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IPA - American
Ranked #81
Ranked #1,707
4.22 | pDev: 7.58%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 775 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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HopHippie from Wisconsin

4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had from Issue 9 of League of Heroes sampler pack. poured into pub glass from can.
L: Dark gold with a nice white head.
S: Grapefruit, sharp pine, lemon candy.
T: A very nice blend of earthy and sweet fruity/citrus flavors.
F: At 7.5% this is very drinkable and isn't too dry. Medium body.
O: One of the best IPA's I have had and has the perfect not too bitter hop profile for me.

Jun 14, 2020
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can with a canned on date of 8/23/18; into a pub glass.
Appearance- deep gold, transparent with plenty of bubbles that steady a medium thick sudsy off white head; lacing is decent.
Smell - orange peel, grapefruit rind and pine needles.
Taste - add a touch of earth to the citrus hops and pine needle; flavors are profound and impactful!
Feel - medium body, well balanced and very drinkable given the higher end ABV for an IPA!
Overall - very solid, traditional IPA that delivers in taste and feel, however lacks a little in the nose keeping this from being an outstanding; old school hop heads will enjoy this one!

Sep 30, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can with a 26 June 2018 fill date stamp served in a pint glass.
Pours amber with a tall, creamy, off-white head.
Moderately strong aroma with fruity hops and little else.
Moderate-mild bitterness for style with plenty of generic citrus in the taste and aftertaste, accompanied by some subtle bready and sweet malts.
Overall: best of the 3-4 Revolution xxxx-Hero beers I've tried so far.

Aug 07, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hard to fault featured Citra, or Revolution.
a) Dark amber body with white lacing and lasting head.
s) Floral, citrus, marmalade, malt.
t) Falling for this: all of the above but bigger, the caramel malt uplifting all the other flavors as it opens.
f) Full, round, soft, creamy body, lean and clean finish.
o) Best of the heroes? Try 24.

Jul 28, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz canned 4/26/18 (27 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 7.5% ABV. The beer pours bright light orange amber in color with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is orange and grapefruit along with the corresponding rind. The taste is a little semisweet caramel with some citrus bitterness coming through from start to finish. Nicely balanced and not very bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, very good. This is a mid tier Citra IPA that wouldn't go head to head with the big boys, but is better that most.

May 23, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear and golden. Decent starting head. Two rings of lace as the tasting proceeds, streaks in between.

Freshly crushed raw hop cone aroma. A bit graininess to the malt side.

The flavor starts with a mild berry sweetness. This becomes dry which is where the bittering hop shows up and intensifies up to the swallow. The body leans to the lighter side while the elevated carbonation seems to contribute to the effect. The finish is predominantly bitter leaving a moderately long aftertaste.

Nov 18, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes 10/12/17, had on-tap at the Louie Bar, Holiday Inn in Skokie, Illinois

Appearance - Served up in a 20oz glass, crystal clear and brilliant golden orange in color with a thin, broken layer of suds sitting atop. Not much for lacing; small spotting.

Smell - Moderate aroma, but strong on the orange character; fresh peel.

Taste - Flavor is citrusy and very juicy, with bright tangerine and lesser orange. Hints of pine and spice. Faint bready malt backbone. Finish is mostly clean with a lingering trace of orange essence and pithy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slick texture with an easy, crisp and dry finish.

Overall - A nice play on their flagship, Anti-Hero IPA. The flavor profile is mostly simple, but also clean and assertive. I could see this getting tiresome after a few of these, but this 20oz pour is sure hitting the spot right now.

Oct 29, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Citrus and tropical notes – grapefruit, orange, passionfruit, mango – with a touch of pine at the back end of the aroma. Light golden color with a slight orange hue. The flavor has a soft wheat/bready malt character coupled with faint fruity sweetness. On top of this soft malt character is more of the strong citrus and tropical notes from the Citra hops. Despite all of the hops, the bitterness isn’t that big. Nice mouth feel.

