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 avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a deep orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. Lots of floaties. There was a half inch of long-lasting, foamy/creamy head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very underplayed aroma of hops, citrus, and a floral quality.

T: Tasted of hops (as you'd expect), grapefruit, a slight maltiness, and an earthy quality. Nicely balanced and fairly subtle.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another drinkable West Coast double IPA.

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a very hazy dark tan/amber in my snifter. Little head with slight lacing. Aroma is of pine, lemons, hops, and moderately hoppy. Mouthfeel is actually pretty heavy without oo much carbonation. Taste is of pine, deep hoppiness, lemons, and some yeast. This is a heavy, very flavorful IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of StoneyPeaches
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid IPA. Floral and hoppy nose. Very pleasant mouthfeel and ends w nice bitterness, not too bitter but well balanced and it does not kill your palate for successive beers like Stone's Ruination, which is also fantastic. Had it on tap and got hooked. Idiot pairs well with your typical bar food like nachos and burgers, but it really is enjoyable on its own. This is my any day, sunny day go-to IPA.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet at Blue Palms.

Fairly clear amber golden body. Half an inch of frothy white head. Retains a cap of foam through out. Really nice lacing left behind.

Smells of sweet honey and caramel malt. Some pineapple and mang tropical fruits. The caramel malts shine through a bit more than many more hope focused west coast dipas.

Tastes of grapefruitk pineapple, and mango tropica fruit hops backed up by caramel and honey sweetness from the malts. Quite hoppy, but the malt bill is actually noticeable and compliments the hops nicely.

Mouthfeel is full bodied. A bit oilly. Well carbonated and a bit spicy and dry. I usually prefer my dipas a bit more unbalanced with more of a focus on the hops, but the balance actually worked quite well here.

An excellent dipa. I clearly need to try more from Coronado.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, $2.50 pint night at Duckworths Charlotte

appearance: cool tap-handle, served in a 12oz vessel, bright orange-amber body, nice white foam

smell; bright citrus hops - grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, sugar

taste: definitely a socal IPA - bright and lively citrus hops featuring the classic notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, pineapple, mango and passion fruit. alcohol well masked - just a solid dipa

mouthfeel: oily, medium body

drinkability: good

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Photo of nc41
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit this one was love at first smell, the nose alone let me know I would love this brew. This is really a great DIPA, and happily not overly sweet like so many big doubles tend to be, this one more closely resembles a west Coast IPA. Pours nice, not overly thick on the head but decent enough. This drinks like a 7% IPA, sharp, clean hop bite, grapefruit out the ass. Mouth feel is simple and clean, not being heavy it doesn't feel thick or syrupy like some doubles. A zinger of a finish that finishes forever. It's big at 8% ABV, but I'd never guess that. The drinkablity gets a slight downgrade because of the ABV, this one is dangerously drinkable, but that's not much of a knock.

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Photo of blackie
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a bar branded tulip, the beer is a medium copper in color, holding a nice off-white head on the surface, average retention

s: nose carries assertive hop aromas - mostly dark pine and grapefruit rind, oily and resinous, with a slightly sugary malt backbone, fruity with a healthy dose of tropical, a touch of caramel, very nice

m: carbonation ample, around moderate, with a medium body

t: packed with intense oily citrus and tropical hop flavor on a base of pale malt, slight caramel, just sweet enough, hugely sappy pine with a monster bitterness, my kind of dipa

d: it's a beast but it drinks well

draft at Fire Works, Arlington

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Photo of Axic10
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden with a finger of head.

Smell: Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, piney hops and some spice thrown in there.

Taste: Grapefruit, pineapple, with a bitter-piney hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable DIPA, that while it doesn't get the same recognition as the big ones, holds its own. An great drinker that I will definitely go back to again.

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Photo of smithdc33
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited that we finally get this beer in Alexandria, VA, poured most of the bomber into a Deschutes pint glass.

