Rosa Hibiscus Ale | Revolution Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
revbrew.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Rosie and Hibiscus Wheat

Tart summer ale infused with 12lbs of Hibiscus flowers and a touch of orange peel. Her sexy pink hue, leaves her to be desired.

Added by Tone on 07-25-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
649
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
14.45%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
155
For Trade:
0
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3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
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...

edit: ... and it appears to have gotten some. billed as a saison now, with a little more of a natural appearance, the floral aspects have certainly been tamed, and i think the whole thing works a lot better. easier drinking, more beery, less perfume, nice tweak of this, i think i had the original right when it first came out and was still being improved. nice to see this evolution...

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.53/5  rDev 0%
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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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
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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3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
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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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.6/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Rosa Hibiscus Ale from Revolution Brewing
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