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 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 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 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 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 ThePatman
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just tried this on tap the other night. I was not quite sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. The darker color is definitely a plus in my book, and the spices in here - while my palate was not identifying them - made for a rather nice flavor. Definitely something I'll consider looking for at my local shop.

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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 SerialTicker
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Melt in Ohio a few weeks back.

It's alright. There's a corn-like flavor that pretty much dominates. A little more Hibiscus and orange peel with a different malt base or something would do wonders. Not terrible at all, just not memorable.

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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 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 corby112
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden copper color with bright orange edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles. Decent retention with sporadic spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral aroma with a nice balance of delicate grassy hops and a sweet malt backbone. Citrus doesn't really comes through but the floral/hibiscus notes stand out as the most prominent characteristic in the nose.

Sweet and slightly tart but not sour or acidic with a stronger citrus zest presence than the nose suggests. This is countered by sweet malt and zesty spices. Slightly tart blood orange along with coriander, caramel sweetness, bread and biscuit. Not too complex but well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of wdberkley
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It looks cool when you pour it - it's PINK. It's very floral. After that, not much to say...let my wife finish the glass... and she loved it. Just not my style.

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Photo of Gear54
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Congress Hotel in Chicago.

The Beer is pink! I've yet to have a pink beer.

Smell is good with hints of hops and malts hidden in a sweet floral aroma.

Taste is also good. Very unique with the hibiscus flower giving that floral note in front of mails hoppy bitterness. Not something you find every day.

Overall the feel is ver good. Not strong is booze and even balance. I was able to have two mugs without any trouble. If you looking for something different today try this out.

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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 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 1000lbgrizzly
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange-pink clear body, some loose carbonation, cratered white head. Floral, vegetal nose. Smells like a medicinal bittering agent, like those found in a gruit, was used. Taste adds strawberry-like fruitiness, while still keeping the herbacious aspect. Slightly sweet. Easy drinking feel, refrshing carbonation.
Good beer, albeit somewhat for the novelty. Love the appearance, good flavors, good feel, I think they amped up the intensity from previous years, for the better.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was generally underwhelmed by Rosa. It was a beautiful beer to behold but I found its aroma and flavor to be plain Jane. There was no real malt character to speak of just a mash up of floral and herbal notes that ended too quickly and a slight doughinesa from the yeast. Overall Rosa was a pretty face and it fizzled from there.

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Photo of jp32
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours auburn in color, with, I never though I would say this, but a soft pink colored head. The aroma is a bit bready and reminds me somewhat of a sour.

The taste is funky up front, then slightly tart, and plain jane in the finish. I cant make out any kind of nice malt flavor, or hop flavor.... it must be the hibiscus flower taking control? Mouthfeel is soft on the palate, but this doesnt seem to be due to any lack of anything.

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Photo of tone77
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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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 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 Trooper92292
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a great summer beer. I wasn't sure what to think but was very impressed by this beer. A beautiful color. Powerful smell. A short lived after taste, fades very quickly. In all though, this is a fun beer and I'm glad I picked up a 6 pack. I recommend this very much.

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Photo of wingman14
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours orangish red with an off white head that fades fast. The smell is faint, some sweet notes and malty goodness. The taste is interesting, it starts with an almost wine like flavor, then has some spice notes, followed with subtle fruit. This one is a bit harsh on the palette, a decent medium mouthfeel. Overall I thought this was a very interesting beer, decent session beer if you can enjoy it, I think it is worth a try.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

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