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RATINGS: 660   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Named after Coronado Island, our original India Pale Ale is a liquid expression of hometown pride. Cascade, Chinook, and Columbus hops combine to provide an explosive burst of piney bitterness and lucioius notes of apricot, grapefruit, and mango that are sure to envoke imagery of swinging palms and sun-kissed shores.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10680) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Draft sample at CBC. Poured a copper color with an average white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Good hoppy citrus aroma. Medium body. Moderate hoppy citrus flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of average duration. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 22oz bottle acquired in trade with awaisanen (thanks!). Poured a medium and cloudy orangish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, some citrus and all around fruity. Tastes of some citrus, very light pine, and had that same fruitiness to it. Lightly bitter. 7 3 6 4 13 Retasted on 9/20. I liked this one a lot better the 2nd time around. Real nice hops and nicely bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
22oz. bottle. Golden orange color with a small white head. Mild pine and fruit-sweet hop aromatics. Heavy citrus metallic Cascade hop flavor dominates the flavor. Biscuity and buttery malt profile peers through an astringent resin. Lots of residual coarse bitterness in the finish, with a ruddy, slightly earthen aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a light medium, rather dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 1, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours a dark golden/brownish color. Aroma is of citric hoppiness with a bit of acidity and slight sweetness. A strong citric hoppiness up front with a hint of breadiness. Quite sweet as well. Not a great IPA, but it does have a decent amount of bitterness to hold my attention.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Clear gold color with a small white head. Aroma is cotton candy sweet and fruity. Flavor is sugary and grassy with a little citrus and a light dry finish with hints of grapefruit rind. Medium bodied and tangy with moderate carbonation. 6/3/6/3/13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Inviting tangerine nose draws me in, promising quite a hop kick. Promising more than it can deliver, as it turns out. Flavors are initially citrus and pine hoppiness, but very quickly fading, unsupported as they are by a nearly complete lack of a substantial malt bottom. Fading flavors and tepid mouthfeel leave a prominent dishwater-like residue in their wake.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2006
The body is a pale bronze with slowly rising bubbles and a creamy white head. Promising nose, tart oranges and tangerines - - but with a noticeable lack of malt. Fairly light bodied for the style. The flavor had a mild hop bitterness to it, but in place of the expected sweet malts was a dishwater taste with a trace of maltose beneath it. It finishes on a light orange and soap note. Rather disappointing.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2006
22 oz. bottle, from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours a tawny amber color with a large off-white head that left nice lacing. Toasty and lightly fruity malts, sweetish floral and herbal notes with citrus undertones. Flavor is sweet, caramel and maybe a little corn as mentioned by darkelf, strong floral presence with lots of hoppiness, somewhat citrus and astringent. Medium body and gentle carbonation. A fairly average example of an IPA by San Diego County standards.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Naven. Probably a little past itís prime, so my rating is probably a little skewed. Not as crisp and clean as you would expect from a West Coast IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 31, 2006
(22 oz bottle: $3.19 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) A new offering in bottles, Islander IPA is dry-hopped and the resulting resiny, bitter hoppiness is prominently on display, but especially in the long-lasting finish where the somewhat astringent bitterness sits on my tongue until the next sip, regardless of how many minutes I can deprive myself. Not to say that this beer is egregiously hoppy, just that the underlying malts donít provide enough of a base to balance the resiny bitterness. Medium-full bodied, but the mouthfeel is very oily, leaving a coating on my tongue that seemingly will require a toothbrush to remove. The nose is grainy and lightly corny, but the sharp aroma of hops is dominant. Golden-amber in color and somewhat hazy, there isnít much carbonation action to look at. Creamy, off-white head rises to half an inch on the pour before settling to a thin but complete layer. Some patchy lacing clings to the glass. Certainly a change of pace from the citrusy hops profiles we often see on the west coast, but in the end, even though it is well-hopped, Islander really isnít my kind of IPA. A bit too astringent for me.

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