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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 AWolfAtTheDoor
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Haven't tried anything from Coronado yet, thought this might be a good one to start with.

Pours a slightly murky dark copper color. Reasonable lacing throughout the session. Nice dose of sediment upon pouring the second half of the bomber.

Smells of Simcoe cat piss west coast typical IPA nonsense.

Taste is a slight redemption from the smell. Yes, its piney and hoppy, but also fruity and a decent malt character to sweeten things up. Not gross hoppy like Stone beers, but this one isn't over powering.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery.

Overall this beer is just blah. I love me a nice IPA. Not really feeling this one though. It's hoppy, it's malty... but there is no balance. Definitely tasting somewhat of a disconnect. I've honestly had hoppier IPAs than this. Worth a try I suppose.

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Photo of Kendo
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy golden/orangey with a sliver of a white head on top. Some legs of lace.

S: Caramel malt is surprisingly noted on the nose. Only modest hops - a touch of citrus (grapefruit).

T: Like the nose, it's sweeter than expected (and sweeter than I prefer) for a DIPA. Some brown sugar and caramel malt foundation is followed by fruity hops - a bit of citrusy grapefruit and a hint of pineapple. Sweetness and bitterness battle in the aftertaste, with neither side really prevailing. Again, for a DIPA, that's not what I want; I want to be slaughtered by hop bitterness lingering well after the sip. . .

M: Medium-to-full in body, carbonation is adequate but fairly low-key.

O: OK. Sweeter than I like for a DIPA

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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright amber golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Sweet malty aroma with notes of honey, peaches, tangerines and pine. I was expecting something stronger.
Though flavor is much bolder than nose. Its hops made me sneeze immediately, so worth it the 90 IBUs. Notes of pine cones, honey, toasted malts, American yeast and spices. Hints of grapefruit and tea leaves. All four C's didn't reveal their faces entirely. Dry aftertaste with an endless bitter bite.
Medium to full body with mild carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Alcohol of 8.5% is behind the curtains.
Good DIPA with its own mark, but more assertive and bitter than complex.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The place I purchased this suggested this to me. I don't know if they were just trying to get rid of it or they genuinely liked the beer, but two salespeople mentioned it to me. I am a big hoppy IPA kind of guy. This one was not a bad beer, but based upon the suggestion, and comparison I thought it would be in the same range as Sculpin, to me there was no comparison. Sculpin is a much better beer.

Appearance: Orange almost a bit hazy, very little head, nice color.

Smell: Not as hoppy as I would imagine based upon the 4 C's the bottle claims the brewers put in the beer. Four C's meaning four C named hops, I won't list them here but its on the bottle for reference.

Taste: Not much going on here. Maybe it is a good intro IPA, but my palate has evolved into something that can handle a more aggressive hop profile.

Overall: This is not a bad beer, good intro/gateway IPA, but not all that great.

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Photo of joerodiii
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average appearance -- medium amber, not too much head. It is obviously unfiltered...some floaties.

Very nice, hoppy aroma. Moderate scent and flavor of Centennial hops mixed in with a fairly strong bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden, very dangerous. The beer is very drinkable due to the hidden alcohol, although for my tastes the hop bitterness to hop flavor ratio leans a little heavy towards the bitter side.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 07/30/11. Tulip glass.

A: Pours golden with about a finger of yellow tinged head, good retention and some nice lacing.

S: A lot of delicious tropical fruit (pineapple, mango), lemon, creamy citrus.

T: Mostly spicy pine and some orange, with moderate to high bitterness.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation, a little oily. The taste didn't quite stand up to the body; it felt a little overwhelmed.

O: Good, but tastes a little too much like a DIPA, if that makes sense. The taste didn't quite stand up to the body, and so it ends up too thick. The level of bitterness limits the drinkability, also.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a beauty shop. The golden liquid is lightly toned with orange and the beautiful white head puffed up just right and showed great retention.

Smell - This has a righteous hop bouquet and is perfectly balanced with pine, herbs, and a wonderful juicy orange citrus. The malts though are largely absent.

Taste - The grain comes out more in the taste. It is a bit rough around the edges but still quite pleasant. The hops flavor is just as good at the tongue as it was on the nose. The citrus that I enjoyed so much at the smell comes on even a bit more at the taste.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied but just barely with some light carbonation and a good amount of bitterness.

