Crystal-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 408
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 6.54%
Wants: 42
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-09-2013

A crisp and refreshing IPA exploding with fresh hop character, named for a somewhat forgotten yet amazing hop variety named Crystal.
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Reviews by joe1510:
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle
$7.99
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- (1,881 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mattcrill
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
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! (915 characters)

Photo of treeslothguy
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (443 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear yellowish-apricot body with a strong matrix of microbubbles. There is a thick rocky white head that sticks to the glass in lumps.

S- The aroma is like opening a fresh bag of hop pellets bright and green leaf qualities.

T- The green bright woody hops have a touch of sweetness in the finish with a lightly bright pungent aftertaste. There is a nice cream flavor that comes through in the malt flavor.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight little fizz that creates a nice creamy texture as it opens.

O- The nice IPA has some interesting classic character to the hops and a nice flavor. I’m not sure it is enough to be a hero but it is one tasty pedestrian. (721 characters)

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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Good session ale. Golden with great lacing.

Smell: Lots of fresh grapefruit. One of the more citrus-oriented IPAs I've ever had.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lots of grapefruit. A nice caramel backbone and some grass. Medium-bodied with great carbonation

Overall: Very good IPA. Did I mention the grapefruit? (311 characters)

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Crystal-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.