Sock Knocker | Coronado Brewing Company

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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 UCLABrewN84 on 08-14-2012

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is going to be a quick review. I normally spend some time analyzing each aspect of the beer according to the guidlines set forth by the BeerAdvocate head honchos, but I feel I can surmize my opinions of this quite succinctly.

A: Normal. Orangeish hue with a smallish white head.

S: Malt, alcohol, sweet taffy, not for me.

T: quite sweet, malty, hops aloof

M: syrupy, sticky, cloying, nasty

O: pass

Kind of a mish mosh of english IPA and english barleywine, neither of which interest me. Coronado is in California, right?

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This beer starts as a beauty. Crystal-clear amber with a fluffy head and nice lacing. Unfortunately it smells and tastes (don't ask) like the 99.9%-of-bacteria-exterminating spray that I use to clean my toilet.

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Photo of beertunes
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very lightly hazy, almost clear, light gold color with about an inch of white head that decent retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly piney hops, with some light floral aspects, and no real malt presence. Well, in something of a surprise, there was just a very light pine taste, but a really strong citrus component. I got zero citrus in the nose, so it was quite the surprise. There was no malt flavors and the beer had a sharply bitter finish.

The body was average for the style, and the bitterness lingered far too long to be enjoyable. Drinkability was OK, but this is probably a 1 & done for me. Overall, an average example of the style. Not worth seeking out, but not a total waste of time either.

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Photo of slackattack
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from 650ml bottle.

A- clear, light copperish with thin head that rapidly disappears.

S- you know this is going to have some hop attitude. Strong citrus and pine right in your face

T- unfortunately disappointing for me. Started out pleasantly hoppy but got soapy and oddly sweet in the aftertaste.

M- nothing worth complaining about, typical for an IIPA

O- yea like I said, a little off for me. The sweetness of the malt and the hops clashed. Not even close to a drain pour, but not even close to a repeat purchase

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Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity piney resiny hops over some bready malts.

The flavor is biscuity malt with some sweet fruit and bitter tarry floral resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK DIPA.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

650ml brown glass bottle with printed-on label art and standard branded pressure cap acquired at a SoCal bottle shop for $6.99 and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. 8.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess, nice thickness. Not much froth. Retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes. Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is clear copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

An appealing appearance for the style overall, but ultimately pretty standard fare. By no means unique or special. No overt flaws are immediately obvious. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Bursts of pleasant hop notes: floral hops, some nectary character, citurs, and pine. Quite appealing and definitely hoppy to style. Clean pale malts complement the hops well. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength.

T: Floral and piney hop character dominates, with light citrusy and a bit of nectary quality as well. Unfortunately, there's some naked hop bitterness in the third act, which reveals this beer's relative lack of balance. Clean pale malts provide the unobtrusive foundation. No yeast character comes through, but I do get a bit of alcohol. The pine is a highlight. Little complexity or subtlety; it's quite straightforward with little flarish. An enjoyable build for an Imperial IPA. I like it.

Flavour intensity and duration are average. Flavour depth is low; it's fairly shallow. Average amplitude.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not quite refreshing. Nectary; a bit sticky. Thick - perhaps a bit too much so. Overcarbonated, making it come across as overbearing on the palate. Okay presence.

Dr: A downable but forgettable brew from Coronado. I see little need to return to it, but it adequately scratches the IPA itch. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a decent little brew. Doesn't hide its ABV great. Has some nice hop choices, but never really hits the sweet spot - largely due to its lack of balance.


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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a light golden amber color with a bit of haze. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Retention is okay, if not incredible - what is incredible is the amount of lacing that sticks to the glass. (3.5)

Smell: Even compared to other IPAs, a ton of grapefruit pops on the nose. The malt backbone is rather healthy - unlike other DIPAs, though, I get notes of table sugar and white bread instead of caramel and toffee. After a while, some of the latter malt notes do appear, as well as some weed, flowers, and pine. This is pretty interesting, I must say - it's more of an old-school west coast IPA rather than a new-school tropical fruit monster, and it works. (3.5)

Taste: This is a pretty dank brew. It starts off with a combination of sweet caramel malt (nose threw me for a bit of a loop...) and herbal hops, before gaining a bit of grapefruit on the back end. I'm disappointed it doesn't evolve much past those aforementioned qualities. It's a standard-tasting DIPA, for better or worse. (3)

Mouthfeel: Relatively full-bodied and sweet on the palate, but it's a DIPA. I definitely think it could be drier by the style's standards, though. Carbonation is a tad low, letting the syrupy body shine through. (3)

Overall: In terms of scratching the DIPA itch, it gets the job done well enough. The problem is, there are MANY others out there that scratch the itch a lot better. Worth getting a single bottle to try out, if nothing else. (3.25)

3.2/5: My socks are not knocked off

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Photo of snaotheus
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. No noticeable date on the bottle.

