Crimson Pistil Hibiscus IPA

Tröegs Independent Brewing

Crafted in: Hershey, Pennsylvania

HopShock Brew Review by Pants


They Say:  
“It’s summertime. Hop bines are growing up to 6 inches a day. Hibiscus is in full bloom. And in Crimson Pistil, the two get in a glorious tangle of berry-like tanginess, sunset technicolor and sticky tropical notes.” (


Stats & Facts:

ABV: 6.2%

IBU:  52

Malt: Pilsner, Vienna

Hops: Azacca, Nugget, Vic Secret

Yeast: House Ale

Untappd:  3.64/5 (>38K reviews)


Looks Like:

 As the name implies, nearly as red as a hibiscus in bloom and certainly more crimson than any beer I’ve seen. Nice head with the right pour.

Damn, that’s crimson. Photo credit – Troegs  


Smells Like:  

Berries aromas mostly. Still has a piney-hoppy-IPA foundation underlying it. I’ve never smelled a hibiscus before but maybe that too – I got something flowery? Beautiful aroma that begs you to hop right into it.


Tastes Like:  

Has a tart, almost raspberry flavor dominates the profile alongside canonical IPA hoppiness and crispness. Somewhat dry and bitter, as the IBU implies, though like many other fruity IPAs, it’s not to the point of abrasiveness. Malts don’t stick out, but the mix of Vienna and Pilsner is probably what yields the smooth-yet-not-malty mouthfeel, with very little sting before it settles. Perhaps this is the jumping on point for your friends who “don’t like IPAs”?


Goes With:  

I tried it with some blackberries on hand – was a bit too much. I’d imagine either sweet fruits in a less-tart way (watermelon would be dope) or some foods with a bit of spicy kick would pair swell.


Recommended to Folks Who Like:  

IPAs (fruity ones in particular) fruity beers in general, tart tastes and aromas.


When to Drink:  

When you’ve been walking around on a hot-but-not-too-hot summer day off for 4 or 5 hours, and when you’re finally done (after your first glass of water – stay hydrated) you’re needing something smooth enough to down without a quip but with enough character to let you savor the moment and reflect on the day. Or anytime really.



Hibiscus IPAs should be more of a thing. I’d love to see a more bitter version of this guy.


I Say:  4.5/5 – I really dig it

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