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Crystal-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 23 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 matjack85:
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3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

matjack85, Jul 23, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 04, 2013
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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?

tjsdomer2, May 26, 2013
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Crystal-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.