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Anti-Hero IPA - Revolution Brewing Company

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Anti-Hero IPAAnti-Hero IPA

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Reviews: 289
Hads: 2,506
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 28.92%
Wants: 185
Gots: 638 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 289 | Hads: 2,506
Photo of TheBrewo
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This brew was enjoyed on tap at Revolution Brewing Company’s brewpub in Chicago, Illinois. It arrived in a house pint glass showing a simple golden brown coloring. It held a sturdy finger’s worth of a white foamy head, leaving drippy islands of lacing around the glass as it descended at a moderate pace. No haze or sediment was appreciable, and carbonation appeared to be right down the middle. The aroma gave sticky sweet notes of nectary, burnt pine, and grapefruity hoppiness, toasty pale grain, standard ale yeast metallics and savory saltiness, candied walnuts, tiger balm and waxy lipsticks, light vanilla and toasty coconut coolness, tangerine seed and fruit flesh, sesame seed crackers, brie rind, and appropriately rich toffee sweetness to match. The flavoring hit with the stickiest, oiliest showing of piney and citric hoppiness. Curiously, the latter gave a bit more seriousness than sweetness, in the form of heavy and thick orange oiliness. Otherwise, flavor notes included pineapple and mango nectary fruitiness, honeysuckle, light plastic phenols, toasty pale and the lightest caramel grainy grit, nickel, cornmeal, browned grassiness, and smooth floral resins. The body was medium, and the carbonation was happily prickly. As stated above, the feel took on this immense oily slickness that decimated the mouth for most of the tasting. There wasn’t any real dryness to follow, but more of a crispy, bubbly coating to remind you of what you just consumed. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth were appropriate and well taken. The abv was within normal limits, and the beer drank back well.

Overall, this is a nicely presented house IPA. This was our first trip to Revolution, per the suggestion of Aaron at The Beer Temple, just a minute’s drive north of this establishment. This was his suggestion when asked where he would go if he could only have one lunch in Chicago, as we had only enough time for, you guessed it, one lunch. Unexpectedly a friend was also around at that time, so we were able to head over here and consume some delicious liquids and solids. None of the three of us had ever been, so we were excited to give it a whirl. Anyway, getting back to this beer, this is super tasty for you standard, year-round IPAs. The surprising thing about it was that crazy showing of citric, orangey oiliness that pervaded not only the flavoring, but the feel as well. This pushed things towards the heavy line, but simultaneously made it appropriate for cooler months coming to Chicago.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a can into a shaker pint.
A lovely golden-orange with a three-finger, fomay head from an aggressive pour. The head dissipates to scattered foam and some lacing at the top of the glass.
Wonderful aroma, lots of pine resin and citrus with a hint of pineapple and candied orange.
The taste is really good. Resinous pine and grapefruit pith, some orange and a surprisingly mild but dry and lingering bitter note.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky with, perhaps, a bit more than average carbonation.
Overall, I really enjoy this beer. A nice take on an IPA.

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Photo of DeepJello
4/5  rDev -2%

Poured from a 12oz can. IP trade extra.

A: Copper / orange in appearance with a fluffy white foam head.

S: Grapefruit peel, tons of citrus and pine.

T: Pine tree, grapefruit with some sweet malt notes.

M: Moderately carbonated, lingering bitterness, light citrus notes with the aftertaste.

O: A solid example of the style, American IPA. If this was locally distributed it'd be in my fridge on a regular basis.

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Photo of Hoppybrew022
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Served: On tap
Appearance: dark golden color with a small head that fades to a bulbly ring with light lacing lingering on the glass.
Smell: Nice light floral hop bouquet
Taste: Firmly bitter up front that fades to a soft spicy/peppery malty note.
Mouthfeel: dry to moderately dry mothfeel, good for the style. Medium carbonation, not too prickly.
Overall Impressions: This is a very good IPA, the server said they sell a lot of it so I think I got a good example. The hop flavor and aromas were good and the beer was nice and dry. I liked it a lot... I think I'll have another.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can date is a mystery, but it was picked up less than five miles from Rev, and drank within three days, so lets just say this was rather fresh. Drank 10.18.14. Poured into a 12oz Tulip.

A: Clear brilliant copper with two fingers of fluffy crystal white head. Large pitting, lots of visible carbonation, moderate lacing, head dissipates quickly leaving little cap and just barely a collar. Visually it reminded me of the new "session" IPAs.

S: Like getting hit in the face with a fresh cut Douglas Fir while standing in a poorly ventilated room which has just received a rather generous treatment of Pine-Sol. Pine, pine, and more pine...then if your sense of smell ever recovers you just might be able to pick up some tangerine and sticky malt.

T: Resinous pine, oily, fresh... like chewing on a fistful of wildflowers. Some malt makes an appearance in a heroic attempt to slow down the hop train, but the effort is futile. Fresh cut Douglas Fir's will be arriving on time, and continuously.

