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Workingman - Revolution Brewing Company

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Workingman
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BA SCORE
86
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
English luncheon beer with toffee and caramel notes. Low in alcohol, high in flavor.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-04-2010)
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-17-2012 03:15:45 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Revolution.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a nice off-white to tan head with moderate retention and a nice cap as it falls. The nose brings forward a good dose of roasted malt. Also there is a bit of coffee and mild chocolate. The flavor is a bit more robust than the nose with all components being a bit more pronounced. Some mild bitterness along with the roast in the finish. Light body and really nice drinkability. Certainly a powerful session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 00:50:02 | More by Thorpe429
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-10-2013 00:31:12 | More by spycow
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to taiyed for acquiring and sharing this growler!

Been lookin' for a nice [true] session ale lately. This one pours a lovely clear smokey topaz/garnet topped by a finger of sandy oatmeal foam. The nose comprises light toffee, grass, flowers, and a pinch of brown sugar. The taste happily brings in more of the same, along with a bit of calcium, but in a good way (put it this way: normally, a taste of hard water does not help the beer any (generally it's a detriment), but it seems to augment things here). The body is a sorta hefty-seeming light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather fluid feel. Overall, a very nice, easy-drinkin' brew, something I can easily see myself downing over a nice, long afternoon at the brewpub.

Serving type: growler

03-09-2011 21:01:44 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a cask pint on my first visit to Revolution.

Dark russet shade of brown that had a copper red glint in the light. The clarity was nice, and the head stuck around, leaving random flecks of lacing.

Aromas of musty malt, apple orchard, fairly restrained but pleasant.

Soft apple flavors with a vaguely woody must, mild toasted caramel malts on the back end with a light and pleasant bitterness in the finish. The cask rendered it smooth and supple, extremely low carb, yet a session ale in the truest sense.

As a "Workingman", I heartily endorse this Mild ale, blue collar, white collar, or no collar. Looking forward to drinking this again for lunch at Revolution...

edit: Make sure you get a full pint, the 2nd time I had this, it was short poured with 3" of foam.

Serving type: cask

02-04-2010 19:19:05 | More by emerge077
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On hand-pump at the brewpub. Served in a pint glass.

A - Transparent mahogany brown with nice cherry highlights. Two fingers of persistent light tan foam that leaves behind plenty of lace and a thick cap.

S - Treacle, spiced toffee, a touch of earthiness, a bit of noble hop bite. Not the biggest nose here.

T - Taste has a little more overt caramel sweetness. Finishes slightly nutty and bitter. It's not very complicated, but it's plenty flavorful for a 3.5% brew.

M - Soft, slight gritty body, and low (duh...) carbonation. Finishes with some dryness as well as a touch of residual sugar.

D - This is pretty easy drinkin'. If I were in a particularly English mood I could probably go with this one all through a good football (or even cricket) match.

Serving type: cask

07-31-2010 03:08:59 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided by Thorpe at his inaugural brew day, thanks Mike. From the source in Chicagoland. Poured into a shaker pint. This beer is currently the #1 English Dark Mild ale, a largely ignored style.

Beer is brown with a decent head (especially for a growler!) of off white medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Beer is moderate to light in carbonation. Fun.

Beer has this toffee / roasty malt aroma to it, overall the aroma is a little light but it's pretty much exactly what I expected.

Beer is thin in body (expected) but not dry in the finish. It has a roasty bitterness at the end that is nice because it does not approach something that is really bitter like coffee or too much hops. There is a mild lead off of sweetness at the beginning and finishes nicely as well. I seriously could drink this all day long.

Serving type: growler

01-03-2011 19:39:56 | More by drabmuh
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a pretty dense warm brown body with a garnet glow at the base and a thin creamy head of light tan. There are a few bubbles of gentle carbonation that glide up the side of the glass.
S- The roasted coffee malt notes are dark but not bitter with some black malt aromas that are not really chocolaty but more of a dark biscuit note underneath.
T- The light coffee malt and dark roasted note has a dark dry toffee quality underneath and a finish of dry spicy with a gentle roasted note that lingers for a moment.
M- The light mouthfeel has a tight little fizz finish.
D- This beer has a lot of nice schwarztbier qualities with good roasted characters and pretty clean with no real yeast characters, but still delicious and drinks very quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 19:52:00 | More by rhoadsrage
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429 and Amyliz4. Thanks Mike and Amy! This kicked off a nice day of brewing.

