Dos Osos - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 30
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerLover99 on 05-18-2011

A West Coast IPA brewed in collaboration with Firestone Walker brewer Dustin Kral who used to work together with our brewer Jim Cibak.
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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip; golden orange with a fluffy bubbly white head, lively carbonation and some spotty lacing. Smell is lots of tropical fruit; mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, starfruit, and slight pine/bitter hops. awesome nose on this one, I love this type of IPA. Taste follows nose perfectly; clean crackery malt is obliterated by sweet tropical fruits and florals, moving into some pine and bitterness, but not enough to blunt how tasty and refreshing this beer is. Finishes crisp, a little dry, and clean, with some lingering bitterness. Excellent!

Photo of BierStein711
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught into tulip

Burnt orange with two finger white head, and it reduced to a thin film after two minutes, elegant lacing trimmed the area below the rim, and the rest of the glass as I consumed the drink.

Smells: hop and pine

Taste: hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, and orange

Mouthfeel: thick and nourishing

Overall, this is a brilliant double IPA. I look forward to exploring this brewery further.

Photo of joeseppy
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden honey with a white cap that wisps away quickly.

Distinct floral and citrus hops. Sweet malt aroma.

Citra bitterness and graham cracker. Simple IPA that delivers great balance.

I want to leave in mouth for a second or two, to fully coat mouth with the oily creamy texture of the hop though; crisp gentle hop finish. Probably a tad thicker for an American IPA i'm used to-but it's all good.

Wonderful collaboration that has succeeded. It's got the backbone of Ballast Point Sculpin and the juiciness of Flower Power. Damn tasty!

Photo of StoneTSR
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE: What a lively looking beer? There are thousands of bubbles clinging to most of the surface of the inside of the globe glass. There are so many that they almost entirely block the view through this perfectly clear beer. It has a finger of white head on top made of bubbles of varying sizes. It falls fairly quickly and the lacing is so-so, but overall, this is a gorgeous beer.

SMELL: Piney and resinous with big mango and orange aromas. There is a hint of grass and maybe apricot? It is a wonderful blend of aromas that I only wish were a little more intense.

TASTE: Everything from the nose comes through in the taste as well. The tropical fruit is all there (with a touch of peach too), the citrus includes the orange, but also comes along with some grapefruit and the “green” smells come through with a lot more grass than the smell had. When a touch of semi-sweet malt is thrown into the mix it creates a beautifully complex beer that still has a very clean finish.

MOUTHFEEL: This is one of the easiest 5s I’ve ever given in the mouthfeel category. It’s mostly dry with just the perfect touch of sweet from the malt. The sparkle is solid but not nearly enough to prevent this from going down incredibly easy. The body is on the light side, but significant enough and the overall feel serves the flavor extremely well.

OVERALL: I expected a richer beer than this when I first tasted it, but that is not to say that I was disappointed. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the supreme drinkability of this beer. I really wish I had a case full of this beer rather than the one bottle I managed to get out here to Colorado. I would drink this beer any time, ever. I really hope they do it again.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks Reid!). Bottled 5/23/13. Served in a wine glass (it was that or a shaker pint, the choice was clear) on 8/1/13.

Pours a brilliant, translucent gold with a half finger pale head which recedes to a thin cap and leaves behind a little lace.

Aromas of pineapple, mandarin, citrus rind and lightly caramized malt. The smell is delightful.

Tastes of mandarin, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, caramel, sweet bread and a small dash of peppery spice. Delicious!

A medium oily body with faint to moderate carbonation. Pleasing pineapple and citrus linger in the hoppy finish.

An excellent IPA. Such a tasty citrus hop profile balanced by just the right amount of malt sweetness and delivered in a great bodied nectar. I understand that repeats of collaborations are rare but it would be a true shame if this recipe isn't brewed again. Highly recommeded.

Photo of niday2288
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is crystal clear orangish copper. Nose is huge with floral and citrus notes. Slight malt sweetness but mostly hops. Taste is magnificent. Hops offer just the right amount of bitterness to offset the malts giving breat balance. Flavors or citrus peel, pine and biscuit. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall one of my favorite IPAs on the market, though only a limited release.

Photo of Omnium
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Clear gold with a finger of fizzy white head, little lacing.
S - Grapefruit, an onslaught of lime, white grape, peach, mango, pine, cracker, caramel malt.
T - The lime and white grape flavor is MASSIVE in this brew, unreal, lots of peach, sweet caramel malt, some pine and grass.
M - Sweet, a little sticky, fuller.
O - Just awesome, really unique hop character in this beer, awesome collab for sure. Two awesome breweries making a stellar IPA.

Photo of larryarms847
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, at first glance this looks like a standard pale ale when poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle. Amber orange and doesn't look like anything special, good thing I know that not to be the case.

Orange, lemon, grapefruit, and piney hops, very hop forward.

A perfect recipe of hop and malt. Definite orange, lemon, and pine from the hops, and sweet caramel notes from the malt. Wonderful.

Feels like a winner, easy on the bitter and not overly citrusy. Perfectly carbonated and packs a nice punch.

