Revolution Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #37
Ranked #397
4.4 | pDev: 8.64%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Notes: A huge Imperial IPA, and our first specialty brew in can.
Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 1,081 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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PaulsBrew from Virginia

5/5  rDev +13.6%

Nov 22, 2014
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.01/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brief impressions:

Sm: Faint, actually. ??? Floral notes, citrus, pale malts, resins, juicy fruits.

T: Follows the aroma, with plenty of Amarillo resins. Floral and clean, with an unfortunate high level of malty sweetness in place to balance the otherwise overbearing bitterness. Absolutely imbalanced, as most beers that recklessly try to go this big and bold with flavours tend to be. Built to be monstrous.

Not gestalt. There's no subtlety, order, or nuance to this brew at all. It's heavy handed and loud.

Bends bitter in the third act and into the finish, leaving the drinker with an obnoxious bite.

Mf: Crisp and Overcarbonated, with a filling full body and a heavy presence on the palate. Thick, weighty, and hefty. Off-puttingly oily.

O: Will appeal to those American craft beer drinkers in the 20-30something male demographic who associate high ABVs and high IBUs with quality, irrespective of balance. Discerning drinkers will be amused but unimpressed. I wouldn't buy it again, but in spite of its severe imbalance it's still a more drinkable and enjoyable beer than others of its ilk (see Stone's Ruination and Green Flash's Palate Wrecker for other misguided brews in this unfortunate American trend).

Side-note: damn if this won't get you drunk.


Oct 18, 2015
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Gemmell from Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am unfortunately rewriting my review in a most negative way. Good god this beer fell apart over the course of a month. Even fresh, something tasted slightly off. Way too much malty sweetness and nowhere near the hop character it carried in 2014. There is an overbearing chemical aftertaste that sits around I can't quite put my finger on, but it's unpleasant. Dump this in a bourbon barrel and re-release it as a BBA barleywine. At least then that cloying sweetness makes sense. I still have several more of these to go and will be forcing them on unsuspecting guests. Buyer beware...2015 batch was a bust...drain pour

Oct 30, 2015
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mmahanna41 from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The only reason this beer is unsessionable is because it's super dangerous to session at 10%.... I'm so glad the rumors of this beer never being brewed again were incorrect. Just picked up a 09/22/2015 born on & it is so damn good. In my opinion this beer blows 1ZNuff away and I'm a big 1Z fan.

Oct 01, 2015
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.7/5  rDev +6.8%

Enjoyed a tulip-full at the brewery taproom.
Beer is a good-looking light orange with a foamy white head.
The aroma is loaded. Tropical fruit leads the way with pine and grassy notes as well and a little candied fruit and orange rind as well.
Wow. A straight-up palate attack. Lots of juicy fruit, then some piney resin and dankness and a bit of sweetness (maybe caramel) before the crisp and bitter finish. No hint of the 10% ABV.
Mouthfeel is fairly light and smooth.
Overall, this is a huge beer with tons of bitterness and flavor but I didn't want to stop drinking it. Great beer!

Oct 16, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received a few of these in a trade. Tossed one JLindros's way.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a slightly hazy copper hue with a face two finger white head that fades slowly to leave loads of sticky lacing and a dense creamy blanket. For 10% this is pretty damn good.

S - Aromas of pine, light dankness, citrus oil, light tropical notes, fair amount of juicy fruits with not much malt sweetness. No alcohol on the nose.

T - Taste is note nearly as good as the nose. Wet pine trees, super faint tropical notes, good citrus peel. Rather oily citrus finish, bitter pith and peel. Decent amount of malt sweetness. Alcohol is more evident too on the finish and first initial hit to the tongue as well.

M - Mouthfeel is crispy carbonated, which keeps it a bit lighter on the tongue. Finish though is a bit sticky and heavy, fair amount of booze.

O - Overall, while the taste and mouthfeel were on par for what one would expect for a DIPA of this ABV, the appearance and nose were pretty solid. For the ABV content, a solid offering.

Serving Type: Can

Oct 23, 2015
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

2.81/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a Lagunitas mason jar glass.

Pours a nice looking burnt orange color with a small white head that fades quickly.

Smells of tropical fruits, a tad of garlic, pine and rubbing alcohol.

Starts candy sugar sweet followed by grapefruit rind and then...rubbing alcohol. Strong rubbing alcohol.

Mouthfeel fits the style. Medium soft carbonation.

