Local-Hero | Revolution Brewing

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BEER INFO

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:
39
Ratings:
275
Avg:
4
pDev:
8.25%
 
 
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 275
Photo of jzlyo
3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is light tropical fruit, citrus and slightly perfumed. The flavor is tropical fruit/pineapple, malts, citrus, fruit and a slightly odd heat in the finish.

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Photo of Florida9
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Brilliantly clear dark straw of light gold in color. Forms a moderate sized white head. Decent retention. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is subdued. What is there is sweetly floral with a bit of orange.

T: Taste is the same, but this is a lighter beer. Lots of floral hops with notes of candied citrus rind, but the hops are bordering on soapiness and there are virtually no malts to balance it out. That said, this isn't a hop-bomb. Nowhere close even. It's just a very light beer that happens to have not a lot going for it.

M: Lighter body. Light-medium carbonation. Lower bitterness.

O: I'm not so sure about this beer. With the light, floral profile, maybe this beer would be better suited for the warmer summer months. Regardless, I didn't care for it much and Revolution's hero beers are typically quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Clear gold body. Large white head leaves little lacing but never fully fades.
S - Dank hops, but a little too funky. Light sweet malt, Spent grains.
T - Light hops, light malt body. A little heat/spiciness. It's crisp and clean.
M - Medium body, low carb.
O - I was intrigued to try this (based on the marketing of local hops, etc) It's a good beer, but not one I will revisit.

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Photo of BB1313
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 12/16/16. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze, but still has some clarity to it; white head that quickly fades leaving solid retention and nice lacing. The aromas are subtle with some mild tropical and citrus notes. Lots of bread and cracker notes. Hints of rubber. The flavors have a solid bitterness with a syrupy vibe in the finish. Malts do their thing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's very fluffy and smooth.

This is a solid IPA. It's not really flashy, unique or anything crazy though. This is probably my least favorite in the Hero series, but it's still not bad or anything.

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Photo of ConradSomm
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Had a pint at the brewpub and brought home a growler. Love the brewery, love the hero series, love the local concept. Really wanted this one to be great, but it just didn't do it for me. Nose and initial taste was nice, featuring the familiar fresh, complex, clean, Revolution hop profile. But the finish was off -- I'd call it grassy or weedy or straw.

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Modest head, but it leaves plenty of spots on the glass. The liquid is light gold and nearly clean

Floral hop nose up front. I get a faint sense of creamed corn.

Decent semi-dry pale malt start. The hop is like straight up black pepper. Predictable body and carbonation for the style. Moderate aftertaste with a bit of weediness.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is very pale and clear. Nice lacing, not much head retention. Nose is floral with notes of grapefruit, grass, and grain. Taste is less bitter than anti hero and a little smoother. Mild bitterness on the finish and very dry. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this is the least exciting of the hero variants, but a solid IPA nonetheless.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden with a lot of carbonation and a fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly into a cap. Pineapple and pepper stand out on the nose with some citrusy notes in the background. Taste is bitter, but not harsh, and some fruity sweetness hits you in the middle. Medium bodied and slightly sticky mouthfeel to this one, and it leaves behind a fruit juice aftertaste.

Overall: One to get when you see it for sure, nothing to go out of the way for.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.
A - Pours a very hazy golden color, nice head that settles quickly.
S - Aroma is not overpowering and something in it I was not expecting, maybe a caramel smell.
T - Definitely more bitter than Anti-Hero and not overly citrusy. Hoppy and refreshing.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Very drinkable IPA, not as good as Anti-Hero or Citra Hero in my book but still a very good beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, stamped "Filled: 01/04/2017"
A - brilliant hazed tangerine color with a tall frothy white head that leaves thick lacing down the glass as it slowly dissipates
S - zesty citrus, earthy pine, caramel malt
T - hop forward, very zesty and piney with orange and a bit of grapefruit, a bit earthy, a bit of tropical mango, nice malt backbone of sweet caramel and faint honey
M - medium body, resinous hop oils, finishes dry moderately bitter
O - nice utilization of some Michigan grown hops. It's always fun to try a beer from the Hero series.

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Photo of Stooven
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 01/06/2017. Descriptions of the lack of maltiness are spot-on. This is full-on pine and citrus. When drinking straight from the can, taste some of the can because there's so little on the back end. Bitterness right up front. Tastes very similar to Mosaic Hero, despite the different ingredients. Or maybe that's just what I think because Jukebox Hero is so different and bridges this and Mosaic in the series.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

maybe not vastly, but i think this is a better beer than the normal anti-hero. the local hops might be fresher, dosed differently, or of different varietals. tough to say really, but i like the classic hop profile of this one more. its deep and piney, bolder, and as indicated by both the lighter shade and the lack of malty sweetness, the grain bill is streamlined and minimized here. no caramel notes, not even a hint of grain sweetness, just a clean fresh pale and even pils type base, not a lick darker than golden in color, clear too. pine for me on the hops, even spruce specifically, earthy and bitter, but oily and intense too, very autumn despite the easy drinking nature of it. i like the clean finish with all the hops, for how boldly flavored it is, it resolves pretty quickly in the end, and its a really cruisy pint or three. maybe not the most distinct ipa in the world, or even on the menu here at revolution, but a great one, and an improvement i think on their more popular anti-hero, which is all over chicago.

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Photo of SSS
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Stayed in the can
S-Sweet aroma of a little pine and stone fruit
M-Higher carbonation and light mouthfeel
T-Sweet upfront with a very subtle bittering. Alcohol level is up there and helps to balance flavour
O-Nice IPA, very drinkable

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Photo of buschbeer
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT, 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a light shade of amber, almost golden in color with some yellow highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of off white head.

As soon as I popped the top I could smell grapefruit. I actually get a little caramel malt from time to time as well as a nice pine smell.

It tastes just like it smells minus the malt. It starts out with grapefruit with a little rind through the middle. The finish has some pine. There is plenty of bitterness throughout this beer.

Medium mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated

This is a solid IPA. With so many beer of this style out there it doesn't really set itself apart to make it great. It is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow orange, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Good deal of bread/wheat to start and some citrus hops.

T-Once again starts with bread and wheat and toast. Ends with citrus and slight bitterness. But not enough to fully balance the beer out.

M-Medium to light in body with nice carbonation and a crisp dry finish.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev 0%
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%
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%
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%
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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Photo of Bartleby91
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 SebastianOwl
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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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