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Anti-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company


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Ratings: 1192
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%

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 stercomm


4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-29-2013 17:31:17 | More by stercomm
Photo of robboyd


4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with Revolution and it was a good one. This is an incredibly drinkable IPA that pours a nice amber color. It's deep in hue, almost orange. Good fluffy head out of the growler. It smells delicious, citrus notes dominate but I get some pine and grain as well. The taste mirrors the smell. Nice grapefruit and a touch or orange peel on the finish. It's a refreshing beer with a medium mouthfeel that is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: growler

01-15-2012 20:58:45 | More by robboyd
Photo of 71gto


4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light amber with a white head.

A lighter beer for an IPA, but the taste is very clean and balanced. The hoppyness is crisp and fresh, but does not sit in your mouth like some IPAs.

Overall a very solid IPA that I would drink again and again.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2011 02:36:46 | More by 71gto
Photo of StoneTSR


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-26-2011 04:56:17 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of nas5755


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good IPA, one of the better ones that I have ever tried. The citrus and tropical fruit notes are awesome and the malt bill is pseudo east-coast, the piney resins are hanging right in there with the best west coast options. I am a fan of summit hops(love the melon flavor) they blend well with the other varieties showcased here. The nose is a little weak for an ipa with strong citrus and tropical notes, love the malt bill, it is just right. Carbonation is good. Overall this is one of my favorite IPA's out there, I love the balance or lack of it depending on you you like you hop/malt profile. A very solid brew that I will be hunting out again.

Serving type: growler

07-25-2010 02:45:33 | More by nas5755
Photo of Ryan_Graham


4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light brown with a two to three finger head. Orangey and light to the nose. The taste is smooth at first impact and finishes with a buttery sweet aftertaste. The orangey flavors work well to counter-balance the booziness. It is on the lighter side, as far as IPA's are concerned, but it still possesses enough body to be considered one. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. It might benefit from a bit more complexity taste-wise, but at its reasonable price, I'm not complaining.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 00:11:34 | More by Ryan_Graham
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Tricerahops for this one.

Poured from a 12oz can, canned 02/15/2014.

A light chill haze on a gold body; solid 3-4 fingers worth of foam. Aroma is sweet hops, caramel, pineapple. Flavor has some mango, pineapple as well as sweet side of hops, fresh lemon. Feel is a bit dry and on the malty side. Good IPA but lacks a little oomph to it.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 20:44:24 | More by papat444
Photo of BeerLover99


4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: shiny orange marmalade, finger white head,
delightful lacing

S: pine, orange peel, mango,
sweet biscuit malt

T: orange/mango, sweet malt, long bitter pine

M: med body, oily/sticky mouth

O: Scrumptious local IPA! This is constantly
in our bar fridge. Revolution is a fine
brewery that may be flying under the radar.


Serving type: can

04-05-2014 22:23:57 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of pkalix


4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dark amber, lots of head. very little carbonation.
i'm getting a lot of lemon, then grapefruit on this one for a smell.
taste has an up front, and lingering, mild bitterness. grapefruit. lemon. some bread. some stickiness and resin.
overall, a nice brew. light on the palate, easy to drink. another really good brew from 'out there'...

Serving type: can

04-04-2014 23:37:18 | More by pkalix
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy sticky lacing.

S - Heavy citrus (grapefruit, orange, & lime) and light pine.

T - Follows the aroma with lots of citrus upfront. Nice sweet bready malt backbone with the piney earthy hops showing up in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very clean mouthfeel.

O. Very nice IPA with lots of nice citrus flavors. Delicious.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 03:07:16 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Serving type: can

03-26-2014 23:38:24 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of roger617


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times on tap at the brewpub. Reviewing at the time of drinking a can at home, but with both can and draft very fresh in mind. Poured into a FFF Teku.

A: Dark golden in color with 1 finger of white frothy head that reduces fairly quickly and leaves little lacing.
S: Citrusy up front, with a combo of citrus and pine as the lingering aroma.
T: I get a lot of citrus fruits up front, and a very mild pine aftertaste. There isn't a huge bomb here, but a very enjoyable palate.
M: Carbed well to style, leaves a slightly dry finish.
O: I always enjoy an Anti Hero when I have the chance. This is a very solid IPA that should not be overlooked. If I had to compare this to any beer, I would say it is more similar to Jai Alai than any other beer I've had.

