Review of Vicious Hibiscus

26 Jul
Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Vicious Hibiscus produced by the Michigan Brewing Company located in Webberville, Michigan.

Rumor has it that this brewery is no longer in operation.  I honestly have no idea if that is accurate or not, so maybe someone could comment and let me know of their status.  One thing is for sure, I couldn’t find a website for them, so I had to revert to for the commercial description of this brew.

BRACE YOURSELF…you are in for some ferocious refreshment. Grapefruit, strawberries, raspberries and malt in the taste, but subtle. This is the good stuff: suggestive, complex, deep. Tackle a frothy pint of Vicious Hibiscus now while you have the chance. Only the adventurous taste the glory.

Ok.  Let’s give it a try.

This beer came in a 12 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 5.5%.

It poured a beautifully clear, rose color with an off white head that had a noticeable pink tint to it.  It was very nicely sized, soft, frothy and soapy.  The retention time was great and it left behind some excellent lacing.  It was quite unique and appealing looking I thought.

The nose was nice and fruity.  Very floral too.  Mostly all I received were hints of strawberry as far as the fruitiness goes.  It also produced similarities to a “Wit/Wheat” beer with tones of yeast and spice.  Overall, a bit simple and tame, but rather well balanced and pleasing.

The taste was very similar to the aroma.  Light and fruity tinges of strawberry.  Again, floral tasting (if that can even be tasted).  Coriander seemed to be the spice that was most noticeable to me.  I found the flavor to be somewhat bready and yeasty as well.  Likewise to the fragrance, the taste was very calm and serene, but well harmonized and balanced.

The mouthfeel was medium to mostly thin bodied.  Very light, airy, crisp and refreshing.  Just a touch watery also.  The carbonation was nice and lively, although not a whole lot of flavor was left behind on the palate after each sip.

Well, one thing is for sure.  This beer was super easy to drink.  I was taking huge gulps of this thing.  It would definitely be perfect for the Summertime heat.  Overall, it wasn’t very strong or pronounced, but that’s ok.  I enjoyed it nonetheless and think that I could have several bottles of this and be totally happy about it.  It’s a bit off-the-wall with it’s strawberry and floral/yeasty components, but it was nothing so deranged that wouldn’t warrant a glass if you were able to obtain it.  Have you guys ever tried the Michigan Brewing Company Vicious Hibiscus?  What did you think?  Feel free to leave a comment and tell me your opinion.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.6 out of 5
Grade:  B    


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