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Anti-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,022
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 123
Gots: 351 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-04-2010)
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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...

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Anti-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
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