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Anti-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,959
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 119
Gots: 330 | FT: 10
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 jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

jmarsh123, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of dthom
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

dthom, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of vinny21bal
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

vinny21bal, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of JMB2
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%

JMB2, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of BitterHopHead
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%

BitterHopHead, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Marcontm
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%

Marcontm, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Wolfpack2005, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of tut2528
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

tut2528, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of raznug
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

raznug, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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...

emerge077, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of facundoCNB
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

facundoCNB, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%

$ 1.99/12 oz can at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Can dated Aug 11 2014 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of pine forests, spruce sawmills, Xmas trees
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing good - broken rings and large islands of small to medium bubbles
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor begins very piney and smooth; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.3125. Final weighted score: 4.4125.
Yet another excellent example of the American IPA – piney, aromatic, bitter – just damn good!

Ozzylizard, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Vyvyan
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Vyvyan, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of TrillOG
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

TrillOG, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Njpacoustics
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Njpacoustics, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of evan39
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

evan39, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of Carlamorris
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Carlamorris, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of KennyA
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

KennyA, Tuesday at 02:21 PM
Photo of redjameskidd
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

redjameskidd, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of matjack85
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this single 12oz can as part of a build-your-own 6 pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL, so $1.67 a can. Much cheaper than the $5 a glass price you pay at the brewpub. No freshness date.

The beer poured a crystal clear golden color with a 2-finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.

Nice citrus and floral hop smell that was heavy with grapefruit rind.

Delicious citrus hops with grapefruit being the dominant flavor, but with enough sweet malt to keep it balanced. Not really heavy on bitterness, but enough to let you know it's an IPA (70 IBU's).

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down nice and smooth.

This is now my favorite grapefruit flavored IPA to date.

matjack85, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of pschul4
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a 6er over my usual 4pack of Daisy cutter cans,better be worth it!

A- Drinking it outta the can bro! (Sweet looking can tho so 4.0)

S- Delicous dank hops with no malt to speak of. Loving this smell

T- Mmmm sweet juicy hops. Mostly citrus with just the right touch of pine, magnificent. Again no malt, but it works well with this beer

M- Pretty smooth but awkward carbonation in the end. Worst part of the beer (thats not saying much cuz this is awesome)

O- This will now alternate with DC for my TNF drink of choice, very good. I recommend highly

pschul4, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an inch of foam that leaves dotty lacing behind

Smell: Floral, with citrus fruit (grapefruit and Mandarin orange) tones; cakey, shortbread malts, as well

Taste: Shortbread malt flavors, up front, with the hops following quickly behind, bringing the Ruby Red grapefruit and Mandarin orange tones; after the swallow, the bitterness persists, but the malts return to balance the profile a bit; make no mistake, however, this is a hoppy beer

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice, easy-to-drink, IPA; nicely balanced with all flavors blending together

brentk56, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of StoneTSR
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Bright, brilliant orange with a bubbly white head resting on top. Some lacing is present as well.

SMELL: Sweet, floral with notes of honey and deliciousness. Very solid nose.

TASTE: Simultaneously sweet and bitter. The hops are very conspicuous, but a sweet, floral and honey flavor is also strong. The Anti-Hero has an extremely strong flavor, even for an IPA. This almost tastes like a Double IPA and to be honest, I enjoyed a lot more than Revolution's DIPA. This is one of the better IPAs I've had.

MOUTHFEEL: Sparkly and light, does not sit too heavy for an IPA.

OVERALL: The Anti-Hero IPA was an unexpected surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the beers I tried at Revolution, but the Anti-Hero was head and shoulders above the rest. This is an exceptional IPA that deserves to be mentioned alongside Lagunitas IPA, Ska's Modus Hoperandi and Bell's Two Hearted.

StoneTSR, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.36/5  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.

PBRmeasap1980, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of KDaleiden
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%

KDaleiden, Sep 01, 2014
Anti-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,959 ratings.