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Local-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 191
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 29.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-06-2013

This IPA is brewed with Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, and Nugget hops, all from our friends at Hop Heads Farms in Hickory Corners, MI.

Hop Head Farms, co-founded by one of our investors, Nunzino Pizza, provides quality Midwest hops to everyone from professional craft brewers to homebrewers.

65 IBU
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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 191
Photo of jzlyo
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is light tropical fruit, citrus and slightly perfumed. The flavor is tropical fruit/pineapple, malts, citrus, fruit and a slightly odd heat in the finish.

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Photo of Florida9
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Brilliantly clear dark straw of light gold in color. Forms a moderate sized white head. Decent retention. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is subdued. What is there is sweetly floral with a bit of orange.

T: Taste is the same, but this is a lighter beer. Lots of floral hops with notes of candied citrus rind, but the hops are bordering on soapiness and there are virtually no malts to balance it out. That said, this isn't a hop-bomb. Nowhere close even. It's just a very light beer that happens to have not a lot going for it.

M: Lighter body. Light-medium carbonation. Lower bitterness.

O: I'm not so sure about this beer. With the light, floral profile, maybe this beer would be better suited for the warmer summer months. Regardless, I didn't care for it much and Revolution's hero beers are typically quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Clear gold body. Large white head leaves little lacing but never fully fades.
S - Dank hops, but a little too funky. Light sweet malt, Spent grains.
T - Light hops, light malt body. A little heat/spiciness. It's crisp and clean.
M - Medium body, low carb.
O - I was intrigued to try this (based on the marketing of local hops, etc) It's a good beer, but not one I will revisit.

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Photo of ConradSomm
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Had a pint at the brewpub and brought home a growler. Love the brewery, love the hero series, love the local concept. Really wanted this one to be great, but it just didn't do it for me. Nose and initial taste was nice, featuring the familiar fresh, complex, clean, Revolution hop profile. But the finish was off -- I'd call it grassy or weedy or straw.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is very pale and clear. Nice lacing, not much head retention. Nose is floral with notes of grapefruit, grass, and grain. Taste is less bitter than anti hero and a little smoother. Mild bitterness on the finish and very dry. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this is the least exciting of the hero variants, but a solid IPA nonetheless.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden with a lot of carbonation and a fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly into a cap. Pineapple and pepper stand out on the nose with some citrusy notes in the background. Taste is bitter, but not harsh, and some fruity sweetness hits you in the middle. Medium bodied and slightly sticky mouthfeel to this one, and it leaves behind a fruit juice aftertaste.

Overall: One to get when you see it for sure, nothing to go out of the way for.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.
A - Pours a very hazy golden color, nice head that settles quickly.
S - Aroma is not overpowering and something in it I was not expecting, maybe a caramel smell.
T - Definitely more bitter than Anti-Hero and not overly citrusy. Hoppy and refreshing.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Very drinkable IPA, not as good as Anti-Hero or Citra Hero in my book but still a very good beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow orange, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Good deal of bread/wheat to start and some citrus hops.

T-Once again starts with bread and wheat and toast. Ends with citrus and slight bitterness. But not enough to fully balance the beer out.

M-Medium to light in body with nice carbonation and a crisp dry finish.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, quick review from written notes.

Pale bright gold and very clear and sharp like a helles lager. Compact head of white foam, drippy arcs of sudsy lacing stick to the glass. Thin veil on the surface.

Softly sweet aroma of juicy citrus.

Bittersweet & hoppy, light flavor of juicyfruit gum and grapefruit pith. Light bodied and subtle, traces of toasted kernels, with a dry, lingering bitter aftertaste. Supple feel and very drinkable. A nice local wet hop IPA that i'll definitely drink again when the opportunity arises.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labeled as "Hopped with Centennial and Chinook"; no bottling date that I could find but just came into my local craft store yesterday; drank in a tall tumbler on 11/12/15

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Photo of koutkid41
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really clear with light straw and gold in color. Nice head that lingers a bit.
S : Slightly grassy, notes of apricot/lemon with some pine
F : Grassy with pine and lemon
Overall I felt it had a really nice balance, not really bitter and hoppy and has a nice malt backbone to go along with it.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear light golden in color with a one finger white head that retains decently. Looks some what thin and light.

