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Hibiscus IPA - Coronado Brewing Company

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Hibiscus IPAHibiscus IPA

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A collaboration between Coronado and Maui Brewing

(Beer added by: duceswild on 09-06-2012)
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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

MonkeyBread, May 09, 2014
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2.32/5  rDev -37%

CGiusti23, Nov 02, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

IPAchris, Nov 02, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

VikeMan, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of ThePaleRider
2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Very rich mahogany red. Nice thick head with big bubbles that faded away pretty quickly. When held up to the sunlight the head is very bright and honestly had a pinkish tint. Very intrigued at the appearance. Very dark for an IPA.

S - Smells like fresh floral hops. Lots of flowery hops in there followed up with bready malts.

T - Blah! I knew by the ABV that the taste wasn't going to be intense, but this is the blandest IPA I've run into. Where's the bitterness? Where's the citrus or pine? Drinks more like a Yuengling or a light amber. Not sure what there were trying to get out of this, but I think this is just a poor representation of an IPA. Kinda surprised because I'm a big fan of both breweries. Oh well.

M - Medium bodied with loads of carbonation.

O - Just not at all what I was looking for when I picked up this guy. Thought the hibiscus would really add some floral flavor and really bring out the hops. That didn't happen. I think Lagunitas Daytime is a much better representation of a light IPA.

ThePaleRider, Nov 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

afrokaze, May 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

MIrvine, Jul 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

ste5venla, May 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

BEERWOLF1951, Oct 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

djaeon, Oct 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

TicoCali, Dec 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

BcOneSeven, Oct 26, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -13%

AlexFields, Nov 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

The worst floral incarnation of any hoppy beer I've ever had. Pours a pink tinted ruby hue with light cream pink shade of head leaves fine speckled lace.

Aroma has floral, citrus notes, hop bitterness and vegetal qualities.

Flavor a muddled mess of floral notes and citrus hopped alpha acids, very little malts lingering bitter flowers, with crazy muddled hops even though the label reveals at least three hop varieties in name in print.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation flows just fine lingering bitterness rolls between the hibiscus notes and three C hops without much malts to balance the lingering bitterness of hops and flowers.

Overall, I see this beer is retired, but maybe they'll still make it for breast cancer awareness or as they called it "Beer for Boobs"!!!

WVbeergeek, Nov 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Hardcore, Dec 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

JamLand, Nov 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

nealbert, Jan 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Lare453, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

It's October, and you know what that means. If you're a brewer, you are either making pumpkin ale, releasing your winter beer, or jumping onto the breast cancer wagon. Coronado and Maui decided to collaborate and brew an IPA with hibiscus. Because I have enjoyed hibiscus in my beer in the past, I'm willing to try. From a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

We have the world first India Pink Ale. Pink colored, topped with a bone white head with good retention and a few strings of lace. Aroma is there but doesn't have much intensity; clean and dry with a kiss of hibiscus and subtle hops.

Not sure if IPA or APA. Either way, the "P" represents pink, not pale. Tastes soft and clean. Gentle cracker base hits first, then some basic green hops for bitterness and a tea-like flavor. The hibiscus adds a fruit-punch-like flavor. Just as the beer starts to become exciting, the flavor goes away. And with time, the hops and hibiscus seem to fight over who is the star, and instead of making peace, they decided to leave a vegetal note. It is clean in the end, however, and a little crisp too.

An okay beer, but for a special release I hoped for more.

DoubleJ, Oct 06, 2013
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3.37/5  rDev -8.4%

beertunes, Today at 12:51 AM
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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint to light aromas of hibiscus are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the hibiscus flavors are a lot stronger. Neither hop flavors nor bitterness are noticeable, although as the beer warms up slight hints of bitterness become noticeable.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I wouldn't have guessed this was an IPA if I was given it in a blind taste test as it seems to taste more like a fruit/vegetable beer.

metter98, May 27, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brough to share at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slight hibiscus flavor and a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too exciting going on here.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

terpinsd, Jul 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

cdog707yo, Jul 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Ken_P, Oct 08, 2014
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Hibiscus IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.