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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Ratings: 1,503 |  Reviews: 396
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, HOPS and more HOPS, citrus, dry grapefruity. In the taste, citrus hops and a nice malt backing. A small bite, but mainly smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry grapefruity aftertaste. Great balance, big hops, and quite smooth. FAN FREAKIN TASTIC!

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Photo of surfer4life
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap in a pint glass at the Coronado Brewing Company.

A - Darker Golden with a small head that left a nice rim around the top for the whole beer. Medium lacing.

S - Pine, Pine, Pine. A Christmas tree doesn't smell as good as this does. You can barely detect the malts over the hops, but it's a good balance.

T - The Closest I've come to Pliny the Elder. Until this I thought no one could emulate that wonderful taste of Christmas Tree and Citrus Boquet. This is a truly wonderful beer.

M - Bordering between medium and heavy thickness, medium carbonation leaves the pallet quenching for another drink.

D - Far too drinkable, If only Coronado Brewing Company had more than a 3 pint limit, which I assume is because there is a Navy Base 1 mile from it's door.

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Photo of Radiodred
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a Great Beer! I had this in Santa Monica on tap at the Daily Pint. I am from SD and didn't know that Coronado made this. I am going out and looking for a 22 as soon as I am done with the review.
A- Pours nicley with a cloudy amber haze. Good Head
S- grapefruit like hops
T- exceptional taste that give a pleasureable bite
D-I highley recomend

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Photo of Acamusm
4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TTripp725
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of hemorhoidzz
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of twizzbeatz
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of NathanMcIntyre
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Tictactisag
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of vma
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of DogFood11
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip. Beautiful frothy white head clings to the glass with each pull like a stretched spider web. Row upon row of racing carbonation. Very inviting.

The smell and taste embody the west coast style. Bountiful hops create this resinous monster. Grapefruit and Orange make up the slamming citrus profile. It is delicious. Lingering aftertaste is welcomed. First class.

By far the best Coronado brew I've had and most definitely worth seeking out. Good prices from this brewer add to the love.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of rjvanston
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Hendo
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of TheFunkyBuddhaAdvocate
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of serendipity
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at my local. And wow what a nice find! Its bigger than islander but not a double. Its just right. Amber orange pour nice lofty head leaves great lacing and smells like a citrus teabag.
Tastes is hopforward leaving malts behind. Hops hops hops. But sweet at the same time its nice to see a beer I didn't know taste so scrumptious.
Seek and drink

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Photo of drpimento
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Generally I'm kind of tired of the west coast hop bombs, but this one is very good. Poured at a good temperature with a giant, foamy, frothy, off-white head that soon settles down and a bit of lace. Color is a clear, yellow gold with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is a fresh, pleasing hop, fruit, and a bit of malt. Flavor's of course dominated by hop, but done with a sense of aesthetics - nicely contrasted with the malt and carbonic tang. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, long, with no off qualities, and only a hint of alcohol.

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Photo of Kalafkalasch
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Daniellobo
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly beautiful cask treat for anyone with a hefty need of pungent hops.

Presentation: 16 oz cask offering. Menu notes style, temperature, Alc. by Vol. (8.0%). Served on a pint glass.

A - Medium amber pour with a lightly hazy settling top cloud. Rich and fairly long frothy head crowning it all, medium retention with a fair surface memory ring and some strokes of lace. Despite the unfortunate pint shaker glass, for a cask serving this is actually pretty gorgeous.

S - Hops with open arms. Not strangling one yet, but with a decisive warning salute... Softly assertive pine, dash of citrus, earthy insinuation...

T - Give that resin to me! Grapefruit and citrus are also there but the pine and resin shine on their own beautiful bitterness. My palate is probably broken already so it does not bother much but it still caresses the mouth with a long profound taste that lingers with a touch of grass and even a hint of a nice musty feel, fresh, yet with a very intense and profound punch. Loving it.

M - Medium/full body with a logical small cask carbonation, and yet there is a tiny tingle to it, rather nice, and a nice sticky hoppy sense to it too.

D - Hmmm, I so needed a dose of hops like this... Beautiful.

Notes: One of the best DIPAs had on cask, or in any other form, what a treat for someone feeling like a shot of hops.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome brew! In my eyes, this is on the same level as Pliny the elder. Pours a nice clear copper with a 2 finger off white head that takes a couple minutes to dissipate. Smell is delicious - Tropical fruit, pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Basically every flavor you could get from hops is in there (besides saaz which would be gross w this.)

Taste is perfect. Slight bready and caramel malt base, completely dominated by huge flavors of pine, tropical fruits, citrus, and grapefruit. Finishes with a nice level of dry hop bitterness that just demands you keep having more and more. So good!

This is still (kind of) under the radar, but I think if it start getting more and more ticks it will soon be on the top 100 list, and imo should be near the top. Awesome brew.

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4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DrBill1962
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of cdizinno
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

EDIT(06-22-2010) HAD to UP TASTE from a 4.5 to a 5.0. This may sound odd, but I've noticed that the DIPA's in growlers tend to become more flavorful after breathing for a day or two. I don't mean a day in the glass, but I'll drink one or two glasses, re-seal the growler and it tastes better the next day. Kind of wierd, but the high-quality DIPA's tend to last for 3 or 4 days(if the cap is re-sealed with tape). It might just be the lower carbonation brings out or accentuates the flavors. TRY IT!

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's-Piney Grove in Columbia. Okay.. I know this is my 3rd review! But they have ALL been different settings, situations, and containers.

A: Pours hop-hazy golden amber color with a big thick off white head. Leaves thick sheets of foam lacing.

S: Better than I remember from the bottle. Lots of citrus, floral, and pine. Malts give off some sweet aromas.

T&M: Some one said this on a previous review and I quote, "I wish this was more like the nose." It is more balanced directly from a keg than the bottle, but a nice hop bitterness overpowers the taste of the nose. Some tart grapefruit and honey. Alcohol is apparent, but fairly well masked. Lots of resinous hops create that sticky feeling that misses a perfect mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Carbonation is good for the style. Sticky mouthfeel.

I believe this is similar to the Islander IPA. The Islander has a slightly better flavor and smell, but the Idiot has a slightly better mouthfeel. Both are exceptional brews.

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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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Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,503 ratings.
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