Anti-Hero IPA - Revolution Brewing Company

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Anti-Hero IPAAnti-Hero IPA

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Ratings: 2,398
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 178
Gots: 571 | 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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Ratings: 2,398 | Reviews: 322
Photo of IvarTheBoneless
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A local brew, and an excellent brew. Nails the hops and flavor, great nose. Mouthfeel lags a little behind, but you only notice because it's hits the mark squarely in all other respects

Photo of HopBomb515
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber colored body with a slightly off white and thick head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is a wave of citrus in its sweet form. The malt integrates to the nose of citrus bringing sweet orange, tangerine and clementine notes. Flavor follows with a sugar like sweetness up front from the malt backing which again just lends a perfect sweetness backing to the orange, tangerine and clementine flavors. Crisp mouthfeel with some bright carbonation, heavy end of a light body and a crisp and drying finish. Great IPA here that I'd love to have again. It's citrus all the way, balanced in a good way and super drinkable.

Photo of Hazelchips
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amazing easy IPA. BEST CAN IPA! Great brewery as well. This is one of many greats from Rev. Brew.

Photo of jmbranum
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap at Chicago Union train station.

Pours a crystal clear honey colored liquid with a decent off-white head.

Pleasant sprucey aroma.

Flavor is fantastic. Complex and nuanced. Lots of floral hops. I'm picking up notes of pine, juniper, and pineapple. Some nice copper notes.

Nice medium mouthfeel with velvety just-right carbonation.

Best IPA I have had in some time.

Photo of Bryanweppner-123
4.98/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Exceptional ipa from a can

Photo of Taybeh
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Elephant & Castle on a freezing cold evening in the Loop

A: gold with some tints of reddish and amber, 1 finger off-white head
S: an intoxicating mixture of sweet tropical and orchard fruits, dank earthy resiny pine notes, and some pale malt breadiness.
T: follows the nose, and comes in layers. This has got a lot going on, and I like all of it.
M: lingering bitterness with a little bite, medium carbonation, a little on the thick side, slick but ends dry

Overall: I enjoy this one a lot, even though I sometimes wonder whether it has too much going on. Delicious.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured into a Dogfish Head branded IPA glass

A - Pours a slightly honey-tinged gold. Forms a nice finger and a half of slightly off-white, creamy head that has decent retention. Spotty lacing left on walls of the glass.
S - Sweet, bright, vibrant and tropical. Lots of peach and mango, sweet hops and perhaps a light note of lemon in the back. The aroma is definitely sweet and tropical and less savory.
T - Balance is the theme here, and it is done so perfectly. Upfront there is sweet peach and mango, this is followed by savory grapefruit that finally develops into hop bitterness. The bitterness at the end of the flavor development rounds off the initial upfront sweetness perfectly yet does not linger once it has done its job, making this beer incredibly crisp, refreshing, thirst-quenching and sessionable.
O - A DAMNED fine session IPA, one of the best I've had. If I could get this stuff, it would replace Modus Hoperandi as my favorite go-to session IPA for sure.

Photo of Joban
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nailed it. Nice piney, citrusy hop profile. Per usual ton of flavor packed into it.

Photo of humuloner22
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up as an extra on a trade.

Really solid brew here.

Appearance: Solid IPA, not too dark but some reddish hues and golden bronze colors.

Aroma: Dank hoppy dominant beer. Some tropical fruit notes in there as well.

Taste: Dank, bitter, but not too biting, enjoyable overall.

Overall: Solid brew, I would like to try more from this brewery in the future.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold in color with a minimum of head. An absolutely perfectly balanced IPA, with a sweet maltiness on the back end as a kiss off from the assertive hop profile. An outstanding IPA in a crowded field.

Photo of Kraj30
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is the most overrated IPA in Chicago. lots of times its old they make so much and it doesnt sell at all bars

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange color with a frothy white head. Smells of orange, grapefruit, a little malt sweetness, pine and earth. Taste is much towards the grapefruit side. Bitter orange peels and juice. Some mango and pine. Good malt backbone. The bitterness complements the citrus flavors really well. Mouthfeel is pretty good, if a little thick, but this really drinks easily. Overall a very solid IPA. It's not something I would go out of my way to get, but nice to try from a trade haul.

Photo of Ri0
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz can into snifter. Canned 11/21/14.

A - Dark hazy orange with a nice 1.5 finger white head. Nice webbed lacing forms and a collar forms around glass edge.

S - Starts off with some bready malts and caramel sweetness. Hop flavors of bitter citrus and pine.

T - More hops up front than the nose would indicate. Bitter citrus, grapefruit pith and pine. Middle fills in with the bready malts and sweet caramel notes. Finish has a nice bitter grapefruit punch.

M - Medium slick mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Lingering bitterness on the palate.

O - Pretty solid, canned IPA, but nothing that distinguishes it from all the other IPAs.

Photo of verticalted
2.88/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good ipa with a decent taste.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler. Carbonation was still good and strong but not sure when it was filled since it was a gift.

Appearance: pours a deep caramel orange color. a two finger or so white head with strong retention and leaving behind a strong lacing. strong brightness and clarity to it.

Smell: a honey to light caramel sweetness. strong resiny hops. some citrus, pine and spiciness to it.

Taste: opens up with some citrusy and resiny hops. hop taste develops into a piney to earthy spicy taste. in the background are some semi sweet malts. lighter honey-esque than the aroma. ends with some bready malts and more hop resin.

Mouthfeel: carbonation was good. probably would be even a little better in a can. bitterness is strong but not overwhelming, lingers for a little. drinkable and a nice slight dryness.

Overall: a solid IPA offering. perhaps a bit too strong on the caramel style malts for me. also not my first choice of hop varieties but still very good.

Photo of BeerSnobery
2.99/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Would not buy this one again.

Photo of NickWebster87
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was an outstanding IPA, just that right amount of in-your-face hoppiness that makes life so great

Photo of HopperDropper
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pineapples and pine needles... Nuff said

Photo of pagriley
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Lots of pine but also surprising citrus and tropical notes and a nice malt balance. Love the convenience of the cans too. New favorite go to daily IPA I think!

Photo of mr-jj
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 oz can. Canned 9/20/14.

Color is clear light gold with a 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. A bit of semi-sticky lacing. Smell was pretty subdued at first - it needs to warm up above refrigerator temp (probably around 45F or so). Once it warmed up, there was a nice aroma of floral and citric hops - very juicy. Flavor was exactly the same - originally it was a bit cold and didn't offer much. After it warmed, it really exploded with delicious orange, grapefruit, pineapple and mango flavors. It has a nice malt backbone that just keeps the hops at bay while remaining well in the background where it belongs. Finish is clean and bitter and lingers for a bit. Body is definitely on the thin side, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this beer is an enigma. When it's too cold (or too warm) it didn't offer much to get excited about. But at the right temperature, it's really, really good.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a can into my tulip. From Kevinpitts. Thanks Kevin!
A – Pours out a straw yellow with a good finger of stark white head that stayed around and left spotty lacing.
S – Piney, floral, earthy and grapefruit.
T – Grapefruit and pine all over this one. Citrus flavors like orange, tangerine and pineapple? Not overly hoppy or bitter. Very nice balance. Touch spicy up front with a sweet malt at the end.
M – Medium carbonation with a bit of dryness.
O – Very nice IPA. No hop bomb but instead a nice tasty easy drinker. I could see myself bringing a 6 pack of this on the boat catching some tarpon this summer.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can sent to me in a recent trade. It's about 3 months old, but doesn't taste like it all.

Pours a golden light amber, with orange tints, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells classically IPA- orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and pine, juicy and fresh, with no malt that I can detect.

This is a great IPA, I wish we could get it around here. There's some lightly juicy hop flavors, nice melange of orange, peach, pineapple, and grapefruit, with some heavy bitterness, a bit of a floral character, some herbal awesomeness, and some lightly sweet caramel malt. There's just enough malt to give it a solid backbone, but not enough to take over flavor-wise.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, juicy mouthfeel, and a normal amount of carbonation for the style. It's very, very drinkable.

I wish this was on the shelves around me, I'd buy it all the time if it was.

Photo of AlexBananas
4/5  rDev -2.9%


Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

What strikes me first when drinking this IPA is it's freshness. It's really tastes like it was made yesterday. Crisp, hoppy, balanced and delicious.

Photo of Gregaroo
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7-5-15 - Got a pitcher at South Loop Club on East Balbo in Chicago. Last stop on ourwalk to Soldier Field for the final Grateful Dead 50 show. Great bar. Great local beer.

Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,398 ratings.