Anti-Hero IPA - Revolution Brewing Company

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Anti-Hero IPAAnti-Hero IPA

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Reviews: 279
Hads: 2,431
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 182
Gots: 592 | 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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Reviews: 279 | Hads: 2,431
Photo of joeseppy
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltic amber pour with dense off white head.

Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon Pledge, sugar and piney. Nice aromatic bouquet.

Delightful balance of malt and hop. Dank and catty In the middle and piney resin in the back. Rather a safe attempt ie. missing some pizzaz or sparkle.

Light to medium bodied leaning towards accentuating malt. Some slickness.

Overall a solid IPA. I believe it needs more a fruit flavor approach and less malt. The nose is great and then I'm expecting the taste to follow and it don't happen. About as fresh as can be and it's local so why the hell not. Good backyard BBQ quaff that wouldn't offend say the BMC locals. (653 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light brown with a two to three finger head. Orangey and light to the nose. The taste is smooth at first impact and finishes with a buttery sweet aftertaste. The orangey flavors work well to counter-balance the booziness. It is on the lighter side, as far as IPA's are concerned, but it still possesses enough body to be considered one. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. It might benefit from a bit more complexity taste-wise, but at its reasonable price, I'm not complaining. (488 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Tricerahops for this one.

Poured from a 12oz can, canned 02/15/2014.

A light chill haze on a gold body; solid 3-4 fingers worth of foam. Aroma is sweet hops, caramel, pineapple. Flavor has some mango, pineapple as well as sweet side of hops, fresh lemon. Feel is a bit dry and on the malty side. Good IPA but lacks a little oomph to it. (348 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: shiny orange marmalade, finger white head,
delightful lacing

S: pine, orange peel, mango,
sweet biscuit malt

T: orange/mango, sweet malt, long bitter pine

M: med body, oily/sticky mouth

O: Scrumptious local IPA! This is constantly
in our bar fridge. Revolution is a fine
brewery that may be flying under the radar.

DELICIOUS; GET SOME! (347 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dark amber, lots of head. very little carbonation.
i'm getting a lot of lemon, then grapefruit on this one for a smell.
taste has an up front, and lingering, mild bitterness. grapefruit. lemon. some bread. some stickiness and resin.
overall, a nice brew. light on the palate, easy to drink. another really good brew from 'out there'... (335 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy sticky lacing.

S - Heavy citrus (grapefruit, orange, & lime) and light pine.

T - Follows the aroma with lots of citrus upfront. Nice sweet bready malt backbone with the piney earthy hops showing up in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very clean mouthfeel.

O. Very nice IPA with lots of nice citrus flavors. Delicious. (402 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful looking copper pour, clean with 2 fingers of frothy head (slow dissipation, excellent thick lacing). Aroma is simcoe all the way! Pungent hops, cat pee, pine, cedar.
Flavor is sweet up front, bready, caramel, and a nice raunchy hop profile.. Very well balanced.
Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation.
This is a very easy to drink ipa, modestly hopped though balanced out nicely by the sweet grain bill. Really enjoying the artwork on the can too! (468 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times on tap at the brewpub. Reviewing at the time of drinking a can at home, but with both can and draft very fresh in mind. Poured into a FFF Teku.

A: Dark golden in color with 1 finger of white frothy head that reduces fairly quickly and leaves little lacing.
S: Citrusy up front, with a combo of citrus and pine as the lingering aroma.
T: I get a lot of citrus fruits up front, and a very mild pine aftertaste. There isn't a huge bomb here, but a very enjoyable palate.
M: Carbed well to style, leaves a slightly dry finish.
O: I always enjoy an Anti Hero when I have the chance. This is a very solid IPA that should not be overlooked. If I had to compare this to any beer, I would say it is more similar to Jai Alai than any other beer I've had. (776 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange color with a thin head with medium retention.
Aroma of pine, grapefruit, tea leaves and lemon.
Nice citrusy flavor with notes of pineapple, slightly toasted malts, honey, grapefruits and some herbal hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste, though less intense than average for the style.
Light body with low carbonation.
An elegant American IPA, very well balanced despite its 70 IBUs. Clear and smooth taste, you could even session on her. (445 characters)

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

An extra in a trade with BigStein88. Thanks George!

Canned 12/11/13. A little over two months old.

Must be a popular brewery name in one of the three urban centers of American Communism, Chicago. The Anti-Hero name, art of a military-uniformed, hop-faced general with red stars all over him, and the typical Communist raised fist (albeit in hop green) all seem to add to the political statement. ..which this reviewer found highly off-putting. But freedom of expression is still part of our Constitutional system, so I'll try not to let all that affect my review.

