Local-Hero | Revolution Brewing

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
revbrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This IPA is brewed with Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, and Nugget hops, all from our friends at Hop Heads Farms in Hickory Corners, MI.

Hop Head Farms, co-founded by one of our investors, Nunzino Pizza, provides quality Midwest hops to everyone from professional craft brewers to homebrewers.

65 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 11-06-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
283
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.23%
 
 
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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's be honest. The people over at Revolution brewing got this shit nailed down tight. They know how to make a great beer, and do so , regularly. All of the episodes of the hero series I have tried has been at least very good. This is no exception.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus and pine. Upfront citrus hop scent of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and lemon with pineapple. Earthy hop scent of pine resin and grass. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker along with yeast. Also some hints of honey sweetness. A very nice juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, mango, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon with some pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Background malt notes of caramel, cracker, and grains with some yeast. Some sweet notes of honey. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good IPA. Good juicy and piney hop flavor with a moderate body.

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Photo of vikingpillager
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft downtown--this is a good beer, but not as great as Anti-Hero. Amongst the Heroes that I've tried, I think it fits somewhere between Galaxy and Mosaic. Local Hero does not seem to have a big signature flavor, which isn't always a bad thing for a drinkable IPA.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can filled 12-16-2016

Pours slightly hazy gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells like apricot, grapefruit, orange citrus, passionfruit, guava, toffee, toasty caramel malt, some berries, with floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Tastes like apricot, grapefruit, orange citrus, passionfruit, guava, toffee, toasty caramel malt, some berries, with floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of mschrei
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 1/4/17. Poured into a snifter. Dark gold with healthy carb and lacing. Sharp hoppy smell with an almost pungent background. Taste is sharp hop with mild tangy bitterness on the background. Alcohol is disguised well.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma doesn't punch you in the face, but the flavors make up for it with a explosive kick in the mouth. Like most of the limited-run Hero offerings, this is a step up from the Anti-Hero: copper-gold, candied-floral, buoyantly bitter, and cleanly citric, both popping and coating the mouth with a complex of sophisticated hop flavor that finishes sharply, almost puckeringly clean. It's low on effervescence, but Local-Hero compensates with a light, smooth mouthfeel. While it certainly might be a case of mind influencing matter, it definitely tastes particularly fresh, if not redolent of the Lake Michigan-adjacent terroir.

It's doesn't quite reach the heights of Three Floyds Yum Yum, but I think it actually compares favorably —and would really be a great session IPA in a six-pack formulation.

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Photo of joe1510
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle
$8.99
Four Season Liquors - Morris, IL

Local Hero is pure gold, clean and raw. The clarity is nearly unmatched, I can read a book through the body. Carbonation rises in clusters to the bone white foam. The head grows to a finger in height and stays put while leaving thin, sticky lace in it's wake. This is how an IPA should look, in my world at least.

This beer simply reeks of hoppiness. Big cantaloupe and tropical notes can be perceived from a foot away. Apricot and mango rule the roost while pineapple plays second fiddle. Bitter greens add yet another layer of hop complexity. A softly sugary malt base lays the foundation and is reminiscent of wafers. Mouthwatering, yes.

The flavor is as ridiculously vibrant as the nose suggested. Sweet ripe cantaloupe is met with perfectly ripe pineapple up front. Mango and apricot, both fresh and dried, come along mid-palate. The bitter greens appear on the backend to compliment the veritable fruit salad in my glass. The malt base again is pale, allowing the hops to do their thing. Wafers are noticeable again, though. Dry and biscuity.

Mouthfeel, nailed! You can't ask for much more in this department out of an IPA. The body is soft and moderate in weight but with an active carbonation that lightens it up overall. There's a welcomed plushness. The bitterness is by no means intense but it does grow to moderate overtime and a drying finish intensifies that. This could be drank by the gallon.

Local Hero is another gem from the fine folks at RevBrew. Revolution knows how to utilize hops, that's fact. This beer is all at once juicy, dry, and incredibly easy to drink. I wanted to mention that this is one of their best beers but pretty much whatever I'm drinking from them at any given time I think the same.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yellow orange body, clear, big fluffy white head, lots of lacing. Nose is cracker, pine, pity and zest. The flavor is toward the grapefruit, peach flesh and mild biscuit malt. Dry close. A refreshing, bright IPA.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A golden beer with a nice grapefruit and pine aroma. The taste is bitter but balanced with done citrus flavors and malt sweetness. The can I had was a little low on carbonation. The head faded quickly and didn't leave any lacing. It was a really tasty beer though.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden yellow color with a two finger white bubbly head.
Aroma is sweet, apricots, citrus.
Flavor is citrus, apricot, sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is not dry. There's a balanced mild bitterness.
The flavor doesn't linger at all.
Keeps you going back for more.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber into tulip. purchased at Beer Temple in Chicago. received date of 11/7/13.

A: great clarity. a bright blonde hue. head is bright white and frothy.

S: super piney nose. soft melon notes. not much citrus. this thing is all pine and fruit.