Overall, a collaboration from 1 of my 2 favorite local breweries (Pipeworks makes two) and one of my favorite non-local breweries, can't go wrong.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a tulip

pours a light brass color with an inch or so white head. great looking pour. Big citrusy hop filled aroma, nice! Taste is terrific. This one is very balanced and not a hop bomb, which is what i prefer in my IPAs. Hops are big but so are the citrusy malts, very much digging this one. reminds me of Pliny honestly. medium bodied with medium carbonation. great drinkability

overall loved this one. got it as an extra in a trade and wish i could get it here locally. thoroughly recommended.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer #7 (and final) from my Chicago DIY care package.

Bright amber, plenty of carbonation streams, some chill haze, topped by dense off-white foam. Snap, krackle, and pop sound effects.

Aroma has grapefruit, orange, peach, apricot. Very fresh fruit.

Big dollop of caramely semi-sweetness lays down the foundation. Fresh juicy fruit everywhere. Big bitter tower rising out of the center of my tongue. All in harmony on the afterglow.

Solid medium mouthfeel, mosty smooth with just a wee bit of prickliness.

A damn fine West Coast IPA from the heartland.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a bow-tie)

A- This beer pours a clear apricot colored body with a thick creamy light butter cream head with a gentle carbonation supporting it.

S- The bright unripe citrus hops is full followed by a cereal and pale malt aroma that turns into a corn tortilla smell as it opens.

T- Th e full jammy unripe fruit hops have a green pith quality of ugly fruit and lime character. There is a nice touch of sweetness in the finish. The aftertaste is a pleasant green hop note that doesn't have any bitterness or pungency but is soon gone.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a great sessionable hoppy beer. The taste of hops have are really big with some nice depth and no bitterness. Very easy to drink in the summer heat.

Photo of jegross2
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing Dos Osos, a collaborative IPA from Revolution Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois and Firestone Walker Brewing Company out of Paso Robles, California.

Score: 93

Tap pour served in a Revolution mug club member mug and enjoyed on 06/01/14.

Appearance: Pours a clean orange-amber color with a half finger of head. Good lacing, okay retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Fruity, piney hops. A little dank. Orange, grapefruit and a nice sweet caramel maltiness. A touch of spice too. Really lovely. 4.5/5

Taste: Tastes exactly like it smells. Piney, bitter bite upfront with a soothing caramel malt sweetness on the finish. Fruity backbone with a nice orange/grapefruit flavor underlying everything. A kiss of residual spice on the finish. Nice lasting fruitiness and grapefruit flavor. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel with a mildly dry finish. Nice bitterness, without being very extreme. 4.25/5

Overall: I was glad to see this IPA from last year's Chicago Craft Beer Week re-brewed. Great price point and really delicious.

Cost: $6 for a 20 oz mug.

Photo of schwemjw
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light hazy yellow with a small white head. Looks very unassuming.

S: Big tropical aromas. Pineapple, mango and white peach hit you immediately. Then comes sweet grapefruit, light citrus and some caramel. Sweet tangerine backs this brew up. Very much west coast.

T: Sweet tangerine and a little mango. Grapefruit and a sweet caramel, almost like agave nectar. A little apricot and huge burnt orange. A sweet pineapple finish. Bitterness takes a back seat to the juicy, tropical flavors. A hint of pine resin in the finish.

M: Juicy! light with a large amount of carbonation. Refreshing and so drinkable it's incredible.

O: Wow. This was excellent. A true west coast IPA that is exploding with flavor. My mouth is watering for more. An Ipa for any occasion and one i will for sure drink again! /93

Photo of Florida9
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear golden yellow in color. Forms a smallish bright white, tight-bubbled head, but the retention is very good. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant. First of all there is a candy-like sweetness. Along with a bit of orangey citrus, this one has the aroma of candied kumquats. There is a touch of pine in the mix, but the sweet orange aroma dominates.

T: Taste is very nice. Very low maltiness, but with a strong sweetness that blends nicely with the clementine orange flavor giving this beer a rather juicy quality. The pine comes on stronger on the flavor than the aroma and cuts the sweet orange flavor with a sharp bitterness. Finish brings out more citrus, this time in the form on candied orange zest.

M: Medium bodied. Low-medium carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness.

O: This beer is packed with flavor, much more so than the average IPA. And while the hops dominate this beer, they are not at all offensive or overdone. A very nice beer.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 6.29.13

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a cream-colored head with solid retention.

S - Lots of pine, citrus, apple. Very welcoming.

T - Pine, orange, pineapple, apple. Lots of fruits. Has the Firestone qualities for sure.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - I was really please with this bottle that I picked up while I was in Chicago. The guy at the liquor store pointed out that it was a FW collaboration. Good call and a great IPA.

Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013: Very pungent and dank hop aroma, West Coast styled, light bodied and super hopped. Had a couple glasses recently at Rev, and was thinking about a growler for the weekend.

Served in a footed tulip glass at Revolution.
Review from notes.

