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Rosa Hibiscus Ale - Revolution Brewing Company

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Rosa Hibiscus AleRosa Hibiscus Ale

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61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 582
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 46.69%
Wants: 16
Gots: 125 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AgentZero on 07-02-2011

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"
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Photo of Niners49
4.48/5  rDev +29.1%
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 KFBR392
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pink/ruby red color is unique and very attractive. Half a finger of head on the pour and wasn't really present while drinking. Above average active carbonation for the style.

Smell: Airy flowers and rounded spices pull the drinker in. There is a creamy, buttery malt backbone which really compliments the airy flowers well. Peppercorns and some earthy tobacco round it out on the back end.

Taste: Refreshing flowery front. Spices with accents of pepper and light cinnamon warm up after the initial hit on the front. Creamy buttery tones pick up on the body and really dance on the palate. Touch of sugary sweetness on the back end hits the palate and lingers long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: There's a lot going on here, bright sugars, airy flowers, and creamy malts all run into each other but sort themselves out in a decent fashion. Carbonation is light which really allows the Hibiscus to shine.

Overall: A very enjoyable unique offering from Revolution. The spiced tones are subtle and merely an accessory so don't let that scare you off. Creamy and sugary flavors are well received. This is a winner.

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Photo of codsmith
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at the brewery & in a growler at home

A: Nice clear pink/red color with a white head that has decent head retention

S: Clean, but with a slight tart smell that is not over powering.

T: Very clean taste upfront with not a lot of grain character. Finishes with a slight amount of orange tartness towards the end, but definitely won't blow you palette

M: Very light and refreshing. A wonderful summer beer that is well balanced.

O: Good all around beer and perfect for summer days/nights

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of _YellowBird_
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hibiscus adds a gorgeous ruby hue that imparts a pinkish head, which is quite fluffy with great retention. Extreme floral notes trick your nose into believing it’s in a flower shop. The hibiscus is very prominent, but lets subtle notes of white peppercorn, honeydew, biscuit, and honeyed malt show their presence. A honey-like sweetness makes up the backbone on the palate. Delicate floral notes of rose petal and, of course, hibiscus pleasantly grace and compliment the honey sweetness. Despite the fragileness of the floral notes, the body is quite strong, yet super drinkable and refreshing. If there were ever a perfect lawnmower beer, this would be it.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-pink color with two fingers of white head. Walls of lace.

The nose has notes of sweet and slightly tart hibiscus flowers with a malty backbone. Interesting.

The flavors are sweet and tart as the nose suggested. The floral and fruity presence of hibiscus is quite prominant here. Orange flavors are mingling with the tart flower. The finish holds some tastey nutty malt flavors. Again, interesting.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp with ample carbonation. Enjoyable and drinkable.

Overall, this is an interesting beer with a nice flavor profile. Unusual and yummy.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
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 MNJR
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Etan
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a wine glass.

A: Glowing garnet with a small lightly pink head.

S: Leafy, mildly sweet hibiscus, some mild witbier esters, grain.

T: Taste brings slight fruity tartness, some floral notes, light clove, bready malt.

M: Light-bodied with fine carbonation.

O: A nice summer beer, somewhat akin to a berliner weisse. A sour mash/lactic fermentation would really push this into awesomeness.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A pale pink, Rosa looks like a blush or a white zinfandel rather than a beer, with the exception that a wine won't form a head on it. Rosa does, a pure white one that's pretty loose overall but has good retention once it drops and leaves a little lacing in moderate spotting.
Pale malts with an obvious floral note and a little sweetness from light fruits make up the aroma. Light and pale but not weak, per se.
Very gentle sweetness balances with evenly leveled tartness as some citrus zest pulls through. It's a touch lemony as well. The pale malt holds it up while the obvious floral notes rest over everything without dominating. Actually it's very well constructed, as the task of keeping a beer as light as this one without openly displaying flaws is a difficult one, not to mention making a beer this light that actually has substance.
The feel is as light as I'd expect but gives some depth. The body actually leans toward medium, though it still rests in light-bodied territory. Crispness doesn't disappoint on either the light or heavy end, pretty effervescent but not overly so, and it's pretty smooth as well.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%

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 rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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 glass_house
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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 EgadBananas
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: ruby, rust, slight transparency, tan finger head, no lace.

