Rosa Hibiscus Ale | Revolution Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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"
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/22072/60418

Added by AgentZero on 07-02-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
629
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
43.3%
 
 
Wants:
22
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 629
Photo of tjsdomer2
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Copper. Decent carbonation, but no lacing or foam. Flat.

Smell: Sour lemon and orange rind. Some coriander. No hibiscus...

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tangy honey and black pepper. Molasses finish. Very bitter in the finish. Metallic and skunked. Pretty good initially, but I hate the finish. Sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: Very disappointing, especially for Revolution.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Fcolle2
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an odd pinkish orange with a white frothy head that dissipates quickly. I've never had a beer that looked quite like this.

Smells like sweet rose wine. Not good.

Tastes much lighter then it smells. Slightly bitter sweet on the front end. It's hard to make out distinct flavors because it is very light, not a whole lot of body. What I do taste isn't bad, slightly floral and hints of malt however not in a traditional sense.

Moderately strong carbonation and an overall light feel. A little bit of floral bitterness, similar to eating any number of edible flowers.

Really interesting overall. Taste was pretty good and light in comparison to the smell. Defiantly one of the more unique beers I've had recently.

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Photo of jt31914
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from a 12 oz. Bottle:
Revolution Brewing Co Rosa Hibiscus Ale
A: A very rosy appearance, with half an inch of quickly dissipating head. The bear looks similar to a rose, and based on the name that is exactly how it should look. The beer has great lacing.
S: The smell is very fruity, reminiscent of a kriek but maybe even a little dryer. The aroma again displays winelike characteristics, but the hibiscus is not really prominent to my nose. It is slightly fruity and herbal, but it
T: It is a lighter taste than I expected based on the smell. The beer isn’t necessarily thin, but it could be more full-bodied and could have more of a punch. The fruit flavor is light but pleasant, perhaps a mix of grape and cherry flavors. It is a nice taste, but I wish that there was more to the beer; furthermore, I wish that there was more hibiscus present in the beer. The brew tastes more like it has been blended with wine than brewed with hibiscus. It is slightly floral, but I still would have liked a bit more.
M: Very drinkable. The beer has a great mouthfeel, it is bubbly on the palate and goes down easily.
O: This beer looks, smells and feels like a great fruit beer, but the lack of overall flavor in the taste of the beer, as well as the lack of actual hibiscus flavor or aroma leaves me wishing for something more. It is a beer with great potential that has yet to be reached.

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Photo of BB1313
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a dark pink/ruby red; small off-white head fades quickly leaving nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are very weak, smells like nothing. There are hints of white wine. Flavors aren't offensive at all, but extremely boring. The herbs don't seem to shine at all. Flavors are tart, but not cloying. Mouthfeel is fine; light, fizzy, and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Despite being boring, this would hit the spot on a summer day. It's still quaffable.

Weird beer. Very bland. To me, it's nothing more than something to keep you refreshed.

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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 csparace
1.99/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I had to write this review to justify the bastardly low rating I gave it. I love Revolution and basically everything else they've made but this one is not like the others and doesn't belong. I never want to have to slam a beer like this again.

Appearance (1.75) – This is the first sign that something terribly wrong has occurred. Out of the can you can immediately see this girly pink color which is exactly like that cheap pink champagne that chicks buy for their sorority reunions. A huge, bleach white head foams up to about 3 full fingers (insert second sorority joke). Once the head settles you can see no carbonation rising to the top. The pink glow turns into a glassy, red whisky look. Still cant get the idea of pink bubbly out of my head.

Smell (2.00) – Light and slightly yeasty. Reminds me of the Belgian style. Slightly floral. Also smells pretty much like Busch light – that slightly metallic cheap beer smell. After the first few gulps, the smell fades completely.

Taste (2.25) – Welcome back to freshman year boys. All those terrible descriptions of [insert any adjunct lager here] you have sealed away in a vault hoping never to need again all come rushing towards you. I'll spare the language. I guess what I'm tasting could be attributed to the hibiscus plant but it really tastes more lemony than anything. I get relatively no malt profile and hops seem to have been forgotten.

Mouthfeel (1.50) – “This is kind of like having sex on a boat.... its near water” Revolution claims this is a “highly drinkable ale” I can't really argue with that. If right this second I was faced with a life or death situation in which I had to for some reason shot gun a beer – I'd grab one of these out of my fridge. The very mild carbonation in conjunction with the lack of taste this beer has makes it incredibly unsatisfying.

Overall (1.75) – Right now I'm really fighting the urge to throw on a toga and crush this can on my head. There is essentially nothing to this beer. I hate to slam such an awesome brewery but I just can't ever let a friend buy this beer – not when a sixer costs that of a comparable beer case. There is no taste, no smell, and the appearance is demeaning. It is exactly 5.8% better than water. I was so excited to try a new beer from Rev but damn.... I have to ask myself, how is is rated as high as it is????

Revolution is definitely still one of my favorite breweries. Basically EVERYTHING ELSE I have ever had from them has been great or even outstanding. The level that this beer came out is just so far below what they are capable of that it really makes me sad. Even so, Anti-Hero, Eugene-Porter, Galaxy-Hero, and A Little Crazy will always be stocked in my fridge.

For the love of god though – spare yourself.

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Photo of beeroverwineguy
2.08/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was excited over tasting a new beer steeped with habiscus and very dissappointed in the actual beer itself. I will not buy again. Sorry. I was expecting a stronger habiscus influence that was not present in this beer. I truly believe that a habiscus steeped beer can be made a bit better with a greater proportion of habiscus ratio in order to be a great summer beer when you are mowing the lawn or doing some grilling.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - pours a clear pinkish orange with a minimal disappearing head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - mild aroma. I get mostly pale malt, yeast and faint hibiscus.

T - bready malt with a mild tartness and fruityness from the hibiscus. Meh.

M - light body. Slightly tart and astringent.

O - a light summer beer with a semi-rare ingredient that doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of matjack85
2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
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 +11.4%
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 -9.7%
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 -29.1%
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 +16.2%
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 -3.7%
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 -10.3%
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 +4.8%
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 +3.1%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -6.8%
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 -2.3%
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
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