17th Anniversary Ale | Coronado Brewing Company

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17th Anniversary Ale17th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rawfish on 09-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 82
Photo of danieelol
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light-looking golden yellow. Decent head/lacing.

Has an interesting nose for a DIPA, I get pistachio gelato, carob and chocolate. A savoury nutty note, coffee and of course waves of pine. Pineapple. Herbs and a definite kind of almond, biscotti note. Bit of alcohol.

Taste is actually more citrus-oriented, a little bit of booze and a quite subtle caramel malty note. As time progresses get more full-on pine, bitterness and booze.

Moderate and soft mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable as a result.

This is one of the better DIPAs I've had in a while- complex, hoppy and unique. Main detraction is it's a bit boozy and I can't think of any particularly great reason why I needed a 9.5% bomber of it.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange/amber with a large white head.
Nose shows sweet malt, booze, pine and some sweet passion fruit and orange marmalade too.
Similar flavours, lots of sweet clean malt but lots of piny, resinous hops and a little pear and lychee too.
Could use a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A DIPA featuring a unique blend of Kiwi and other less commonly encountered hop varietals with good 'ol tropical Citra as the backbone, this brew pours up a sunset-like golden orange-amber hue with a copious quantity of beige foam. Aroma is plenty assertive, dominated by dank tropical fruit juice, pot resins, and an oddly sweet doughy malt. I get tons of fermenting pineapple juice and musky guava, orange and grapefruit rinds, and a rosewater floral note ... The palate captures this picture quite closely but with even more of a medicinal, herbal, spicy character. Mixed fruits, including under-ripe apricot or peach, sour white grapes, bitter lemon-lime citrus pith, and pineapple skin dance on top of a bed comprised of zippy pine/menthol, mixed peppercorns, herbal tincture, rose water alcohol, unlit cigrarette tobacco, and licorice. Bitter and not particularly sweet, which belies the old rank pineapple smell. Lots of different hop elements making their presence felt, and to top it all off the malt backbone is odd, mirroring the sweet white bread dough from the nose as opposed to the usual crystal malts and toffee flavors. The malts are buried under the hops, really. Thickish chalky body that coats the mouth, with a long finish that somehow manages to retain many of the hop flavors from the main course. Certainly interesting if lacking balance.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this Christmas beer with me, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is beautiful golden with light hazed amber highlights with thick cloud of light cream with fine bead and copious lace sticks. The smell is the most marijuana smelling mix of herbal and tropical hop esters with a mild orange aroma. The feel is very good with lots of tangy bitter hop textures with light astringency and mild sweetness with a semi-dry finish and mild alcohol in the end.

The taste is very good, lots of tropical fruit coming from the hops with a nice dank tangy flavor with grapefruit dominance and light pineapple accenting with a slight mango and orange rind with a nice mellow malt accent to support the slight grassy hop flavor toward the finish. The hop flavor is good, but not the most juicy or vibrant considering the blend, but it is tasty. Overall I found this to be exceptional, not just full of hop flavor but very drinkable for the strength...I would not have guessed this was a 9.5% beer unless I checked the label. I think this is a testament to the brewer's at Corornado-kudos!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, mango, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big tangerine, pineapple, mango, peach, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, grapefruit, orange/lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; with a moderately crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA! All around great balance and complexity of bright hop flavors and moderate malt presence; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another year passes by, and Coronado is all of a sudden celebrating their 17th year. As part of the celebration comes an Imperial IPA brewed with Citra, Green Bullet, Pacific Gem, Pacific Jade, and Wakatu hops. Not sure if it's an Imperial IPA or a hop orgy. I have 22 ounces to decide. On to the beer:

Below the inch of semi-creamy head which retains okay is the orange colored body. Per style, I was hoping I would see a more impressive display of lace than the few spots I see. I like the aroma, but I was anticipating that I would. Not extreme with the intensity. Pleasant with a fruity hoppiness, melons, pine, and a crackery base.

