Hibiscus IPA | Coronado Brewing Company

Hibiscus IPAHibiscus IPA
BA SCORE
3.7/5
149 Ratings
Hibiscus IPAHibiscus IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States
coronadobrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
149
pDev:
11.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev -7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.64/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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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3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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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3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the CBC brewpub poured into a pint glass. This is their collaboration with Maui Brewing.

Pours ruby red in color with 1-1.5 fingers worth of a white head which doesn't stay for long. Smell is of floral notes, some orange citrus, and light hops. Tastes is very similar. The hibiscus comes through and is not over powering. I also get some bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is what I would expect for an IPA.

Overall, this is a refreshing sessionable beer that is perfect for a summer day.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.7/5  rDev 0%

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3.2/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
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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3.7/5  rDev 0%

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3.37/5  rDev -8.9%

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Hibiscus IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 149 ratings
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