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Anti-Hero IPA - Revolution Brewing Company

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Anti-Hero IPAAnti-Hero IPA

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Reviews: 287
Hads: 2,491
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 28.92%
Wants: 184
Gots: 632 | FT: 16
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: 287 | Hads: 2,491
Photo of jeffdr123
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank this Chicago beer on tap at the Park Tavern in Rosemont. Of the four IPAs, I tried, this felt like true north. Plenty going on but not too-anything. Some citrus, some hops, some sweet. Very solid. Would definitely order this again.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this a few times in Chicago but reviewing it closely for the first time.

A - Nice bright, dark golden colour with a one finger off white head and mild carbonation. Spatterings of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Pine and grapefruit. Not aggressive. A little dank.

T - Follows the aroma pretty close. Pine and citrus. More towards the standard classic elements. Some grass and grain there too. Some earthy notes.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium body with a moderate bitterness.

O/D - Solid IPA. Not gonna blow your mind and remains balanced while being a nice hop fix. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 fluid ounce can
Packaged on August 27th, 2015
Reviewed on September 5th, 2014
Served in an IPA Glass

Poured a copper body with a nice amber glow. Clean and clear body with a decent amount of bubbles racing to the head. Bright white head, right around an inch thick. Sparse amount of lacing.

Nice notes of citrus from the hops. Earthy undertones. Biscuity backbone of malt with a touch of caramel to sweeten things up. Nice aroma but limited in intensity.

Floral and citric hops hit the tongue first. Grapefruit-powered bitterness. Slightly sweetened grainy malts lingered in the background. Hops took an earthy turn toward the finish, leaving notes of lemongrass and pine. Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Pretty straight-forward IPA. Perfect for any hop craving.

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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 Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another really nice pale ale from the guys at Revolution, but it didn't blow me away in any way. It was a really easy drink and was refreshing with a nice clean finish, but I wasn't overly impressed with the hoppiness.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack at a liquor store in Ingleside, Illinois. The canning date states it's about three weeks old. Poured right from the fridge into my Red Eye pint glass.

L: Pours a bright, crystal-clear amber with about an inch-and-a-half of off-white head that dissipates quite quickly to a slight ring that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Citrus fruit and apricot hop notes are most prominent in the nose. Some cracker malts and more subtle earthy tones are present, as well. Just a bit of funk in the mix. A very pleasant but unassertive bouquet.

T: Tart citrus and stone fruit hop notes right out of the gate, playing atop cracker and bready malts. Orange is the predominant flavor coming from the hops. The middle brings a transition from tart to bitter in the hops, with some additional earthy and funky notes coming into play. The back ends brings a good helping of citrus hop bitter, with just a touch of clear alcohol poking through. There's some very pleasant apricot flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.

F: Medium-bodied. There's big acidity/tartness at the front, followed by some nice creaminess, and a decidedly bitter finish. While it's not syrupy, this one has some stick to it. Very nice level of carbonation.

O: For those interested in a good citrus bomb, this one is probably going to please. There's great fruit flavor all around in this one, and it really does bring the bitter. I find myself wishing for a bigger bouquet and a bit more complexity and balance, but this is a very solid IPA that I would return to again if given the chance.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma - orange, grapefruit, floral, fresh out of the bag hops. No dank.

Taste - orange, lemon and grapefruit hops. Mild pale ale malt with a touch of caramel.

Overall - hard to complain. It's a clean citrus IPA for $10/6. Not too sweet. Not too dry. Not too bitter. Plenty hoppy for the price. Easily one of the best "every day" IPAs in the area.

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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 Stevem68
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is just one of those old reliable beers to me. Its a nice golden color with a citrusy hoppy aroma. Taste is a piny / citrusy hop profile with a subtle malt background. Drinks smooth. Just a great IPA overall, I've never found myself not enjoying an Anti-hero. It;s my go to while golfing. Refreshing and delicious

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Photo of mmahanna41
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one I tried a long time ago and was turn offed.... Then a few nights ago I was at a restaurant (family party) where my only choices were the usual suspects (Miller, Bud, Heineken, etc.) OR Anti-Hero (they literally had a "Craft Beer" section with JUST Revolution Anti-Hero)..... So obviously I went A-H. To my surprise, I actually really enjoyed it this 2nd time around. It's not reached my consistent rotation, but no doubt I will be drinking this one again.

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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 Treyliff
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, canned 3/6/15 poured into a pint glass

A- pours a slightly hazy bright golden color with a small creamy and foamy white head that retains nicely after the pour, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- floral and citrus hop aroma with some bready malt, a hint of caramel

T- sharp bittering citrus hop flavor up front with notes of tangerine peel and orange zest, more delicate floral hops follow, lightly sweet bready & caramel malt underline the hops, allowing the citrus bitterness to continue into the finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes creamy and dry

O- very good IPA with almost resinous hop flavor

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Photo of Act25
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft in Chicago. Bartender's favorite draft.

A: Pours a clear dark amber with an inch of foam that leaves only dotty lacing.

S: Floral, with citrus (grapefruit, orange candy, Mandarin orange). Liquor-like.