That's a taste I can like. Despite a heat of alcohol making its presence heard, this is one tasty Imperial IPA. It tastes like a fruit salad. First comes the taste of honeydew and cantaloupe. Solid dry cracker base keeps the hops under some control. Toffee crisp and more fruity hops. A bit of that alcohol cuts through the hops and malt and gives the beer a drier aftertaste with lingering dry notes of, you guessed it, hops.

Five different hops, one great beer. Coronado did their homework figuring out a very good 17th Anniversary Ale. Now comes the tough part, figuring out what to brew for number 18.

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Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tangy and full of fruity hops. Pleasant aroma of oranges. Actually it's quite a complex and mystifying aroma. Hops and more hops with spicy nose. Handsome dark amber color with a nice foam in the New Belgium snifter.

Sort of an orange marmalade taste. Sweet, hot, and bitter. Quite buttery and acidic at the same time. Very bitter at the finish. Still it tastes like Hostess cream-filled orange cupcakes to me.

Not quite the classic San Diego County double IPA-- is it diacetyl or just more tropical fruit? A little dirty funk at the end. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Baron's Marketplace on West Point Loma.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into my Sierra Nevada balloon glass
Notes taken from 09/19/13

A: Amber honey colored body with some hazy distortion. Thin rim of lightly determined khaki froth that leaves some swaths of lace clinging to the glass after each sip.

S: Smells of pine hops with tangerines, guava berry, and grapefruit. There is a light spicing mixed in with a dash of garden herbs and some underlying pale malt sweetness. Pretty fruity and tropical overall with a hint of alcohol coming through. Nice resinous hoppy aroma.

T: Juicy crisp mango spice with some pretty intensified bitterness. I get orange and citrus amongst some tropical guava and a soapy herbal grassiness. There are some bright floral notes mixed in with a light breadiness and a restrained sugary caramel malt sweetness. The alcohol really asserts towards the finish with a warming feel. Pretty solid DIPA with nice tropical hop notes.

M: Moderate body and a touch on the lighter side with a somewhat watered down feel. Carb is pretty even and maybe slightly on the low end. High amount of scrubbing bitterness and a long resinous finish with some warming alcohol.

D: Solid DIPA with a nice bitter bite and some good citrus, herb, and tropical flavors. Big beer with the malt balance and ABV’s coming through. Would definitely try again.
Always been a fan of CBC’s hoppy goods and this one does not disappoint.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber - nice to see Coronado's seasonals getting some play up here. Happy anniversary, happy anniversary - well, y'all know the tune.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, but mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some strange Finger Lakes splattered lace around the glass as things bleed away.

It smells of acrid, somewhat sharp pine needle and orange citrus, a bit of indistinct tropical fruit, crackery caramel malt, further herbal, leafy hops, and a touch of dry alcohol astringency. The taste is a little more sweeter from the more assertive caramel malt, now tinged with subtle toffee notes, and a fairly complex array of pine resin, muddled citrus pith, herbal tincture, leafy mint, exotic fleshy fruit - lychee, pineapple, and a bit of guava - and some bristling, but politely so, booze warming.

The carbonation is fairly unobtrusive, the body a decent medium weight, and pretty smooth for all that hop and alcohol insurgency. It finishes off-dry, the malt holding out for last rites, while the many-toned fruity hops and alcohol poke and prod to the end.

An agreeable DIPA, suitable enough for the less than notable '17th' - this isn't a teenage girl we're talking about here. More hoppy than malty, with a burgeoning herbal character. A pleasant attention diversion on my last night in my downtown 'bachelor' condo, before moving whole hog to a family-friendly, mid-town house. It was indeed a good run.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, light honey, thin near white head, lots of spotty cling.

S - Nice heavy hop presence. Cat pee type smell. Malt way in back.

T - Nice thick malt belt but equally large portion of hops.

M - Great balance, good carb and finish.

D - A very nice offering for their anniversary.

