Revolution Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #37
Ranked #401
4.4 | pDev: 8.64%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Notes: A huge Imperial IPA, and our first specialty brew in can.
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Richardalways21 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been very anxious to try this beer since it has some many positive reviews and it is hard to find. Very good beer
Pours a light golden yellow color not too big of a head
Taste non distinctive at first but improved along the way....maybe the 10% alcohol
Overall a solid beer! Will have to try a few more.
2nd and 3rd try.....Love it. The taste is distinctive and most pleasing

Jan 27, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned 9/27/16; drank 10/14/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE white head; thick, frothy lace.

Orange citrus, banana & faint clove notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Banana, mild orange citrus & faint clove flavors up front; excessively bitter finish. No booze heat.

Either I've changed or Unsessionable has changed; either way, we're no good for one another anymore.

Nov 17, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a good-sized, off-white head of foam. It smelled of pine, orange peel and toasted caramel. Nice piney bitterness, citrusy zest and a strong toasted maltiness.

Mar 03, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.56/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a snifter glass, this beer pours out clear and golden. Not perfectly clear but pretty easy to see through to the other side. It formed a dense and tightly packed crown of over a finger. Held up with great retention and left spotty lacing.

The smell brings notes of pine with the most prominence then comes with light fruit, floral and an alcohol sharpness.

The taste has a bread element all the way through to the finish. Some caramel lightly comes through. Crystal malt showing in there. Then comes pine and light fruit like grapefruit, tangerine.

The mouthfeel is juicy but that alcohol does show quite a bit. I feel like even though this is 10%, it could’ve been smoothed out a little instead of being so sharp. Bitter.

Overall, this isn’t bad by any means. I do feel like it would’ve been better at a different time in craft beer though. And I’m an old school ipa fan more than new hazy ipa fan. I love that west coast, huge double feel, I just feel this might be a little too harsh and could’ve been smoothed out.

Jan 12, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 11/12/18 (38 days ago) poured into a can glass at fridge temp 10% ABV 100 IBU. The beer pours bright orange, golden amber in color with off white head. The head sticks around and leaves some lacing. The aroma is candied grapefruit and evergreen. The taste is semisweet caramel, some grapefruit and pine with a big boozey and highly bitter finish. As advertised. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and somewhat dry in the finish. There's a lot of residual sugar and hop shellac in there, but the alcohol and bitterness balance it pretty well. Overall, very good. I'm a sucker for these old school west coast DIPAs.

Dec 20, 2018
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a foggy orange with a decent egg shell colored head, leaving a nice oily film on the glass. Awesome.
S: Pine and tropical fruit.
T: A malty sweetness and hints tropical fruit.
F: Oily and well carbonated.
O: Terrific, but I think I'll take 1ZNuff next time.

Jan 07, 2018
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ksimons from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-a clear orange color with a fingers worth of white rocky head

S-tropical fruits, citrus, and sweet malt

T-caramel malt, citrus, tropical fruits, a bit hot

M-medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall a nice DIPA, a bit hot with the alcohol

Nov 17, 2017
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Chris585 from Indiana

3.27/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Harsh. Faint hop presence in the nose. Lots of alcohol legs. Not much lacing. Light carbonation. Taste is slightly hoppy on the front but mainly alcohol burn. Not what you want in an imperial ipa. Malt isn’t enough in this beer to even out the abv and alcoholic presence. Hard to finish this one. Bought the six pack to drink a few for the evening and upset that I did. There were a few other offerings I had my eye on that I now wish I would have tried. I have had a few of revolution beers that were pretty tasty. This one- fail.

Nov 16, 2017
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 9/15/17.

Poured a clear, dark amber with a thick, foamy head and lots of lacing.

Smell is a nice blend of citrus and pine.

The taste hits pretty hard on the pine resin with a more subtle citrus notes. A little malt sweetness is there for balance. There's a hint of the alcohol on the end.

The mouthfeel is oily and thick.

Overall a decent beer with lots of flavors going on. The malt seems to block some of the bright flavors I like.

Nov 12, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear amber with a two finger creamy white head. Heavy amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, tangerine, mango, grapefruit and light piney hops.

T - The taste is mango, tangerine, grapefruit rind, sweet malts and agressive piney hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - A solid DIPA. Definetly recommended for hop heads.

Nov 07, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 09/15/17

Appearance - Pours mostly clear and bright gold in color with an off-white, near two-finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, consistent layer of suds and a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Spots and broken lines make up the lacing.

Smell - Strong citrus on the nose with grapefruit, lesser orange and a hint of brighter tangerine. Faint pine and leafy character.

