Revolution Brewing

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American IPA
Ranked #2,092
Ranked #13,289
3.94 | pDev: 6.09%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: IPA brewed to showcase the dank aroma hop varieties grown in the Pacific Northwest, including Columbus, Chinook, Centennial, Cascade and Warrior.
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 92 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Act25
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fan of Revolution.
This one dank.
a) Low Carb, gold body, scant head and lace.
s / t ) Builds up from initial citrus and pine to earthy, floral, scatty notes. Plenty of malt backdrop.
f) Slick, sticky with dry finish.
o) Even keeled, and nicely hopped / balanced for long term drinking pleasure.

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Photo of laketang
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden hue
Decent foam head with fair head retention
Earthy pine, spice, citrus.
Great bitterness from the 5 hops used.
Also some spice, lemon and grapefruit
Crisp and clean

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - great copper color with a good white head
Smell - pine and citrus
Taste - a little dank and pine more citrus
Feel - medium body lighter carbonation
Overall - ok beee

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Photo of defunksta
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip at 40 degrees

Look: Pours a clear, medium everescent orange color with a strong, tall foamy and bubbly head that overwhelms the glass.
Smell: Strong dank herbal and pine aromas. Aroma of grapefruit, pine and some tropical fruit notes is the forefront. Definitely some tropical orange and pineapple citrus. But damn it is more herbal and maybe some marijuana notes than usual.
Taste: Strong hop flavors of grapefruit, citrus and pine come forward. Some floral qualities. This is followed by a heavily bitter and dry hop finish. Little to no malt sweetness, but some honey biscuit malt is present.
Feel: Crisp, bitter, and spicy. Impressively carbonated leaving a light, dry body. The bitter hops can pleasantly linger on the tongue.

Overall: This is an excellent example of a West-Coast IPA from Revolution. We knew what we were walking into. Robust in flavor and bitterness. Hoppy, bitter, spicy flavors of floral and pine with no malt presence. Made with the 4 C hops this one is your old-school Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on steroids. Grapefruit and strong, dank, piney herbal hops. Extremely tasty. It's so great, for you west-coast hopheads, Highly recommend!

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Photo of larryarms847
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber gold with a fuzzy head of foam.

Earthy, citrus, dank, pine resin.

Leans bitter in flavor with strong dank/resinous notes and a smidge of citrus character.

Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, refreshing.

Overall, leans a bit on the bitter end but definitely crushable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a mixed 12pck from my local Meijer. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had tropical fruit sweetness. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical fruit salad ambiance. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid Hero.

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Photo of tigg924
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold in color with ¾ inch head. Taste is orange, lime, and pine. Slightly bitter, clean, moderate carbonation, with medium body. Very clean ipa. Could have several.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark golden in color, impeccable clarity. Two fingers of off white foam that recede to a thick ring around the glass and thin layer across the top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is definitely reminiscent of northwest beers. Piney and dank. Mild citrus and bready malt. The taste mirrors the nose. Pine, dank, citrus, and a balanced malt presence. Has a medium body, moderate carbonation, and a moderate-high bitterness. Good piney, bitter IPA from Rev.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 02/05/18

Appearance - Pours clear and pure gold in color with an off-white, half finger width head. Sub-par retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds with a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Well-rounded aroma that hits on citrusy notes, floral character and spice, lesser pine and hints of bread and caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose. Moderate flavor profile, but well rounded. Citrusy with lesser spice and pine. Moderate bready malt backbone with a faint trace of caramel. Bittersweet finish with the aforementioned flavors and hints of citrus pith and floral notes in the aftertadte.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair, tingly carbonation. Slick, slightly silky texture that lends to an ease of drink and a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good all-around IPA. Easy drinking and well balanced. While the flavor isn't exceptional, this is a beer you could drink all night and not get tired of it.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 12/21/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, light caramel, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, light caramel, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, light caramel, lightly toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.1%. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not too aggressive. Classic C hop showcase with balanced juicy/dank hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, with minimal residual sweetness. A very enjoyable offering. Never been disappointed by this series yet.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear, dark golden beer with a dense, light tan head.
Smell is piney mixed with some slight floral/earthy spice.
The taste is about the same as the nose with a pine/slight spice and floral combo.
Feeling is wet and sticky.
Overall, well put together.

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Photo of Tone
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, hint of spicy hops, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, slight earthiness, and slight resin-y hops. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also an elevated hop bitterness. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, hint of spicy hops, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, slight earthiness, and slight resin-y hops. Overall, good appearance, complexity, aroma, and body.

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Photo of ZAP
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L-Orange/ white head

S-Not as fragrant as I was hoping...a bit of evergreen...toffee malt...light citrus..

T-Good dose of pine on the flavor but not biting like some. A bit of grapefruit and orange citrus...malt is a blend of toffee and caramel...overall it leans toward the hops but plenty of malt to keep it relatively balanced.

F-Medium bodied...clean...

