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Coronado 17th Anniversary Imperial IPA

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
When we opened our doors 17 years ago, imposing India Pale Ales didn’t even have a style name, but thanks to the bravaddo and ingenuity of American craft brewers, ourselves included, the "Imperial IPA" has grown into one of the most coveted and delicious styles of beer around and one we feel is perfectly suited to serve as this year’s anniversary beer. A quintet of hops--Citra, Green Bullet, Pacific Gem, Pacific Jade, and Wakatu--lend a spicy tropical spike balanced out by clean breadiness on the finish. It makes for the perfect specialty ale to toast to 17 years of brewing immensely flavorful beers. Prost!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PollyNDavid (1) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2013 does not count
On tap in Southern Pines. Great nose with an insanely balanced palate and a finish that lingers. One of the best IPA’s tasted in a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Poured a golden blonde liquid with thin topping of foam head. The aroma screams juicy green hops that have light citrus properties while also having a floral smell of pollen/flowers. The drink is mild with bitter hops and a rounded out malt profile. Nice anniversary ale. I saw this and the new Stone 17th anniversary on the shelf and I chose the Coronado 17 over the Stone 17.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2013
This poured a dark golden color with a white head. The aroma contains some perfume, peach, mango, and oranges. The flavor is well balanced with some bitterness showing but a good malt presence. The finish is bittersweet. Overall very different and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a gold body that has a slight haze (hop haze I’m hoping) that supports a tall off white head of foam. The aroma offers up a bowl of freshly wedged citrus and a few mango pieces that has firm resiny bitter hop edge to it. Behind those hops are thin slivers of malt sweetness. The taste starts thick bold and juicy with malt sweetened grapefruit, tangelo, lime and mango. It then quickly moves into robust levels of hop bitterness and resiny hop oil notes with faint sweeet citrus gummy bears. Damn. This is a nice rich robust IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davros (2831) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours golden amber with a creamy off-white head. Tropical fruits are wafting past me just from the pour. Deep inhale is more of the same plus a very light touch of cat pee. Full bodied. Creamy/foamy carb. Flavor is so complicated. Tropical fruit/floral/pine/citrus. Really good hop burn plus a little heat down low in the gullet. Finishes hoppy as all heck, with some nice caramel still detectable. Super delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kassner (1552) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2013
This bottle from Wine and More was most notable for the fragrance of honey and citrus hops. The best to my reckoning. clear golden color with just a small head. Plenty of aromatic hops and a bit of forest funk. great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (5021) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Une belle bombe résineuse et sucrée mais assez facile à boire. Les malts sont croustillants et la résine de pin patauge sans problème. Légèrement huileux en bouche également mais sec, parfait en mangeant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4760) - Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2013
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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