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Jukebox-Hero | Revolution Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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.

75 IBU

Added by Jaycase on 02-28-2014

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip pint glass at Beelow's.

Had some time to kill between flicks, so I figured I'd grab a pint or two at Beelow's, starting with this one. It pours a deep midnight garnet topped by a finger of wan slate foam. The nose comprises pine resin, blackened pretzels, and a touch of dark chocolate syrup. The taste opens with a gush of pine resin, pine needles, and a hint of grapefruit peel. This is then followed by a comparatively mild (very mild, in fact) wave of pretzel, chocolate malt, and char. Surprisingly, especially given those descriptors, the combination is fairly pleasant, if decidedly unbalanced. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderated carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, not a bad quaff, too unbalanced to be a great black IPA, but something in the category I may actually want to have again.

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Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown in color, but still fairly translucent. Forms a small-to-medium sized light tan head. Decent retention. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is all IPA. Lots of hop goodness. Primarily notes of pine, with lesser notes of flowers and citrus. Mildly sweet.

T: The taste leans heavily towards the IPA side of the spectrum, with very little roasted malt character. Mildly sweet. Lots of sweet orange, like mandarin. Some pine than a touch of minty alcohol like mouthwash which clashes with the sweet orange flavor. Maybe a faint hint of chocolate on the back end.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Mildly sweet. Mild bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. Light minty tartness.

O: Black IPAs are interesting style in that there is a wide spectrum from IPA to what is essentially a hoppy porter. This one is about as IPA as you can get with only a faint touch of chocolate on the back end. And as an IPA, I'm not overly fond of the mint mixed with the orange which reminds me far too much of drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth. Overall, not bad, but glad I just bought one.

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Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with some subtle brown hues; fluffy off-white head that slowly fades leaving nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of roasted chocolate along with some citrus notes. There's hints of orange and grapefruit. There's a fair amount of cocoa malts. It's a nice blend between chocolate and sweet fruits. The flavors seem to match the nose. More malts. Lots of dark chocolate giving it a solid bitterness. Some fresh pine needles are in the mix too. Lemon and lime is in the mix. More orange zest and grapefruit rind. Hints of smoke and some expresso, Earthy stuff. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid Black IPA. Maybe it's not a mind blower, but the craftsmanship is impressive. It basically has all of the characteristics that one would look for in the style. It's good.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 8.99/bomber from Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bomber at 45 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma light, roasted malt and slightly piney
Head large (7 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to foamy layer of varying thickness
Lacing OK – broken rings and islands of froth
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins roasted malt forward with some bitterness which could either be hops or malt; no distinct hop flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, sticky, soft carbonation.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75. Since the bottle is undated, the lack of hoppiness could be due to age. This tastes more like a slightly hopped brown ale than an IPA.

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Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Can pour into a chalice with a deep brown almost black body and a cap rising just above one finger high. The nutty-tan head is thick and creamy displaying fairly good retention. A few small webs of lace stick to the glass.

S- Hops are certainly present but the malts make up a slight majority of the aromatics with deeply caramelized sugars, chocolate and charred barley coming to mind. More warmth helps up the hops which add pine, citrus, earthy and floral qualities here.

T- Continues down the path laid above but for my palate the hops seem considerably more important at this juncture with fresh citrus, earthy and piney notes playing favorably with the generous maltiness. Fairly dry and that facilitates the friendly hop-malt interaction but plenty of chocolate, charred, nutty and toasted grainy tones.

MF- Medium-high carbonation level in a moderately thick body which comes off as slightly runny but still has at least a touch of creaminess. Finishes with a mix of charred and piney hop bitterness.

Revolution displays some brewing prowess here as the hops and rich malts do not clash in the least. A noticeable lack of caramelized sweet flavors allows the hops to stay fresh alongside a dry flavor.