Pours very slightly hazy, golden with just a slight copper tint. Medium-small white head which dissipates slowly. Medium amount of active carbonation. Smell is piney, slight floral, some breadiness.

Taste is bready and fairly bland. If you look for it, there's a splash of citrus up front, but it's not dominant. A little juicy sweetness. Maybe this is past its prime (no date).

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky. Overall, it's fine. Nothing to brag about, but not a drainpour.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a semi-hazed, yet glowing orange color. Head is a very solid wedge of foam. Lacing is rather subtle.

S-The quartet of Amarillo. Centennial, Columbus and Simcoe hops bring about a reasonably potent mixture of hoppiness. It doesn't go much further past citrus in my book. It's also very tangy smelling. Dried grain and bread malt.

T-Unfortunately, I get some buttery diacetyl on the finish. Otherwise, I taste candied citrus, sweet grapefruits and an overall tangy hoppiness. Pretty straightforward. A mix of pale and caramel malt.

M-Fuller bodied. Alcohol is noticeable but at 8.5%, it's not bad. Bitterness is pretty standard for the style.

O-This beer really just sinks into the abyss of mediocrity and 'genericness'. It's not bad! It's not special, either.

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Photo of 98green
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Look is orange and clear. Smell is light fruity hops and a bit of spice. Taste is balanced hop and malt, but neither punches. Feel is ok, abv well hidden. Overall an unremarkable double. A friend had a taste and called this the bud light of double IPAs. I think that may fit

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Photo of kkleu357
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow body with a small fast dissipating head. Resin floral aroma. Has sort of a cap gun smell. Taste is resin taste with lots of grapefruit. It’s ok.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh, average at best. The taste offers some nice citrus and piney notes, but beyond that, it does nothing to advance the style. There's a little too much malt in the finish for my preference. It's a safe beer when choices are limited. That said, I won't be grabbing this one again. Glad I got the chance to try.

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber in the Duvel tulip. Nice white foam with some lacing, but it doesn't stick around with any conviction. However, it's pleasantly spritzy in the mouth. Very fragrant with a odd but interesting fruitiness.

Plenty of the big hop flavors. Eventually the long bitterness catches up, but it's not a bite right off. Light bodied and tangy. Some plain malt flavors with a fair amount of sweetness. Hot and fumey with alcohol. Apple flavors with something tropical in the hops. Just a scratch of pine in the long bitter finish.

A fairly drinkable DIPA with plenty of octane. It's a nice hop flavor and the rest of the bottle will go to juice up the cheap lager. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace on Point Loma Blvd.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My wife picked this up for me from her work the other day.

Appearance- clear golden color, nice size head

Smell- citrus, piney, grassy hops

Taste- citrus, piney, grassy hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Very good, I love the piney hop flavor in it. Some grassy hops too, very nice

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, gold color. Frothy head that settles slowly and in a lumpy fashion. Webby lace on the glass.

Beyond the usual IPA smells of mostly floral hop and a solid malt base, there appears to be a cooked cabbage-like sourness. A bit distracting.

Solid malt start to this DIPA. The hop never kicks in as viciously as most. The aftertaste is lengthy but mild. Most noticeable is the warming alcohol which is omnipresent. The carbonation is quite low and the body is appropriate for the style. Overall, it comes across as creamy. This is an easy to drink DIPA.

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Photo of delta490
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orange with a creamier white head that has slight retention. It's still leaves some small sticky lacing. The aroma is mild but still has some nice floral and tropical fruit notes and a a hint of malt sweetness. The taste is much the same but with a hint of pine. The body is a little lighter but in line with the flavor profile and not watery or thin. Good to very good.

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold/orange with a thick white cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention with plenty of sticky, clumpy lacing. Hoppy aroma, lots of pine and citrus, grapefruit, pith, pineapple, tropical, really fruity with some sweetness backing it up. The flavour was fairly balanced, some bitterness up front followed by sugary and malty sweetness, with citrus and fruity hops at the end. A bit of warmth in the finish, lingering orange and pine bitterness. Full to heavy body with medium/low carbonation, sticky, mild alcohol. Decent, but a little on the sweet and sugary side, which hid a bit of the hop and alcohol character.

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Photo of BradenMK
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Unfortunately I have no idea how old this bottle is, or where it even came from. It was gifted to me by a friend who themselves didn't know how old it was, and I've never seen it in Ohio before (being from Cali, I'm pretty sure they don't have distro here).