Oct 11, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, dated 8.30.17, poured into a Revolution Brewing imperial pint glass.

The beer pours a dark copper color, amber hues, clear with a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a foamy white head sits, good retention and lots of soapy lace clings to the glass. The aroma is nice, bready malt, light citrusy and fruit hops, a bit floral with some pine and grassy qualities and some grapefruit peel lingers. The flavors echo the nose well, bready malt lead the way while the citra hops add some nice bright qualities as it washes over the tongue. Citrusy, fruity, grassy, light pine, a hint of wildflower and a bitter and spicy grapefruit peel at the finish. The mouthfeel is good, lively medium body, busy and bubbly carbonation adds nice texture but isn't abrasive, with a dry and soft finish.

Verdict: A good IPA from Revolution, a bit breadier and maltier than I'd like, but this is a good expression of Citra. Bright, refreshing and crisp while balanced and appropriately hoppy. A good every day beer.

Sep 27, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange body, lots of white head, stick thick lacing, tight profuse bubbles.

S - Pine nose, citrus, with mild floral notes, and sharp pith and orange cream.

T - The bright floral notes and chewy resin, sweet orange and pithy grapefruit. Close is bitter.

M - Sticky, with a brisk carbonation, and a building crunchy close.

O - A Citra ale, but one that misses the pinnacle of the form. Drinkable, but a bit heavy handed.

Sep 07, 2017
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Such a tough category to differentiate yourself, but his is a very solid American IPA with a heavy lose of lemon in the smell and flavor that gives it a semi-distinct personality. Like it.

Pours a pale copper, quite clear, with a soft but thin white head that provided a ring of sticky lacing towards the top of the glass.

Smell is certainly hop-forward but there's some clear malt balance (ish) there. First impression is some tropical fruit (guava?) with a lot of deep dankness. Then the citrus takes over, with grapefruit and a lot of lemon. Lemon is probably my least favorite citrus characteristic on the nose and tongue, but I'm really liking it here -- works really well with the heavy biscuit and earthy notes. There's some herbalness, too, very hempy, which speaks to the dankness.

Flavor very much follows the nose, with dank wood and grass leading the first wave, lemon and grapefruit and orange peal coning in second, pine resin and little green onion on the backside. Very chewy and bitter, with some balancing sweetness provided alongside the breadiness from the malt. Really well balanced.

Feel is much greater than the thinnish look would suggest. Really creamy and silky and well-carbonated. Love the texture.

Your standard (ish) American IPAs are having a harder and harder time standing up against NE IPAs and fruited IPAs and IIPAs, but this one is a good reminder of how rock solid a more traditional, semi-balanced IPA can be. Very solid beer that I would happily drink on a regular basis.

Aug 19, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of beige colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Lemon, tangerine

T: Follows the nose, aling with grapefruit & light breadyness, plus mango up front. More grapefruit & mango, dryness & tangerine as this warms. Finishes with tangerine & lemon, with a little mango & dryness, plus a touch of lime

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, nice balance

Easy to drink, especially for the ABV, expected a bit more to be honest

Aug 14, 2017
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eppCOS from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just don't get this one. Barely has any Citra character to it, had it on tap, fresh - meh. Not for me. It's a clean beer, I'll give them that. But it has zero interest for me - and I really like some of their other Heros - so not sure why people go bonkers for this beer. Went down easy enough, but with zero impression. Disappointed.

Aug 02, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color with a 3.5 finger head in a Spiegelau glass. Carbonation bubbles.

Floral, earthy aroma. tropical fruit.

Pleasantly carbonated.

The taste is not as well blended as the aroma. Floral,light tropical fruit

Overall, excellent IPA. I like the beers from this brewer. I was looking for more complex taste, Drink cold as indicated on the label.

Aug 01, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nabbed a can at a Chicago Trader Joe's for $2 USD. Currently #62 in the Top Illinois Beers list.

