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Anti-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company


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Ratings: 1198
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%

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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Photo of schwemjw


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy golden yellow with a fluffy pure white head

S: strong pine and citrus. loads of sweet grapefruit. a bit of speatmint.

T: very similar to the aroma. sweet nectar and grapefruit. strong caramel malt base.

m: so smooth! long pine finish. slightly juicy.

o: impressed with this one. I could drink it all day /93

Serving type: can

10-22-2013 21:21:42 | More by schwemjw
Photo of patpbr


4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden with a nice two finger head with nice retention.
S - Citrus, pine Its overall has a nice hoppy aroma.
T - Nice balance. pine, citrus like the smell. The malt character is blended in nicely. The bitterness is just right.
M - Medium body and carbonation. This goes down smooth
O - I will be buying a six pack next time. A solid IPA.

Serving type: can

10-19-2013 23:54:18 | More by patpbr
Photo of macrosmatic


3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to VinnyMarmalade for including these cans as extras in our trade! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into an Upland pint glass.

A: Hazy gold with a one-finger white head and a good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Pine, citrus rind, and light biscuit malts. Not a huge aroma, but pretty standard for an IPA.

T: Grapefruit, citrus, melons, mild pine and tropical fruit hops with a good biscuit malt backbone. Moderate bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body for style, good carbonation, low alcohol presence.

O: This was tasty, but there's nothing here to set it apart from a sea of American IPAs available in cans. Still, if it was a local beer it would be in regular rotation in the fridge.

Serving type: can

10-18-2013 15:22:09 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of inlimbo77


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

12oz can, Sept. 2013
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a fairly clear yellow orange color. Nice two finger head. It's off white leading to light tan. Big bubbles. Sticky lacing bits left on glass.

S: Lots of pine and citrus on the nose. Big grapefruit. Sweet orange notes. Some sweet malts behind the strong aromas.

T: You don't get blasted with hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. It's there, pine mostly, but just a sharp hit. Middle of the mouth you get that grapefruit bitterness mixing with that sweet malt backbone. Very pleasant IPA. Easy drinking and "fairly" balanced. Finish is dry. Lingering piney aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: can

09-30-2013 13:40:28 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of stercomm


4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a classic pint glass

A - Light honey, straw color with a good bit of haze, big white and thick head that receded slowly with lots of thick lacing.

S - Nice citrus scent not overpowering at all, maybe a bit of pine notes

T - Well balanced IPA with a smooth, citrusy taste, long finish that is dry and somewhat hoppy. Coats the mouth nicely.

M - Medium bodied with a hint of bitterness, medium carbonation.

O - A very nice, well balanced brew definitely know you are drinking an IPA but it is not an in your face beer.

Serving type: growler

09-29-2013 17:31:17 | More by stercomm
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber orange color with a pillowy ivory white head that lasts for the entire glass. Retention is incredible and lace is copious. The aroma is pure lemony, floral hops with a bit of bready pale malts. Hops dominate the first sip with big lemon and orange flavors. A big bitterness dominates throughout the palette but is tempered by some doughy maltiness. The mouthfeel is light and well carbonated, lots of small bubbles. Grapefruit rind and lemon bitterness in the long finish.

This is a kick ass IPA. Brash hoppiness with a sufficient amount of balance. Definitely worth a try, and if you're in Chicago a visit to their beautiful brewpub.

Serving type: can

09-27-2013 01:32:31 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of snaotheus


3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass. This is actually the third time I've tried this within a week, kind of by accident. This beer seems to permeate the southern suburbs of Chicago. 30626BC3F024 might be the can code. Otherwise, it's a strangely random string of characters and numbers just printed on the can -- it looks like label printing, not code stamping.

Pours clear straw yellow with a small head. Smell is honeysuckle, but mild, with some lemon and vague citrus notes. Taste is honeysuckle and lemon up front with a nice piney bitterness, followed by a straw-malty finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, not exciting, but not bad. Overall, pretty darn good.

Serving type: can

09-18-2013 00:36:27 | More by snaotheus
Photo of imprezawrxsti


4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquired in a mixer of beers brought back by my Dad from Binny's in Chicago. I have been to the brewery before and was happy to see it!

Pours a beautiful pale honey colour. In fact, the hazy quality of this IPA makes it look almost precisely like a big pint of honey.

