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Anti-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,514
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 100
Gots: 164 | FT: 6
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-04-2013 20:19:19 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-17-2012 03:09:24 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: can

05-07-2013 03:49:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-20-2013 19:00:13 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a good white head and some nice lacing. The nose is quite nice and strong and I really enjoy the hop components. Strong floral and citrus notes. A hint of pine. The flavor isn't quite as powerful. Mild bready malt in the background though this is mostly about the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a really nice level of bitterness. Drinks quite well. Another hit from Revolution, a brewery I am excited to eventually get back to.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 01:12:44 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Serving type: can

02-26-2013 22:06:25 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-26-2014 01:50:58 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

And a hero it is not- in fact, with the onslaught of hops that dominate the session, those who have more of a sweet tooth might find this beer more of a villain.

A beautiful collage of orange, amber, and copper is captured with a highlight of hazy appearances. Capped by an eggshell white head and residual lacing, the beer has the standard appearance of all-things-pale ale.

A blend of citrus, pine, and caramel swirl about the nose with the hoppy fruitiness and herbal components leading the way. Caramelized bread or bread crust come to mind as the malts support the hops but don't interfere with the floral dominance.

Hop dominance continues in taste, but not before the hearty caramel sweetness sets the stage early- bread crust slightly burnt caramel, and starchy grains coat the palate as serves as a buffer for the sharp citrusy taste of grapefruit juice, pine needles, mulled hop leaves, and herbal grasses rise from a floral flavor and into a fruity-earthy mid palate before turning sappy bitter to finish. Light on chlorophyll hop vegetation, the beer is otherwise free from yeasty spice or fruity esters.

Richer malt flavors also bring with it a heavier malt base that keeps the beer from complete bitter dominance. But the extra weight prevents the classic dryness that I expect in IPAs. Still the beer is decidedly malty-dry, resinous, and warm with spicy alcohol to finish the beer cleanly and crisply. Only a linger of hop bitterness lasts in the throat.

As a drier midwest-style IPA, the beer will settle well with hop heads of any region or level of hop focus.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 18:55:08 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-19-2013 00:18:42 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9%

09-18-2013 17:47:16 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-17-2014 23:00:00 | More by kjkinsey
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-21-2013 18:40:22 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-10-2013 18:07:08 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-15-2013 03:39:36 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a nice golden yellow color with a soft white head on top. The retention and lacing look really good here. The smell of the beer is very nice, loaded with hoppy citrus and pine aromas. The taste is much like the nose, very solid tasting brew for sure. The mouthfeel is very good here too, very nice oily feel with a good carbonation to cut it a little. Overall it's a great IPA. I would drink more of this anytime.

Serving type: can

02-07-2013 20:26:19 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Figured since I paid the cover, I should at least make it worth my while in here and grab a second beer. This one pours a rosy amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light pine resin, light caramel, and mandarin orange. The taste brings in more of the same, with more citrus fruits tossed in for good measure. The caramel balances things out pretty nicely without getting either too strong or too sweet. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly creamy feel. Overall, a very nice IPA, something I would not mind drinking on a decently normal basis.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 07:14:57 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, copper color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. Nice retention and it left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very piney with some strong citrus notes. Some burnt toast aroma, too.

