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Crystal-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

301 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 31
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-09-2013)
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Reviews by joe1510:
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%

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-

joe1510, May 10, 2014
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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.

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Crystal-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.