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Jukebox-Hero | Revolution Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our black IPA is bursting with crisp, clean bitterness and layers of wonderful American hop character. Pale Ale, Munich and Naked Golden Oats give a toasty malt backbone with a smooth mouthfeel. The dark ominous color comes from the Chocolate Malt and the de-husked highly roasted malt. We want the layers of hops to shine against this roasty malt backdrop. Warrior, Citra, Chinook, Centennial and Amarillo lend bitterness as well as a wonderful cornucopia of aromas and flavors of fresh citrus fruit, pine, fresh cut mint and fresh flowers they offer.

75 IBU

Added by Jaycase on 02-28-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
317
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.23%
 
 
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Reviews by BB1313:
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3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with some subtle brown hues; fluffy off-white head that slowly fades leaving nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of roasted chocolate along with some citrus notes. There's hints of orange and grapefruit. There's a fair amount of cocoa malts. It's a nice blend between chocolate and sweet fruits. The flavors seem to match the nose. More malts. Lots of dark chocolate giving it a solid bitterness. Some fresh pine needles are in the mix too. Lemon and lime is in the mix. More orange zest and grapefruit rind. Hints of smoke and some expresso, Earthy stuff. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid Black IPA. Maybe it's not a mind blower, but the craftsmanship is impressive. It basically has all of the characteristics that one would look for in the style. It's good.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and deep brown with ruby highlights and a tan head that leaves lots of lacing.
The aroma is a heady mix of chocolate, spice and pine
Taste is lead by chocolate with some spice followed by the pine and a hint of citrus. A lingering bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, almost creamy yet with a carbonation tickle.
Interesting and tasty beer.

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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of DrKarl
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NWatters
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of GOBLIN
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revolution Jukebox Hero

Rockin' label as always

Poured into pint glass

A: Dark stout appearance with a slight ruby glow when held against light

S: ahhh . . . Bout time I smelled hops in one of these "black ipa's"

T: Solid for the style. Malts and coffee with good hop bitterness as well. Glad to actually taste some hops in this

M: This has to be the most difficult part of rating for me. It just feels like a good beer in my mouth

O: Fantastic beer. I like this style and glad to see somebody actually using hops. Well done as usual Revolution

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Photo of jminch
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revolution Brewing Jukebox Hero, I'm into this one after the pour into my new IPA glass, I'm sold. Pours a dark almost pitch black with brown ruby highlights around the base of the glass, light cream khaki head forms thick and to the point fine lacing speckled evenly.

Aroma has dark green pine, citrus pith, crushed aspirin, earthiness blended with mild dark chocolate like an herbal mint chocolate Andes chocolate notes.

Flavor creamy dark chocolate, upfront bitter hops earthy piney floral notes a bit of citrus peel in the back end, I can tell this has a bit of age on it no dating on the bottle it must have rubbed off mysteriously. Super solid reasonably drinkable style of black IPA.

Mouthfeel is solid creamy textured slight hop oils, with even flowing carbonation going down. Medium bodied ale, smooth going down on the palate.

Overall, a very tasty option from Chicago, looks like something I would like to drink.

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4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black, this beer doesn't show thickness, as it shouldn't, though the color does as it barely lets some brown into the edges. The head starts off as little more than wisp, with average spotty lacing showing.
The hops show and, while it's not especially roasty, certainly not as much as others of its kind, that has little bearing on it strong malt balance. It's mostly piney and floral overall with some citrus backing it up and a bit of cocoa offering a touch of sweetness to even it out. It's even a little toasty.
The hops take over the flavor as well, but in more dominant fashion. It isn't overbearingly bitter, but it's not too light on the bitterness either and certainly leans heavily hoppy. Pine, grapefruit and orange rind are backed and balanced by cocoa again and there's a touch of wood. An Amarillo-like minty note lends itself to the finish. Overall, what would most benefit this (tasty) beer would be a bit more malt contribution, but this is a good example.
Its crisp medium body is firm and offers a good, strong bite to the palate without hitting too hard. It's really very smooth, too.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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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

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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours cola brown with three fingers of impressively creamy beige head. Smell is an interesting blend of dark roasted malts, faint citrus, and piney/spicy hops.

The first couple sips were a bit overwhelming, as I wasn't sure what to expect. There's a lot going on, and subsequent sips as it warmed allowed me to appreciate the complexity. There's a warm roasty malt backbone that brings subtle notes of chocolate and black coffee, which provides an excellent complement to the soft citrus and pine from the hops. Body is medium-ish, but a little lighter than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise.

Not a huge fan of this style in general, but this is one of the better black IPA's I've had,and one I will certainly be cirlcling back to.

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Jukebox-Hero from Revolution Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.
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