Mybeerbuzz.com Highlights Coronado Brewing North Island IPA

18 January 2017

imageIt’s always a lot of fun to sample a beer coming from the west coast, especially when we’re in the heart of winter on the east coast.  Somehow I always picture myself sitting outside the brewery sipping a beer and not sitting in my snow-bound living room sampling that beer.  I’m not sure why, but somehow the summer seems a little closer and the beer seems a little more satisfying, especially with the word “Island” in the name.  A big thank you to Coronado Brewing for helping to break me out of cabin fever and transport me all the way to Coronado, CA with their North Island IPA.
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Of course there’s some seasonal irony here as this beer happens to be a “New England-style IPA,” but somehow we’ll manage to sample a west coast beer with the word “Island” and “New England” in the title…so off we go.
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Coronado North Island IPA is a seasonal selection that uses British ale yeast as well as Columbus, Centennial, Citra and Mosaic hops.  The beer pours a really pretty golden hazy color with loads of fruity hops and citrus in the aromas.  We found lots of citrus, mango and pleasant grapefruit hop flavors with a late and bright pineapple flavor we really enjoyed.   As the beer warmed, the tropical fruit flavors pushed up front with a nice balanced bitterness at the end.  North Island IPA hits 7.5%-AbV and 40 IBU and it is available now in 12oz (6-packs) and 22oz bottles.

See if you can figure out how a California brewery puts a “west-coast-spin” on a New England-style beer and wraps it all up in an IPA.  In the end, I for one think it works.   This hazy and juicy beer began life as a pub-only draft release last summer, but now you can try some for yourself….and when you do, be sure to let us know what YOU think.
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