Smells super hoppy with a hint of citrus. I wish I could make my car smell like this! Mmmm.

Just enough hoppiness gives way to expected citrus and just a hint of almost earthy malt. The balance is exceptional; like the Radiohead song says, everything in its right place. Nothing is overwhelming, and as a result, Anti-Hero is actually quite an easy beer to drink.

Velvety mouthfeel, the lack of visible bubbles in the glass is a disguise. Wonderful carbonation.

Overall, I'd say this is pretty high on my list. I'm a fan of the hop juice, and the balance and refinement of this brew make it really stand out.

Serving type: can

09-16-2013 05:52:15 | More by imprezawrxsti
Photo of 312HopBomb


4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A pour into my Estes Park pint glass produces a beautiful honey colored beer that is clear honey hue with tons of chunky foam that slowly recedes leaving lots of lacing.

Intense hop aroma with citrusy grapefruit and light malt. Mouthwatering results with each sniff!

The taste is a continuation of the aroma with waves of juicy grapefruit hop taste and a great malt backbone. The balance leans toward a hop focus which is good as the hop flavor is nearly unsurpassed. The malty background has a sweet honey taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with near perfect carbonation.

Anti-Hero is one of my go-to IPA's. World -class hop juice from Revolution Brewing. I really have to visit this place to try some beer/food pairings.

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 23:36:01 | More by 312HopBomb
Photo of davey101


3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks seuthdog! Pours a clear amber body with some dirty white foam.

S - Pine, grapefruit, caramel malts, and pulpy orange juice. Really juicy and almost herbal, this is a pretty unique aroma that I haven't found in any other IPA.

T - Pine and grapefruit lead into some crackery malts. Has a really clean watery finish which helps with the bitterness but I wanted the flavors to stick around a while longer. Peach aftertaste. Insanely easy drinking stuff. Slick mouth feel.

O - A bit too clean and watery. Not an amazing IPA, but one that you could easily crush a few cans of on a hot summer day. Thanks for sending me this Chicago treat Jon!

Serving type: can

09-11-2013 00:38:48 | More by davey101
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had at Emerald Loop in Chicago.

A. Clear and a deep yellow. It has a solid bubbly white head with some lacing. It's clear with some bubbles coming up in lines on the sides.

S. It has a limited bready scent.

T/M. It has a jolly rancher, grape flavor...quite sweet. Not so hoppy. Fairly smooth and medium to light bodied. Some earthy undertones.

O. It's solid, if unspectacular. Sweet and smooth, but lacks a punch.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 21:13:39 | More by Amalak
Photo of joe1510


4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz Can
$9.99 6-Pack
Four Seasons, Morris

Anti-Hero is a hazy copper brew with good clarity. Platoons of carbonation rush to the surface. A snow white head with the consistency of soapy water easily rises to a couple fingers in height before settling to a thick cap and leaving sticky lines of lace down the glass. I'll have to scrub the hell out of this pint glass.

A very resinous, dank hoppiness hits up front and is followed by mouthwatering citrus. Orange, grapefruit pith, and cantaloupe all in that order of intensity. This is no doubt a hop forward IPA but there's a nice juicy caramel and biscuity maltiness.

The flavor follows suit. Solid resinous bitterness straight away followed by the juicy citrus mentioned in the aroma, no cantaloupe though. The resin seems to grow in the back of the throat and leaves a fairly substantial bitterness on the swallow. Caramel maltiness edges its way in to add a touch of balance but stays put as a base for the complex hop profile.

The mouthfeel on this beer is superb. Medium bodied with a velvety smooth texture and just enough carbonation to tickle the tip of my tongue. Moderate bitterness covers every square inch of my mouth and throat.

Bitter, juicy, velvety, and drinkable all describe this top notch IPA. Anti-Hero is a beer that I find myself buying very often, even with all the new craft on the shelves. A local tried and true favorite.

Serving type: can

08-30-2013 01:28:09 | More by joe1510
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden and clear with a small white head. A fine sediment in suspension.

S - Piney and earthy hops.

T - Toasted malt with a moderate citrusy bitterness. Good balance despite the nice lingering bitterness.

M - Nice smooth consistency with a moderate carbonation.

O - A tasty, refreshing beer.

