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Anti-Hero IPA - Revolution Brewing Company

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Anti-Hero IPAAnti-Hero IPA

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2,275 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,275
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 168
Gots: 498 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-04-2010

An American hop assault for all the ambivalent warriors who get the girl in the end. “Look, I ain't in this for your revolution, and I'm not in it for you, Princess.” This iconic ale features a blend of four hop varieties which creates a crisp bitterness and imparts massive floral and citrus aromas.

70 IBU
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Photo of hail_seitan
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into tulip glass

A - A vibrant golden body and thick, foamy white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Tropical pineapple, fresh flowers, grapefruit rind, and lemon.

T - Pineapple and citrus hop flavors dominate from the get-go. Then, a rush of sugar cookie malt sweetness. The finish is mildly bitter with cloying sweetness lingering on the tongue.

M - a fairly hefty body gives the beer a creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O - The hop aromas and flavors are superb and inviting. However, the overly saccharine malt just overwhelms the tasting. A drier finish could make this an epic beer.

Photo of Dnayew
3.14/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Was honestly disappointed by this IPA. Very overrated as people in Chicago go NUTS over it. Very average IPA over-hyped by silly ChiTown beer drinkers.

Photo of mattcrill
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Floral hop aroma up front with a light and pleasant citrus character. Hints of orange and lemon and a hint of pine. Fermentation character is clean with all the trappings of a hopped up American IPA.

Appearance: Deep copper pour with a medium white head that retains well. Appears still in the glass. Lacings cling to the glass.

Flavor: Big floral and citric hop punch up front. Just a hint of caramel sweetness that is quickly subdued by the big citrus hop flavor and bitterness. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. A hint of hop derived astringency and just a touch of alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Immensely drinkable and loaded with tons of hop character. I love this beer. Great example of the style.

Photo of tectactoe
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extra from MCain04 - I've heard some good things about Revolution, so needless to say, I was excited to try this. Plus, can. Awesome. Pours a mostly cloudy, orange-crusted amber color with an eggshell cap that only grows to about a half-inch even after an aggressive pour. Lacing is minimal and pretty spotty, with only a few traces near the top of the glass.

Anti Hero has a largely floral nose; very perfumey, like leaves or flower pedals. Some gentle grapefruit thrusts about in the background, combining for a sweet, grassy, hop and fruit combination. If I had to guess, I'd say this was loaded with Centennial hops - the nose reminds me just a bit of a hometown favorite, Two Hearted. The hop assault is held up nicely by some solid, malty pillars; biscuits, butter, with just the slightest touch of caramel. I haven't taken a sip yet, but the aroma just screams "well-rounded".

My suspicions are confirmed shortly after taking my first sip - a very balanced attack of hops and malt that follows the nose quite closely. A good bit of grapefruit hits up front, backed-up by a brilliant floral and rosey hop profile. This thing tastes like grapefruit perfume. Little bits of pine squeeze their head into the very back end; wet and grassy with the smallest hint of white pepper. I might be getting some tangerine with the grapefruit as well, though maybe I'm just imagining that.

The malt stands up admirably to the attack of hops without buckling or backing down. Biscuits, crackers, bread, butter, and a small mention of toasted caramel malt. The light, injected sweetness couples perfectly with the brash hop bitterness to create a magnificent balance all-around. Finish is dry and full of a musky, faded floral essence. Medium bodied with carbonation that seemed a bit low for an IPA, although it didn't really hinder the experience at all. Slick, oily, and wet on the palate.

Absolutely no idea why, but I was expecting this to be a citrus bomb. It wasn't at all, rather it was an excellent display of how a superbly balanced IPA can be just as good as the ones that are thrown out of kilter with Citra hops. Reminds me quite a bit of Two Hearted in terms of hopping profile. Genuinely enjoyed this one and I'd like to have some more if it ever made its way to Michigan.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a can into a shaker pint.
A lovely golden-orange with a three-finger, fomay head from an aggressive pour. The head dissipates to scattered foam and some lacing at the top of the glass.
Wonderful aroma, lots of pine resin and citrus with a hint of pineapple and candied orange.
The taste is really good. Resinous pine and grapefruit pith, some orange and a surprisingly mild but dry and lingering bitter note.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky with, perhaps, a bit more than average carbonation.
Overall, I really enjoy this beer. A nice take on an IPA.

Photo of thaghost
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a teku

Appearance - Fairly hazy golden orange color. About one-finger creamy head.

Smell -Cannot smell much of the hops. Picked up several fruit flavors.

Taste - Right amount of hops with the grain and sugar taste. Also picked up the grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation lingers for a bit, fairly heavy on the tongue, delicious nonetheless.

Overall - I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Not too hoppy like many IPAs, which for me, allowed me to pick up some more of the fruit and sugar tastes. However, a little too carbonated for me. Overall though, a solid IPA, especially out of a can.

Serving type: can

Photo of GOBLIN
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Revolution Anti-Hero

The Commie Hop General . . . I can't take my eyes off of him

On tap, from can and poured into pint glass as well

A: Nice look to it. How a good ipa always looks. It has that glow.

S: Citrus notes, lot's of them and well, hops.

T: Yummy, very tasty and an easy drinker. A nice malty backbone that adds to the drinkabiliy

M: Maybe a bit thin I don't mind a bit. Light on the carbination. Could be more . . . Oh well

O: One of my favorites because it's just so drinkable. Smooth, low on the abv and enough hop flavor to bring you back. A must for the golf course!

Photo of Libationguy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amber with white rocky head that has a medium- retention.

Beautiful nose. Clean and pure with new world hops out front and fully on display. Citrus, fresh pine needles and a very light resin note in support. White flowers and a fresh feel to nose nose give the hops both backing and credability.

Clean and crisp with a nice weight to the mouthfeel. Not heavy, but not thin or watery. The alcohol is in balance, the malt plays a nice supporting role and the beer is beautifully attenuated. Bitterness is well balanced in the beer. Super drinkable.

If you are the beer drinker that approaches hops the way some people approach hot sauce: how insane can I handle; this is not the beer for you. If on the other hand, you are a person who enjoys hops when displayed in an artful fashion and you enjoy new world hop flavors, find a way to drink this beer! You will not be disappointed.

Cheers Revolution Brewery on a job well done!

Photo of whoneeds8
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up on my recent trip to Chicago.

Poured into a Samuel Adams glass a transparent burnt yellow with a two finger head. Good head retention and lacing. My nose is bad, but I detect a hop presence in the scent. The taste is is a well balanced hop variety and fairly strong for a regular AIPA. I little more on the piney hop than the floural hop, but none the less very nice. Mouthfeel is a little smaller than medium bodied making this a very sessionable AIPA.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one got me from the first sight of the can, the Hop Head commander with the paratrooping hops really made me want to try some. Pours a crystal clear copper color with large bubble creamy off white head. Nose is a raw assault of hops, green fresh, mango, passionfruit, grapefruit it's all in there this smells of hop bomb status. Waves of bitter hops come across the palate, with fruit citrus, mango tropical tones and pine herbal bitter notes I love the mix of hops, ample sweetness balances out the beer. One hoppy ass beer, in a can it holds up nicely fresh hops were packed in properly to allow for minimal air and light exposure leading to really fresh tasting hops. Malts give off a mango juicy finish with the assault of hops that the beer offers at the end I paired it with an H. Upmann Legacy petite corona beautiful smoke attributes leading to a great cigar/beer combo. Medium bodied ale with an oily resinous texture, well carried out carbonation levels it doesn't get much better than this. Great mouthpuckering bitterness balanced with hop flavor and malt sweetness it's a beautiful hop bomb of a canned beer, I will seek more out.

