As you know the American IPA/DIPA is my favorite style of beer. My favorites tend to be the unfiltered, citrus leaning IPAs and I usually do not enjoy black or white IPAs. Night Shift decided to take an entirely new approach to an American IPA and create a “pink IPA” using Hibiscus flowers. Fortunately a friend took a trip to Mass and brought back a bottle of JoJo and a bottle of Ever Weisse (see review #668) for me.
From the picture you can tell why they are calling this a pink IPA as it has a very nice color with a thick white head. Aroma was a nice mix of citrus and floral, which I assume is from the Hibiscus.
I have never eaten a Hibiscus flower but again I assume that is where the floral taste in this beer is coming from and not from some variety of hops. In addition to the floral flavor you get a nice hit of grapefruit hops which actually works quite well together. JoJo is well carbonated and makes for an easy to drink beer. Not sure this would go well with a meal but worked on its own.
Night Shift is another brewery I have yet to visit but need to soon as they are doing some interesting stuff down there in Everett.
Pros: Unique color and flavor
Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: Maybe you’ve heard of black IPAs and white IPAs, but how about a pink IPA? Loaded with citrusy hops, dry-hopped with even more, and infused with hibiscus flowers, JoJo packs a tropical, refreshing punch. To those curious, its namesake is our former shared home & homebrewing origin on Josephine Ave in Somerville, or as we endearingly termed it, “JoJo.”