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Anti-Hero IPA - Revolution Brewing Company

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Anti-Hero IPAAnti-Hero IPA

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305 Reviews
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Reviews: 305
Hads: 2,584
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 28.43%
Wants: 181
Gots: 670 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 305 | Hads: 2,584
Photo of larryarms847
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous amber/red orange in appearance and pours a thick, but quickly dissipating three-finger head.

Smells like a hop bomb and I ain't hesitating. Citrusy, juicy, and sticky hops dominate the overall aroma.

Perfect. The perfect combination of the explosive hops mixed with the tart/sweet of citrus, brewed to perfect.

Blown away by the full on hop assault.

Overall one of my favorite Chi-Town brews and perfect all around, in my opinion, of course.

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Photo of Bernardkowalski
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of im_allen
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
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

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Photo of KFBR392
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: pours with a transparent orange color. Balanced active carbonation. Nice head that lingers throughout.

Smell: saturated orange with lingering light tropical fruits. This beer is a perfect execution of malt sweetness and hop godliness. Touches of bitterness on the finish ish but dominated by bright fruits and malt sweetness.

Taste: so much of what an IPA should be. Bold tropical fruitness joins full force with a perfect malt backbone. Some bitterness but this brew is all about hop fruitness and rich maltiness to dance toe to toe. Finish is easy caramel with floral hops.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is on the lighter side which is perfect for this brew. Out of a shoe or can this beer is still of the utmost beauty.

Overall: the best IPA in Chicago. Revolution has a wonderful handle of the majesty of the hop. Bravo folks, this is a masterpiece.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured into a Dogfish Head branded IPA glass

A - Pours a slightly honey-tinged gold. Forms a nice finger and a half of slightly off-white, creamy head that has decent retention. Spotty lacing left on walls of the glass.
S - Sweet, bright, vibrant and tropical. Lots of peach and mango, sweet hops and perhaps a light note of lemon in the back. The aroma is definitely sweet and tropical and less savory.
T - Balance is the theme here, and it is done so perfectly. Upfront there is sweet peach and mango, this is followed by savory grapefruit that finally develops into hop bitterness. The bitterness at the end of the flavor development rounds off the initial upfront sweetness perfectly yet does not linger once it has done its job, making this beer incredibly crisp, refreshing, thirst-quenching and sessionable.
O - A DAMNED fine session IPA, one of the best I've had. If I could get this stuff, it would replace Modus Hoperandi as my favorite go-to session IPA for sure.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of vishneda
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a favorite of mine. It has a bright and fresh flavor, lots of hop flavor and a sharp bitterness that work well against a very solid malt backbone. This beer smells every bit as fresh as it tastes and it has a classic look. The body is thinner than many IPAs in its abv range and it's a nice change of pace from a mouthfeel perspective in that way without sacrificing any flavor.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap at Chicago Union train station.

Pours a crystal clear honey colored liquid with a decent off-white head.

Pleasant sprucey aroma.

Flavor is fantastic. Complex and nuanced. Lots of floral hops. I'm picking up notes of pine, juniper, and pineapple. Some nice copper notes.

Nice medium mouthfeel with velvety just-right carbonation.

Best IPA I have had in some time.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Update, I visited the pub and they have excellent food, brew, and atmosphere Top notch!

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Photo of YeastWrangler88
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold in color with a minimum of head. An absolutely perfectly balanced IPA, with a sweet maltiness on the back end as a kiss off from the assertive hop profile. An outstanding IPA in a crowded field.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Domvan
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Whoaaaa, this tasted like a pack of bubble yum, but hoppy.
The smell was a minor sweet hop aroma
This beer would definitely be my go-to IPA in Chicago

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Photo of Jparker37
4.57/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of bdb1975
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my go to ipas. It is an easy ddrinking beer at 10 dollars a 6 pack, its a bargain. The tastte isnt too bitter. Love the biscuit flavor and the smell is very good.

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Photo of HawkD
4.53/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of atomic
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Libationguy
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up as an extra on a trade.

Really solid brew here.

Appearance: Solid IPA, not too dark but some reddish hues and golden bronze colors.

Aroma: Dank hoppy dominant beer. Some tropical fruit notes in there as well.

Taste: Dank, bitter, but not too biting, enjoyable overall.

Overall: Solid brew, I would like to try more from this brewery in the future.

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Photo of captainsdaughter
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: looks like your typical IPA, copper, tangerine and about a finger of head to go with it. Pretty clear but also a tad bit hazy.
S: Figs, papaya, and orange peel right off the nose.
T: Wow, very smooth with some real nice hops on the end. Taste some nice orange and passion fruit that make this beer very sticky, bitter and sweet all at once.
F: For 6.5% this beer has a nice medium body on it that gives for a nice bitter mouthfeel.
O: This beer is right up there for me probably in my top 10, fantastic IPA. Sweet, Bitter , and super sticky would definitely buy again.

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Photo of IvarTheBoneless
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A local brew, and an excellent brew. Nails the hops and flavor, great nose. Mouthfeel lags a little behind, but you only notice because it's hits the mark squarely in all other respects

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Photo of Hoppybrew022
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Served: On tap
Appearance: dark golden color with a small head that fades to a bulbly ring with light lacing lingering on the glass.
Smell: Nice light floral hop bouquet
Taste: Firmly bitter up front that fades to a soft spicy/peppery malty note.
Mouthfeel: dry to moderately dry mothfeel, good for the style. Medium carbonation, not too prickly.
Overall Impressions: This is a very good IPA, the server said they sell a lot of it so I think I got a good example. The hop flavor and aromas were good and the beer was nice and dry. I liked it a lot... I think I'll have another.

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Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.