T: Follows smell with citrus candy dominant. On a wide shortbread malt base, with the sharp, pungent hops following of candied grapefruit and Mandarin orange. Very hoppy, where bitterness peppers the finish completely.

F: Medium body good weight, with moderate carbonation

O: Hoppy, balanced, sweet, interesting, intense. Worth teasing the flavors apart.

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Photo of Big_V
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 3/15/15. Medium amber with 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Medium to high carbonation. Lemon,orange and floral notes. Taste is hops up front followed by some bitterness. Finishes dry. Very nice IPA.

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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 do_ob
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can into a snifter. Pours a very clear copper, like looking at a shiny new penny. A puffy 1 finger head of off-white foam sits atop. Nice aroma on this one - a strong pineapple scent along with grapefruit, pine, apples, and mango. Medium weight and creamy. Very sweet, with strong notes of grapefriut, oranges, and pineapple up front. Some pine and hop bitterness on the back end. Nice malty finish.

Very enjoyable. I was hoping for a little more bitterness and pine presence. My can had about 2 months on it, though, so maybe drinking one that's fresher will change my perspective. Still a great beer, though. Lots of nice fruit. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of chiller413
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer embodies everything you want from an IPA. The hops have a touch of citrus flavor combined with a bit of earthiness and a slight bitterness. The beer is hop forward and brings a bit of the malt flavor up front and then finishes with a slight bitterness. This is the type of beer that both avid and novice IPA drinkers alike would find enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yay cans! Canned 3/09/15.

Pours a huge creamy fluffy 2.5 finger head that forces me to stop pouring, fades fairly slowly too, but leaves nice lacing, a very clear honey orange color.

Nose brings bright hops, nice citrus notes, quite fruity but also a little grassy note, a centennial like fruity grassy character, a little citrus juice, orange juice, a touch spicy and floral, with a bit of a raw malt toasty grain malt underneath, and a touch of a candy caramel note.

Taste brings sweet toasty malts at first, cereal grains and fresh malts, with a little caramel and reddish toasted malt notes. Then hops, grassy floral at first, into fruity hops, not super fruity, but more generic fruity as well, a little citrus note, melon note, and bubblegum note. Hops start mildly bitter, but get quite bitter on the back end as hops turn spicy and chewy, a bit rind bitterness on the back end. Finish is still a bit sticky sweet, but a big spicy rind hop bitterness, bitterness lingers, with a touch more cereal malt.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, little softness and a little sweet syrupiness.

Overall OK, nice nose, but taste is more malt and the hops leave a bit to be desired, but still a pretty well done fairly balanced IPA that is def enjoyable, and love cans.

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Photo of thebeers
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange amber color with thick white head. Great resiny smell -- perhaps the closest to raw, pre-brew hops I've smelled in a beer. Somewhat creamy, sticky mouthfeel. A hint of orange flavor and malt sweetness struggle to break through against an immediate hop bitterness. Not particularly well balanced in that regard, but still a great hop bomb if that's what you're looking for. Excellent can art, too.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Orange with powerful carbonation rolling up the sides, transparent, white head, quite persistent, and massive lacing.

S - Pine, lemon, biscuity malts. Hoppy snap.

T - Brilliant combination of hops follows the nose, with glimpses of pine, lemon and orange, slight hint of sweetness. Close builds bitterness, then fades slowly.

M - Powerful carbonation scrubs serious hop drying and a touch of crunch. The end is a pretty clean palate for the next drink.

O - This is an extraordinary trick, bringing ringing hop flavor without burning my palate to the ground. Solid drinkability. I'll pick up a sixer of this, for sure.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 2/2/15. Hazy copper color, nice head and lacing. Aroma was pretty light with a bit of citrus and sweet bready malt. The taste had some nice citrus flavors and a decent malt backbone. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, I thought it was just OK - not that special.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can. Pours a clearer honey with chill haze. Thick white, frothy head. Strings of lacing. Fairly pungent citrus hoppiness. Grapefruit candy hops. Perfumey floral hops and a dosage of pine. Sugary malt. Similar hoppiness. Candied citrus, pine and floral hops. Noticeable sweetness via the malt. No discernible flavors there, just sweet. Medium bodied. High bitterness. Pretty powerful hop-forward offering. I won't hesitate to suck back this six pack.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a nice clear, copper color with a nice thick, white head.
Smells sweet, some citrus notes, very fruity. I picked up on some floral aroma as well.
Immediately taste some malty sweetness with a nice smooth finish. Little to no bitterness. Hint of citrus flavors in the aftertaste.
Very mild carbonation.
Very good IPA, I was very lucky to pick up a 6 pack.

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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 IPAGeorge
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. Pours a nice transparent golden color with a milk colored 2 finger sudsy head that last at least 2 minutes. Spotty lacing

S. Some sweet bready malts and a pine hop aroma. Mango, strawberry.

T. Nice sweetness from the malts and a fuitiness from the hops. Some lingering bitterness. Grassy aftertaste. Very nicely balanced.

M. 5out of 10 on body. Nice mellow carbonation. Slightly dry aftertaste.

O. A really nice IPA. Very balanced. Quite sessionable. Delicious in the winter and proper for a summer BBQ. A goto for me.

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Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.