A nice orange-nearly-red color with a nice half-inch head that provides nice lacing the entire way through. The huge hop character is obvious in the smell--lots of piney, citrus hop smell. The taste proves your nose wasn't fooled--this is an outstanding example of a west coast double IPA. Lots of grapefruit flavor from the hops. There must be a great deal of malts in this beer to back up all the hops, but they are definitely overpowered by the insane amount of hops in this beer. Not a balanced beer, but if you're a hophead and drinking a DIPA, you're not going to be disappointed by this. The beer isn't exactly smooth but is surprisingly drinkable given all the hops and the ABV.

A great beer that's quickly become one of my favorites!

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Photo of Kadonny
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Tjs in Paoli. Coranado has landed in PA and we finally see this on tap! I've been waiting for this since I tried this beer last spring from bottle.

A: A clear medium amber orange color with a one finger white fluffy head. Nice full sticky glass lacing.

S: Fruity hops with grapefruit, orange, pear, pineapple and some earthy floral smells. Sweet sugar malt comes through.

T: Nice and hoppy with large amounts of grapefruit, pear, pineapple, mango along with some floral flavors. Pine notes kick in right before the sweet caramel candy malt comes into play. Sweetness does not back down but allows the piney prickly bitter hops to finish the beer out. Nice.

M: Full, coating, prickly, bitter with a slight alcohol bite. Bitterness lingers.

D: For this abv, this beer drinks great.

Overall this is a more formidable beer than the Islander and much more enjoyable. Ramped up flavors of both hops and malt make this like an IPA and a half. Not quite a DIPA, but fuller than a regular IPA. I love this beer, excellent. As I said earlier, I've been waiting for this to land in PA on tap and finally it's here. Worth the wait.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Augustgarage for this trade, my first Coronado beer. Poured into my DFH snifter. about 2 fingers of foamy head, which pretty quickly receded with very little lacing on the glass. Pour is dark yellow, almost amber colored. Smell- nice hops aromatics, the most obvious scent is piney goodness. On the first taste, I was surprised to be met slight bitter hops, immediately followed by a very unique butterscotch flavor, which stayed present for the entire glass. Butterscotch was all I could think of, a flavor I have never encountered in a DIPA. Mouthfeel- very creamy, light carbonation, a little chewy. Drinkability- I could drink this all night- the ABV is very well concealed, and the nice creamy butterscotch flavor is very enjoyable. Overall, a nice unique DIPA that I would seek out again.

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Photo of WAN2RIDE
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into stemmed red wine glass from 22oz bottle.

Appearance is of a pale almost white frothy one finger head that leaves a nice lacing as it subsides, sits atop a pleasing orange/amber translucent brew.

Smell is bicuity, slightly dank, a tropical fruity hops aroma. Quite enjoyable.

The flavor is excellent. I had this on tap recently and it had an intriguing buttery flavor, but from the bottle it is far more traditional west coast IIPA. The flavor upfront is a prevalent smooth hop, a hint of spicy acidic tropical fruit...maybe mango. Changing over nicely to a lightly buttered biscuit top malt flavor. I really enjoy this brew, it's somewhere in between a Green Flash West Coast IPA and a Bell's Two Hearted. The bitterness and overall profile is closer to the Green flash, but the tropical fruitiness is more Two Hearted to me. There is some alcohol warming which, strangely for me at least, comes on the mid tongue rather than in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, the carbonation gives it a lighter mouthfeel for an IIPA which is both enjoyable and more drinkable. I'm not a fan of thick IIPA's although they represent a good portion of the style.

This is a drinkable brew, I finished the bomber myself while writing this review, but the higher abv would keep me from drinking more than s couple in a row, also the taste tends to linger for a longish time. This can be nice, but depending on my mood or where/what else I'm drinking, can be a detractor.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at my wife's work yesterday.

