Idiot IPA
Coronado Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,918
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,587
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 11.76%
Reviews:
401
Ratings:
1,537
From:
Coronado Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/4/15; drank 3/9/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque light orange appearance; white flotsam.

Big eggshell head; frothy lace.

Grapefruit, caramel & pine needle notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pine needle & caramel flavors up front; a grapefruit bite on the finish. As this warmed, a nice peanut butter (!) note emerged.

Not normally my flavor profile, but this was interesting & tasty. I'd have another.

Apr 15, 2019
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Stoutmaster9 from California

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale, murky golden orange, with probable 'junk in the trunk' at a glance, rather few carb bubbles, drifting slow.
Thin head of fine bubbles. Lacing present.

Sour malt scent. Lemon Aura.

Taste follows the nose, crisp and sour malt, with a citrus hint; loaf of lime, with half a hint of grapefruit-pine. Bold booze.
If finesse is you aim, move on. For an 8.5% this is super easy drinking.

Jan 18, 2018
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Drewfit from Hawaii

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

First imperial IPA I ever had and over whelmed. This a "the bar" for imperial IPAs when first i was first exploring IPAs. Seek this Beer for I think is a good starting gold standard to compare imperial IPAs. Coronado is another brewery that everything they make is worth a try. like Ballast Point, Deschutes just to name just two.

Jan 15, 2018
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with one fat finger of beige head that leaves cloudy summer sky lace as it recedes. Pretty.

Smells of rich sweet bread, sliced orange and lime, pineapple, soft caramel and dank piney hops.

Tastes of orange and lime rind, pineapple chunks, bready caramel malt, pine resin and alcohol.

Feels thick and soft. Full bodied with furry carbonation. Finishes dry and a little harsh.

Verdict: Recommended. Not very elegant, but pretty tasty.

Sep 30, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sitting at the 8.5%, I opted for my tulip.
The appearance was a semi-dark golden bronzed orange color about it with a stiff finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Sly roaming lace.
The aroma had a gentle blend of citrus pith, fresh pine, light alcohol and a subtle fresh biting grassy sweetness.
The flavor started bitter and became sweet but then went back to the bitterness. Malts are quite low here. I was hoping this would have eventually combined to become fully bittersweet but to no avail. Fairly nice aftertaste of the citrus, pine and low riding biscuits.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt appropriate. ABV hit just as expected. Slight astringency, but acceptable to me.
Overall, pretty good DIPA that I could have again.


ine, 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.

Jul 07, 2017
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GHow from Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Apr 08, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Mar 15, 2017
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elNopalero from California

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Feb 25, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Feb 13, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Jan 06, 2017
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zonker17 from Texas

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Aug 14, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Aug 07, 2016
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Jul 16, 2016
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MAB from Canada (AB)

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Jun 13, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

May 31, 2016
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Rogerlb from California

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

May 02, 2016
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anon from California

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Mar 24, 2016
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remingtonsteele1987 from California

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Feb 21, 2016
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crotharagain from Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

Feb 10, 2016
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OSUspeBRG from Hawaii

4.34/5  rDev +11%
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.

Dec 23, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Dec 17, 2015
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DaneBramage from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Dec 13, 2015
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HeightsEats from Ohio

3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Nov 19, 2015
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Oct 30, 2015
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Oct 04, 2015
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