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Crystal-Hero | Revolution Brewing Company

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Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A crisp and refreshing IPA exploding with fresh hop character, named for a somewhat forgotten yet amazing hop variety named Crystal.

Added by MasterSki on 05-09-2013

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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 448
Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very floral aroma, becoming grapefruit citrusy, lime. Caramel malt is evident.

Flavor is caramel malt dominant, with a lightly citrusy hit mid palate, finishing earthy and moderately bitter.

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Photo of soze47
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this series - the hero base is an excellent platform for the two hop-specific versions I've tried. The look is dark side of orange and almost light brown. Nose has the crystal notes - floral first, spicy linger, with good malt support. Taste is rather smooth - malt support again glides this along well letting hop barrage play. Each drink allows for different notes - floral, spicy, grapefruit rind and very slight pine. Linger is heavier on the spice and slight resin. Great beer.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. Aroma is hoppy and a touch sweet. Flavor is hoppy with a touch of bitterness that's balanced by the malts. Drinks pretty easily with a nice mouthfeel and overall it's a nice IPA.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight from the bomber into my cup. A very drinkable IPA w/ a great overall combinations of flavors and just enough hoppiness to satisfy those taste buds. Great citrus taste to get any night started. Well done as always Revolution!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. The head lingers to a small ring leaving light spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, tangerine, and floral hops.

T - The taste starts with strong flavors of orange, tangerine, and lemon. There is a decent amount of caramel malts to round out the flavor. The finish has a heavy amount of the Crystal hops. There is a lingering bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is my first all Crystal hopped beer and it is damn nice. The flavors are well rounded and balanced. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of exposd
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew has notes of lemon zest, peaches, and citrus hoppiness on the nose and on the tongue. It's my first time knowingly drinking a beer brewed with crystal hops hence the name "Crystal Hero" and this beer has a lot of bitter on the front end while notes of the fruit and light vanilla or carmel notes shine through on the after taste. Even thought it's a bitter beer, it's still very drinkable while having a light crispy flavor that's nice for hot weather summer drinking.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Powdery American hop resins that remind me of fresh cut tangerine, orange, and lemon peel. A bit of stone fruit as well. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Amber colored pour with golden edging. Low off white head that retains well.

Flavor: Wonderful peach, tangerine, and orange zest flavor abounds! There is a definite American C hop bitterness that serves as a foundation to all the citrus fruit flavors. Balance it to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with resiny bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No heat, astringency, or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A lovely showcase of citrus flavors expressed in this well crafted American IPA. Full disclosure: Anti-Hero is one of my favorite IPA's. This hop showcase of my favorite beer only furthers my enthusiasm for Revolution as a great brewery. Well done!

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Photo of mjc3151
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the 1ZENUFF right before this. I have to say I enjoyed that beer more. However, this was still very good. Definitely a unique taste given the hops used.

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Photo of treeslothguy
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours with two finger head with ok lacing.
Smells tangerine citrus ..maybe lavender however that smell fades quickly then I get bread and malt
Tastes is almost non exist up front then in the back piney resin as well as the grapefruit on the back....
In my opinion it's just another ipa nothing special and either the 2 bomber I got were bad or my taste buds are out of whack. Not sure why the 90 plus rating I'd put this at no better than 80.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big sweet, honeyed notes here within this heavily hopped IPA. The overall feel is over ripe mango with some pineapple in there and caramel on the back end. The malt backend holds up well. Boozy bite comes in here, this is a big bodied, bold offering from Revolution.

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Photo of matjack85
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. $4.99 for a 22oz brown bottle. No freshness date and no information about the beer on the label. I did learn from their website that the "crystal" in the name is named after the predominant HOP variety used in the beer and not for a girl's name or for crystal malts.

The beer poured a hazy pale yellow color with a huge 3-finger white head that lasted about 2 minutes. Lacing was decent but there wasn't a ton of it.

I was picking up 2 main smells from this pour. First I got a fruity and citrusy aroma, followed by a fresh flowery smell. Pleasant, but not all that strong.