T - It tasted of pine and orange zest with a sweet caramel backbone. Good burnt toast maltiness. Great balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium bodied IPA with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really nice IPA. I'm glad I was able to stop by Revolution and try it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 00:27:23 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 04:50:31 | More by emerge077
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice somewhat salty IPA that is sure to kick in my hop allergy. Thick and meaty hop tones overall; slightly over done if I'm going to be honest. Carbonation seems a bit too nippy on my tongue. Smooth though overall. A good IPA. I wish I could have tried more beers from this brewery, but such is life. And such is my tolerance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 08:14:38 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one got me from the first sight of the can, the Hop Head commander with the paratrooping hops really made me want to try some. Pours a crystal clear copper color with large bubble creamy off white head. Nose is a raw assault of hops, green fresh, mango, passionfruit, grapefruit it's all in there this smells of hop bomb status. Waves of bitter hops come across the palate, with fruit citrus, mango tropical tones and pine herbal bitter notes I love the mix of hops, ample sweetness balances out the beer. One hoppy ass beer, in a can it holds up nicely fresh hops were packed in properly to allow for minimal air and light exposure leading to really fresh tasting hops. Malts give off a mango juicy finish with the assault of hops that the beer offers at the end I paired it with an H. Upmann Legacy petite corona beautiful smoke attributes leading to a great cigar/beer combo. Medium bodied ale with an oily resinous texture, well carried out carbonation levels it doesn't get much better than this. Great mouthpuckering bitterness balanced with hop flavor and malt sweetness it's a beautiful hop bomb of a canned beer, I will seek more out.

Serving type: can

04-27-2013 19:51:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Revolution Brewing Company (Chicago, IL) on 8/7/10. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a brilliant looking crystal clear copper, topped with a cap of off-white foamy head. This maintains a great foamy richness to it, which leaves sticky rings of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral, spicy, piney, and citric, with more bitter grapefruit notes being balanced out with sweeter tropical ones. Bready smelling caramel character also adds a good deal of sweetness to the nose as well. Man, the hops just have an awesome smelling full feeling brightness to them that I'm really digging.

The taste is biting and aggressive with up front with spice, grapefruit, and citrus peel, while notes of sharp earth and reins stretch out over the tongue. Those fruitier tropical character, grainy bread, and sweet toffee balance things out on the edges of the profile but mostly confine themselves to the background and allow the assertiveness of the hops to really do their thing here. The finish is just lashed by the hops, being deeply dry and biting with pine, spice, and bitter fruit all lingering for a good while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a great feeling sharp, yet still mellow, presence to the carbonation. Just an awesome amount of slickness to this that when coupled with no alcohol being detected at all, REALLY ramps up the overall drinkibility of this.

Full flavored, tremendously bright feeling, and hugely drinkable, this is probably of the best "house" IPAs that I've had in a while. The hop bill just really delivers here, with a profile that is equal parts sharp, mellow, fruity, and bitter all at once. Fantastic stuff overall and this was a great way to kick off our first visit here.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 16:37:31 | More by Kegatron
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-29-2014 06:52:02 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ive heard this is better packaged than on tap, which isn't always the case with ipa. from the tap it pours a medium honey color, with some darker caramel malt tones underneath and a nice big white sudsy topping. the nose on this is big and beautiful, lots of pine notes here, not quite as dank as the dos osos ipa, but equally robust. good malt balance, not as pale or light as most ipas, and I appreciate the grain depth and complexity here. the same comes through in the taste, with a more interesting grain bill than is conventional, but the hops are the star of this show, as they should be. fresh cut Christmas tree and summer melon come to my tongue in a unique and interesting combination, and the beer finishes tauntingly bitter. carbonation is spot on, and the body is on the bigger side, maybe a little filling after two or three. one of the better beers I slugged back at revolution.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 13:20:40 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-16-2013 20:36:11 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 01/21/13 notes. had this on tap at the brewpub in Chicago.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, fruity malts, pine hops, and some light floral hops. Lots of citrus and hops; very nice nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit, fruity malts, and some light pine hops. Taste has more tropical fruit than the nose and some light bitterness. Very nice, though I like the nose a touch better.

m - Medium bodied IPA and moderate carbonation, with some light bitterness.

o - Overall a really nice IPA; I know they are different styles but I liked this better than their Kemps Landing (and the Eugene Porter for that matter); favorite Revolution beer so far. Nice hoppy nose and overall pretty easy to drink; would definitely get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 23:30:02 | More by mdfb79
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Anti-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,514 ratings.