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Anti-Hero IPA | Revolution Brewing Company

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Anti-Hero IPAAnti-Hero IPA

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Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by emerge077 on 02-04-2010

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Reviews: 326 | Ratings: 2,770
Photo of mrchrisray
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bad poor - no head, no retention, and a little lacing but it disappears quickly.

floral, piney, and resinous - men's cologne-esque

doesn't taste as happy as it smells, but still taste like hops. more fruity and citrusy in taste.

feels weak on the tongue, not much body. "miller lite" ipa.

good but not great, drinkable, "a lite ipa". a good every day ipa.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops. In the taste, mellow orange citrus hops, with a small dryness. A small hop bite, and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Nice IPA, mellow hops, but balanced.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 6/25/13 and poured July 8th -- hard to beat that.

Appearance: A pretty clear amber color, with maybe just a slight haze to it. There's maybe a finger or two of head, but it bubbles away pretty quickly. There's basically no lacing. This doesn't have the look of some of the other critically acclaimed IPAs, but that's not a huge deal. I do love the label on the can though, which is why my appearance rating is bumped up a bit. That probably shouldn't factor in, but oh well. On one side you get the fist that's shown in the picture on this site, and then on the other you have General Hophead with hops falling from the sky with parachutes. It's just a memorable, good looking label.

Smell: Sweet, but without tropical fruit smells that I've had in a good number of IPAs I've had recently. Instead, this has that sweet, bursting piney hop aroma. I haven't ever been in the presence of pot before, but I imagine this is what it probably smells like.

Taste: Almost exactly like the smell. Sweet, piney, Mary Jane sorts of taste through and through. The aftertaste is slightly sticky, and absolutely fantastic. I'm not sure I've had a fresher tasting IPA -- this is almost like just sucking on a hop. Anti-hero has hops through and through, but it's not intensely bitter at all. This has a great sweetness to it, and it works incredibly well with those sharp, fresh-as-all-hell hops.

This is awesome... absolutely awesome. One of the freshest tasting beers I've ever had. Being bottled 13 days ago no doubt helps. Anti-Hero is definitely now one of my favorite IPAs, and that actually sucks. Revolution needs to start distributing to Michigan soon, because I only got one six-pack of this stuff.

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Photo of tut2528
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: awesome bright golden colored body, creates about 1 fingers worth of an off-white head.

S: huge immense grapefruit rocks the nostrils. i also pick up on piney hops, tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, some orange peel and a sweet sugary malt backbone. quite nice and very well balanced.

T: piney hops, grapefruit and other tropical fruits. there's a much more pronounced sugary malt/caramel backbone sweetness here and it balances beautifully with the hops and tropical fruits. i also pick up on a touch of biscuit here and even a slight touch of honey.

M: lighter bodied, nicely carbonated, leaves a slight honey character on the palate with a nice bitter hop profile bitterness.

O: terrific brew., great flavor profile that has an awesome balance. love the sweet characters and the bitter piney hops.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Murky orange. Amber. Bright flame when held to light. Silver starry head that decapitates quickly, leaving showers of falling stars to streak, cling and sparkle on glass.

S-Pine. Like you're walking in a forest. Fresh squeezed citrus. Tangerine. Damp grass. Dish soap. One of the better pine smells I've encountered. The forest bouquet takes root in your nose and blossoms.

T-Pine Pine Pine! Hops Hops Hops!. More pine, like actual pine oil lubricating your buds. Soothing malt backbone. Honey. Bitter orange marmalade. Chamomile. Grass. Grapefruit. Resin. Initially bitter. Sour finish. As it warmed I detected peach notes.

M-Noteworthy medium body. Not the thickest nor thinnest. A bit chewy, but still fluid. Spritz-y carbonation that lasts even when the head is dead.

O-I feel spoiled at how easily available this soon to sweep the nation brew is! Quality beer will always be out there. If we support it. A great brew for any occasion. Relax with it, session it, chug it, it all works out. Easily top ten IPA's this should be for any good beer drinker.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear orange/amber, one finger head with some carbonation.

S-Citrus, earthy notes, good hop presence and some malt.

T-Good balance, starts with mild malt, nice bitterness. Blend of citrus and grass.

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

O-Not sure how fresh this was, like the Dos Osos it seemed lacking a hop bite so maybe it is a brewery thing or these might not have been super fresh.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer #2 from DIY Chicago care package.

Golden body, excellent clarity, plenty of carbonation streams, topped by a billowing ball of pure white bubbles of all sizes and shapes.

Big inviting citrus aroma up front, with some piney support.

