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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: 2,591
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 28.43%
Wants: 182
Gots: 674 | 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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Photo of NinoBrown
1.06/5  rDev -74%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is too bitter. It leaves a nasty bitterness to your mouth for awhile. It's way too overwhelming for any kind of pairing. This stuff is way too strong. I have no idea what they were thinking. Don't know why so many people like this beer. I'd rather drink Rosa than Anti-Hero any day.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.03/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Anti-Hero is another India Pale Ale, which is a style of beer I'm discovering I have really no tolerance or taste for. The taste is intolerably bitter, and mixes the lackluster qualities of dry fruitiness with bitterness and, in turn, produces a beer that's hard to drink without making a face. I admire it because it is different, but cannot recommend it because it tastes incredibly rancid. Needless to say, my first offering from Revolution is a bust.

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Photo of maximum12
2.38/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to fiver29 & jampics2 for dropping this want into boxes that arrived in the past week or so. Loved the Galaxy Hero, so looking for another good hop fix. 12 oz. can with nice USSR-style visuals.

Pour is a clear golden orange. that triggers my salivary glands. I almost have to drown myself to get anything aromatically coming off the surface of the beer: sweet? I've had well water that smelled more; hope that's not foreshadowing.

Anti-Hero, you're no Galaxy Hero. Malt leads the way, & that's no way to build an IPA, or play in the hay. Hey. Sweet southern biscuits & crackers arrive first, & only second is there a gentle waft of rose/floral hops. Grassy, borderline dank midsection gives way to a meek hop nip right at the end. The dankness grows as the beer warms, & cuts into its limited appeal. I could have done with half a can.

This is a malt-driven IPA, something that should go down in the dictionary next to the bikini shawl & wool underwear. I could finish this. I'm thinking I might not. Not terrible, but not a good beer.

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Photo of JuniperJesus
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of EErler
2.87/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can purchased at Binnys (mix 6) poured into 3 tasting glasses
A - rusty golden hue, 1 finger of fluffy white foam that shrunk down fairly quick
S - hoppy nose, that had a very pleasant sweetness to it - subtle vanilla and citrus to me
T - lemony citrus at first, followed by an expected hop bitterness. nice carbonation
M - dry finish, citrus lingers
O - not being a die hard IPA lover, this would be a "1 and done" for me. The sweetness is a good balance to the hop flavors

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Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely more to the piney end of the spectrum than the citrusy end. Way to much of a sweet malty backbone for my liking, covers up the flavor of the hops.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.01/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Decent white head and retention. Thick collar of foam.

Smell - Not all that hoppy. Not enough for me at least. A little bit of grassy pine. Some sweetness.

Taste - Grain, a touch of sugar. Some hops. Grapefruit and pine. Not very hoppy. Cloying sugar in the finish with some fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel - Seems much heavier than it should feel. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Disappointing. Not very hoppy at all. Some funny fruity off flavors too.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer is very very boring and has a quite unpleasant soapy character to it. I went into a Binny's in the suburbs of Chicago and ask for an IPA that had a lot of citrus character and the general manager suggested Anti-Hero. Clearly that guy needs to try more of the products in his store. Hardly any citrus flavor, lots of soap, pine and malted cereal. But the can design is pretty cool I guess....

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Photo of dictator
3.11/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My first review, and it's of a new-to-me beer. Proud of myself for not reading others' comments first--not easy to do! Here goes:

Saw this beer for the first time today in MA. Can depicts a four-star General with a hop for a head and five other hops parachuting down from the heavens around a large clenched fist. So, are these disembodied heads falling from the sky? I'm confused, but it got me to buy a six-pack for $9.69. I'm a sucker for label/package artwork... would like to see it included as review criteria, actually.

This is a five-week-old can poured a bit aggressively into a chilled tall tulip 'IPA' glass.

L - Light, clear copper with a 3-finger head in this tall, skinny glass. Head slowly dissipates, leaving barely a trace.

N - Definitely floral, but I don't get much of the expected citrus. Green beans, bread, dewy moss. Mustiness develops as it warms.

T - Lots of bitter, but again, not very citrusy to me. I get crackers and flatness with nothing else really jumping to the forefront. A bit complex for my rookie palate, perhaps?

F - This is where the money is on this one... Medium to high carbonation (even after such an aggressive pour) with a very dry finish that tingles the gum line. Somewhat of an oily, resinous feel lingers.

O - An enjoyable brew, mostly for the mouth feel and the price is fair. I'd buy it again without a hitch, but I wouldn't go to great lengths to track it down or overpay for it.

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Photo of Dnayew
3.14/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of neighborhoodguy
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The BA description is generous. Sure it's a nice beer, but for an IPA it has some trouble figuring out what it is. That would be ok if it were really well balanced, which its close to being. Solid, but don't go hunting for it.