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Clear dark gold with a finger thick white head which receded to thin even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild pine.

t: Pine hops forward over a medium malt base. Dry finish.

m: Medium, good body.

o: An above average, tasty middle strength IPA. If it was available in my area and not too expensive I might be tempted to buy more. But I'll exercise MY right to freedom to buy and pass. (1,016 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with a finger of white foamy head, medium thin lacing.
S - Awesome aroma! Tons of lime, some peach, a little pineapple, some light hints of malt, orange, a little grass.
T - This thing has a great amount of lime flavor to it, lighter tropical notes in the background, pineapple being the most prominent, a nice semi-sweet paler malt base, a tad of crisp granny smith apple in the end.
M - Clean, crisp, medium feel.
O - This thing is outstanding. I wish I would have gotten more. This thing is bursting with flavor, its extremely balanced between malt and hops. (597 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice look to it. How a good ipa always looks. It has that glow. Citrus notes, lot's of them and well, hops. Yummy, very tasty and an easy drinker. A nice malty backbone that adds to the drinkabiliy. Maybe a bit thin I don't mind a bit. Light on the carbination. Could be more . . . Oh well. One of my favorites because it's just so drinkable. Smooth, low on the abv and enough hop flavor to bring you back. A must for the golf course! (434 characters)

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

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-bread dough, citrus, pine, herbal, aromatic

T-bready malt, grapefruit, herbal, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-well-balanced IPA, enjoyable drinking (264 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a single of this for $1.99 from Vintage Estate. Into a Mason Jar pint glass.

A - The beer does not disappoint I get a inch of rocking head, sweet lacing on the glass, and a amber brown color that's not too dark or bright. It even has some yeast floaties so its unfiltered!
S - As soon as I cracked the can I got that sweet pine and citrus zest hops that I enjoy sniffing. In the glass not too herbal so it looks like it may have balance.
T - Well its an easy going IPA Not too bitter or hop ridden but smooth. Each sip is hoppy and the malts are very in sync. I dig it.
M - Light to medium and super session able.

Overall an easy going IPA that has a low octane ABV and enough hop bite to keep it interesting. Worth trying! (733 characters)

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

This is a remarkably sessionable IPA, while not being too light. There's a nice smell and taste of citrus aromas and flavors from the hops, although nothing is over the top. I believe I had another beer from this company recently and wasn't disappointed. I like the cans, and the beer tastes fresh. It goes down easy and has a good amount of flavor, although nothing here is exceptional. Overall, this was well worth the $9.99/six pack of cans, but it wasn't the best IPA I've had either. (488 characters)

Photo of ryancrotty
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the strongest and best smelling IPAs. Immediately upon cracking the can the hop aroma exploded out from the can. Somewhat of a unique IPA, as it has a grassy/grain-like taste to it that tends to overpower the hops. Lighter in color and a very short aftertaste. Decent IPA, but wouldn't seek it out again. (311 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass- pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with less than a finger of head, minimal retention and nice lacing. Pretty but the lack of head is a little disappointing.

Smell is lovely- citrusy hops and sweet malt.

Taste is much the same as the nose- citrusy hop notes balanced by malt sweetness. To my mind this is more of a pale ale than an IPA. Mild bitterness. Goes back and forth between the sweetness of the grain and the hops.

Mouthfeel is very nice- medium light body with moderate carbonation. As a previous BA said, the carbonation helps a lot. This is a pretty average IPA that should be a pale (average meaning better than goose island and harpoon bit nowhere near the big boys like headhunter or sculpin). There are other Midwest beers that are better but if you're looking for something nice to drink, this will do you fine. (880 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy warm amber color with a rich and sudsy head of white. Laces beautifully.

Herbal greens with yellow-white citrus notes. Hoppy fresh, it seems, with a backing of sweeter pale malt grains. Comes off slightly sweet, overall. A bit rind-y with showing white grapefruit and tangelo. Nice aroma.

Citrusy and zesty with rind notes. A little pith. Some oxidized turning taking place. A caramelization of the malts that doesn't really work. Biscuity, but a little past its prime, I feel. No canning date to say otherwise.

Smooth, but languid. Some lively carbonation going on here to help.

I imagine this could be a lot better, but it held up, somewhat. Would love to try another that was guaranteed fresh. (705 characters)

Photo of Libationguy
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amber with white rocky head that has a medium- retention.

Beautiful nose. Clean and pure with new world hops out front and fully on display. Citrus, fresh pine needles and a very light resin note in support. White flowers and a fresh feel to nose nose give the hops both backing and credability.