Photo of timontheroad
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 2/2/15. Hazy copper color, nice head and lacing. Aroma was pretty light with a bit of citrus and sweet bready malt. The taste had some nice citrus flavors and a decent malt backbone. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, I thought it was just OK - not that special.

Photo of JuniperJesus
2.83/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Walking back to your Bridgeport flat at night; gripping your church key for the twit who tries to make off with the seventeen dollars in your pocket; you can’t help but reluctantly notice the city’s new cohort of young trollops multiplying across your back alley and front step alike. No corner goes unadorned as they mount themselves to the chipped, green primer on the avenues’ lampposts and entice you with their slim figures borne of a steady diet comprised of apricot flavored cigarettes and White Castle sliders. You’re headed home, but weren’t expecting to now. The boss told you to take a vacation - probably forever. Her immaturity, dim-wits, and newly purchased fishnets go hand-in-hand, so you invite her in. She calls you daddy, so you scold her and tell her to shut up. Nothing fits her right. The AquaNet hairspray she applied this afternoon as she rolled out of bed at 3:30pm has now cracked; flaking like the white stain on her black, loosely ill-fitting B-cup brassiere - thanks to genetics, she got at least two “A”s in her life. She needs a place to stay: you only have seventeen dollars, minus the amount you were planning on spending for dinner at the Bucky’s gas station. Again, she’s thin, rail thin; she would look fuller if she didn’t immerse herself in Tropical Agent Orange spray tan, which is nothing more than not-so-cleverly disguised Kool-Aid concentrate; sailors call it bug juice. Despite your efforts to engage her with offers of hand-rolled clove beedis and a tipple of Rittenhouse Rye, she immediately goes flat and reveals her insipid personality. The remnant aroma of what she smoked and ate last night had more character than the hoax of her projected imagination, which was nothing more than repeating punch lines from sitcoms and laughing first every time. With each sip, you wished she at least had the bubbly demeanor of a neophyte, but she bypassed the best part in favor of a feigned bitterness that faded as she lost interest. You follow suit upon finishing, but quickly realize you’ve committed for the remainder of the week; she’s staying five more days. You’ve been had, friend; you probably could have done a better job yourself. Look on the bright side; at least your dinner at Bucky’s exceeded your expectations: you still have your seventeen dollars and they carry Sculpin IPA in the icebox now.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)

A- Just a touch of haze sets off this golden yellow body with a thin white film that last a good long bit. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- A nice green earthy hops is fresh growing a bit as it warms but still stays pretty mellow.

T- The green hops are slightly dry with some softer fruity hop notes coming through. A pine hop note comes through in the finish. There is a soft hop pungency that lingers but no real hop bitterness.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a very drinkable IPA that goes down fast and quick. The hops are easy going but there is a nice depth and flavor to them without any big bitterness.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can this beer pours crystal clear and amber yellow. It's not the color that bothers me its the large spongy almost sudsy head that doesn't last very long. The carbonation also looks weak and that's not a good sign.

The nose is a step in such a better direction. Heavy handed hop scent that sets the tone of this beer profile. Pine, tropical fruits and a smooth malty backbone. A very welcome nose on this IPA.

Taste delivers just like the nose with gobs of hop fresh hop flavors and solid malts balancing out the experience. Like the nose there is some citrus and mild pine but the hops diminish to a tea like flavor and a sweet cereal finish. Very tasty and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is solid but could use a touch more carbonation to add to the overal package. It seems a bit flat despite the excellent flavor and scent. This is a great brew and worth checking out especially in cans.

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Anti-Hero pours from the can a nice, deep coppery sort of orange color with a thick haze to it. An off-white head develops well, showing good retention after reaching about a finger in height and leaving patchy lacing in good quantity on the glass.
There's a good balance to this nicely hoppy beer, as citrus and raw piney notes meld with the inherent sweetness of caramel malts. The citrus follows through all the way and is also underneath as an element of sweetness as well as bitterness. In the nose particularly, it goes a bit herbal toward the end. Citrus pulls it out even more strongly in the flavor, with some of the malty sweetness foregone for a more bready and dry taste. It goes leafy but retains the juiciness in the hops component. The lingering finish is bitter and goes more leafy, herbal and a bit raw (in a good way).
The bitterness pulls this one toward dry, and the sweetness in the body doesn't quite pull away from that. It's got a solid medium heft, but goes a little too heavy to present everything cleanly. It has good smoothness to it , and the crisp bite is sustained in every sip.

