Coronado Guava Islander

Tonight’s selection is from a brewery that puts out really good stuff. They got on the bandwagon of fruit flavored IPAs, which for me have been hit or miss. Hopefully this one is decent. Let’s crack it open.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tropical fruit meets tropical vibes in this ‘guavacated’ version of our Islander IPA. Brewed with the classic West Coast combo of Centennial, Chinook and Columbus hops, this beer gets the tropical treatment with a hefty dose of fresh guava puree. The result is a surprisingly smooth, unfiltered IPA bursting with tropical goodness that’s sure to put you in that island state of mind.”

Random: I’m happy to see more breweries doing cans.

The beer poured with a thick, slightly off white head that was a half a finger high. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright orange in color. It had only minor carbonation visible with guava and lemon juice, not much else. The taste had guava and toasted malt along with lemon flesh. It also had a sesame seed note. The body was on the medium side with light carbonation that needed to be dialed up. It had a lengthy finish with toasted malt. The fruit needed to be more prevalent. The finish was lengthy with malt. A can of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer was just a miss for me. I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Coronado Punk’ In Drublic Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Tonight’s selection is another Fall beer that I drank back in November. I typically like Coronado beers, so let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 8%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Taste autumn in the land of eternal sunshine with our Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Brewed with brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and plenty of would-be-jack-o-lanterns, this beer delivers autumn’s trademark flavors along with a hint of West Coast character, whether enjoyed in a pumpkin patch or on the beach.”

Random: Val made squash lasagna for dinner. I can’t wait to try it.

The beer poured with a half a finger of ecru colored head that dissipated instantly. There was a slight crown left on top of the clear, mahogany body. There was a decent amount of carbonation visible. The nose had the expected pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. It also had a cinnamon candy note too. The taste was slightly different than the typical pumpkin beer. I still found a significant spice note of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger that was complemented by brown sugar. After a few sips, I also picked up gingerbread and vanilla. It had a sweet note at the end with caramel and white bread. The alcohol was integrated well and only gave a slight warming note to the beer. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and spicy finish with pumpkin pie spice. A bottle of this was $2.59, which came to $.22 per ounce. This was one of the better pumpkin beers that I’ve had and I would revisit it again without hesitation.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Coronado MerBear Rye IPA

Tonight’s beer is one that Val insisted we get because of the name. It also had an adorable graphic on the bomber. I didn’t know it was a collaboration with Bear Republic until I bought it either, but that would have given me even more reason to buy it.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This limited-edition Rye IPA is a collaboration with Northern California’s fiercely iconic Bear Republic Brewing Co. With Amarillo, Hallertau Blanc, Centennial and Equinox hops, this beer’s got a pungent, fruity character that ends on a spicy, malty caramel backbone. Try this unforgettably robust ale. It’s the best of both worlds and the beast of all brews.”

Random: The empty bottle is sitting on my bar, pricetag and all.

The brew poured with a three finger, off white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had notes of pine and really spice rye along with grass. I couldn’t pick up any other malt except for the rye. The taste started with some aggressive rye spice. After that, it went into grass and pine. More malt came through on the taste and manifested in caramel, nutty malt. One of the things that surprised me was that I picked up some of the alcohol on this. It had a medium-thick body with high carbonation. The finish was all rye spice and lingered on the tongue for a while. A bomber of this set me back $9.99, which came to $.45 per ounce. I thought this beer was solid. It didn’t floor me, but I appreciated how prevalent the rye spice on it was. If you can still find this collaboration on shelves, I’d give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Coronado Señor Saison

I remember very early into my blog, getting a beer from Coronado was exciting, primarily because I hadn’t heard from them and they didn’t distribute to New Jersey. I’ve had a bunch of beers from them now, and they’re easily available, although this beer still excited me because of the use of hot peppers.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Far from ostentatious beginnings, Coronado Brewing Company began as a small, neighborhood brewpub. Once the beer began to flow, however, it was clear that their small-batch days were numbered. With bold, innovative, brews that satisfied both palate and thirst, offerings such as Islander IPA and Mermaid Red were integral to the birth of ‘West Coast’ beer styles which have gone on to impact beer culture worldwide. As with many world-class beers, good things take time to ferment. Now, nearly twenty years into their unyielding pursuit of exceptional brewing, Coronado Brewing Company has expanded to a 30 barrel brewhouse capable of producing 40,000 barrels a year. With more room to experiment, this means that Coronado will continue to embody the adventurous spirit that defines craft brewing. And, with more beer available to distribute, it means a chance for beer drinkers worldwide to get a little taste of the Coronado island life.”

