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Rosa Hibiscus Ale | Revolution Brewing Company

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Rosa Hibiscus AleRosa Hibiscus Ale

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tart summer ale infused with 12lbs of Hibiscus flowers and a touch of orange peel. Her sexy pink hue, leaves her to be desired.

Duplicate entry, rename of "Rosie"
 http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 2072/60418 

Added by AgentZero on 07-02-2011

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 590
Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I am trying to get a running start for New Beer Sunday (Week 575) since I have a goodly number of beers set aside for the occasion. As always, there is a theme, but I do not want to reveal it quite yet. This review will be CANducted Sub Rosa. Suffice it to say that my travels, although currently limited, yield results and especially in CANs!

From the CAN: "*Fresh Beer [-] Keep Cold*".

I have to say, the approved pic saddens me. This should have been taken as a close-up to better CANvey the beautiful mauve color of both the flower and the upraised left fist. C'est la guerre!

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN, but I want to be gentle with the lovely Rosa. The Glug went according to plan & I retained her beauty & clarity as a result. A swirl in the glass raised a brief finger of foamy, pinkish-white head, but Rosa was shy and it quickly went back into hiding. Her color was a Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with both NE-quality clarity and a slight pinkish hue. What a beauty! Nose smelled of perfume and springtime - blossoming flowers, honey/honeysuckle, freshly baked bread cooling on the windowsill. I swoon in response, my darling! Mouthfeel was light, gentle, a mere caress of my poor beaten & bruised tongue, left raw after so many AIPAs & DIPAs. Rosa, sweetheart, you have won me over. The taste was also of springtime, but now the strawberries had begun to ripen to accompany the perfuminess of the flowers, plus the breadiness of the malt became even more evident. Mmmm. Some reviewers characterized Rosa as a tart, but I really did not experience that. She was more of a delicate flower who, as I finished with her, kissed me on the lips and departed, leaving a slight sweetness in her wake. I CAN still taste her as I lick my lips in fond remembrance. If you see her, treat her with the respect that she deserves.

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Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden copper color with bright orange edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles. Decent retention with sporadic spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral aroma with a nice balance of delicate grassy hops and a sweet malt backbone. Citrus doesn't really comes through but the floral/hibiscus notes stand out as the most prominent characteristic in the nose.

Sweet and slightly tart but not sour or acidic with a stronger citrus zest presence than the nose suggests. This is countered by sweet malt and zesty spices. Slightly tart blood orange along with coriander, caramel sweetness, bread and biscuit. Not too complex but well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of wdberkley
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It looks cool when you pour it - it's PINK. It's very floral. After that, not much to say...let my wife finish the glass... and she loved it. Just not my style.

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Photo of Gear54
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Congress Hotel in Chicago.

The Beer is pink! I've yet to have a pink beer.

Smell is good with hints of hops and malts hidden in a sweet floral aroma.

Taste is also good. Very unique with the hibiscus flower giving that floral note in front of mails hoppy bitterness. Not something you find every day.

Overall the feel is ver good. Not strong is booze and even balance. I was able to have two mugs without any trouble. If you looking for something different today try this out.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can't say I have drank too many Hibiscus beers. I picked up this and one from Boulevard. Lets see which one is best!

A - PINK PINK muddy PINK! Slightly hazy with a 1/2 inch of head that takes a few seconds to dissipate.
S - Very floral and herbal almost like it was brewed like tea. Very spicy and malty sweet.
T - Floral with dry bitter hop notes and a semi sweet malty finish. Smashed flower petals in the after taste.
M - Very smooth I was able to chug this fast so I give it a light medium body grade.

Overall a very tasty flower spiced beer that makes me eager to try more Hibiscus beers!

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Photo of Niners49
4.48/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have not liked this beer in previous years. However, this year it has a lot more hibiscus flavor. I really like how they balance this flower with the green bittering flowers. Very nice seasonal beer.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange-pink clear body, some loose carbonation, cratered white head. Floral, vegetal nose. Smells like a medicinal bittering agent, like those found in a gruit, was used. Taste adds strawberry-like fruitiness, while still keeping the herbacious aspect. Slightly sweet. Easy drinking feel, refrshing carbonation.
Good beer, albeit somewhat for the novelty. Love the appearance, good flavors, good feel, I think they amped up the intensity from previous years, for the better.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was generally underwhelmed by Rosa. It was a beautiful beer to behold but I found its aroma and flavor to be plain Jane. There was no real malt character to speak of just a mash up of floral and herbal notes that ended too quickly and a slight doughinesa from the yeast. Overall Rosa was a pretty face and it fizzled from there.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours auburn in color, with, I never though I would say this, but a soft pink colored head. The aroma is a bit bready and reminds me somewhat of a sour.