Strong malty base, with juicy citrus on top, a big bitter bite, and it all entwines and rises off into a lingering sunset together.

Smooth medium mouthfeel with just a bit of prickliness.

In other words, it is not reinventing the wheel, but it is a damn fine example of the craft. When in the Chicago area, seek it out.

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Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange in color,small white head leaves so fast it leaves behind skid marks.

Aroma is sweet bread,caramel,faint resinous hops reside in the background.

Taste is a tad more balanced than the aroma with some decent bitterness from the hops, but still upstaged by the malt content. Interesting mid swallow flavors that degenerate into a syrupy malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium, decent carbonation and relatively easy drinkability.

Revolution's Galaxy-Hero really impressed me,but this one left me flat overall for the style it represents: not a big gamble as it was a trade extra, and nothing I would seek out for a future purchase/trade.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange, sunny, white head. Laces well.

Aroma: tropical fruits and citrus, orange rind, light pine needles, bready sweet malts.

Taste: citrus and orange, mango, pineapple, resins, caramel, moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light to medium in body, crisp, good carbonation level.

Overall: super solid IPA.

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Photo of cw577enfield
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to willseph for this one!

Can poured into a snifter:

A - amber/golden hue with three fingers of head. Aggressive foam at that one! Nice lacing.

S - citrus and tropical fruit notes, bit piney but vague, nice sweetness that comes together at the end.

T - similar to smell, a solid balanced flavor that allows everything to merge for a great taste.

M - light to medium bodied, good carbonation, and easily drinkable.

O - quite a refreshing IPA beer! Great job to Revolution Brewing Company.

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Photo of Purp1eOne
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a nice amber color with a good amount of head

S - A nice pleasing orange/citrus aroma

T - Good combination of hops and citrus and hardly any bitterness. There really is no aftertaste to this beer, from start to finish its a nice citrussy/malty combination.

M - Carbonation is very mild and not a whole lot of body but it goes down really easy.

O - Overall this is a very nice IPA with a great combination of citrus and malt. You really can't go wrong with this IPA.

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Photo of Rope
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A hazy deep amber, that drinks in natural sunlight with a surprisingly strong lived straw yellow head.

Orange citrus, but not very forthcoming.

Just outstanding. This is an IPA everyone can get into, because it lacks the bitter reproach. Usually that lack of bitterness would bother me, but the bright citrus flavor followed by a buttery malt is too tasty.

A bit more oily than expected, but it certainly does not detract. Bubbles can get smaller quicker, depending how you have it served. (glass type, tap, can etc)

This is flavorful enough to merit serious contemplation on taste, but accessible enough for all to enjoy. That also implies you can lose yourself within 4+ quicker than most IPAs.

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Photo of confer
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had nver heard of these guys before a a visit to a Chicago area bottle shop.
Got a mixed six and luckily this was one of my choices.
Pours medium yellow with no head.
The smell is grapefruit with a hint of pine.
The taste is exactly like the smell mostly grapefruit with a little pine. Lots of flavor.
Very low carbonation.
Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a straw yellow with a tint of golden orange with a pretty sizable 3 finger, near-white head. Retention is great, lacing is very nice as well.

S - Citrus, maybe a hint of pear and some pineyness - hops are lacking.

T - Ahh there they are, a really nice combination of hops bursting with sweet tropical/citrusy juice flavors, not super dry bitter more citrus and fruit than bitter and dry. Taste is relatively constant right through the aftertaste - mostly fruity with nice diminishing hoppy bitterness. Leaves my mouth salivating a bit!

M - Medium bodied or lighter, carbonation is a little weak but still rather refreshing considering.

O - Pretty tasty - I fear I may have let it get cold too quick (in the freezer) - didnt freeze but it probably wasnt too far away from it :/. Still very tasty, fruit forward ipa. Great extra! Thanks boilermakerryan!

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Photo of maximum12
2.38/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to fiver29 & jampics2 for dropping this want into boxes that arrived in the past week or so. Loved the Galaxy Hero, so looking for another good hop fix. 12 oz. can with nice USSR-style visuals.

Pour is a clear golden orange. that triggers my salivary glands. I almost have to drown myself to get anything aromatically coming off the surface of the beer: sweet? I've had well water that smelled more; hope that's not foreshadowing.

Anti-Hero, you're no Galaxy Hero. Malt leads the way, & that's no way to build an IPA, or play in the hay. Hey. Sweet southern biscuits & crackers arrive first, & only second is there a gentle waft of rose/floral hops. Grassy, borderline dank midsection gives way to a meek hop nip right at the end. The dankness grows as the beer warms, & cuts into its limited appeal. I could have done with half a can.

