Coronado Orange Avenue | Coronado Brewing Company

Coronado Orange AvenueCoronado Orange Avenue
73 Ratings
Coronado Orange AvenueCoronado Orange Avenue

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2008

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Warm and tasty light beer. Pale amber in the tall glass. They like to call it a Wit but it's clearly the American wheat with a little flavoring. Hoppier than a lot of examples of the style. It would be a great alternative to a pale ale. Still, it's a slightly sweet and rather malty wheat beer. Quite a nice toasted flavor with a little scorched toast flavor. Bitter orange peel in the long aftertaste. Nose of orange blossom honey.

On tap at El Take it Easy on 30th St. in San Diego. Great with the crispy rabbit liver tacos.

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Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, dark gold color. Spots for lace. Small but lasting head.

Sweet orange blossom smell. Light malt in the background.

The flavor is similar to a creamsicle with a neutral ice cream and a candied orange flavor. Full bodied and lowly carbonated. Short aftertaste.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright lemon rind with a shaken snow globe's worth of swirling yeast. Several fingers of bone colored froth looks good sitting atop the beer. It's still early, but the pint glass is beginning to be coated with some pretty outstanding looking sea foam lace.

Given the ingredients list, the aroma is something of a letdown. Couldn't the brewers have at least given us a big blast of orange zest? The coriander is nowhere to be found, nor is the honey. Only the wheat is appreciated, which doesn't result in a nose that is the least bit interesting or impressive.

CBC calls Orange Avenue an 'orange pale ale', the ingredients suggest that it's a witbier, and it tastes like an American pale wheat ale. That's too bad, because I like the first two styles more than the third. The flavors are a little better than the aromas (not by much) and they arrange themselves differently as well.

The beginning and middle portions of the flavor arc are fairly bland and pale wheaty. The finish is where the California orange zest and the honey make their mark. Coriander is still at a low ebb. The mild sweetness of the malt and the honey clashes with the moderate bitterness of the hops, rather than working with it.

All things considered, the body/mouthfeel is right where it should be for the ABV. It's light without being watery and has acceptable carbonation that doesn't impress in either a positive or a negative direction.

This stylistically confused ale doesn't have the flavor focus that it needs to have in order to be considered good beer. More orange zest, more coriander and less bitterness would be good places to start if Coronado wants to patch the potholes on Orange Avenue.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room on 4/28/12.

A - pale gold; thin lacing of white head; good retention

S - citrusy, coriander, orange, lemon

T - yeast, lemon, straw

M - light bodied, smooth, little carbonation

This was a rather mediocre offering. The flavor was rather mild and simple. Ultimately, it's forgettable.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My bottle calls this "Orange Avenue Wit". Same beer? Feel free to correct me. On to the beer:

This beer has a glow of yellow sunshine when shined under a light. The color is a bit washed out, the head now a finger's thick after pouring 2-3 finger's in my weizen glass. The aroma is straightforward though refreshing. It's fresh coriandor, nothing more. There might be a hint of orange, but maybe the name is fooling me.

This tastes like a Blue Moon to me. That's not always a bad thing to be, though it's not substantially unique from the faux-craft brand. A touch of butter hits with the coriandor, leaving a slick buttery feel in the mouth. A light touch of alcohol is felt. Uncomplex.

At first, you think this beer will refresh you, but once 8 ounces are finished, you're ready to get this beer out of the way. Just coriandor isn't going to fly here. More fruity flavor would level the field, this creating a better beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a regular kitchen glass, nice looking bottle art.

A- Orange avenue is not orange, it's a hazy yellow urine color with some even lighter spots when up towards light. A nice finger sized white foam sprung up and left a cap. Loose spider web lacing.

S- Smells like a wit to me, a nice blast of wheat along with the usual spices and some orange peel to go with it. As this warms it really comes into it's own and blossoms.

T- A good tasting wit, they are kind of all the same to me, but i know what i like, and i like this. Coriander comes up along with some faint wheat and a orange squeeze, under that a nice sweet malt base. The orange is very much used well and it shows.

M- No sense of bitterness here, OA is a smooth ride with a malt driven and lightly spiced aftertaste. Light bodied, pleasant carb and refreshing as hell. Overall a well balanced beer that leaves you wanting more.

D- Can I get another?

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Photo of John_M
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. The beer menu lists it as a wit, but I think pale wheat ale is more accurate.

The beer pours a pale gold color with so-so head retention and OK lacing (probably fine for the style, but not a whole lot there). The nose is very light and very "wheaty," with maybe a hint of underlying spice and bitterness. The beer is a bit better on the palate, but not a lot better. In addition to the wheat, there is a hint of orange citrus and light honey. Mouthfeel is light, and the beer shows a touch of bitterness on the finish. The beer has a surprisingly decent amount of flavor (even if what's there is fairly simple and one dimensional), and so drinkability is actually pretty decent.

