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Anti-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,840
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 116
Gots: 286 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-04-2010)
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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very clear orange/amber color with small, one finger head.

S - Good blend of citrus and piney hops, a touch of grapefruit and even a little apple.

T - Very sweet up front, lots of citrus, but even the pine seems a bit sweet. Again, touches of grapefruit and apple. Very good.

M - Crisp and tangy, Smooth, well carbonated.

Overall - A very solid brew here, very tasty IPA.

BeerBuckeye, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a nice golden yellow color with a soft white head on top. The retention and lacing look really good here. The smell of the beer is very nice, loaded with hoppy citrus and pine aromas. The taste is much like the nose, very solid tasting brew for sure. The mouthfeel is very good here too, very nice oily feel with a good carbonation to cut it a little. Overall it's a great IPA. I would drink more of this anytime.

Knapp85, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a reasonably priced sixer of cans at a Binny's. Thank you, Revolution, for not going down the douchebag route of putting your cans in 4-packs.

Aside from that--goddamn, have American brewers gotten good at brewing high-alpha IPAs. Big giant alpha burst up front, with your regular nodes of oranges and grapefruit dried potpourri flowers. The middle is maltier, the finish is more citrus, and there's absolutely no off nodes: no parts where the bitterness gets too sharp, no stickiness on the back of the tongue.

mynie, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of stangski83
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my current go-to craft can. Love the artwork on the cans as well (i admit, my eyes are pleased when i look at one of these, and perhaps i am over-rating, but too bad. i like this beer a bunch). anyways, the review: the one thing that has always drawn me to this beer, especially in canned form, is the fresh taste of the hops. this beer has made me a firm believer that craft beer really needs to be canned more often, because i have yet to find an IPA in brown glass that tastes this refreshingly good with very few exceptions. i think that between blocking the light and the air, this canned IPA really lights up my palette with joy! that being said, i have been impressed with the half-acre and two brothers canned pales as well, but this is hands down my favorite of the canned craft pales in the IL/Chicago area.

stangski83, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of stercomm
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a classic pint glass

A - Light honey, straw color with a good bit of haze, big white and thick head that receded slowly with lots of thick lacing.

S - Nice citrus scent not overpowering at all, maybe a bit of pine notes

T - Well balanced IPA with a smooth, citrusy taste, long finish that is dry and somewhat hoppy. Coats the mouth nicely.

M - Medium bodied with a hint of bitterness, medium carbonation.

O - A very nice, well balanced brew definitely know you are drinking an IPA but it is not an in your face beer.

stercomm, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can in trade from Lemonhead. Thanks! Pours clear and light golden orange. Big massive fluffy head on the pour. Aroma of sweet swwet citrus, pine, and loads of grass. Flavor has more sweet caramel malt than expected to go along with the piney hop bitter. Lingering sweet citrus on the palate. Nicely balanced IPA that still provides the big hop flavor. Slick mouthfeel but light due to the carbonation. Easy drinker. Wish this were available around these parts.

BMMillsy, May 23, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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

dirtylou, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of schwemjw
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy golden yellow with a fluffy pure white head

S: strong pine and citrus. loads of sweet grapefruit. a bit of speatmint.

T: very similar to the aroma. sweet nectar and grapefruit. strong caramel malt base.

m: so smooth! long pine finish. slightly juicy.

o: impressed with this one. I could drink it all day /93

schwemjw, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a good white head and some nice lacing. The nose is quite nice and strong and I really enjoy the hop components. Strong floral and citrus notes. A hint of pine. The flavor isn't quite as powerful. Mild bready malt in the background though this is mostly about the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a really nice level of bitterness. Drinks quite well. Another hit from Revolution, a brewery I am excited to eventually get back to.

Thorpe429, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz. can poured into a pint glass. Really glad to see Revolution available in stores finally.

(A)- Pours a clear goldenrod yellow color. Some good froth and lacing formed. Really solid retention too.

(S)- A nice big hoppy citrus kick to this. Some pineapple and pine needle action. Ever so slightly sweet. Really alot of hops in this smell.

(T)- A really nice smooth crispness combined with smooth hoppy pine and subtle honey sweetness. A great combo of harmonious citrus, pine, and sweet malts. Nowhere near as explosive as the smell was, but for the better this gives way to a great IPA

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. What I like so much about this one is its not all about how many hops we can smash into the beer, but rather its smooth drinkability and harmonious balance. Just a great crisp and refreshing beer really.