T: so much pine and resin. really enjoyable. the pine flavor is rather inviting and drinkable. minor melon sweetness. a mild malt sweetness towards the finish. otherwise pretty dry.

M: very smooth mouthfeel. medium body.

D: a really solid IPA from Revolution. drinkable, piney. not your citrus bombs of the current day, but it is nice to see them use local hops and make a really tasty brew from them.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I agree whole heartedly with another reviewer . . . Revolution runs a tight shift with their ipa's. Every beer I've had in the Hero line has been fantastic. Revolutions Hero series of ipa's is something I always try when I know it's available. This one here is no exception. Local hero has a nice subtle balance of tropical and floral aromas as well as flavors. Held up with just the perfect malt touch. A great example of an American ipa . . . I could drink this all day. Hmm . . . I would if it was canned someday ;)

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/3/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy eartiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from modest bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fresh hop IPA style. All around great compelxity, robustness, and balanced of bright/juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2017-01-27 in Warrenville, IL on tap

A - Somewhat hazy gold with a one-finger whitehead and good lace

S - Mild melon, citrus and cracker

T - Bold-almost-cinnamon spice. Quite a surprise. Orange and lime. Peppermint. Graham cracker with white sugar. Reasonable bitterness for an APA.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth then crisp.

O - A unique and enjoyable set of flavors. Never had an IPA like it. Pretty cool.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear light golden in color with a one finger white head that retains decently. Looks some what thin and light.

Smell has Some nice hop aromas. Slight pine and citrus aromas are blended with more pronounced herbal hop aromas and some floral notes. I almost detect a very faint vinegar presence in the finish. Others with me do not agree.

Taste has some good interesting hop flavors. Primarily herbal and slightly spice like hops forward. Herbal flavors lasts into the malt, cutting the rich lightly sweet grainy malt.

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp and refreshing. Lots of hop oils and moderate carbonation. Very well balanced.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labeled as "Hopped with Centennial and Chinook"; no bottling date that I could find but just came into my local craft store yesterday; drank in a tall tumbler on 11/12/15

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local-Hero and the Pine Ranger ready to ride again! No kidding, this is a pine and spruce forward IPA which - much like a superhero movie with a ton of starts vying for attention - somehow gives plenty enough space for all its' components to shine. Although to be fair the dominant side is within the juicy hop notes that come boldly to the fore.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big on flavor but I'm not picking up much on the nose. Medium bodied with a zesty fruit forward taste. Very clean nothing lingers. Perfect hop marriage.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really clear with light straw and gold in color. Nice head that lingers a bit.
S : Slightly grassy, notes of apricot/lemon with some pine
F : Grassy with pine and lemon
Overall I felt it had a really nice balance, not really bitter and hoppy and has a nice malt backbone to go along with it.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another solid beer from revolutions hero ipa line.

The appearance is a pretty golden color that is nice and clear with a very slight haze. Poured with a soapy two finger white head that left good lacing.

The aroma is a classic hop profile with pine, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit and earthy hop bitterness.

The tastes are grapefruit and orange upfront along with pine and some tropical fruit. Not much malt presence to speak of.

The palate is medium with a lingering earthy and resiny hop note along with some grassiness.

Overall this is a really nice and clean classic rendition of an ipa.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich golden color, impeccably clear. Two fingers of white head with good retention. Pleasant aroma of citrus, sweet malts, and slight floral notes. The taste is citrus, slight tropical fruit, grass, floral. Malts impart some crackery, slightly bready taste. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and extremely silky smooth. Balanced, bitter finish. Overall, a nice IPA/DIPA hyrbrid, as this straddles the line at 7.5%.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not blown away by Local Hero....good....absolutely....better than Anti-Hero....don't think so. The Mosaic and Citra were better as well. This beer poured a clear golden with white head that didn't leave any lace. The scent was more bitter than piny or citrusy. The taste was also fairly middle of the road with not a lot of excitement. Mouthfeel was medium on body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was fine...just expected more....still deserving of a try.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp golden yellow with a nice finger of straight white foam.

Piney and earthy/grassy hop aroma, faint citrus, and some light malt sweetness that kind of lingers, but is overall rather faint.

Citrus fruit comes out more in flavor, but the grassy/piney/earthy notes are still dominant.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, earthy, grassy, bitter.

Overall, not the greatest offering from RevBrew but worth a sampling.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a standard IPA, at just 6.5%, this packs a great fruity punch. Oranges,nectarines, tangerines, grapefruit and fruit punch all burst forth. Very little bitterness or pine. As expected, the malt is a tad lacking but this is very enjoyable.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, quick review from written notes.

Pale bright gold and very clear and sharp like a helles lager. Compact head of white foam, drippy arcs of sudsy lacing stick to the glass. Thin veil on the surface.

Softly sweet aroma of juicy citrus.

Bittersweet & hoppy, light flavor of juicyfruit gum and grapefruit pith. Light bodied and subtle, traces of toasted kernels, with a dry, lingering bitter aftertaste. Supple feel and very drinkable. A nice local wet hop IPA that i'll definitely drink again when the opportunity arises.

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