Idiot IPA | Coronado Brewing Company

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Idiot IPAIdiot IPA

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by scottoale on 05-09-2007

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Photo of GHow
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this offering from the local who reaches out.
Look was the golden but no hop aroma. Maybe it was the transport to the east coast. Taste was smooth but alcohol like. Maybe if I could try it fresh I would have a better revisit attitude. I'll finish the six anyway.

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Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some pine. Taste is citrus, pine, light alcohol, mild bitterness for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but the flavors seem to clash rather than flow together.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pours a tan yellow in the glass. Nice aroma, with some straw and citrus. There's a sweet orange rind, some bittering on the finish. One was enough for me.

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Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somehow managed to avoid this all these years. Clear yellow with plenty of foam in the Pleasing floral aroma with notes of pine and orange. Quite frothy and acidic on the tongue. Thin body with just a wisp of malt.

Lime peel taste. Plenty bitter but not overwhelming. Grapefruit pith aftertaste, though. Seems to get sharper and even more acidic as you sip. The Hop Mistress is a harsh one. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market on West Point Loma.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a snifter at Hair of the Dog, Bangkok.

Translucent to mildly-hazed golden amber in color, it comes with thick frothy white head that well retains itself before slowly subsiding to a layer of foamy crown and leaving good lacing.

The aroma and taste reflect the same characters of lemon, tropical fruit, pine, grapefruit, orange, sweet, caramel, biscuit, boozy alcohol, and persistent yet strong resiny bitterness.

The feeling is just right with proper amount of carbonation to carry all the things well under the smooth mouthfeel and good palatable profile, dry finish.

Good DIPA in general, except there is some alcohol kick lurking. Nice tropical character.

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Photo of zonker17
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, no date. After just having an islander IPA I am not seeing a big difference. Small veriations in nose and malt. Both have that rust finish.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 32GP. In Teku glass. After dinner. BBF this month. Still pretty good. To repeat fresher. Tropical fruits with a remarkably bitter dry finish. Very resinous

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Photo of daliandragon
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks Awesome. Two tone orange body with a lighter, clearer bottom and a solid cream head atop the darker haze. Nose is strong with hops and booze. I'm smelling a hop bomb.

Yeah, malt has left the building, folks. Heavy citrus rind and pine resin and think, syrupy booooooze. Thick mouthfeel has its work cut out for it but does admirably. This goes down smoother than my description would indicate. In quantities these would destroy but I enjoyed drinking this one.

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Photo of MAB
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

THis was the beer that kept on giving.
It looked great in the glass (orangish, with a tight thick white foam head).
The smell of the 4 types of hops was there on the nose.
The flavor was not as bitter, and a fair bit sweeter than I expected. Yet it didn't lose the hoppy flavors from the boil.
A wonderful balancing act.
It drank down too quickly, is my only "complaint". Yum!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A darker and heartier yellow appearance. Aroma hit some mango and grapefruit notes, then a little bit of pineapple.

Taste was one with alcohol up front, finally began to hit that chill tip and then a wave of bitterness keeps the forcible entry thing going with the mouth.

Its nice you don't have to get these in a bomber anymore. With so many great ipas in San Diego, this one just doesn't have a place to be a recurring character in my play. But its good.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours fine with very little head. Amber and translucent color which is nicely opaque and therefore you can't look through it. No carb and no sentiment visible. Aroma is clean, clear, citrus. It smells a bit "bitter" too.

Taste is spoiled sharp citrus and a hint of bitter. Mango and other ripe citrus comes in then into a dry finish, with the feel of booziness without actually feeling alcoholic. Does that make sense? Hoppy veggie sensation throughout, slight bitter sour taste (onion?) throughout which makes this less than a go-to IPA but generally, an unoffensive clean feel which makes it easy to finish but not so easy to remember. Mouthful is unremarkable.

Nothing makes this go south, but nothing world-class for me. Various nuances are mixed up without transcending the style. At the right price, sure, go for it.

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Photo of anon
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold hue, finger off-white head. Nice and clean smelling. Earthy, resiny and fruity. Pineapple, orange zest, lemon peel, light guava and vanilla, pine resin. A nice touch of malt balances this one very nicely. A little bit earthy but the quartet of hops sing proudly in this one. Extremely clean and smooth finish with the bitterness not being overbearing. Overall, not a very complex IPA but that's the whole point of this brew. An excellent straightforward take on the West Coast IPA style.

