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Anti-Hero IPA - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 283
Hads: 2,456
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 182
Gots: 606 | FT: 14
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Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-04-2010

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
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Photo of GuzzLah
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - clear, yellow-light orange beer with a short and disappearing white head with some lacing.

S - grapefruit, mild pine and a nice soft malty note for a lighter colored beer.

T - like the aroma plus some semi-sweet tangerine in the finish.

M - medium body and carbonation. Low-Medium bitterness for an IPA with a short-medium sustain.

O - not a hardcore IPA. Tasty beer at a reasonable price. Flawless. Drinks like a nice hoppy pale ale. Probably wouldn't impress some West coast IPA fans unless you told them it was a pale ale. (536 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a light bodied polished, bright orange gold in color with a one finger creamy white head. The nose is bright and hoppy. It's floral and clean with a touch of bubblegum and pretzel like pale malt. It just has a really clean nose. The flavors too, are fresh, bright, very aromatic without being in your face. It has a nice yet somewhat restrained floral hop character that finishes with a touch of malty, cracker sweetness. It is very sessionable and with the lighter body, pretty damn refreshing. It's almost like a more amped up All Day IPA from Founders. I could drink THIS ONE all day. This is a great beer at $9.99 per six pack. (646 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this off tap at Gino's East in Chicago. Served in a pint.

A: Pours a honey gold color with a short white head with good amounts of lacing.

S: Hops, citrus notes, wheat, malts

T: Tastes relatively sweet, a bit dry, hints of lemon peel, and of course lots of hops on the finish

M: Medium body, good amounts of carbonation, good balance of flavors with a big emphasis on hops, but that's expected

O: Pretty good beer all around, not really a fan of IPAs, but I still enjoyed it. Recommended by me. (505 characters)

Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Envelops for sending this one to me in a BIF.

A-Poured golden amber very minimal haze. Little head, minimal lacing.

S-A sharp sweetness upfront with citrus armored hops. Smells fresh.

T-Similar to the nose, a light toasty sweetness with a blend of citrus and medicinal tasting hops. Picking up a lot of orange flavor in the sweetness.

M-Medium-heavy body for the style and smooth mouthfeel. Lower carbonation.

O-Excellent brew. I wish I had easier access to this one. I could easily see this being my "go to" IPA. Reminds me a lot of Two Hearted. (565 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Special thanks to Duff27 for including this in a trade; I appreciate it buddy. Received today via UPS. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Duff27 recommended it but I've never tried this brewery before. 6.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz aluminum can with green and white label served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. I dig the label art. I don't see a bottled on or best before date.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted hard pretzels.

Satisfying pop as I open it.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of some cream, okay thickness, and good (3.5+ minute) retention. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. It's not real frothy, but it's typical of the style. Body colour is a light translucent clear yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible (nor should they be). No bubble show. It's standard fare for the style; there's nothing unique or special here, but there aren't any overt flaws. Good vibrance. It's appealing, overall.

Sm: A pleasant marriage of malty sweetness with floral hop character. Some light hop nectar and light pine. It's a pleasant departure from the grapefruit-dominant biting aromas of many west coast IPAs. I don't get any soapiness; this spent the right amount of time in primary. No alcohol comes through, nor does any yeast. A touch grassy. Certainly clean and pleasant. A bit piney. A bit too much caramel malt was used here. I also detect a strange rauchbier-esque malty note; that's odd but not unwelcome. There's a definite slight smoked quality to it; I didn't notice it initially but now that I've had, it's more and more recognizable. It's well tempered by light citrus with a bit of juicy character. All around, it's an intriguing aroma of mild strength. I'm excited to try it.

T: Balanced, but a bit lacking in terms of depth of flavour/amplitude. There's definite floral hop character, a touch of citrus, a touch of nectary hop character, and it's all balanced by a pale malt foundation that doesn't intrude. I don't get any yeasty character or alcohol - neither of which would be welcome here. It's got a very subtle light hint of smoked malt - a characteristic which I like, mainly because of how carefully it's integrated. There's not a lot of complexity or subtlety here. Still, as a simply built straight-up IPA, it's a success. It's refreshing and pleasant.

Mf: Undercarbonated, actually - but only slightly. A biteen buttery. Smooth and wet, as it should be. Palate presence is decent. A bit thin. Complements the flavour profile well, though. Chewy and lightly refreshing.