Mehhh... I've had worse, but this is nothing to get excited about. Just another american style wheat beer that shows a bit of hoppy bitterness on the finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, orange-yellow in color, hazy

Smell: coriander, orange, and peach

Taste: wheat, coriander, orange, and peach

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet, medium carbonation

Overall: I get more peach than orange, but this is a nice summer time brew. One of the better beers I have had from the brewery to date. I will get this again.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, the beer is completely transparent and quite effervescent golden. A creamy, one inch, white head sits atop the liquid, slow in its recession. As I wait for the beer to warm, I watch the bubble ascension drastically slow, until only a few dare to rise. A little lacing clings to the glass.

The aroma is dominated by notes of orange peel and coriander. The malt is light and wheaty. Beneath the strong fruit aroma there's some yeastiness, and some honey.

It tastes like a lightly hopped pale ale with 4 or 5 oranges slices squeezed into it. Other flavors are of sweet honey, a touch of coriander, and wheaty malt. The finish is fruity.

The beer is light bodied with low - medium carbonation. An interesting beer. It's not overly complex but it might be refreshing on a hot day, perhaps a hot day on Coronado. The mouthfeel is smooth, almost mead-like. I bought this at Whole Foods after speaking with a Coronado Rep. As you might have guessed, OPA stands for Orange Pale Ale.

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Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Coronado Brewing Compan'y Orange Avenue last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I had this a couple weeks ago at a local beer festival and I liked so I thought I would pick up a bottle, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The bottle looks pretty nice, it's got a good design and a little bit of information about the beer. It poured a orangish gold color that took on more of an orange color when held to the light with almost a fingers worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, I liked the color, but I wish the head and retention were a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some light sweet malt, bready and wheat like aromas with a little bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes a nice orange aroma that has a natural orange oil like aroma to and it's followed by a slight higher amount of medium spices with some coriander seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a pretty nice aroma and it lived up to it's name.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with neither aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some oranges which impart the same orange rind oil like aspect that it did in the aroma and followed by the spices which seem to show up a little more than they did in the aroma and the coriander still sticks out the most. On the finish there's no bitterness with a slight wheat and a perfume like mixture of orange rind oil and spices showing up in the aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but i thought the combination of oranges and spices got a little perfume like for me.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, slightly refreshing, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel, but the perfumey aspect didn't make it as smooth as I would like.

overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was pretty close to average example of a orange infused wheat beer but the different orange aspect it had made it a little unique, but i tend to like this style to have more of a typical orange rind like aspect. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little crisp, slightly refreshing, not filling, but the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention and the perfume aspect started to wear on me by the end of the bottle so one would be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it had just the right amount of balance and I wish the taste had the same balance. What I liked the least about this beer was the how the combination of the oranges and the spices made for a perfume like flavor, it really held the taste and drinkability back. I don't think I would get this beer again, I would rather have an Oberon. I don't think I would recommend this beer, but other people may not find it as perfume like as me. All in all I didn't think was a bad beer, but I didn't really enjoy it to much, I don't remember it being as perfume like when i had it at the beer fest. I appreciate the effort guys, but I think with a little work this could be a pretty nice beer.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of arizcards
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine and More back in late September for $3.99.

Beer poured pale gold with a decent head at the start. Nose is classic wit, hints of orange peel and coriander greet you. Taste is slighty bitter from the coriander and orange peel. Mouthfeel is lively on the palate and refreshing. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a nice beer that is perfect to accomodate working outside on a hot August day.

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Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber. This one is actually labelled "Orange Avenue Wit" with an abv of 5.2%. Poured into a pint glass.

Frothy white head that collapses quickly. Pale, slightly cloudy yellow color with some spotty lacing. A bit lacking.

Some very mild orange aromas.

Opens sweet. Orange zest, sugar, and wheat beer flavors do come through. Sweet tarts without the tartness. Finish is filmy and spicy. Not much going on here. Clean though.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Watery and bubbly in the mouth and quenching going down. Mellow finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Pretty drinkable.

A decent beer though not one that really sets itself apart in any way. Worth trying, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear honey, stark white cotton head. Reduces to hardly a ring.

S - Bitter hops and mild orange.

T - Light backdrop of malt, orange peel and bittering hops. Finish has a not altogether pleasant twang.

M - Tries to be richer at first, but the bottom drops out. Good carbonation, a little unbalanced.

D - Easy enough to drink for sure!

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Coronado Orange Avenue from Coronado Brewing Company
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