Crystal-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 40
Gots: 56 | 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 kevanb:
Photo of kevanb
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a Dogfish Head custom IPA glass.

The beer pours a lightly golden straw color, hues of light copper, clear complexion with a slight chill haze. A finger or so of soapy white head rises out of the glass that has moderate retention and leaves behind a trickle of lace. The aroma is of bright citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, wildflower that is soft yet has a prickle of spice, that leads to soft biscuity pale malt and some sweet sugary malt. The flavors are a bit more on the bitter side, piney hops with a bit of spice, grapefruit and floral notes but quickly turns to pale biscuity malt and a granular sugar flavor that comes with it. The body is nice, juicy and coats the mouth well with a sweet yet dry finish.

Verdict: A decent IPA from Revolution, but this version is a bit of a downgrade from Anti Hero and not anywhere in the same realm as Galaxy Hero. It's a bit overly sweet and malty and really lacks the fresh hop character that makes Anti Hero so good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mattcrill
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

Photo of treeslothguy
3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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?

Photo of mjc3151
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting crisp and refreshing IPA

Photo of larryarms847
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of kylemcgowan01
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great smooth light IPA

Photo of Jaycase
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on May 10 2013

a: light golden. translucent. one finger off white head

s: pineapple and grapefruit predominantly. touch of caramel

t: grapefruit laced with slight piney bitterness.

m: light moderate carbonation. light body. juicy. clean & refreshing

o: A solid juicy IPA. Very easy to drink. I think I enjoyed this a tad more than the Galaxy Hero. First time having crystal hops that I can recall. Hope they brew this one again (in cans!)

Photo of KDawg
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of matjack85
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of schwemjw
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Photo of Etan
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear straw-gold with a nice white head.

S: Juicy mango and pineapple dominate the nose. Some mild vanilla and fresh grain from the malt base. Really fresh aroma.

T: Taste brings oily grapefruit pith, clean tropical fruit notes with a slight herbal edge, mildly sweet bready malt base underneath.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is a fantastic, juicy IPA with a clean malt base that doesn't get in the way of the awesome Crystal hop profile. Reminds me of some Alpine IPAs. I'd like to see this brewed again with some regularity.

Photo of BB1313
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Boulevard Smokestack stem glass.

A: The look of this one is awesome. Very clean in appearance. Fully translucent body. Silky off-white head that clings almost fully to the glass and sticks around for several minutes before fading into a light frothy layer on the top.

S: Exotic and citrus fruits explode into the nose. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and tons of orange and tangerine. Ever-so-slight bready malt character.

T: The taste does not let down from the stellar appearance and waft. More exotic pineapple and mango than grapefruit, though there is some definite tangerine-like character in there. Slight citrus peel bitterness, but the sweetness that balances is spectacular.

M: Medium body, but drinks dangerously light. Very sharp, clean, crisp, and refreshing. Oily and moderate-heavy carbonation.

O: This was one of the most pleasant surprises in a brew in a very long time. I had high hopes after galaxy hero, and this completely blew away expectations. Very reminiscent of Pliny. So much so, that I feel like west-coast BA's would hunt me down and kill me for saying this, but I think I'd be hard pressed to distinguish which was which, if blindly tasting them side-by-side.

Photo of csparace
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance (3.75) - Pours a glassy light orange amber. Emphasis on the light and clear look. Doesn't poor with much of a head at all - kind of disappointing. Immense amounts of carbonation are coming to the top. Minimal lacing.

Smell (4.50) - Wow this smells great. It has that sharp crisp smell which I can only guess are crystal hops. Reminds me of the citrus hop smell of ZD. It has a creamy/smooth backbone to it though. Slight hints of vanilla. Super fresh and complex smell.

Taste (4.25) - Super interesting. Its got the refreshing character of super hoppy beers without being overwhelming at all. The hop crunch is towards the front of the taste and it really smooths out after that. Though there are hints of fruit (not sure which one) that's not the main attraction. Like the smell, there seems to be a creamy quality somewhere in there after the bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Very refreshing and crisp. Even though there is plenty of hop body its not overwhelming at all. Taste sits heavy in the mouth for a bit, but is never too much. A pretty easy drink.

Overall (4.25) - This is a pretty sweet beer. I'm sure getting it pretty fresh helps. Refreshing, plenty of hops, some good complexity. It only really lacks in the appearance, and within that, only in the lack of head/lacing. I'm definitely going to pick me up another one of these bad boys.

Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Finishing the night off with some Revolution nonsense. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet grapefruit zest, sweet biscuit, and light caramel. It's all pretty sweet, but in a way that helps out IPAs of this ilk. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light pine needle and a hint of mixed greens for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very nice IPA, a fine showcase for the Crystal varietal.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of portia99
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice tangerine smell sweet taste 2 finger head nice lacing loving this

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