Jukebox-Hero | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

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

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Photo of jp32
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color with a huge khaki colored head resting atop of the beer. Looks almost like a stout.

Very hoppy aroma. Piney, resiny hops, with a slight hint of vanilla buried deep in there somewhere.

The flavor is hoppy up front, with a strong roasted chocolate malt finish. Really, this is quite an impressive beer. Citrusy, bitter hops quickly give way to a roasty flavor, creating a juicy burst of goodness in your mouth.

This is awesome stuff!

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

First time enjoying this from a can! Very dark pour, black with dark brown around the edges when held to light. Ample dark tan head that laces the glass nicely. The nose is complex with plenty of spice, pine, citrus, and dark roasted malt. The taste is layered and fabulous. Plenty of hop character, again with pine, spice, and citrus. There is plenty of roasty malt body with chocolate and a lingering bitterness. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. A really well crafted black 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 10-24-2016

Pours dark maroon black with a light khaki colored foam head. Smells like grapefruit, orange citrus, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, with some earthy herbal grass and floral resinous pine. Tastes like roasted coffee, chocolate, toasty roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, grapefruit, orange citrus, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, with earthy herbal grass and floral resinous pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice roasty tasting black IPA.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from a can.

Look: Pours a dark brownish black hue with a two finger khaki colored head that refuses to go away. Laces the glass very well.

Smell: It's blackish color completely betrays the aroma. The smell is rich with tropical fruit. Lots of tangy guava, grapefruit, orange rind and dank pine resin. Not what you would expect from something that looks like a stout.

Taste: Notions of coffee and mild caramel malt upfront, in a crisp and clean way. Midpalate hoppy pine resin and bitter dark chocolate with cocoa. It's rounded out on the finish by big tropical flavors of lemon oil, mango, guava and grapefruit - like a great big IPA.

Feel: Crisp. Medium body, mid level carbonation. Refreshingly hoppy and tropical but with a solid chocolate malt backbone.

Overall: I haven't had many Black IPA's but out of the handful I have tried, this is one of the better examples. Would purchase again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big three finger light tan head that slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: An earthy and roasty aroma of piney hops and dark malt. Earthy hop scent of pine resin and grass. Slight hints of citrus. Dark roasted malt with a scent of chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, and grains with yeast. Hints of burnt sugar. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and roasty balanced taste with notes of pine and roast. Earthy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Citrus hop notes of orange and grapefruit. Dark roasted malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, and grains along with yeast. Also some burnt sugar notes. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly oily, drying, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good Black Ale. Good balance of piney hops and roasty malt.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just one guitar! This is a really well done black IPA. Looks fantastic - black with a ruby red hue to it. Quite a lot going on, with the malty backbone, bright hops and a herbal mint aftertaste in there. Much like sticking a dollar in an old school jukebox you get a lot of variety here. Glad to see it in cans.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can date: 10/24
I was a bit skeptical, drinking an IPA over 3 months.
However. after opening the can, my fears were allayed.

4F head with opaque brown-black color.

Sweet, milk chocolate, malt to the aroma.

Excellent taste- one of the better I've had in the style in a while.
Milk chocolate, roasted malt, to as heavy as other black IPAs.

Really enjoyed this beer. The MF is malty and it's lightly hoppy for the style. If I oy like he style,
Definitely worth looking for.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark black body, off-white head, full and lots of lacing.

S - Lovely nose of hop fruit, grapefruit zest, pine, and a bit of roasted malt and chocolate.

T - Spiky hop hit of pine, a middle of grapefruit and chocolate malt notes, and a bitter pithy close with a crunchy coffee and dark chocolate trail.

M - Open is moderate, somewhat light, with a strong dry close.

O - This is one fine black IPA, with great taste, flavor, feel. Lovely.

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Photo of darktronica
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, quite a good take on a black IPA. Pours a dark, burnt caramel color with light head and good lacing. Very well balanced on the tongue, with significant resinous hoppiness, but also a good malt backbone and moderately heavy roast character. The flavors are nicely integrated, while the smell is a bit more one-sided on the hoppy aromatics. Moderately full bodied with ample carbonation.

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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 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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Photo of biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jukebox-Hero is dark like dusk - not black, it has dwindling, fading colours and still some limited visibility. What tops the beer is either an ultra foamy head or a posturepedic mattress... tough to say. Nevermind a rock star, this thing is built like an athlete: it looks brawny, burly, in great shape.

Lovers of all styles of beer have a great deal to thank the Pacific Northwest for. Not only does this region produce some of the most characterful hops but it was also at the forefront of pioneering homebrewing, microbrewing, and brewpub movements. As it happens, it is also credited as the home of one of the most multifaceted styles: the Black IPA (or 'Cascadian Dark Ale').

Few other offerings are able to feature such intense and intricate profiles of *both* malts and hops; resiny, citric bitterness is just as much at home as roasted, burnt grain bitterness. Indeed, this particular example combines a smorgasbord of flavours that spans the spectrum from semi-dark and milk chocolate to creamed coffee to grapefruit flesh to pine needle to lemon meringue.

And Jukebox-Hero is one beer that gives up these treasures easily, quickly, and without fuss. It doesn't taste remotely as strong as it's supposed to (7.5% alcohol and 75 IBU) and those flavours require no chasing. Heck, this one is easy drinking overall; there's enough vanilla creaminess, fresh mint and silky chocolate notes that any piny, herbal bitterness is turned approachable.

Is any one beer going to taste perfect for every one person that drinks it? Of course not. That's an insane notion. But do I believe that this layered, easily quaffed, and blemish-free Black IPA could appease more people than any other? Absolutely. Jukebox-Hero is a beer that includes everything in the mix and drinks in a stylish yet sophisticated manner that's welcoming to all.

