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Anti-Hero IPA - Revolution Brewing Company

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Anti-Hero IPAAnti-Hero IPA

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Ratings: 2,088
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 134
Gots: 388 | 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:
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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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Michmag
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DeFaz
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a remarkably sessionable IPA, while not being too light. There's a nice smell and taste of citrus aromas and flavors from the hops, although nothing is over the top. I believe I had another beer from this company recently and wasn't disappointed. I like the cans, and the beer tastes fresh. It goes down easy and has a good amount of flavor, although nothing here is exceptional. Overall, this was well worth the $9.99/six pack of cans, but it wasn't the best IPA I've had either.

Photo of Gushue3
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Frank for this extra in another great trade. Poured into Alchemist pint glass.

A- 1+ finger white head forms above a clear orange body with copper hint, with some bubbles coming up to the head. Head finally recedes and lacing is left all the way down the sides and a bed of foam is left.

S- Pale malts and grapefruit round up the nose. Not too pungent but whats there smells nice.

T- Light sweetness upfront reminiscent of grapefruit and a pale malt. Slight bitterness comes out toward the middle with some pine followed by sweet citrus to the finish. This beers is pretty easy to drink.

M- Lighter body with medium amount of big feeling carbonation.

O- Nice IPA from a foreign area. I don't know anything about this beer or brewery but it's pretty good. Thanks Frank.

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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Stevedore
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Note: scoring system is in whole numbers only)

12oz can poured into Bells tulip glass and consumed today 2/18/13. Thanks to mgm54 for including this as an extra.

Aroma: Nice combo of floral and citrus aromas with a deep contribution from a sweet breadiness. Smells great coming out of the can. (4)

Colour: Beautiful clear amber body. It literally looks like amber- glad there isn't an insect stuck inside it. Pours with a nice, creamy 2cm white head that dissipates after 1-2 minutes. Lacing gets to be a nice thick collar when I swirl it around, but otherwise falls down quickly. Really a very damn good looking IPA. (5)

Flavour: Big on the sweet breadiness from the nose, with floral hops on the palate from the middle to the end. Not a whole lot of citrus that I could smell from the nose. I would imagine the citrus is from the hop aroma while the floral aspects are from the bittering hops. Balanced to the point of being a strong APA. Which is what I like in my IPAs. (4)

Mouthfeel: Nothing particularly special. Medium bodied, perhaps on the lighter side, very good carbonation that leaves a bit of fizziness on the tongue. Resinous and the aftertaste is very pleasant. It doesn't linger for too long which I appreciate- if I want a big bitter aftertaste that stays for more than a minute, I'll drink a Hopslam. (3)

Overall: Very nicely balanced IPA that doesn't go too overboard on the hops. I prefer the less hoppy IPAs that allow some of the malt backbone to shine more and this is one such example. One might even consider it more of a strong APA, but APAs are more of my flavour than the current hop-heavy American-style IPAs. If it were distributed here in Wisconsin, I'd say it would be a great sessionable staple IPA six-pack that I'd pick up once a month. (4)

Photo of Mavigo
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this off tap at Gino's East in Chicago. Served in a pint.

A: Pours a honey gold color with a short white head with good amounts of lacing.

S: Hops, citrus notes, wheat, malts

T: Tastes relatively sweet, a bit dry, hints of lemon peel, and of course lots of hops on the finish

M: Medium body, good amounts of carbonation, good balance of flavors with a big emphasis on hops, but that's expected

O: Pretty good beer all around, not really a fan of IPAs, but I still enjoyed it. Recommended by me.

Photo of twizzard
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csparace
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a good head out of the can. Non cloudy appearance and the head comes down quickly. Good golden yellow hue.

S - Mild hints of citrus. Not an extremely powerful smell.

T - Defined citrus notes. Mostly lemon hints. Medium amount of hoppiness for IPA. Very balanced. I think it has a better after taste than initial taste.

M - Medium carbonation. Coats mouth with bitterness. Very refreshing and thirst quenching.

O - Good reliable IPA. Has a consistent feel to it in every can. Always refreshing, and a good standard by which to judge others upon.

Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1739th Review on BA
Can to woodshop snifter

Purchased a single can for $2.19 at Jerrys Liquor Brookfield, IL

App- Normally my IPAs go into a tulip. Since I am traveling. I dont have one. Brought a snifter for a tasting next week. This was a bit of a deeper orange with some peachy yellows and a bit of whites mixed in. Fairly solid and dense with a bit of a 1/2" off white head. Maybe a couple cling lines.

Smell- Not the most aromatic of IPAs but really had a nice base aroma of strong floral hops with a bit of a resiny balance. The citrus on this one was a bit muted with more over ripe fruits.

Taste- Like the aroma this wasnt the most over powering of flavors but was really nice and balanced for being a single IPA. Ive enjoyed the other Revolution beers I have and this was no different. The strong citrus was more prevalent on the palate but was still balanced out by a bit of piney and resin. A touch of caramel and butterscotch as it warmed.

Mouth- A fairly medium body. A bit light on the middle and fairly grainy on the finish. The carbonation is a bit medium with some grainy parts as with the body. Residual fruits of pineapple and orange with a bit of a malt balance remain.

