Sunday, April 14, 2013

Coronado Brewing Company - Idiot IPA

Day three of our San Diego beach vacation and damn if it isn't raining. Craptastic. Anyway, things could always be worse...I could be trapped in this house with Justin Bieber...or The Situation..or both. That would be horrible. Instead, I'm here with my lovely wife and a fridge full of tasty, local beer.

I picked up a bomber of Coronado Brewing Company's Idiot IPA at a local deli market. They had quite an extensive selection of local craft beers--at exceptionally high prices. Ouch. Nevertheless, we didn't rent a car so my aching feet made paying the premium for these brews well worth the expense.

I poured Idiot IPA into the only beer mug available in our bench rental. It was a clear, bright, golden amber color with a humongous fluffy white head. That head was a full two inches thick and dissipated slowly. Copious amounts of suds was left behind.

Aroma was citrus hops and sweet tropical fruit. Orange, tangerine and summer melon.

Taste delivered a nice bitter sock from the hops right up front. Flavors of orange and grapefruit. Tasty caramel malt in the background.

Medium mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. Very creamy finish and no alcohol taste that I could discern, in spite of the 8.5% ABV.

This is a very easy drinker and I would buy it again without hesitation. It almost made me forget about the drizzle going on outside. Good stuff and I'm giving it a BeerGuy PDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.

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