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Anti-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company


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Ratings: 1185
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-04-2010)
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Photo of Bernardkowalski

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most Defiantly one of my go too beers, Especially sense it is year round and if you can't find it on tap anywhere, at least you know someone will have it in cans.

A: Has such a beautiful gold body, almost could not ask for a better gold color. light cream head which tends to linger around it's circumference of the glass even while still. steady liveliness too it, carbonation seems to never stop.

S: Weak sweet citrus smell, does not hurt the nose what so ever.

T: Absolutely fits its character as an IPA, Ingredients seem to be balanced just right to not leave any sort of bitter aftertaste. Can't really say it's not bitter only because you should expect that in all APA's or IPA's. no over dominating characters.

M: Beer is not flat at all, i would have to say its more of a light and bubbly style in its self. Very smooth, has a fitting body for its style, no where close to a heavy body, yet far from light.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 23:18:41 | More by Bernardkowalski
Photo of im_allen

4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I get a real "gumball head" feeling here (thats a good thing). When poured from the tap it had the color one would expect from this type of beer. I happened to enjoy the smell, reminded me of summer even while enjoying this beer in an air conditioned bar. For my first taste ever of this brew, I would let my friends in on this secret...its good. Drink it. At 6.5% its a great beer to start and/or end your night. Cheers

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 04:53:43 | More by im_allen
Photo of shacawgo24


4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Murky orange. Amber. Bright flame when held to light. Silver starry head that decapitates quickly, leaving showers of falling stars to streak, cling and sparkle on glass.

S-Pine. Like you're walking in a forest. Fresh squeezed citrus. Tangerine. Damp grass. Dish soap. One of the better pine smells I've encountered. The forest bouquet takes root in your nose and blossoms.

T-Pine Pine Pine! Hops Hops Hops!. More pine, like actual pine oil lubricating your buds. Soothing malt backbone. Honey. Bitter orange marmalade. Chamomile. Grass. Grapefruit. Resin. Initially bitter. Sour finish. As it warmed I detected peach notes.

M-Noteworthy medium body. Not the thickest nor thinnest. A bit chewy, but still fluid. Spritz-y carbonation that lasts even when the head is dead.

O-I feel spoiled at how easily available this soon to sweep the nation brew is! Quality beer will always be out there. If we support it. A great brew for any occasion. Relax with it, session it, chug it, it all works out. Easily top ten IPA's this should be for any good beer drinker.

Serving type: can

07-04-2013 01:41:22 | More by shacawgo24
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanx YogiBeer for another spectacular beer!

In a pint glass:

A: clear light golden color body, a half finger white foamy head appears and lasts for at least a half of the consummation of the beer. Some nice clingy foamy lacing graces the sides of the pint glass.

S: citrus and light hops up front with a decent malt profile backing it up ever so slightly.

T: previously mentioned flavors to combine a nice blended bittersweetness that is awesome

M: light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, weird for an American IPA, but I'm not complaining, different I will say, really smooth is perhaps a better way of saying it. I'd say this is very sessionable. It leaves a dry yet sticky aftertaste and finish.

O: I like this one and am eventually looking forward to trying more from Revolution. This is very good for its style and very good to me.

Serving type: can

02-10-2013 16:06:08 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of 312HopBomb


4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A pour into my Estes Park pint glass produces a beautiful honey colored beer that is clear honey hue with tons of chunky foam that slowly recedes leaving lots of lacing.

Intense hop aroma with citrusy grapefruit and light malt. Mouthwatering results with each sniff!

The taste is a continuation of the aroma with waves of juicy grapefruit hop taste and a great malt backbone. The balance leans toward a hop focus which is good as the hop flavor is nearly unsurpassed. The malty background has a sweet honey taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with near perfect carbonation.

Anti-Hero is one of my go-to IPA's. World -class hop juice from Revolution Brewing. I really have to visit this place to try some beer/food pairings.

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 23:36:01 | More by 312HopBomb
Photo of Khazadum


4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The lacing is perfect. I love love love it. Great clear body. Amber body, medium retention on lacing.

Smells so citrus, nice light grassy pine background, a little sharp herbal nature. Blended well but always strong. There is so much hops but initially it was more citrus than anything that it was a mild APA

Big citrus burst, orange, grape zest, middle is biscuit, and finishes out grassy hops. Subtle, simple, and dry finish with a light bitter.

Full bodied but smooth, light but bright. It's a fight to be opposites and blended as one. Amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 22:50:48 | More by Khazadum
Photo of YeastWrangler88


4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass from a 12oz can:

Appearence: very nice, pale malt, with a slight amber color, just how a true IPA should be, not amber, but PALE.