This beer was a big fat fail. Many love it but jeez, the rubbing alcohol taste is very off putting. I bought a sixer ($21.00) and got through it, but what a chore. I won't revisit and prefer many others of the style over this one.

Oct 26, 2015
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raeman70 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

I need an endless supply of this Very drinkable. One of my favorite dipa's for sure.

Oct 28, 2014
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rawfish from California

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper with a huge head. Moderate retention and clumps of lacing left on the glass. A lot more complex malt going on here, brash alcohol and piney and candied fruit hops. Juicy character with the malt adding both a candied glaze and baked goods balance to the citrus rind, pleasant herbs and backing pine. Bitterness is large but also carries the fruity hops with it through the finish. Quite a feat. The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect, no prickly carbonation, or overbearing alcohol, just smooth sailing. Impressive, DIPA, just an absolute cool character. Sessionable to a fault, juicy and complex. Maybe the only other canned DIPA (yeah, I just said it Heady Topper) that can go head to head with Abrasive.

Nov 29, 2014
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edk218 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8%

Extremely smooth for 10% ABV. Lots of Citra but very balanced. My favorite IPA from Revolution and possibly my favorite beer in a can.

Oct 09, 2014
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kevanb from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, dated 10.7.2014, poured into a Pipeworks snifter.

The beer pours a slightly hazy copper color, but with a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a finger of thick, white, soapy head that has nice retention and yields a few webs of lace. The aroma is big, plenty of that 10% ABV shows, bitter hops that are clean, crisp, floral, citrusy, juicy with a bit of pine, malt is an afterthought, but likely is noticeable as sweetness behind the alcohol. The flavors really shine, big hops, bitter but juicy, very balanced yet intense, big grapefruit, peach, mango, orange zest, pine, wildflower while the malt is smooth and rich, lightly sweet and brings out the alcohol, which is hidden really well on the tongue. The mouthfeel is nice, very rich, full bodied, coats extremely well and the carbonation is perfect while the finish is dry, but not overly so.

Verdict: A really superb DIPA from Revolution, their best showcase of hops to date and arguably the best IPA to come out of Chicago that isn't from Chicago's honorary annex of Munster, Indiana. Big, bold, bitter but balanced and not too biting, just what one asks for in a DIPA. The potent alcohol on the nose is the only thing that is holding this back from being a truly world class DIPA, kudos to Rev, this is excellent!

Oct 11, 2014
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. Hazy copper color with thick off white head with great retention, coats glass with foam. Serious tropical fruit aroma, mango and pineapple. Big fruity taste as well, on the sweet side due to the malt but plenty of hops come in late to balance. Pine, citrus and floral notes in a semi- dry finish. Touch of booze at the end. Full mouthfeel but clean and crisp at the same time. Very easy drinking for such a big beer due to the fruitiness and mouthfeel. Really enjoyed this one. Thx to @nsola for the hook-up.

Oct 23, 2015
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SAEmick from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8%

Nov 24, 2014
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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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pgrenvicz from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Dec 12, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My favorite beer of 2014, if you find it, buy it

Nov 10, 2014
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BaronRVH from Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent DIPA that tastes reminiscent of a blend between West and East/Midwestern styles of a double IPA. Poured into a large tulip, nice inch head but dissipated quickly. Good aroma of fruit, esters, some herbal notes. Taste and mouthfeel show a great balance!

Oct 10, 2015
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end_27 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.6%

Dec 07, 2014
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Brian29 from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oct 06, 2015
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The-Hoptometrist from Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.6%

Oct 31, 2014
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IpeeA from Missouri

5/5  rDev +13.6%

Oct 24, 2014
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BradenMK from Alaska

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think the highest praise I can give this is that, to me, it tastes exactly like Sixpoint's first run of Hi-Res. Like, exactly. Maybe a little too syrupy sweet for my liking, at this time, but a fine, fine beer with a huge, deliciously tropical/citrus taste and smooth, effervescent carbonation. Well done, guys!

Oct 28, 2015
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jcugafsu from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Dec 16, 2014
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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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PBIU from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a Double, this beer is up there with the best.

Had it a week from being canned and just wow.

Look is honey orange with a two finger head. Lacing is prominent.

Right when you open the can, the hops burst out.

Taste is tropical and pine melded together perfectly. Dry finish and very smooth. Hard to tell that it is a 10 ABV.

Mouthfeel is thick and coats the tongue.

Overall a great offering from Revolution. One of my favorite beers by them for sure.


Nov 07, 2014
Unsessionable from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 1081 ratings