Taste - As expected, a strong hop profile. Lots of citrus upfront with a lesser earthy, piney and spicy undertone. Orange with some tangerine brightness. Generic white bread sweetness provides a sound malt backbone. Mid-taste brings some floral qualities and a mild pineapple acidity. Tremendous amount of grapefruit pith emerges in the finish, leaving a long, lingering bitter pith aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with lightly bitey carbonation. Light chewiness. Bit of bite from the alcohol and a drying finish.

Overall - This is an immensely bold, strongly flavored and unrelenting DIPA. Unsessionable? Aptly named, but a can or two would definitely hit the spot. Any hophead should give this one a go.

Nov 06, 2017
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aoampm from Hawaii

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a snifter. Canned just over a month ago.

Pours a light golden yellow color. Fizzy finger head that flattens out and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell of malt, pine, citrus, pineapple.

Taste of malt, hops, pine, citrus, mango, and a sharp bitterness. Reminds me of a tropical Hoptimum in a way.

Feel is thick and oily. Not crisp and refreshing like most hoppy beers. I like it.

Overall a very solid beer! Glad to have had the change to try it and it would be a regular purchase if available.

Oct 28, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Over-the-top bitterness was the order of the day a few years ago when this first debuted, but it's understandable why Unsessionable is still a popular beer. RevBrew is expanding further into central Indiana, and this is a good showcase of their non-BA lineup. The six hop varieties blend into a bitter melange of hop character on the front palate, eventually balanced with a firm malt backbone and some light caramel sweetness as your hop receptors get overwhelmed. I imagine that beers like this will eventually go out of fashion, overtaken by the current haze-craze and an eventual return to balance being a desirable quality, but for now, this is a solid DIPA.

Oct 21, 2017
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had to check and see if this was a re-brew of 1ZENUFF, another triple IPA by Chicago brewery Revolution, but it seems like the "less-strong" cousin to that beer. Think I've shared a can of the aforementioned beer with someone before, and I'd say much less than one would be enough for me, but I'm down with giving this one a solid, objective shot.

Pours a mostly-clear vibrant golden color with a sudsy head of decently well-put-together foam that leaves behind slight, streaky lacing. Decent legs and moderate retention on this one. Surface is mostly hazy and the head is re-rousable with a slight swirl of my glass. A solid looking brew, but nothing too special here.

Nose is bright tropical fruit, spicy esters, ethanol and citrusy fruits crossed with some light grassy notes and pine resin. I get a bit of peach and pineapple along with the Galaxy hops' requisite passion fruit-esque addition. Kind of floral and anonymously fruity as well; could just be the high ABV playing tricks on me here, though. Candied grapefruit and blood orange nectar, marmalade and some honey peeking out here and there as well. A nice smelling and complex brew.

Flavor has some harsh bitterness and evidently-high ABV, which I'd consider to be issues in a big IPA like this. I like the forward tropical and citrus fruit cocktail-like flavors that happen, but there is definitely a little bit of ethanol harshness that hurts my enjoyment a little bit. That said, this does go pretty intensely into the corners of what these hops can do in a big beer. I get strong flavors of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine and resin with some bright spice and spruce (probably from the Chinook if I had to place a bet) toward the tail-end of each sip.

This seems to start fairly bright and lively for a 10% beer, but it does have a little bit of a syrup-y finish and a just-barely adequate carbonation, especially as it warms in my glass... combined with its hefty body, this just doesn't drink as well as some other bigger "TIPA" beers I've had. It's not a bad example of a double-digit-ABV IPA-ish beer, but it's also not in the upper echelon of beers I've had in this style.

Oct 07, 2017
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dense soapy head. Citric, floral, grassy, yeasty aroma. Flavor follows with an assertive, balanced and spicy hop flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. Very good double ipa.

Oct 16, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer many times, just realized I never reviewed it.
Poured into a goblet.
A - Looks fantastic, opaque orange amber with a huge head that never goes away.
S - Big citrusy nose and a hint of honey.
T - Massive DIPA with notes of citrus, honey sweetness and some pine and bitterness on finish.
M - Thick like a good DIPA, carbonation just a bit above average.
O - If you like DFH 90 or 120, you gotta try this. Excellent beer from Revolution.

Jun 16, 2016
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rob99er from California

3.21/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I like this beer, but I didn't love it. There are other imperial IPAs I like better. Very bitter. This beer does not hide it's intentions. Smells great, but taste doesn't like it smells. Probably wouldn't buy again.

Mar 08, 2016
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kik from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Delicious citrus aroma wafting from a beautiful golden amber hue. Musky taste characteristic of higher abv beers, but very pleasant, bitter favor. It is definitely unsessionable.

