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Crystal-Hero - Revolution Brewing Company

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 421
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 27.64%
Wants: 42
Gots: 63 | 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 portia99:
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4.16/5  rDev 0%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mattcrill
4.66/5  rDev +12%
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!

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Photo of treeslothguy
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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?

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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