Dr: Quite drinkable. I think anyone - whether experienced with IPAs or new to them - would enjoy this one. Hides its ABV well. Its biggest flaw is its over-reliance on caramel malts. I wouldn't get this again unless it was the best option at a lower end bar, but I'm very pleased to have had the opportunity to try it. Thanks again, Duff27. I'd have no trouble murdering a sixer of this, but there are better options out there. Still, it'd make a good introduction to the style and it's more balanced than most. Also, because it's a canned beer, it'd be a great choice to smuggle into a movie theatre. Or is that just me?

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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 (626 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks egrace84 for the "local beer" donation to me!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head. Plenty of lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: Citrusy smelling IPA. Grapefruit and oranges. little pine. Smell both fresh and juicy!

Taste: Oranges start the beer off. Pine and grapefruits seem to mingle together nicely. This beer packs a mild hop bite, but makes up for it in fresh, bright, and juicy hop flavor. Little bit of bready malts in there too.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. Hoppy lager keep coming to mind, but I know it was brewed as an IPA. Did I mention that this beer is just frickn crushable? Yeah its that drinkable.

Overall: Great hot weather beer. Great local beer. (775 characters)

Photo of Durtdiggler
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into tulip glass.

Pours amber hue, frothy off white color head that's very big, lasts along time, retention around glass.

Massive hit of floral, resinous hops. Very intense, leaves little else to the malt. Love the aroma. I could eat it.

The taste has some balanced bitterness backed by some sweetness in the malt but the bittering seems very mellow versus the aroma. Caramel, toffee with slight biscuit and roast notes.

Mouthfeel is light medium, very easy drinking like a lighter version of itself. The one goes down fast.

Great beer but wanted more bitterness, a bit more complexity. This beer is so easy to drink and satisfies IPA cravings. Could be an everyday IPA. Well done. (707 characters)

Photo of popery
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly pale gold. Looks slightly hazy, perhaps. Just a touch. Very nice puffy white head. Just a ton of tiny bubbles are sitting on top of the beer. Good lacing. Aroma is a pleasant mix of bright citrus and spruce/pine. The citrus is in the direction of orange/tangerine territory. Doesn't quite have enough juiciness to it. Little bit of tropical hoppiness - pineapple and kiwi. Lots of hops to the taste. Good flavorful citrus upfront. Just a touch of caramel malt flavor, always a positive. Finish is quite dry, though a bit too yeasty. Could use a little more hop flavor, there - improves as it warms up. Still, it has a solid, clean bitterness to it, and I'm enjoying my glass. Easy to drink. No booze to be found. Light on the palate but flavorful. This is a well-made IPA. It's probably not going to blow anyone away, but it hits all of the right notes, and I'd be happy to drink it regularly. (910 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Crate & Barrel craft beer glass

Nice golden color with the appropriate bright white head throughout the pour.

Some pine in the scent, but not an overly pungent brew.

Crisp and clean taste with a nice level of carbonation in the mouth. Very well balanced flavor. Light pine flavor is the most pronounced. Just a very smooth everyday IPA. Nothing really stands out. Smooth, drinkable, and flavorful. (424 characters)

Photo of atomic
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into Unibroue Tulip

A: All beer is beautiful to me

S: Actually not a lot of aroma to this one. What I do smell is all floral and citrus.

T: Only one way to describe it and thats JUICY. Where it lacks in smell, it makes up for in flavor. Explosion of grapefruit followed by a very slight but noticeable hop bitterness.

M: A little bit thicker than you'd expect it to be. No complaints though.

Overall this is quickly becoming one of my favorite local beers. Its everything you'd want from an IPA, without being too bitter that it ruins your palate. I was shocked when my girlfriend, for whom every other IPA has turned her face inside out, exclaimed "OOOooo" after having some Anti-hero. This is the one folks, if you're still not sold on hops, if you're still sensitive to the bitterness, this is the one to try. I should mention that its deceptively easy drinking; in the time it took to type this out, I've nearly finished my glass. (956 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Note: scoring system is in whole numbers only)

12oz can poured into Bells tulip glass and consumed today 2/18/13. Thanks to mgm54 for including this as an extra.

