Jukebox-Hero | Revolution Brewing

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BA SCORE
86.7%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 377 ratings
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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
Ranking:
#4,516
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
377
Liked:
327
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
8.04%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
74
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 377 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +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 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?).

C+ (3.15) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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

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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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 mothman
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

Photo of nathanmiller
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 PhineasMcClintock
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Jukebox-Hero from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 86.7% out of 100 with 377 ratings
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