Drinkability - This is an easy-going ale. If it really is a double it's borderline though, but classifications aside it is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of DamDweller
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coronado Idiot IPA, 2010

Pours resembles a non filtered copper cider with a resilient white head. Strong smell of oranges and pine trees. The taste is a bright boquet of hops, hops, hops, and more hops that lingers on the tongue for an extended amount of time. The body is crisp, yet strong enough to please any pallet any time of the year. If you're not a hop lover than choose to pass.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Golden orange in color with a frothy two finger head of foam, very nice color.

Floral, pine, citrus, earthy, and resinous.

The flavor doesn't stand up quite as much as the aroma of this brew, but still tempting. Caramel malt backbone, citrus, pine, and of course hop resins.

Light-medium bodied, medium-heavy carbonation, bitter, a little earthy but still enough sweet.

Overall, nothing to write home about, but worth a go.

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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 One1Asterisk
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Bomber (22oz) poured into a clean Spieglau IPA glass. Looks nice and clear in the glass, gold in color, with a couple fingers of nice foamy head that dissipates to about a half finger and lingers. Fair lacing.

There's a little fruit and some booze in the nose, hops accent these scents a bit. Nothing overwhelming here, but definitely has that 'Mmmmm.... IPA." smell.

My tongue doesn't pick up much fruit, just hop bitterness and a little sweetness. Not at all unpleasant, mind you. It's been a long day, maybe my mouth isn't up to the finer details of this brew. I find myself craving the next sip.

Medium body with normal carbonation, as you might expect with most beers of this style. Pleasantly drinkable but with enough weight to satisfy the feeling of drinking a nice brew.

This beer was made nearly 2500 miles away, so it's a little difficult to get this extra fresh. Overall, it's a nice beer that I wouldn't mind having again. I'd very much like to have a glass of it out in San Diego along with some of their other offerings. Perhaps another time.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Good DIPA, orange color, good size head, bit better than average retention and some lacing. Aroma and taste are primarily citrus hops. The flavor is somewhat balanced by bready malts but the hops are somewhat more prominent. Good tasty brew.

Good bittterness but not harsh. Mouthfeel is smooth as well as crisp. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

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Photo of staudio
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a double IPA was expecting a bit more. But it's not a bad beer at all just didn't seem like a double IPA. Nice color, slight citrus scent. Not as hoppy as expected.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First pour has a hazy amber to it with orange tinting. Big billowy head that laces the glass, as an IPA should. Aroma is very piney with tinges of citrus and honey. Taste is very thick, alcohol is a bit up front. Not overly heavy, but leaves no doubt this is a DIPA. Thicker and heavier as it warms. Definitely a prototypical DIPA, very heavy but smooth with some impressive alcohol, but nothing over the top. A good solid example of the style, but there's not a lot here to separate it from the pack.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/28/11=Super Fresh. Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is quite pleasant, with some awesome piney notes. It also has some citrus and floral notes to it as well, but mostly fresh pine and hops. Taste is not what I was expecting...I was expecting some "in your face" hoppiness, but I'm not getting that. Maybe I've been spoiled with all of the Port Mongo I've been drinking lately. Taste is initially citrusy and somewhat malty, but no hops. The hops don't kick in until halfway through the taste. Then I get the pine and hop bitterness I was lookin for. This beer finishes with some awesome grapefruit flavors though. Mouthfeel is full bodied but a bit on the sticky, syrupy side. Drinkability is fairly high.

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Photo of HoosBrews
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle and noticed what initially looked like yeast, but on closer inspection looks more like hop fragments?? I hope that's normal. Smell was pleasant with a nice citrus and floral nose. The taste was big and bitter. Huge IBUs and very little sweetness (which I applaud). Mouthfeel would be better without all the floating yeast/hops. Drinkable given the ABV with a nice dry finish.

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Photo of DrJay
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden, slightly hazy, with a thin cap of fine, white bubbles. Sticky. Tropical, citrusy hop aroma, pineapples and citrus zest, grapefruit, mango. Solid bitterness, but mostly fruity-sweet with an alcohol edge. Hint of fruity tartness. More tropical character, a bit of citrus, sweetness pulled things together but was less malty than fruity. A bit warm, medium-full bodied with lowish carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a big fluffy head that rises and remains for a good portion of the session. Sticky lacing left down the glass along with steady carbonation. Smell is big citrus hops. Little to no malt evident. It's kind of like a classic west coast IPA smell. Taste is basically a hops showcase as well. There's some sweet sugary malt flavors that open things up but grapefruit and strong citrus come soon after. Not extremely bitter, however, and a solid mouthfeel. A little too one dimensional for me but a treat either way. Big, big thanks goes to Solomon420 for sending this as a thanks for the Black Booty...cheers!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished golden colour, with very fine white bubbling forming the head. Lacing is firm and fine, leaving intricate patterns down the inside of the glass. Body is firm and holds fine static carbonation. Lacing is great, the body is bright and sharp—overall it's a great looking beer.