Appearance- golden color, nice thick head, nice lacing

Smell- citrus hops mostly

Taste- tropical fruit flavor, citrus hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. I really liked the fruit flavor in it. Very refreshing.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I could not rate the appearance, bought this at a Whole Food in Maui and drank it in the B & B with no glass available. However, this is close to an outstanding DIPA. The aroma did it for me, very funky in good way. Tasted excellent, finished smoothly.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow, 1/2 inch creamy head and good lacing.

Smell - Citric fruits, orange, pine, grapefruits, sweet malts, honey, lemon, some spices, and some added sugars.

Taste - Sweet citric hop punch with a backbone of light caramel malts. Orange, pine, lemon and grapefruit are dominate hop flavors. Malts are sweet, and add a bold flavor to the bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel - Strong hops coat mouth, bitter tounge and leave a hop resin. Malts add some bold caramel sweetness at the finish. Palette gets hops, some malts and a little alcohol. aAftertaste is bitter, sweet and warm.

Overall - Pretty good dipa, easy enough to drink and plenty of hops to enjoy. Nice addition of malts makes this slighty different then the standard dipa. Coronado makes some fine beer but are somewhat lost in the meca brewing state of california. I truly feel if they were a midwest, east coast brewery, they would get more reconition. Seek this brewery out.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Fridge, Lancaster PA

10 oz served in a 10 oz tulip glass, an acceptable glass, but I would have chosen another.

Pours a very nice, thick, ¼” head which quickly reduces to a thin cap, easily revived with a swirl, a live ale. Medium amber color, small bubble carbonation.

A big aroma of Piney/Citrus hops is the first thing to hit you in the smell and they dominate throughout the pour, there is some malt in the back ground.

A very distinct, crisp, entry on the palate of Piney hops, golden malt, with a lingering hop bitterness in the middle, absolutely delicious. As the ale warms, the hops take on a more citrus note, and a little more malt comes forward. Full body and excellent carbonation, which makes for a very balanced brew.

Very long, piney/citrus/bitter hop finish.

This is an excellent DIPA. Extremely enjoyable upfront hops, balanced with a crisp acidity, and just the right amount of sweet malt. Definitely in the high end of the DIPA’s I have had. Totally delicious and highly drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bomber into a glass. No freshness date. Purchased from K&L in Redwood City, which usually has good turnover and mad respekk for IPAs, so I think this should be pretty fresh.

A: Pours a murky amber that glows with a diffuse burnt orange when held to the light. I admire clarity in DIPAs; this doesn't have it. Blame the scoring weight for the damage this will do to the beer's overall rating. Head retention is excellent, just like the Islander, with great lacing down the sides.

S: Citrus-forward. Lemons, grapefruit, orange peel. No obvious malt aroma. Arbitrator likes.

T: This has that enamel-peeling, fresh citric acid presence that I really love. While I couldn't detect any malt in the nose, there's a candied grapefruit flavor here that carries a slight burn to it. I LOVE this flavor in DIPAs; this is no exception. There's a sugar cookie sweetness that balances out the orange and lemon flavors. Really damn tasty.

M: The mouthfeel is a little heavy for me. It's less dry than the Islander, with a lingering sweetness that counteracts any residual bitterness.

D: This beer is delicious! At $6.50 a bomber it is a little pricier than Pliny the Elder, but I like it enough that I might devote some of my Pliny dollars to this once in a while. Put on freshness dates and "once in a while" may be upgraded.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy deep orange color with a nice sized head. Massive suspended hop particle flocculation. Nice lacing on the glass and a lingering head.

S: Foreign to a west coast nose. The smell is very malty with almost a spicy/skunky hop smell. There is almost no citrus and only a slight dry hop aroma present in this beer.

T: Initial taste is sweet malt that is reminiscent of burnt sugar. This is a departure from the typical San Diego IPA as it accents the malt character up front rather than focusing heavily on the intial hip bite. The finish is of warm alcohol with a lingering bitter hop bite that kicks in towards the end.

M: Creamy, almost cask-like despite the heavy carbonation. Perfect for this beer.

D: For the style and the high ABV, this beer is very drinkable, much more than the typical west coast hop bomb ipa.

