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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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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 brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of jeff1973
4.21/5  rDev +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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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 KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of rawfish
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Mantooth
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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17th Anniversary Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
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