Thursday, May 1, 2014
Coronado Brewing Company - Maui Brewing Company Hibiscus IPA
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Two Island Collaboration - Coronado Brewing Company - Maui Brewing Company Hibiscus IPA. As a fan of both breweries I was looking forward to trying this collaboration.
Commercial description: “CBC and our fellow islanders at Maui Brewing Co are bridging the distance from Hawaii to the mainland with big flavor, camaraderie, and generosity. This centennial, chinook, and nugget-stoked IPA, made floral with the addition of hibiscus flower, is the first of an annual series of collaborative beers benefiting local charities. This time around, a donation will be made to Beer for Boobs, a Susan G Komen 3-day team formed by San Diego company White Labs, who contributed the yeast for this brew. No matter which side of the Pacific you’re on, there’s no better reason to " Drink Pink!"”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a light caramel color with rose highlights, an off-white head with touches of pink and nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrus, pine, sweet malts and light scents of hibiscus.
Taste: Sweet caramel and pale malt, citrus and pine hop bitterness and a unmistakable hibiscus flower flavor (not that I’ve ever eaten one, but I’ve spent enough time in Hawaii to have smelled a bunch and the flavor is much like the scent).
Overall: Coronado Brewing Company - Maui Brewing Company Hibiscus IPA drank more like a Pale Ale, but the delicate flavors were nice. This 4.9% ABV offering is well balanced. Crisp and easy drinking. Certainly worth a try if you enjoy either breweries offerings or for a change of pace.
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