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Rosa Hibiscus Ale - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 556
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 16
Gots: 119 | FT: 0
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

uh oh, a unnatural looking pink brew, red flags up on appearance for me. served in a funny jointed pint glass at the brewery, with a very small off white head of thin bubbles. it smells tart, fruity tart, not yeasty tart, and absolutely floral, perhaps one step below perfume type. it smells fresh and interesting, but I cant pick out much grain, yeast, or hops, which always makes me suspect of a brew. the first sip is very different, quite acidic, thin, front of tongue zesty, and just loaded to the gills with the hibiscus flower essence, which if I was unfamiliar with before, I sure am not anymore. the finish is quick and dry, without much sweetness, but again, very little yeast, grains, or hops, somewhat more like a fruit drink. I give points here for creativity, and for innovation, but this isn't a beer that's anywhere near my wheelhouse. the flowers were too dominant for me, this could use some refining. (919 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The iron-clad marketing behind Revolution Brewing shows a gentler hand with a modest ale with hibiscus whimsy. Maybe these guys have a soft spot after all!

Its beautiful rosy color is indicative to a taste to come as notions of honeysuckle and floral rose bouquet tantalize the initial senses. Herbal teas to the nose but slightly of rose wine to the initial taste. Its sweetness carries the hibiscus flower gracefully and delicately.

Upon the middle palate, its steady honey-malt sweetness offers up a mild orange blossom pollen oil texture and taste- allowing the ale to take on fruit flavor of grape, apple and raspberry. Still, a tea-like flavor reigns supreme.

Its slightly acidic finish is welcome as any hop contributions are scant- careful not to oppose the herb. Still, the balance trends thinly sweet, fruity, flowery and semi-dry. Resembling rose wine early and often, this tepidly headed ale may be an ideal cross-over beer for fans of zinfindale. (962 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass at Sheffield's.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza moves south to Sheffield's. The inaugural brew pours a clear pink-ruby topped by a half-finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises hibiscus (I knew it was some sort of sweet-smelling flower, and finding out which one made my mind sleep slightly easier), sweet honey, light black cherry, light red grape, and a touch of caramel. The taste holds notes of honey-dipped red apple, dark cherry, and that same bit of caramel. The hibiscus comes back in near the finish, allowing for a sweet floral character to break through. Everything comes off as very sweet, but also kinda tart. It's a strange sensation on the tongue. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta syrupy feel. Overall, an interesting beer, to say the least; one I'm glad I got to try, but not one I plan to revisit any time soon. (906 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,257 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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. (1,456 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,229 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Rosa Hibiscus Ale from Revolution is ok. The beer poured a amber with purple tinge. There was little head and no lacing. The scent had a spice to it that reminded me of raisons....maybe. The taste was slightly dry with mild spice to it and had a slight citrus to it. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall, the beer was good....but not one that I would consider a go to. (400 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub, along with a very good bacon & egg sandwich. It was a pink-hued peach color with nearly no foam, just a film. I could smell the hibiscus, it seems this is the fourth or fifth hibiscus beer I've tried this year. There was a time when I didn't know the smell but that time is past.

Sweet tasting up front, with a lightly bitter aftertaste that doesn't seem rooted in hops. OK tasting but maybe a little bland, not a lot that I enjoyed in the flavor. Carbonation on the light side.

The food was tastier than this beer, but at least they had Anti-Hero on cask, that is such a great beer. (619 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -rose colored, thin fizzy head dissipates to nothing rather quickly
S -herbal, floral, rose, biscuit, vegetal
T - fresh & floral, hibiscus, earth, herbal, orange, veg, tangy, tart, and spicy finish
M - thinner body, higher carbonation
O - Wasn't crazy over this one. It was fairly refreshing, but I couldn't have more than one of these at a time. (348 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%

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. (276 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (1,122 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A very reddish amber beer which makes its name more of a hint than a suggestion. Small white head tha didn't leave anything on the sides.

S - Smells of hibiscus and apple juice. Has some honey to go with the sweet malts.

T - Taste really reminds me of apple juice, can't get that out of my head. The hibiscus flowers come on very strong at the end and adds a little bit of character. Some sweet honey and malts provide the backbone.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, lower-moderate carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, but the unique taste makes it hard to get tons down. (572 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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,. (436 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Alex's Birthday Bash.

A - Pours reddish/pink in color, white head, spotty lace.

S - A mix of fruity, floral, and herbal sweetness with some light malty notes.

T - Fruity sweetness, light tartness, some herbal bitterness.

M - Light body, good carbonation, refreshing, clean finish.

O - A nice summer beer that's relatively easy to drink, but nothing to go crazy about. Something nice for a change-of-pace, but that's about it. (443 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Revolution

A: appears a vibrant pinkish red, no head, clear, no lacing

S: the nose is very floral and full of hibiscus character backed up with some tart cherry character cherry

T: this brew tastes like a combination of biting into a flower and sucking on a cherry jolly rancher. There are hints at tartness but the hibiscus overpowers it. The end result is somewhat unbalanced. Certainly a unique brew.

Mf: light body high carb

O: this brew has refreshing qualities, but not really my favorite combo of flavors (534 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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. (440 characters)

Photo of matjack85
2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this at the brewpub more out of curiosity than anything else. Served in what they told me was a tall, thin bell glass.

The beer had a pinkish/red color to it, pretty clear, and with a ½-finger of white head on top. Head retention lasted about a minute and there was only a smattering of spotty lacing.

Flowery and fruity smell with lots of hibiscus in the aroma.

A little sweet, a little tart, with a cherry-like fruity taste. Also lots of hibiscus flavor which I don't particularly like, but wanted to try anyway.

Light with medium carbonation.

Definitely nothing I would order again, but glad I tried it for its uniqueness. (639 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with no apparent freshness or canned on date present. Confident that this is fresh though, brewed 20 minutes away in Chicago. My second review of a beer from Revolution Brewing Co.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields just shy of two fingers of pinkish white foamy head. Body color is a reddish-orange. Head thins to a foamy ring, no lacing.

S - Smell is light and wine-like. Flowery hibiscus presence, bready malts, and lots of acidic red wine / fermented grapes. Reminds me of the nose on a cheap five dollar bottle of wine from Jewel, only way more tame and inoffensive. Not a bad smell, just isn't doing anything for me.

T - Taste is a couple notches above the nose, but comprises much of the same. Sweet floral hibiscus, some spice, bready malt backbone keeping things in check, with some tart sour red wine / grape characteristics. Definitely tastes more wine-like than beer-like, in my opinion. Slight warming alcohol & some metallics on the finish. This could probably benefit from some hop presence, or something.

M - Feel ends quickly, and leaves the palate bone dry. Good carbonation, with an acidic wine-like aftertaste, again.

Overall, I give this beer props for creativity, but it doesn't really do anything for me. Far too much like a beer-wine cooler hybrid in my opinion. Definitely unique, and I'm glad to have tried it, but this is not a beer I would consider buying again.

Revolution Rosa Hibiscus Ale ---3.5/5 (1,485 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (882 characters)

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Rosa Hibiscus Ale from Revolution Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.