Jukebox-Hero | Revolution Brewing

BA SCORE
89
very good
49 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Jukebox-HeroJukebox-Hero
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
revbrew.com

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:
49
Ratings:
372
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
7.98%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
74
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 372
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?).

C+ (3.15) / ABOVE AVERAGE

 1,168 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip pint glass at Beelow's.

Had some time to kill between flicks, so I figured I'd grab a pint or two at Beelow's, starting with this one. It pours a deep midnight garnet topped by a finger of wan slate foam. The nose comprises pine resin, blackened pretzels, and a touch of dark chocolate syrup. The taste opens with a gush of pine resin, pine needles, and a hint of grapefruit peel. This is then followed by a comparatively mild (very mild, in fact) wave of pretzel, chocolate malt, and char. Surprisingly, especially given those descriptors, the combination is fairly pleasant, if decidedly unbalanced. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderated carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, not a bad quaff, too unbalanced to be a great black IPA, but something in the category I may actually want to have again.

 847 characters

Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown in color, but still fairly translucent. Forms a small-to-medium sized light tan head. Decent retention. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is all IPA. Lots of hop goodness. Primarily notes of pine, with lesser notes of flowers and citrus. Mildly sweet.

T: The taste leans heavily towards the IPA side of the spectrum, with very little roasted malt character. Mildly sweet. Lots of sweet orange, like mandarin. Some pine than a touch of minty alcohol like mouthwash which clashes with the sweet orange flavor. Maybe a faint hint of chocolate on the back end.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Mildly sweet. Mild bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. Light minty tartness.

O: Black IPAs are interesting style in that there is a wide spectrum from IPA to what is essentially a hoppy porter. This one is about as IPA as you can get with only a faint touch of chocolate on the back end. And as an IPA, I'm not overly fond of the mint mixed with the orange which reminds me far too much of drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth. Overall, not bad, but glad I just bought one.

 1,091 characters

Photo of BB1313
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.

 923 characters

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.

 178 characters

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 8.99/bomber from Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bomber at 45 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma light, roasted malt and slightly piney
Head large (7 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to foamy layer of varying thickness
Lacing OK – broken rings and islands of froth
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins roasted malt forward with some bitterness which could either be hops or malt; no distinct hop flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, sticky, soft carbonation.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75. Since the bottle is undated, the lack of hoppiness could be due to age. This tastes more like a slightly hopped brown ale than an IPA.

 711 characters

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.

 577 characters

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.

 163 characters

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.

 1,216 characters

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.

 1,111 characters

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

APPEARANCE: The Jukebox-Hero looks black when it’s first poured, but when held up to the light it is clear that it is browner than black and it lets a fair amount of red light through. The head retention is decent, but it only begins at about a half a finger thick and settles into a cap that is wispy thin, but still covers the entire surface of the beer.

SMELL: At first it smells like an IPA, with citrus and grassy smells, but the mild roasty aromas creep in along with a slightly spicy characteristic.

TASTE: The roasty, coffee notes are much stronger in the flavor than they are in the nose, but the citrus and hop character still dominates. The impressive hop bill comes through strongest, however. Citrus, pine and grass are all big components of this complex flavor. A touch of dark chocolate plays on the edges while the finish is nice, hoppy and spicy.

MOUTHFEEL: The carbonation is not as big as the sparkle would suggest, but the coffee/dark chocolate/hop bitterness seems to be accentuating the sparkle as it cleanses the palate between sips. The body is somewhere between light and medium (although leaning towards medium) and it is a dry beer all the way through.

OVERALL: Pretty solid. Black IPAs can be tricky, but Rev, as usual, threads the needle nicely. It isn’t my favorite beer within the style, but it is one I’ll reach for again if it comes back.

 1,381 characters

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

 224 characters

Photo of Omnium
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Bow-tie pint

A - More of a dark brown than black, just shy of a full finger of khaki foamy head, thick lacing.
S - Aroma has some lighter roasted traits, toasted caramel and toffee, then a nice array of fruit, papaya, melon, peach, even a little banana.
T - Takes a step down in the flavor department, some burnt traits come through lightly then hang on to the end with some aggressive pine hop bite, sweet toasted caramel malt, orange juice, a little lemon zest.
M - Well carbonated and very balanced in feel, goes down easy too.
O - Really good black IPA, aroma has all the good stuff, flavor is good too, just doesnt match up the aroma as good as it should.

 673 characters

Photo of jzlyo
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is pine, dark malts and spices. The flavor is citrus, fruit, dark malts, hops/slight hop resin, grapefruit and a mix of increasing bitterness and mild heat in the finish.

 177 characters

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

This one has a nice fruity tone with a minimal hop spiced edge. This is how I like my black ales: smooth and easy drinking, with just a hint of fruit and a non-abrasive degree of hop influence. Well balanced. I like it. Another good one from Revolution.

 253 characters

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.

 741 characters

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and slightly transparent with a thin half finger of tan foam.

Citrus, pine, roasted malt, earthy hops, and slightly herbal/floral.

Citrusy and piney hops come out to play in flavor with a light roasty character but a little weak in comparison to others in the style.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, slight roastiness, citrusy, piney, dry finish.

Overall, not a bad black ale but wish there was a little more roasty character to note.

 457 characters

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

 695 characters

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

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with an off white head and plenty of lacing. The brew smells roasted and charcoal like but also very hoppy with pine and floral notes. In the taste, chocolate maltyness and a strong piney hop presence. The brew leans towards the bitter side, but it is one tasty brew. Strong hop flavor and cocoa. Medium bodied, well carbonated brew that spent a week in the growler. Overall, a very nice American Black Ale.

 446 characters

Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown with thin white head that leave plenty of lacing. Nose starts with heavy pine and citrus, lots of resinous notes, not much in the way of roasted malts. The taste is hop forward but surprisingly not that bitter. Grapefruit and pine present on the flavor with a woodsy character backing it up. Not getting a lot of malt... In fact if I drank this blind I would expect it to be very pale. Light bitterness at the back. Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. Overall, this is a decent brew but is my least favorite of the hero series.

 560 characters

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.

 476 characters

Photo of Redrover
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My wife picked-up this one for me. I have to thank her!

Pouted into my Samuel Smith Pint glass, the beer is black with brown highlights. It has a pretty impressive tan head and lacing.

The smell is a nice combo of pine and citrus with a little bit of roasted malts.

It’s a got a bit of a bite which I liked. Pine resin leads but there is a sturdy malt backbone with nice roasted qualities. There is just a hint of coffee and chocolate from the roasted malts.

The mouth is perfect. A bit oily and coating.

Overall, another great beer from Revolution. I would love to try this on tap.

 598 characters

Photo of TheDuvvv
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very similar to a porter or stout in terms of darkness, with a ruby color at the edges when held up to light.

Smell: Floral and orange smells at the beginning, follow by mild porter smells with some extremely light coffee notes.

Taste: Orange peel, grapefruit, some light coffee and chocolate flavors

Feel: Medium body, normal carbonation

Overall: Extremely drinkable due to the excellent balance of hop bitterness and the roasty malts, as someone who usually prefers stouts (Guinness) this has now become my favorite simply due to the balance.

 554 characters

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.

 460 characters

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.

 1,440 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Jukebox-Hero from Revolution Brewing
4.01 out of 5 based on 372 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe