Hibiscus IPA | Coronado Brewing Company

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Hibiscus IPAHibiscus IPA

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration between Coronado and Maui Brewing

Added by duceswild on 09-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 150
Photo of mverity
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rosy, orangy color with off white bubbly head that held well and faded into a thick collar, heavy wisps, great legs, and good lacing. Aroma is sweet/floral hibiscus, faint bready malt sweetness, floral and slightly earthy hops. Taste began heavy on the hibiscus, with that dual hop flavor behind that. I really enjoy this, so I guess I'm a big fan of hibiscus. Good body, low-med carb, and low hop bitterness. Not particularly great for an IPA, but immensely enjoyable.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/4/2014. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, berries, pine, herbal, grass, flowers, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, hibiscus spicing, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, berries, pine, herbal, grass, flowers, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapfruit, lemon/orange zest, pineapple, berries, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of citrus/pine hops, hibiscus spicing, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very nice hibiscus spiced IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, hibiscus spicing, and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Steady, but small head. Leaves decent swaths of lace on the glass. There's a pinkish hue when pouring the beer, but in the glass it looks like a regular amber.

From afar, I smelled a sweetness that reminded me of cherry blossoms. When I drew the glass up close, it becomes a regular pale ale to the nose with floral hop and a dry malty base.

The beer is incredibly dry. This enhances the peppery hop bite. There's a long bitter aftertaste. The body is neutral but the carbonation is quite elevated.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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"!!!

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Photo of mr-jj
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber. Reviewed 12/20/12.

Color was orangish with a definite pink hue. Two finger white head.
Aroma was floral hops, definitely some extra tropical flowers from the hibiscus.
Flavor was citrus with a bit of sourness from the hibiscus. Interesting combination.
Medium body.

Overall, an enjoyable beer that was very drinkable.

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Photo of bfitzge2
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Not much on the nose and the finish is pure IPA bitterness (which I love), but on the front of the palate is an interesting herbal flavor that I quite enjoyed. It didn't quite hang together, but a fun beer to try.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very pretty - light brown but very transparent which allows a nice dark pink/light red hue from the hibiscus to shine through
S: A bit muted; some generic malt/hops/florals
T: I like this. Citrus hops, some malt and a nice sour floral quality from the hibiscus
M: Medium-bodied, crisp
O: Unique; a touch mono-dimensional but I really like the sourness which is not common in IPAs

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Orange Street brewpub location.
Colloboration beer with Maui (HI) Brewing.
IBU = 40

Pours medium amber with a good, durable head that leaves some sticky lacing.

Aroma: floral hops

Taste: ample floral hop flavor with some herbal aspects. Hint of baked bread.
Medium bitterness.

Feel: medium body; smooth but slightly sctringent.

O: Well-crafted, slightly distinctive, IPA

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle shared into a PizzaPort nonic style taster glass
Notes taken on 02/01/14

A: Pale and hazy caramel amber color. Has some whimsical soft peach and pinkish tones. Light course sea foam white lid with hints of pink to it as well. Lower retention noted with some splotchy patches of lace left clinging to the glass.

S: Smells of citrus hops mixed with some wildflowers mostly. Not a particularly potent bouquet. There is some light pine and herbals with earthy grass as well. And a bit of underlying malt sweetness coming through. Touch of oven fresh bread even. A fair aroma overall with a more restrained approach to the Hibiscus it seems.

T: Tastes like a standard American Pale with some delicately infused Hibiscus. Subtle and flowery but not terribly perfume like. Some muddled hops of citrus fruit, pine, and earthiness. There is moderate bitterness to the beer and a lightly bready malt base with a dash of caramel sweetness to it. Well balanced with the alcohol kept in good demeanor. Interesting enough to be pretty good.

M: Smooth with a light spritz from the carb. Moderately filling with a touch of drying at the finish. Slight resinous linger on the palate. Pretty clean overall.

D: This was a nice restrained approach with the flower additions. Delicate and well balanced. Not overly used to the point of tasting like a potpourri basket.
The Mrs. is digging on this one for sure.

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Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely orangey amber color. I wouldn't say there is much pink showing through, but that's the "Beer for Boobs" theme. Plentiful coarse foam in the New Belgium snifter. Centennial, Chinook, and Nugget hops are listed on the label, though there is not much actual hop taste.

Some maltiness to start, even a sweetness, and then that indefinable oddball taste we have to ascribe to the hibiscus. The fragrance is actually a nice flowery blend, with the fruity hop aroma. Tangy and just slightly bitter with more of a Pale Ale feel than an IPA. Overall this is a very flavorful lower-alcohol brew that proves to be quite thirst quenching.

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Photo of shacawgo24
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Dark orange customary of IPA's with ruby highlights. You can literally look at this beer in another light endlessly. It can look gold, orange and rose. The head is rose gold that percolates and thins out quickly. Spotted dots of foam speck the glass. No connecting lacing. If head lasted this would be more pretty.

S-Strawberry. Pine. Orange. Lime. Lemon. A basket of fruits.

T-Primary smells follow the taste. Citrus. Red fruits. Strawberry. Sour cherry. Honey dipped malts. Low/medium hops. I get strawberry the most on the start, malty-hoppy medium and a hibiscus cooling finish. Like fresh mint. Resin floats up on the aftertaste.

M-Low/medium carbonation. Light/medium body. Decent standard medium IPA body, that just waters down with the full sip later. Finishes watery. I wish this was a tad thicker. As it warms it gels together, but little too late.

O-An interesting take on an IPA. The smells and tastes were there, but could have been more pronounced. To make me want to quickly finish the beer. I took ample time instead lazily drinking/reviewing. While there, the pine was muted, as well as the hops. Instead of IPA you get a fruit flavored generic APA in taste. Cranked down to a lighter version of what it should be. And the thin finish on the body had this brew tasting and feeling like a neglected glass of air exposed low carbonated thin white zinfandel with a dash of hops. No regrets on purchase. I'm a hibiscus fan. But not of this beer too much. Coin toss if you should try or not. Good rating via I'm a softie for hibiscus and the beer is not horrible. Expected more.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


pours a ruby red color with a nice head. smell is big and fruity with maybe raspberries or another sweet fruit. though its more flowery fruity... if that makes sense. the taste though isn't as nice... It's not very fruity and is actually very light. it doesn't have much hoppy characteristics at all. light bodied, mild carbonation.

overall its decent, not my favorite.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this one on tap at The Local as a free pour from a nice bartender (just 2 oz.). Pours a golden orange with a bit of a pink hue, with a fluffy white head on top. Aroma is very floral, as expected, with hibiscus definitely there alongside some tropical fruits. Flavor is vegetal hops and a light hibiscus influence that makes this finish nicely clean. The hibiscus lingers on the palate and is rather refreshing. Light body and very easy drinking. Would go well on a hot summer day.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium copper-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some burnt orange + ruby red highlights. The beer has a one and a half finger tall fizzy sudsy white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of hibiscus over the top of lighter citrus/grapefruit hops. The hop aromas strengthen as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel malts that is nicely complemented by a light to moderate flavor of hibiscus. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/orange zest hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness that fades sort of slowly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a touch of smoothness in the finish.

O: I thought this beer was quite nice and paired very well with some Thai food this evening... I like the hibiscus flavors in addition to the more traditional aromas/flavors of the citrus hops in an IPA. I would definitely have another one of these.

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Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Triangle Wine in Morrisville, NC.

A - Reddish pink with incredible clarity but very little head after the initial pour. Looks like a cranberry ginger ale.

S - A small burst if citrusy hops at the start that fade quickly leaving more of a floral, fruity aroma.

T - A citrusy bitterness with limited hop flavor or oils. Also a floral, fruity aspect which I can only assume comes from the hibiscus. It's refreshing more than anything.

M - Thin with a moderate carbonation.

O - OK but not worth the price. I hope a big chunk of it went to the charity.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.9/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: lovely fuchsia with a hint of ruby red

smell: the smell is floral you can kinda smell the hibiscus, but honestly its a bit
misleading you definitely think you're about to drink a sour

taste: super light and refreshing. something that would be great on a 115 degree day. nice and citrusy, notes of cascade and citra. finishes of with hibiscus citrusynesss

mouthfeel: light refreshing and crisp carbonation

overall its an amazing beer that is really really worth trying!

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Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My Stone rep told me about this brew. Seemed kind of gimmicky, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Pours a clear pink with a bright white, 2 finger thick head. Smells beautifully floral (imagine that). The taste is unique and quite delicious, you get more of the earthy/bitter from the petals of the hibiscus vice the sweet nectar, and compliments the hop character perfectly. It has a clean and dry finish. Probably my favorite aspect of this beer is the fact that it is only 4.9% alcohol yet is an extremely floavorful IPA. This is a great beer to spend a lazy day by the pool drinking.

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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of jbird8
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden red-brown with 1 finger head.

S: Very floral, filling olfactory visions of sunsets and orchids and persuading you to recall the purple wildflowers of early summer.

T: Light hop as an afternote after the floral light lager feel on the front end.

M: Perfect for a summer IPA, light wave of hops on the tongue with some sense of lager flowers.

O: Very delightful beer for a light IPA full of floral flavor and easy to drink. Definitely worthy of an enjoyable summertime treat.


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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: Half-pint glass
From: Coronado Brewing Company in Coronado, Calif. (San Diego)
Price: $3.00
Misc.: Collaboration with Maui; Had on Jan. 21, 2013

Poured an amber hazy color with one finger of white head when I got it. Above average lacing with good retention.

Smelled citrus hops - hibiscus and berry, floral hops, rye hops and iced tea.

Tasted much better than the smell. Got grapefruit, lemon, orange rind, hibiscus and floral hops.

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Refreshing finish.

Really enjoyed this beer. Smooth, refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of azdback
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Dark red to mahogany color and crystal clear. Head is a large one finger. Just off white in color and creamy in appearance. Lace is minimal to non existent.

Nose is quite remarkable. Floral, citrus. Orange blossoms come to mind. Pine, mild malt and sweetness.

Taste is different. There is a huge in your face tart, dry and different flavor. Buttery? Dark citrus, pink grapefruit or blood orange and maybe grapes. It's definitely different.

Mouth is medium with round carbonation. Body is light and refreshing and the finish is short and on the dry side.

Overall I'm not sure how much I liked this. If it just tasted like it smelled I would be really happy but I think the flowers give it a weird kind of twist. I am very glad to support the Beer for Boobs organization , ha! Who doesn't support boobs? I feel like a bra. As for the beer I would recommend this to a hard core IPA lover that wants to try something different. If that's not you then don't waste you time or money.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an etched pint glass. No freshness date but it came out recently.

Attractive pink-orange color, crystal clear. Loose white head that fades quickly, no lacing. Still looks pretty though. Does the hibiscus mess with the head?

Smells great. Very floral with a nice red grapefruit, a little orange zest, honey.

The taste is a lot drier than the nose suggests, but with similar notes. Primarily grapefruit, with some bitter orange, lemon, and grassiness. Ends with the hibiscus. Mostly dry with just a hint of a flowery sweetness on the end.

Light, crisp body, ends dry and clean. Nicely carbonated. Works well with all the dry citrus notes going on.

Overall a tasty IPA with character. Nothing mind blowing but I'd love to have a six pack of it around in the summer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours mauve, pinkish with a small fizzy off-pink head with poor retention, no lace. Cool colour.

S: Wildflowers, lots of grass interesting.

T: The hibiscus is heavy and to the foorefront, taking over the beer most of the time. Some pink grapefruit, with a bitter hoppy finish.

M: Light-bodied, crisp carbonation, fizzy at points. Medium long aftertaste.

O: An interesting elixir, the hibiscus is in your face, so fans of that flavour will enjoy this. Worth a pick up for something different, but fairly one dimensional.

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