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Coronado Brewing Company Islander IPAIt’s been a while since I’ve had Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company. For some reason I’ve been drawn to their Idiot IPA lately, passing it by. In my head Islander IPA became the “little brother” to the bigger, higher ABV Idiot IPA. And while it’s true that at 8.5% ABV Idiot IPA is bigger, Islander IPA is no slouch itself at 7% ABV. It’s not all about the alcohol content, but for some strange reason I just kept passing Islander IPA up. Well thankfully I’m revisiting it here and won’t be passing it up any longer.

Islander IPA is big and hoppy with plenty of fruitiness to it. There’s plenty of hop flavor but a lot more hop bitterness than I expected. The first sip is pine-like hops before the grainy, somewhat sweet malts appear. It’s not too sweet, but what little there is helps keep the bitterness in balance, but the graininess here gets in the way. Some tropical fruit flavors follow, with quite a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, but overly sweet.

At $4 for a 22oz bottle and available in 6-packs of 12oz bottles as well, Islander IPA is quite a deal. As with all IPA’s make sure to get it fresh, Coronado stamps the bottled date on their labels, it’s a little hard to read, but it looks like this one was bottled exactly 2 months ago on June 29th.

Look for Idiot IPA to show up here on San Diego Brewed sometime in the future. Just not too soon, I’ll be enjoying Islander for a while.

And even though Coronado isn’t technically an island, I’ll forgive Coronado Brewing Company for the name. Islander IPA sounds a heck of a lot better than Peninsular IPA.