Heavy and smooth nose, rather sweeter than I expected, with just a splash of bright hops to leaven it. Even then, it's only a character of pepper or basil, perhaps a touch of candied orange—the only thing which really drags this out of its heavy, sweet faineance.

Taste is very smooth, with almost no bitterness, except a very slight zesty character on the back. Very sweet, with honeyed grain coming through strongly, and a big malt presence the basis of the beers as a whole. The finish, when it comes is slightly bitter with a resin finish, but it doesn't do enough, in my opinion.

It's a tasty and drinkable brew, but it's missing something. However, it's easy enough to drink, despite the heaviness.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A fairly easy to find DIPA in these parts, typically found in a bomber featuring a rather attractive blue label with the paint somehow etched into the glass (there's probably an artistic term for this that eludes me) and a humorous state of Colorado warning that said paint contains cadmium. So long as the beer doesn't I am happy. The contents pour a light gold to orange amber with ample light orange head that quickly tames to release a strong aroma of grapefruit and orange citrus, sweet apple juice, and caramel malt. The surprisingly sweet aroma is largely mirrored in the palate, at least initially. Very sweet and somewhat sour combination of honey/caramel malts, grapefruit citrus, tropical fruits (musky passion fruit and guava, a little mango) and other floral perfume notes (honeysuckle?) lead the way, along with some warming but well-concealed alcohol (at 8.5% ABV this one will get ya if you have the entire bomber, which I did). However, the wet finish does feature some pungent pine resins and citrus pith. As is the case for a few other hop bomb DIPAs, the spicy pine and medicinal camphor flavors get stronger as you go, your lips get a bit numb and an interesting green fruit note like gooseberry emerges in the finish as well. I get a coppery metallic ting throughout. One of the things I really like about DIPAs is this evolving complexity over the course of a pint or bottle, with things often starting caramel sweet and fruity but eventually getting wickedly piney and bitter, at which point the endorphins show up and meld nicely with the booze to yield a decent buzz and even a potentially spiritual experience. Haha. This particular example follows this mold, very tropical up front and finishing with some classic coarse Chinook hop piney bitterness. I might have provided higher ratings had the malts been a bit less cloying and the booze a tad less aggressive ... There was a bit of a cider effect going on at times which I consider a fault in a DIPA. Still, no shame in spending an evening with this idiot.

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Photo of South2NW
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured to SN IPA glass

A: a very nice golden orange color, with a thick off white head that leaves spotty lacing.

S: disappointing. Mostly sweet malt, with some pine and faint citrus.

T: see caramel malt, light citrus and pine. Basically like the nose. Lingering bitterness.

M: medium, creamy mouthfeel. Nice crisp carbonation.

O: meh, just ok. Wouldn't buy again. Maybe I got an older bottle? There is no date on the bottle.

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Photo of gatornation
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden copper color with a staying head and fresh collar with lots of sticky lacing,,it looks good ,,smell is pungent hops and lots of tropical smells along with citrus and pine notes sweet candied malts and a baked bread is also present..taste is a in your face hops tastes of mango,pineapple are mixed with floral and grapefruit hops..then mix in pine it is offset with sweet mallts and candy bread tastes..a little bitter on the hops..mouth feel is full of hops its well carbonated ..its tasty and drinkable and recommended..not my top tier choice for an ipa/dipa from CA..but still solid a very good one

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Photo of Lare453
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into a tulip glass

A cooper and orange with a small white head. Hazy.

S grapefruit, citrus, green apple, pine

T mild hop beginning that develops into a bold grapefruit middle and a bitter apple and orange peel end. The aftertaste is bitter, hoppy and delicious.

M a little more than thin but not thick. A great mouthfeel, slightly prickly and a good carbonation on the tongue

O a good sessionable ipa. Except for the high alcohol content.

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Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops and other fruit scents

T - This is some very bitter hop juice with fruit flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a real hop bomb to the point that its mostly just unbalanced bitter hops if supper hop bombs are your thing its worth a try

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Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
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