Aroma: Nice combo of floral and citrus aromas with a deep contribution from a sweet breadiness. Smells great coming out of the can. (4)

Colour: Beautiful clear amber body. It literally looks like amber- glad there isn't an insect stuck inside it. Pours with a nice, creamy 2cm white head that dissipates after 1-2 minutes. Lacing gets to be a nice thick collar when I swirl it around, but otherwise falls down quickly. Really a very damn good looking IPA. (5)

Flavour: Big on the sweet breadiness from the nose, with floral hops on the palate from the middle to the end. Not a whole lot of citrus that I could smell from the nose. I would imagine the citrus is from the hop aroma while the floral aspects are from the bittering hops. Balanced to the point of being a strong APA. Which is what I like in my IPAs. (4)

Mouthfeel: Nothing particularly special. Medium bodied, perhaps on the lighter side, very good carbonation that leaves a bit of fizziness on the tongue. Resinous and the aftertaste is very pleasant. It doesn't linger for too long which I appreciate- if I want a big bitter aftertaste that stays for more than a minute, I'll drink a Hopslam. (3)

Overall: Very nicely balanced IPA that doesn't go too overboard on the hops. I prefer the less hoppy IPAs that allow some of the malt backbone to shine more and this is one such example. One might even consider it more of a strong APA, but APAs are more of my flavour than the current hop-heavy American-style IPAs. If it were distributed here in Wisconsin, I'd say it would be a great sessionable staple IPA six-pack that I'd pick up once a month. (4) (1,782 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1739th Review on BA
Can to woodshop snifter

Purchased a single can for $2.19 at Jerrys Liquor Brookfield, IL

App- Normally my IPAs go into a tulip. Since I am traveling. I dont have one. Brought a snifter for a tasting next week. This was a bit of a deeper orange with some peachy yellows and a bit of whites mixed in. Fairly solid and dense with a bit of a 1/2" off white head. Maybe a couple cling lines.

Smell- Not the most aromatic of IPAs but really had a nice base aroma of strong floral hops with a bit of a resiny balance. The citrus on this one was a bit muted with more over ripe fruits.

Taste- Like the aroma this wasnt the most over powering of flavors but was really nice and balanced for being a single IPA. Ive enjoyed the other Revolution beers I have and this was no different. The strong citrus was more prevalent on the palate but was still balanced out by a bit of piney and resin. A touch of caramel and butterscotch as it warmed.

Mouth- A fairly medium body. A bit light on the middle and fairly grainy on the finish. The carbonation is a bit medium with some grainy parts as with the body. Residual fruits of pineapple and orange with a bit of a malt balance remain.

Drink - I enjoyed this beer. It was flavorful and easy to take down. A nice small IPA from a local brewery. (1,308 characters)

Photo of Bernardkowalski
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most Defiantly one of my go too beers, Especially sense it is year round and if you can't find it on tap anywhere, at least you know someone will have it in cans.

A: Has such a beautiful gold body, almost could not ask for a better gold color. light cream head which tends to linger around it's circumference of the glass even while still. steady liveliness too it, carbonation seems to never stop.

S: Weak sweet citrus smell, does not hurt the nose what so ever.

T: Absolutely fits its character as an IPA, Ingredients seem to be balanced just right to not leave any sort of bitter aftertaste. Can't really say it's not bitter only because you should expect that in all APA's or IPA's. no over dominating characters.

M: Beer is not flat at all, i would have to say its more of a light and bubbly style in its self. Very smooth, has a fitting body for its style, no where close to a heavy body, yet far from light. (922 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a can of this

Consumed 2/12/13

Appearance: Clear, orange-cold - small, off-white head fades quickly to a tiny cap - leaves some decent spots of lacing

Smell: Floral, bright tangerine - fleshy, sweet tangerine slices - a very mellow citrus (minimal pith/rind) - some hints of dry pine - light malt profile, smells like a "session IPA" (I am surprised to see this is 6.5%) - lightly toasted with some caramel and bread

Taste: Sweet tangerine slices and floral hops - fleshy, sweet citrus - mostly tangerine, some orange, some ruby red grapefruit - lightly oily, a bit leafy, very floral - touch of pine - medium level of bitterness - lightly toasted malts - biscuits and bread, with some caramel, but mostly pale malts - tastes a bit heaver than the aroma suggests, but it's still on the light side

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish body, smooth, a touch oily, finishes mostly dry, adequate carbonation

Overall: Anti-heroes should be deep and compelling. This is almost there...

This is a good IPA, but it could be better. The hops are interesting, and the malts aren't bad. But this kind of tastes lighter than it should. Not particularly deep. Worth a try, and bonus points for the can. (1,219 characters)

Photo of csparace
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a good head out of the can. Non cloudy appearance and the head comes down quickly. Good golden yellow hue.

