Rosa Hibiscus Ale - Revolution Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
06-04-2014 17:03:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.51/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-27-2014 16:33:03 | More by BEERchitect
3.6/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
09-02-2011 03:10:43 | More by TMoney2591
3.63/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
06-26-2014 04:33:47 | More by WVbeergeek
3.66/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
06-18-2012 20:19:40 | More by MasterSki
3.55/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
07-12-2013 13:47:32 | More by StonedTrippin
3.74/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
06-23-2014 00:22:17 | More by dbrauneis
Rosa Hibiscus Ale from Revolution Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.