Bright orange, sharp jewel-tone clarity, lazy trails of carbonation rise to feed into a compact layer of white foam on top. It has a creamy texture, and laces nicely in concentric rings on the glass. Head retention is good.

Softly sweet tangerine and citrus aromas, clean and crisp. Not quite as dank as some west coast IPA's.

Firmly bitter and mildly sweet at first, citrus flavors of orange and tangerine start off, pale malt surfaces in the middle, some residual resiny hop oil character that dries out the finish with a nice lingering hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied, no sign of the abv. Easy drinking, tasty... could have a couple easily. A nice rendition, maybe a touch reserved, but a solid citrus-forward IPA.

Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is slightly cloudy with sticky lacing and nice head retention. Nose is reminiscent if a west coast IPA with heavy grapefruit, pine, and lemon character. Taste has nice waves of bitterness with grapefruit, lemon, pine, and grass among a slightly detectable malt profile. Mouthfeel is tingly with high carbonation. Overall, very nice... Similar to Union Jack, worth a try.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear gold with the slightest tint of orange. Fluffy white head and active carbonation.

Citrus aromas. Clementine, tangerine, orange. Grainy malt scent.

Juicy citrus with a very clean flavor. Mostly tangerine and orange with a dash of grapefruit. Sweet but finishes bitter.

Clean mouthfeel. Sticky. High carbonation.

Very good and highly drinkable. The body is medium but not filling. Great hop profile in the flavor.

Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, golden colored ale with a fluffy, white head, chunky lacing, and good head retention. Tropical Citra hop aroma with zesty citrus and biscuity grain. Tropical notes of mango, grapefruit zest, pine, biscuit meld nicely on the palate. Mouth-feel is medium, a little resiny, semi-dry and semi-bitter with tremendous balance. Overall, excellent American IPA, but at $8 a bomber, one was enough for me.

Photo of sbxx
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Deep, clear gold. Spotty lacing.

Smell - Pine and citrus, kinda like grapefruit pith & orange peel.

Taste - Big pine immediately comes through. Citrus is there, but much more subdued. The Citra hops come through as a nice, subtle touch on the backend. Lingering, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light/medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

Overall - Very nice beer. If you like big, bitter & piney IPAs, you'll like this one. I like a little more citrus in mine, but I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Revelation/Firestone Walker Dos Osos

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 89/100

Real sweet flavor, almost too sweet. Very smooth and pleasant to drink. Just not as hoppy and crisp as I thought. Smooth but just a TOUCH flat in carbonation. Not really a bad thing, just not exactly a strength.

Final Verdict: Very drinkable and a touch too sweet and flat IPA that is worth the price tag

Photo of KFBR392
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bold orange color with about half a finger of head on the pour. Body is clean and transparent. Good amount of active carbonation for the style. Rings of sticky lacing left behind.

Smell: Orange peel, grapefruit, and saturated citrus all over the front. Biscuit, doughy malt backbone. Some lighter tropical fruits picked up but the heavier notes on the front dominate throughout.

Taste: Bright front of mangos, pineapple, and lime greets the drinker. Heavier, saturated citrus makes its presence known after the honeymoon on the front. Lots of tangerine and orange lingering long after drinking. Some pine toward the back end up fruit forward. Semi sweet malt backbone fits very well.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is bright and crisp on the palate. Saturated hop tones and some lingering bitterness felt throughout.

Overall: An awesome collaboration. No doubt feels like a west coast IPA, but has some lighter hop tones that I really enjoyed. Wouldn't hesitate to drink this again.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.1/5  rDev -1%

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new big bomber to me from Revolution Brewing Co., out of Chicago, this one their collaboration effort with Firestone Walker. Expectations are good based on the breweries and the beer's high ratings.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a beautiful bright golden orange, with about a finger of frothy white head. Leaves behind good sheets of spotty lacing on the glass. It looks very nice. 4

S - Very aromatic and inviting. Caramel, toffee, oranges, marmalade, lemons, grass. & a light herbal spice rack note. 4

T - The taste follows the nose - juicy, fruity, and hoppy, with a solid malt backing. Plenty of toffee & caramel, biscuit malts, and lots of orange, lemon, and grassy / herbal qualities. Very delicious. 4

M - The feel is crisp, sticky, and malty. A bit of a malty sweetness on the finish. Delicious, and very easy drinking. 4.5

Overall, an excellent IPA from Revolution & Firestone Walker. I would definitely pick this one up again if it was more readily available, and even more likely if it was available in six packs. Very drinkable stuff. Very recommended.

Revolution Brewing Dos Osos -----4/5.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation, two finger head with some lacing.

S-Starts with malt, wood, earthy and pine notes.

T-Starts with toast/malt end with earthy pine notes. Nice bitterness. The balance is really good.

M-Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-Not sure how fresh this beer was, although the balance was good it lacked a strong hop bite I was expecting.

Photo of ONUMello
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 5/15/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color with a one-finger head
S: Crisp and clean with fresh citrus notes, pine and freshly cut grass
T: Matches the nose with citrus, pine and herbs
M: Medium-bodied and crisp
O: A very solid IPA

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Dos Osos from Revolution Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.