S - Mild hints of citrus. Not an extremely powerful smell.

T - Defined citrus notes. Mostly lemon hints. Medium amount of hoppiness for IPA. Very balanced. I think it has a better after taste than initial taste.

M - Medium carbonation. Coats mouth with bitterness. Very refreshing and thirst quenching.

O - Good reliable IPA. Has a consistent feel to it in every can. Always refreshing, and a good standard by which to judge others upon. (567 characters)

Photo of Beerandboards
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank straight from the can, so I can judge appearance. Admittedly I just gave appearance a similar score to everything else.

S - really nice juicy citrus, kind of a light aroma, not bowl you over, but smells really nice

T - Super super smooth. Lemon, tangerine, smooth citrus with just a tinge of bitterness. Super easy drinker.

M - about right. Medium carbonation. Great delivery.

O - got this in a box a while back, took it out of the fridge with no expectations, and bango! Surprise! Really nice (503 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to djcorrao for the can.

Appearance: Mostly clear, slight chill haze. A deep gold. Minimal head. Drops to a thin collar in short order. Spots and notches of lacing cling to the glass. Moderate carbonation,

Smell: Light floral hop aroma fused with some pine and a good hit of citrus. A bit sweet. Malts are a nice balance, offering a slightly caramelized and bready backbone. Some pale malt snap. Nice herbal note. Decidedly floral with an equal citrus presence.

Taste: Hit of grapefruit upfront quickly followed by a floral explosion. Some tropical fruit in in the back. Malts are nicely balanced. Some underlying caramel sweetness and a nice bready element. Vaguely toasted. Some pine resin. So much floral, but not flower petals exactly. Lingering bitterness. Balance is the key here. Warming drops it a bit in favor of the malt, leaving the hops a bit too earthy and underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Lingering dryness with an initial hint of creaminess.

Overall: This is not Batman.

A good drinking IPA. Not a ton of complexity or depth, but enough flavor to be interesting. A but muddled throughout, but worth drinking when you're looking for something quick and easy. (1,219 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can, unknown bottling date, $10/6pack, poured into Spiegelau tulip snifter.

A: Golden amber and clear body, 2 finger eggshell-white head with solid retention and lacing.

S: Grapefruit and tropical fruits with floral hops, nice aroma.

T: Follows the nose well but quite subdued, heavy malts in addition to the hop profile, not overly bitter, but a watery finish.

M: Creamy and smooth, medium body, well carbonated, slightly dry on the finish.

O: A solid IPA from a favorite local brewery. There are better IPAs out there with better flavor profiles, but this is a nice one that happens to be canned. Had it before, will have it again, but nothing special. (665 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a moderate head of airy white foam.
Aroma-Citrussy hop notes
Taste-Citrus rind, herbal, leafy hops, a hint of salt and mineral. A bit light-bodied for an IPA, but pretty tasty. Worth a try. (273 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-07-09 at the brew pub in Chicago, IL (from tasting notes) Had this again on 2015-08-10 at the Chicago Midway airport on tap.

A - Pretty clear golden-amber with a 1-finger white head and nice lacing.

S - Hop floral, citrus., pine. Nice.

T - Juicy pineapple, citrus, some pine, plenty of hop bud flavor, caramel as it warms. Delicious.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and full-bodied.

O - Good stuff. Worth seeking out. (449 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Floral hop aroma up front with a light and pleasant citrus character. Hints of orange and lemon and a hint of pine. Fermentation character is clean with all the trappings of a hopped up American IPA.

Appearance: Deep copper pour with a medium white head that retains well. Appears still in the glass. Lacings cling to the glass.

Flavor: Big floral and citric hop punch up front. Just a hint of caramel sweetness that is quickly subdued by the big citrus hop flavor and bitterness. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. A hint of hop derived astringency and just a touch of alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Immensely drinkable and loaded with tons of hop character. I love this beer. Great example of the style. (790 characters)

Photo of MickeyBeer
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass

A- Clear and golden/amber in color with about one fingers worth of white foamy head. No real lacing to speak of.

S- Great citrusy and piney smell from the hops. Very aromatic.

T- Good amount of hop bite and balanced with a little bit of sweetness. Minimal alcohol presence.

M- Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O- Solid IPA that I would have again. Sometimes see it available in a can at bars and the awesome design on the can always sparks conversation. (508 characters)

Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.