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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

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

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Reviews: 391 | Ratings: 1,478
Photo of welldigger888
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a nice honey golden with a white head that laced well.

OOOFAHHHH with the west coast style hops, as my publican told me as filling my growler, a new fav. WOW citrus and bread with all that seems.

Creamy creamsicle grapefruit style with all that make for goodness.

OOHFFAH the creamy goodness is wherer it is at.

Drink deeply my friend!

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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 RickS95
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sharp looking beer. A bit dark for a 'pale' ale, a darkish amber/orange color. The head is thick and frothy, and a contrasting brilliant white. Good retention and sticky lacing as it eventually dissipates.

The West Coast would be proud, as it's all about citric flavors. There is some malt breadiness, but it's mostly citrus fruits and pine that fill the nose.

Taste is similar to the smell. Piney, citric, bready.

It's got a medium body and is full of bitter. But the bitter is managed well by the malt profile. A bit sticky in the finish, with some bitter that stays with you a while.

Very drinkable for the type. It's certainly a hop bomb, but I can still feel my tongue, so it's not offensive. One of the best DIPAs I've had the joy of trying.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body appears clear, dark gold. The beer pours producing a decent half inch head that dissipates to a fine cap with a foam ring, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aromas of malt, brown sugar, wet hay, and hops. Produces a nice malty and floral hop perfume--Eau de Idiot.

Tastes sweetly malty with nicely balanced fruity and grapefruit/citrus rind hop profile. Very smooth. Ends dry and just slightly bitter, and has a long tasty finish.

Body is medium and the carbonation is mild, producing a nice creamy mouthfeel.

A very nice DIPA, smooth and flavorful, with little taste of alcohol. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of malloyca
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, dark amber beer that poured with a 1 to 1.5" head that persisted for quite a while afterward. There were strong citrus aromas along with faint hops. A very smooth drinking ale, there is no bite to this. The hops are certainly present in the form of firm citrus and pine flavors, but they are balanced by a creaminess and sweetness that are well-balanced and not over the top. I kept coming back for more of this one, and was disappointed when it was gone.

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Photo of ALBuff
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful looking IIPA, this beer pours a transparent gold with a thick, foamy white head and ample carbonation. It drinks easier than it should; not very sticky, moderately viscous, lighter bodied than most. Sweet tropical fruit and subtle pine notes on the nose; tastes of papaya, sweet caramel malt, with elements of bitter grapefruit coating the tongue on the finish. Fairly complex and very delicious. One of Coronado' s best.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle autographed by the brewer from a great beer store in Phoenix, Tops Liquor. Bright copper pour with a nice foamy head and decent lacing. Really nice big perfumy, floral nose with hints of oranges, grapefruit, candy and pine. Lots of hops as you would expect in the taste, but nicely balanced with a sweet maltiness. It has a unique earthy something about it that I can't quite describe, but I like it. The alcohol is well hidden for an imperial, albeit a relatively mild 8% imperial. Hugely drinkable beer. Only wish I had picked up two. Another West Coast beauty!

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks!). This one's been on my wishlist for a little while.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a huge sized off white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass. Aromas of pine. grapefruit, melons, caramel, and pineapples. Tastes of pine, caramel, pineapples, and grapefruits. Fruity. Nicely balanced and very enjoyable - I could drink this one every day!

Notes from: 10/16/07

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange with no head, very thin lacing around the glass and a very generous amount of carbonation.

S - This is absolutely amazing. (And I don't give 5's very often.) The aroma is amazing and just drips with juicy citric aroma as if it were fresh squeezed. Pineapple, grapefruit, ripe oranges and very little sweet malt. The nose is dominated with fruit hopping.

T - WOW!!! MASSIVE amounts of juicy oranges, tangy pineapple, and grapefruit which knock the tongue with relentless authority and lingers in the mouth or a very long time after the sip. Starts out with metallic, juicy oranges slamming the tip of the tongue and half way through emerges ripe pineapple which slowly blends before the big, juicy grapefruit finish. This stuff is absolutely amazing.

M - Medium heavy body wiyth mild carbonation as it glides across the tongue and leaves a semi-dry and partially slick finish on the tongue. The ABV is virtually undetectable as the warming on the way down is very little to none. For 8.5%, I'm way impressed.

D - Very high, unless you hate extremely hopped West Coast style of IPA's. The balance is completely off with tons of hoppy bitterness and the malt being used for little more than bitchslapping the hops attempting to keep them from being too unruly in any way. For a D-IPA, there's few I'd put ahead of this when it's completely fresh. Definitely seek this one out.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the newest bottled beer from the Coronado Brewing Company. I love the little info on the side bottle: “Coming in at 8.5% ABV, CBC Idiot is an all natural India Pale Ale. Brewed with over 3 lbs. of hops per barrel! Watch out, the unfiltered ‘San Diego IPA’ has been known to reduce even the most intelligent to a blithering ‘Idiot.’” Now, on to the beer itself.

