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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

17th Anniversary Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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