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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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden-orange with a strong white head. Smells like orange fruit gem candy and a touch of cascade hops and sweet malt. Taste is a very well balanced blend of cascade and other hops, a smooth and sweet orange flavor, and some sweet malt, all very well assembled into a single flavor. Light carbonation and easily the most drinkable refinement of any DIPA I have had, nothing excessive and an almost creamy character.

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Photo of Genuine
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out a very beautiful copper in color, which this unbelievable cream head that sat nicely upon the body.

smell - After popping the cap, the fragrance was incredible. Lots of citrusy and piney hops in this one. This double IPA smells wonderful.

Taste - The taste follows the nose on this one. Very crisp, grapefruit taste to this one...really unbelievable. This has definitely become a favorite DIPA. Lots of piney and grapefruit notes in this, it's amazing.

Mouthfeel - Medium for sure. The carbonation is spot on. Not too much but not too little.

Overall - this is an amazing DIPA that i'll definitely be getting more of. It is certainly worth the money.

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Photo of acrogers8
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jooler
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pat61
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit rind nose portends a big, bitter hoppy palate well balanced by rich malts and large pitted fruit flavors. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Pours brilliant gold with a shite foam cap.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber into goblet on 7/9/08.

A - Hazy light orange/cantaloupe-colored body with one-finger creamy white head that left ornate swatches of lace around the glass. A bit of gritty substance and mild carbonation throughout the body.

S - Huge, pungent West Coast nose reeking of fresh citrus hops akin to grapefruit and pineapple. Malt is primarily caramel based with a good bit of sugar sweetness.

T - Big, juicy hops right up front with plenty of citrus fruit including, you guessed it, grapefruit and pineapple. Hops are balanced by a moderate sweetness that's not cloying at all. Finishes with plenty of hop bite with ample malt backbone featuring hints of caramel, toasted grains and bread crust.

M - Medium body with a super creamy texture and soft carbonation. Also, there's a bit of heat from the ABV, but not much at all. Pretty aggressive hoppy finish that hangs out on your palate for a while.

D - Excellent DIPA, certainly up there with Dorado in my book. Aroma is amazing on this one. Very representative of the West Coast style. I will definitely seek this one out again in the future!

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Keith from Coronado Brewing provided a tasting of their recently revamped lineup at the La Jolla BevMo, and I am obligated to provide the following disclaimer: Coronado now has an AMAZING lineup of ales (and that's saying a lot for the San Diego craftbrew scene). If you can get your hands on any of these jewels, don't hesitate. Now for a review of my favorite, the IDIOT IPA (also referred to as a "San Diego IPA" on the bottle):

A- Pours a clear, golden/orange hue with two fingers of creamy, white head that is mostly diminishing, excellent lacing
S- Nose is well-balanced with citrus and floral hops, pine resin, and sweet malts
T- Initial taste is dominated by grapefruit and other citrus, followed by some sweet malts and ending with a long-lasting citrus bitterness
M- Medium-bodied with adequate carbonation, coats the tongue with subtle alcohol warming
D- 8%abv is well-masked but could build up over time, this is a wonderful ale in between IPA/DIPA status that is hopped up but well-balanced and extremely delicious, I'll definitely stock up on this gem on my next beer run.

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Photo of Tamango
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Betonade
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Taste was outstanding however the extremely foamy feel really turned me off to it. The smell is great whish they would make a Cologne of this stuff. I just hate how foamy it got when I opened it and drank it. As for appearance the bottle is a nice bottle but as for the beer well its a beer what can I say I'm going to drink and taste it not paint my wall with it haha.

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Photo of Beglane
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with little to no head. Looks very nice,smells kinda weak for a DIPA. The taste is almost like a single hop, not very dynamic but good. Lots of malt in the front, Bitterness in the back nothing too crazy though. Nonetheless, an above average DIPA, with a very good balance between a malt and hops.

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Photo of climax
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a copper/caramel color. Clarity is decent, and head wasn't particularly impressive after a vivacious pour. It all slows down to an eggshell white film with a few lace spots.

The nose is a sweet and sour explosion of tropical fruit, pineapple, fresh garden herbs, bright juniper pine, and bubblegum. The slightest breath of alcohol, caramel backbone, and some spice seeps through as it warms. A joyous aroma, I'd like it in a body wash.

The flavor is a tropical and herbal hop jungle. However, it does have a bit more pronounced toasty malt base. It's actually pretty well-balanced, but by no means is the hop profile anything less than satisfactory. The malt bill is caramel and a bit buttery. The finish is all resiny hops. It's a boat load of flavor for sure!

The mouthfeel is around medium with a bit of a creamy slick feel. The carbonation is light, but crisp through the finish. The finish is dry, with a bit of lingering slime.

It's very easy to drink, the alcohol is hidden well. It's got a crap load of flavor on both ends of the spectrum. It's not a tongue ripper yet the hop head will certainly get his/her fix. A beer of this caliber shouldn't be going down this smooth. Pretty awesome beer.

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Photo of npendres
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of dsauter
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of beerFool28607
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of cwilson2633
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of cdog707yo
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,509 ratings.
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