“Idiot” pours a nice golden color with a modest finger of head, and with a very good retention. The aroma is malty with a slight biscuit and bread dough in the mix. The hops dominate after that and it is easy to detect the grapefruit, orange and citrus hops, which leaves me with the impression that it might be a fairly balanced beer. A good dose of hop juice in the aroma, close to a DIPA.

The taste is sweet at first but the hops dominate this one. There is some citrus and bitterness that end up in a nice dry finish. The alcohol is just a tad noticeable and as it warms up the malt takes more notice because of the mouthfeel this baby carries! From the first sip it feels thick and it feels like a ‘big beer’. The carbonation is a just a tad on the low side or maybe it’s just the amount of malt this beer has.

This is a good hop-head fix for when you’re in the need of something hoppy and filling. Definitely worth getting your hands on a bottle, and probably the best Coronado has put on the shelves so far.

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Photo of matt22871
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a new craft beer shop. Imperial ipa is my favorite beer style so I'm always trying new ones.

Appearance - Gold/copper color, very small head, very minimal lacing

Smell - Tropical and citrus fruits, sweet malty smell, caramel I think.

Taste - Strong grapefruit and citrus taste. Some light pine, tropical fruits, and sweet and caramel malt tastes as well. Very dry and bitter finish. I like it a lot. Unlike most others' reviews I find the hops to be at the forefront of the taste and the malt taste is not as strong. I quite like it. Leaves a kind of bitter citrus aftertaste that begs for another sip.

Mouthfeel - Kind of light feel, nice crisp carbonation though. Pretty good, nothing bad here but nothing especially noteworthy.

Overall - I wasn't that excited to try this beer after I read all the reviews... I pretty much said to myself "damn, another ipa that's way too malty." HOWEVER, I don't find most of the other reviews to be accurate. This is an awesome hoppy imperial ipa. Superb hop tastes yet very balanced at the same time. I will be buying this again for sure, and will definitely recommend it to other ipa lovers.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy dirty yellow, good lace and head. Edit - Drinking this again and noticing the overwhelming dirty/cloudiness going on. Has some dark sediments collecting at the bottom and lots o floaty stuff??

S - Overwhelming resinous pine, hops, slightly fruity.

M - Medium perfect carbonation, Goes down smooth, slightly bitter.

T - Hops, resinous pine bitterness, Nice balance, very good IIPA.

D - Drinks great for a IIPA, very balanced and complex. Easy drinking, great aftertaste. Thumbs way up!

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thought I had reviewed this.. thanks to arbitrator and augustgarage for the bottles.

A- Amazing fluffy cloud of a head in this one. Beer is clear and moderately orange with a bit of brown. Lacing coats the glass like frosting. 5 of 5.

S- Lots of sweet fruit and sugar-coated hops.

T- Very sweet, very hoppy. Beer coats the tongue with sweet fruit and then the bitterness permeates. An eye-opening amount of hops in this one... mild heat from the abv only acts as a catalyst for the fruity, spicy hops.

M- Very, very, very bitter, oh-so enjoyable. Really sticks with you. Body is hefty, carbonation is good but low enough that the beer really lingers. I'd dare to say it's mouth-coating. I'm OK with this.

O- This one is a must-try. Two thumbs way, way up.

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Photo of agsourdough1
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All I have to say is this...

8.5% yet it drinks like a 6%. The aroma is the best part of this beer. Very drinkable. This is one you have to be careful with. It's very easy to drink quickly. My only complaint is that they call it an imperial iPa. Ibu seems a little light for that.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted April 23rd 2011 (from notes)

Poured into an IPA fest glass (Najs's Place, Redondo Beach, CA)

A - Golden copper, one finger white head and lots of lacing

S - Resin, citrus hops, toasted malt, sweet yeast and a flower garden

T - Lots of resin, yeast, toasted malt and grains. Orange and pineapple. Floral and alcohol

M - A bit chewy, medium acidity, long finish and great balance

D - Tastes great, goes down very nice and has a nice ABV

Final thought - Wish I had this everyday

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Photo of barfootbandit
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA poured from the bottle. Good smell with a mixture of citrus fruit and pine. Clean color and taste as well. Taste was crisp and hoppy, but overly so. Hop character was a good balance of pine and citrus and the beer had a bit of tropical aftertaste. Its most redeeming quality is the high ABV.

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Photo of rringler
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, dark straw. About a half a finger of white head with fine bubbles. Very nice lacing.

S: Very clean and malty.

T: Nice, thick malty start (despite the lighter color) finishing with hops that are not too dry or floral. The 8.5% abv is very well hidden. Exactly what you'd expect from an IPA.

M: Slightly thicker and more oily, but still very much in style and with good carbonation.

