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Anti-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,486
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 99
Gots: 150 | 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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Photo of jegross2


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

Reviewing the Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company. This is one of the brewpub's three year-round beers (in addition to the Eugene Porter and Organic Bottom Up Wit) that is getting the "canning and distribution" treatment as part of Revolution's expansion. I also had the opportunity to try the "Citra Ice Cream" while enjoying this beer. Yum!
Score: 93

Tap pour in a tulip glass. Forgot to snap a pic of the beer, but I did take a picture of the IPA as part of a five beer taster flight that I ordered (the Anti-Hero IPA, in case you can't read my handwriting, is pictured on the left. You can see my fifth beer taster, The Bandit, behind the four beers prominently pictured).

Appearance: Bright, clear honey-orange color with one finger of foamy cream-colored head that gradually settles into a thin layer. Above average lacing. 4/5

Smell: Fresh, zesty citrus, tropical fruit and pine. A pleasant freshly cut grass smell is in the aroma. Lots of bright orange, grapefruit and tangerine. Subtle caramel malt aroma too. 4.25/5

Taste: Bright citrus and tropical fruit flavors mixed with piney resin. Very fresh flavors. The signature flavor of Citra hops is definitely discernible. Loads of grapefruit, zesty orange, some lemon, and tangerine. Even get some pineapple. Pretty smooth and not very bitter for the amount of piney hops flavor in this brew. Yum. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with high-medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Finishes dry and bitter. 4.5/5

Overall: This is probably my favorite single IPA brewed in Chicago (note: Galactic Double Daisy Cutter was better, but it is an imperial IPA). It is superior brew to Daisy Cutter, in my opinion, and I wish Anti-Hero would supplant Daisy Cutter as the most frequent on tap "local beer" around Chicago bars. Anti-Hero is an outstanding IPA that I can't wait to consistently enjoy outside of Logan Square, though I hear the formula is getting tweaked slightly to drop the ABV a touch.

Recommendation: I highly recommend this beer for all people who do not hate hops flavor. Beer geeks should seek this one out. It is not overly bitter, but people who can't stand any degree of hoppy bitterness should probably avoid this.

Pairings: Hamburgers.

Cost: $6 for a tulip.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 07:56:33 | More by jegross2
Photo of moju


5/5  rDev +21.7%

12-16-2011 02:44:44 | More by moju
Photo of Nitrogenx


4/5  rDev -2.7%

12-02-2011 20:03:47 | More by Nitrogenx


4/5  rDev -2.7%

12-02-2011 05:07:36 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
Photo of brandoman63


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

11-29-2011 23:34:35 | More by brandoman63
Photo of beersis81


4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-27-2011 14:05:17 | More by beersis81
Photo of ChugginOil


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anti-Hero IPA

Pours a translucent amber orange with a fluffy finger of head. The lace is thin and sticky.

The nose is full of pine-like hops and sweet malt. Nothing too crazy.

The taste is very bitter based off the potent pine hop offerings. The sweet malt is quite balanced against the hops.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and dry at the finish. Light-medium bodied.

Overall, decent ipa but basically run of the mill. Nothing stands out significantly but its tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 04:37:22 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of lstokes


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing orange with a nice head. The smell is biscuit-malt and apple juice/grassy hop-heavy--my first thought was, have I accidentally walked into a Kölsch? Taste is more IPA-like--there's still some apple/grass to it, but lots of bright citrus/tropical and some pine notes, and a good residual bitterness. Slightly-but-not-overly sticky mouthfeel. Good IPA (and I had a second one) but probably not one I'd seek out specifically.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 13:14:22 | More by lstokes
Photo of cadaugherty


4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-15-2011 17:03:55 | More by cadaugherty
Photo of UncleJimbo


4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-14-2011 19:32:10 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of FreshHawk


4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Glowing orangish copper color with a healthy sized foamy, bubbly white head. Pretty good retention leaving a nice sticky lace.

S - Plenty of citrus/grapefruit hop aroma. Hints of floral and tropical fruit. Subtle pine resin and spice. Fair amount of bready and caramel malt.

T - A bit more malt than the nose suggested. Starts out fairly sweet citrus, grapefruit, orange and hints of apricot. Bready and caramel malt also quite present. Mid sip there is some floral and slightly spicy and pine hop flavors. Finishes with a bit of a bitter kick with grapefruit rind and pine but it is balanced well with the malt.

M - Medium body with slightly above average carbonation. Pretty crisp with a slightly dry finish.

D - Well balanced and easy to drink. Nice hop profile although there is a strong malt presence in the taste.

Notes: Above average IPA. Nothing special but well balanced and a nice hop profile. Citrus flavors are strong and there is a nice subtle bitterness on the finish. Doesn't necessarily stand out compared to other IPAs but definitely a solid choice to get a drink or two at the brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 19:58:17 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of KDawg


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice light golden color with a small and foamy head

fresh and aromatic nose with various citrus tones, papaya, hops, and fresh picked oranges.

medium/full bodied with a good amount of hop tones but they aren't overbearing at all

a real quality ipa. This isn't an IPA that runs away with the hops and instead is nice and fresh while being slighter bigger

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 23:52:55 | More by KDawg
Photo of Hopfist


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The A,S,T, and M, have all been well-documented.