Aroma: to put it simple, its amazing, i get a bunch of citrus with a lingering spicy almost black pepper with some pine, but citrus dominated. Simply a beautiful smell, one of the best smelling IPAs ive ever smelled.

Flavor: hops from begining to end, citrus, again, is dominent, i do get a spicy earthy hop flavor as well, perfectly balanced by sweet lightly toasted malt, almost like a sweet bread. Very well balanced beer right here, finishes slightly dry, while still leaving some mouth feel.

Overall: a world class beer, i dont say that very often, but this one truly is. A great example of a west coast american IPA. I would reccomend this if youre in the market for a true IPA that is NOT overwhelmed with crystal and carmal malts that i feel fight with the hops that we all love in a good IPA, instead, this is pale malt dominated, and it works beautifully. Good job Revolution!

Serving type: can

11-18-2012 01:30:18 | More by YeastWrangler88
Photo of atomic


4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into Unibroue Tulip

A: All beer is beautiful to me

S: Actually not a lot of aroma to this one. What I do smell is all floral and citrus.

T: Only one way to describe it and thats JUICY. Where it lacks in smell, it makes up for in flavor. Explosion of grapefruit followed by a very slight but noticeable hop bitterness.

M: A little bit thicker than you'd expect it to be. No complaints though.

Overall this is quickly becoming one of my favorite local beers. Its everything you'd want from an IPA, without being too bitter that it ruins your palate. I was shocked when my girlfriend, for whom every other IPA has turned her face inside out, exclaimed "OOOooo" after having some Anti-hero. This is the one folks, if you're still not sold on hops, if you're still sensitive to the bitterness, this is the one to try. I should mention that its deceptively easy drinking; in the time it took to type this out, I've nearly finished my glass.

Serving type: can

02-22-2013 09:18:36 | More by atomic
Photo of Ryan_Graham


4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light brown with a two to three finger head. Orangey and light to the nose. The taste is smooth at first impact and finishes with a buttery sweet aftertaste. The orangey flavors work well to counter-balance the booziness. It is on the lighter side, as far as IPA's are concerned, but it still possesses enough body to be considered one. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. It might benefit from a bit more complexity taste-wise, but at its reasonable price, I'm not complaining.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 00:11:34 | More by Ryan_Graham
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks for bringing the can up Sweemzander!

A - The crack of the can and subsequent, forceful glug into the pint creates a monsterous off-white head that maintains itself incredibly well above the clear goldenrod beer. Sheet after sheet of thick lace remains plastered to the inside of the pint!

S - Beneath the explosive aroma of freshly cut grapefruit and equally fresh pineapple lies a coating of pine sap resin with bitter implications. Sweet nuances break through with a touch of caramel and cantaloupe while dry pale malts add a bit of graininess. Take a deep whiff of this beer and you'll receive a faint sharpness in your nostrils from the CO2.

T - The first sip gives pause to reflect as the flavor is no where near as strong and potent as the aroma, though it's no discouraging factor. Instead, the flavor carefully balances the powerful hops' pineapple, grapefruit, and pine resin with a taller malt involvement of trace pilsner sweetness, pale grains, and faint Vienna toast.

M - Incredible balance comes from this can, really creating a wonderful drinking experience. Medium-light bodied, there's no feel of heft or that it's filling and the bitter, dry finish doesn't attack the taste buds. It amounts to a quenching brew, really.

O - A hop-head's dream, Anti-Hero IPA carefully applies hops in many different aspects for a full, aromatic presence, delicious flavor, and nicely bitter finish. This is a beer I want another pint of immediately after this one is gone, and it's gone rather quickly.

Serving type: can

11-09-2012 23:58:40 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Jparker37


4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a nonic pint.

A - Light golden in color that has a slight orange tint. Medium sized pillowy white head falls to a small cap. Great clarity and leaving a small bit of lacing.

S - Distinct pine aroma. Tropical with a big peach quality. Bright and floral. About the freshest beer I've smelt.

T - Very early bitterness to this beer which is quite pleasant. Mild toasty malt gives a little bit of sweetness midway. Hop flavor is bright and citrusy then finishes with more pine. Modest bitterness cleans up well.

M - Medium to medium-light body, medium-light carbonation, dry.

O - Very impressed with this brew. Wonderful fresh aroma with a new and unique tropical aroma better than I've seen done yet. Flavor showcases bitterness early and makes for the most drinkable IPA. Body is on the light end but the rest of the feel is perfect. I would love to be able to get more of this and sincerely recommend this beer to all.

