Coronado 17th Anniversary Imperial IPA

Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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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 didnt 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 years 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!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1091) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Coronado knows what they are doing--especially when it comes to IPAs. Although enjoyable, this is far from CBC best; their Idiot IPA is superior in comparison. Their anniversary edition is brewed well, yet, the hop profile gets a little muddled for my taste. Alcohol? Incredibly well hidden! Like many anniversary ales I have tried, the brewing team over engineered this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bomber from Lakes Market in Santee. Pours an oily-looking orangey-gold, minimal foam, and heavy citrus and floral aromas coming off the pour. Closer investigation brings out the combination of hops with the Citra still somehow featured. Really intriguing marriage of the 5 hop types. The overall aromatic effect is dank but not heavy. Taste is nice... perhaps a little edgy up front, but really typical of the IIPA style. Clean, if somewhat warm, finish. Surprisingly light body and mouthfeel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8987) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Draft. Amber beer with a cream head. Tropical fruit and grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and tropical fruit flavor with backing caramel. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and tropical fruit linger with backing caramel and light pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11845) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
Wonderful DIPA. Very smooth. Orange coloured body. Pleasant hop aromas. Orange flavoured. Great drinkability. Thanks StehanSD.

   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 didnt buy this beer, and actually waited until the very last bottle at my go to bottle shop. A trusted IPA friend said that this wasnt 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 Id 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (8477) - Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2013
22oz bottle from Beachs in Fort Walton Beach. Deep amber orange pour with a nice khaki head that laces well. Whooooaaaaa... lots of dank, dank hops in the aroma, some onion, relish, and kerosene, almost sour in a way. Surprisingly sweet flavor, malty, dank, citrus, onions. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (16624) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a clear copper with a small white head. Aroma brings out loads of resinous hops and a big caramel backbone. Flavour is very much the same, with a bit more residual sweetness than I like in my IIPAs. Drinkable in smaller amounts until the sweetness becomes a bit cloying. Not a sugar bomb, but still a bit too much. Good, but sub-standard for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle. Big fresh squeezed hops aroma. Flavor of citrus and pine and maybe a hint of vanilla?? ABV well hidden and nicely balanced. Oily and silky on the palate. Medium bitter finish. Good iipa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kassner (1634) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Draft in Sac. Clear golden with a fine white head and some lace. Aroma of pine, floral, citrus, and tropical fruit. Flavor is bitter hops with some mild malt sweetness and dryish alcohol. Medium body with a long, bitter finish. Great beer, fresh, hoppy and well balanced.

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