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Coronado Brewing Idiot tap handle Picmonkey Idiot IPA

 

Producer: Coronado Brewing Co.

Location: Coronado, California

Style: Imperial India Pale Ale

Alcohol: 8.5%

IBUs: 90

Serving type: 4-pack bottles, 22 oz. bottles, draft

Availability: Year around in much of the U.S.

 

Appearance:  Golden/Amber

Aroma:  Somewhat floral

Taste:  Medium bodied, citrus and pine. Quite bitter.

Food Affinity:  Try with slow-cooked and very spicy pork ribs, finished with a pineapple glaze.

General Background:  Sampled on draft. Great tap handle featuring Hotel Del Coronado reference from this San Diego area brewery  .

 

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  --reviewed by Dan Clarke, a writer and editor

    in Sacramento, California

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Editor's Note: Thinking about a visit to Southern California? You may also want to check out Taste California Travel's Resource Directory. In it are links to the websites of thousands of Lodging and Dining Options. Also in the directory are links to the websites of all the wineries and brewpubs in the state.

J Brut Rose Picmonkey

J Brut Rosé (N/V)

 

Producer: J Vineyards & Winery

 Appellation: Russian River Valley

 Alcohol: 12.5%

 Suggested Retail: $38

 

“Attractive packaging—clear glass bottle adorned by the simple scripted J, shows off the wine's pink/coral hue. Predominantly Pinot Noir (64%), this rosé is lighter and more sophisticated than most. There's another 2% of red juice from Pinot Meunier, the other traditional red variety in Champagne, but the Chardonnay component (34%) may be what gives such elegance to this wine.”

“Aromas of strawberry, peach and maybe a little green apple. Crisp flavors of raspberry and strawberry follow with a hint of fresh lemon zest. There's a subtle yeasty presence which evokes more France than California.”

Food Affinity: Champagne and good sparkling wines are more versatile and food-friendly than many realize. This rosé could accompany anything from filet of sole through poultry dishes and even many veal preparations. Of course, oysters are always a good idea and if you can find a restaurant serving Lobster Newberg, that classic from a bygone era, the J rosé would be a wonderful accompaniment.

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