APPEARANCE (4.5) - Great cloudy-gold color with tight bubbles and patchy, clumpy lacing.

SMELL (3.75) - Good, but not awesome, there's a big, sweet barley note there, you can smell the cereal grains going on here, some caramel malt, and little else. Where are the hops?

TASTE (3.5) - Hm, definitely tasting stale by now. Amarillo, Centennial, Columbus, and Simcoe? Sounds awesome! But what I get tastes like... sweet green tea, freshly mowed grass, and a mild grapefruit rind finish. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it also shows it's flaws (and probably it's age).

FEEL (4.25) - Really quite exuberant in its carbonation lending a crisp yet creamy mouthfeel. Drying in the finish, yet medium-full and juicy at the start. Pretty great.

OVERALL (3.75) - I really would like to try this one fresh. The hop profile sounds like it should be great, and there are certainly some shadows of greatness happening in this one. I'm sure it's quite old by the time I'm trying it, as the flavor profile is reminding me of a months, months old Dale's Pale I had, though this is delivering a FAR more enjoyable experience. I think this is a good beer that is probably pretty great if it can be had fresh.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Eh. Lacks punch. Lacks excitement. Kind of a malty and piney glob. Boring. Way too many awesome beers out there to be wasting your time on stuff like this.

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Photo of lsummers
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fantstic bright orange. Nicely semi clear with really attractive cream coloured skim of a head that sticks.

Smells like a grapefruit hop bomb. Tons of pine and tropical notes. Taste is much the same with that really fresh grapefruit that's almost slightly under ripe creating a nice bitterness. Some slight malt creaminess poking through but largely being covered up. Subtle orange zest and a hint of its abv showing.

Nicely viscious and sticky which lends itself to the sweetness of the beer. Moderate amount of carbonation keeps it drinkable. Overall this is a great double ipa, a west coast style for sure. This isn't my go to DIPA but I could see this easily being someone's.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Clear orange gold color with light bubbles to the body, head rises to a minimum coming off straight white to about maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Citrus scent makes you think of lemon skin or grapefruit merged with a dose of hops. I have to say it is quite appealing.

Taste: I am always brutally honest and honestly I don't think this DIPA introduces anything new to the realm of DIPAs at all. Strong malts though, and smooth bitterness that obviously comes from it's hoppy features.

Mouth: Medium bodied at best but I admit it's very sticky. Chewy even and a toasty bread feel.

Overall: Not a bad brew, had it in my fridge and picked up it up in lie of not finding one of my favorite brews and obviously always have to consider other new beers. Ids it worth hunting for, I think not but worth sharing with a friend. Salud!

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Photo of dalizzie
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle.

(L) The color is medium golden with dissipating 1/4" white head and a bit of lacing.
(A) The aroma is a little grapefruit on the nose. Also getting some floral and piney hops.
(T) The taste is similar to aroma except more floral and pine than citrus. Just a touch of grapefruit.
(F) The feel is medium with a dryish finish.

West coast IPA. Expected it to be more hop heavy given the style and ABV. Very drinkable, though not a knock-out. No date on bottle. Maybe would've been better fresher.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a nice, foamy head; quite a smattering of lace as the beer is consumed

Smell: Resinous, with tangerine, lemon and pineapple tones; a bit sugary

Taste: Sweet but not cloying, up front, with the tangerine, lemon and pineapple flavors quickly taking over; after the swallow the fruit fades a bit while the resinous bitterness builds; some residual sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: In a world of great DIPAs, this isn't one of them; it's not bad but not one that I would put anywhere near the top of the list; if I had a really fresh example I might have a different opinion

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Photo of MacQ32
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brightish yellow with a hint of gold with nearly a finger of near white head, absolutely perfect lacing, solid retention as well.

S - Tons of fresh grapefruit, orange, citrus rind, mild sweet malts, pears and grainyness.

T - Fantastic refreshing citrus loaded bitterness up front, transitions into a mostly dry acidic hoppyness, the finish is resinous and a hint of alcohol peaks through. Aftertaste is dry bitterness, mild alcohol burn, and a hint of citrus. Any sweetness/grainyness is overpowered.

M - Lightish bodied and refreshing with appropriate carbonation.

O - Quite tasty, powerful citrusy hop bitterness, the finish is mildly off putting. Still a delight to drink, dont get me wrong.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold with a two-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving tons of spotty lacing.

S - The aroma is resinous hops, citrus, and light caramel malts.

T - The flavor starts with a heavy dose of piney resinous hops. The hops fade into sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, and orange. The finish has a light hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Dry finish.

O - This is a nice DIPA with a good balance of flavors. This isn't introducing anything new to game, but still a solid beer.

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