Rosa Hibiscus Ale - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 568
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 47.11%
Wants: 15
Gots: 122 | 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" ... 2072/60418 
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Photo of Tucquan
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
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 mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of barnzy78
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Pours a pale strawberry red with little head, looks like flavored water.

Strong aroma of hibiscus (obviously) and not much else.

Tastes like slightly carbonated hibiscus water, okay but nothing outstanding.

Mouthfeel is thin and very tea like.

Overall, this is a refreshing tea like beer, but unless you like tea you probably won't like this.

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Photo of Maninthearena
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Poured a pinkish brown, very odd colored. Pop like fizzy whitish head that pretty much went away instantly.

Smell-Definitely herbal, like honey glazed flower pedals. Rather winey with a fermented grape like quality. Some pithy qualities in there, almost fungal(perhaps my interpretation of the hibiscus in there).

Taste- A nice little combo of sweet and tart with some floral sweetness followed by a tangy sourness of sorts. Made me think of a "beer version" of a wine cooler.

Mouthfeel- Very fine carbonation again, like soda, thin and fizzy. Refreshing and didn't necessarily feel like tasting an alcoholic beverage (a positive or negative depending on preference).

Overall- Not a bad drink, fairly refreshing if not just a little odd. I could see this pairing well with some pork with some fruit chutney. Don't know that I'd necessarily drink it myself again but could be a nice summer offering for those not fond of hops or those with a predilection towards fruitier alcoholic drinks.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of tut2528
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a rust copper tone body, with high carbonation, and a soda fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

S: really not much going on here. i pick up on berry-like qualities, very light citrus. light floral qualities ut thats pretty much it.

T: following the nose, berries, citrus, light grassy/floral note. decent balance for the lack of flavors that are coming through

M: very light on the palate, big carbonation. leaves a slight hint of acidity on the palate that is quite nice.

O: there really isn't much going on with brew, but it does drink exceptionally well to be honest. very refreshing for these dog days of summer.

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Photo of Rope
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Probably the best thing about this beer. It is a incredible pink amber hue, with a thick head.

Smell- Malty lager with sour bite.

Taste- Malty lager with sour bite.

Very refreshing, big bubbles.

An interesting experiment, but never need to drink it again.

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Photo of Treebs
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at Blue's BBQ. Served in a taster glass.

A: This hibiscus really lends its color here. Pours a rosy color with some amber highlights. A thin white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring that leaves some nice webbing of lace.

S: The hibiscus is present on the nose. Light and sweet smelling. Minimal hops with a nice cracker malt backbone.

T: Nice malty sweetness with the bright hibiscus coming through. Some orange pith with a light bitterness on the finish.

M: Light bodied with a bubbly, medium high carbonation level. Nice drinkability.

O: Nice flowery flavors that's easily drinkable. Wouldn't be my go to choice on a hot summer's day, but it's a nice option if nothing else is around.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of cw577enfield
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Etan
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
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 tjsdomer2
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Copper. Decent carbonation, but no lacing or foam. Flat.

Smell: Sour lemon and orange rind. Some coriander. No hibiscus...

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tangy honey and black pepper. Molasses finish. Very bitter in the finish. Metallic and skunked. Pretty good initially, but I hate the finish. Sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: Very disappointing, especially for Revolution.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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 Fcolle2
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an odd pinkish orange with a white frothy head that dissipates quickly. I've never had a beer that looked quite like this.

Smells like sweet rose wine. Not good.

Tastes much lighter then it smells. Slightly bitter sweet on the front end. It's hard to make out distinct flavors because it is very light, not a whole lot of body. What I do taste isn't bad, slightly floral and hints of malt however not in a traditional sense.

Moderately strong carbonation and an overall light feel. A little bit of floral bitterness, similar to eating any number of edible flowers.

Really interesting overall. Taste was pretty good and light in comparison to the smell. Defiantly one of the more unique beers I've had recently.

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Photo of jt31914
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from a 12 oz. Bottle:
Revolution Brewing Co Rosa Hibiscus Ale
A: A very rosy appearance, with half an inch of quickly dissipating head. The bear looks similar to a rose, and based on the name that is exactly how it should look. The beer has great lacing.
S: The smell is very fruity, reminiscent of a kriek but maybe even a little dryer. The aroma again displays winelike characteristics, but the hibiscus is not really prominent to my nose. It is slightly fruity and herbal, but it
T: It is a lighter taste than I expected based on the smell. The beer isn’t necessarily thin, but it could be more full-bodied and could have more of a punch. The fruit flavor is light but pleasant, perhaps a mix of grape and cherry flavors. It is a nice taste, but I wish that there was more to the beer; furthermore, I wish that there was more hibiscus present in the beer. The brew tastes more like it has been blended with wine than brewed with hibiscus. It is slightly floral, but I still would have liked a bit more.
M: Very drinkable. The beer has a great mouthfeel, it is bubbly on the palate and goes down easily.
O: This beer looks, smells and feels like a great fruit beer, but the lack of overall flavor in the taste of the beer, as well as the lack of actual hibiscus flavor or aroma leaves me wishing for something more. It is a beer with great potential that has yet to be reached.

