Local-Hero | Revolution Brewing

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

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

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 283
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 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 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 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 SSS
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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 barnzy78
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
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 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 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 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 smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
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 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 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 Stooven
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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 BB1313
3.49/5  rDev -13%
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 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 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 buschbeer
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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 StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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 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 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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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 ColdOneKev
3.49/5  rDev -13%
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 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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