head is around two fingers, and its shade is barely off white. I'm quite impressed with both the rock-solid retention and rings of lacing left behind.

S: The nose is quite herbaceous, and even a bit savory-smelling. It doesn't quite reach onion territory, thankfully. Lesser grapefruit notes are also found. In addition, some of the malts come through with a strong biscuity character. Not sure how fresh this is, but it smells alright.

T: The hop profile is a bit strange, but not in a bad way. It's quite herbaceous and spicy, yet with a bit more definition than other herbal IPAs (can't be arsed to name examples...) It's fairly malty, as well - mostly biscuit with a hint of sweet caramel. It's probably recoil from Long Trail Chicken Marinade (oops, I mean Ramble), but there's a lot of lemongrass flavor from the hops. Still, it's only mildly bitter, which is almost miraculous considering how biting the three hop strains in this can be. Oddly, the bitterness builds a bit after a while, countering the sweetness well enough.

M: There's enough crispness along with a dry finish to help squelch some of the malty sweetness. It's a sweet IPA, just not excessively so. Carbonation is medium, and does enough to give it solid drinkability.

O: My expectations were slightly exceeded. While it's more of a sweet IPA than a bitter one, it pulls off both aspects well enough to make want to drink more than a single bottle in a sitting.

NOW I GET IT: this reminds me a lot of Two Hearted. That's nice company to be in. I'd gladly drink this again natch, but I'd prefer cans kthx.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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 smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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 ColdOneKev
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Body is very light orange bordering on straw. One finger white head, fades, leaves nice lacing and a thing layer throughout.

S - A nice blend of the various hops, citrus, pine, earthy. Not one is overpowering. Lightly toasted malts.

T - Citrus hops dominate the taste, some caramel balances it off.

M - Very smooth, light carbonation for an IPA. Medium body, drys the palate.

O - A solid IPA. Clocking in a bit heavy at 7% for my liking, but that just means I need to plan accordingly. I will revisit if the mood strikes, but first I need to try the other Coronado offerings.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Islander IPA is a blend of honey and apricot tones (and has the kind of clarity you'd get putting actual honey and apricot together through a blender). Despite the beer's natural haze it has more than enough shine to fit the 'tropic island' motif. Indeed, it's entirely clear skies - there's not even a bubble, much less a puffy cloud of white foam.

A hop bill comprised of the three C's (Columbus, Chinook, Centennial) results in three P's: pink grapefruit, peach, and passionfruit. These citric and tropical fruit flavours are laced throughout the beer, from first sniff to final sip, but are appreciated most in the bouquet.

On the palate they have to compete a little more with very toasty, light-coloured maltiness and the biscuity, bready flavours that imparts. Don't let the floral and fruity ambrosia fool you - this graininess can hold its own. It's hefty. But ultimately it is the hops that win out; the finish tastes strongly of melon and orange, with just a hint of pine.

If not for a pretty appreciable 75 IBUs and a not-so-hard-believe 7% alcohol, this has enough rose-like floralness and refreshing citrus fruitiness that it would have very broad appeal, especially in hot weather. Alas, it's not something for casual drinkers. Still, for my tastes, its lemony tang and crispy malts make it a very refreshing beer indeed.

Well done American IPAs can transport you to another place - typically somewhere tropical. And Islander IPA certainly has the citrusy hoppiness needed to "evoke imagery of swaying palms and sun-kissed shores". That being said, these visions might not be vivid enough to satisfy diehard hop-heads, but I sure felt like I got a nice vacation out of it.

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Photo of JustShutUpStupid
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure why people rated this beer so low. I know better. On nice warm day in So. Cal this has the best balance of taste and IBU. Hoppy the clown it's not, but it's so good, no kidding. I go to the local craft brewer that have great beer, The Institutional brewery in Camarillo, Surf and Anacapa breweries in Ventura, but sometimes I need a quick pick 6. The Islander is a great choice without compromise. IMHO

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Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a large snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Resiny pine, citrus, tropical, floral, grassy, caramel, and some toasted malts.

Taste: Tropical, pine, and citrus with some caramel and toasted malts. Some bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, tingly bitterness, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: It's good to ser their stuff here in Massachusetts. Will be enjoying more in the near future. Pretty solid and enjoyable.

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Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.
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