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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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 GRG1313
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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 metter98
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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 +4.8%
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 +5.1%
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 brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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 LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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 zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at SAVOR 2011. Served in a SAVOR goblet.

Pours a clear peach color with an average white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a bit of grain along with a fairly-pronounced citrus character. There's also a bit of booze in the background. The flavor has too much grain, but does bring a decent amount of citrus. The body is medium with a bitter, dry finish. Still, too much booze. Okay, but needs to mellow it on the alcohol factor.

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Photo of mothman
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 1 finger of creamy beige head. Good retention. Leaves very nice lace walls. Color is a hazed golden copper. I got some floaties in my glass.

Aroma: I has a decent amount of caramel and bready malts. Has some bittering floral hops. Some pineapple and grassy hops.

Taste: A bit malty, but it has the hop bite. Floral and grassy hops. Some pineapple again with a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and dry.

Overall, this one was a bit too malty for me. It was alright, but not something I want a lot of.

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Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see a new line of Cali beers here in Greensboro.Poured into a imperial pint glass a hazed mix of burnt orange and copper,a tight formed one finger egg shell colored head atop.Big citric and floral aromas,really fresh and pungeant.Flavors are not overly sweet and alcoholic like alot of DIPA's,big resiny hop flavors with some citric fruitiness,the malt is sweetish and holds up well to the hops.The alcohol is well hidden and it stills packs a pretty good hop punch,a nice beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy bright golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, grass, light honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop notes with moderate malt presence; and good strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange/lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, grass, light honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus/topical hop flavors with moderate malt balance; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA style. All around good complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice IPA in a slew of IPAs thanks to RaulMatisse.

A: White fluffy pasty white fizzy head with a little lacing over a clean golden copper orange color.

N: Traditional west coast style nose with fresh musty hops, a little citrus and pine, resiny oily hops, orange peel, and just the slightest touch of pale malts.

T: Fresh juicy hops really overpower everything. A little pine and citrus, musty fresh wet resinous hops again, very bitter. A touch of pale malt with a hint of sweetness. A bit astringent in the bitterness and hop characteristics, but still very tasty.

M: Med body with great carbonation.

F: Dry and a little astringent, heavy bitterness though with more musty resiny hops bite, orange peel, looong lingering bitterness with a little hop oils even.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an extremely nice blend of floral hops, fruit citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is on the thin side and there isn’t quite as much balance as you normally see in the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there are better choices in the style but this is still a solid 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -15%
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 Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Hazy amber pour with a small foamy white head that retained well and left some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was expectedly hoppy, pithy, bready malts just barely peeking through. Nice taste, citrusy hops, orange and grapefruit pith, underripe pineapple, pine needles, slight bready malt sweetness in the background. About spot-on average for the style. Medium body, fairly bitter and drying, higher ABV well-hidden. Nice overall.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy dark orange with a small off-white head.
Caramel and peach juice on the nose, mango, blood orange, tangerine, persimmon, light pine, biscuit. A pinch of salt. Not too hoppy, but might be overly sweet.
Love it when the taste proves the smell wrong. Big juicy fruitiness up front, citrus and tropical fruit: pineapple, mango, pomelo, peach, tangerine, pink grapefruit, all smothered in caramel. Doesn't get overly sweet, with some bitter citrus peel and slightly salted grainy biscuit leading into pine and bitter dry grassy hops (certainly Nugget hop providing that).
A floral note lingers in the aftertaste, along with some citrus peel, some tropical fruit pulp and pine. Medium body, medium carbonation, just a bit sticky.
A great mix of tasty hops, a really solid IIPA with pretty intense tropical notes, tho generic.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"A man profits more by the sight of an idiot than by the orations of the learned."

--Arabian proverb

Radiant orange with a brassy glow and edges of 24-karat gold. Despite the fact that the beer is unfiltered, it's as clear as a bell so far (note: a light haziness appears eventually). The putty colored lid sports a micro-bubbled surface and the upper reaches of the glass sport a ridiculous amount of lace.