Random: I think this year I’m going to plan a few more types of hot peppers.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated quickly. It left some lacing on the glass. There was also a small crown left on top of the cloudy, lemon-yellow color. There was light carbonation visible. The nose had yeast, lemon zest, coriander and then quickly went into notes of freshly cut jalapeno and cilantro. The taste was dominated by green, vegetal notes. First, it was the same freshly cut jalapeno peppers, although there was very little heat from them. Bell peppers were next, specifically green ones. There was bread from the yeast, but very little citrus and spice. It was just dominated by green vegetables, which wasn’t all that pleasant. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with peppers. This bomber was $8.49, which came to $.40 per ounce, which wouldn’t have been a bad price if I enjoyed the beer. But, it was missing depth of flavors and balance and I wouldn’t grab another one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Coronado Sock Knocker

After doing some chores last night, I cracked this open. I have a plethora of bombers because my parents brought me a case back of different ones from Massachusetts. So, let’s crack this open.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to, “Coronado Brewing Company’s bold and fruity Sock Knocker Imperial IPA launches this May as part of the company’s Brewer’s Series. This seasonal series features beer produced in partnership with fellow brewers, and in Sock Knocker’s case, small-batch brews. Sock Knocker pours golden orange, with a hoppy, citrus flavor that lingers well into the finish. Amarillo, Centennial, Columbus and Simcoe hops unite to create an immensely floral, botanical nose and a veritable explosion of citrus and pine on the palate. With an even more obscene hop overload than Coronado’s infamous Idiot IPA, Sock Knocker is an India Pale Ale truly deserving of its imperial crown.”

Random: I’m really getting into beer podcasts. Some of them are actually really good.

This beer poured with a huge, four finger, ecru colored head. It dissipated slowly and left lots of spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light orange color with plentiful carbonation visible. The nose had lots of resinous, citrusy hops with floral notes as well. Caramel malt came through as well. The taste started with pine and then flowers. Caramel malt and bread came through on the back of the tongue. After a few sips, the hops came through as a bit spicy. The body was very thin for the style and had high carbonation. The finish was long and piney and very dry. This bomber was $8.99, which broke down to $.41 per ounce. For that price, it’s a decent double IPA that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Coronado Hibiscus IPA

The other half and I got massages at Lush Spa and then headed over to Good Dog Bar to get a snack and have a drink or two. When I saw this one on draft, I thought it was an interesting concept. Needless to say, I ordered a pint of it. I apologize for the dark pictures, but this bar was as dark as a cave. If you want to see more about what I thought of the food, see my review on the “Beer Bars/Restaurants” page. Onto the beer…


ABV: 4.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to, “Coronado and Maui Brewing are collaborating with this centennial Chinook, and nugget-stoked IPA. This is the first of an annual series of collaborative beers benefiting local charities.”

Random: I love empanadas. The ones at Good Dog were ridiculously good.

From what I could see in the insanely dark bar, this beer poured with a one-finger white head that dissipated slowly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body looked to be a reddish copper with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was quite floral and warm with some grassy and piney hops. The taste was pleasant with significant floral notes and grapefruit pith. There was a touch of lemon as well with piney hops at the end. It had a medium thick body with moderate to high carbonation. The finish was long and floral and relatively dry. I really liked this beer. It was very flavorful and easy drinking. I would definitely have it again, but only when in Philly because it’s not distributed to Jersey.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Coronado Jurata

EOQ is almost over. I can’t wait. I am so, so very tired. Anyways, let’s see how this collaboration brew between Coronado and Cigar City went.


