Idiot IPA | Coronado Brewing Company

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Idiot IPAIdiot IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States
coronadobrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by scottoale on 05-09-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,509
Reviews:
397
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.73%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
315
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty and very drinkable DIPA. It hits the style because of the up front hops, and has a good fruitiness that complements the hops. Not so much a palate shredder. Not harsh at all. Pours cloudy golden, with a small amount of soapy white head.Picked up at Half Time around Labour Day, this bottle held up excellent.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a clear golden amber body. Very nice lacing.

S: citrus, mostly grapefruit, and slight grassy note. Fairly full nose.

T: Very hoppy with a wide variety of hip notes including floral, pine, citrus and earthy. Malts are present but mildly so.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Excellent malt profile and not too boozy. A must try for iperaial IPA lovers.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Crown Series" Bottle says 8.5% abv for this 2010 release - Imperial Pale Ale; Pours orange amber with a nice pillowy white head that quickly fades.

Nose is bright lemon citrus with hints of pineapple and pine; nose is bright and inviting although a restrained.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich; very well balanced and with an elegant carbonation. A nice viscous, oily character that is appealing and bold and rich in the mouth.

Flavors are very assertive, rich and bold of grapefruit oil and grapefruit skin bitter with a nice viscosity and oiliness in the mouthfeel as you drink it which highlights all flavors and gives them a layer quality. A quick hint of sweet lemon citrus in the front palate that is pleasant and then gives way to a finish of bitter pine/grapefruit.

A big, rich, front fruity finish bitter Imperial Pale Ale. Just what you'd want from an Imperial Pale Ale. Very bright, fresh and drinkable for a beer with such big flavors and character and richness. Finish has lots of burnt toast in long end.

This is a nice effort that is really drinkable for a bold beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy splotches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is the same with a malt backbone that comes through on the aftertaste. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA with nice hop smells and flavors.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was being pumped from a cask at the Tap & Table on 4-8-2010. The golden color of the IPA was very nice looking with a creamy looking white head on top that laced very well. The Smell of the beer was very hoppy and it really got me excited for the first sip. The taste of the beer was very hoppy and bitter with a nice citrus flavor in the mix. The mouthfeel was very smooth from the cask and was very drinkable. Overall this beer was very good in my opinion. I suggested it to a friend who had it from a bottle who wasn't thrilled about it. I can't imagine it was that much different. I thought it was damn good though.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a very large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a thick collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus, floral and tropical fruits are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has an interesting mix of flavors from the variety of hops that are used—melons and tangerines seem to stand out in particular. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present and this persists through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to have a nice balance of flavors between the various hops as well as the underlying malts (because it's not that bitter).

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

With the classic but aggressive taste of IPA gone by, the taste of Idiot IPA reminds me of the taste of IPAs before the newer and more tropical type of hops gained favor. Without those newer aromas and tastes, this older version really focused on bitterness and dryness.

With its sturdy amber and light copper color, the mildly hazed ale appears to have a golden-orange tinge. As its ivory-white column of foam builds, its head character is persistent and clinging with lacing rings with each sip.

Its radiant aromas are squarely dedicated to the grapefruit character of hops. Its juicy pink grapefruit character is highly citrusy and sharply scented, even as the supporting malt sweetness tries to buffer its aromatic effect. But further propelled with lemon and orange peels, pine resins and an overall grassy tinge- the hops are unwaivering in their pungency.

And similar in taste, the caramel and honey flavor from malt is short-lived as the middle palate of hops topple any supporting sweetness and command the beer thereafter- first with the juicy and dry taste of fresh-squeezed citrus juices, except where fructose sweetness is expected, the beer dives head first into a dry and bitter finish. The ale lingers in the throat with its sappy and resinous character and with the grassy taste of chlorophyll hanging around.

Medium-dry in body, the ale's early creamy malt structures are temporary. As the hops settle onto the tonuge, it pushes any sweetness and carbonation aside and saturates the mouth with its palate-stripping resinous mouthfeel. Warm and dry to finish, the ale acts more like the hop-dominant and standard American IPA rather than the more balanced imperial variety.

The Idiot IPA is a highly focused and disciplined IPA but with a little extra gusto. Its bright citrusy bitterness and malty-dry backbone are quintessential "West Coast" style IPAs. Though ever-classy, the preferences are trending to the newer and "juicier" tropical hop varieties.

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

22oz bottle, from the pleasantly decent selection at the Kahala Whole Foods in the mall-scape of semi-suburban Honolulu.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat rocky off-white head, which leaves an impressive tree canopy vista of lace around the glass as it gradually sinks away.

It smells of grapefruit, orange, and pine hop esters, some further tropical fruit, over a lesser bready and honeyed caramel malt sweetness. The taste is more intense grapefruit, mixed citrus, and pine resin hops, a fairly hefty sugary caramel/toffee backbone, and a slight, simmering undertone of mildly perfumed alcohol.

The carbonation is moderately twangy, the body a solid middleweight, and sassy-ass smooth, a tame creaminess arising as it quickly warms in this Waikiki high-rise hotel room of ours. It finishes still quite strongly hoppy, but actually more in tune with the latent caramelized malt, and understated alcohol, heretofore kept pretty tight to the proverbial breast.

A more or less (ok, more) prototypical example of that West Coast, big-ass IPA. Everything is headier, better, and yet somehow balanced, which is usually the trick, ain't it? Drinkable as all get out, if hop monsters are your thing. I'll be over in the corner by the TV, um, well, use your imagination.

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Photo of emerge077
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden honey color with a the big head that I have come to expect from Coronado's beers; loads of foam stick to the side of the pint glass

Smell: Plenty of citrusy hop character, with grapefruit and orange pith prominent; the malt is not obscured, however, and I detect a bit of sugar cookie character underneath

Taste: Sugar cookie malt, up front, but the hops don't take long to deliver, with loads of bitter pith and citrus fruit; perhaps due to the influence of the malt, the bitterness has an interesting range of citrus flavors, which add tropical fruit elements such as kumquat and lychee to the usual grapefruit, pineapple and orange; after the swallow, the profile is nicely balanced, with plenty of hoppiness to please the discriminating hophead

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a fine DIPA; really likes the way the malts complement the hops with subtlety rather than try to stand up to them with stickiness

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2%

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 zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head of foam. Okay retention and minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus fruits, like orange and mango. There was a slightly floral and piney aroma.

T - Good spicy bitterness as it hits the tongue. A sweet caramel maltiness with sharp, citrusy hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good DIPA. It almost drinks more like a regular IPA.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I might be an idiot but I really enjoyed this Idiot IPA, it poured a clear honey golden color beneath a big off white biscuity head.

A rich citrus lacing on a pine like smell with hints of alcohol and maybe a slight earthy flower garden hint. This aroma transfers verbatim to the taste, which to me, was exactly what i would have wanted. The aftertaste is quite similar and quite dry which led me to take another sip and yet another sip.

To be quite honest I like to stop at every micro-brew along the road, and if any of their IPA's or similar style beers are anywhere close to this I am quite happy to have stopped there. Probably not the best IPA or Double IPA or Imperial IPA I've ever had but as I drink this its hard to remember which exactly were the ones that were better. To me this is what American IPA's and their off shoots (doubles, imperials) should try to capture: a solid citrus hops taste with all the extras.

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Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
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