Coronado Brewing Company

Our Rating


RateBeer Rating
BeerGraph's proprietary measure of a beer's quality, or Beers Above Replacement (BAR), has been converted from a scale of -5-20 to 0-100.


out of 100
Beer stats from RateBeer
Beer stats from RateBeer
category-iconBeer Reviews

Coronado’s Early Bird Is a Heavenly Coffee Beer

October 22, 2019

By Jesse Bussard, October 22, 2019

For years brewers have been playing with the combination of coffee and beer, starting with the early coffee stouts and eventually making their way to more avant garde coffee lagers and even coffee IPAs. Coronado Brewing’s spin on the style is a playful imitation of a signature drink from San Diego-favorite Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. The coastal brewery notes it “starts with a smooth milk stout and adds Bird Rock’s Cafe Del Sol coffee blend, along with cinnamon and honey, for a refreshingly smooth twist on a traditional cold brew.”

Appearance and Aroma

Early Bird pours the color of dark roast drip coffee with a fluffy tan head that lingers. This generous foam gives way to robust aromas of dark chocolate, nutty caramel, and spice followed by a hint of vanilla.

Give me this beer paired with some pancakes and I’d be in heaven.”


If I didn’t know better, I’d think I was drinking a vanilla mocha. Early Bird is a blend of vanilla, French roasted coffee, and dark chocolate flavors wrapped in a silky sweet, yet subtly smooth mouthfeel. It’s a pick-me-up in beer form that ends with pleasant cinnamon and nut notes. 


Coronado’s take on coffee beer stands out from an ever-growing crowd. The coffee is there, but it’s not overpowering, which is a common issue for the style. Give me this beer paired with some pancakes and I’d be in heaven. At 5.5% ABV, it’s also sessionable enough I can still make it back down to Earth quickly if the need arises. 

ZX Ventures, a division within AB InBev, is an investor in October
Related Articles

Yuengling Hershey's Chocolate Porter Is Too Much of a Good Thing

With chocolate at the start and more chocolate at the finish, the base porter gets lost in this legendary Pennsylvania collaboration.

Wiley Roots Gets It Nearly Perfect With Blueberry Maple County Fair Cobbler

The dry-hopped, milkshake sour IPA with blueberry, maple syrup, graham cracker, cinnamon, vanilla, and milk sugar makes no sense, but it works.

Oskar Blues Slow Chill Is the Lager We Need Right Now

The first beer in the brewery's new Slow Chill lager series does just what the name suggests: makes you slow down and appreciate it.