ABV: 8%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Jurata Baltic Porter, the second of two collaborations between San Diego fave Coronado Brewing and nationally acclaimed Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, FL, is now hitting shelves and taps across the country. The highly anticipated winter seasonal pulls together the talents of craft brewing on both the left and right coasts. Similar to last fall’s ‘The Last Spike,’ this collaboration represents a unique fusion of styles and balance. It was brewed when CCB brewmaster Wayne Wambles and owner and CEO Joey Redner visited San Diego late last year. The name ‘Jurata’ (pronounced Yoo-­‐rah-­‐tuh) is Polish for ‘sea’, and rings true with both Coronado and Cigar City beside opposite oceans. It is also a mythical mermaid in the Baltic Sea. ‘Jurata is our first Baltic Porter and we appreciate the help CCB has given us,’ said Coronado cofounder Rick Chapman. ‘Working with such a well-­respected brewery as CCB has been a great partnership so far, and from what we hear this winter beer is flying off the shelves.'”

Random: David Price went to the Tigers…that is going to make them very scary.

This brew poured with almost no head. What was there was about a quarter of an inch high and tan. It dissipated quickly and left a touch of lacing and a crown on top of the dark brown body. Due to the dark color, I could only see moderate carbonation, but there was also a decent amount of tan floaties in the body. The nose was filled with roasted malts, dark chocolate and a touch of lactose. The taste had a bit more depth. I got dry cocoa powder first, then some black coffee with black licorice. After a few sips, I also got some light smoke. There was some booze warming on the end of the sip. As it warmed, there was some dark fruit, perhaps figs or prunes? One thing that was missing was a touch of bitterness. The body was silky and on the thick side with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with dark fruit and dry cocoa powder. This was a decent brew, bordering on pretty good, but nothing mind-blowing. Given the two breweries that collaborated on this beer, I expected a bit more. If you see it and you’re into the style, it’s worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Coronado Orange Avenue Wit

The first time that the other half had this beer was at The Corner Foodery in Philly. She wanted me to pick something fruity and I went to this. After she had it, we came back with a six-pack the next time we came home from Philly. She was kind enough to let me take one to review. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.2%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This So-Cal take on a traditional witbier honors Coronado’s main street, which is home to our brewpub and was once lined with orange trees. Bolstered by orange zest, coriander and orange blossom honey, its Belgium by way of Coronado. Expect a refreshing, light-bodied brew rife with citrus zing and a hint of earthy spice.”

Random: I used to pick up a decent amount of Coronado beers when I would head into Philly. This is the first one I’ve reviewed in a long while.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a slight crown left on top of the body. The body was a cloudy dark yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had clementines and some sweetness. There was a touch of wheat as well. The taste was sweet as well with clementines and wheat and very, very slight grass and hops. The body was on the lighter side with high carbonation. It had a long and sweet finish with oranges. It was a decent brew that I would definitely have again. The other half really likes it too.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Coronado Idiot IPA

I can’t wait until the weekend. It’s almost here…Philly Craft Beer week! I actually took days off so that I can hit the city during the week and make some events. Last year, I only went to one event and it really wasn’t that good. Not this year! I went to the gym today and I’m seriously sore. I can’t wait until tomorrow when my legs hurt from my workout today and stairs become challenging. Hopefully this double IPA will take some of the edge off…

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The CBC Idiot IPA is an all natural India Pale Ale. A big beer with an 8.5% ABV and brewed with over 3 pounds of hops per barrell. Watch out, this unfiltered ‘San Diego IPA’ has been known to reduce even the most intelligent to a blithering ‘idiot.'”

Random: I have 28 beers to kill in 23 days. I think this is totally possible…but just to make sure, I’ll be having 2 brews tonight. I have to have 1.2173913 beers per day to do this. I think I have a special brew planned for beer 365.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated slowly and left lacing on the glass. But, it didn’t look like the head that I’m used to on a double IPA. It’s not as fluffy…more bubbly perhaps? Anyways, the body is a clear orange color with mild visible carbonation. The nose is filled with lots of piney hops and some tropical fruits. This almost reminds me of some of the great DIPAs I’ve had. Damn, this smells yummy. The taste is much of the same. Yummy, bitter pine hops that are followed up with a bit of malt sweetness for balance. The only downfall of this brew is that the fruit appeared more on the nose. This is really drinkable despite the high ABV, definitely dangerous. The more I drink it, the less bitterness I get and the more sweetness that comes out. The finish is crazy long with a bit of grapefruit. This is definitely an enjoyable brew and I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0