Chad9976 (1583) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bigger usually means better in the beer world, but it’s never a guarantee. Lots of hops don’t mean much if they’re not a good combination. Coronado Idiot IPA uses the “big four C hop” varietals plus Nugget, but they make for a familiar palette that tastes of lemon iced tea. I will give it the benefit of the doubt, though, as it’s possible the bottle was just old. It’s not a bad beer, it’s just nearly as good as it should be.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $4.39 ($0.37 per ounce).
Appearance: Fairly hazy shade of fairly dark orange. Pours to a large, white head of tight foam that never completely dissipates and leaves a little lacing.
Smell: Strong lemony scent; very sweet (perhaps oxidation?). Classic Centennial hop scent of pine needles, too.
Taste: There’s a certain character to IPAs that use the big four C hops that give it a candy-like taste. Lemon definitely is the predominant character; especially close to yellow lollipops and other hard candy (though that might just be oxidation). This beer has that sweetness going, as well as a general sweetness that’s not exactly maltiness. The recipe – according to the brewery’s website – is rather simple; just two malts and sugar used as an extract. That comes through in the form of noticeable booziness. It’s not completely distracting, in fact, it actually complements the sweetness and contrasts the bitterness nicely. At 90 IBUs, this is definitely a beer with bite. It’s dry and citrusy with a slight piney flavor at the beginning. Overall, the taste here is fine, but I want more than simply “fine” in an IPA this strong.
Drinkability: Coronado Idiot IPA bears the word “imperial” on the label and it’s no misnomer. The beer is pretty strong at 8.5% ABV and it has the body to show for it. While it’s not hot, it definitely is warm from the alcohol. The actual mouthfeel is noticeably thick and a little sticky. The carbonation dies down quickly, which is a shame because some crispness help keep it from being cloying.
mateuszk (1583) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 29, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Unfortunatelly old bottle, very oxidated in aroma, wet cardboard and some honey. No hops. In taste dry and crisp, lightly sweet. Medium body, high carbonation, alcohol well hidden. Wish it was fresh :(
Bosbouw (2465) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heldere kopere oranje kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt fruitig, hop, orange. Smaakt fruitiig, hop, bitter, orange. Bitterzoete afdronk.
sjogro (1908) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Borefts 2015, Day one. Tap. Vette grondige bek hop. Backlog from 2015/09/25.
ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - DEC 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange with an average fluffy and sticky head. Aroma is citrusy, caramel, earthy, pine. Very sweet, alcoholic, moderately bitter. Lacking freshness maybe. Oily smooth texture.
ciocanelu (841) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma is classic west coast style hop profile. Earthy, resiny hops with some biscuit malts. Taste follows, strong flavor, malty but also with a lot of earthy hops. Bitterness is stronger on the finish and aftertaste. Body is medium with quite low carbonation. Overall this is a decent DIPA, the only complaint is the slightly overpowering alcohol presence.
jamestulloch (3022) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy golden body with a medium white head. Low carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma of parma violets, white grapes, orange and wood. Flavour of liquorice root, peppery earth, lavender and syrup. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation. A mega hoppy IPA.
fombe89 (1715) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap. @IPA - La Cervecería del Millón de IBUs, Gijón. 04/12/2015.
Color amarillo, aroma frutal, sabor frutal, dulce.
a_sully (421) - - DEC 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yellow clear body with a white frothy head. Aroma is bitter with hops. Taste is sweet with caramel and without much bitterness.
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Koelschtrinker (15597) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Heller, intensiv hopfiger Antrunk. Angemessene Bitterkeit, steigend grasig würzig. Helles Malz, intensiv hopfig bleibend. Herb süßlich, spritzig. Gut! 10/12/11/12/11/11