Clean and crisp with a nice weight to the mouthfeel. Not heavy, but not thin or watery. The alcohol is in balance, the malt plays a nice supporting role and the beer is beautifully attenuated. Bitterness is well balanced in the beer. Super drinkable.

If you are the beer drinker that approaches hops the way some people approach hot sauce: how insane can I handle; this is not the beer for you. If on the other hand, you are a person who enjoys hops when displayed in an artful fashion and you enjoy new world hop flavors, find a way to drink this beer! You will not be disappointed.

Cheers Revolution Brewery on a job well done! (929 characters)

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Anti-Hero IPA
Revolution Brewing Compnay, Chicago
---can to pint glass---

Darker amber, very clear. Quarter inch ivory head, good lacing.

OMG, this smells great! Grapefruit, orange peel, lots of pine! Glorious!

Good amount of bitter right off the bat, hints at the grapefruit, carmel malts shine through the spicy hops.

Good carbonation feel, bitter and hop stick in your mouth in between sips. Good burps!

I really enjoyed this beer. The smell gives high hopes, but isn’t as hoppy as one would hope. Definitely worth trying another... just waiting for the hotel bartender... (626 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Yellow with a tan tint, 1/2 foamy head with nice lacing.

Smell - Huge pine aroma mixed with some grapefruit. Malts, lemons, sugars, a little floral note with some spices.

Taste - Starts out a with a big pine and grapefruit blast. Some added spices give it a herbal green tea-like flavor. Orange and lemon is also a noticeable flavor. Slight caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets a lot of pine and grapefruit at first sip. Palate gets more herbal flavors, spices, and caramel malts. Aftertaste is herbal, piney and a malty.

Overall - Nice beer. Plenty of hops to make a big pine and grapefruit flavor. Really easy to drink. A little simple in its flavor but its really done well for what it is. Well worth giving a try. (765 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a finger of eggshell head, body is a light orange amber with the slightest haze, a nice ring of lace after each quaff.

Smell - Slight pine, juicy citrus and light tropical, slight herbals of basil - really nice juicy hops smells.

Taste - Wow, great fresh pine with really bright citrus, mostly grapefruit with light orange and tangello, a really nice herbal basil flavor - really bright clean full flavors here.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, nice full flavors, juicy and slick, almost medium carb is silky smooth with some really nice crisp and bright edges around the sides of the tongue. A great mouthfeel, very satisfying. Finish is slightly dry and bitter with grapefruit pith, but juicy in the mouth corners.

Overall - Really an excellent ipa, great bright and full flavors here. The slightest citrus sweetness to balance, but the bold pine and citrus to provide complex flavorful pucker. A must try ipa in my opinion - a great ipa that absolutely holds it's own, a must try. (1,004 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Pours a clear amber, with a big, but quickly dissipating off-white head.

Smell is really nice and hoppy - lots of citrus. Super bright.

Taste is a really wonderful orange flavor, and surprisingly not too bitter, considering how wonderful and juicy the hop flavor is. It's pretty sweet, and really tastes like some kind of orange candy. There's a little bit of tartness in there too - like an actual orange. Really, this is probably the most citrusy IPA I've had. The finish is just a tad more bitter than it is sweet, and is fairly dry - it reminds me a lot of actual grapefruit juice.

Mouthfeel is not too thick, not too thin - perfect and expected for the style.

Overall, it's a really great "lighter" (read: not over-the-top) IPA. It's really refreshing, but has tons of flavor. The only criticism I have is that it sometimes can come across as soapy, and is actually maybe a bit _too_ citrusy. I can't believe I can actually have that as a complaint, but there it is. If this was available in GA I would probably have it all the time. (1,078 characters)

Photo of MetricOcean
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Medium bodied beer that stands up to the hops. Wonderful aroma: all citrus and pine. Not in your face bitter, but a really good standard IPA. Clean, crisp, hoppy, satisfying. This is your 'session' IPA at 6.5%. This is your classic American beer. This is your Revolution. 88/100 (278 characters)

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

Like a lot but don't love. This is an extremely solid IPA that doesn't stand out in any particular way. Well-balanced with a fairly strong malt backbone and not super hoppy. I have trouble detecting any particular scent, but that's just me I'm sure. The mouthfeel is pleasant but thinner than most IPAs I drink. This is a good drinking beer that goes down easy, the kind of IPA to share with someone new to the style.

Update: I had this on tap the first two times and I suspect it wasn't fresh. Just bought a sixer and the flavor was much crisper and more complex. Mouthfeel (which was thin on tap) was creamy and slightly oily. A great IPA that reminds me of Founders Centennial for its wonderful balance and drinkability. (724 characters)

Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.