This is a malt-driven IPA, something that should go down in the dictionary next to the bikini shawl & wool underwear. I could finish this. I'm thinking I might not. Not terrible, but not a good beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wyatt13 for this awesome can in a recent box!

Poured into a snifter. Pours a crystal clear gold-tinted orange. Thin off-white cap. Nose is bursting with freshly-ground hop cones. Big citrus notes, pine needles, a little alcohol.

Crisp feel. Easy drinking though for the bounty of flavors going on. Juicy fresh citrus hops. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit. Total citrus bomb! Love this one. A massive IPA that I would love to have on hand. Thanks, Wyatt!

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Photo of yamar68
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another one from alelover - thanks!

Clean hop aromas... sweet citrus and tropical fruits. An appropriate malt backbone.

Faintly sweet, mild bitterness and a nice earthy/floral sorta thing. Orange juice and mellow mango... I like. This would definitely be in my standard rotation if it was available to me.

Thanks Joel!

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Photo of JackieTH
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich golden slight haze with a half inch of foam and a bit of lace. Smell is lightly tropical, citrus, the smell is the weak point of this beer if there is one. Taste is nectarines and orange pith mild to moderately bitter with a nice light malty sweetness that is almost reminiscent of melons. Works well and is flavorful, juicy. Light to medium body is creamy and with nice carbonation. Tasty beer I'd buy it again.

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

Can in trade from Lemonhead. Thanks! Pours clear and light golden orange. Big massive fluffy head on the pour. Aroma of sweet swwet citrus, pine, and loads of grass. Flavor has more sweet caramel malt than expected to go along with the piney hop bitter. Lingering sweet citrus on the palate. Nicely balanced IPA that still provides the big hop flavor. Slick mouthfeel but light due to the carbonation. Easy drinker. Wish this were available around these parts.

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Photo of thaghost
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a teku

Appearance - Fairly hazy golden orange color. About one-finger creamy head.

Smell -Cannot smell much of the hops. Picked up several fruit flavors.

Taste - Right amount of hops with the grain and sugar taste. Also picked up the grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation lingers for a bit, fairly heavy on the tongue, delicious nonetheless.

Overall - I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Not too hoppy like many IPAs, which for me, allowed me to pick up some more of the fruit and sugar tastes. However, a little too carbonated for me. Overall though, a solid IPA, especially out of a can.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.01/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Decent white head and retention. Thick collar of foam.

Smell - Not all that hoppy. Not enough for me at least. A little bit of grassy pine. Some sweetness.

Taste - Grain, a touch of sugar. Some hops. Grapefruit and pine. Not very hoppy. Cloying sugar in the finish with some fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel - Seems much heavier than it should feel. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Disappointing. Not very hoppy at all. Some funny fruity off flavors too.

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Photo of TheLostGringo
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a couple of Cans in a recent trade and was excited to give it a try.

A: Pours a light copper color with a 3 inch billowy head that I had be careful did not overflow the tulip glass I was drinking it out of, solid lacing throughout. 4.00

S: Big fruit aromas, perhaps the strongest tangerine, grapefruit, general fruitiness I have ever smelled in any beer. A slight resin aroma at the very end. 5.00

T: Follows the smell, juicy and fruity in the beginning with a nice hop bitterness to round things out, highly drinkable. 4.25

M: Just right, fills the mouth without being cloying or thin, just a bit sweet, goes down nice and smooth. 4.50

O: Extremely impressed and surprised at how good this was, really wish I could get this on a regular basis. 4.50

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this was surprising. Like, Raul's Boo being nice to him, "surprising." Raul got this bad boi as an extra, and is Raul sure glad he did! Just straight up solid like pulling a jenga piece and not having the tower fall.

Mmmmm, Raul like it. Raul like it like In N Out after midnight nice n good.

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Photo of MatthewPlus
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Powz87- thanks a ton bud!

Poured from a 12oz can into a 3Floyds teku- also received in the trade with Powz87.

Pretty polished, it shines a gold to garnet with a two finger head of egg shell, and unless im crazy, a small hint of lime green?

Muted nose, i get peach, lemon zest and mowed grass. It's not as prominent as many of the IPAs i've been drinking recently, perhaps that is weighing into this review.

It tastes good! Orange, tangerine lead into a bouquet of floral notes. Not biting or obtrusive, but also not eye-opening fantastic, just very solid.

Feels medium- light-medium, lasting bitter finish. certainly has a drying effect.

Seems like a self-sufficient IPA. I would certainly order this in a bar if I was in Chicago, but probably wouldnt buy a 6er to take home.

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Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.