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 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 kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can purchased as part of a 6 pack at a Whole Paycheck in NYC. Filled: 10/19/16. Brief impressions below:

Not as piney as would be ideal, going for some faint pine but not much in the way of resins or oils. Not floral, citrusy, grapefruit-emphatic, tropical, or grassy. I don't get much roasted barley flavour from it. The risk in Cascadian dark ale (if you'll allow that style descriptor) is always balance...beers in this nascent style often struggle to balance the bitterness of hops and roast with heavy dark malts. This beer fares better than most, but it has a wimpy depth of flavour and a dull hop profile, lacking punch, pungency, and expressiveness.

The hint of mint is nice, helping give this an apt herbal flavour I only crave more of. I'd like to see heavier pine/evergreen, heavier mint and/or other herbs, and more roasted barley. As-is, it's a middling build and an unremarkable albeit drinkable brew.

Not a beer I'd buy another sixer of, but I'm glad I tried it once and shallow though it is, it's better than many so-called "black IPAs" out there (though as Blakelive784 points out, how can an India *pale* ale be black?).


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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 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 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 metter98
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark, roasted malts are present in the nose along with strong notes of piney hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the roasted malt flavors are much stronger and the piney hops are less pronounced—the hops mainly contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very good example of the style. I particularly liked the taste, which was very roasty and bitter.

Serving type: can

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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 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 RAFH
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got as a gift from Chad S of Stevensville Michigan. Was a 12 ounce can. Didn't check the freshness date, but it may not have been fresh. Would like to try it again when fresh.

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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 fitzy84
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer pours with a black appearance and a pretty thick light brown head that dissipates into bubbly lacing and retention. The aromas include some pineapple citrus that almost seems a little "burnt", if that makes sense, probably thanks to its malts. Taste includes some of that pineapple-grapefruit citrus mixed with a toasty malt presence. Mouthfeel is great; the beer is creamy with a milky texture. Overall, this was an interesting beer in terms of its flavors and aromas, but I liked its look and mouthfeel the most.

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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 98green
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Very good black IPA. Hops and roasty malts very well balanced. Abv is very well hidden. This style is growing on me and I like this one a lot. Good effort.

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Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Can pour into a chalice with a deep brown almost black body and a cap rising just above one finger high. The nutty-tan head is thick and creamy displaying fairly good retention. A few small webs of lace stick to the glass.

S- Hops are certainly present but the malts make up a slight majority of the aromatics with deeply caramelized sugars, chocolate and charred barley coming to mind. More warmth helps up the hops which add pine, citrus, earthy and floral qualities here.

T- Continues down the path laid above but for my palate the hops seem considerably more important at this juncture with fresh citrus, earthy and piney notes playing favorably with the generous maltiness. Fairly dry and that facilitates the friendly hop-malt interaction but plenty of chocolate, charred, nutty and toasted grainy tones.

MF- Medium-high carbonation level in a moderately thick body which comes off as slightly runny but still has at least a touch of creaminess. Finishes with a mix of charred and piney hop bitterness.

Revolution displays some brewing prowess here as the hops and rich malts do not clash in the least. A noticeable lack of caramelized sweet flavors allows the hops to stay fresh alongside a dry flavor.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 12/21/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a 1+ finger head
S: Chocolate malt, generic hops
T: Matches the nose but bolder
M: Bitter but a touch thin-bodied
O: An enjoyable but unmemorable black ipa

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Photo of gonzo000
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer #900 was an excellent choice from Revolution in Chicago - A black IPA called Jukebox Hero. The beer poured a nice dark color with a foamy head that reduces but lasts as a bit more than a film for the remainder of the beer. The smell was nothing special, a bit of malt and hops. The taste was great - nice roasted malt and a IPA bite on the finish that lingered in the back of the throat. The creamy mouthfeel was excellent. Very pleased with this one. Will revisit.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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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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 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 schoolboy
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I bought five different Revolutions on Thursday and this is the only one that was new to me. It is the best of the buch too.

It is beautiful. Black, opaque and a perfect head - - more like a stout head. The aroma is hoppy and malty too, and sweet.

The taste is a nice bitter, roasty, hoppy over the top, yet balanced taste. The malts are well represented. The whole thing wroks and give the impression of a complete and satisfying experience.

This is one I will try to get once more before they are gone for the year, but I may have gotten the last one. I wonder if it is hoppier when fresher.

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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 glass_house
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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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 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 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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