O: This is my favorite IPA brewed in Chicago, notwithstanding one-off or limited release specialty beers. The hop profile definitely tilts more towards the flavor/aroma rather than bitterness. If you don't mind your IPA's being more "hoppy" than "bitter", Anti-Hero is more than enjoyable. One of my favorite regular beers at Rev.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 17:10:11 | More by Hopfist
Photo of KickInTheChalice


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

Served on cask at Revolution in a pint glass.

Appearance: This has a starkly different appearance from the regular version (served side by side). This has a clear copper color with a perfect natural creamy foam head 2 inches high.

Smell: Caramel, soft brown sugar, and a light orange and citrus hoppiness. This aroma is nice, pleasant, and smooth.

Taste: The flavor is smooth, with soft brown sugar, orange rind, some caramel and honey malt notes, and some fruity tangerine hoppiness. The finish is fairly even and mild without much lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A soft, light, natural carbonation is apparent and expected. The cask format provides for an enjoyable smoothness that I like.

Overall: On cask as well, this does not exhibit the typical blast of hops that I look for in an IPA, but the refreshing natural carbonation greatly improves this beer.

Serving type: cask

08-24-2011 16:12:53 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of jmarsh123


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange with a little white head.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruits. Ever so slight sweetness present from the malts.

Tastes very similar to the smell. Bright notes of citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruits are presence. Pretty hoppy throughout the palate.

Mouthfeel and carb are both in the same range as other IPA's.

This is really a great beer. Nothing very unique about it, but loads of good flavors and well crafted with my favorite hops.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 13:15:18 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub; served in a tulip glass.

A: Orange-amber with a slight white head. This is your average, everyday IPA appearance.

S: Crisp tropical fruits and grapefruit. Its all about the hops, but there is still a bit of sweetness in the nose.

T: Follows smell to a T. The hops are consistent, but are supported by a nice malty backbone. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple.

D: Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is really refreshing and tasty. Definitely a good brew for a warm day.

Overall: It really lacks any true flaws except originality. This is your standard no-coast IPA in the veins of Two-Hearted, Centennial, and Commodore Perry. It hits all the marks and therefore, it is a good beer, but it won't blow you away and I know Revolution is capable of greatness. Try Eugene, it will redefine your understanding of its respective style. Anti-hero? Not so much. Still a very tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 20:06:21 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of AgentZero


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

A - Amber brown beer with a great white head that had good retention and a nice bit of lace and sheets.

S - Pine, a little bit of resin, nice tropical fruit smell in the hop profile. Slight bit of malts on the nose.

T - Reminds me a bit of Two Hearted ale. Sweet, nice tropical fruit and a little bit of piney hop notes. Some good floral hop presence as well.

M - Lighter beer, nice carbonation.

O - Great beer, easy to drink, an IPA that most will be able to drink easily and is a pretty good transition IPA for people looking to get into the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 03:18:29 | More by AgentZero
Photo of zeff80


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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
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 Sean9689


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

On-tap @ Rev. Poured into Mug Club goblet.

A - Pours orange in color, white head, lots of sticky lacing, thin filmy cap with some spots here and there on top.

S - Citrus, pine, bitter hops, very lights on the malts (if any).

T - Solid dose of bitter hops, pine, lots of citrus, tangerines, oranges. The bitter hoppy notes aren't overpowering, which is nice, just about right for my taste. Nice bitter floral finish.

M - Light, crisp, good carbonation, oily finish.

D - A solid IPA that I will continue to enjoy when I hit the pub. Revolution is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to visit when I want some great food and excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 22:21:03 | More by Sean9689
Photo of Thorpe429


4.15/5  rDev +1%
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
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a tulip glass of this at the brewpub. The menu described it as "an American hop assault for all the ambivalent warriers who got the girl in the end. Dry hopped with amarillo and simcoe."

The beer is light golden color with a few fingers of pillowy foam, a little bit of haze to the body. Nice citrusy aromas, lots of hoppiness with not much counterplay from the malts. Same with the taste, this is pretty hop-forward, any sweetness seems not to come from malts, with a little bitterness in the aftertaste. The body is just north of water, feeling a little sticky (or it could be my imagination with the resiny flavors).

Excellent for a low ABV IPA, lots of one-sided flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 14:50:33 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Kegatron


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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
Photo of jrallen34


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub into a 5oz glass...A light copper that is very, very clear. White head with good lacing...Aroma of light grass hops but thats it...Taste is flavorful, caramel to start, grass, balanced.

This is an above average ipa, one of their better sessions.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 01:06:50 | More by jrallen34
Anti-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.