Serving type: can

08-28-2013 21:50:44 | More by GJ40
Photo of woodychandler


3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once more, I will reiterate the point that if you are transiting through Union Station in Chicago and you have some time to spare, head over to Binney's (South Side Loop). I CANnot imagine that you will be disappointed. I have never been more appeased in my life than when I am leaving there.

I did a quick Crack and inverted Glug, resulting in just over a finger of dense, thick, foamy tawny head with great retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden yellow and as is the custom in my kitchen, King Midas, Croesus and Mammon all appeared for a taste. I keep telling them to buy their own, but they all maintain that by mooching off of me, they CAN retain their collective wealth. Nose was wild for the style - grassy with a black pepper bite and some mint thrown in for good measure. I saluted El General and took my first sip (ahem, draught). It seemed a tad thin for the style, on the tongue, and the the taste was reminiscent of DFH 60", which I liked when it was initially released. Since then, DFH 90" has supplanted it and I prefer DFH 75" when available while DFH 120" is too much. What I am trying to say is that this would have been a tasty beer six or seven years ago, but now I am such an inveterate hophead that not just any AIPA will do. This was hitting me like hops tea, rather than full-on beer. Not bad, but not challenging. Finish was semi-dry, but again, it seemed to lack Ooomph.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 19:39:50 | More by woodychandler
Photo of tone77


3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops, some citrus notes. Taste is bitter, hoppy, piney, a bit of citrus, not much malts. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 16:58:55 | More by tone77
Photo of DonFrap


3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into HF oversized glass. Nice smell on this one, a little grapefruity, mellowed a bit as this can isn't super fresh. Not a lot of head and almost no retention. Not overpoweringly bitter, but a nice bite towards the end. An easy drinker for 6.5 percent, and hasn't fallen off much, even after a month and a half.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 00:31:45 | More by DonFrap
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - bright orange with a tall, off white head that has short retention but leaves nice lacing

S - big grapefruit aromas with some faint floral notes as well

T - bready malt, some faint sugary sweetness, big grapefruit notes, mildly piney, moderate bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a great IPA. The hops aren't over the top so it's easy to drink without destroying your palate. The balance here is fantastic with just a slight sweetness to cut the mild bitterness. The grapefruit presence is a fantastic feature. Overall, a great IPA that is definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: can

08-14-2013 21:34:36 | More by tdm168
Photo of mynie


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a reasonably priced sixer of cans at a Binny's. Thank you, Revolution, for not going down the douchebag route of putting your cans in 4-packs.

Aside from that--goddamn, have American brewers gotten good at brewing high-alpha IPAs. Big giant alpha burst up front, with your regular nodes of oranges and grapefruit dried potpourri flowers. The middle is maltier, the finish is more citrus, and there's absolutely no off nodes: no parts where the bitterness gets too sharp, no stickiness on the back of the tongue.

Serving type: can

08-14-2013 16:45:38 | More by mynie
Photo of Maninthearena


3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Honey- orange amber, pretty fizzy head. Nice color, nice sweaty glass.

Nose- Typical IPA basenotes of citrus hops, some syrupy sweetness lingers. Also exhibits some grain notes.

Taste- Bitter orange dominated by oily hops. Pretty heavy bitterness but with a nice aftertaste that isn't too dry and some barley sugar sweetness from malt.

Mouthfeel- Medium body for an IPA with a slick resin-like consistency. Cleanly dances across the palate. Pretty light carbonation without feeling too thin.

Overall- Very pleasant brew to put back, makes me want to try some more Revolution beers. Always a treat to have a fine crafted ale out of a can.

Serving type: can

08-02-2013 01:56:36 | More by Maninthearena
Photo of ToasterChef


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife brough a six pack of Anti-hero back to Maine from me when she was in Chicago recently. It has been in the fridge since it came out of her luggage. I let it warm slightly before pouring vigorously into a pint glass.

The beer is clear and has a copper/orange color. Lots of rising and clinging carbonation. A good sized head rests above the top of my glass. As it settles, decent lacing is left behind.

The beer has a citrusy, resiny hop aroma. It leads me to believe that this will be a bitter beer.

This is a good west coast style IPA. Big hop flavors. There is a touch of caramel sweetness. Citrus and floral bitterness linger.

The beer has some noticeable hop oils, but the coating left behind is not too thick. The beer has a medium body and good level of carbonation.

