Idiot IPA

California
United States
Coranado Idiot IPA beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

It doesn't take a genius to know quality West Coast IPA's require a stupid amount of hops. A generous blend of Nugget hops and the four C's – Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus – brings forth a myriad of tropical fruit flavors and a brawny, persistent bitterness that makes for a highly intelligent brew.

Profile

ABV: 
8.5%
IBUs: 
83
Served at: 
45°
Hops: 
Nugget, Columbus, Centennial, Chinook, Cascade
Malts: 
2-row, c-45, brown sugar
Judges Review 
BC Review's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Coronado Brewing Company has delivered a solid lineup of noteworthy brews since opening in 1996. The current heavyweight, Idiot IPA, carries an 8.5% ABV and is loaded with sticky, resiny hops, to the tune of 3 pounds per barrel. Although notes of orange peel, grapefruit, and pine dominate the aromas, the alcohol punches through and lends a definite booziness. Tom enjoyed the counterpoint between the sweet, candy-like malt and the hops’ pine forest, lemon zest, and grapefruit notes. Tyson picked up on the alcohol, but felt it was tamed by the sugar and caramel notes. He did feel, however, that the citrus notes came across as “over-ripened.” Deep golden, almost light amber, Idiot hits the glass with a slight, yet not distracting haziness, and is topped by a small, white head that quickly dissipates. The flavors mirror the aromas, with gobs of sweet malt, assertive hop bitterness, and a profusion of citrusy, oily hop flavors. Peter and Marty both picked up some oxidation notes in the flavor, though neither felt it was overly distracting. Marty appreciated the sticky, resiny, hop flavors, but felt the bitterness was a tad shy of the mark. Peter also felt the bitterness was on the low end, but enjoyed the balance between sweet malt and spicy, citrusy hop flavors. Tough day at the office? Whatever ails you, Idiot IPA – in moderation – will set you right.

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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