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Jukebox-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

151 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our black IPA is bursting with crisp, clean bitterness and layers of wonderful American hop character. Pale Ale, Munich and Naked Golden Oats give a toasty malt backbone with a smooth mouthfeel. The dark ominous color comes from the Chocolate Malt and the de-husked highly roasted malt. We want the layers of hops to shine against this roasty malt backdrop. Warrior, Citra, Chinook, Centennial and Amarillo lend bitterness as well as a wonderful cornucopia of aromas and flavors of fresh citrus fruit, pine, fresh cut mint and fresh flowers they offer.

(Beer added by: Jaycase on 02-28-2014)
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
Photo of StoneTSR
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: The Jukebox-Hero looks black when it’s first poured, but when held up to the light it is clear that it is browner than black and it lets a fair amount of red light through. The head retention is decent, but it only begins at about a half a finger thick and settles into a cap that is wispy thin, but still covers the entire surface of the beer.

SMELL: At first it smells like an IPA, with citrus and grassy smells, but the mild roasty aromas creep in along with a slightly spicy characteristic.

TASTE: The roasty, coffee notes are much stronger in the flavor than they are in the nose, but the citrus and hop character still dominates. The impressive hop bill comes through strongest, however. Citrus, pine and grass are all big components of this complex flavor. A touch of dark chocolate plays on the edges while the finish is nice, hoppy and spicy.

MOUTHFEEL: The carbonation is not as big as the sparkle would suggest, but the coffee/dark chocolate/hop bitterness seems to be accentuating the sparkle as it cleanses the palate between sips. The body is somewhere between light and medium (although leaning towards medium) and it is a dry beer all the way through.

OVERALL: Pretty solid. Black IPAs can be tricky, but Rev, as usual, threads the needle nicely. It isn’t my favorite beer within the style, but it is one I’ll reach for again if it comes back.

StoneTSR, Jul 23, 2014
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Revolution Jukebox Hero

Rockin' label as always

Poured into pint glass

A: Dark stout appearance with a slight ruby glow when held against light

S: ahhh . . . Bout time I smelled hops in one of these "black ipa's"

T: Solid for the style. Malts and coffee with good hop bitterness as well. Glad to actually taste some hops in this

M: This has to be the most difficult part of rating for me. It just feels like a good beer in my mouth

O: Fantastic beer. I like this style and glad to see somebody actually using hops. Well done as usual Revolution

GOBLIN, Mar 22, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revolution Brewing Jukebox Hero, I'm into this one after the pour into my new IPA glass, I'm sold. Pours a dark almost pitch black with brown ruby highlights around the base of the glass, light cream khaki head forms thick and to the point fine lacing speckled evenly.

Aroma has dark green pine, citrus pith, crushed aspirin, earthiness blended with mild dark chocolate like an herbal mint chocolate Andes chocolate notes.

Flavor creamy dark chocolate, upfront bitter hops earthy piney floral notes a bit of citrus peel in the back end, I can tell this has a bit of age on it no dating on the bottle it must have rubbed off mysteriously. Super solid reasonably drinkable style of black IPA.

Mouthfeel is solid creamy textured slight hop oils, with even flowing carbonation going down. Medium bodied ale, smooth going down on the palate.

Overall, a very tasty option from Chicago, looks like something I would like to drink.

WVbeergeek, Jul 12, 2014
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Almost black, this beer doesn't show thickness, as it shouldn't, though the color does as it barely lets some brown into the edges. The head starts off as little more than wisp, with average spotty lacing showing.
The hops show and, while it's not especially roasty, certainly not as much as others of its kind, that has little bearing on it strong malt balance. It's mostly piney and floral overall with some citrus backing it up and a bit of cocoa offering a touch of sweetness to even it out. It's even a little toasty.
The hops take over the flavor as well, but in more dominant fashion. It isn't overbearingly bitter, but it's not too light on the bitterness either and certainly leans heavily hoppy. Pine, grapefruit and orange rind are backed and balanced by cocoa again and there's a touch of wood. An Amarillo-like minty note lends itself to the finish. Overall, what would most benefit this (tasty) beer would be a bit more malt contribution, but this is a good example.
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Jukebox-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.