O-Interesting and enjoyable IPA...just not as dank or pine forward as's good though...

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Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, FILLED 01-09-2018
Creamy off-white head caps a golden colored ale; great head retention, nice lacing. Pine and spruce and northwestern forest fill the nose. Seriously - it's very woodsy. Caramel malt meets pine sap hop flavors, along with some grapefruity notes. Resinous yet creamy full body, finishing pungently bitter with, yes, pine lingering. Overall, a great piney IPA. This would be a great Christmas-time beer.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: dark amber color with some lighter caramel colors toward the edge of the glass. Thin white head that fades quick

S: huge pineapple, apricot, guava, passion fruit to start. Big biscuity malt presence behind that. Very juicy smelling

T: grapefruit, sweet orange, mango, and pineapple upfront. Some herbal hops follow that along with some nice grainy flavors. Real nice biscuit malt backbone behind that. Awesome flavors

M: medium mouth with lower-mid carbonation

O: awesome American IPA here. Juicy yet balanced. Definitely give this a try

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 12/21/17. Pours a golden orange with a white head, nice lacing.
Citrus aromas, flavors dominate here. Mouthful is a bit "oily". This is one of 4 in Revolutions "Hero" mixed 12 pack. Solid offering.

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Photo of joe1510
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Northwest Hero is a golden libation with copper hues. Or a copper libation with golden hues. It's shiny. Carbonation seems to rise from every surface of the glass. The head is linen white and ultra creamy while the bubbles keep it sturdy. Sticky, patchy spots of lace get left behind after each drink. A good looking beer, Northwest Hero is.

The nose is classic Northwest. Big orange and grapefruit peel.It's a little pithy as well. Pine plays a major role as well, not even just pine necessarily but a northern forest. It's got some of that crushed aspirin character as well. The malt base is nice, complex. It has notes of cracker and light toast with a drizzle of caramel. As it warms the citric vibrancy really pops.

The citrus shines. Big, bold, bitter orange and grapefruit pith and rind right off the bat, the orange in the forefront. Earthy pine pops up boldly in the middle along with lightly toasted white bread and a drizzle of caramel. The pine takes over through the finish as the maltiness fades. Crushed aspirin pops up here and there but isn't as noticeable as the nose suggested.

The body weighs in at medium with an active carbonation that keeps the beer moving at a fairly quick pace. The finish dries up in a flash and leaves behind a trail of bitterness that kicks about the tongue pretty nicely, it lingers. Each drink makes you want the next in quick succession.

Northwest Hero is bitter, dry, and bold. It's big on the citrus rind and pine. It has a malt base to backup that bitterness. This is a well made gem of a beverage. I would pick this one up often if available in 6-packs.

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Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 12/12/17. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity; white head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are subtle. Mild blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Crackers and bread. Malts are there. The flavors are clean and refreshing. Grapefruit, lemon and pine is there. Some fresh grass in the mix. Malts are there, but the sharp hops outweigh the malts. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation to active carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice IPA. It's not flashy, but it's well crafted. Once again, it's clean, crisp and refreshing. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. It's fitting for their "Hero series".

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz can on January 2, 2018. Look is dark gold with a thick head and sticky lacing. Smell and taste is dank hops. Feel is medium in body.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean golden amber, with a lovely head of off-white suds and traces of lacing.

Aroma: Floral hops. Nice.

Taste: Pine and floral hops here, with a bitter, almost astringent bite and finish. That’s not to say this isn’t good, as in this fruit-forward IPA trend, it’s nice to taste a classic American IPA again. Solid and worth a taste.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Orange body, crystal clear, with a big white head that fades quickly to a thin cap, and extensive lacing, both tight bubble and ropy lacing.

S - Pine. A bit of pith. Orange zest. Fresh, clean, bright, resin-filled hops.

T - Follows the nose, with a strong pine and resin line, a bit of citrus and pith coupling with lightly sweet malts, and a strong bitter streak in the close.

M - Brisk open, and sharp dry close.

O - Lovely hop forward beer, with just enough malts to keep it all balanced and drinkable. Bitterness is full and rich, but steps back just before it becomes taxing. Very well done.

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Photo of jkblr
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz canned 11/29/17 poured into a rocks glass at fridge temp 7.1% ABV. The beer pours orange amber in color with off white head. The aroma is juicy with tangerine, peach and citrus. The taste is more of the same with all types of sweet citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a residual sticky, bitter finish that is very nice. Overall, very good. This beer has a really nice feel and gets to be juicy while having an appropriate bitterness.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

All of their stuff is high quality, rich, hoppy- tasting brew...this one is no exception. Really good! I would get it again....... most definitely, for sure.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a translucent golden color, light tan head. Gorgeous IPA. Aromas are bright, dank, citrus hops, and a dollop of pine with a smidge of caramalt.

Taste is dank citrus, primarily oranges, but the pine really comes forward, which is nice, and a sturdy malt body. My favorite of the series thus far.

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