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Photo of bashiba
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice clean coppery amber color with a thick white head, some light lacing.

The smell was classic citra, funky and dank with big citrus notes. I love the way citra smells, and it has those characteristics, just not quite enough of them for my taste.

The flavor is suprisingly malty and sweet, big caramel and bready flavors almost overpower the hops. Some nice green and dank hoppy flavors come through along with a touch of tropical fruit and a mild bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick and syrupy.

This beer seems way under attenuated to me, or just has way to much crystal malts, to sweet and malt dominated. The dry hopping is nice, but not a level I would hope to see. Still a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Special thanks to Duff27 for including this in a trade; I appreciate it buddy. Received today via UPS. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Duff27 recommended it but I've never tried this brewery before. 6.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz aluminum can with green and white label served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. I dig the label art. I don't see a bottled on or best before date.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted hard pretzels.

Satisfying pop as I open it.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of some cream, okay thickness, and good (3.5+ minute) retention. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. It's not real frothy, but it's typical of the style. Body colour is a light translucent clear yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible (nor should they be). No bubble show. It's standard fare for the style; there's nothing unique or special here, but there aren't any overt flaws. Good vibrance. It's appealing, overall.

Sm: A pleasant marriage of malty sweetness with floral hop character. Some light hop nectar and light pine. It's a pleasant departure from the grapefruit-dominant biting aromas of many west coast IPAs. I don't get any soapiness; this spent the right amount of time in primary. No alcohol comes through, nor does any yeast. A touch grassy. Certainly clean and pleasant. A bit piney. A bit too much caramel malt was used here. I also detect a strange rauchbier-esque malty note; that's odd but not unwelcome. There's a definite slight smoked quality to it; I didn't notice it initially but now that I've had, it's more and more recognizable. It's well tempered by light citrus with a bit of juicy character. All around, it's an intriguing aroma of mild strength. I'm excited to try it.

T: Balanced, but a bit lacking in terms of depth of flavour/amplitude. There's definite floral hop character, a touch of citrus, a touch of nectary hop character, and it's all balanced by a pale malt foundation that doesn't intrude. I don't get any yeasty character or alcohol - neither of which would be welcome here. It's got a very subtle light hint of smoked malt - a characteristic which I like, mainly because of how carefully it's integrated. There's not a lot of complexity or subtlety here. Still, as a simply built straight-up IPA, it's a success. It's refreshing and pleasant.

Mf: Undercarbonated, actually - but only slightly. A biteen buttery. Smooth and wet, as it should be. Palate presence is decent. A bit thin. Complements the flavour profile well, though. Chewy and lightly refreshing.

Dr: Quite drinkable. I think anyone - whether experienced with IPAs or new to them - would enjoy this one. Hides its ABV well. Its biggest flaw is its over-reliance on caramel malts. I wouldn't get this again unless it was the best option at a lower end bar, but I'm very pleased to have had the opportunity to try it. Thanks again, Duff27. I'd have no trouble murdering a sixer of this, but there are better options out there. Still, it'd make a good introduction to the style and it's more balanced than most. Also, because it's a canned beer, it'd be a great choice to smuggle into a movie theatre. Or is that just me?


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Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%

Pour is hazed pale copper with a good bit of bubbly off white head. Nose is moderate grain presence and some caramel malt. Hops are citrus and strong resin hop and fairly sweet. Taste is even more sweet, strong malt and less grain presence. Lots of caramel and sweet candied fruits. Hops are citrusy, less resin. Medium syrupy body, softer carbonation.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 10/14/12

Deep, slightly dulled and faded amber color. One and a half fingers of foam try pretty hard to have staying power. Minimal retention, but there is a fair amount of lace.

Hops are all over the board - pine, dank citrus, grass, tea leaves, twigs, herbs and soap. Toasted grains, crackers and lightly buttered biscuits. Decent enough, I reckon. The flavors are much of an improvement with pine resin leading off, carrying a sharp bitterness to the finish. Pepperings of orange, grapefruit and lemon. Clean cracker-like malts. Hop oils inform the feel; it's slick and a tad clingy. Carbonation is lively and is quick to make known itself.

I find this growing on me after several minutes. I'm impressed that it's as hoppy as it is, being that it was stored at room temperature for an undetermined amount of time. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on-tap at Cheesie's, Chicago, IL, into a pint glass

Pours a pretty typical IPA color, but less cloudy. Which is to say, this is a golden-orange beer with some clarity to its body. A finger and a half of sterling white head. There's nothing special here, but it's an appetizing, attractive beer.

The aroma is pretty average for an American IPA. It might have been impressive 5 years ago, but not now. There's a melange of pine, grapefruit, sweet orange, caramel malt, and ghosts of red fruit. Nothing stands out.

