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Anti-Hero IPA - Revolution Brewing Company

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Anti-Hero IPAAnti-Hero IPA

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304 Reviews
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Reviews: 304
Hads: 2,581
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 28.43%
Wants: 181
Gots: 669 | FT: 14
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: 304 | Hads: 2,581
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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Photo of damndirtyape
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bistro On Main in Kent, OH. Served in a tall narrow glass....not quite a pint glass but not a stange either. Hard to describe.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with some fine strands of lacing. Foam (off white) died back early on.

Smell: Orange and grapefruit citrus with some floral notes as well.

Taste: Hoppy. Lots of citrus flavors but definitely some malt balance as well. Good citrus finish - fresh orange zest with some mild tropical fruit notes in the background.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice thickness, not too sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Had two over the course of an evening - very drinkable. Full flavored, but not overpowering nor too bitter. Hoppy, but with enough malt backbone to make it very drinkable. Went well with food (ricotta gnocchi).

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Photo of BTodd
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass

A-Pours a clear, gold with a nicely laced finger or so of foam which dissipated by 1/2 in the first 30 seconds or so.

S-Great piney, citrus/orange rind aromas.

T-Similar to the smell with perhaps a little more citrus and some nice, spicy characteristics as well. I detect some biscuit nearer the end.

M-Medium carbonation which is pleasant. A touch thinner than I remember this one. Nice drinker that still has some substance to it.

O-I circle back to this one probably about once a month for a hoppy, can beer that isn't TOO crazy. It's also local to me which earns it some extra points. I'd like to review Revolution Brewery some time as well. I love that place but it's been too long.

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Photo of vishneda
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a favorite of mine. It has a bright and fresh flavor, lots of hop flavor and a sharp bitterness that work well against a very solid malt backbone. This beer smells every bit as fresh as it tastes and it has a classic look. The body is thinner than many IPAs in its abv range and it's a nice change of pace from a mouthfeel perspective in that way without sacrificing any flavor.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a very nice orange/amber color

Nose/head - small head, very apparent citrus aroma

Taste - A tasty balance of hoppy bitterness with a smooth citrus zing
very light mouth feel

Overall I thought this was a great beer. Still a pretty new beer advocate but I have tried a good number of beers in this style already and this one definitely stood out. My experience was from the tap however so I will have to try some store bought cans and see if there is any noticeable difference.

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Photo of NinoBrown
1.06/5  rDev -74%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is too bitter. It leaves a nasty bitterness to your mouth for awhile. It's way too overwhelming for any kind of pairing. This stuff is way too strong. I have no idea what they were thinking. Don't know why so many people like this beer. I'd rather drink Rosa than Anti-Hero any day.

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Photo of kevanb
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 5.30.14 poured into a Revolution Pint Glass.

The beer pours a nice clean, clear amber color, hues of copper and honey, a few bubbles rise to the top of the glass. Atop the beer rests a thick, frothy, white head, about a finger or so high with nice retention that leaves a bit of spotted lace. The aroma is nice, pleasant bitter hops, earthy, resinous and piney, lightly citric, a bit of crisp spice with plenty of smooth malt balancing the bitterness. Simple, balanced and presentable. The flavors follow well, lots of resinous, piney hops, grassy, earthy and weedy, with some floral character and bitter grapefruit peel, light spice with some faint tropical fruit flavors as it warms up while the malt is a bit more influential on the tongue, soft but hearty, rich caramel flavor finishes the beer well. The body is nice, oily, thick, could coat the mouth better, lacks a bit of pizzaz but finishes softly with a lightly dry bite.

Verdict: A very drinkable IPA from Revolution, delicious, balanced and fairly refreshing. It's not the most complex IPA, not a lot of depth, but very solid showing of the flavors and nothing is fighting for attention. Very nice 6 pack to have in the fridge, especially when it's less than a week old.

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Photo of argock
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Miller's (Chicago, IL).

A: Beautiful golden-light amber with 1-finger of oatmeal-colored frothy head with good retention and abundant lacing.

S: A delicious mix of tropical fruit, pine, resin, and grapefruit and orange citrus with a nice floral touch. THe malt background is crisp and mostly 2-row pale malt with a touch of light crystal candy caramel sweetness in the nose. It's a little too cold to fully appreciate the nose but it is a complex mix for sure.

T: A very fresh flavored crisp IPA with a lush fruity character overall. The hoppiness is varied yet cohesively presents citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon, and orange with pine resin and more berry and tropical fruit notes with a nice floral finish. The malitness is not very sweet but provides enough malt character to backdrop the wide array of hop flavors. Bitterness is a little lower than medium. Alcohol is well-hidden. A very nice all-around IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is a great blend of lush hoppiness with dry, extremely drinkable IPA.
The carbonation is low-medium but the dry finish is excellent.

O: Anti-Hero is a really good IPA that really pushes the limits of drinkabilty upwards while hitting an array of excellent hop notes while providing a solid if uninteresting malt character. Maybe a little experimentation with malt varieties may up this beer, but it is good but feels like it is at its max. A really good American IPA and well-worth to take a shot at.

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Photo of JeremyAnaya
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this IPA.

I poured this guy into a pint glass. It has a light copper color. Not much going on in the carbonation department. Light head retention

Smells awesome. Citrusy/lemony very bright aroma. It's one of those beers where as soon as I smell it I know I'll like it.

Taste very very great. Awesome hop character very crisp and smooth. There a slight lingering lemony taste (which I love) that is backed up by the bitter.

Mouthfeel.. despite the lack of visual bubbles, it's very bubbly on the tongue. Not heavy by any means. Very easy drinking.

I'd recommend this peer to any hop lover and also anyone who is new the this style. This is a very bright and inviting beer with lots to offer. I could (and do) drink this year round.

Find it Drink it Love it.

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Photo of HabaJohn
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good 70 IBU and 6.5% ABV, which puts it right where I start liking beers..
Have seen at CD liquors Tinley, and Kenwood liquors Homer Glen.
Have been served at Durbins Tinley Park and Stoney Point grill Mokena

For a decently priced local Brew (Chicago), and it's widespread avialablity, who can say no?

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with no date printed on any of the cans in the 6-pack. Pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin film. Some sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is all hops. Slightly dank but a lot of floral and citrus hints. A real nice combination.

Flavor is an outstanding combination of hop flavors. I pick up plenty of floral and citrus hints and it has a nice dankness that I particularly enjoy in IPAs. The malt is on the dry side and adds little in the way of flavor.

Surprisingly light in body for the ABV. Also feels just a tad lazy in carbonation. It is good but not a great aspect of the beer.

The hop flavor hits the target for me. Some of the properties of the beer knock the score down a bit.

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Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.