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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Idiot IPA

Idiot IPA is an Imperial IPA brewed by the Coronado Brewing Company of Coronado, CA.

The website dubs this beer a "San Diego IPA". This nickname seeks to secure San Diego as the birthplace of the DIPA. There is much discussion about who brewed the first DIPA.

Althought the DIPA term seems to have been coined by Russian River brewmaster Vinny Cilruzo, who first worked in San Diego breweries and owned the now defunct Blind Pig Brewery.

This has an ABV of 8.5%.

The beer pours a dark orange with a bubbly, one finger white head that leaves rings of lacings. The aroma has strong with tropical and stone fruits and light bready malt notes and hints of toffee. The taste has stone fruit and tropical hops upfront and ends with a more mildly bitter grapefruit citrus which linger a bit.

The bready malts are a backbone through out and add a fuller body. There is also a light honey taste that linger after the bitterness is gone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, average carbonation with a chewiness at the end.

Overall, I like this beer. It's a solid DIPA with all the hop flavors and a full malt body. I enjoyed it and would probably have another. This beer puts the Coronado Brewing Company on my list of breweries I'd like to visit. There's nothing that separates this from the other good and great DIPAs on the market. But, if you're exploring DIPAs, I suggest you Try It.

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