The taste fares a bit better. It's a straightforward pine & resin & citrus IPA, for the most part. The most intriguing component of this beer is the strawberry flavor that's there in the background. I almost scored this a 3.0, because there is a heavy crystal malt presence in this beer. It's tasty though. Worth a quaff.

Medium-bodied, a bit sugary. Overall, this is a solid-enough local IPA. Nothing to get excited over, as it doesn't do anything to distinguish itself from the competition.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My first review of a Revolution brew, had a few of these while in Chicago for work. Color was a copper-orange, lighter than many IPAs. The taste and aroma were very piney, with some slight citrus. The hops were borderline underwhelming for this beer, could've definitely used more. Very approachable IPA, and while I don't expect IPAs to be too strong, I could use more than this.

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Photo of stakem
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Thanks Adam for the hookup with this freshy. 12oz can packaged 10 days prior to consuming. It appears a clear copper color with soapy off-white head.

The smell is fruity and floral with caramel malt and some herbal/vegetal character. It tastes fruity and floral with some herbal bitterness and caramel malt and slight carbonic character. A nice fruity hop complexity and lingering oily bitterness.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Overall pretty standard ipa with no frills.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A solid IPa but it's unremarkable and lacks unique character. In today's flooded IPA market, a standard IPA, that's even well made does not warrant repeat purchases.

Can was 3 weeks old, kept cold.

Aroma was generic hoppy. Little lemon, touch of pineapple...otherwise just a green hop aroma with modest malt profile.

Tastes like a blend of many hops that muddle any specific hop character. Faintly sweet malt character. Fairly significant bitterness on the finish.

Overall, it's fine. Well made enough but boring. Plenty of other better IPAs available that have character.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to djcorrao for the can.

Appearance: Mostly clear, slight chill haze. A deep gold. Minimal head. Drops to a thin collar in short order. Spots and notches of lacing cling to the glass. Moderate carbonation,

Smell: Light floral hop aroma fused with some pine and a good hit of citrus. A bit sweet. Malts are a nice balance, offering a slightly caramelized and bready backbone. Some pale malt snap. Nice herbal note. Decidedly floral with an equal citrus presence.

Taste: Hit of grapefruit upfront quickly followed by a floral explosion. Some tropical fruit in in the back. Malts are nicely balanced. Some underlying caramel sweetness and a nice bready element. Vaguely toasted. Some pine resin. So much floral, but not flower petals exactly. Lingering bitterness. Balance is the key here. Warming drops it a bit in favor of the malt, leaving the hops a bit too earthy and underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Lingering dryness with an initial hint of creaminess.

Overall: This is not Batman.

A good drinking IPA. Not a ton of complexity or depth, but enough flavor to be interesting. A but muddled throughout, but worth drinking when you're looking for something quick and easy.

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Photo of Chris33
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I guess I should check my purchases next time for a bottling date... this one says 1/18/2015... I will need to get another one of these to re-evaluate. Wasn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of brewme
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have heard of this beer, and have always wanted to try it. I do not think that it was distributed to Massachusetts until recently, as I have never seen it before today. I got a six pack of cans for $12. Not a big fan. Found it to be very bland, kind of watery. Would not get again.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops, some citrus notes. Taste is bitter, hoppy, piney, a bit of citrus, not much malts. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a can of this

Consumed 2/12/13

Appearance: Clear, orange-cold - small, off-white head fades quickly to a tiny cap - leaves some decent spots of lacing

Smell: Floral, bright tangerine - fleshy, sweet tangerine slices - a very mellow citrus (minimal pith/rind) - some hints of dry pine - light malt profile, smells like a "session IPA" (I am surprised to see this is 6.5%) - lightly toasted with some caramel and bread

Taste: Sweet tangerine slices and floral hops - fleshy, sweet citrus - mostly tangerine, some orange, some ruby red grapefruit - lightly oily, a bit leafy, very floral - touch of pine - medium level of bitterness - lightly toasted malts - biscuits and bread, with some caramel, but mostly pale malts - tastes a bit heaver than the aroma suggests, but it's still on the light side

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish body, smooth, a touch oily, finishes mostly dry, adequate carbonation

Overall: Anti-heroes should be deep and compelling. This is almost there...

This is a good IPA, but it could be better. The hops are interesting, and the malts aren't bad. But this kind of tastes lighter than it should. Not particularly deep. Worth a try, and bonus points for the can.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am trying not to bias the review based on this being my favorite style and make it relative to others, but in general, since this beer works well, I have to give it good marks. The delivery in a can is probably mostly a good thing, preserving the ale well.

It has a nice aroma as soon as you open the can and it looks nice in the glass - clear and yellow. The taste is crisp and hoppy but not too floral or piney - well balanced. Similarly the aftertaste works well.

Overall, this is another nice canned IPA and a credit to Chicagoland's brewing community.

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