Feb 27, 2016
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mmesce2 from Illinois

2.41/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Are these others reviews even serious? This is one of the most garbage IPAS I have ever had the misfortune of tasting. Anyone who knows anything about IPAS knows that 6 hop varietals means "hey, it's a garbage dump!" There is seemingly no aromatic vs bittering hop strategy...it's just 'hey, we had an ass load of these hops left over...IPAS are popular, so let's just throw this shit together.' Revolution usually has some great beers (coup de eat is my favorite beer, period), but this is a clear miss. The only redeeming factor is the high alcohol. I got 5 of them left, so I'll end up drinking them I guess. Just awful though.

Jan 21, 2016
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blackcompg from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a glowing slightly amber hazed body, pours 2 fingers of golden head that comes down to a remaining solid cap, prominent lace rings after each quaff

Smell - big nose of citrus and tropical scents with a few honey dipped pine needles, and floral scents backing

Taste - juicy bold tropical flavores here, nice candied citrus rinds alongside, getting some herbal sweet basil too, and the finish is citrus pith and dried flowers and dried herbs - fantastic!

Mouthfeel - almost a full mouthfeel here, low carb really lets the hope dominate and saturate in a wonderful way. Carb is smooth and soft with a few light edges at the back of the tongue.

Overall - a powerful and delicious dipa, really no alcohol presence and a high drink ability makes it tempting to quaff quickly. You'll know the alcohol is there when you go to the fridge for another - a must try!

Jan 13, 2016
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kbrown from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sent in package with Surly Abrasive from Iko and Aaron for Xmas 2015. Seems not fresh whether from age or spoiled through heat or transport. Need to rate again in the future.

Jan 09, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful golden orange and fluffy white head. Smells like piney hops followed by some alcohol bite. Has a great hop bite and a little alcohol burn. Very light and smooth mouthfeel for such a big beer. A VERY enjoyable and big beer. Well done!

Dec 29, 2015
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Bonkinishwa from Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Revolution Brewing Company - Unsessionable. 10% ABV. 12oz can poured into snifter. Canned on 9/29/15

Look: Pours a mellowed coppery rust color, with a white bubbly head, about one finger in size, which slowly settles into sticky lacing.

Smell: Light bitter hops, along with some citrus and tropical fruits, mostly peaches, pineapple, and grapefruits. Some grass, pine, and resin notes are pretty profound, backing the other aromas.

Feel: Medium body, with some light carbonation, although the feel itself is relatively creamy and smooth.

Taste: I picked up a lot of both the fruits and resin sides, with peaches, grapefruit, pine, and grass all mixed together, with the bitter hops coming in near the back end. Had a fair amount of bitterness, but not as much as I expected. Since this is a big beer, I did pick up some faint alcohol taste on the end, into the aftertaste, but it doesn't linger.

Overall: My first Double IPA, wasn't sure if I was ready, but took it on anyway. I expected to be overpowered by bitter hops the whole way, however that was not the case. Had a nice balanced aroma and taste, and the hops were not overly extreme in the least. Unfortunately, this batch was a few months old, so I am sure I didn't experience the full potential of this.

Dec 26, 2015
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do_ob from Kentucky

3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into a New Belgium snifter. Pours a beautiful, vibrant gold and settles a clear tangerine orange in the glass. Great clarity and carbonation. 1.5 fingers of snow-white foam on top, super sticky in composition. One of the best looking beers I've ever poured. Ripened fruit, light hops/pine, and some peppery spice on the nose. Not a strong aroma, but decent. I got a little more orange and mango as it warmed. Surprisingly sweet on the taste, complimented by a light amount of hops. Loads of mango, tangerine, peaches, and apricots. Very sweet. I get little to no bitterness at all on this. Regardless, it's delicious. Very smooth and creamy feel, and no trace of alcohol despite the large abv.

I have to mention that my can is approaching the 3 month mark, so maybe that's the reason for a lacking hop presence. Either way, though, this beer was very good. Wonderful appearance and feel. It is quite dense and heavy on the stomach, though. It might be unsessionable in that regard, but in terms of being a super-bitter hop/booze bomb, no. I'd buy this again right now.

Dec 25, 2015
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smbslt from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/5. Nicely amber with a fine off-white head that faded too quickly. A touch of cloudiness but there is quite a bit packed in there and would have been a shame to leave any to it in a filter. Hop party in the nose with grassy notes being the most forward. The label does not over sell this one. From the little bit of carbonation burn upfront, thru some jaw clenching bitterness and the alcohol's warming at the end it is a serious IIPA. Oh for just the slightest bit more malt in the backbone. Feel is good - at least until my gums went numb. Well done version. Can only wonder if it lost any punch in two months. Fresh this may be up a few more points.

Dec 19, 2015
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