A: Toffee brown color with orange highlights and a half inch of light tan head. The head had good retention and left some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is fairly weak, with some subtle hints of toffee and malt in the English style.

T: The beer is very tasty and flavorful, with enjoyable light roast and a very mild bitterness. The beer is just ever so slightly sweet. This is a really well done brew. Workingman is my first experience with English dark mild ale, so I have no other point(s) of reference, but this seems like a great genre of beer that I will be returning to as soon as possible.

M: Light, thin body, which comes as no surprise with a 3.5% alcohol session beer.

D: Very drinkable. I could throw back several pints of this pretty easily.

Serving type: growler

01-04-2011 02:29:47 | More by Huhzubendah
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-16-2013 04:12:04 | More by brandoman63
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer pours a clear light brown with a off white/tan head that rises a couple fingers, good retention and lacing.

The aroma bursts with tons of sweetness. There is caramel, toffee, mixed with a little toastiness.

The taste is pretty much spot on with the aroma, lots of sweet toffee notes with a toasted finish. Its a little too sweet for me and its got a slight alcohol taste to me, which is surprising giving the abv.

The biggest problem with this beer is the feel, super light.

Drinkability is ok, a little too sweet for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 20:42:09 | More by jrallen34
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown beer with an off-white head that faded to a decent cap. Some minor spots left on the sides.

S - Roasted malt, cocoa, little chocolate. Decent amount of roast, smells pretty good. Has some toffee and caramel, pretty full aroma for something with this low ABV.

T - Light roast, toffee, caramel, little bit of chocolate. Very solid.

M - Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - A nice session beer that is pretty fulfilling given the depth of flavor at 3.5%. Easy to drink, and worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 04:15:24 | More by AgentZero
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: arrives in a pint glass with a dark brown toffee color, dense tan bubbles form a 1 finger head, some streaky lacing

S: very mild toasted malts, bread, caramel, and a slight smokiness

T: Wow! Huge caramel and malt profile with an interplay between sweetness and toasted notes, notes of toffee and nuts, extremely tasty

MF: creamy and smooth with low carbonation, feels silky on palate

D: this beer is the definition of perfect drinkability. Bold malt profile with great balance, smooth and delicate mouthfeel, and low alcohol. This beer challenged my thought that low alcohol beers can't have robust flavors- this one most certainly has them!

Serving type: cask

03-22-2010 03:43:43 | More by homebrew311
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nickd717

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours clear dark brown with a small, lasting tan head.

Aroma is rather roasty with caramel, nuts, and floral hops.

Lots of flavor for the ABV, as the brewpub's description says. The flavor is roasty with chocolate, caramel, and earthy hops.

Pretty nice palate - a somewhat light body with a dry mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. A really solid mild ale overall. Great session beer, in any sense of the term.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 17:36:23 | More by nickd717
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-03-2013 19:33:41 | More by thewimperoo
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Sparky44

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-26-2013 02:01:38 | More by Sparky44
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jegross2

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-06-2013 23:44:42 | More by jegross2
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cadaugherty

Illinois

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-15-2011 17:06:37 | More by cadaugherty
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of Dunt on BA. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a dark clear brownish color with the slightest tinge of red. Starts with a 1-2 finger head of tan that quickly settles out to form a collar around the glass. The nose has notes of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate all pretty subtle. Some slight lace left on the glass. Medium/light mouthfeel. A very easy drinking beer with light notes of coffee, caramel, and roast. Not as flavorful as I was holing for but a nice drinker nonetheless.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2011 19:52:47 | More by kbutler1
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ystazi

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-13-2014 01:17:18 | More by ystazi
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-02-2013 21:39:20 | More by bismarksays
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-31-2012 19:59:05 | More by BeerOps
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-12-2014 18:53:12 | More by robwestcott
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the ale has a rootbeer mahogany hue and was served with a good head

aromas are dark and occasionally dry but hardly astringent

the ale has excellent nutty flavors (at least as you would find them in a beer--i think one would struggle to locate a nut that tastes like this "nutty") with a touch of pumpernickel crust as well. bitterness is restrained, functional. the malt profile and body are tame in the perfectly sessionable mild way--ideal for downing dozens

simple is the name of the game

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 01:12:46 | More by bruachan
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sbricker

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-18-2012 02:17:46 | More by sbricker
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Workingman from Revolution Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.