Serving type: can

05-01-2013 01:23:55 | More by Jparker37
Photo of HawkD


4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the perfect example of an americian ipa. Purchased a six pack of cans. Served in a New Belgium tulip. Appearance is great straw light golden. Pours with a great head with a nice lasting lacing. Smell is citrus, pine, pure heaven. Taste is well balanced. Hops balance malt and vice versa. This is my go-to beer. Great job Revolution. Chicago finally has a brewery to be proud of.

Serving type: can

12-23-2012 00:58:27 | More by HawkD
Photo of Kegatron


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Revolution Brewing Company (Chicago, IL) on 8/7/10. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a brilliant looking crystal clear copper, topped with a cap of off-white foamy head. This maintains a great foamy richness to it, which leaves sticky rings of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral, spicy, piney, and citric, with more bitter grapefruit notes being balanced out with sweeter tropical ones. Bready smelling caramel character also adds a good deal of sweetness to the nose as well. Man, the hops just have an awesome smelling full feeling brightness to them that I'm really digging.

The taste is biting and aggressive with up front with spice, grapefruit, and citrus peel, while notes of sharp earth and reins stretch out over the tongue. Those fruitier tropical character, grainy bread, and sweet toffee balance things out on the edges of the profile but mostly confine themselves to the background and allow the assertiveness of the hops to really do their thing here. The finish is just lashed by the hops, being deeply dry and biting with pine, spice, and bitter fruit all lingering for a good while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a great feeling sharp, yet still mellow, presence to the carbonation. Just an awesome amount of slickness to this that when coupled with no alcohol being detected at all, REALLY ramps up the overall drinkibility of this.

Full flavored, tremendously bright feeling, and hugely drinkable, this is probably of the best "house" IPAs that I've had in a while. The hop bill just really delivers here, with a profile that is equal parts sharp, mellow, fruity, and bitter all at once. Fantastic stuff overall and this was a great way to kick off our first visit here.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 16:37:31 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Libationguy


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

Serving type: can

12-24-2013 23:28:22 | More by Libationguy
Photo of Omnium


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with a finger of white foamy head, medium thin lacing.
S - Awesome aroma! Tons of lime, some peach, a little pineapple, some light hints of malt, orange, a little grass.
T - This thing has a great amount of lime flavor to it, lighter tropical notes in the background, pineapple being the most prominent, a nice semi-sweet paler malt base, a tad of crisp granny smith apple in the end.
M - Clean, crisp, medium feel.
O - This thing is outstanding. I wish I would have gotten more. This thing is bursting with flavor, its extremely balanced between malt and hops.

Serving type: can

02-17-2014 02:07:03 | More by Omnium
Photo of MetricOcean


4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Medium bodied beer that stands up to the hops. Wonderful aroma: all citrus and pine. Not in your face bitter, but a really good standard IPA. Clean, crisp, hoppy, satisfying. This is your 'session' IPA at 6.5%. This is your classic American beer. This is your Revolution. 88/100

Serving type: can

11-07-2013 01:36:16 | More by MetricOcean
Photo of TheLostGringo


4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a couple of Cans in a recent trade and was excited to give it a try.

A: Pours a light copper color with a 3 inch billowy head that I had be careful did not overflow the tulip glass I was drinking it out of, solid lacing throughout. 4.00

S: Big fruit aromas, perhaps the strongest tangerine, grapefruit, general fruitiness I have ever smelled in any beer. A slight resin aroma at the very end. 5.00

T: Follows the smell, juicy and fruity in the beginning with a nice hop bitterness to round things out, highly drinkable. 4.25

M: Just right, fills the mouth without being cloying or thin, just a bit sweet, goes down nice and smooth. 4.50

O: Extremely impressed and surprised at how good this was, really wish I could get this on a regular basis. 4.50

Serving type: can

05-15-2013 16:16:12 | More by TheLostGringo
Photo of jmarsh123


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange with a little white head.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruits. Ever so slight sweetness present from the malts.

Tastes very similar to the smell. Bright notes of citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruits are presence. Pretty hoppy throughout the palate.

Mouthfeel and carb are both in the same range as other IPA's.

This is really a great beer. Nothing very unique about it, but loads of good flavors and well crafted with my favorite hops.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 13:15:18 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of vinny21bal


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. I honestly think it is the best beer in the midwest for the price. I get a can of it for a $1.25! I mean come on. Huge hop notes, good alcohol which is not over the top like some of these beers coming out. The citrus is amazing on the nose. It is just a great refreshing beer that I think any IPA drinker would love. Again, being an IPA it needs to be fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 18:22:44 | More by vinny21bal
Photo of Wolfpack2005

North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Envelops for sending this one to me in a BIF.

