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"

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%

Pour is deep orangish amber with a yellowish white head. Nose is heavily caramel malt with a faint touch of adjunct grain and a little orange citrus. Taste follows pretty close, a bit more citrus, adjunct grains, overly sweet malt. Medium body, moderate carb, clean finish.

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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 buschbeer
3/5  rDev -14.8%

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a pokal

It is auburn with golden highlights. It is capped with a couple inches of off-white head. There is some decent lacing.

The aroma has a floral smell with some berries. I also get some candy corn.

The taste is pretty much the same.

It has a thin, watery mouthfeel.

I've had a couple hibiscus beers before and thought I would like this one. I thought incorrectly. It's ok, but I wouldn't buy a six pack.

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Photo of kevanb
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, dated 5.29.2014, poured into a Revolution imperial pint glass.

The beer pours a very nice rosie red color, hues of orange, copper and garnet, very clear, very few bubbles rising to the top of the glass, where a fizzy, loose, finger of slightly pinkish white head sits, before dissipating immediately leaving little trace film and no lace. The aroma is heavy on the hibiscus, plenty of backing herbal floral qualities, rose water and wildflower with light earthy hop bitterness before a wash of sweeter, richer malts sweep over. The flavors follow well, plenty of hibiscus, it can't be ignored, rose water, wildflower, honey, lots of thick, malt, sweet and chewy, though not very bready and light hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice, full bodied, coats very well, gentle carbonation that has just a little tickle to it with an easy soft finish.

Verdict: A very interesting beer from Revolution, a very nice presentation of hibiscus, but there is little else in terms of complexity or interest. That being said, this beer is very refreshing and quite the thirst quencher, a crushable summer beer that breaks for the norm of lighter pale ales, session ales and lagers. I often find myself wondering why I don't pick this up more often in the summer months, a very worth while brew.

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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 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 WVbeergeek
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the first beers brewed outside of Belgium that pour a magenta hue with a pink tinged head, these Rosa Hibiscus beers don't pull any punches. Fine speckled lacing left intricately adds to the beauty of the beer. Aroma has notes of a citrus based wheat with floral notes galore, so flowery in the aromatics that it really rises up to the Rosa namesake. A nice base beer maybe some wheat in the malt bill, slightly citric tartness, bitterness derived from the hibiscus hops added color seems natural not dyed like most unique colored beers out there. This proves that Revolution doesn't really make any bad beer, it's that good. Other than the hibiscus I'm guessing there's some citrus peel and dried spices added to the mix but I can't really pick them out amongst the heavier floral forward notes. Mouthfeel has a nice dryness not overtly sweet, earthy, floral notes galore with even carbonation for the style a bit dead on and not aggressive in anyway...I'd call it lighter bodied. Overall impressive canned offering from an innovative brewer, I bet they sell a ton of this...even if it's not the most unique beer I've ever tasted out of these floral aka rose hips infused beer this is a solid drinkable version of a difficult style to make balanced.

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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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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 BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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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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 _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 Pintofbrown
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a becker pint. Reviewed from notes.

The beer is a pinkish-ruby with a fine finger of tan foam. I really like the look of this one! Kind of novel.

Definitely has a sweeter and, of course, flowery bouquet coming out of this glass. Everything from lemon zest, orange rind, honey, grapes, a pilsner malt, and red cherries. I like this!

The palate surprises me with some sour and tangy notes. The cherry is much bigger at mid-palate than in the nose. There is still a since of honey here, but add in red delicious apples, red grapes, and some lemon. The hibiscus is big in the swallow, not as much at mid-palate. The malt is very light and more crackery. It is hard to decide if the malt works or not. Everything else about the flavors here are fine, great in fact.

The feel is also a nice medium, and there is decent carb creaminess when I swish this one around. Very easy to drink.

Some people may find Rosa too sweet, but I like her how she is. The malt bill is what really throws this beer off. Nothing off the top of my head comes to mind as a good sub for it, but the complexity and excellent blend of spiced flavors helps make up for it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Rosa Hibiscus Ale from Revolution is ok. The beer poured a amber with purple tinge. There was little head and no lacing. The scent had a spice to it that reminded me of raisons....maybe. The taste was slightly dry with mild spice to it and had a slight citrus to it. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall, the beer was good....but not one that I would consider a go to.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -4%
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 -8.8%
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
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 -9.7%
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 +1.1%
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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Photo of tut2528
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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 -13.6%
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 -3.7%
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 +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 cw577enfield
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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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