Drink - I enjoyed this beer. It was flavorful and easy to take down. A nice small IPA from a local brewery.

Photo of TheSSG
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Big, soft, resiny head that surprisingly doesn't create as much lacing as I expected. Pine dominates the nose with a back of orange zest. Golden color. Starts off with big notes of pine, moves into a medium-high bitterness that becomes exclusively and heavily pine. Malt peaks through in the finish, while pine remains. Somewhat of a lingering bitterness, but not as much as I was expecting from the pine aroma (strong pine IPAs tend to have lingering bitterness).

Overall, very solid. I was concerned because of the prominent pine aroma, but I really like that this has an aggressive pine flavor, but it's NOT overly bitter. I think it's a nice balance of hop flavor and pleasant bitterness.

Photo of DonFrap
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into HF oversized glass. Nice smell on this one, a little grapefruity, mellowed a bit as this can isn't super fresh. Not a lot of head and almost no retention. Not overpoweringly bitter, but a nice bite towards the end. An easy drinker for 6.5 percent, and hasn't fallen off much, even after a month and a half.

Photo of popery
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly pale gold. Looks slightly hazy, perhaps. Just a touch. Very nice puffy white head. Just a ton of tiny bubbles are sitting on top of the beer. Good lacing. Aroma is a pleasant mix of bright citrus and spruce/pine. The citrus is in the direction of orange/tangerine territory. Doesn't quite have enough juiciness to it. Little bit of tropical hoppiness - pineapple and kiwi. Lots of hops to the taste. Good flavorful citrus upfront. Just a touch of caramel malt flavor, always a positive. Finish is quite dry, though a bit too yeasty. Could use a little more hop flavor, there - improves as it warms up. Still, it has a solid, clean bitterness to it, and I'm enjoying my glass. Easy to drink. No booze to be found. Light on the palate but flavorful. This is a well-made IPA. It's probably not going to blow anyone away, but it hits all of the right notes, and I'd be happy to drink it regularly.

Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap during a recent swing through Chicago...

A - A finger's worth of lush whimsical pure white colored head... An average bit of moderate paced carbonation... The color is a vibrant copper with a slight amber hue...

S - A strong malt base shines through... Lots a caramel and biscuity goodness.. The hops take a back seat in terms of the aroma... They are mostly a mix of earthy and pine with just a touch of citrus mixed in... Solid, but uninspired...

T - Terrific balance... Equal parts hops and malts... The hops take an a mix of piney, earthy, citrus goodness... The malt base is solid and highlighted by biscuit and caramel... Text book for the style and very well executed...

M - A bit on the lighter side of medium bodied... Moderate carbonation... Sleek... A bit sticky... Sturdy... Even a bit juicy... Even and consistent... Very nice...

D - A very pleasant surprise... I don't know too much about Revolution Brewing Company, but if this brew is any indication, they have a good thing going... This is a very good American IPA that teeters on verge of being outstanding... I highly encourage you to sample if given the opportunity...

Photo of mr-jj
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 oz can. Canned 9/20/14.

Color is clear light gold with a 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. A bit of semi-sticky lacing. Smell was pretty subdued at first - it needs to warm up above refrigerator temp (probably around 45F or so). Once it warmed up, there was a nice aroma of floral and citric hops - very juicy. Flavor was exactly the same - originally it was a bit cold and didn't offer much. After it warmed, it really exploded with delicious orange, grapefruit, pineapple and mango flavors. It has a nice malt backbone that just keeps the hops at bay while remaining well in the background where it belongs. Finish is clean and bitter and lingers for a bit. Body is definitely on the thin side, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this beer is an enigma. When it's too cold (or too warm) it didn't offer much to get excited about. But at the right temperature, it's really, really good.

Photo of SteveCarrozza
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rlee1390
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear orange/amber, one finger head with some carbonation.

S-Citrus, earthy notes, good hop presence and some malt.

T-Good balance, starts with mild malt, nice bitterness. Blend of citrus and grass.

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

O-Not sure how fresh this was, like the Dos Osos it seemed lacking a hop bite so maybe it is a brewery thing or these might not have been super fresh.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bistro On Main in Kent, OH. Served in a tall narrow glass....not quite a pint glass but not a stange either. Hard to describe.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with some fine strands of lacing. Foam (off white) died back early on.

Smell: Orange and grapefruit citrus with some floral notes as well.

Taste: Hoppy. Lots of citrus flavors but definitely some malt balance as well. Good citrus finish - fresh orange zest with some mild tropical fruit notes in the background.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice thickness, not too sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Had two over the course of an evening - very drinkable. Full flavored, but not overpowering nor too bitter. Hoppy, but with enough malt backbone to make it very drinkable. Went well with food (ricotta gnocchi).

Photo of GJ40
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden and clear with a small white head. A fine sediment in suspension.

S - Piney and earthy hops.

T - Toasted malt with a moderate citrusy bitterness. Good balance despite the nice lingering bitterness.

M - Nice smooth consistency with a moderate carbonation.

O - A tasty, refreshing beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,088 ratings.