This is a desirable IPA. If you want well-drinking hop bomb out of middle America, seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 00:07:18 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of hoody711


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Love Revolution. Love this beer. Let's go.

A - from a can into my new Sierra Nevada "IPA glass." So pretty excited about that. Bronzish orange, huge head that settles quickly to a faint rocky top layer, slightly off-white. Lacing is gratuitous. Really nice-looking.

S - you can smell this beer from 3 feet away. It's amazing. Citrus hops, pine, maybe a bit of malt and breadiness, but the grapefruit and orange really dominate. No booziness.

T - follows suit. Chewy citrus, sweet and refreshing. Gives way to a little bitterness in the middle that evens out and hangs around for a bit. Everything you'd expect with an IPA. The one fault that I can find is that towards the end, it's a little flat. The nice tastes up front don't carry through to the end.

M - sweet and refreshing, not too heavy. Like I said above, a little flat, but it's by no means a deal-breaker.

O - just a great IPA. The look and smell of this beer are top-notch, and it's a little too easy to drink. You could get yourself into trouble with this one. By all means, worth a 6 pack or 2 if you see some while out and about Chicago.

Serving type: can

07-31-2013 22:44:06 | More by hoody711
Photo of vinny21bal


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. I honestly think it is the best beer in the midwest for the price. I get a can of it for a $1.25! I mean come on. Huge hop notes, good alcohol which is not over the top like some of these beers coming out. The citrus is amazing on the nose. It is just a great refreshing beer that I think any IPA drinker would love. Again, being an IPA it needs to be fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 18:22:44 | More by vinny21bal
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South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to beersndrums for this one!

12 oz can poured into a tulip at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 2-finger bubbly white head that hangs around for a little while. There’s some decent lacing to show for it. Clear with a decent amount of bubbles.

S – There’s some caramel malt here along with a very interesting hop profile. It’s tough to put my finger on exactly what’s going on here but it smells like grapefruit, some orange, some pine, and a touch of some herbal or floral aromas. Regardless of it being tough to figure out, it smells good.

T – It starts off sweet with caramel, almost cake-like malt and then the hops come marching in. It starts off with orange, then grapefruit and some pineapple, then pine, and finally finishing up with some spicy, herbal, and floral flavors. Bitterness builds throughout this wonderful progression. Tasty and balanced beer.

F – Medium-bodied, good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and dry finish. Bitter grapefruit and herbal hops linger for a while.

O – This is a nice IPA. Even though it has a bunch of hops, it ends up tasting and smelling quite balanced due to the strength of the sweet malts and the milder aromas and flavors involved with herbal and floral hops. It’s really a well-crafted and very drinkable beer. This is my first taste of anything from Revolution, and I’d definitely be interested in trying some more of their beers. Thanks for the beer and for introducing me to a new brewery, Jared!

Serving type: can

07-28-2013 02:25:38 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Photo of robwestcott


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PHboiler for this one. Poured cold from the can a translucent coppery orange to a sun king shaped pint with a full finger big bubbled slightly off white long lasting head

Aroma of pine resin and orange rind (?)

Light bodied, creamy, subtle bitter to the tongue on the first sip but it's not a huge hop bomb. Nice malt balance on this one, and almost sweet.

Nice IPA.

Serving type: can

07-21-2013 00:57:32 | More by robwestcott
Photo of KFBR392


3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours with a deep strong orange color. Poured with a little less then a finger of head. Head dissipated and was not present while drinking. No lacing on the edges of the glass. Light carbonation while drinking.

Smell: The front is a nice complex mixture of pine and caramel heavy malt base. A saturated citrus hop presence comes through strong as well. Pretty standard accents coming through here for an single IPA with a strong malt base, but it is done very well.

Taste: Piney front tingles on the palate. A much sweeter some hop presence rolls in then I expected from the aroma of the beer. The finish is a slightly sugary malt body. Definitely on the sweet side, but again very well done and a very drinkable brew.

Mouthfeel: A sugary resin feeling is left behind on the palate.

Overall: Very solid Chicago IPA. This one has a much strong malt base then other IPAs from Chicago I've had. The hops are a pleasant amount of spicy that keep you on your toes. Good stuff for sure.

Serving type: can

07-19-2013 18:47:07 | More by KFBR392
Anti-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,198 ratings.