The taste is funky up front, then slightly tart, and plain jane in the finish. I cant make out any kind of nice malt flavor, or hop flavor.... it must be the hibiscus flower taking control? Mouthfeel is soft on the palate, but this doesnt seem to be due to any lack of anything.

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Photo of tone77
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to the canquest creator, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden/pinkish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very light, some mild floral notes, not much going on. Taste has a lot more to it than the smell. Berries, hibiscus, malts, grains, some tartness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, unique and worth a try.

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Photo of glass_house
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not really sure about the standard to which "herbed/spiced" beer should be held. There is such a wide range of characteristics, it's impossible to rate "to style". But I think this is pretty good. Not good like I'd bring a 6-pack to a party expecting to impress anyone, but good like I love keeping some of these in the fridge for golf, fishing, etc. It's light enough to be refreshing and the sweet floral aspect of the hibiscus make this a much more interesting choice than the standard light lager for the aformentioned summer activities.

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Photo of MNJR
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pink orange color, almost red and... uh, flowery smell. Tastes kind of wheaty, sharp and sour from the hibiscus. But, I am really surprised how much I liked this. Unique and very refreshing. Absolutely thirst quenching and dependable for hot weather. One of those "one of kind" beers that you may love or hate, depending on your taste.

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Photo of Trooper92292
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a great summer beer. I wasn't sure what to think but was very impressed by this beer. A beautiful color. Powerful smell. A short lived after taste, fades very quickly. In all though, this is a fun beer and I'm glad I picked up a 6 pack. I recommend this very much.

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Photo of wingman14
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours orangish red with an off white head that fades fast. The smell is faint, some sweet notes and malty goodness. The taste is interesting, it starts with an almost wine like flavor, then has some spice notes, followed with subtle fruit. This one is a bit harsh on the palette, a decent medium mouthfeel. Overall I thought this was a very interesting beer, decent session beer if you can enjoy it, I think it is worth a try.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a very clear pinkish red color with a nice fluffy pink/white head and lots of carbonation.

S - Hibiscus, melon, white grapes, and light floral.

T - Berries, hibiscus, pears, honeydew, light floral presence, with some tartness.

M - Medium body, gentle carbonation, and a lingering mild berry tartness.

O - Rates up there with one of the most unique beers I've experienced and definitely the last one of these for me. Beautiful color and glad to have experienced it, but no thanks.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 4/30/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of berries, pear, apple, white grape, orange peel, flowers, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and herbal/floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale/bready malt and hibiscus/orange peel spice notes; with decent strength. Taste of berries, pear, apple, white grape, orange peel, flowers, honey, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/floral earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness/tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of berries, pear, apple, white grape, orange peel, flowers, honey, bread, and herbal/floral earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of pale/bready malts and hibiscus/orange peel spice flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good hibiscus spiced beer. Good balance and robustness of pale/bready malt and hibiscus/orange peel spice flavors; and very smooth and fairly crisp to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.6/5  rDev -25.3%

Pour is deep orangish amber with a yellowish white head. Nose is heavily caramel malt with a faint touch of adjunct grain and a little orange citrus. Taste follows pretty close, a bit more citrus, adjunct grains, overly sweet malt. Medium body, moderate carb, clean finish.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

A- Light, bubbly, foamy head with tints of blood red. A champagne-like body with a dark cherry color. Light carbonation visible. 4

S- My first thoughts are of berries, strawberries and cream really, with slight tartness and sweet malt, floral. Plenty going on on the nose.

T- Sweet, grainy, malty, with a slight grape or wine-like flavor and slight floralness and hibiscus flavor. There's a slight floral hop aroma and earthiness on the finish. 3.75

M- Semi-sweet, then there's a dry bitter wave. The body is lighter, but creamy, with slight tartness and carbonation. 4

Light and refreshing. Pretty tasty. 3.8

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Photo of buschbeer
3/5  rDev -13.8%

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a pokal

It is auburn with golden highlights. It is capped with a couple inches of off-white head. There is some decent lacing.