M: Snappy, biting, carbonation that rumbles through the mouth clearing a path for the flood of... you guessed it... pine oil soon to coat your mouth. Leaves you wet, sticky, and begging for more. And yes, that is meant to be taken exactly how it sounds like it should be.

O: Not at all what I had expected. A fairly strong deviation from the Midwest IPA crowd, and the West Coast IPA crowd for that matter. Good on Rev for bucking the trend and producing some unique and memorable.

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

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, orange-copper coloring with a one inch, foamy, fluffy, off-white head. Nose of resinous and piney hops, with a blast of tart and sweet grapefruit, floral hops highlights, and berry sweetness. Flavors are bitter and roasted forward, with a blast of orange rind and grapefruit, both tart and mouth watering sweet. Light, dry body, with a heavily bitter, piney aftertaste. Dry, bitter lingering finish. Crisp and highly drinkable. Wow! Solid, balanced, well crafted IPA.

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Photo of Jnashed
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 9/14/14 can into a pint glass

A) golden hue moderately cloudy. Full head that dissipated quickly

S) pine heavy with a sweetness , thick resin . Light bread

T) really balanced malt with pine. Not much fruit and the bitterness is not overwhelming. Very drinkable some citrus notes too and in fact they seem more present here then in at the smell.

M) nice but carbonation was light but full mouthfeel and ready heavy taste lingered on.

O ) very nice IPA. Not as full flavored as some but a real nice malt backbone that does not overwhelm . Hops are more toward pine and do not assault the palate. Like able

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Photo of tony11
4/5  rDev -2%

nice balance not too bitter finishes on the sweet side for an IPA. excellent flavour very easy drinking. not overwhelming in terms of hops but full bodied none the less.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -2%

From notes on 3/29/14

Brought some cans back home from Chicago. Pours a golden amber with a small white fluffy head. Bitter citrus smell. Hoppy bitter taste. Slightly grassy. Like fresh Spring air in a glass.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%

$ 1.99/12 oz can at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Can dated Aug 11 2014 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of pine forests, spruce sawmills, Xmas trees
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing good - broken rings and large islands of small to medium bubbles
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor begins very piney and smooth; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.3125. Final weighted score: 4.4125.
Yet another excellent example of the American IPA – piney, aromatic, bitter – just damn good!

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12oz can from 6-pack purchased at local Whole Foods ($9.99), canned 8/20/2014.

Straw-yellow, clear liquid, poured into SA glass. One finger head settles to white rim. Minimal lacing.

Sweet citrus, bright floral fragrance, brief caramel, pine, mild spice.

Oranges, mangoes, floral smooth bitterness.

Medium body, nicely carbonated, not oily or resinous.

Smooth, nicely hopped brew. Drinks more like an APA. Well done.

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Photo of Jeff-Grant
4/5  rDev -2%

Good everyday ipa. Had a brief encounter with this beer a year ago but only until last night could I really appreciate it. A perfect beer to drink all night. Nice bitter bite with a beautiful floral after taste.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Today 3 of us did a comparison tasting of 4 IPA/IIPA's brews: The brews were New Glarus Scream, Revolution Anti Hero, and Fiddlehead Second Fiddle and Mastermind. Second Fiddle came out on top with a rating of 5.0. Two of us feel it is the best IPA on the scene today. Scream came in a solid second at 4.5. It was a surprise to all three of us because we had not had it before. Great nose, nice color, great taste. Very Solid. Anti-Hero was well liked by all three of us and came in at 4.25. But Fiddleheads second brew Mastermind did not quite live up to our hopes.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%

Pour is hazed pale copper with a good bit of bubbly off white head. Nose is moderate grain presence and some caramel malt. Hops are citrus and strong resin hop and fairly sweet. Taste is even more sweet, strong malt and less grain presence. Lots of caramel and sweet candied fruits. Hops are citrusy, less resin. Medium syrupy body, softer carbonation.

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Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Very nice aromatic and flavoring hops, leaning toward citrus and pine. Sadly, this can was stale; didn't render it undrinkable, but I'm sure it was nowhere near as great as it should have been. Should also be well within a reasonable enjoy by date, as well, so that's got to cost it.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.03/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Anti-Hero is another India Pale Ale, which is a style of beer I'm discovering I have really no tolerance or taste for. The taste is intolerably bitter, and mixes the lackluster qualities of dry fruitiness with bitterness and, in turn, produces a beer that's hard to drink without making a face. I admire it because it is different, but cannot recommend it because it tastes incredibly rancid. Needless to say, my first offering from Revolution is a bust.

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Photo of Cresant
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured this 12 oz. can. Dated May 20 2014 (reviewed from notes). The body was clear and golden with a pretty white head.

The smell was citrus and pine. Spicy and peppery.

The taste was citrus sweet, tangerine. Pine. Hints of dish-rag - wha? Pretty balanced, which was surprising. Dank hops are prominent. This one dries out and the bitterness increases in the finish.