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Photo of BB1313
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a dark pink/ruby red; small off-white head fades quickly leaving nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are very weak, smells like nothing. There are hints of white wine. Flavors aren't offensive at all, but extremely boring. The herbs don't seem to shine at all. Flavors are tart, but not cloying. Mouthfeel is fine; light, fizzy, and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Despite being boring, this would hit the spot on a summer day. It's still quaffable.

Weird beer. Very bland. To me, it's nothing more than something to keep you refreshed.

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of csparace
1.99/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I had to write this review to justify the bastardly low rating I gave it. I love Revolution and basically everything else they've made but this one is not like the others and doesn't belong. I never want to have to slam a beer like this again.

Appearance (1.75) – This is the first sign that something terribly wrong has occurred. Out of the can you can immediately see this girly pink color which is exactly like that cheap pink champagne that chicks buy for their sorority reunions. A huge, bleach white head foams up to about 3 full fingers (insert second sorority joke). Once the head settles you can see no carbonation rising to the top. The pink glow turns into a glassy, red whisky look. Still cant get the idea of pink bubbly out of my head.

Smell (2.00) – Light and slightly yeasty. Reminds me of the Belgian style. Slightly floral. Also smells pretty much like Busch light – that slightly metallic cheap beer smell. After the first few gulps, the smell fades completely.

Taste (2.25) – Welcome back to freshman year boys. All those terrible descriptions of [insert any adjunct lager here] you have sealed away in a vault hoping never to need again all come rushing towards you. I'll spare the language. I guess what I'm tasting could be attributed to the hibiscus plant but it really tastes more lemony than anything. I get relatively no malt profile and hops seem to have been forgotten.

Mouthfeel (1.50) – “This is kind of like having sex on a boat.... its near water” Revolution claims this is a “highly drinkable ale” I can't really argue with that. If right this second I was faced with a life or death situation in which I had to for some reason shot gun a beer – I'd grab one of these out of my fridge. The very mild carbonation in conjunction with the lack of taste this beer has makes it incredibly unsatisfying.

Overall (1.75) – Right now I'm really fighting the urge to throw on a toga and crush this can on my head. There is essentially nothing to this beer. I hate to slam such an awesome brewery but I just can't ever let a friend buy this beer – not when a sixer costs that of a comparable beer case. There is no taste, no smell, and the appearance is demeaning. It is exactly 5.8% better than water. I was so excited to try a new beer from Rev but damn.... I have to ask myself, how is is rated as high as it is????

Revolution is definitely still one of my favorite breweries. Basically EVERYTHING ELSE I have ever had from them has been great or even outstanding. The level that this beer came out is just so far below what they are capable of that it really makes me sad. Even so, Anti-Hero, Eugene-Porter, Galaxy-Hero, and A Little Crazy will always be stocked in my fridge.

For the love of god though – spare yourself.

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Photo of beeroverwineguy
2.08/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was excited over tasting a new beer steeped with habiscus and very dissappointed in the actual beer itself. I will not buy again. Sorry. I was expecting a stronger habiscus influence that was not present in this beer. I truly believe that a habiscus steeped beer can be made a bit better with a greater proportion of habiscus ratio in order to be a great summer beer when you are mowing the lawn or doing some grilling.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - pours a clear pinkish orange with a minimal disappearing head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - mild aroma. I get mostly pale malt, yeast and faint hibiscus.

T - bready malt with a mild tartness and fruityness from the hibiscus. Meh.

M - light body. Slightly tart and astringent.

O - a light summer beer with a semi-rare ingredient that doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of matjack85
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.91/5  rDev +13%
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 bulldog91
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep amber/reddish color. This one wasn't skewed pink, as others have had.
Slight tart smell, but not overpowering.
Clean, crisp, drinkable beer with just a bit of tart right at the end.
A refreshing feel, a nice spice/tart thing going on.
A good beer. Nothing remarkable or memorable, but a good beer.

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Photo of Bedhead
2.49/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pink peer is certainly interesting. Beer was just okay. Lacked much flavor at all, and the only flavor it did have was all floral. No hops or anything else to remind you, "Hey, this is beer!" Another one of those beers that sounds good on paper and just doesn't work in practice. It wasn't horrible, at least it was drinkable, but I wouldn't order it again.

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Rosa Hibiscus Ale from Revolution Brewing Company
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