Strong grapefruit/tangerine flavor, which was interesting and unexpected since that is NOT a characteristic of crystal hops. There are obviously other hops in here as well. Bitterness is high at 80 IBUs, but there is enough malty sweetness in it to keep it balanced.

Medium bodied with extra high carbonation, yet it manages to still border on being creamy smooth. There seems to be more bitterness in the aftertaste than while it's in your mouth.

I liked it but not ready to put it in the outstanding category. Another solid offering from Revolution.

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Photo of portia99
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a rather pale, peachy golden color with moderate haze and a short cap of white foam that shows good staying power.

S - Smells like fresh grapefruit juice...really nice. Grapefruit peel, mild sugary sweetness, Not very complex, but really inviting.

T - Thankfully, follows the aroma very well. Again, grapefruit dominates - almost like a fresh squeezed glass of juice. Mid-level bitterness that still gives the grapefruit impression more than it does any kind of hoppy bitterness. Very faint caramelly malt at the base, a little bit of sugary malt sweetness.

M - Thinnish body, slightly watery in feel, prickly mid-level carbonation, faint malt sweetness.

O - Simple, straight forward without a lot of complexity, but tons of citrusy grapefruit character makes this a very solid IPA. I love the fresh grapefruit juice character from beginning to end - really pretty satisfying.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber, not much carbonation and a one finger head.

S-Good deal of bready malt. Rather heavy on it. Some light citrus.

T-Starts with bread and malt, some spice, slight citrus and a tad bit of grass.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, crisp finish.

O-Had at the brewpub, compared to Anti-Hero I thought it was a let down too malty for my tastes.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was a recent release. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge mango, tangerine, pineapple, peach, papaya, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Outstanding aromas with huge complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big mango, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, tangerine, pineapple, peach, grapefruit, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of bright juicy citrus/tropical hops with moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking beer. And it tastes good too. Crisp hop profile. Mild resin with a clean overall profile. There is a sweet tone that dominates this beer, but doesn't get obnoxious or overdone at all. Very easy to drink and a very smooth IPA. An excellent beer. Grab this one if you see it.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden with a touch of burnt orange color. Aroma is pretty mild and slightly fruity in a rather non-specific way. Taste and feel are sweet and a bit creamy, especially for an IPA,. The malty sweetness is followed by an almost tart finish. My previous single didn't wow me, but I bought a sixer this time and the beer grew on me on the second go-round. A very nice beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours classic golden with a slight haze but still can see through it; small fluffy eggshell white head that leaves nice retention but not too much lacing. The aromas smell great, but they don't blast you. I just wish they were a bit more intense. Lots of earthy tropical notes. Lots of watermelon and mango. Some peach. Some bread. The flavors are extremely clean and crisp. It's like water at times. There's a solid bitterness to it. Some pine and grass in the mix. Some pineapple and lemon is there too. Some grass. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with active spritzy carbonation. This is an extremely easy drinking beer. Goes down too smooth.

The craftsmanship on this beer really is impressive. Although I wish it popped a bit more overall, this is just about as clean, crisp and refreshing as it gets for the style. I still like Galaxy-Hero and Anti-Hero more, for what it's worth.

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Photo of joe1510
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle
Route 6 Liquor's - Channahon

Bottled: 4/24/14

Pfft...gunsmoke. The pour yields a crystal clear body that glows polished bronze. Copper highlights streak throughout. Tiny carbonation bubbles continue replenishing the dirty white head long after the pour. The foam was short on the pour and the active bubbles keep it no higher than a skim coat that leaves. Behind sticky lace.

I'm a big fan of Anti-Hero and I'm a big fan of Crystal hops. The nose is chock full of citrus and tropical fruits. Mango and papaya are in your face before juicy apricot and musty peach join the fray. Pineapple and orang marmalade bring a candy like note to the nose. Mild resinous characteristics border on old leather to wrap up the hop profile. Sweet biscuit malt with a drizzle of caramel lay a solid foundation. A whisper of peppery alcohol adds more depth. This will get you salivating.

