Rosa Hibiscus Ale | Revolution Brewing

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Rosa Hibiscus AleRosa Hibiscus Ale

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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"

Added by AgentZero on 07-02-2011

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Photo of Niners49
4.48/5  rDev +27.3%
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 woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I am trying to get a running start for New Beer Sunday (Week 575) since I have a goodly number of beers set aside for the occasion. As always, there is a theme, but I do not want to reveal it quite yet. This review will be CANducted Sub Rosa. Suffice it to say that my travels, although currently limited, yield results and especially in CANs!

From the CAN: "*Fresh Beer [-] Keep Cold*".

I have to say, the approved pic saddens me. This should have been taken as a close-up to better CANvey the beautiful mauve color of both the flower and the upraised left fist. C'est la guerre!

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN, but I want to be gentle with the lovely Rosa. The Glug went according to plan & I retained her beauty & clarity as a result. A swirl in the glass raised a brief finger of foamy, pinkish-white head, but Rosa was shy and it quickly went back into hiding. Her color was a Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with both NE-quality clarity and a slight pinkish hue. What a beauty! Nose smelled of perfume and springtime - blossoming flowers, honey/honeysuckle, freshly baked bread cooling on the windowsill. I swoon in response, my darling! Mouthfeel was light, gentle, a mere caress of my poor beaten & bruised tongue, left raw after so many AIPAs & DIPAs. Rosa, sweetheart, you have won me over. The taste was also of springtime, but now the strawberries had begun to ripen to accompany the perfuminess of the flowers, plus the breadiness of the malt became even more evident. Mmmm. Some reviewers characterized Rosa as a tart, but I really did not experience that. She was more of a delicate flower who, as I finished with her, kissed me on the lips and departed, leaving a slight sweetness in her wake. I CAN still taste her as I lick my lips in fond remembrance. If you see her, treat her with the respect that she deserves.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep pinkish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles and a solid two fingers of off white head.

Smell: An earthy and floral aroma with a scent of hibiscus and fruit. Upfront scent of hibiscus flowers. Pale malt with hints of grains, biscuit, and cracker with yeast. Fruit hints of orange and berries. Hints of grassy hops. Light scent of sugar. A solid and interesting aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and floral taste with notes of hibiscus flowers and fruit. Big presence of hibiscus flowers. Pale malt with notes of biscuit, grains, and cracker along with some yeast. Some fruit notes of orange, apple, and berries. Sweet notes of sugar and some light earthy hops. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty interesting and solid spiced brew. Nice flavors from the hibiscus.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
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 +15.9%
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 Nimbus_
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A beautiful clear pinkish amber. Visible bubbles racing to the top to form a slightly off-white foamy head that dissipates pretty quickly after the beer sits.

Smell: A very present floral and herbal aroma. A little bit of citrus in the background as well.

Taste: The initial taste is a great balance of berries, especially grape, and floral hops. This brew is not bitter at all. In fact, I would say it's almost too sweet for my tastes. It starts off like a sweet wine, and it finishes with a slightly bready malt flavor with remnants of the berry and floral taste. I was impressed with this beer's taste. It was certainly unique.

Feel: Light to medium bodied with the right amount of gentle carbonation.

Overall: I was surprised that I enjoyed this beer as much as I did. I think it's a little too sweet for me to sit and drink multiple cans, but it is a tasty beer to have every once in a while.

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5.8% ABV, 15 IBU. Steeped in hibiscus flowers. No other specs per the can or website. I think I paid $1.79 for the 12 oz can at Binny in Chicago.

Pours out to a beautiful light raspberry color, forming a modest white head with poor retention, sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. Nose of candy apples and raspberries. Mouthfeel is tart, bitingly astringent, medium bodied. Taste is interesting...definitely candy apple and raspberries, but not syrupy or cloying or sweet even. Sits on a firm bitterness and flavor of 2-row pale pops through. Lingering bitterness in the finish and an interesting woodiness in the aftertaste. No off flavors or aromas.

An interesting beer. I like the way the bitterness sits and it's easy drinking, quite full of flavor. Recommended.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of _YellowBird_
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +11.1%
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 +10.5%
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 +9.9%
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 ZAP
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is a little funky but the flavor has nothing funky about it....just a lot of cherry, berries, and breadiness....

I honestly have no idea what hibiscus adds flavor wise but this drinks nice. A good summer beer for sure.

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Photo of Etan
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +8.5%
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 Benish
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a red amber color. The aromas were slightly floral and had subtle cherry notes. Flavors had notes mild cherries and a light hop profile midway through. Slightly floral at the finish. The malt interplayed throughout with a sweet biscuity taste. Hard to note any hibiscus - but then I don't know what characteristics they have. Mouthfeel was light. Very good beer, I like this.

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +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 ONovoMexicano
3.8/5  rDev +8%

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 +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,.

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Photo of Ri0
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into snifter. It is dark cloudy pink with a 1 finger dirty white head. Aroma is very flora with some hibiscus and orange flower notes. Flavor is both sweet and slightly tart, almost like a pale ale with citrus juice. Lighter feel and easy to drink. I definitely enjoyed the uniqueness of this beer.

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Photo of glass_house
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +7.4%
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 +7.1%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 6/21/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright pinkish amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains berries, flowers, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of berries and caramel. Then a floral spiciness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there’s a mild but complementary hops presence creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
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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