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

A dark brown / black in color with 2 fingers of head, slow dissipation and great lacing. Smells of roasted grains, coffee, and tangy citrus/pine coming from the hops. The flavor is nicely balanced.. A lot of grapefruit from the hops, as Chocolatey sweetness from the malt. A bit strange at first but works perfectly together. This is the most citrusy of all black ipa's I've had.
Medium in body and silky smooth.. Modest carbonation.
A really good black ipa.. For fans of citrusy ipa.. And stouts!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, date stamped 12/18/2015
A - huge bubbly, tan head holds excellent retention atop a deep brown colored ale
S - black malt mixed with juicy and piny hops
T - dark malts mix well with the bold hops; roasted barley, chocolate, juicy & piny hops, background roasted coffee and caramel
M - sticky hops coat the palate, medium bodied, bitter pine and roasted barley linger on the dry finish
O - very well put together American Black Ale. Glad I finally got to try it with the new, more affordable canned format. I'll buy this again for sure.

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Photo of dmgallag
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black-brown on pour. Nice citrus sent hits your nose from the start. Not overpowering, but lets you know it is there. Probably more bitter than sweet. Definitely more hop presence than malt in this one. Not a bad bitter and you will definitely want to grab another after your first.

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Large, lumpy, beige head. Slow to recede. Less lace than expected, but plenty of minor spots throughout the tasting. The color is brown and bright light shines through the center easily. Appears to be clear.

Good Chocolate Malt nose, but only lightly chocolatey. It's almost like Black Patent Lite, meaning no harsh burnt smells, but it still comes across as deeply roasted.

Dry taste like the smell, but a bit more astringent, particularly during and after the swallow. I even get just a hint of coffee in the aftertaste. There's some alcohol notes in the aftertaste as well. The body is neutral and carbonation low, giving this beer a richer feel. I would describe this beer as a near-Stout because it's missing the Porter cocoa notes. Yet, it only hints at the near burnt elements of the Stout.

Overall, a very nice beer to taste and enjoy.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, toast, light chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops with a light roasted malt presence; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, toast, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, toast, chocolate, cocoa, roast, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops with moderate roasted malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. All around great complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate roasted malt balance; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Act25
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black IPA is one of my favorite styles, as are midwestern craft.

A) Perfect pour of a dark pitch brown-black body with Ruby highlights , sporting a 2 finger, rocky, creamy, khaki head that laces and lasts long and thick.

S) Aroma offers fresh pine, citrus rind, aspirin, and dank earthiness with an herbal mint air.
T) Flavors follow smell, but adds creamy dark chocolate chip mint, along with upfront bitter hops of earthy, pine, and floral notes. Finishes with little chocolate orange kick. Complex.
F) Mouthfeel is solid creamy with tight hop oils. Medium bodied ale, smooth, and drying in the end.
O) Complex, deep, lots of herbal colors. Try 24.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

really solid black ipa.. good nose and color.. taste is smooth with good hop presence and malt backbone..really drinkable for 7.5%.. recommended for a shelf beer when it is out for sure

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Photo of patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured black with an expected off-white head.
S - Hoppy with strong roast malt.
T - Chocolate with some pine and citrus with other undetermined hops.
M - Medium body with a bit of a carbonated cream finish.
O - A good mix thats hard to explain without tasting.

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Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped open a can from Top Hops. The hops and dark malts mingle for a grape and molasses character accented by crisp citrus punch, caramel, and cocoa. The body's on par with good IPA, a touch less than a porter. It's a fun, complex beer. I'll have another.

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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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Photo of Fcolle2
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown nearly black in color with deep mahogany hues. Head is tan in color and creamy in constancy

Smell is great, pine and citrus hops forward with some nice chocolate malt and toasty cracker like malt.

Taste follows the nose with some rich roasted malt and a big piney hop oil presence with a medium bitterness. Some hints of smokey malt also come through nicely in the mid section. More hop oils and resin in the finish with a herbal and char bitterness

Mouthfeel is good, on the thicker side with a good amount of roasted malt and lots if hop oils.

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

A - 22oz bottle to DFH signature glass. 1 finger white head. Beer is very dark brown to black

S - citrus fruits dominate-tangerine, grapefruit , very slight roasty smell

T - Starts off with a nice hoppy bite but balanced well with some roasted malts, finish is a nice light bitter

M - good carb , medium body, dry finish

O - great example of the style and a very enjoyable beer. Borderline sessionable, should have no problem knocking down this bomber.

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

With tunes of new and old singing loudly, its confused sound registers on the palate with unexpected medly as the hops of America's early beer culture mingle with newer versions, and then updating that taste on a toasty and darkened bed. The beer kinda oozes with rock 'n roll.

Jukebox-Hero is both juicy and earthen as tropical, citrus, perfume and char challenges the nose and provokes confusion. None of that's resolved since the eye sees something that's porter-dark with a slight mocha lace. But to taste, all that vibrancy of fruit is suspended while the tongue is greeted with toasty, roasty, caramelized sweetness.

And once the medley of malt lays down its foundation of burnt toast, light char, caramel and chocolate, that sensibly is unseated with something sinister of IPA- grapefruit, pineapple and dried orange peel provide suggestions of acidity to complement sweetness of malt and to balance the toast. Finish flavors are faintly coffee-like with a treacle of cocoa and with a citrus peel rebuttal.

Medium bodied throughout, the ale constantly strives for dryness, but the toasted sweetness persists and resist a complete malt fade. The ale remains supported well though remains hop-forward and creates the struggle that dark IPA promote. Where one sees balance, the other sees conflict- and its that curiosity that makes me think that this beer wins out- save for those garlic-rich steaks or prosciutto wrapped asparagus.

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