Serving type: can

03-02-2014 01:59:39 | More by roger617
Photo of FLima


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange color with a thin head with medium retention.
Aroma of pine, grapefruit, tea leaves and lemon.
Nice citrusy flavor with notes of pineapple, slightly toasted malts, honey, grapefruits and some herbal hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste, though less intense than average for the style.
Light body with low carbonation.
An elegant American IPA, very well balanced despite its 70 IBUs. Clear and smooth taste, you could even session on her.

Serving type: can

02-26-2014 03:29:38 | More by FLima
Photo of scotorum


3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An extra in a trade with BigStein88. Thanks George!

Canned 12/11/13. A little over two months old.

Must be a popular brewery name in one of the three urban centers of American Communism, Chicago. The Anti-Hero name, art of a military-uniformed, hop-faced general with red stars all over him, and the typical Communist raised fist (albeit in hop green) all seem to add to the political statement. ..which this reviewer found highly off-putting. But freedom of expression is still part of our Constitutional system, so I'll try not to let all that affect my review.

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Clear dark gold with a finger thick white head which receded to thin even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild pine.

t: Pine hops forward over a medium malt base. Dry finish.

m: Medium, good body.

o: An above average, tasty middle strength IPA. If it was available in my area and not too expensive I might be tempted to buy more. But I'll exercise MY right to freedom to buy and pass.

Serving type: can

02-25-2014 00:24:28 | More by scotorum
Photo of Omnium


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with a finger of white foamy head, medium thin lacing.
S - Awesome aroma! Tons of lime, some peach, a little pineapple, some light hints of malt, orange, a little grass.
T - This thing has a great amount of lime flavor to it, lighter tropical notes in the background, pineapple being the most prominent, a nice semi-sweet paler malt base, a tad of crisp granny smith apple in the end.
M - Clean, crisp, medium feel.
O - This thing is outstanding. I wish I would have gotten more. This thing is bursting with flavor, its extremely balanced between malt and hops.

Serving type: can

02-17-2014 02:07:03 | More by Omnium
Photo of GOBLIN


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Revolution Anti-Hero

The Commie Hop General . . . I can't take my eyes off of him

On tap, from can and poured into pint glass as well

A: Nice look to it. How a good ipa always looks. It has that glow.

S: Citrus notes, lot's of them and well, hops.

T: Yummy, very tasty and an easy drinker. A nice malty backbone that adds to the drinkabiliy

M: Maybe a bit thin I don't mind a bit. Light on the carbination. Could be more . . . Oh well

O: One of my favorites because it's just so drinkable. Smooth, low on the abv and enough hop flavor to bring you back. A must for the golf course!

Serving type: can

02-12-2014 17:03:33 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of MDDMD


4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-bread dough, citrus, pine, herbal, aromatic

T-bready malt, grapefruit, herbal, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-well-balanced IPA, enjoyable drinking

Serving type: can

02-10-2014 01:23:10 | More by MDDMD
Photo of DrDemento456


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a single of this for $1.99 from Vintage Estate. Into a Mason Jar pint glass.

A - The beer does not disappoint I get a inch of rocking head, sweet lacing on the glass, and a amber brown color that's not too dark or bright. It even has some yeast floaties so its unfiltered!
S - As soon as I cracked the can I got that sweet pine and citrus zest hops that I enjoy sniffing. In the glass not too herbal so it looks like it may have balance.
T - Well its an easy going IPA Not too bitter or hop ridden but smooth. Each sip is hoppy and the malts are very in sync. I dig it.
M - Light to medium and super session able.

Overall an easy going IPA that has a low octane ABV and enough hop bite to keep it interesting. Worth trying!