CAN: 12 fl oz format. Standard pull-tab top. Filled 06-21-17.

Served cold the day of purchase.

"India Pale Ale."

HEAD: White in colour. Head height is ~8cm in my pilsner glass. Leaves no lacing as it recedes, which takes about 4 minutes. Could be frothier and more robust, but overall it's above average.

BODY: Vibrant clear copper-gold. No yeast/lees within. Obviously filtered.

It's a nice look for an IPA, boasting more vibrance and better head retention than observed in many expressions of the style. I note no obvious flaws, but there is room for improvement.

AROMA: True to Citra hops, there're ample citrusy aromatics here. Orange flesh, orange peel, tangerine, some sticky yet mild resins, floral hop aromatics. Pale malt sweetness represses any hop bitterness, suggesting a balanced IPA with a nice hop character if limited depth of flavour and complexity.

Fruity esters from the ale yeast mingle with the fruity hop aromatics.

I detect no oversweet malt crystal malt or caramalt, just pale malt.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Refreshingly classic, with a crisp yet soft mouthfeel supporting delicately floral hop flavours in addition to the more prominent Citra derived citrusy hop flavours. Bursts of orange and tangerine are most emphasized, but this also has some unexpected resinous flavour I'd associate more with a hop like Amarillo than Citra. Somewhat oily as well, which works for it. Hits on some lychee around the climax, and possibly some passionfruit as well.

Fruity ale yeast esters are present. No other yeasty notes are noticeable, but it's a balanced and well-attenuated ale with just enough malt sweetness to counter any overt hop bitterness without muting the hop flavours.

Smooth, wet, oily, refreshing, well-carbonated, medium to full-bodied. Not gushed, hot, boozy, scratchy, harsh, astringent, or otherwise problematic, but I do find it a bit too thin.

Its key strength is its balance, but there isn't a lot of flavour diversity or complex layering of flavour's a simplistic build for an IPA, which diminishes the impressiveness of its balance. When there aren't many notes to balance out, it's a lot easier to pull off. Nevertheless, it's pleasant and enjoyable fare. I mind the simplicity less than its relative shallowness; there isn't great depth of flavour here though the citrusy flavours in particular do come off tasting vivid and expressive to a nice degree.

The mouthfeel complements the taste generally well but doesn't accentuate specific hop flavours. Citra is pretty well showcased overall.

OVERALL: In short, it's a likable Citra hopped IPA with few actual flaws - only ways it could be improved further still. I like that they stuck with 2-row and pale (as well as red, wheat, and even Belgian, apparently) malts instead of incorporating crystal or caramalt, and they picked a terrific hop to commit to in Citra, but I do scratch my head wondering why English ale yeast was used in this American IPA and it does want for more depth and intricacy.

Nevertheless, it's the best IPA I've tried from Revolution to date and it's great to see a classic Citra-hopped IPA available for $2 a can in Chicago. I'd probably cycle this in alongside expressions of the style from Half Acre, Lagunitas, and Pipeworks if I lived in Chicago, and I think that speaks to the beer's quality and drinkability even if I'd stop well short of calling this world class. A beer I intend to revisit and I'd absolutely recommend any pale ale or IPA enthusiast buy a sixer of this, but there are better IPAs out there that showcase Citra (one of my favourite hops) more effectively.

High B- (3.50) / WORTHY

07/24/18 impression from another can courtesy of Chris - thanks, bruv! Can was canned 5 days ago.


Jul 31, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can into a Surly teku.

Nose is citrus, pine, sap and resin. Decent but I know this is the flavor profile that I'm not crazy about in IPAs. Beer opens grapefruit, pine, tree sap and resin. Juicy with a sappy bitterness. Body is light with ample carbonation. Smooth on the palate and slick going down. Aftertaste really coats the mouth.

Not a bad beer by any means but this isn't my cup of tea.