Bright tropical notes get things going. Mango, again, ripe and juicy is numero uno before the leathery, dried apricots join the party. Pineapple is ripe and lactic sweet while other, unknown tropicals dance around in the background. A jammy, orange marmalade quality is evident. That biscuity malt lies in the flavor, as in the nose, with just a touch of caramel sweetness. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. This is juicy!

The carbonation shows some push, leading the moderate body through with some assertiveness. The body is amazingly soft while drying up on the swallow. Bitterness is low, never even reaching moderate, but leaving a little tingle on the tongue. Drinkability you ask? Off the charts.

Crystal Hero is flat out delicious. It's tropical juicy with enough of that leathery quality to keep it unique from all the other tropical hop bombs out there. It's juicy and immensely drinkable. I would love to see Crystal used more in beer these days. Great job guys! -slow clap-

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Photo of larryarms847
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is bright sun yellow and pours crisp.

Definite floral, light fruit, earthy, and hints of pine.

Taste is very refreshing and very hoppy. A great choice for grilling outside. Slight fruit, floral, and slight pine notes dominate overall taste.

Mouthfeel has some bite, very well carbonated and an excellent late spring/summer brew.

Overall another great selection from Revolution, can't wait for their Citra-Hero!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle with no freshness date that I could find poured into a pint glass. Its label says 7.5%abv
A: Yellow leaning towards a light orange color with noticeable carbonation and a two-finger head
S: Very fresh, loaded with citrus/pine hops, florals and a bit of fresh malt
T: Matches the nose featuring fresh citrus hops, light malt, tropical fruit and florals
M: Medium-bodied, complex
O: A delicious, well made complex and balanced beer. Definitely will be getting more

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Photo of KDawg
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear gold color with a nice head.

Very floral and lifting aromas with tropical citrus, papaya, oranges, hops, and some white florals.

Medium/full bodied with a nice and crisp finish. This is well balanced with fresh notes of tropical citrus, papaya, and a god amount of oranges.

This is a delicious IPA. There is a very floral quality to it and it's very smooth as well.

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Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed June 30th, 2013.

Beer pours a lighter yellow than expected. Hmmmm.... Very clear. A one-finger yellow-white head appears and provides decent sheeting throughout.

Aroma is a little floral but a lot fruity: citrusy and tropical. Not too far removed from citra hops, but with a sharper edge. Slightly dank as well.

Some nice, nondescript malt character at the start, but this is more about the hops. They are not overpowering, thankfully. Slightly sweet up front, then lots of grapefruit and lemon with accompanying mildly acidic bite. A little herbal (grass, flowers, hay) with moderate bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly but clean; finish is nice and quick.

I was surprised by how much I liked this one! This is the kind of IPA I can get behind.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A light straw yellow. small head but after some swirling a big fluffy white head shows up!

S: Tropical. Pineapple and grapefruit with lots of lemon and citrus. Lemon grass and earthy notes come into play as well.

T: An ode to the gods of citrus. Lots of citrus and lemon> Very floral and grassy. Dandelions and honey. Honey dew melon is really the flavor that pushes this from a good to great beer IMO. Not that bitter though.

M: Crisp and clean with a really quick finish.

O: This was great! Very easy drinking with loads of floral, citrus and grassy characteristics in the flavor and aroma. More please! /90

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer#3 from my DIY Chicago care package.

Crystal clear gold, plenty of random carbonation, topped by four fingers of fluffy white foam.

Big grass and hay aroma. Aggressive.

Big malty foundation you could put a skyscraper on. Juicy fruit. Bitter builds but nips more than bites then drops. Fruit finish.

Solid smooth medium mouthfeel.

I like Anti-Hero a little more, but very worthy of a try.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler obtained from local Heinen's for the happy Father' day price of $7.99.

Clear straw-yellow elixir poured into GFH chalice. One-finger cotton white head, lingers then forms a tight, thin rim during the tasting. Few wisps of thick lacing coat the glass.

Mango, lemon, orange rind predominate.

Nice tropical fruits with minimal malt. Perfect combo for this hophead.

Medium body, tangy, well carbonated.

Very nice IPA, perfect for the summer.

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91 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.