Hibiscus Brut IPA
Kona Brewing Co.

Hibiscus Brut IPAHibiscus Brut IPA
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IPA - Brut
Ranked #46
Ranked #38,181
3.64 | pDev: 10.99%
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
Hibiscus Brut IPAHibiscus Brut IPA
Notes: Find Your Aloha with this bubbly and bright Brut IPA, with real hibiscus. One life, right?

40 IBU
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a real unique beer, nice as a brut ipa, but also neat in that its strong, that the hibiscus is so natural, and that it remains as drinkable as it does, really well executed overall. its not as pink as i thought it might be from the hibiscus, just a little reddish hue to it among perfect clarity, two inches of creamy white head rest and stay on top too, a really gorgeous glass of beer. it smells a little muted to me, like not overly floral or herbal from the hibiscus, not all that hoppy in a juicy modern dry hopped sense either, just sort of a little citrus, a little tea thing, and actually the malt coming through with a little alcohol behind it, not unpleasant, just not real interesting either. the flavor is way different than the smell, ever so slightly tart, and there is a mild vinous element to the yeast, although i dont know that they used champagne yeast here. i think its a reach to call it an ipa in any familiar sense, it has some bitterness, but that seems almost more from the hibiscus in its natural form than it does from the hops. a little orange character in the hop profile, maybe a little pineapple too, but its mellow all the way through, and there is plenty of room to taste the malt, the hibiscus, and the fermentation profile. i love the hibiscus in here, and honestly i think the little bit of exposed alcohol highlights it well. the carbonation is really up, the finish is fast, and there is something festive and holiday timey about this even though its an island thing. i dig it, caught a heavy buzz quick from a few of them, and will enjoy the rest of the sixer this weekend. a very unique twist on the brut ipa style, well done!

Dec 05, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can. Golden in color with a small head and no lacing. Smells of sweet floral. Taste is slightly sweet hibiscus at the start and turns a bitter and almost sour at the end.

May 06, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really like Kona and I kind of liked their beers too, so I picked up this Brut IPA from them - especially for it being infused with real tropical hibiscus, I could imagine what I am out for.
But somehow I expected a bit more zestiness, maybe a bit more tart in the flavor. I did not think that it will be a tropical IPA but I thought there would be more fruitiness to it.
However, I know hibiscus, I drink it in a tea quite often. Apart from its sourness, I know its real flavor and I guess that was discoverable there in this IPA. Okay, have to add that the IPA itself wasn’t a game changer either, it didn’t even feel that Brut to me...
Then why did I evaluate it as being okay? Because it’s not a bad beer. It isn’t outstanding, although it starts out with a very interesting aroma. Although it doesn’t knock you out, it is quite solid and very drinkable. And not to mention, the 8.2% just goes unnoticeable and it helps you have a good time.
What else would you need down in Hawaii?

Apr 10, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kona Brewing Co. "Hibiscus Brut IPA"
12 fl. oz. can, "1:45 01 PKGD ON SEP 26 19"
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's a hazy amber in color, not exactly what I was expecting, but OK. I thought it might be more pink from the hibiscus but I guess they've got some caramel malt in there as well. The head is a short cap of white that's already dropped before my eyes. On to the aroma... I'm finding some floral character, and a bit of fruitiness over a mildly caramelish maltiness - no complaints there. On to the flavor then... well it's got some bitterness to it, so it certainly fits the "IPA" designation. Does it fit the dry, brut IPA style? Yeah, I'd say so. It's not completely bone dry but it's certainly not sweet. The caramel malt remains, however, and there is some sweetness to that, which is weird. In my mind that doesn't really belong in a brut IPA, but whatever. The hibiscus lends it a light bit of acidity, and that helps to balance it, as well. It's fruity with a bit of the hibiscus but there are also some hops in there. It's a little tropical, and there' some apple and white grape. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. I'm assuming the somewhat restrained carbonation has to do with the limited head retention but I'm not quite sure as I fear someone may have swapped out my "beer clean" glass here. Overall this is a pleasant beer that's worth a try. It won't turn your head but it's pretty solid.
Review #6,972

Mar 04, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this lovely beer into my favorite glass, a St. Louis Blues ice skate-shaped glass while watching them play the Vancouver Canucks. The beer is quite light and tropical tasting, with strong hints of hibiscus and good vibes, reminding me of my trip to Hawaii back in 2017. If you put your ear up to the glass you can practically hear the waves crashing on the North Shore.

Jan 28, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled very floral with sweet caramel. Lots of hibiscus flavor with sweet caramel and a very mild bitterness.

Dec 14, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with a 19 October 2019 canning date stamp on the bottom.
Pours with a clear amber colored body topped by a white head that has a near subliminal hint of pink.
Moderate strength and bitterness for the style with more than a hint of hibiscus. Fairly dry with lively but soft carbonation.

Dec 05, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber/orange with a decent head and lacing.

The aromas are muted and somewhat vague. Citrus and floral notes present but muddled. The aromas are sweet for the style, rather than aromatic.

The brew is honey-sweet on the tip of the tongue, and the sweetness carries through to some ruby red grapefruit and orange zest in midstream. The brew closes with some spicy, earthy, and grassy hops, along with a touch of well-hidden booze. The flavor is solid, if somewhat vague. But this isn't a Brut IPA. There is too much sweetness, and a lack of aromatics.

The brew is medium to medium-full. Well-carbonated, it still lacks the drying crisp feel of the style.

The brew is decent if style is left aside. But if we are rating to style, this is not a Brut IPA.

Nov 24, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour is a murky orange. I'm getting some of that hibiscus on the nose. On the taste, i'm picking up some grapefruit, pine, tangerine & a little strange aftertaste probably from the hibiscus. They did a good on masking the 8.2% abv. I came into this beer expecting more of a tropical type of Brut IPA. They went a little too hard on the hibiscus, this beer is making my stomach ache a bit. Cheers! B-

Nov 06, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a rose-tinted clear amber with a light head soon dispersing to a thin ring. Interesting scent in the nose. Taste is nice with hibiscus flavor (I guess) is pleasant. Alcohol hard to detect, so it is well done.

Nov 01, 2019
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SFC21 from Florida

3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours. Nice amber color but no head or carbonation to speak of. Floral, juicy taste is nice on the front end but a harsh, medicinal finish kills this one for me.

Sep 29, 2019
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wyzeprince from California

4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

this a beautifully colored beer. in light it looks like a pastel sunset. deep rose clarity. it’s also surprisingly tasty. the hibiscus was not an afterthought. it carries the alcohol without a citrus taste. which balances the sip to a delicate point. great concept i hope they keep this one.

Sep 17, 2019
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Added picture you see
Bought a 6-pack cans Costco $6.89
Smell of citrus and flowers
Clear amber color
Medium mouthfell
Medium carbonation
Light citrus flavors, light bitterness finish, hides higher alcohol well
Overall an easy drinking beer. Only my second Brut IPA so don't think this is really my style, but worth a try if you do like this type.

Sep 12, 2019
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cocoichiban from Hawaii

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Marriott Maui Airport. This is not brut, whatsoever. There is residual sugar. It’s enjoyable. Can not classify this as “brut.” If this much residual sugar yields the “American Brut” classification, then so be it. But I think that classification is crazy. Still enjoyable, and I would call this beer an American IPA. Carries the alcohol very well. Solid beer. Bad marketing.

Jul 04, 2019
Hibiscus Brut IPA from Kona Brewing Co.
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