A-Poured golden amber very minimal haze. Little head, minimal lacing.

S-A sharp sweetness upfront with citrus armored hops. Smells fresh.

T-Similar to the nose, a light toasty sweetness with a blend of citrus and medicinal tasting hops. Picking up a lot of orange flavor in the sweetness.

M-Medium-heavy body for the style and smooth mouthfeel. Lower carbonation.

O-Excellent brew. I wish I had easier access to this one. I could easily see this being my "go to" IPA. Reminds me a lot of Two Hearted.

Serving type: can

03-02-2013 02:18:49 | More by Wolfpack2005
Photo of raznug


4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Anti Hero pours a crystal clear deep golden color and is topped with a ¾” of white head that dissipates into a thin layer
Smell: The aroma of this beer is a tasty smelling blend of citrus and pine hops the has me really wanting to like this brew.
Taste: The flavor of this beer follows right in line with the aroma and has a tasty but not over powering blend of pine and citrus hops. I taste grassy hops and malt in the background to put it over the top for a good brew.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that is easy to drink with a good blend of hops and malt.

Serving type: can

03-16-2013 17:29:33 | More by raznug
Photo of tut2528


4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: awesome bright golden colored body, creates about 1 fingers worth of an off-white head.

S: huge immense grapefruit rocks the nostrils. i also pick up on piney hops, tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, some orange peel and a sweet sugary malt backbone. quite nice and very well balanced.

T: piney hops, grapefruit and other tropical fruits. there's a much more pronounced sugary malt/caramel backbone sweetness here and it balances beautifully with the hops and tropical fruits. i also pick up on a touch of biscuit here and even a slight touch of honey.

M: lighter bodied, nicely carbonated, leaves a slight honey character on the palate with a nice bitter hop profile bitterness.

O: terrific brew., great flavor profile that has an awesome balance. love the sweet characters and the bitter piney hops.

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 23:08:12 | More by tut2528
Photo of emerge077


4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two of these tonight with dinner, have to say it's a solid Chicago IPA. We got the rundown from the bartender: Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade varieties in this one.

Bright orange, high clarity, plenty of sticky lace in the tulip glass. The tulip seemed to concentrate the aroma, which was pungent and citrusy, bordering on tropical. Very clean and appealing, also resinous and packing a punch at the same time.

Flavors were dominated by citrus, with a finely balanced malt presence. Very green and resinous hops in the flavor, plenty of IBU's for those who crave bitterness. The name of the game here is balance though. It had a fullness, but was light enough to put back a couple. A growler would be no problem. Glad to see this IPA on the scene, it's a contender...

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 04:50:31 | More by emerge077
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful looking copper pour, clean with 2 fingers of frothy head (slow dissipation, excellent thick lacing). Aroma is simcoe all the way! Pungent hops, cat pee, pine, cedar.
Flavor is sweet up front, bready, caramel, and a nice raunchy hop profile.. Very well balanced.
Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation.
This is a very easy to drink ipa, modestly hopped though balanced out nicely by the sweet grain bill. Really enjoying the artwork on the can too!

Serving type: can

03-26-2014 23:38:24 | More by facundoCNB
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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first visit to Revolution, and I had time to have a few beers, the Eugene porter and this IPA.

Let me first just say that my expectations were not tremendously high, as they usually aren't for any brewpub on the new side.

This thing BLEW ME AWAY.

Appearance: It looks beautiful. There's no other way to say it; in a tulip glass, it's a bright, fiery orange, sort of like the best Octoberfest lagers.

Smell: Bright, extremely citrusy, orangey, with hints of other more tropical fruits. Smells exactly like the color would have you hope it would.

Taste: Unusual and refreshing. Skews away from the exact mold of so many west coast IPAs to which I have become used to. Obviously some of the same hop varieties are there, but there's something refreshingly different here. It's fruitier, strongly flavored and quite distinctive. As to one of the earlier reviewers opinions that it tastes like Goose Island's IPA, I can't say I tasted that at all.

Mouthfeel: Solid bitterness, pretty clean on the palate. Refreshing.

Drinkability: I would have loved to have had another if I didn't have to move on.

Completely unexpectedly, I have to call this beer one of my favorite IPAs. I knew as soon as I tasted it that I would have to get on here and give it some props. Go out and taste it for yourself.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 23:44:41 | More by redjameskidd
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Anti-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.