Jul 21, 2017
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm excited for another Hero brew! Entering this unbiasedly...

Clear pale copper body with a stoic velvety white head. Delicious, dank, succulent mango, orange, and pineapple on the nose, perhaps a bit of sweet malt. Those same juicy flavors are backed by caramel and toasted malt on the flavor. It is solidly bitter, with a touch of sweetness to anchor it. The body is medium-full, syrupy but in a delicious alpha-acid kind of way.
My description is short, but the words "juicy", "delicious", and "dank" should weigh heavily here, Citra hops reign supreme, and they reign assertively and justly. And that's coming from a libertarian.

Jul 19, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can..."Filled 6-01-17" stamped on the bottom

Pours near clear, slightly lighter amber, under a large and lasting light khaki cap....slowly receeding and leaving a nice looking fine fil, and low ringed sheeting.

Bright nose of fresh tropical fruit, mango/papaya/pineapple yum

More of the same on the palate, juicy fruits abounding...more mango/papaya and pineapple...brightly flavorful, fresh and quite tasty...well worth seeking out

Jul 10, 2017
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Hackattack from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great beer in the "Hero series" for this brewery. I got this in a variety 12 pack. All of the ones in this Hero 12 pack were really ,really good and hoppy!

Jul 09, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear medium-gold beer with a big off-white head and lotsa lace mess trailing behind... Citrusy pine and pith on the nose, previewing more of the same to follow... Deep sweet citrus suggestive of orange flesh and lemon pith, with a resinous shellac over it all; caramel-like sweetness rounds things off... Medium body has some tack and chew, smooth and subtly carbonated... Surprised at the caramel and pine and chew - had more body than I expected and a slightly "darker" profile, too... Good stuff... 6/5/17 canning...

Jun 30, 2017
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Piercan from Wisconsin

4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold in color. Intense hoppiness. The bitterness is mellowed by overtones of fruitiness: I detected ripe mango, and I'm being told that there are no mangoes in the brew; it all comes from the Citra hops.
Good malts balance. This is near perfect, truly American IPA.

Jun 25, 2017
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basaywhat from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours a hazy gold with no head. Aroma of bitter grapefruit and malt. Taste is bitter and malty, lots of citrus. Very crisp and citrusy, really nice.

Feb 20, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Unknown vintage; drank 7/15/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

See-through orange appearance.

Big off-white head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Sweet corn, orange citrus & fresh soap notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Sweet corn & orange citrus flavors up front; caramel notes on the finish. Cloying & syrupy; I'm a citra fanatic but this is a tragic use of this amazing hop. No bueno.

Dec 30, 2016
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got this beer via a beer trade and I thought it was great.

Look: Semi-clear light golden hue with a two inch white head.

Aroma: nice fruity citrusy aroma

Taste: It's very fruity/citrusy, pine, orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, juicy, light, crisp, easy drinking, but very tasty, and in any case extremely good.

Feel: Medium body, alcohol not noticeable.

Nov 23, 2016
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blackcompg from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a quick 1-2 fingers of eggshell white foam, body is a nearly translucent golden light orange, bright, lots of carb within the body

Smell - huge nose of citrus and tropical notes, smells juicy and pungent, in a good way.

Taste - wow, huge bright citrus explodes across the tongue, lots of tropical notes balance the intense citrus, there is some under-ripe pineapple and slight pine here too, bright and clean. After the carb the tropical notes assert with mango and papaya, hint of kiwi is there too. Ends in lightly candied grapefruit piths and dried summer fruit pits.

Mouthfeel - the bold and intense flavors make this feel a full medium. carb is perfect and smooth over the center of the tongue with prickly bright edges over the sides. Careful, tuis is easy to gulp with such great flavors and mouthfeel.

Overall - Possibly my favorite ipa, wish this one were year around, will get a case every time it comes out. Excellent single hop citra ale, and a must try.

Oct 14, 2016
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