Smell has Some nice hop aromas. Slight pine and citrus aromas are blended with more pronounced herbal hop aromas and some floral notes. I almost detect a very faint vinegar presence in the finish. Others with me do not agree.

Taste has some good interesting hop flavors. Primarily herbal and slightly spice like hops forward. Herbal flavors lasts into the malt, cutting the rich lightly sweet grainy malt.

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp and refreshing. Lots of hop oils and moderate carbonation. Very well balanced.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden yellow color with a two finger white bubbly head.
Aroma is sweet, apricots, citrus.
Flavor is citrus, apricot, sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is not dry. There's a balanced mild bitterness.
The flavor doesn't linger at all.
Keeps you going back for more.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber into tulip. purchased at Beer Temple in Chicago. received date of 11/7/13.

A: great clarity. a bright blonde hue. head is bright white and frothy.

S: super piney nose. soft melon notes. not much citrus. this thing is all pine and fruit.

T: so much pine and resin. really enjoyable. the pine flavor is rather inviting and drinkable. minor melon sweetness. a mild malt sweetness towards the finish. otherwise pretty dry.

M: very smooth mouthfeel. medium body.

D: a really solid IPA from Revolution. drinkable, piney. not your citrus bombs of the current day, but it is nice to see them use local hops and make a really tasty brew from them.

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Photo of joe1510
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle
Four Season Liquors - Morris, IL

Local Hero is pure gold, clean and raw. The clarity is nearly unmatched, I can read a book through the body. Carbonation rises in clusters to the bone white foam. The head grows to a finger in height and stays put while leaving thin, sticky lace in it's wake. This is how an IPA should look, in my world at least.

This beer simply reeks of hoppiness. Big cantaloupe and tropical notes can be perceived from a foot away. Apricot and mango rule the roost while pineapple plays second fiddle. Bitter greens add yet another layer of hop complexity. A softly sugary malt base lays the foundation and is reminiscent of wafers. Mouthwatering, yes.

The flavor is as ridiculously vibrant as the nose suggested. Sweet ripe cantaloupe is met with perfectly ripe pineapple up front. Mango and apricot, both fresh and dried, come along mid-palate. The bitter greens appear on the backend to compliment the veritable fruit salad in my glass. The malt base again is pale, allowing the hops to do their thing. Wafers are noticeable again, though. Dry and biscuity.

Mouthfeel, nailed! You can't ask for much more in this department out of an IPA. The body is soft and moderate in weight but with an active carbonation that lightens it up overall. There's a welcomed plushness. The bitterness is by no means intense but it does grow to moderate overtime and a drying finish intensifies that. This could be drank by the gallon.

Local Hero is another gem from the fine folks at RevBrew. Revolution knows how to utilize hops, that's fact. This beer is all at once juicy, dry, and incredibly easy to drink. I wanted to mention that this is one of their best beers but pretty much whatever I'm drinking from them at any given time I think the same.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma doesn't punch you in the face, but the flavors make up for it with a explosive kick in the mouth. Like most of the limited-run Hero offerings, this is a step up from the Anti-Hero: copper-gold, candied-floral, buoyantly bitter, and cleanly citric, both popping and coating the mouth with a complex of sophisticated hop flavor that finishes sharply, almost puckeringly clean. It's low on effervescence, but Local-Hero compensates with a light, smooth mouthfeel. While it certainly might be a case of mind influencing matter, it definitely tastes particularly fresh, if not redolent of the Lake Michigan-adjacent terroir.

It's doesn't quite reach the heights of Three Floyds Yum Yum, but I think it actually compares favorably —and would really be a great session IPA in a six-pack formulation.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's be honest. The people over at Revolution brewing got this shit nailed down tight. They know how to make a great beer, and do so , regularly. All of the episodes of the hero series I have tried has been at least very good. This is no exception.

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Local-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.