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Photo of babaracas
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light orange with fast fading off-white colored head, leaves behind a thin ring and a few wisps of lace down the glass. Smell: floral, cantaloupe, grapefruit peel, white grape juice, mild vanilla-ish thing. Taste: melon and orange juice into citrus peel and honeyed biscuit. Finish is sugary beating out bitterness, with a reminder of the abv. Despite the trendy NZ hop party, feels like we've been here before.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a magnificent head that leaves shards of lacing behind

Smell: Fresh and floral, with tropical fruit and citrus tones

Taste: Shortbread malt, up front, followed by the tropical fruits, bringing pineapple, papaya and lychee; grapefruit arrives in the mid-palate, bringing moderate bitterness to the finish though there is a dose of sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have enjoyed all of the Coronado IPAs I have tasted and this one is no exception; not a typical West Coast example and sweeter than I normally prefer but I really like this, nevertheless

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Photo of mverity
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I almost didn't buy this beer, and actually waited until the very last bottle at my go to bottle shop. A trusted IPA friend said that this wasn't the typical west coast IPA from Coronado, but more similar to the lighter hopped, strong sweet malt style I love from Florida and the east coast. I definitely appreciate him telling me to buy this. The only bad thing about this beer is the appearance. The color is a nice orange, but even after several vigorous pours, I got extremely little head; and zero lacing. Th smell is of bright orange, slightly boozier than I'd like, quite floral (hibiscus/orange blossom), and a tinge of hop bitterness. Taste follows aroma, but less boozy. Mouthfeel is light and hoppy but not light in a watery kind of way. Really enjoyable brew; probably my favorite from Coronado so far!

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Photo of Mantooth
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Duckworth's, Charlotte NC.

Pours with a foamy head atop a light, pale orange body. The nose is fantastic, citrus and pine dominate and the taste follows suit, very tropical. The mouthfeel is slightly oily, not as much as I'd expected. The booze is well disguised.

Quality beer.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Very light amber/orange with a very thin white head. Maybe half a fingers worth of head so not a lot of legs to check out.

S - Oh man, lots of aroma. Very floral and piney.

T - hhhmmm... very complex. Lots of sweetness and lots of tropical flavors. Smooth and really leaves a piney taste in your mouth. Not nearly as bitter as I would prefer for a strong IPA, but very pleasant to drink.

M - Plenty of hoppy residue that draws out the flavor. Really nice carbonation.

O - Very, very smooth and drinkable. Really great showing of how smooth an IPA can be, especially one that's 9.5%.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams "perfect" pint glass. Didn't see a bottled on date, but I believe this was just released.

A - Light orange color. Eggshell colored head that leaves good lacing.

S - Big nose. Orange, peach, apricot, mango, catpiss. Really nice.

T - Follows nose. Lots of orange, peach, apricot, mango. Very juicy. No sign of the 9.5% ABV. Bitterness is also there, but also very muted. The tropical flavors really shine all the way thru.

M - This where I am on the fence. For DIPA, it has a lighter, watery mouthfeel. But this beer doesn't drink like a DIPA, so the light body fits and is very refreshing.

O - I really enjoyed this one. A nice refreshing beer. It doesn't drink like a DIPA and has some great tropical flavors.

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Photo of rawfish
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper into a tulip glass forming a fluffy two finger parchment colored head. Retention is very good and so is the lacing.

Orange citrus, tropical notes of mango atop a pungent pine hop character. Malts are sweet, bready with some light popcorn aroma, barely enough to push back against the hops.

Sweet caramel malt is matched with a sharp kick of grapefruit citrus, a following of steady piney bitterness and a blast of alcohol. Mouthcoating leaves behind a layer of pine and herbal astringency.

Moderate body and good carbonation. Quite quaffable but you feel every bit of the alcohol in this beer.

The alcohol being so punchy is my biggest qualm about this beer. Otherwise it's a good hop fix, with your typical west coast hop flavors. Reminds me alot of the ipa of another SoCal brewery that also celebrated their 17th anniversary. Cheers to another 17 years Coronado.

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17th Anniversary Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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