Saturday, August 26, 2017

Coronado Brewing North Island IPA

Beer Name: North Island New England-Style IPA
Brewery: Coronado Brewing Co. (Coronado, CA)
ABV: 7.5%
How sold: 12 oz bottles; 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $2.99 for 12 oz. bottle

Date Bottled: January 4, 2017
Date Purchased: May 3, 2017
Date Received: May 9, 2017
Date Opened: May 13, 2017
When brewed/released? Seasonal release. Released January to March. See Beer Release Calendar.
IBU: 40

What's on the Bottle/Website: "This New England-style IPA is bursting with ripe, tropical juiciness. A hefty dose of Columbus, Centennial, Citra and Mosaic hops produce bright notes of mango, orange, and melon. British ale yeast accentuates the hop fruitiness and gives this unfiltered beer a dense, foggy haze like the coastal marine layer swallowing the north side of our island." Read more here!

Where distributed: As of May 2017, Coronado Brewing distributes to several U.S. states and ten other countries. Some of Coronado's beers can be found in Oregon and Washington, but I had to order North Island from California. See if Coronado ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy peach-orange colored into a pint glass. Off-white head and trace lacing on the glass. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Tropical citrus, mainly orange and melon. British yeast also present. 4/5

Taste (40%): The ripe tropical flavors are mainly relegated to the back end and aftertaste. Again, mainly orange, melon, and mango. No big-time bitterness here, typical of a New England-style IPA. Very easy drinking for 7.5%; you'll probably keep drinking it and not realize it's hitting you slowly. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. It has juicy qualities, but also slightly dry on the tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): A great IPA. Naturally, I see New England-style IPA and I had to scoop this up to try. While this doesn't have the big-time flavor that many West Coast-style IPAs have, it's a pleasing tropical experience. This is a wonderful pick if you don't like the bitter, hoppy beers. I think this beer goes very well with spicy food. Decent price. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.038/5

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