North Island IPA

California
United States
North Island IPA by Coronado Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

This New England-style IPA is bursting with ripe, tropical juiciness. British ale yeast accentuates the hop fruitiness and gives this unfiltered beer a dense, foggy haze like the coastal marine layer swallowing the north side of our island.

Profile

ABV: 
7.5%
IBUs: 
68
Served at: 
45º
Hops: 
Citra, Centennial, Azacca
Malts: 
Two-row, Pilsner Malt, Wheat Malt, Abby Malt
Judges Review 
Tracy Hensley's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

North Island IPA by Coronado Brewing Company is being evaluated as a Specialty IPA (Category 21B) from the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. 

Moderately strong aromas of white cream of wheat and orange pith, balanced by pine resin and a slight bourbon vanilla bean character. North Island IPA is appropriately opaque with a moderate amount of fine carbonation slowly rising through the hazy beer. The low ¼” head persistently clings to the sides of the glass in a chunky lace pattern. 

Flavors start as moderately strong pine resin followed by a creamy wheat pizza dough mid-palate. The finish turns towards moderately sweet and pithy grapefruit, pulpy orange juice, and under-ripe lemons before a mouthwatering and crisp aftertaste, where a tongue-coating, fresh milled wheat character takes over. After drinking North Island IPA for a few minutes, the pine resin astringency begins to linger and unbalances the beer. Warming alcohol coats my mouth but is cut by a high level of soft carbonation, which lightens the moderately heavy body. 

Overall, the hop aroma, flavor and frothy mouthfeel are appropriately hop-forward but balanced. The flavor and mouthfeel taste more off-dry than the traditionally anticipated medium-dry to dry finish. The hop aroma, while pleasant, could be more complex. Final takeaway for me was just how darn good this beer looked. Even after a ½ hour, it retained its frothy ¼” head of creamy foam.

Brewery Introduction

When we opened the doors to our beach town brewpub on Coronado Island in 1996, we wanted it to be the kind of place where friends could enjoy great beer, a good meal and a laid-back atmosphere.

Our award-winning beer is now available coast to coast, but the spirit of our family-owned... Read More

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