The nose is bright and citric fruity. It smells like a few bushelbasketfuls of lemons, oranges and grapefruits have been freshly squeezed into the pint glass. At least one (and probably more) of the C-hops must be present. Thankfully, there's no caramel malt and no alcohol.

This Coronado offering is a good, solid DIPA that isn't likely to put a serious scare into the big boys. Interestingly, it's the first DIPA that I've seen that actually puts the words 'San Diego IPA' on the label. Yeah, we know you guys invented the style (thanks for that). Technically, though, didn't Vinnie Cilurzo invent it? If not, he certainly perfected it with Pliny The Younger.

Anyway, back to the Idiot. As the aroma suggested, we're dealing with pretty much 100% pale malt (I could be convinced that something slightly darker is present as well). The beer is a little sweet, though hops do a good job of cutting through the sugars with a moderate alpha acid buzzsaw.

The sugar cookies in sugar syrup bottom end is more than sturdy enough to support the hoppy top end. Bitter orange, sunshine bright lemon and pithy grapefruit are enjoyable and should satisfy most hopheads. If you stick with sips rather gulps, drinkability is up there.

The body/mouthfeel isn't as full and as sappy as it might have been. A well-chosen amount of carbonation (as if such a thing is entirely under a brewer's control) helps to lighten what could have been a very heavy load.

I had no idea what to expect from Idiot IPA, but it's a pretty intelligent choice for those who count DIPAs among their favorite styles. Having said that, less malt and more hops would have been better. Yeah, like I've never said *that* before. Definitely worth a purchase.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long day today. Nice long session at Barleys followed by a big tasting back at the house,. What more
could anyone ask for? Consumed on 07/05/2010.

Great to see Coronado making their debut in SC and thrilled to see it start with this one. Solid amber
color with some light orange highlights around the sides starts my day off with a smile. Rich creamy
head of white on top melts down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is deep citrus, sweet with tangerine and apricot leading the way by far. Rich buttery malts
coming in mid palate and a really nice and mellow biscuit like kick. Drying is smooth with light
orange stuck on the tongue and a smooth, velvet like touch to end the day.

Overall one of the most solid I have come across. Really a winner here for sure. Would have no problem
having this one again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-4 s-3.5 M-4 T-.3.5 Ov-3.5
Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me at Lancaster County brewers spring picnic -poured chilled into a snifter from the 12oz

A - A deep rosy amber w/ a dark golden accent and very good clarity w/ thin off white head w/ spotty lace that clings and bead that is tight

S - The smell has a floral aroma with fruity pear and piney esters. The nose has mild tangerine and grapefruit notes w/ light lemon edges

M - The feel has a strong body w/ malt & bitter balanced and moderate carbonation w/ mild astringent and herbal dry feeling finish

T - The taste has candy like malt sweetness w/ slight herbal taste and mild grassiness from the hops with a light pine accent and subtle caramel malt undertone. The flavor has a lemony astringent and light mango tanginess in the finish

D - I liked this but feel is sweet and the hop comes off more astringent than is necessary with a sweeter overall mouthfeel and seems overly bitter but lacking in hop flavor even though it comes pretty close to the style it is not quite there

Edit - 4/4/14 bottle poured chilled in an IPA glass

the color is golden amber with brilliant clarity thick white head with copious lace -3.75
Smell is very fragrant with hop oils, lots of citrus notes with grapefruit and orange zest -3.75
Mouthfeel is very good with moderately bitter texture with medium carbonation and deep citrus oily hops in the feel with a dry and astringent finish 3.5
T - taste is very good with strong hop flavor which is more tropical and slightly citrus as the aroma lets on with slight malt sweetness and slight herbal aspect in the back with mild alcohol apparent in the taste. 3.75

Overall - I was pleased to try this again, I think it is above average in general so I stick with my 3.5 overall but feel the taste, aroma nd appearance are improved over my first impression

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Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
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