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Crystal-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 28
Gots: 19 | 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 kevanb:
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kevanb

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 05:10:37 | More by kevanb
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bigduga

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-31-2014 05:25:33 | More by bigduga
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4/5  rDev -5%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-24-2014 06:37:17 | More by sila5
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matjack85

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 19:06:35 | More by matjack85
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Ohio

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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West Virginia

4/5  rDev -5%

07-15-2014 13:55:36 | More by williamjbauer
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Michigan

4/5  rDev -5%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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portia99

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 23:58:06 | More by portia99
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Maryland

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Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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rlee1390

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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Crystal-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.