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Rosa Hibiscus Ale - Revolution Brewing Company

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Rosa Hibiscus AleRosa Hibiscus Ale

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63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 587
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 46.24%
Wants: 17
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 587
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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Photo of codsmith
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
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 Sean9689
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of KDawg
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from tap into glass at revolution. Pours a nice light red color with a good head.

Nice aromas of roses, herbs, red fruits and some citrus notes as well. Doesn't have much depth though.

Light bodied with a crisp feel. Lacking a bit on the mid and back end with notes of roses, red fruits and citrus.

A quaff-able beer. It's nice for a hot day, but outside of that I still find it uninteresting.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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 TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A reddish pink color with an off white small head. Patchy head remains with little lacing around the glass.

S- Floral and sweet with some yeasty/bready character behind the sweet smell. Slight tart and fruity character towards the end.

T- Sweet tangy/citrus, floral beginning to the beer with slight lemon reminiscent of many wheat beer. Sweet character follows into the middle with a yeasty/grainy taste. The end of the beer brings a slightly tart and a stronger floral taste.

M- Light body with a dry finish.

O- Not a bad summer beer and its light character helps out on a hot day. Lacks an overall polish (for lack of a better word) to bring all of the components together.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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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.

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Rosa Hibiscus Ale from Revolution Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.