Aroma: fruity, flowery, plum, light sugar, earthy, clove.

Taste: earthy hops, flower petals, estery, red apple skins, fruity, faint acid.

Mouthfeel: light, crisp, clean, refreshing, good carbonation.

Overall: surprisingly enjoyable. Fruity notes were nice, and its refreshing.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have to say, this is a very fun herbed/spiced ale. It pours a beautiful color, with little head. It's a pale reddish. There isn't much aroma, just a faint sweet floral.

The taste is also slightly sweet and floral, with very little hops flavor. Overall, it is a nice balance of sweetness with just a bit of beer/ale hops and malts underneath.

The aftertaste is very pleasant. Again the floral revisits.

I would happily buy this again. I think it would be very refreshing on a hot day by the pool (instead of a rainy night inside).

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
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 cw577enfield
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to willseph for this one!

can poured into a snifter.

A: reddish-pink color with one and half fingers of head.

S: Strong floral notes but couldn't pick up any hibiscus?

T: Refreshing and somewhat tarty taste.

M: Nice carbonation and fun to drink.

O: This will be a perfect beer for summer-time. Wouldn't mind to pick a six-pack in the future.

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Photo of kevanb
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Tucquan
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-08-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy orange-rose with a 1/2-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Rising white bread, flower (presumably hibiscus) and a hint of sour cherry. A nice smell.

T - Tarter than I expected up front, then some bready malt, cherry and some citrus zest at the end.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Crisp and dries nicely.

O - I enjoyed this more than some other reviewers. Perhaps it's because it is the first beer after 15 miles of hiking on a sunny summer day; but I enjoyed this brew. Not remarkable but today, it hit the spot.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to EehaiCJ for bringing a growler of this. Served in a taster glass.

A - Off-white foam settles to a chunky collar, wispy patches, and a few splotches of lace. Transparent ruby-brown body.

S - Hibiscus, orange peel, honey, floral and earthy notes, with some yeasty bread, and a pilsner malt background.

T - Taste is a tad sweeter, with some treacle flavor asserting itself over the otherwise bread and buttered biscuit malt bill. Again, there's floral hibiscus and faint citrus flavors mid-palate, before yielding to a touch of herbal hop bitterness.

M - Chewy medium-light body with a slightly grainy texture. Pleasant moderate carbonation, with a mildly sticky finish. Drinks a tad lighter than the listed 5.8%.

D - It's a well-executed herb/spice beer, with the adjuncts integrating with instead of dominating the base beer. Is the base some sort of Altbier? Better than I was expecting, but not something I'd order often, as I'd have a hard time drinking a whole mug.

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Photo of Gear54
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Pintofbrown
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a becker pint. Reviewed from notes.

The beer is a pinkish-ruby with a fine finger of tan foam. I really like the look of this one! Kind of novel.

Definitely has a sweeter and, of course, flowery bouquet coming out of this glass. Everything from lemon zest, orange rind, honey, grapes, a pilsner malt, and red cherries. I like this!

The palate surprises me with some sour and tangy notes. The cherry is much bigger at mid-palate than in the nose. There is still a since of honey here, but add in red delicious apples, red grapes, and some lemon. The hibiscus is big in the swallow, not as much at mid-palate. The malt is very light and more crackery. It is hard to decide if the malt works or not. Everything else about the flavors here are fine, great in fact.

The feel is also a nice medium, and there is decent carb creaminess when I swish this one around. Very easy to drink.

Some people may find Rosa too sweet, but I like her how she is. The malt bill is what really throws this beer off. Nothing off the top of my head comes to mind as a good sub for it, but the complexity and excellent blend of spiced flavors helps make up for it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
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 wingman14
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Rosa Hibiscus Ale from Revolution Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.