(O)- I was actually quite surprised by this one. Perhaps a new favorite for the style for me. While it is hoppy and fits the style, its not some massively hopped one. Incredibly smooth while maintaining some bitterness, a touch dry too despite being rather thirst quenching and crisp all over. Really well done!

sweemzander, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a tulip glass of this at the brewpub. The menu described it as "an American hop assault for all the ambivalent warriers who got the girl in the end. Dry hopped with amarillo and simcoe."

The beer is light golden color with a few fingers of pillowy foam, a little bit of haze to the body. Nice citrusy aromas, lots of hoppiness with not much counterplay from the malts. Same with the taste, this is pretty hop-forward, any sweetness seems not to come from malts, with a little bitterness in the aftertaste. The body is just north of water, feeling a little sticky (or it could be my imagination with the resiny flavors).

Excellent for a low ABV IPA, lots of one-sided flavors.

TurdFurgison, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of mattcrill
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

mattcrill, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Hopfist
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The A,S,T, and M, have all been well-documented.

O: This is my favorite IPA brewed in Chicago, notwithstanding one-off or limited release specialty beers. The hop profile definitely tilts more towards the flavor/aroma rather than bitterness. If you don't mind your IPA's being more "hoppy" than "bitter", Anti-Hero is more than enjoyable. One of my favorite regular beers at Rev.

Hopfist, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%

PatrickKlopfenstein, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of ahelms90
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%

ahelms90, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Kaskin
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%

Kaskin, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Fikezilla
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%

Fikezilla, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Negli78
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%

Negli78, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Hendrick24
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Hendrick24, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz Can
$9.99 6-Pack
Four Seasons, Morris

Anti-Hero is a hazy copper brew with good clarity. Platoons of carbonation rush to the surface. A snow white head with the consistency of soapy water easily rises to a couple fingers in height before settling to a thick cap and leaving sticky lines of lace down the glass. I'll have to scrub the hell out of this pint glass.

A very resinous, dank hoppiness hits up front and is followed by mouthwatering citrus. Orange, grapefruit pith, and cantaloupe all in that order of intensity. This is no doubt a hop forward IPA but there's a nice juicy caramel and biscuity maltiness.

The flavor follows suit. Solid resinous bitterness straight away followed by the juicy citrus mentioned in the aroma, no cantaloupe though. The resin seems to grow in the back of the throat and leaves a fairly substantial bitterness on the swallow. Caramel maltiness edges its way in to add a touch of balance but stays put as a base for the complex hop profile.

The mouthfeel on this beer is superb. Medium bodied with a velvety smooth texture and just enough carbonation to tickle the tip of my tongue. Moderate bitterness covers every square inch of my mouth and throat.

Bitter, juicy, velvety, and drinkable all describe this top notch IPA. Anti-Hero is a beer that I find myself buying very often, even with all the new craft on the shelves. A local tried and true favorite.

joe1510, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of ChiDave1979
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

ChiDave1979, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Purp1eOne
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a nice amber color with a good amount of head

S - A nice pleasing orange/citrus aroma

T - Good combination of hops and citrus and hardly any bitterness. There really is no aftertaste to this beer, from start to finish its a nice citrussy/malty combination.

M - Carbonation is very mild and not a whole lot of body but it goes down really easy.

O - Overall this is a very nice IPA with a great combination of citrus and malt. You really can't go wrong with this IPA.

Purp1eOne, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of chillwave22
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

chillwave22, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of EigenBeer
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

EigenBeer, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of liamt07
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can from jdhende, 12oz into a tulip. Glad to have a 6-er of these.

Unfiltered browned orange, white head with good density and accompanying nice lace and retention. Nose full of peach, apricot, nectarine and some grapefruit. Lesser pine and herbal in the periphery, sweet caramel and breads underneath. Taste has the sweet malts paired with more peach and apricot and piney-herbal bitterness in the finish. Relatively sweet and a bit bready. Fuller medium body and somewhat low carbonation. A really nice IPA, flavour profile and texture that really appeals to me.

liamt07, Nov 23, 2012
Anti-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,840 ratings.