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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

Added by Jaycase on 02-28-2014

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Ratings: 378 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Stamped canning date is '10-24-2016'.
Dark brown body, mahogany highlights when presented to light, tan cap, and good sheeting of lacing.
Smell is a combination of dark roasted and pine/citrus.
Taste does include a hint of mint, along with the dark roast and floral, pine, and citrus hops.
Medium plus mouth feel.
Has held up well, with its age in the can. Has the balance for the beer style.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adam36
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZEB89
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a jet black color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of pine and roasted malt. Tasted of coffee, roasted malt and piney, bitter hops.

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Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SoCal_Matt
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
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 stadmo1
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LAp
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of runlikeakenyan
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moltch
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
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 +6.8%
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 +3.5%
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 travelguy
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Booner818
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 smithj4
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Jukebox-Hero from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 378 ratings
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