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So once again I would like to thank Coronado Brewing Co. for sending me some samples for me to review in this blog. I just finished a review on their Islander IPA and highly suggest everyone try that one and the following. The other beer that they sent me was there Stupid Stout.

The Stupid Stout is considered to be an American Imperial Stout. This beer is the total opposite of the Islander IPA that I previously reviewed. Instead of being loaded with hops, this beer is loaded with malts with only a slight hint of hoppiness to it. This beer is brewed with many different style of malts which include; 2-row, ESB, aromatic,chocolate, roasted barley,c-120, brown, and black malts. I’m not sure if everyone knows the differences between all of those malts, so lets take a look at them.

2-row malt is one of the most common malts and is found in a whole variety of beers. Due to the fact that it’s a nuetral malt, it makes for a great base malt.

Chocolate Malt: Chocolate Malt is used for a variety of reasons, and gives a beer a variety of different characteristics. Depending on how much you use in the brewing process can determine color and taste that accompany it. The more you use, the darker the beer will be and the more of a cocoa or coffee flavor you will get. When you use less you may get a nutty flavor with a amber color. So with the Stupid Stout,  you can tell that it is brewed with more of the chocolate malt since  the color of this beer is almost black and there is a distinct cocoa taste in this beer.

Roasted Barley: This is often used in conjunction with the Chocolate Malts. Roasted Barely is unmalted and with that said is used to give that beer a sweet chocolate flavor to the beer. It can also be used to add color to the beer and will be used to give your beer a red to dark brown color.

Aromatic Malt: This is a malt that does as its name says. This malt will leave the beer with a distinguishable malty aroma to the beer.

C120: This malt is also known as Crystal Malt/Caramel Malt.  This type of malt will give a beer a Caramel flavor and aroma.

Now that we have gone through what this beer is made with, we can get to the good part, trying the beer!!

As you will see in the picture below this beer will pour to an almost black color, and will have a perfect head  that has no trouble maintaining itself. As soon as you pour this beer into you favorite glass the aroma’s hit you and you will notice the aroma’s of the different malts that are in this beer. I happened to notice a strong chocolate aroma, along with an aroma of some coffee in there as well.  With this beer havinig C120 malt in it you might expect that it have some sort of Caramel Aroma, but I feel that the chocolate and coffee were the main aroma’s along with malt aroma given off by the aromatic malt.  Also mixed in was a sense of spiciness that is given off by the few hops that are in this beer as well.

After you have taken in the aroma’s of this beer, go ahead and take your first sip. This is where you get all the greatness of this beer. The first taste that I had hit my palette was chocolate. For me it was a mix between a dark chocolate bar and cocoa. Kind of mixed in with the taste of chocolate and cocoa, there was a hint of nuttiness in this beer, which gave this beer a pleasent twist.  The next distiguishable taste that I noticed was a kind of toffee taste. This would be due to the mixture of all malts in this beer. You combine the C120 with the chocolate malt , and it produces the toffee taste that is in this beer. At the end of the beer and what I was left with at the end of the sip was the taste of the sweet caramel. The few hops, in this beer give this beer a sense of bitterness, but it is very mild, but thats clearly how this beer was designed to be.

Another aspect I would like you to look at with this beer is pairing it with different foods. This beer can go with just about any part of your meal. If you want to have it with your main dish, look at pairing it with dishes that have meats, poultry or cheeses. I would recommend pairing it with some sort of steak such as a Rib Eye.  If you were pairing it with an appetizer , look at different cheeses which can include Feta or Blue Cheese.  This beer can also be paired with a desert. Ice cream goes very well with this beer, as does chocolate cake, and any type of cheese cake.  I encourage you all to try it with different meals.

Once again Coronado Brewing Co. hit it out of the park

Cheers!!

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So as I continue to post about different beers, I continue to get sent beer from different breweries that may want to get there name mentioned more. Last week I recieved a package and was unsure of what it was until I opened the package up. Much to my surprise and enjoyment, the package contained two beers from Coronado Brewing Company in San Diego,Ca. One of the beers was the Stupid Stout which I will review after this one and the other beer is the one I will discuss in this post, which is Islander IPA.

So lets get started. This beer is brewed with a variety of hops and malts. The hops are the Chinook, Centennial, and the Columbus hops. The Columbus hop is a bittering hop that often gives the beer a hint of citrus. This is a big comparison to the Chinook hop. The chinook hop is one that gives the beer an aroma and palette of pine. This piney taste is often very distinguished in the beer that have the Chinook hop. The last hop that this beer is brewed with is the Centennial hop. The Centennial and Columbus hops are pretty similar. As the Centennial hop also gives the beer a citrusy aspect to the beer.

Even though the hops are the main feature of an IPA, that is not all that it is brewed with. There are also malts in this beer and the types of malts are 2-Row, Cara, and Munich. These are all very popular types of malts. These will add the bit of sweetness to the beer. They are more apparent in other types of beers. However, those are the ones that are used in this beer.

Now lets get down to the tasting of this beer and the characteristics that you will notice when drinking this beer.This beer pours to a golden orange color and has a medium head that will leave great lacing. When you first open this beer you will notice the hops immediately. The first thing that I noticed was that this beer had the piney aroma of the Chinook hop.  There are also the citrus aroma’s from the other hops but to me they came after the piney aroma.  The hops are in the forefront when you take you first sip. The piney aroma also translate the palette. However, when taking your first sip you will notice the citrus a lot more than the aroma would have made you thought. In my opinion those citrus notes consisted of grapefruit and orange. The grapefruit being the easier citrus to notice.  The malts in this beer will give this beer a bit of a sweetness at the beginning of this beer. But that sweetness is short lived as the bitterness is what is the main point in this beer. A couple of things I noticed is that when this beer starts to warm up, the piney aroma and taster become a little stronger and this beer is also a very crisp beer that I feel is great for drinking year round but would be great during the hot summers that you may experience where you live.

This beer is one that every IPA lover should try. If your not a big fan of IPA’S you should try it and this one may immediately make you a fan, go to your local beer supplier and get this one if it’s available.

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