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 03:06:13 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of DeFaz


3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-01-2014 06:09:04 | More by DeFaz
Photo of ryancrotty


3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the strongest and best smelling IPAs. Immediately upon cracking the can the hop aroma exploded out from the can. Somewhat of a unique IPA, as it has a grassy/grain-like taste to it that tends to overpower the hops. Lighter in color and a very short aftertaste. Decent IPA, but wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: can

12-28-2013 00:20:41 | More by ryancrotty
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass- pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with less than a finger of head, minimal retention and nice lacing. Pretty but the lack of head is a little disappointing.

Smell is lovely- citrusy hops and sweet malt.

Taste is much the same as the nose- citrusy hop notes balanced by malt sweetness. To my mind this is more of a pale ale than an IPA. Mild bitterness. Goes back and forth between the sweetness of the grain and the hops.

Mouthfeel is very nice- medium light body with moderate carbonation. As a previous BA said, the carbonation helps a lot. This is a pretty average IPA that should be a pale (average meaning better than goose island and harpoon bit nowhere near the big boys like headhunter or sculpin). There are other Midwest beers that are better but if you're looking for something nice to drink, this will do you fine.

Serving type: can

12-27-2013 19:02:39 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of thecheapies


3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy warm amber color with a rich and sudsy head of white. Laces beautifully.

Herbal greens with yellow-white citrus notes. Hoppy fresh, it seems, with a backing of sweeter pale malt grains. Comes off slightly sweet, overall. A bit rind-y with showing white grapefruit and tangelo. Nice aroma.

Citrusy and zesty with rind notes. A little pith. Some oxidized turning taking place. A caramelization of the malts that doesn't really work. Biscuity, but a little past its prime, I feel. No canning date to say otherwise.

Smooth, but languid. Some lively carbonation going on here to help.

I imagine this could be a lot better, but it held up, somewhat. Would love to try another that was guaranteed fresh.

Serving type: can

12-26-2013 15:46:35 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Libationguy


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amber with white rocky head that has a medium- retention.

Beautiful nose. Clean and pure with new world hops out front and fully on display. Citrus, fresh pine needles and a very light resin note in support. White flowers and a fresh feel to nose nose give the hops both backing and credability.

Clean and crisp with a nice weight to the mouthfeel. Not heavy, but not thin or watery. The alcohol is in balance, the malt plays a nice supporting role and the beer is beautifully attenuated. Bitterness is well balanced in the beer. Super drinkable.

If you are the beer drinker that approaches hops the way some people approach hot sauce: how insane can I handle; this is not the beer for you. If on the other hand, you are a person who enjoys hops when displayed in an artful fashion and you enjoy new world hop flavors, find a way to drink this beer! You will not be disappointed.

Cheers Revolution Brewery on a job well done!

Serving type: can

12-24-2013 23:28:22 | More by Libationguy
Photo of Kevin-Wieken


3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Anti-Hero IPA
Revolution Brewing Compnay, Chicago
---can to pint glass---

Darker amber, very clear. Quarter inch ivory head, good lacing.

OMG, this smells great! Grapefruit, orange peel, lots of pine! Glorious!

Good amount of bitter right off the bat, hints at the grapefruit, carmel malts shine through the spicy hops.

Good carbonation feel, bitter and hop stick in your mouth in between sips. Good burps!

I really enjoyed this beer. The smell gives high hopes, but isn’t as hoppy as one would hope. Definitely worth trying another... just waiting for the hotel bartender...

Serving type: can

12-02-2013 04:11:05 | More by Kevin-Wieken
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Yellow with a tan tint, 1/2 foamy head with nice lacing.

Smell - Huge pine aroma mixed with some grapefruit. Malts, lemons, sugars, a little floral note with some spices.

Taste - Starts out a with a big pine and grapefruit blast. Some added spices give it a herbal green tea-like flavor. Orange and lemon is also a noticeable flavor. Slight caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets a lot of pine and grapefruit at first sip. Palate gets more herbal flavors, spices, and caramel malts. Aftertaste is herbal, piney and a malty.

Overall - Nice beer. Plenty of hops to make a big pine and grapefruit flavor. Really easy to drink. A little simple in its flavor but its really done well for what it is. Well worth giving a try.

Serving type: can

11-26-2013 21:38:23 | More by wvsabbath
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Anti-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.