The mouthfeel was medium and there was adequate carbonation.

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

Serving: 12 can into tulip
Served: 5 August 2014

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy burnt orange color with a sizable white head that quickly diminishes to leave just a ring of bubbles around the outside of the glass. Minor lacing, but nothing notable. Carbonation in small streams coming up the sides.

Smell: Sweet, sticky maltiness with a dank, citrus hoppiness. The hops in the nose are not as pronounced as many other IPAs.

Taste: Really heavily skewed towards the malty end of the IPA spectrum- lots of sweet, dense maltiness adding a layer of honey sweetness. The malt backbone kind of reminds me of Hopslam. The hops in the beer are used in balance with the assertive maltiness, and add notes of dank grapefruit and lemongrass notes. Finishes sweeter than I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: Thick on the tongue but with appreciable carbonation.

Overall: A great IPA. I'm happy this one favors a more appropriate balance between malts and hops, as this really comes off as a flavorful, big beer without feeling boozy or overly weighed down. This honestly tastes a lot like a Hopslam, but isn't as dense. I think of this one as almost like "Hopslam Lite". A great beer, and one I highly recommend.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(on tap at Revolution Brewing - served in a pint glass)

A: orangey copper, clear liquid... nice lace

S: smells like an old country store: old wood, cloth, paper, light perfumy notes... tree nut skin... raspberry Jolly Rancher

T: pretty straight up NW IPA: woody, piney... bit of herbal raspberry hard candy... Centennial resiny... touch of bitterness and alcohol in the finish and aftertaste... dark, sweet orange peel and creme

M: medium-bodied and soft-frothy... cardboard dry with a moderate, lingering alcohol warmth

O: textbook, solid west coast IPA

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Photo of richj1970
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can dated 5/30/2014 into tulip glass. My first one from Revolution Brewing, and I've heard good things about them.

A: Pours a golden honey brown with a one finger white head with lasting retention. Some spotty lacing.

S: Pineapple and grapefruit combined with honey and caramel.

T: Quick punch of citrus with some grapefruit and pineapple. A bit of sweet biscuit malts, and a little hop bitter bite at the end.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Slight bitter finish. Very refreshing.

O: Solid IPA. Not quite as hop forward as I would have liked, but I would pick this one up again.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My first review of a Revolution brew, had a few of these while in Chicago for work. Color was a copper-orange, lighter than many IPAs. The taste and aroma were very piney, with some slight citrus. The hops were borderline underwhelming for this beer, could've definitely used more. Very approachable IPA, and while I don't expect IPAs to be too strong, I could use more than this.

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Photo of jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep golden with a fluffy, lasting head. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of mandarin orange, some pink grapefruit and a hint of pine. Some caramel mixes in.

The taste is of citrus, pine, caramel. Caramel adds a sweet backbone, but it lands bitter dry.

Carbonation is very appropriate for the style, giving tit a chewy body. Refreshing and smooth. Alcohol well-covered.

This is a wonderful example of an American IPA! A nice blend of hops with a caramelized malt backbone.

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Photo of portia99
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (4/22/14) poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a pale, orangey amber color with very good clarity. Two fingers of fluffy white head rise to the top of the beer and show excellent staying power. Dense, webby lacing is left on the glass as the head slowly dissipates.

S - Fresh grapefruit and lots of pine dominate the aroma with some grassiness and hints of mint kicked in as well. Soft, biscuity malt at the base, traces of caramel malt. Nice balanced aroma but with hops taking the lead.

T - Crisp hop bitterness up front, bitter grapefruity rind and flesh, resiny pine, faint earthy malt - again, very well balanced.

M - Medium in body with a firm, prickly carbonation that makes this quite lively. Hops are bright and crisp, very smooth and easy drinking IPA.

O - A very good IPA...approachable for newbies, sessionable for veterans. Went thru a 6 pack of these received in trade pretty quickly...was a favorite out by the pool on hot afternoons. Definitely would look for this one again.

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

Appearance: Gold, good head.

Smell: Piney, pretty strong.

Taste: Toffee in the background balanced with moderate citrus bitterness. Balanced, but hoppy.

Overall: I picked up a 6 pack in Illinois since this is not distributed in Minnesota. A very solid IPA with good hoppy bitterness but enough malt to help keep it in balance. I'll have to try some other Revolution beers.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 6/16 into pint glass

*Full disclosure. I lived in Chicago for 10 years and started loving craft beers while Revolution was growing up. I may be a bit of a "homer" on this one.

A- Pale gold. Clean filtered. Slight head that recededs quickly. Minimal lacing
S- Hop forward. Citrus & pine resin
T- Piney hops, but not over powering. Great citrus taste near the end. Finishing with that slightly bitter hops.
M- Smooth and very drinkable.

O- Love this IPA. Clean and crisp. Straight foward IPA goodness.

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Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.