This is an east coast style IPA chilling in San Diego.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazed golden orange with the slightest hint of amber with a nice finger of tan head, dense with great retention.

S - Tons of great tropical/citrusy fruit, thats 90% it but its really great smelling. Somewhat resinous as well, smells like a damn fine DIPA, definitely a bit more reserved on the malts.

T - Just a great, juicy tropical citrus flavor up front, fairly extreme bitterness/resinous qualities set in soon afterwards and linger through the finish and aftertaste. Very simple but very tasty.

M - Incredibly refreshing, decent carbonation, very drinkable, not quite medium bodied IMO. Well done at 8.5%.

O - Not too complex, not very unique, but a really nice, hop intensive DIPA. Almost want to give it a 4.5

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Photo of spinrsx
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Pavillions Palm Desert for 6.49$

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy and frothy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes and there were some small particles floating around in the beer.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit, lots of resin/hops, tangerines, apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste tons of hops, malts, and caramel. There is also a good amount of fruit flavours like apricots, tangerines, pineapple, and grapefruit. It ends with a fruity yet quite bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - This beer is definitely under rated in my opinion. It reminded me of a mix of sculpin and green flash. I've only had 2 coronado brews so far, but I loved them both and will be sure to check out the rest of their line up. If you like west coast style IPA/DIPA's, give this beer a try.

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Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Lightly hazed golden kissed copper with a thin off-white head that hangs on nicely and leaves attractive webby lace.

S-A cornucopia of tropical and citrus fruit with notes of mango, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, and spicy orange zest. A touch of resinous pine thrown in for good measure. Lightly supportive caramel malt base in the background.

T-Very similar to the aroma but not as powerful. Biting grapefruit up front with moderating flavours of mango, pineapple and pine with a pleasant balance from sweet caramel malt. If this had the flavour profile of the aroma it would be tickling 5 territory but it falls short.

M-Medium bodied, quite crisp with long lingering hop bitterness.

D-A totally solid and enjoyable West Coast DIPA. Coronado has impresed me in the past and this one is no different. A tropical and citrus hop treat in a glass!

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Photo of noknife83
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz pint at the Coronado Brewery/Restaurant

I was very pleased that they had this on tap that night, being that I'm a huge IPA fan, and that they seemed to be out of about 5 beers that night. Very strong hoppy aroma, but they taste wasn't to strong, surprising though with such a high abv. It so disappointing though that evening living in San Diego I rarely find this beer in stores, but I guess that just makes me treasure when I do find it...

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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 beer2day
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange gold color. 2-finger medium cream head. Nice retention, a full 1/2 inch still left at the bottom of the glass. Laces well.

Apricot and faint honey come out in the nose. Light orange and tangerine citrus behind that. Very nice.

Nice bite up front. Hops really start to build midway through and finishes with a moderate hop burn. Not too overpowering. Alcohol is definitely present, but again does not overpower.

Cream feel with just the right fizz to support the hop burn.

For an 8% glass, this is very easy to drink. Almost dangerously so.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into tulip 6/2/13

A clear golden amber with just a few visible bubbles slowly moving towards the tight thumbs width of foam, not a big head but it sticks around long enough to leave several rings of lace, looks sexy

S big tropical nose, pineapple, tangerine, guava, grapefruit, lemon and lime, floral perfume and juicy fruit gum, there's a little pine and spruce with just a little hard caramel

T the tropical blast is toned down a little, more rind then the flesh on the nose, some tang powder and a little booze I didn't smell

M a nice bitter bite but not enamel stripping, a little slick after the bubbles calm down and just some faint heat going down but the booze is fairly well hidden, lemon and lime rind on the finish

O very well put together, a nice tropical DIPA that's a little to easy to drink. I loved the nose and really can't complain about anything, just a solid brew

I'm not happy with the 11$ price tag but I'm happy with the liquid inside the bottle, pretty solid beer and I might drink it again depending how wealthy I'm feeling

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Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,493 ratings.
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