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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 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 superspak
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, toast, light chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops with a light roasted malt presence; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, toast, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, toast, chocolate, cocoa, roast, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops with moderate roasted malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. All around great complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate roasted malt balance; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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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 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 biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jukebox-Hero is dark like dusk - not black, it has dwindling, fading colours and still some limited visibility. What tops the beer is either an ultra foamy head or a posturepedic mattress... tough to say. Nevermind a rock star, this thing is built like an athlete: it looks brawny, burly, in great shape.

Lovers of all styles of beer have a great deal to thank the Pacific Northwest for. Not only does this region produce some of the most characterful hops but it was also at the forefront of pioneering homebrewing, microbrewing, and brewpub movements. As it happens, it is also credited as the home of one of the most multifaceted styles: the Black IPA (or 'Cascadian Dark Ale').

Few other offerings are able to feature such intense and intricate profiles of *both* malts and hops; resiny, citric bitterness is just as much at home as roasted, burnt grain bitterness. Indeed, this particular example combines a smorgasbord of flavours that spans the spectrum from semi-dark and milk chocolate to creamed coffee to grapefruit flesh to pine needle to lemon meringue.

And Jukebox-Hero is one beer that gives up these treasures easily, quickly, and without fuss. It doesn't taste remotely as strong as it's supposed to (7.5% alcohol and 75 IBU) and those flavours require no chasing. Heck, this one is easy drinking overall; there's enough vanilla creaminess, fresh mint and silky chocolate notes that any piny, herbal bitterness is turned approachable.

Is any one beer going to taste perfect for every one person that drinks it? Of course not. That's an insane notion. But do I believe that this layered, easily quaffed, and blemish-free Black IPA could appease more people than any other? Absolutely. Jukebox-Hero is a beer that includes everything in the mix and drinks in a stylish yet sophisticated manner that's welcoming to all.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, date stamped 12/18/2015
A - huge bubbly, tan head holds excellent retention atop a deep brown colored ale
S - black malt mixed with juicy and piny hops
T - dark malts mix well with the bold hops; roasted barley, chocolate, juicy & piny hops, background roasted coffee and caramel
M - sticky hops coat the palate, medium bodied, bitter pine and roasted barley linger on the dry finish
O - very well put together American Black Ale. Glad I finally got to try it with the new, more affordable canned format. I'll buy this again for sure.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 facundoCNB
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown / black in color with 2 fingers of head, slow dissipation and great lacing. Smells of roasted grains, coffee, and tangy citrus/pine coming from the hops. The flavor is nicely balanced.. A lot of grapefruit from the hops, as Chocolatey sweetness from the malt. A bit strange at first but works perfectly together. This is the most citrusy of all black ipa's I've had.
Medium in body and silky smooth.. Modest carbonation.
A really good black ipa.. For fans of citrusy ipa.. And stouts!

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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 GOBLIN
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color with a huge khaki colored head resting atop of the beer. Looks almost like a stout.

Very hoppy aroma. Piney, resiny hops, with a slight hint of vanilla buried deep in there somewhere.

The flavor is hoppy up front, with a strong roasted chocolate malt finish. Really, this is quite an impressive beer. Citrusy, bitter hops quickly give way to a roasty flavor, creating a juicy burst of goodness in your mouth.

This is awesome stuff!

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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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Jukebox-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
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