The aroma has a floral smell with some berries. I also get some candy corn.

The taste is pretty much the same.

It has a thin, watery mouthfeel.

I've had a couple hibiscus beers before and thought I would like this one. I thought incorrectly. It's ok, but I wouldn't buy a six pack.

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Photo of kevanb
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, dated 5.29.2014, poured into a Revolution imperial pint glass.

The beer pours a very nice rosie red color, hues of orange, copper and garnet, very clear, very few bubbles rising to the top of the glass, where a fizzy, loose, finger of slightly pinkish white head sits, before dissipating immediately leaving little trace film and no lace. The aroma is heavy on the hibiscus, plenty of backing herbal floral qualities, rose water and wildflower with light earthy hop bitterness before a wash of sweeter, richer malts sweep over. The flavors follow well, plenty of hibiscus, it can't be ignored, rose water, wildflower, honey, lots of thick, malt, sweet and chewy, though not very bready and light hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice, full bodied, coats very well, gentle carbonation that has just a little tickle to it with an easy soft finish.

Verdict: A very interesting beer from Revolution, a very nice presentation of hibiscus, but there is little else in terms of complexity or interest. That being said, this beer is very refreshing and quite the thirst quencher, a crushable summer beer that breaks for the norm of lighter pale ales, session ales and lagers. I often find myself wondering why I don't pick this up more often in the summer months, a very worth while brew.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Light rosey purple with a minimal 1/4 inch head. Minor sticky white lacing.

Smell - Herbal fruits, Flowers, added sugars, some grapes, cherries, hibiscus, some spice.

Taste - Much like the smell, starts off with a herbal/flowery taste that's a little bitter/sour. Very light and easy to drink. Sugars are light and provide minimal sweetness behind the tart flower flavor. A little honey and malt note comes out near the finish and balances out the tart flower flavor some.

Mouthfeel - Light herbal fruits and flower spices coat the tongue. Palate gets reminding herbal fruits, some sugars and light malts. Afteraste is a little sour/tart with remaining hibiscus flavor.

Overall - Pretty good, really tastes like a fruit beer. Very herbal, flowery influenced. Light, easy to drink and enjoy. A nice example for the style. Worth a drink for sure.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-clear pinkish orange, not much carbonation and a one finger head.

S-Nice tart notes, the flowers come through has a slight bit of citrus to it as well. Very sweet smelling though.

T-Starts with a malty flowery taste. The finish is a mixture of grass and tart. The citrus is there. But the beer seems to be too sweet.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, maybe slightly watery.

O-A solid summer beer, the flowers add a pleasant taste,.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the first beers brewed outside of Belgium that pour a magenta hue with a pink tinged head, these Rosa Hibiscus beers don't pull any punches. Fine speckled lacing left intricately adds to the beauty of the beer. Aroma has notes of a citrus based wheat with floral notes galore, so flowery in the aromatics that it really rises up to the Rosa namesake. A nice base beer maybe some wheat in the malt bill, slightly citric tartness, bitterness derived from the hibiscus hops added color seems natural not dyed like most unique colored beers out there. This proves that Revolution doesn't really make any bad beer, it's that good. Other than the hibiscus I'm guessing there's some citrus peel and dried spices added to the mix but I can't really pick them out amongst the heavier floral forward notes. Mouthfeel has a nice dryness not overtly sweet, earthy, floral notes galore with even carbonation for the style a bit dead on and not aggressive in anyway...I'd call it lighter bodied. Overall impressive canned offering from an innovative brewer, I bet they sell a ton of this...even if it's not the most unique beer I've ever tasted out of these floral aka rose hips infused beer this is a solid drinkable version of a difficult style to make balanced.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden orange rosé in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass with some rose and golden orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with an even thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet hibiscus, black cherry, and grape over a light aroma of grainy + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy and biscuit malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness as well. There are moderate flavors of slightly sweet hibiscus and black cherry with a light flavor of grape. Hints of rose towards the finish and a light amount of herbal hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky/syrupy.

O: A very nice and interesting herb/spiced beer which is very well executed - I enjoy both rose and hibiscus so this one hits the mark for me. I would definitely get this one again but it is not a session beer as I felt content after one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy light red with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, and hibiscus aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and refreshing.

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Rosa Hibiscus Ale from Revolution Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.