O: Textbook IPA/IIPA. Good smell, taste and balance. Only thing I'd change is a slightly deeper color.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. This batch is 8.5%.

Deep clear bright princeton orange liquid with a solid finger of beige merengue in the glass. Thick soapy lacing, light gloss of legs. Superior retention.

The aromatics are impressively vibrant - and begin their assault on your senses the moment you remove the cap. A perfect mix of floral, citrus, and earthy notes reveal the care with which the hops were blended.

Initially sweet on the palate - brown sugar and not quite toasted malt, but a searing bitterness rapidly follows suit. The pine and grapefruit are here in abundance but there are tangerine pith and peel flavors and some floral elements in the profile as well. I could venture to guess the four hop varieties (Cascade, Amarillo or Simcoe, and ?) utilized, but I'm not at all certain. This lacks some of the tropical notes more prominent among many SoCal IPAs, but isn't as insistently pine-laden as the heavy hitters from NorCal. The finish is medium-dry, somewhat earthy, and leaves an aftertaste of fruit. Excellent, and while hugely hoppy, somehow isn't overdone. Maybe just a tiny bit sweet overall...

Well carbonated, medium-bodied, and very smooth - the ABV seems to add a little body, but not much warmth.

One of the more drinkable Double IPAs I've encountered recently - despite its aggressive hopping.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an 11.2oz bottle for $1.99 at Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into an Odell's pint glass.

A: Pours an amber/copper hue with a fat off-white head that sticks around for a while, leaving tons of lacing from start to finish.

S: Mossy hop up front - floral and earthy, sweet roasted malt, fermented fruit, with the hop prevalent throughout.

T: Good bitter hop blast - piney and resinous, roasted malt, toffee/carmel, and a bit of booze on the back end but balanced well with the sweet malt.

M: Medium-bodied, mellow carbonation lending nicely to the creaminess, smooth and pretty dry for a DIPA.

D: Very easy to throw a few back, but the 8% will catch up with you quick. A low tolerance would be the only thing holding one back from drinking these in excess, because they go down smooth.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-slightly hazy but a golden appearance. Head retention is good, but it would be difficult to have a bad head retention with a highly hopped up beer
S- Hoppy. Citrusy, but some pine to it. Perhaps a sweet malt characteristic as well.
T- Quite the taste to it. It not only has all the hop punch, but not kick; the finish is clean. It's got a floral taste to it too which balances out the hops and cleans up the finish.
M- Moderate. For an IIPA the body is perfect. No alcohol bite either which makes this beer very pleasant to drink.
O- 8.5/10 I'm sure there are better IIPAs out there, but this one is high quality. A definite must try.

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Photo of AmitC
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ox bottle into a snifter.

Nice Pale golden color with decent clarity and some haze. Less than a finger thick head that fades off rather quickly. Decent lacing on the sides. No bubbles seen rising up. translucent.

Aroma is a lot of sweet grass. Very grassy and little citrus flavor. Grapefruits and nice hint of other hops. Somewhat piney. A good mix of caramel.

Taste is excellent. A good amount of bitter punch by the grassy and earthy hops. Some flowery notes. Bitterness is really very likable. Malt presence is totally subdued and overpowered. No apparent alcohol. No warmth. Finish is bitter.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Somewhat oily and piney touch. Moderate carbonation. No astringency except for wild grass attack.

A nicely surprising brew that is punching and well above the average IIPA.

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Photo of rallison
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Briens.

This was an 8% IPA that was still classified as an IPA. The hops straddled the line of IPA/DIPA, but the malt definitely was pushing toward DIPA. Quite surprised they didn't call it a DIPA.

Lots of citrus in this one, with a nice bitterness and hoppiness level. Hops were rich, and the malt was well pronounced too. Still, a very good, clean West Coast style IPA.

I've been rather impressed with Coronado's offerings. Not everything they do is great, but when they do it right, it's good. This is definitely one of those.

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Photo of ZacHart
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint, this hazy, burnt orange brew had a lot of sediment floaters but a nice half-inch cream-colored head that stuck around a left some truly impressive lacing. Decidedly hoppy aroma featuring grapefruit and floral notes, with malt presence apparent. Excellent flavor; just enough malt backbone to stand up to the luscious, flavorful hops. The alcohol edge is nearly non-existent in this 8.5% ABV brew, and the mouthfeel is sturdy but not syrupy as in some other DIPA's. Highly drinkable and a great example of the style, this is a great offering from Coronado.

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Photo of OSUspeBRG
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness/bottling info. Purchased in Southington, CT

Darker amber, clouded, frothy, fine, lasting and leaving nice looking and extensive lace...

Hopped up nose, god I love San Diego DIPAs....

Dense and hop infused DIPA. Hops crunching...smooth, tasty and highly enjoyable...Definitely going to buy more of this at the next opportunity

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Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
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