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Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.
Its crisp medium body is firm and offers a good, strong bite to the palate without hitting too hard. It's really very smooth, too.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 12/21/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a 1+ finger head
S: Chocolate malt, generic hops
T: Matches the nose but bolder
M: Bitter but a touch thin-bodied
O: An enjoyable but unmemorable black ipa

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Photo of Omnium
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Bow-tie pint

A - More of a dark brown than black, just shy of a full finger of khaki foamy head, thick lacing.
S - Aroma has some lighter roasted traits, toasted caramel and toffee, then a nice array of fruit, papaya, melon, peach, even a little banana.
T - Takes a step down in the flavor department, some burnt traits come through lightly then hang on to the end with some aggressive pine hop bite, sweet toasted caramel malt, orange juice, a little lemon zest.
M - Well carbonated and very balanced in feel, goes down easy too.
O - Really good black IPA, aroma has all the good stuff, flavor is good too, just doesnt match up the aroma as good as it should.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is pine, dark malts and spices. The flavor is citrus, fruit, dark malts, hops/slight hop resin, grapefruit and a mix of increasing bitterness and mild heat in the finish.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has a nice fruity tone with a minimal hop spiced edge. This is how I like my black ales: smooth and easy drinking, with just a hint of fruit and a non-abrasive degree of hop influence. Well balanced. I like it. Another good one from Revolution.

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Photo of glass_house
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours cola brown with three fingers of impressively creamy beige head. Smell is an interesting blend of dark roasted malts, faint citrus, and piney/spicy hops.

The first couple sips were a bit overwhelming, as I wasn't sure what to expect. There's a lot going on, and subsequent sips as it warmed allowed me to appreciate the complexity. There's a warm roasty malt backbone that brings subtle notes of chocolate and black coffee, which provides an excellent complement to the soft citrus and pine from the hops. Body is medium-ish, but a little lighter than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise.

Not a huge fan of this style in general, but this is one of the better black IPA's I've had,and one I will certainly be cirlcling back to.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and slightly transparent with a thin half finger of tan foam.

Citrus, pine, roasted malt, earthy hops, and slightly herbal/floral.

Citrusy and piney hops come out to play in flavor with a light roasty character but a little weak in comparison to others in the style.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, slight roastiness, citrusy, piney, dry finish.

Overall, not a bad black ale but wish there was a little more roasty character to note.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with an off white head and plenty of lacing. The brew smells roasted and charcoal like but also very hoppy with pine and floral notes. In the taste, chocolate maltyness and a strong piney hop presence. The brew leans towards the bitter side, but it is one tasty brew. Strong hop flavor and cocoa. Medium bodied, well carbonated brew that spent a week in the growler. Overall, a very nice American Black Ale.

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Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown with thin white head that leave plenty of lacing. Nose starts with heavy pine and citrus, lots of resinous notes, not much in the way of roasted malts. The taste is hop forward but surprisingly not that bitter. Grapefruit and pine present on the flavor with a woodsy character backing it up. Not getting a lot of malt... In fact if I drank this blind I would expect it to be very pale. Light bitterness at the back. Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. Overall, this is a decent brew but is my least favorite of the hero series.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer #900 was an excellent choice from Revolution in Chicago - A black IPA called Jukebox Hero. The beer poured a nice dark color with a foamy head that reduces but lasts as a bit more than a film for the remainder of the beer. The smell was nothing special, a bit of malt and hops. The taste was great - nice roasted malt and a IPA bite on the finish that lingered in the back of the throat. The creamy mouthfeel was excellent. Very pleased with this one. Will revisit.

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Photo of Redrover
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My wife picked-up this one for me. I have to thank her!

Pouted into my Samuel Smith Pint glass, the beer is black with brown highlights. It has a pretty impressive tan head and lacing.

The smell is a nice combo of pine and citrus with a little bit of roasted malts.

It’s a got a bit of a bite which I liked. Pine resin leads but there is a sturdy malt backbone with nice roasted qualities. There is just a hint of coffee and chocolate from the roasted malts.

The mouth is perfect. A bit oily and coating.