Photo of joeseppy
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltic amber pour with dense off white head.

Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon Pledge, sugar and piney. Nice aromatic bouquet.

Delightful balance of malt and hop. Dank and catty In the middle and piney resin in the back. Rather a safe attempt ie. missing some pizzaz or sparkle.

Light to medium bodied leaning towards accentuating malt. Some slickness.

Overall a solid IPA. I believe it needs more a fruit flavor approach and less malt. The nose is great and then I'm expecting the taste to follow and it don't happen. About as fresh as can be and it's local so why the hell not. Good backyard BBQ quaff that wouldn't offend say the BMC locals.

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great full aroma IPA. The great can design sucked me in, the great hoppy taste will bring me back again. I'll be sure to sample another beer from these folks soon.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a nice clear, copper color with a nice thick, white head.
Smells sweet, some citrus notes, very fruity. I picked up on some floral aroma as well.
Immediately taste some malty sweetness with a nice smooth finish. Little to no bitterness. Hint of citrus flavors in the aftertaste.
Very mild carbonation.
Very good IPA, I was very lucky to pick up a 6 pack.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 6/16 into pint glass

*Full disclosure. I lived in Chicago for 10 years and started loving craft beers while Revolution was growing up. I may be a bit of a "homer" on this one.

A- Pale gold. Clean filtered. Slight head that recededs quickly. Minimal lacing
S- Hop forward. Citrus & pine resin
T- Piney hops, but not over powering. Great citrus taste near the end. Finishing with that slightly bitter hops.
M- Smooth and very drinkable.

O- Love this IPA. Clean and crisp. Straight foward IPA goodness.

Photo of tdm168
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - bright orange with a tall, off white head that has short retention but leaves nice lacing

S - big grapefruit aromas with some faint floral notes as well

T - bready malt, some faint sugary sweetness, big grapefruit notes, mildly piney, moderate bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a great IPA. The hops aren't over the top so it's easy to drink without destroying your palate. The balance here is fantastic with just a slight sweetness to cut the mild bitterness. The grapefruit presence is a fantastic feature. Overall, a great IPA that is definitely worth checking out.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden with ok lacing. Very thick as well. Good foam.

Smell: Light metallic floral scent. Balanced citrus and pine as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent balance of slightly fruity caramel with pine, lemon, and orange rind hops. Mouthfeel is quite thin, however, especially in the finish.

Overall Drinkability: A good IPA.

Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Very nice aromatic and flavoring hops, leaning toward citrus and pine. Sadly, this can was stale; didn't render it undrinkable, but I'm sure it was nowhere near as great as it should have been. Should also be well within a reasonable enjoy by date, as well, so that's got to cost it.

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

What strikes me first when drinking this IPA is it's freshness. It's really tastes like it was made yesterday. Crisp, hoppy, balanced and delicious.

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at the brewpub

appearance: served in a tulip - bright orange body, rather clear, nice bubbly beige head

smell: well hopped - floral and pungent, strong citrus, fresh and green

taste: Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade hops in this one. very floral/pungent with a bright, fresh citrus core. sweet citrus, peach, lightly toasted malt. nice ipa - worth the visit

mouthfeel: fresh and hoppy, moderate-high bitterness

drinkability: good

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the chance to try the Anti Hero at the Haymarket Brewery. The beer pours a light amber with a white head. A lighter beer for an IPA, but the taste is very clean and balanced. The hoppyness is crisp and fresh, but does not sit in your mouth like some IPAs. Overall a very solid IPA that I would drink again and again.

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Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,275 ratings.