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Photo of remingtonsteele1987
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a 12oz into a snifter, I get dried orange rind and resin aromas with a bit of spice. Rich and clear amber color with a one finger head. Spicy citrus and resin in the flavor with very subtle sweetness coming through. Zero lacing on the glass and leaves a tingling sensation on your tongue.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I could not rate the appearance, bought this at a Whole Food in Maui and drank it in the B & B with no glass available. However, this is close to an outstanding DIPA. The aroma did it for me, very funky in good way. Tasted excellent, finished smoothly.

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Photo of OSUspeBRG
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of the better beers I have ever had. Full disclosure, I love west coast IPAs that kick you in the teeth, and this big boy delivers. Hoppy throughout, definitely a little dirt/earth in the flavor profile.

I had it for the first time at the brewpub in Coronado and fell in love, and now my favorite spot in hawaii carries it on tap. Glorious.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma is classic west coast style hop profile. Earthy, resiny hops with some biscuit malts. Taste follows, strong flavor, malty but also with a lot of earthy hops. Bitterness is stronger on the finish and aftertaste. Body is medium with quite low carbonation. Overall this is a decent DIPA, the only complaint is the slightly overpowering alcohol presence.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local steak/chicken restaurant. Very smooth IPA, nice balance between hops, malt and citrus. Did not strike me as a double IPA but still very tasty.

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Photo of HeightsEats
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My main impression was dank and acrid with some alcohol bite. There's lots of prickly hops on the nose, strong bitterness in the flavor (with enough malt and alcohol to give it body) and a bitter (but not very floral) finish. The earthy flavor hops and citrus elements compete rather than coalescing into a coherent impression. This is perhaps a cheap shot, but my sense of the hopping process is an idiot randomly throwing in any variety available to achieve maximum bitterness. If you're looking for an indiscriminate hop blitz, this might be your thing.

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Photo of Roguer
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big fluffy head atop a slightly hazy orange body; excellent retention and nice lacing.

Aroma hints at citrus, resin, and dank notes. Flavor follows, carrying along plenty of caramel malt.

Medium bodied, lively, and very smooth.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright amber with a very nice white foam head, almost no retention. Smell is very complex and rich, strong hop aroma and some vanilla notes. Taste is bitter, balanced and alcoholic. Medium body with low carbonation. Overall very good IIPA.

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Photo of wgk
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a surprise and if it weren't for the price, I would have bought it to try much sooner because the name is directed right to my heart these last few years. It's (the name) in the same space as Hop Stoopid at getting my attention. Nice effort.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coronado Brewing Co. "Idiot IPA"
on tap @ the Station Taphouse, Doylestown, PA
$7 for a 10 oz. pour

Notes: Fairly clear deep brass body beneath a short head of off-white. Sweetish citrusy nose over a soft caramel and biscuity malt base. Notes of pineapple, tangerine, mango, peach, and light pine. The flavor follows suit but with a bit more edge in some sharper citrus acidity, and a bit of chalky citrus pith. It has a very nice fruity/hoppy/malty balance with citrus leaning into sweetness, and piney and grassy hop notes adding an all-around edge. Additionally, alcohol shows but it's not obtrusive and actually adds a bit to that kind of required "raspiness" - without that the malt might become a bit too "sticky" or sweetish. Beautifully tropical, and even floral, the "Idiot" satisfies.

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Photo of Jeromedepot
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/15/15 (2 1/2 Months)

Look: Poured a gorgeous hazy golden/amber with steady carbonation and a nice foamy head

Smell: Pretty unassuming. Citrus notes that are quickly overwhelmed by a caramel / lemon candy sweetness

Taste: The biggest thing here is the chocolate malt flavor. Nice citrus bitterness at the backend.

Mouthfeel: Goes down really smoothly. Bitterness lingers a while.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus notes with light sweet malt base is pretty nice. Taste is also a good mix of citrus oriented hops with light residual sugar and dry malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice old school IIPA with nice Cascade notes.

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Photo of TheMarkE
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber hued with a great big head of foam, good lacing, and plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Tropical and citrus fruits, caramel, crackery malts.

Taste: Citrus and tropical fruits, caramel, crackery malts, spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a big hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. Fairly well balanced with plenty of flavor. This is a good solid Imperial IPA.

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