Overall, another great beer from Revolution. I would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of TheDuvvv
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very similar to a porter or stout in terms of darkness, with a ruby color at the edges when held up to light.

Smell: Floral and orange smells at the beginning, follow by mild porter smells with some extremely light coffee notes.

Taste: Orange peel, grapefruit, some light coffee and chocolate flavors

Feel: Medium body, normal carbonation

Overall: Extremely drinkable due to the excellent balance of hop bitterness and the roasty malts, as someone who usually prefers stouts (Guinness) this has now become my favorite simply due to the balance.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 22oz bottle to DFH signature glass. 1 finger white head. Beer is very dark brown to black

S - citrus fruits dominate-tangerine, grapefruit , very slight roasty smell

T - Starts off with a nice hoppy bite but balanced well with some roasted malts, finish is a nice light bitter

M - good carb , medium body, dry finish

O - great example of the style and a very enjoyable beer. Borderline sessionable, should have no problem knocking down this bomber.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With tunes of new and old singing loudly, its confused sound registers on the palate with unexpected medly as the hops of America's early beer culture mingle with newer versions, and then updating that taste on a toasty and darkened bed. The beer kinda oozes with rock 'n roll.

Jukebox-Hero is both juicy and earthen as tropical, citrus, perfume and char challenges the nose and provokes confusion. None of that's resolved since the eye sees something that's porter-dark with a slight mocha lace. But to taste, all that vibrancy of fruit is suspended while the tongue is greeted with toasty, roasty, caramelized sweetness.

And once the medley of malt lays down its foundation of burnt toast, light char, caramel and chocolate, that sensibly is unseated with something sinister of IPA- grapefruit, pineapple and dried orange peel provide suggestions of acidity to complement sweetness of malt and to balance the toast. Finish flavors are faintly coffee-like with a treacle of cocoa and with a citrus peel rebuttal.

Medium bodied throughout, the ale constantly strives for dryness, but the toasted sweetness persists and resist a complete malt fade. The ale remains supported well though remains hop-forward and creates the struggle that dark IPA promote. Where one sees balance, the other sees conflict- and its that curiosity that makes me think that this beer wins out- save for those garlic-rich steaks or prosciutto wrapped asparagus.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I bought five different Revolutions on Thursday and this is the only one that was new to me. It is the best of the buch too.

It is beautiful. Black, opaque and a perfect head - - more like a stout head. The aroma is hoppy and malty too, and sweet.

The taste is a nice bitter, roasty, hoppy over the top, yet balanced taste. The malts are well represented. The whole thing wroks and give the impression of a complete and satisfying experience.

This is one I will try to get once more before they are gone for the year, but I may have gotten the last one. I wonder if it is hoppier when fresher.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and deep brown with ruby highlights and a tan head that leaves lots of lacing.
The aroma is a heady mix of chocolate, spice and pine
Taste is lead by chocolate with some spice followed by the pine and a hint of citrus. A lingering bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, almost creamy yet with a carbonation tickle.
Interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown nearly black in color with deep mahogany hues. Head is tan in color and creamy in constancy

Smell is great, pine and citrus hops forward with some nice chocolate malt and toasty cracker like malt.

Taste follows the nose with some rich roasted malt and a big piney hop oil presence with a medium bitterness. Some hints of smokey malt also come through nicely in the mid section. More hop oils and resin in the finish with a herbal and char bitterness

Mouthfeel is good, on the thicker side with a good amount of roasted malt and lots if hop oils.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

really solid black ipa.. good nose and color.. taste is smooth with good hop presence and malt backbone..really drinkable for 7.5%.. recommended for a shelf beer when it is out for sure

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Photo of patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured black with an expected off-white head.
S - Hoppy with strong roast malt.
T - Chocolate with some pine and citrus with other undetermined hops.
M - Medium body with a bit of a carbonated cream finish.
O - A good mix thats hard to explain without tasting.

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Jukebox-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.